Africa Odyssey Testimonials

Lane, USA. 2018.

Kitty: I loved both Kiota and Serian. I had excellent and friendly guides at both.

Serian’s  hosts Alex Walker, Ainsley, and the host of a sister camp across the river were delightful, flexible, attentive. I didn’t think I’d be up for a late dinner after a long day, but the table at Serian each night was a highlight – easy and delightful conversation among remarkably interesting people. All meals were notably delicious and healthy.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to have a bushman as my spotter. Who else could you ask what baboon tastes like? It did take me a couple of days to get used to no running water in my tent —- someone should make sure guests know that beforehand? —- but once I did I fully appreciated the elegance in the way that camp is run.

Kiota’s accommodations – bed, desk— DESK, important —sinks, shower were extremely comfortable, the individual walk-in talkies reassuring esp that first night hearing animals outside. Food was good. Long waits getting started and also between courses was amusing, actually, slowed me down. All the staff at Kiota were personable, listened, and were sufficiently fluent in English. My guide there was also knowledgeable.

Back In Kilimanjaro, I had an eight hours wait for my departure flight. I wish I had had sightseeing plans for part of that time. Next summer, or more remotely possibly in February, I plan to take my daughter with back with me to Tanzania, depending on when she can get away. I will have an idea of the dates in early November. Then I would like to discuss doing a southern circuit for the two of us

I was impressed and reassured as a solo traveler at the smooth coordination all through my journey and thank you immensely, Kitty, for all your extra work putting together my trip.

Heaver, UK, 2018

We are now back in Malaysia after our summer travels. Our trip was first rate. We were lucky enough, even though the migration was late this year, to catch the beginning of it and even saw what was only the second Mara river crossing of the year. We also had excellent close up views of leopard and cheetah, which we did not get on our earlier safaris.


Looking back we would not have designed the itinerary differently, and it was certainly a good idea to fly up and down to northern Serengeti rather than drive. At Ngorongoro, we concluded that it was the right decision to stay at a smaller lodge away from the crater (Gibbs) than what would have been a bigger and more impersonal hotel/lodge on the crater rim. The main tip we would have for other travellers is to do what we did at Gibbs–get up at 5 and be the first jeep into the park in the morning; as a result we missed the horrendous entry queue entirely and were ahead of and not bothered by the other traffic in the crater throughout the day.

I Burton, 2018

I’d be delighted to write a review on Trustpilot and a Google review.  I don’t normally write reviews but I was genuinely blown away with the holiday but also the level of support from you and the team.  I would strongly recommend you to anyone that is considering this type of holiday.

David Jenks, USA. 2018

We stayed at Nomad Serengeti tented camp north and Nomad Kigelia in Ruaha.  I would absolutely give both a 5 out of 5.  The friendliness, service, food, and accommodations were outstanding in both.   The camps are a little different in that the Nomad Serengeti camp is on the open plain which give great visibility while the Nomad Kigelia camp is more in the bush right along the riverbed with all the tents being a little more private.  Our guides were absolutely phenomenal in both camps.  We were never rushed and could everything at our own pace.  The animals were definitely easier to see in the Serengeti which was awesome but Ruaha added the thrill of the hunt because there was much a lot of brush.  We also did a night game drive in Ruaha which I would highly recommend to everyone as we saw 5 animals that we did not see during the day.

The highlight of our trip was definitely seeing 2 river crossings and seeing the wild dogs on a hunt in Ruaha (only a couple km’s from the camp) which they had not seen in 3 weeks.  We were able to also see all of the Big 5 which was great.  The only disappointing thing about the trip was that we did not see a Sable Antelope.  They are in Ruaha but unfortunately they are up in the hills where the roads do not go and our guide said it is extremely rare to ever see them.

The trip was a 100% success and we could not be more pleased.

M. Hedayati, Germany, 2018

The experience was simply great! It worth every single GBP we paid 🙂 All arrangements ran fantastically.

Below my comments on each stage of the trip which might support you:

Dar Es Salaam Transfer Airport: Rate 5 (best): Driver was there waiting though it took us around two hours to get our Visa 🙂 Very comfortable car and what is most important very friendly driver. On time pick up from Serena to the airport as well. Something i specially likes is that for both transfers was the same driver.

Dar Es Salaam: Serena hotel: rate 5. Very comfortable bed, room very clean and staff very friendly. A perfect place to spend one night after long trip. We asked the staff there in which of their restaurants their would suggest us to have dinner and they suggested Jahazi. For Fish and seafood lovers is awesome! Quality of food and service of the restaurant is great. Tip: The chef comes to the table before ordering. I suggest to ask her about her suggestions.

Ikuka safari Camp: Rate 5. Great room, great views, great and very friendly staff, great food!!!! Was all amazing. We did one day a cultural trip to the village and visited the school there. The trip (going and returning) took us the morning and afterwards we still did some Game view. the experience, mainly for somebody that wants to have a little bit of sense of true life, is highly recommended.

Mark, Chloe and Tanya have done a great job. We also spend a lot of time at the bar interacting with the staff (actually we were the first ones to arrive for a pre dinner drink and the last ones to leave after post dinner drink 🙂 ). This was a great opportunity for us to interact with people and get to learn more about the country, challenges, their views and also share opinions via very good talks 🙂

Coastal aviation flight: Rate 5: Flights were much better than expected 🙂

Xanadu Villas: Rate 5. Same than Ikuka. Great food, great place for a true relaxation, Great staff……. Except for a morning trip to Stone Town we spend the rest of time at Xanadu, walking on the beach and relaxing 🙂

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