Africa Odyssey Testimonials

S Baldini

Dear James

We are back, unfortunately, and would like to thank you for your suggestions for what has been a wonderful trip.

Ras Kutani is a beautiful place, despite lack of diving, the ocean is a bit rough. The beach, the accommodation, the food and the people working there are absolutely amazing. We loved it.

Jongomero is a great place, very remote, very good taste (without pretending to be on conde nast!) and Stewart and Karen are great hosts.
They are doing a very good job there. The food is great and the way the place is organised is excellent. Game view is great as well. we manage to see some rare animals (sable antelope, honey badgers, black mamba…)

Selous Safari is great game viewing (we saw lions killing an impala on our first day!) and it is great to do walks, boat trips and fly camps (we did for one night). The ambience and the food are not as good as Jongomero but overall it is a great safari camp.

In the end we enjoyed Stone Town and it was good to stay at Emerson & Green. It has to be said that after ten days in the bush, a town is a bit of a shock. But worth it.

Thank you again and if you pass by Ras Kutani or Jongomero gives our regards to the people there. We enjoyed their company very much.

Kind regards

S Baldini 2004

P Swinfen

Dear Marc / James  – all at Tanzania Odyssey,

Thank you so much for booking / organising our truly wonderful honeymoon – the memories of which will last with us forever!!!!

Every aspect of our honeymoon – the flights, connections, transfers, accomodation, food and drink, the staff and general hospitality has been amazing. This was our first trip to Africa and it certainly hope that it won’t be the last!!!
At the Selous – as our plane landed in the game reserve the Land Rover was hurtling along beside us with two beaming faces smiling at us to welcome us in, from there on in we were treated like kings, everybody and everything was fantastic, so helpful, so cheerful and so wanting us to have an amazing time. Our guide for the five days ‘Apollo’ was brilliant he took us over terrain that we never dreamt we would cross – came much much closer to animals than we ever thought we would and his knowledge of the animals and birds was fantastic!!
We have many many unforgettable moments – to name a few, we saw Lions mating, Mrs Warthog and her four tiny babies, 3 baby hippos which were approx 5 metres from our tent at 2am in the morning.

Breezes – was the perfect relax after our safari – again everything was lovely we were thoroughly relaxed after being there for about 2 hours!! We felt completely like we were at home and the whole experience far exceeded our expectations.

So I just wanted to express my thanks – and will hopefully be speaking to you again the future to organise another amazing trip for us. Do you produce a brochure? I have noticed that you are updating your website – do you ever send email updates or newsletters out – if so please include me!!

Many Thanks

P Swinfen  2004

Charlie White

Marc
We’re finally catching our breath now that reality has kicked in and we’re back at our desks.

I thought I should drop you a line to say a quick word of enormous thanks for organising such a wonderful itinerary for us. Amazingly, considering the number of transfers we had, the whole trip went without a single hitch, each transfer being absolutely seamless. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the holiday, and are hugely grateful that you bolted the whole thing together for us so skilfully.

Serena will kill me for saying this, but the only blemish (if you can call it that – and strictly for feedback’s sake) was the proliferation of pigeons on Mnemba. We think it’s mating season at the moment (most of the year round apparently you wouldn’t even notice them), so thousands of the little buggers flew across to the island every evening and droned and crashed around in the trees around all the bedrooms from about 6 every morning, and for the rest of the day! However the island was such a paradise that this was scarcely a hardship, and everything else was exquisite, from the service, the food to the spectacular scenery.

I’d be happy to provide you with any other feedback that may be of use.

Kind regards

Charlie White 2003

J Stirrat

Dear Marc
I just wanted to report back to you on our fabulous holiday from which we returned a week ago today.  It was everything we had hoped for, and more.  Everything (bar one detail) went according to plan and we were well looked after everywhere we went.  I have to admit to feeling slightly nervous as we left home, but there was no need.  We have to thank you for your advice and recommendations, and we will definitely recommend your services to anyone else interested in travelling to Tanzania.

Safari:  We saw many different company vehicles on our 1600 km travels but Roy Safaris was definitely the best!  Our driver (Habibu) was brilliant:  he knew every area like the back of his hand; was full of knowledge and information; was great with the children; and had amazing eyesight – eg leopard halfway up ‘sausage’ tree at 400m with only tail hanging down visible!!  We saw EVERYTHING, including the elusive rhino in the Ngorongoro Crater.  It was our final flourish as we were departing – but we had to sit in our vehicle for an hour and half while it slept.  We were quite doubtful, but Habib insisted, and it was worth it.

Safari Hotels:  Just the right mix between camps and lodges, especially with children, and even at their age, we found that in the camps we had to split up – too many noises at night!  Migration Camp was our favourite – a bit off the beaten tourist trap so not so many vehicles around.  Game was a little harder to find as landscape is not so open but it was a good contrast with the central Serengeti area and we did see thousands of grazing migration animals in the north and along the Western Corridor.  The biggest problem here was the Tsetse flies so we started early and had the afternoon off!  The only slightly disappointing accomodation was the Ngorongoro Serena.  Our rooms were fine – overlooking the crater but it was rather big and busy for our liking, being such a major point on many routes.  Also, we found the hygiene arrangements somewhat dubious around the dining room:  cats/kittens and litter trays in the dining room and wandering into the kitchen; and rather a lot of hairs and such like in the food, which was not of as high quality as the Serengeti Serena.

Transfer:  All transfers were absolutely fine, although we did take the precaution of calling up ahead to check we had not been forgotten after reading your warning in your final letter.

Ras Nungwi:  What can I say?  This was beyond all our expectations!  There was some disappointment (and some minor inconvenience) over us not all being in the same chalet (adjoining rooms).  If you remember, we had particularly discussed this back in the Autumn, and also I had e-mailed them direct in May and it had been confirmed.  They claimed they did not even know we were 2 adults/2 children ie double/twin.  However, we were not going to let that ruin our holiday, and it didn’t.  It was definitely the right choice.

Stonetown:  We did our spice tour en route from Ras to Stonetown so two whole days in S’town was probably more than enough but the pool at the Tembo was a great time filler!  We decided to do our own ‘tour’ but in our second stop at the House of Wonders one of the museum guides gave us a personal tour and then offered to escort us around the town (no fee even discusssed at this point!).  It was marvellous because we discovered parts we probably wouldn’t have done on our own.  We blew our last dollars on the roof at Emersons on our last night, which is why we favoured the Flamingo cafe at Dar-es-Salaam airport for our 6 hour wait rather than Coastal’s $40 tour of the city!

One final question which intrigues us concerns rooms.  We were very impressed with our rooms in all the hotels we stayed at.  They were obviously amongst the best available.  Was this because we booked so early or is this something to do with you, or both??!
Thank you very much for helping us organise such a memorable holiday.  I hope our comments are of use to you and please do use us as a reference for any future travellers.  Likewise, we will pass on any friend of ours who are interested.

Yours sincerely
J Stirrat 2003

B Redmond

Dear Marc

I wanted to thank you and your team very much for your really excellent arrangements for our recent holiday.  Everything worked like clockwork and we had a fantastic time.  Both the Selous Safari Camp and Mwagusi were great, lovely accommodation and great game watching. Zanzibar and Ras Kutani were also
fantastic.   Above all, all the staff everywhere were so pleasant and eager to make
our stay enjoyable, we felt really spoilt. Particularly memorable was the wonderful folding of our clothes in Mwagusi!!

Thanks again for all your good advice and help and thank Tim for re-arranging Zanzibar for us and answering my many questions!  If you have Irish clients that need encouraging, feel free to put them on to us.

Regards,

B Redmond 2003

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