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Travel reviews by Mr I from Northumberland

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

3

Excursions taken

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Selous, Ruaha and Butiama Beach trip 2014

Tanzania between 15 Feb 2014 and 1 Mar 2014

Trip rating: Excellent
"Very satisfactory doesn't really convey how happy we were with our trip. Everything was excellent. Right from the start when we first contacted Ellie it was obvious that we were dealing with someone who was really doing everything possible to ensure that we had a great holiday and we really did, apart from the fact that she couldn't conjure up sightings of Wild Dog and Whale Shark ( and I'm sure she would have if it were possible!) it really was a memorable holiday which all four of us would happily do again. Particular thanks are due for the recommendation to stay at Butiama Beach on Mafia which really was just the place we were looking for to unwind before returning home. We certainly would have no hesitation in recommending both Ellie and Expert Africa to friends and family and will definitely be contacting them again when next we return to Africa."

Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Lake Manze Adventure Camp

"Lake Manze really was an adventure"

4 nights Arrived 16 Feb 2014
"Lake Manze was a lovely place to stay, very relaxing with a great variety of things to do. The tents are fitted out well and nicely situated, it’s certainly spine tingling to lie in bed and hear the unearthly sounds of hyenas calling just outside the tent. The game drives were really enjoyable. Great game viewing, particularly in view of the unseasonal rains. All the staff were really helpful and couldn’t do enough to ensure things went smoothly. In particular our guide, Emanuel, and driver, Bacari, did everything they could to ensure that we covered as much ground as possible with great good humour. We spent a really enjoyable 4 nights there and hope to return to try and catch the elusive wild dogs."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Jongomero Camp

Jongomero Camp

"Beautiful Jongomero"

3 nights Arrived 20 Feb 2014
"Jongomero, a very different place to Lake Manze both in style and situation. It really is a beautiful camp, the accommodation is first class and the food is just lovely. Again nothing was too much trouble for the staff, everything was done with good humour and great attention to detail. Unfortunately due to the rains, everywhere was very green which made it difficult to see the game but our guide Theo did everything he could to maximise our chances of seeing things. There were wild dog and lion around close by as we could see from the fresh spoor, and from the lion calls during the night, but the very thick vegetation meant it proved too difficult to see them. Again it would be lovely to go back to Jongomero, but I think the area would be much better visited during the dry season ."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Butiama Beach

Butiama Beach

"Beautiful Butiama Beach"

6 nights Arrived 23 Feb 2014
"Butiama Beach was a delight and our thanks to you for recommending it to us. It really is a wonderfully relaxing lodge, the perfect place to chill out before returning to real life back in the UK. The whole place is delightful. Very laid back but all kept in good order and runs like clockwork. Maura and Moez were so welcoming and did everything possible to make sure that our stay with them was just perfect. The range of things to do always meant that we had something planned for the days when we didn’t just wanted to be lazy and take things easy, all arranged by Moez who discussed things every evening then made sure whatever you wanted to do happened. The food was great ( as long as you like fish and seafood ), I had read reports of the portions not being large enough but there was certainly plenty as far as we were concerned, all beautifully cooked and presented. We all hope to return in the not too distant future."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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