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Travel reviews by Mr M & Mr H from Atlanta

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

0

Loved every minute!

Tanzania between 29 Sep 2014 and 6 Oct 2014

Trip rating: Excellent
"We started out at the White Sands Villas and Spa in Paje beach on Zanzibar which is beyond beautiful. It just opened in 2014 and the grounds are spectacular and the rooms are really small compounds with two buildings, a private pool and private garden that opens on to the beach. It was the perfect place to relax and get used to the time zone change.

Then off to the Selous game reserve for a week of safari. The reserve is amazing and had many different landscapes which made you feel like you were exploring a number of different reserves, rather than just one.

All our lodges were great and the whole trip went smoothly and according to plan. We would definitely visit here again!"

Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Lake Manze Adventure Camp

"Lake Manze Adventure Camp review"

2 nights Arrived 29 Sep 2014
"We stayed in Tent 1 as requested and glad we did. It is a long walk from the main part of camp but the privacy and view are worth it. Just sitting on the porch in front of the tent was at times as good as a game drive. We had a small problem with tiny ants one morning and the staff took care of it very quickly. The nights were a little warm, even with the one fan going but then we expected that and knew what we were getting in to.

Food was decent and the staff attentive. We enjoyed the boat trip and absolutely loved our guide and driver on the game drives. There is much to see in the Lake Manze area although elephants were a big scarce. We finally saw one big heard of about 40 on the second day but they were a little ways off. Our drivers went above and beyond to make sure we got the most out of each drive which was very much appreciated.

Expect to many bumpy drives and the camp is dusty given the floor of the main camp is dirt. A nice feature was the outlets in the main camp were universal so we didn't need an adapter for our US plugs. Not having electricity was not really a big deal. We had our own flashlights and headlamp which came in handy."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Good
Activities
Good
Rooms
Average
Food
Good
Facilities
Average
Beho Beho

Beho Beho

"Beyond All Expectations!"

2 nights Arrived 1 Oct 2014
"We stayed 5 nights at Beho and prior to our arrival we thought it may be too long. When it came time to leave, we regretted not staying longer!

The bandas are beautiful and open to the outdoors in the front area and around the edge of the ceiling. It was amazing really how few bugs ever came in even with the lights on at night. We did have a few small geckos and a very cute brown bat at night that we quickly got used to. This place is not for those who are afraid of wild life. We had Hippos and Elephants just feet from the edge of our veranda pretty much every night which we loved! The sounds were incredible and while you have the experience of being out in the open like a tented camp, it's anything but. There are two bandas with bathtubs, 5 and 9. 5 is at the end called the "view" side and 9 is down at the opposite end called the "activity" side because of the many animals that walk around that area. We were in 9 and I'd request it again on a return visit. A nice feature was the power strip with universal outlets for various styles of plugs. We had several adapters with us but having that was nice as well and we could have left some of our heavier ones at home had we known.

The main lodge is spectacular and the pool area beautiful as well. The service is really what stands out and separates Beho Beho from all the rest. There is no detail left undone and they will bend over backwards for their guests. The current managers, Karin and Walter are amazing and give it a family feel from the moment you arrive. The bandas were always clean and tidy and no sooner would you use a towel but it was quickly replaced as soon as you left for a meal or a drive. I even left my IPad in my room and Karin sprung in to action and had it on the next plane out of Beho's own airstrip and after 3 plane changes it arrived in Zanzibar where it was waiting for me that same night before I left there for the states. I was blown away at how she was in communication with so many people so quickly to make sure I was reunited with it before I left the country.

They rotate guides on all the walks, boat trips and game drives which we worried about. In the end, it's one of the things we loved about Beho. All the guides are first rate getting to know them rounds out the family feel to the place. Karin is an amazing chef and helps plans the menu which is beyond belief. I gained a few pounds but don't regret a single bite. She also made me a birthday cake on the last day that was truly the best I've ever had. There are some surprises Beho likes to keep under wraps so I won't ruin them but each meal will be memorable for many reasons.

There are so many activities that you really do need to stay longer here than at most other safari lodges. The game drives are great and the morning ones are fairly long and cover a great deal of ground. We had incredible encounters with several prides of lions in action that were amazing. The day to the lake and hot springs was also incredible and not to be missed. The walks were also incredibly thrilling. On our first walk we encountered 19 elephants on all sides of us. We were never in danger but what a huge thrill to see them like that! We also spent a night in the tree house which is not to be missed. I won't spoil that either other than to say the web site doesn't do it justice but that's on purpose.

After spending 5 nights here we felt another 2 would have been perfect although I think I could have easily moved in for a month if I had the means. The views were so spectacular and peaceful that just relaxing around the banda and lodge were rewarding enough. There is also a watering hole near the main lodge that has activity every night. Hippos, Lions, Heynas, Warthogs were Beho regulars and just meters away from the couches and bar stools. The Selous is not as densely populated with animals as some of the places in the north where you can see hundreds of animals in your first hour. It's very different from the crater up north as well. In The Selous, you are in open vehicles and you are off-roading to find the animals. You see very few other people during your drives and you truly feel like you're in the middle of nowhere searching for these animals. We were always lucky on every drive to have something exciting happen, even if it took you some time to track it down. We prefer this type of a safari over the zoo like experience of the crater but it's also not for everyone.

Having stayed at another camp in the Selous before Beho, I now realize you can really get the full experience of this reserve from just this one lodge.

Thank You Beho family for the vacation of a lifetime!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Beho Beho Tree-house

Beho Beho Tree-house

"Not to be missed!"

1 night Arrived 3 Oct 2014
"Beho Beho likes to leave a few things about the treehouse experience as a surprise which I will honor.

The web site does not do it justice, the tree house is beautiful in every way and the night was one we will never forget. It's an absolute must if you can fit it in!!!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Beho Beho

Beho Beho

"Beho Beho review"

2 nights Arrived 4 Oct 2014
"See our comments for the first half of our stay here. [ Ed: see below. ]"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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