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September 2015

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Cole, UK, 2015

Thanks for your email addressed to Julian – but as the chief holiday planner I am replying! You’ll be pleased to hear that we had a fabulous trip and everything went exactly to plan.

To summarise briefly, the two camps exceeded our expectations for different reasons. Siwandu is in a lovely location, beautifully organised, has excellent food, delightful staff and every comfort thoughtfully taken care of. Mwagusi’s location was stunning and the way the camp integrated with it’s environment was perfect. Neither camp disappointed us in any way although the food at Mwagusi was not as good ( but the dinner setting in the river bed was fun!) but we felt very relaxed and at peace there. Our guides in both places were charming and very knowledgeable.

We were amazed by all the wildlife and saw everything we hoped to see except for a leopard which eluded us despite a long search in Ruaha! Our photos and memories are brilliant!

Breezes was extremely comfortable, the food was great and it was a beautiful place to relax. We did the reef walk, snorkelled and went on the Spice Tour but sadly didn’t have time for a visit to Stonetown.

All flights thankfully went smoothly but another time I would definitely avoid the lengthy journey home (about 28 hours door to door).

We absolutely loved Tanzania (I had lived there until I was 3 years old but, of course, have no real memories) and are already planning a repeat of the safari experience, although we might consider investigating Botswana next time, just for a change.

Please give my thanks to Dave for his help and guidance in planning and booking this wonderful holiday.

Regards

S Cole

Rutherford, UK, 2015

We saw all the main species (huge number of animals in total) in the Serengeti except leopard and rhino. One of the best experiences was seeing a cheetah with her 2 cubs resting under a tree then we saw her recent kill (small gazelle, not eaten at all) about 50 mtrs away which one of the cubs wandered over to try to eat, soon to be helped by the mother to break into it. We were perhaps 10 mtrs from them. Plenty of the remains of other ‘kills’ in the food chain.

2 of 3 of us who went to Selous saw a leopard plus cub on the day of arrival. There were lots of giraffe and a nice family of lions including an amorous couple, cubs and more on the way etc. Once again no rhino. Of course in Siwandu we got out on the water a couple of times, very near to crocs and saw lots of hippo but if I had to chose one location it would be the Serengeti where there were just more animals in larger numbers and of course the ‘crossings’.

Both park camps were 5 star. Kimondo, being semi mobile was a little less luxurious (bucket shower etc) but very comfortable. Siwandu was more like having a large 4 star hotel room with canvas sides and a fabulous location. Staff in both were excellent. Nice surprise in Kimondo was the sunset drinks and in Siwandu the lunch on the boat and the complementary wine from Africa Odyssey (THANK YOU). I would rate Ras Nungui 4.5 stars – the lack of sea swimming and a rather tired bathroom (in our cottage) plus a small problem with room towels causing the slight downgrade.

Thank you once again for a very memorable holiday.

Best regards,

C.Rutherford

Naivasha, Nigeria, 2014

Best money we’ve ever spent – safari in Tanzania
Firstly, sorry for the late review (holiday was October last year!). I don’t usually leave reviews but I really had to this time, even if it is 9 months late! My boyfriend and I had saved up to do a really special holiday and had spent months procrastinating over the planning. All I wanted was to see lions (after having been on several safaris and missed out every time) but I was aimlessly searching for the best country and time of year to go and not making any progress. We live in Nigeria where the phone networks are bad, so I’d sent loads of emails to other agents asking for information but nothing we received back got us very excited, One day I stumbled upon the African Odyssey website and started an online chat with Ed, who within 5 minutes had hit the nail on the head and sent me my dream itinerary. He knew what I wanted even though I didn’t! The brief I gave him was lions, luxury safari, beach time at the end (but not Zanaibar as I’d already been), Sep/ Oct time. We ended up with almost 2 weeks in total doing safaris in Ruaha (Mwagusi camp) and Selous (Siwandu camp) and then finishing up on Fanjove private island. The trip was absolutely amazing, I saw my lions and even after returning to work I was walking on air for weeks, something I can’t say has ever happened before! Everyone at African Odyssey was so helpful. They went out of their way to assist me and Ed was fantastic at judging exactly what I was after and answering my countless questions. When Ed wasn’t available someone else stepped in and knew exactly who I was and was able to help immediately. When I got nervous about the final cost of the trip Ed was very patient and even helped me look at other options. But in the end I’m so glad we just went for the places we loved and didn’t try to shave off £1,000 to justify booking. It was by far the most money we’d ever spent on a holiday but it was without a doubt worth every single penny. And as someone who struggles to make a decision without researching every available option until I’m blue in the face, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t bother researching other travel agents next time we want to do a trip. African Odyssey really know their stuff and their personalised approach gave me total confidence that I was going to get the holiday I wanted. In fact, I’m talking to them now about the next holiday! Thanks to everyone who helped, we’re looking forward to the next adventure. Naivasha & Cameron

Challe, France, 2014

Here we are ! Back from our wonderful holidays ! 🙂 🙂 🙂

To give you an overview of our different experiences :

–         Mwagusi (Ruhaha Park) : we really enjoyed Ruhaha and the lodge. As promised, Mwagusi is amazing, the games drives were excellent – we had wonderful guides and driver (Isaac and Vicent) – and we brought back beautiful pictures !

–         Siwandu (Selous). Very sophisticated camp, less games drives focused but a great variety of activities (fishing, boat cruise, walking safaris…very sophisticated breakfasts in the bush). The managers Susan and Bastian are really friendly and do their best to please their guests ! A wonderful experience !

–         Manta Resort. To be honest, we have been disappointed by the resort ! The place is beautiful, the staff very nice…but the villa (sea front) is very basic, not very clean. The SPA is free, perfect…but towels are not changed between 2 guests !

 

Badenoch, UK, 2014

I am literally so embarrassed that we (I) have not contacted you to say how unbelievably amazing our trip was.

We are so grateful to Tanzania Odyssey and especially Tom for sorting out our trip.

Jongomero and Siwandu were nothing short of paradise. Beautiful settings, unimaginably friendly staff, delicious food (and lots of it) and awesome game viewing. I must also add that Mark at Ras Kutani did a fantastic job of making Christmas special for us.

We particular liked how jongo, Siwandu and Ras K were all distinct in style and made efforts to add little personalized touches. We have both travelled far and wide but can honestly say that the level of service (and enjoyment) was the best either of us have ever experienced.

In short it was the trip of a lifetime (although we will have to return sooner rather than later!)

Thanks again for organising the perfect honeymoon and making it all run so smoothly.

We have recommended Tanzania and you guys to everyone we know and I believe that Tom is organising a trip already for our great friends ## and ##!

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