Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr. S & Ms M - Surrey


My Mar 2011 trip

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 4-Mar-2011 and 12-Mar-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a very good time, although it started badly with a delayed long-haul flight, missed connection which we had to sort out ourselves, then a call from the Game Lodge to say they were flooded out so don't come this evening. EA found us a hotel in PE which turned out to be really great and a relief to have found somewhere after a difficult journey. Next day we had a blown tyre - felt like trip was fated. But thereafter all went well.

We loved Samara and had a good time in Plettenburg area, although we felt the Plettenburg hotel was not quite us. Weather wasn't great but hey, we were away from home/work in March somewhere warm and beautiful.

And, most importantly, we had a great sighting of Aadvark that really made the whole trip a success.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Samara Karoo Lodge, South Africa
5-Mar-2011 review: Samara Private Game Reserve review
ExcellentExcellent
The Plettenberg, South Africa
8-Mar-2011 review: The Plettenberg review
GoodGood

Tanzania safari February 2008

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 3-Feb-2008 and 19-Feb-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a great time. Some of our preceding comments are critical but these are finer details; the overall holiday was marvellous.

We do want to point out that February in Dar, Selous, Ruaha and Mahale is wet season. It did rain a lot and made roads in the Selous very difficult. Overall we got to see lots of game and other wildlife but it was not always easy. We would love to do this again in the dry season to see the difference.

Our itinerary involved several domestic flight connections and transfers but all worked perfectly. Curiously the only place where we had to hand over a voucher was the Holiday Inn in Dar.

It would be good if camps could provide more information and maps on their situation and ecology. It seems odd to come all this way to places specialising in the natural environment and find so little background material.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Fumba Beach Lodge, Zanzibar
4-Feb-2008 review: Fumba Beach Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
7-Feb-2008 review: Selous Impala Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
11-Feb-2008 review: Mwagusi Safari Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania
15-Feb-2008 review: Greystoke Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Southern Sun Dar, Tanzania
19-Feb-2008 review: Holiday Inn review
GoodGood