Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr N - Virginia

My May 2012 trip

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 31-May-2012 and 14-Jun-2012 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:


My experience with Expert Africa was completely positive. Everything on the trip happened on-time and as-promised. The camps and hotels that I used were likewise accurately represented in every way, so there were again no surprises. The communication in planning the trip was really excellent and extremely helpful. I would recommend Expert Africa to any traveller to Tanzania.

I chose to make my trip early in the season (arriving around June1). I knew that the game viewing would potentially be better later in the season when more of the water sources had dried up, but wanted to travel before the dry season became too advanced and everything really dried out. My assessment proved correct, but I have no real regrets about the timing of my trip.

However, most of the camps were just opening, with various "start-up" issues (changing staff, finding where the animals were hanging out, etc.) and animals would likely have been better acclimated to the vehicles in another week or so. A week later might thus have been better timing for the trip, but hardly a major issue.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Onsea House, Tanzania
31-May-2012 review: Great place to recover from jet lag!
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Tanzania
2-Jun-2012 review: Comfortable lodging on the crater rim
Ruaha River Lodge, Tanzania
4-Jun-2012 review: Beautiful site on Ruaha river
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
6-Jun-2012 review: Secluded tented camp provides great experienc
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
9-Jun-2012 review: Good, not great
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
11-Jun-2012 review: Up market, with all that implies
Southern Sun Dar, Tanzania
13-Jun-2012 review: A well-run business-oriented hotel