Stanley's Kopje

Reviews of Stanley's Kopje

Average(60%) From 4 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 4 of our travellers who have visited Stanley's Kopje, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr and Mrs P from Volcano, USA
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
Good

Just an overnight stay

Nice camp, tents elevated over the surrounding lowlands. Game scarce in the area of the camp, but plentiful in the nearby plains. Vehicle access limited to main roads through the park.

Did not do any game drives with camp staff.

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Mr & Mrs P - Wembley
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
Good

Stanley's Kopje review

The camp and staff were very good - good service, good quality tent, good location. Our guide (Euston) was superb - very knowledgable with extremely sharp eyes. The only slight negative was the food. While it was good quality and very tasty, it was a simple buffet and wasn't as high quality or as well presented as other places.
We were made to feel very welcome and were the only people on most of the game drives.

Our trip to Udzungwe mountains was really interesting. A long bus journey, but interesting to see the scenery on the drive. Some staff came with us on the bus in order to stock up on lodge food and drinks, so we had a short stop in the local town to do this. This was fine for us, and all added to the nature of the trip, but I can imagine some people would be a bit put out.

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Mr F and party - Portugal
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

A good start...

We were driven to Mikumi after our 9 hour long haul flight. Although tired and sometimes sleepy, one can enjoy the drive up to Mikumi. Foxes Safari Camp is a simple camp with great views over the Mikumi savannah. Shame the Mikumi NP was so dry and burnt. Surely after the rainy season will be different.

Activities were led by our Kerseley´s driver (Mr. Ezequiel), so we can not comment on activities led by the camp itself. The all-day drive, at this time of the year and with Mikumi so dry is a bit disappointing, as it started a little late (8AM), and from 10-11 am onwards, animals are just away and resting. By the time it finished (4PM) animals were starting to come up again. We do not know about the camp activities but we think they should start very early in the morning (6am?), specially with these field conditions.
Nevertheless these are just recommendations and we really have enjoyed the experience.

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Mr and Mrs W - Letchworth Garden City
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Terrible
Terrible

Camp Fired!!

We are unable to comment on this camp as we did not actually stay there. Unfortunately the camp had been damaged by fire on August 15th - 7 weeks before we were due to arrive. The first we knew of this was when our driver took us to Vuma Hills camp rather than the Safari Camp. It was very disconcerting especially as we were looking forward to a bush camp (which Vuma Hills is not!).

We were totally confident that Expert Africa had not been informed of the situation because we knew that if they had, we would most certainly have been informed. We gathered on our arrival at Vuma Hills that we were not the only guests that had not been informed - and quite naturally Karen the camp manager was very frustrated.

Having said all this it did not really detract from our enjoyment as the main point of the exercise was to have a driver/guide for a few days so that we could experience some of the countryside and see how communities worked - and this was certainly achieved.

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Expert Africa comments

We were horrified to hear that there had been such a major change to this itinerary, and very concerned that we had not been advised about this change. We are sorry that we were not in a position to advise these travellers of this before they left for their trip – and talk them through the alternative options

We have apologised to these travellers – and talked to the team on the ground in Tanzania to ensure that this never happens again. That said, we’re glad to hear that it didn’t impact too badly on this trip – which was clearly a great success.