Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mrs H & Mr S - Monkswood


Super Summer Safari

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 29-Jul-2013 and 8-Aug-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our second trip to Tanzania having visited the Selous and the Ruaha two years ago. While that was a fabulous experience, this safari exploring Northern Tanzania was even more thrilling and exciting. We travelled to all three areas by road with the same driver which meant we got to see much more of the country and our driver got to know our interests very easily.

We loved the fact that we came across the wildlife just driving rather than going in search of something particular and following all the other jeeps. Had we flown to the different locations, we would not have seen the rhino being darted by rangers when she had ventured out of the safety of the Park! What a thrill that was!

We were impressed by the quality and cleanliness of the various washrooms in the National Parks and by the mobile phone signal which I could get in the Serengeti, but not in my home in Wales!!

We had a fabulous time. We saw over 80 different creatures, including the Big Five and two leopard and cheetah sightings and I'm sure we will find many more as we sift through our couple of thousand photos. Our driver was superb and the staff in the bush camps couldn't have been more helpful. Although we did feel slightly short-changed by the 'personal mobile camps' this in no way detracted from the overall experience, which we will never forget.

We would particularly like to thank Eleanor Dunkels for arranging the taxi from Arusha to Nairobi, when our flight from Kilimanjaro was cancelled and it looked like we would have to stay in Arusha whilst new flights were arranged.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tarangire Private Mobile
30-Jul-2013 review: Bush Camp Terminale
GoodGood
Rhino Lodge, Tanzania
2-Aug-2013 review: Superb Safari in Crater from Rhino Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Kati Kati Camp, Tanzania
4-Aug-2013 review: Kati Kati Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Serengeti Green Camp, Tanzania
5-Aug-2013 review: Super Serengeti Safari Bush Camp
ExcellentExcellent

The Hellicar and Smiths go to Tanzania!

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 9-Aug-2011 and 21-Aug-2011 and I travelled with 5 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The whole trip was simply fantastic. Everything went to plan, there were no hold-ups or problems and all the complicated arrangements worked like clockwork. We were touched by the kindness and helpfulness of the Tanzanians and have swapped addresses with one of our waiters.

We experienced three very different camps but they were all superb for different reasons. Flying from the Selous to Ruaha was amazing and we loved the contrast in landscape between the two locations. We were very pleased that we did not do the usual finishing off on a beach in Zanzibar that most people seem to do but used our time to see more of the wild, stunning Tanzania with its lovely people and fabulous creatures.

Many thanks to Liz for all her help and advice. It was the trip of a lifetime and went way beyond all our wildest dreams. Thank you.

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I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
10-Aug-2011 review: Lake Manze Tented Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
13-Aug-2011 review: Selous Impala Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Jongomero Camp, Tanzania
16-Aug-2011 review: Jongomero Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Southern Sun Dar, Tanzania
20-Aug-2011 review: Southern Sun (formerly the Holiday Inn) review
ExcellentExcellent