Reviews of Beho Beho
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Beho Beho Brilliance
An entirely perfect way to start our honeymoon. The staff at Beho Beho give you an incredibly personal service (particularly when you're the only people in camp as was the case for the majority of our stay!).
The guiding was fantastic - for our driving safaris, Onesmo and Salum had very different styles, but both took us on fantastic journeys and were able to answer all our questions and more - they are both extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the bush and the wildlife. Getting stuck just added to the excitement of the experience! Sacha took us on some fantastic walks and again is amazingly knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. Watching two elephants play fighting from a vantage point in the rocks when they didn't know we were there was a real highlight.
The camp itself is beautifully located and being able to watch game from our bedroom and during mealtimes was fantastic - it was hard to remember when we moved on that we weren't going to spot a family of elephants from our breakfast table. The food was great and the service impeccable.
Bush Camp was a really special experience - we'll remember sharing our shower with an elephant for the rest of our lives and dining under the stars was perfect. The trip to Lake Tagalala was also brilliant - with the lakeside fry up a perfect surprise. All in all a great experience. Massive thanks to Onesmo, Salum, Sacha, Tam, Kim and all the rest of the staff.
Beho Beho was fantastic and a real treat. To have such luxury in the middle of the bush was amazing. We were made very welcome by Tamlyn and Sacha who were great hosts. Our introduction to life in camp was rudely interrupted by Joseph, the semi-resident elephant, who was most put out that he wasn't allowed to eat our cake! We were very impressed by Sacha and Sean's handling of an elephant's tantrum because they made sure that we were well out of the way and we felt safe.
Guiding: Sean and Salum were our guides on different days for drives. They showed us a great variety of wildlife and birds. We will never forget Sean almost running down the path to get us at 6:15am to tell us, very excitedly, that the wild dogs were near the airstrip. We spent the best part of 2 hours with the pack and felt very privileged. The guides' enthusiasm was infectious! We also went out walking which was great and allowed us to see a different side of the bush. Sean and Sacha were extremely knowledgeable and we learnt a lot.
People: The people in camp were great - you could not ask for a nicer and more friendly group of people. Everyone was really helpful and we were treated so well. The service was seemless and there was never a time when we waited for anything (there was always someone asking if we would like drinks/refreshments and generally making sure we were ok). The camp offered some of the best service we've experienced anywhere.
Accommodation: Our cottage was stunning and the views were wonderful. We loved having the "curtains" open so that the cottage was open to the views all the time. Housekeeping was of a very high standard and the laundry service was efficient.
Food: The food was amazing - sitting under the stars eating barbequed lobster on our first night whilst watching the wild dogs at the pool was such an experience. The quality and variety of food was fantastic, beautifully presented and freshly prepared. There is so much to eat that we would have been very fat had we stayed longer (cakes and desserts were my particular highlights!)
Beho Beho review
Absolutely incredible experience.
Beautifully fitted-out bandas with a wonderful panorama of the valley below. Lovely toiletries & linen.
Amazing food - including the surprise breakfast with the hippos & crocs at Lake Tagalala. Sun-downers in stunning locations were a highlight of each day.
The hosting by Tamlyn & Sacha was incredible - warm and inclusive, they are experts of their profession - ensuring a wonderful atmosphere at the camp. It felt like holidaying with good friends!
Guiding was of an excellent standard and density of wildlife was stunning. Sacha's interest in birds and plant-life added an extra dimension to the safari experience - a welcome change from just 'big game' spotting which was especially noticeable during the walking safaris.
Went to both Ruaha & Selous - and enjoyed the contrast of the two. Was glad to have gone to Ruaha first and had an authentic camping safari experience in a really dry environment. However, after the lakes and lush-ness of Selous area, the fantastic numbers of birds & wildlife, as well as the lux of Beho Beho, it is pretty hard to contemplate anywhere else.
excellence everywhere at Beho Beho
You just can't fault this place. The guiding was knowledgeable, sensitive and the guides soon picked up on what interested us and made the whole experience great fun even though we never found the wild dogs.
The rooms were spectacular, the food was excellent and althogether we were loathe to leave.
We didn't really need/want the level of luxury but the ethos of the management and guides made it worth every penny.
Beho Beho a luxuary home from home
Tamlyn and Kim made us most welcome and they created a lovely atmosphere with all the guests.
Guides Sean, Sacha and Onesmo very knowledgeable and made every drive, walk and boat trip really interesting even the trainee guide, Salum, gave us some wonderful sightings.
Large pack of wild dogs including 9 puppies were a highlight.
They expect to produce a bird and animal checklist in the near future.
Great atmosphere at Beho Beho
Luxurious and well apppointed, the lodge has a great atmosphere. Friendly staff who go out of their way to help. Guiding very good although could benefit further from having a separate driver and guide like in Mwagusi. Lovely location although at times when water is short it is a long drive to the water holes.
Its unfortunate that Selous has so many Tsetse flies.
Overall we had a great time.
Beho Beho review
An expensive and distinctive camp - a real treat at the end of a trip. Great attention to detail both in the accommodation and the smooth running of the place. More like staying in someone's African retreat than a regular camp. But this is simple, not gold-plated, luxury. The stone and thatch bandas have amazing open terraces with a cinemascope view over the hills and a welcome breeze.
The food is great and the managers are adept at engaging their guests and bringing them together.
The walking is good here, especially out to the First World War battlefield of Beho Beho where Selous was killed. The guiding has a very good reputation, although we were surprised that a number of guides had only completed their training relatively recently.
Vehicles have a single guide who is also the driver - not common practice elsewhere. That said the game is good, particularly lion and elephant. The trip to Lake Tagalala and the Hot Springs makes a great day out.
Expert Africa comments
With regard to the guides ... in our experience, the guiding at Beho Beho is excellent - some of the most experienced and highly trained guides in the business are here. Thus we were surprised when these travellers’ commented that some of the guides had only completed their training recently... so we asked the camp about it.
We learned that there are a few new guides that are currently in the process of being trained – however these have very little guest contact whilst they are at this stage of learning. The guides who actually take guests out on the various safari activities all have a varying wealth of experience.
Currently the team here is headed by Sean Lues, who has been guiding and managing camps since 1991. In 1994 he passed his final (proficiency) examinations and was awarded the 'Guide of the Year' trophy, presented by the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association. Over the last few years he has actually acted as an examiner at these week-long and highly regarded proficiency examinations. We regard the system of licensing pro guides in Zimbabwe to be about the best, and the most detailed, in Africa.
Sacha Toronyi has been guiding since 1997 and is a fully licensed Zimbabwean professional guide.
Sean Matthewson passed his two-year guide training programme in South Africa at the top of his class. Sean now has the highest South African qualification in guiding and has spent the subsequent eight years working as a guide.
Onesmo Jacob moved to Beho Beho in 2005, after working at Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park. He has spent the last four years guiding for Beho Beho.
One of the most recent additions to the guiding team at Beho Beho is Salum Mpapa. He has been at Beho Beho for four years and has been guiding guests for a year, following a six-week training course in Malta.
We're happy to recommend Beho Beho for the generally very high level of their guiding; they have an extraordinary quantity of training and experience amongst their team - and an active programme of training up their less senior guides.
Beho Beho is a must visit!
Beho Beho is simply first class. It is excellently appointed in all respects and the views from its hillltop location are excellent. The lodges are beautifully appointed with excellent furnishing and some "deadly" comfortable lounge chairs and sofas which can quickly turn a comfortable "rest" into a "nap".
The drives in Selous are great because there is nobody else around. The animal sightings are excellent. I was there at a time of very heavy rains. This made it hardy to do game drives and the lush vegetation made it easier for the animals to be invisible. However, the guides were excellent in every respect and dealt with the difficult conditions with great competence. Even getting bogged to the axles was great fun ....... especially as hyenas and vultures gathered!
The only hiccup was a lack of warm/hot water into Lodge 5. On most days it wouldn't matter but on a wet miserable day with lots of mud it would have been handy.
Still cannot be faulted - the best camp ever! Welcoming and friendly staff make a great atmosphere.Read more about the whole safari
Beho Beho review
Probably our most memorable overall camp experience anywhere in Africa. The location and facilities are stunning, and the camp succeeds brilliantly in conveying the feeling of being a guest at a house party, rather than just a "customer". Guiding is excellent, with - to us - the ideal balance of professionalism and personal relationship. We were lucky enough to bump into our splendid guide Onno on the plane flying into the Selous, so we had a chance to get to know him early.
We visited at a time when the wet season was arriving a bit early, so the whole area was beautifully green and the animals were fat and happy - a highly recommended experience if you've only ever experienced the dry season before. Getting around does become more difficult though, so be prepared to get stuck in the mud a few times!
Game viewing was very good overall, with particularly good bird sightings. Above all else we visited Beho Beho (hopefully) to see wild dogs, and we were lucky enough to have two extended sightings of a large and relaxed pack - wonderful. Highly recommended.
One final comment - the food was utterly outstanding - when you sit down to lobster on your first night in camp you know you're in good hands! Oh, and one final final comment - my snooker record was played 2, won 2, so Augustine needs to keep practising!