September 2015

Posts Tagged ‘ zanzibar

Bertram, USA, 2015

It was truly the trip of a lifetime.  It met all of our expectations and in fact exceeded them.  We wanted an atypical safari trip without a large number of people and safari vehicles everywhere and that is exactly what we experienced.  It was just the three of us all day on safari and boating trips and it was very rare to see even one other safari vehicle.  It was perfect!  Our stay in Zanzibar was equally rewarding.  All of the arrangments and accomodations were excellent and we were met and transported from every flight to our safari camps and hotels like clockwork.  Words cannot really describe our experiences on this adventure.  As a former wildlife biologist and an avid photographer it was nothing short of an dream come true and an incredible trip for me.  My wife and daughter thoroughly enjoyed it too.  It will be very hard to top this adventure.  We plan to continue taking adventure trips and are thinking about taking a trip to Borneo, the Philippines or South America.  I plan to check into you sister companies soon.

You did a great job helping us plan this adventure!  Thank you!


T Bertram & family

D Bate, UK, 2015

Hi Ed,

We had a truly marvelous time.  Thank you so much for everything.

The highlight was certainly everything Andbeyond!  The Zanzibar resort was lovely too, but diving wasn’t great, so only did one day, although not too much of an issue as the resort was nice so we just relaxed.

We would be happy to use your services again and will be sure to recommend also.



Leuenberger, Switzerland, 2015

Dear Tom

My parents are back from Africa. They had a wonderful time: saw a lot (!) of animals (even wildebeest giving birth) and the people in the lodges were very friendly and professional. They particularly liked it in the mobile camp – it was like a big family my dad said. Their guide in the Serengeti (I think his name was David) was very good and very knowledgeable. On Zanzibar they caught the sunburn of their lifes while snorkling (beginner mistake if you ask me) but they were still happy to have seen dolphins and a lot of other fish! They also visited stone town. My dad loved the small planes (my mum not so much), he even managed to sit in the cockpit on the way back from Zanzibar.

So, thank you very much Tom, everything was well organized, thought through and very well executed. There was nothing to worry about. I’ll be in touch if I finally get to go to Africa myself one day.

Best wishes,


White, Singapore, 2014

We had an absolutely terrific time, thank you.  Everything went very smoothly – all the internal flights worked well and the three places we stayed were all great.  Beho Beho especially was incredible – everything there was so well organised, the place was beautiful and the food was delicious and very plentiful!  The guides there were great and very knowledgeable.  It was definitely the highlight of our trip.  Kilindi was very good – we actually rather liked the beach there, which we had been warned wasn’t very good.  The manager of Kilindi is rather creepy, but everything else was perfect – including our amazingly nice and helpful butler, Deo.  Ras Kutani wasn’t super exciting but it was a good stop over for a few days while we unwound post-wedding.  I wouldn’t rush back there, though.

All in all we had a great time and we didn’t have any problems with any of the arrangements you had made – thanks very much indeed.

R. Hamilton, 2013 (USA)


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)


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