Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs M - Bristol


Tanzania and Mozambique 2013

On this trip, I visited Mozambique & Tanzania between 22-Aug-2013 and 9-Sep-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a wonderful trip and the transfers were, as ever, well organised, even through Nairobi airport. The places we stayed more than lived up to our expectations. The lodges were very quiet compared to last year and we did enjoy feeling exclusive. We enjoyed mostly having the game drive vehicles to ourselves. It is a shame that the lack of direct flights from the UK may be deterring people from visiting Tanzania, but we loved the quietness. We certainly had no problems although the return flight was more tiring and not so pleasant because of not being a through flight.

We were impressed with all our accommodation and are amazed with how such luxury is provided in the wilds of Africa. We did find that Mosiguard improved our tsetse fly experience. All the vehicles we used were comfortable. We can recommend a southern Tanzanian safari for the game we saw (everything bar rhino and wild dog), and the beautiful scenery and lovely people. I hope we shall return.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
23-Aug-2013 review: Selous Impala Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Jongomero Camp, Tanzania
26-Aug-2013 review: Jongomero Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
29-Aug-2013 review: Kwihala Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
1-Sep-2013 review: Beho Beho review
ExcellentExcellent
Vamizi, Mozambique
4-Sep-2013 review: Vamizi review
ExcellentExcellent
Oyster Bay, Tanzania
7-Sep-2013 review: Oyster Bay review
ExcellentExcellent

My Aug 2012 trip

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 28-Aug-2012 and 14-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The trip was well organised and we liked the advised sequence of camps. We especially enjoyed the land transfers between Jongomero and Mwagusi and Selous and Beho Beho.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Jongomero Camp, Tanzania
29-Aug-2012 review: Jongomero Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
1-Sep-2012 review: Mwagusi Safari Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp), Tanzania
5-Sep-2012 review: Selous Safari Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
8-Sep-2012 review: Beho Beho review
ExcellentExcellent
Oyster Bay, Tanzania
13-Sep-2012 review: Oyster Bay review
ExcellentExcellent

A successful trip

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 3-Sep-2011 and 18-Sep-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

This trip was very expensive, and therefore not one that we would undertake on a regular basis.

We went to Tanzania to see the wildebeest crossing and to see game. We certainly achieved this and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
We had not intended such a long beach stay and would still have preferred an extended safari to the time spent on Mnemba - however we did benefit from a special offer on our stay there.

We really appreciated the fact that we had sole use of a vehicle and guide on all trips apart from the visit to Ngorongoro crater. It enabled us to see more of what we wished, spend all day game viewing if we wished and all the guides were good.

We enjoyed the & Beyond experience and the luxury they provided but would not rush to back to either place - Ngorongoro because the game viewing is necessarily limited and very crowded with other visitors, although the accomodation is wonderful. We felt Mnemba was overpriced because we were not participating in the free diving (which is obviously one of the main assets) and no other replacement such as spa treatments (which were expensive though good) were offered. We enjoyed the snorkelling but not the rough car trip or the mosquito problem.

Both Oliver's and Sayari camps were very good. We liked the accomodation in both. We were sad that, because more camps have been built, our experience in Northern Serengeti was so busy with other vehicles, whereas it is a definite plus from this point of view that Oliver's camp is in the south of the park.

The transfers were managed well on the whole (barring the 2 transfers mentioned) with no difficulty finding our onward journey

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

The ratings choice on your form did create difficulty in that there was nothing between Good and Excellent.

Also it does not allow for distinguishing between rating for different flights with the same company

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Oliver's Camp, Tanzania
4-Sep-2011 review: Wonderful safari at Tarangire
GoodGood
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
6-Sep-2011 review: Fantastic views from north Ngorongoro Crater
ExcellentExcellent
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
8-Sep-2011 review: Wildebeest crossings at Sayari
GoodGood
Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar
11-Sep-2011 review: Hatching turtles at Mnemba
GoodGood
Swahili House, Zanzibar
17-Sep-2011 review: Swahili house provides excellent views
GoodGood

Botswana & Bazaruto

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Mozambique & South Africa between 25-Aug-2009 and 10-Sep-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We would like to thank Lucy Copson for helping put together such a wonderful experience.

The choice of camps suited us perfectly.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Xakanaxa, Botswana
26-Aug-2009 review: Xakanaxa review
ExcellentExcellent
Kwara Camp, Botswana
29-Aug-2009 review: Kwara Camp review
GoodGood
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
1-Sep-2009 review: Lagoon Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
The Airport Grand, South Africa
4-Sep-2009 review: The Airport Grand review
PoorPoor
Bazaruto Lodge, Mozambique
5-Sep-2009 review: Bazaruto Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent