Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs D from Kent

Wonderful Safari

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 27-Sep-2013 and 11-Oct-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


The Safari was fantastic and our guide, Kevin Mlay, was excellent and really knowledgeable. He knew where to go to give us the best chance of seeing the animals and nothing was too much trouble for him.

When we arrived in Tanzania, the drive from Kilimanjaro to our first village walk was about four hours, which was far too long after a night flight. It might have been better to fly to Arusha rather than Kilimanjaro.

It was just a short drive to Zanzibar airport where were it was the worst part of the holiday. The porters were only interested in grabbing your money. A major, major problem at the end of the holiday was to find that there was a departure tax of £80 to pay! We were not advised of this and had not budgeted for it at all. It was fortunate we had the money put by for our taxi fare from Heathrow to home which we used. That interfered with paying the taxi drive once we got home. Surely Expert Africa must know about this tax but there was no mention of it in any of the information we were given. It really spoilt the end of the holiday.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, Tanzania
28-Sep-2013 review: Excellent Ngorongoro crater safari
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Tanzania
30-Sep-2013 review: Fantastic location for a Serenget Safari
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, Tanzania
3-Oct-2013 review: Glamping in style
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, Zanzibar
4-Oct-2013 review: Idyllic beach front hotel
Dhow Palace Hotel, Zanzibar
9-Oct-2013 review: Interesting hotel centrally located