Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs F from Marlow

My Nov 2012 trip

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 5-Nov-2012 and 16-Nov-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


We had a wonderful trip and it lived up to its expectations and in many cases exceeded them. The standards of accommodation at the Sand Rivers were exceptionally high and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

We had one blip - the taxi at Dar to take us to the hotel did not turn up. A local tourist information official rang Eco Tours but they said there was a mechanical issue with the taxi and nobody would be coming! We negotiated with a local taxi driver to take us to the hotel for $50 and were told that they hotel would pay the bill. The driver had no idea where the hotel was and the hotel did NOT pay the bill but fortunately we had the cash to do so. Eco Tours did ring to apologise and the fare was re-imbursed when we left.

But overall excellent!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I found the information you sent us in advance of the trip to be very useful, especially as this was the first time we had been on a safari. However, I think it would have been good to have added just a short paragraph specifically on the places where we were actually staying, for example at Sand Rivers they provided for everything - sun cream, mosquito repellant, full set of toiletries, rain jackets. Had we known, we would have limited the amount of toiletries we took with us and fleeces which were just not required at this time of year. For Matemwe, it would have been good to have read about their work with the local community with a list of anything specific required. I also found parts of the Brandt guidebook to be out of date, referencing things that might open in 2009 and certainly a few more hotels in Matemwe (but I guess it's difficult to keep up with the pace!).

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Sand Rivers Camp, Tanzania
6-Nov-2012 review: Sand Rivers Camp review
Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
10-Nov-2012 review: Matemwe Lodge review