Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs S from Birghton

Another fabulous holiday with Expert Africa

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 20-Aug-2011 and 2-Sep-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


This is the second time we have travelled with Expert Africa (and our third time with Sunvil) and I wouldn't hesitate to use your services again. From start to finish Liz could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable – particularly as I had in mind a fairly complicated itinerary built round a special wedding anniversary and including a surprise bush camp night.

Everything went smoothly from start to finish; the accommodation recommendations were spot on; the advice was first class; and all my questions and concerns were answered very promptly. I have recommended Expert Africa to several friends and colleagues, and passed a couple of your cards to fellow travellers along the way!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Just one thing: more specific advice on tipping at each place would be helpful, although I realise this is a difficult proposition. We were given a benchmark of $10 per person per day on safari, but when we were at Beho Beho $5–$10 was suggested as appropriate for the lodge staff, but guides were also to be tipped $10 per person per drive/walk. We had already put our tip in the general tips box only to discover that this was for house staff only and that we should tip the guides personally. It was all rather awkward.

We also did not know how much was appropriate as a tip for Thadeo, our 'butler' at Matemwe Retreat, so we just had to guess.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Beho Beho, Tanzania
21-Aug-2011 review: Amazing hospitality at Beho Beho
Beho Beho Tree-house, Tanzania
25-Aug-2011 review: Luxury in the Bush
Mchanga Beach Lodge, Zanzibar (this camp has since closed)
26-Aug-2011 review: Liad back Mchanga
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
28-Aug-2011 review: Wonderful Matemwe Retreat
Beyt al Salaam, Zanzibar
31-Aug-2011 review: Charming Beyt al Chai