Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs V - Essex


My Sep 2012 trip

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 27-Sep-2012 and 12-Oct-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our ninth safari and a return for a second visit to Ruaha and Selous. The game and sightings were as good as any we have experienced before anywhere.

We saw three different lion hunt and kills, a crocodile/impala kill and an unsuccessful leopard hunt in daylight. We had good wild dog sightings, plenty of various antelope and an excellent range of smaller animals; add a total of 220 species of birds in 12 days, many lizards and even a few snakes this trip- 2 pythons and a green snake (it's a harmless species - I don't mean a mamba or boomslang). Both Ruaha and Selous remain game rich and less tourist full than many other destinations. Selous is a favorite over Ruaha because of the availability of water safaris but to us a mixture of places makes a trip and the paucity of available water in Ruaha just concentrates the game.

Guiding was excellent at all the three camps we went to and the camps themselves reflected the range from bush camp to luxurious with none of them having any shortcomings. As usual the camp staff were unfailingly pleasant and efficient. One does not usually notice the domestic staff side of things but all the camps manage hotel type efficiency of cleaning, clothes washing and ironing and food production and all done out in the bush far from civilization.

We approached Expert Africa with two itineraries; a Zambia trip was not on because places were already booked but it was clear that a Southern Tanzania one was possible and in fact everything we wanted fell into place within a few days. Claire was efficient, friendly and you get the impression with expert Africa that they will keep on trying to get your trip right. On this occasion there was no problem. Our documents arrived in plenty of time as promised.

An excellent and enjoyable trip- Thank you

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Our second trip organised by you and faultless really. We are experienced safari fans so perhaps we know what we want and what to expect more than some (Africa being Africa!), however knowing that your staff will have actually visited and have experience of many of the camps is comforting when planning and discussing places to go.

It would be good to see you cover Kenya and particularly Uganda.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
28-Sep-2012 review: Kwihala camp 2012
ExcellentExcellent
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
3-Oct-2012 review: Return to Impala camp 2012
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
6-Oct-2012 review: First visit to Beho Beho
ExcellentExcellent
Southern Sun Dar, Tanzania
11-Oct-2012 review: Southern Sun Hotel
AverageAverage

Southern Tanzania safari

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 12-Oct-2010 and 27-Oct-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We were very happy with most of our safari, Lake Manze camp excepted, and very happy with how Claire from Expert Africa helped us decide on places to go and the general organisation of the trip. Everything 'happened' as arranged and expected and that is not always the case in Africa so full marks to Expert Africa.
As seasoned African safari goers the Southern Tanzanian circuit was new to us but met our expectations with excellent game, wonderful bird life and beautiful locations in Ruaha and Selous.
If there was any blot it would be that being close to beach resorts means that you get a number of first time safari goers whose interest is superficial and where the safari is bolted on as some sort of exotic extra to a beach trip that is the tourist's main interest and some of the camps cater to this level of tourism. Selous tourism has evidently expanded in recent years and we fear that this will lead to safari tourism in the way some Northern Tanzanian (Ngorongoro) and Southern Kenyan (Mara) areas cater for

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
13-Oct-2010 review: Kwihala camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
18-Oct-2010 review: Lake Manze camp review
AverageAverage
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
22-Oct-2010 review: Selous Impala camp stay
ExcellentExcellent
Sea Cliff Hotel, Tanzania
26-Oct-2010 review: Sea Cliff Hotel review
AverageAverage