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Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs R from Basingstoke


Southern Tanzania - great holiday!

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 8-Sep-2012 and 21-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We started with 4 nights at Mdonye Old River Camp in Ruaha, a simple but comfortable and friendly camp, before moving on to the excellent Beho Beho in Selous. Both camps provided excellent game viewing, supported by knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides.

Both camps have significant wildlife in their immediate areas but both are some distance from the permanent wet areas that attract most animals during the dry season. If you accept this (as we did), you will have a excellent holiday at these camps - but if you want to minimise your travelling, other camps might, in our view, be more suitable.

We then had 3 nights on the coast at Ras Kutani - a very comfortable, friendly and laid-back location for a couple of days relaxation.

The internal logistics worked excellently with the Coastal Aviation flights all being more or less on time (or even early).

However our return BA flight was delayed by over 2 days due to mechanical problems which resulted in an unexpected (and unwanted) weekend in Dar es Salaam - a situation compounded by a lack of information from BA on the status of the repairs.

Despite that final hiccup, this was an excellent holiday in a great safari area - and a complete contrast to the more popular and crowded north of Tanzania.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
9-Sep-2012 review: Mdonya - frendly camp with excellent guiding
GoodGood
Beho Beho, Tanzania
13-Sep-2012 review: Superb lodge..............................
GoodGood
Ras Kutani, Tanzania
18-Sep-2012 review: Ras Kutani - very relaxing
ExcellentExcellent

A superb and memorable trip

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 12-Sep-2011 and 24-Sep-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our second visit to Namibia, combining some new areas with revisits to previous haunts.

The new area was the Skeleton Coast, on the 4 day Schoeman's flyng safari. This was a truly spectacular journey with 4 busy days way off the beaten track in this amazingly varied wilderness - a trip brought to life by the knowjledge and enthusiasm of Andre Schoeman.

After this, we revisited Etosha, staying at Okaukuejo and The Fort at Onguma Plains. Wildlfie viewing as excellent, particularly in eastern Etosha. The heavy rains this year meant that there was still water in the Pan which made it look completely different. We finished with night a Okonjima on the way back to Windhoek.

This trip was not inexpensive and it is difficult to talk in terms of "value". However it was a superb trip and the Skeleton Coast element in particular was truly memorable and unlike anything we have ever done before. However we may do it again - we're thinking about doing it again in 2013 (probaly a new trip that the Schoeman's may start based at their new Leylandsdrift camp).

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I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
13-Sep-2011 review: Olive Grove review
GoodGood
Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris, Namibia
14-Sep-2011 review: Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safari - stunning!!
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
17-Sep-2011 review: Comfortable camp and superb waterhole.
GoodGood
Onguma The Fort, Namibia
19-Sep-2011 review: Great stay at The Fort
GoodGood
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
22-Sep-2011 review: Great stay but too short!
ExcellentExcellent