Africa Odyssey Testimonials

R. Bardine, USA. 2018.

Thought I would drop a line mid-trip. We just arrived in Zanzibar yesterday and are having a wonderful time.

Lake Manze was amazing! Sean and Millie, the managers, our guide Samwel, our driver, Abuu, and the entire staff were just phenomenal. The camp, as you know, is very clean and well appointed and all of the safari, driving, walking, boat, full day, half day, breakfast in the bush, were breathtaking. Food was awesome.

Zanzibar Palace is beautiful and our suite, Arabica, is beautifully positioned at the top of the hotel. The steps may be a challenge for guests with any walking issues but they are well worth the energy. Eating at Emerson’s this evening.

Transfers have been great, timely and polite.

Thank you for steering us to these wonderful places and for these arrangements. We are very pleased and appreciate the great service you provide.

We had a FANTASTIC experience, Kitty, and I cannot thank you and your colleagues enough for your help in making it so. Each and every place we stayed were wonderful.

Lake Manze was a Shangri-La (see my prior email and review for our view of the camp). The volume of animals and birds and amphibians was overwhelming. Can’t say enough about this WONDERFUL place. The perfect place for safari from our point of view.

Zanzibar Palace was a great little place to stay and Emerson’s was a fantastic recommendation for dinner (thank you for that recommendation). Stone Town was interesting and, truth be told, a bit overwhelming after 4 days in the bush……I guess we were not prepared for the shear onslaught of folks selling to us while we were there, but we secured a guide and had a great time of it there. Just for future reference when you are helping other guests, we were on the top floor of the hotel with one heck of a lot of steps and no lift. If you are working with older guests who have any mobility issues, you may want to secure accommodations on a lower floor for them.

The Zuri Zanzibar resort was just over the top georgeous. The bungalow was incredibly well appointed, the pool and the beach were top rate. Great spa. Great service at the front and back of the house.

Frankly though the one thing I would caution about was the food service. The food itself was great, but these folks are still working out the service kinks of a July opening. They alternated between serving dinner via buffet (which worked very well) and fixed menu (which didn’t work quite so well). The kitchen and the front of the house were not totally in synch for fixed menu and, frankly, one night they just so totally screwed up the entire service we left after the fish course (waited for 60 minutes for the pasta course which never came) but we were pretty full anyhow so it was not a major issue. I could imagine however that some guests would pitch a fit so be aware that they have these issues right now. The manager served us champagne the next dinner as a comp (he really didn’t need to as we are veterans of dining out and understand how things can get out of synch) but the gesture was much appreciated.

The folks greeting us in Dar, Selous, Stone Town and Zuri were all top notch, timely, polite and really very professional. So, across the board, this was a 5 star trip. You know we have NEVER used a travel service before. You outdid yourselves (the app was a great addition too by the way), so know we will be availing ourselves of your services again soon.

Thank you for everything!

Acept our congratulations for a job incredibly well done and our heartfelt thanks for making this vacation a dream.

L. Kelly. USA. 2018

Retuned back home to New York last week. My safari to Ruaha – camp Mwagusi was better than wonderful. Everything was outstanding; the accommodations, the food, the staff (Martina and Trudie) but especially our guide Baldon! His knowledge about everything was exceptional. It was truly an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget!!

N. Turner, UK. 2018

Hi Kitty,

The Honeymoon was perfect, we had the most amazing time! It was everything we could have hoped for so thank you so much for all your help in organising the trip!

We are already discussing returning to Mnemba next September!

H. Blom, Netherlands, 2018

Last Monday I came back with my three sons from Tanzania.

Apart from the fact that travelling with my sons was a huge pleasure, I would like, on behalf of my sons as well, to thank your company and you particularly

for the perfect organization.

Meetings at the airport , transfers to the Serena hotel in Dar, flights in Tanzania itself, but, more important, our two tented camps in

Lake Manze and Mdonya, it was all perfect. Friendly, helpful and professional staff everywhere and great game drives.

In other words all of us agree that it could not have been better!

If there might be in the future a repeat of a trip to Africa, it goes without saying that it would be organized by you.

F. Macpherson, UK. 2018.

We are sitting in the business lounge in Dubai for the last leg of our journey home. The trip has been amazing and more than we could have hoped for!!

 

Everything worked seamlessly from the minute we were met in Lusaka by a chap who had collected our luggage before we had cleared immigration through to being deposited at Livingstone airport by the driver from Waterberry. The car hire was bang on and our road trip was everything we wanted. I had memories overload and we made it all the way to Lubwa to visit and tidy up my sister’s grave.

 

Latitude 15 is a brilliant hotel and was designed by the Harvey’s (Shiwa) son!

 

Shiwa N’gandu was the perfect place to do this all from though it is getting old and tired. However the Harvey’s were excellent hosts and we found my father and brother’s signatures in their visitor’s book from 1973! We were also pleased to see they have a copy of the autobiography of Zambia’s first president that my father wrote in the library there.

 

The little plane arrived bang on schedule (like everything else you organised) to take us to Mwaleshi. Another unforgettable experience including watching a pride of lions hunt and kill a zebra while we were standing by. The whole team there cannot be highly commended enough.

 

Our final leg at the falls allowed us to do a bit of relaxing as we hoped and the falls were every bit as amazing as I remembered. We made sure we had a drink/lunch in both the Victoria Falls Hotel and the Royal Livingstone as I did when I was there on my final year elective in 1986! Recommend the microlight flight!!

 

Proflight are great and all our connections were early or on time.

 

I have completed reconnected with my Zambian roots to the point of one of our drivers in Livingstone telling me I was ‘green inside’ (like the flag)! It is a wonderful, peaceful place and everyone is so friendly and helpful (though I accept I may be biased!).

 

We cannot thank or commend you enough for making it all so easy!

 

A couple of helpful tips for other travellers we thought we’d share. There are ATMs in every reasonably sized town where you can withdraw kwacha with your UK visa debit card and people transact in kwacha so vital to have. Hotels etc will accept dollars but fuel stations will not and you need kwacha. Reassure other people who drive about the frequent police road blocks which do not always look like police road blocks until you get there. They usually waved us through but on the couple of occasions we were stopped they were friendly and courteous and just asked us where we were going. Every local we spoke to confirmed they are looking for contraband and poached animals on the lorries.

Finally there are road tolls (currently K20 and must be kwacha) in the bigger roads. The roads are much improved as a result.

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