Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs P from Surrey


On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 10-Jan-2011 and 29-Jan-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


We had a great time and it was everything we expected that it would be. Ellie was so helpful in the booking process and answering my questions.

We loved Tanzania and we agreed that the safari here was better than other countries we had visited. Our driver from Asilia (Albert) was very friendly and knowledgeable. He was always prompt and the vehicle was always spotless.

We undertook a couple of trips with Wayo at the Serena Hotel at Lake Manyara:

1. The night drive into the park made us feel very special as we were the only people in the park on that night. I love the expectation of what you might see and this is what anyone who does this trip needs to bear in mind. It is highly unlikely that you will see Lions and whatever you do see unless you have a very good camera and are very quick at taking the picture you won't be able to do this. So it's best to just sit back and enjoy the trip. We saw different notcturnal animals - porcupine, genet, hippos feeding, bush babies etc.

2. Whilst we enjoyed the bike ride, there are a few factors that anyone doing this needs to think about. It was about 30km and whilst a lot of it is down hill the hot wetaher can take it out of you so take come water (we weren't offered any by Wayo, although our Driver gave us some) and plenty of sunscreen, a hat etc. The bikes are ok, but the seats are a bit worn and uncomfortable (we were talking to the guy who took us and he told us that they wanted to order the gel seats but had to get these form Europe). I had thought that the visit to the village was going to be about meeting people who lived and worked there - we actually visited a curio shop. We then biked into the park and down to the lake and then back up to the village where our driver met us. So overall we enjoyed it but a few things to consider for anyone else.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I really can't think of any.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Onsea House, Tanzania
11-Jan-2011 review: Onsea House review
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Tanzania
14-Jan-2011 review: Lake Manyara Serena review
Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge, Tanzania
16-Jan-2011 review: Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge review
Ndutu Safari Lodge, Tanzania
18-Jan-2011 review: Ndutu Safari Lodge review
Pole Pole, Tanzania
22-Jan-2011 review: Pole Pole review