Travel reviews by Red-eyed Dove from London
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Zanzibar and 1 other country between 22 Sep 2007 and 12 Oct 2007
Fumba Beach Lodge
"Fumba Beach Lodge review"
Fumba told us that they try hard to employ local people where possible, including the therapists. They are new, and the lodge is acting on this poor feedback to train the therapists and improve the massages. If this doesn’t produce results, then Fumba tells us that they will employ more experienced therapists from mainland Tanzania.
Chumbe Island Lodge
"Chumbe Island review"
"Unguja Lodge review"
In this case, the managers would have had the chance to get the pool cleaned – and perhaps to lessen the volume of sound coming from the bar!
We’re sorry that these travellers didn’t feel ‘special’ here. Elies tells us that they did do several ‘special’ things for these clients. However, it wasn’t made clear that these particular things were done for them because they were a honeymooner couple, and so our travellers though that this was the lodge’s normal service!
These clients are vegetarian. Early in their stay, a misunderstanding seems to have led to the lodge believing that they didn’t want any spices or rice – which thus ruled out many of Zanzibar’s spiced vegetarian dishes. Clearly these restrictions did make catering a challenge.
We’d always encourage clear communication between our travellers and the chefs and managers about what they would like to eat – especially when difficulties are encountered, or diets have any restrictions. For example, we’d recommend that any travellers with restricted diets give us some examples of the kind of things that they do like to eat – which we can then pass to the lodges to give them ideas.
Elies assures us that Unguja is very particular about its kitchen procedures and hygiene: they always make fresh vegetable stock for their cold soups, and the soup is then cooled down prior to serving. Unguja also use water filtered to a very high quality to rinse fruit and vegetables and in cooking.
Small lodges like this generally run very good kitchens, and cook everything freshly. That’s why, after breakfast, Unguja do ask guests if they would like to have lunch at the lodge. This saves wastage, and helps the lodge to plan their food for the day.
Unguja Lodge does this before the specifics of the lunch menu have been worked out – which is a little unusual. We’d hope that guests could treat this as a luxury: a chance to give the kitchen some suggestions as to what they’d like for lunch …
Unguja doesn’t have an in-lodge spa; it’s really not that kind of lodge. However, they can organise a taxi to a Stone Town spa if one is wanted, and it’s not fully booked up.
Zanzibar Palace Hotel
"Zanzibar Palace Hotel review"
Selous Impala Camp
"Selous Impala Camp review"
"Ras Kutani review"
Like in many bush camps, Ras Kutani’s diesel generator is not kept on 24-hours every day. Instead it’s switched off an hour after the last person has gone to bed, and then on again for a short period in the morning. This keeps noise and energy use to a sensible minimum. Each guest is also provided with a torch when they check in, and there are times when guests can charge batteries, cell phones etc.
There’s a valuable general point here – that even African camps which have generators will often not run them all the time, and visitors do need to be aware of this when travelling to Africa.