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July 2015

honeymoon

Posts Tagged ‘ honeymoon

Anthony, USA, 2015

We had a tremendous time on our honeymoon and really owe Africa Odyssey a great deal of thanks. I contacted you all out of the blue to help plan this trip and you were extremely helpful from the get-go. My agent, Dave Fueller, was always very responsive and knowledgeable, and helped me plan the perfect trip for our time frame, interests, and budget. Once on the trip, we were blown away by the amazing wildlife and had smooth transfers during each leg of our journey. The hotels which we ended up using were wonderful as well. Especially the Asilia Tented amp where we had the plesure of spending 4 nights. Thanks for all your help.

A. Weller, 2013, (UK)

We had an absolutely fantastic time.  It was certainly the trip of a lifetime.  We very much look forward to going back to Africa at some point to fill in the gaps – gorillas, rhinos, etc.

All staff were commendable wherever we stayed.  Food was great.  Viewings were great.  We didn’t actually appreciate how much wildlife we would see.  We went thinking if we see 1 lion or elephant, etc, we would be happy.  But as soon as we landed at the airstrip the viewings started!

Thanks to the staff at African Odyssey too – you understood our desires and made organizing a breeze.  We would certainly recommend.

Thanks, A. Weller, 2013, (UK)

R. Hamilton, 2013 (USA)

Tom,

I wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for your help in planning a fantastic honeymoon.  Your recommendations and information were spot-on.

Beho Beho and Baraza were fantastic.  During our time at Beho Beho, we had the good fortune of meeting Sarah Bailey, wife of the late Christopher Bailey who originally developed the safari camp as a retreat for family and friends.  She was full of stories and added immeasurably to the experience there, where it felt as if all guests were welcomed like family.  The quality of the guiding at Beho Beho was excellent, and we enjoyed getting to know the guides and staff better by sharing stories during meals and relaxing in the common area over a game of snooker.  We also enjoyed the variety of activities – from the walking safaris to numerous game drive destinations (Beho Beho River, Lake Manze, etc.) and the day trip to Lake Tagalala.  We had the distinct pleasure of tracking and, ultimately, spotting a black rhino in the bush while on walking safari with Walter and Saning’o.  Other guests had great things to say about their night out at “The Treehouse.”  The staff at Baraza also went over and above to make sure that our time there was relaxing and enjoyable.  In particular, the beach lunch was a wonderful treat.  The experience at Baraza was a great taste of luxury after “roughing it” on safari.

 

Each location did a great job of trying to address Lynne’s dietary restrictions and was otherwise ready and willing to cater to pretty much any request, reasonable or otherwise.

Coastal Aviation is also to be recognized for their efforts.  The flights ran smoothly, but what deserves additional comment is their help on ground transfers.  Upon our arrival in Dar es Salaam, we were informed by the staff at the Royal Palm (now called the Serena) that they would be unable to accommodate us due to some government dignitaries who extended their stay.  After dropping us off, the representative from Coastal checked back to make sure that check-in went smoothly.  Seeing that there was a problem, the driver spoke with the front desk to ensure that alternative accommodations had been arranged and then transported us to the other hotel.  Similarly, upon arrival back at Dar’s domestic airport from Zanzibar, the baggage attendant was quick to point out that he had called the shuttle bus driver for us so we didn’t resort to over-priced taxis for the transfer to the international airport.

In general, we were impressed with how seamlessly all of the transfers were handled, including those on Zanzibar.  The drivers there took good care of us as well.  One thing to note:  Zanzibar airport requires paper tickets (or at least a copy of your itinerary) to move through security.  The driver helped us get documentation from the Coastal Aviation office, but it might help to have copies of the confirmation from Coastal Aviation for travelers in the future.

All-in-all, Lynne and I came back from Tanzania with memories that will last a lifetime and have already begun thinking about our next safari holiday!

Best regards,

 

R. Hamilton, 2013 (USA)

 

A Hughes USA 2013

Hi Ed,Thank you so much for the note. We has an AMAZING time on our trip, truly an unforgettable experience and we were thrilled with the whole itinerary. Jongomero is a really special place and Kim, our guide, and Brian, the new manager, were absolutely fantastic. Brian had lots of personalized touches throughout our stay, from notes to small parting gifts, and he and the whole staff really took care of us.

Siwandu was a different kind of experience altogether and our butler Alphonse was absolutely wonderful. We had a fabulous guide, Mohammed, who we were lucky enough to have to ourselves. It made the experience really personal and we were really able to take our time with the drives – we even saw a lion kill a wildebeest, what a sight!! Plus we loved the campfire drinks, and the bbq night – spectacular. The managers were also wonderful and very friendly.
Ras Kutani was its own experience, truly romantic and so relaxing. I loved that we walked barefoot the entire time, didn’t realize the whole lodge was on sand, wonderful surprise. We both had wonderful experiences with the staff, specifically David, Kali (one of the staff, super friendly and taught us how to play bao!), and Alice the masseuse. We had some mosquito issues with our netting while we were there, but David was kind enough to move us on our last night and we were put in one of the hilltop suites, again SPECTACULAR. It was the perfect way to end our honeymoon.Thank you for all of your help coordinating Ed. It was an unbelievable experience and everything was flawless from the transfers with coastal, to the lodges.

Please let me know if you need anything else!
A Hughes USA

S. Broeker, 2012 (UK)

Hi Ed,

Thanks for your mail. The trip was absolutely marvellous.

Ras Nungwi
Ras Nungwi on Sanzibar was the perfect place to start our honey moon. Great service and a fantastic atmosphere. The food is great and the scenery is stunning. Also not too expensive.
We strongly recommend this place to everyone!

Selous Safari (private camp)
I don’t believe it gets any better than this. At Selou you get your own buttler and maid. The food is amazing. The staff is extremely friendly without being too on you. As honeyooners they gave us extra attention and organised the most amazing surprise dinner. In general -without giving away too much- these guys are good at surprises.
The game drives are wonderful, too. We saw more animals than we hoped for. The guides were absolute pro. We cried when we had to leave.

Ras Kutani
The setting though is extremely beautiful. On your arrival you’ll be rowed over a little lagoon to the hotel. Very romantic! If you do decide to stay at Ras Kutani you should stay in the villas on top of the hill or in one of the bungolows at the beach.

Overall we had a great time. Everything worked out perfectly!

CHEERS

S. Broeker, 2012 (UK)

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