Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs R - Thames Ditton
Just go - it is fantastic!
On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 8-Sep-2012 and 16-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 5 other people.
We are hard to satisfy as we have traveled a lot and always have hight expectations. This was a very well organized trip and expertafrica is truly a specialist in its field. They delivered great service with a lot of patience for our various demands.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
It may be a good idea to monitor the professional qualifications of the safari guides as there are clearly differences which the visitor should know about prior to deciding on the camp. At Ruaha the guide had started as a waiter in the camp and then worked his way up and got trained by Fox himself. In SA Sabi Sabi we came across guides with a degree as a safari field guide and he was the third generation and practically started training with his grandfather.
We met a lot of experienced safari tourists who are interested in very knowledgable guides. We also believe it is important to have a driver and a guide rather than a single driver guide who we had in Selous. There needs to be a lot more information avaibable in your brochures and website on the training the guides have received for us to make an informed decision which trip and camp to book.
To manage expectations you should also explain the various areas to go on safari - for example: you get very close to wildlife if you are on a private game park safari (SA) in contrast to a National Park (Ruaha), where there are stricter rules to not follow the animals beyond the tracks. You may also point out that the local game parks provide shooting licenses for parts of the park (to make more money) which is affecting the behaviour of wildlife and visibility when you are on a safari close to such an area. (Selous)
I stayed at and have reviewed:
|Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
9-Sep-2012 review: Exceeds expectation
|Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp), Tanzania
12-Sep-2012 review: Elephants and Giraffes Galore
|Sea Cliff Hotel, Tanzania
15-Sep-2012 review: Sea Cliff - good for one night