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Travel reviews by Family S from Sheffield


A marvellous trip, superbly managed

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 15-Aug-2014 and 29-Aug-2014 and I travelled with 7 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

From the moment of my first contact with Expert Africa (late one night - and I got straight through to Maruska in the New Zealand office!) I had nothing but praise for the friendly professionalism that guided us through the planning of our special family holiday to Tanzania. Expert Africa had been recommended to us by friends who had been on several safaris (the first ones with other companies) and we were delighted with the service provided. Having established the hopes of our group for the trip, Maruska helped me through planning the details with clear explanations about the pros and cons of any choices and the range of options available. Maruska's responsiveness as I articulated various preferences of the group was marvellous and the recommendation, quite late on, of spending our last 3 nights on Chumbe Island was inspired.

The actual trip went like clockwork. Every detail had been planned for and was delivered brilliantly All the fights and transfers worked smoothly and everywhere we went we were expected and welcomed. All the accommodation was just right - and just as we expected. Above all, we had the most brilliant driver/guide on our week-long safari. We were delighted to be with Asilia, a well regarded Tanzanian company with excellent credentials and our assigned guide, Stanford, was absolutely fantastic. He was calm, considerate, efficient and good humoured, but beyond that he was incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, flexible and humourous. And he worked so hard! He undertook the duties of driving, guiding, communicating in excellent English and responding to any requests with a calm composure that ensured we had the most wonderful experience. We would like to put on record our enormous gratitude for this - and to thank Expert Africa and Asilia for assigning him to us!

The safari was very special and we loved the camps. I worried a few times before we left the UK whether 7 days on safari might seem like too much of a good thing but I needn't have worried. Stanford's skill enabled us to learn more and more about animal behaviour as the week went by and we were as interested on the morning of day 8, en route to the airstrip and our flight to Zanzibar, as were were on day 1 when, after a night flight, we set off at lunchtime for Arusha National Park. Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti built brilliantly on this start

Finishing our holiday in Zanzibar was also wonderful. The tropical beaches were gorgeous and the relaxed vibe was enjoyed by all 7 of us. And the final three days on Chumbe - absolutely magical! The entire trip surpassed our (always high!) expectations and it will remain a very special experience for our family. We just wished we could have spent more time everywhere!

Thank you Expert Africa, with special thanks to Maruska - and to Liz who picked up a few queries right at the end. We have already recommended you to friends and hope one day to travel through Africa under your expert guidance again.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Rivertrees Country Inn, Tanzania
16-Aug-2014 review: Pleasantly relaxing start to safari
GoodGood
Little Oliver's Camp, Tanzania
17-Aug-2014 review: Fabulous camp with wonderful game viewing
ExcellentExcellent
Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge, Tanzania
19-Aug-2014 review: Lovely setting, close to the crater
GoodGood
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
21-Aug-2014 review: Deep in the Serengeti, a warm welcome awaits!
ExcellentExcellent
Mbweni Ruins Hotel, Zanzibar
23-Aug-2014 review: Comfortable and convenient; great location
GoodGood
Chumbe Island Lodge, Zanzibar
25-Aug-2014 review: A magical finale to a fabulous trip
ExcellentExcellent