Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs C from Suffolk
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Our trip to Tanzania/Zanzibar
Tanzania and 1 other country between 1 Mar 2019 and 18 Mar 2019
We are unlikely to return to Zanzibar and certainly not to Matemwe Lodge. If we had known how remote it was and how horrid the surroundings were we would not have gone there."
While we were delighted how much Mr & Mrs C enjoyed their safari, we passed on their comments about Beho Beho’s vehicles and the lodge assured us that steps were taken to address the vehicle seats and to check that winches were working properly. We were very disappointed that did not enjoy their stay on Zanzibar and we corresponded with them while they were there and talked to them at length after their return.
Arranged By Claire Scott
Serena Hotel Dar
"A night at Serena Hotel Dar"
Ikuka Safari Camp
"Exceptional Safari at Ikuka"
"Great Safari at Beho Beho"
Matemwe is located in the far north-east corner of Zanzibar and the final section of the one-hour journey was at the time of their visit via small bumpy track that goes through Matemwe village. Local conditions on the island, which is certainly a poor part of the world, can come as a shock to visitors, particularly at the end of the dry season, and we are very sorry these travellers were not prepared for that. A new road being built will make access to the lodge much more comfortable.
The rooms are designed in the traditional Zanzibar style with large wooden doors and big brass padlocks. There are also security cameras around the property, however these are a precautionary measure rather than a necessity.
On Zanzibar the tide goes out a long way and on most beaches it is not possible to swim in the lagoon between the shore and the reef except at high tide. Matemwe Lodge has two swimming pools, so it is possible to cool off at any time of the day. All Zanzibar’s beaches have public access and Matemwe Lodge tries very hard to keep their beach spotlessly clean through patrols and daily rubbish collection. The lodge explained that much of the debris on the beaches is swept in seasonally from South East Asia, and was worse than usual when these guests stayed. The lodge has built public toilets in the village and we honestly believe the behaviour of the small boys was unusual.
At the time of Mr & Mrs C’s visit, it was very hot and humid on Zanzibar. The rooms at Matemwe Lodge have fans but not air-conditioning, as the sea breeze usually helps. However additional fans are available on request.
Having said all this we were very pleased that these travellers enjoyed the service and food at the lodge, but sadly it seems that the location of Matemwe did not suit them.
3 weeks in Namibia
Namibia between 5 Feb 2016 and 25 Feb 2016
Amazing holiday, we will be back.
Holiday exceeded our expectations in almost every aspect. Stunning varied country. Charming people. Self driving much easier than expected regardless of the 3000km covered. Felt safe and secure at all times, Friendly well stocked garages. The exchange with GDP made this an extremely reasonable holiday.
Highlights.Nice Restaurant, Windhoek. Wolwedans Lodge. Anchors Restaurant, Walvis Bay. Doro Nawas. 3hr old baby elephant.
Lion kill, Hobatere. For comfort we recommend, Ongava, Musharraf & Okonjima Lodges. Grootberg was a disappointment and Oyster Box let down by it's staff."
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
"Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review"
Wolwedans Desert Lodge
"Wolwedans Dunes Lodge review"
Hoodia Desert Lodge
"Hoodia Desert Lodge review"
Oyster Box Guesthouse
"Oyster Box Guesthouse review"
"Doro Nawas review"
"Grootberg Lodge review"
"Hobatere Lodge review"
"Ongava Lodge review"
"Mushara Lodge review"
Okonjima Bush Camp