Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs E from Croydon
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
August trip to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe between 26 Aug 2019 and 7 Sep 2019
Arranged By Tom Morris
"Excellent safari at Somalisa Expeditions"
"Great experience at Zambezi Expeditions"
"Relaxing time at Gorges Lodge"
Great time in Tanzania
Tanzania and 1 other country between 2 Sep 2016 and 13 Sep 2016
Stone Town provided a completely different 'town' experience, while Chumbe was the perfect place for relaxation. Staff everywhere we stayed were first-class.
All our connections worked perfectly. Many thanks to Liz for organising everything so competently."
Southern Sun Dar
"Southern Sun stopover"
The room was comfortable, breakfast good and staff friendly and helpful. The only reason we did not rate this as excellent was because of a check-in problem: they did not have our booking reservation when we arrived from the UK.
Eventually matters were resolved satisfactorily."
"Excellent and varied safari at Selous Impala"
Viewing a stand-off between a leopard trying to guard its kill - an impala it had hauled up a tree - and a pride of lions on our second day was amazing. It resulted in the leopard running away, chased by a lioness. Fortunately, the leopard escaped unhurt, but did not return to its kill on the remaining two days of our stay.
The camp is spacious, with tents well separated from each other. Rooms were comfortable and spacious and the food was very good. Staff were very friendly, welcoming and helpful - nothing was too much trouble. Evans, our waiter, provided an excellent service every day."
"Wonderful tented camp"
Highpoints - we arrived at the airstrip to be told that there was a pack of wild dogs which we really must see before being taken to the camp. After an exciting drive through the bush, we got there just in time to see them before they moved off from resting round a tree. As we had always wanted to see wild dogs, this close-up experience was perfect. Thanks to Michael and Charles for this amazing experience.
Our guide, Hamza, ably supported by Michael, was excellent and knowledge. He was determined to give us the best viewings possible. The two of them also provided us with the - entertaining, for us - spectacle of them rescuing another safari vehicle (from outside Ruaha) which had become bogged down in a riverbed. Good driving skills!
Ruaha provided excellent sightings of elephants, lions, a variety of antelope and wonderful birdlife."
Zanzibar Coffee House
"A welcoming refuge in Stone Town"
We were made extremely welcome by the manager, Salome, and her staff made us very comfortable. Our room was comfortable, large - and quiet. We only had one night there, before moving on to our next destination but we returned there a few days later for lunch. Food was excellent and the coffee is good too.
We enjoyed our breakfast with excellent views from the tower top terrace."
Chumbe Island Lodge
"Peaceful Chumbe Island"
Snorkelling on the coral reef was great, walking tours were interesting, particularly seeing the giant coconut crabs and fruit bats. Great beach, wonderful and varied food, friendly and professional service.
We really enjoyed our 2-night break here."
Excellent safari and Victoria Falls visit
Zambia and 1 other country between 6 Aug 2014 and 18 Aug 2014
Stanley Safari Lodge
"Excellent short visit to Stanley Lodge"
The food was excellent."
"Comfortable and beautifully situated lodge "
Food was excellent and could not be faulted."
"Excellent safari at Nsefu"
Excellent sighting of game, including leopards, lions (and lots of cubs), large herds of buffalo, elephants, giraffes, zebra, etc - everything we hoped for. Good bird watching too."
"Relaxing at Pumulani"
Staff are attentive, efficient and friendly. For us, the slight disappointment was the food which was not as good as on our last visit a year ago and not up to the standards we found at other locations on this trip. Hopefully, this was a temporary blip.
We enjoyed snorkelling, walking and kayaking."
A fabulous two weeks
Malawi and 1 other country between 6 Sep 2013 and 20 Sep 2013
Weather in Cape Town was variable, from sun to hail, through wind and rain, so we couldn't do a couple of things that we wanted to do (go up Table Mountain and visit Robben Island). We did see whales at Hermanus, which was on our to-do list, and penguins at Betty's Bay. City bus tours were good for getting to know the city. We were very glad we hired the car for two days as this enabled us to see the coast and the wine area.
All arrangements worked like clockwork, thanks a lot, Claire., for putting it all together for us."
"Superb lodge and safari at Mukumuladzi"
Surprise lunch by the river one day, just for us, was great. Staff all really helpful and courteous. Nothing was too much trouble. For two nights we were the only guests and service remained superb. We can't fault our time spent there."
"Relaxing and active time at Pumulani"
Excellent host (Jake, who was temporary manager while Alex and Karien were on leave) who went to great lengths to make sure all our activities were well organised, i.e. snorkelling, dhow lake trips, walks, including village visit, and kayaking. All great fun and extremely informative, especially the village visit, where we also visited the village school. Guides and all staff were excellent, really welcoming and friendly. Overall, excellent level of service.
Only comment would be the lack of clothes hanging space in our chalet: there was only space for four hangers in total, which really wasn't enough for our clothes for our three different locations. The design of the hanging space could not allow for more hangers, a bit irritating. But a minor point overall."
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
"Excellent waterfront hotel, V & A"
Although we had a loft room it was very comfortable, spacious and well appointed."