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Travel reviews by The Purple Rollers from UK

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

5

Excursions taken

0

Tanzania - our best trip to Africa so far

Zanzibar and 1 other country between 15 Oct 2007 and 2 Nov 2007

Trip rating: Excellent
"The balance of the itinerary was superb. We have done a number of safari holidays before, but none have been to this standard of care and attention.

It was difficult to believe that the entire schedule, with all the internal transfers, could work. It did, so our thanks to all concerned.

The standard of accommodation and variety of locations combined to give a brilliant holiday and experience.

Initially, we found the brochure difficult to interpret. This was resolved by telephone discussions on our actual requirements, after which we found it a good point of reference.

Every single query was dealt with promptly and efficiently."

Beho Beho

Beho Beho

"The Begho Beho five star hotel."

4 nights Arrived 16 Oct 2007
"The level of service, the ambience and the sheer goodwill of all the staff was superb. The whole place was maintained to the point that it was possible to think that it was completed yesterday.

The guides on the game drives were patient, knowledgeable and good company and the vehicles were even washed between drives!

We had a wonderful time that we will never forget."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Mwagusi Safari Camp

Mwagusi Safari Camp

"Mwagusi Camp and its elephants"

5 nights Arrived 20 Oct 2007
"When we left Beho we were told that Mwagusi was 30 Kms from the airstrip over bad roads but this would be disguised by treating the four hour journey as a game drive complete with packed lunch. In practice it took about twenty minutes on good roads arriving in time for lunch. We were the victims of a wind-up. (This was typical of the atmosphere at Beho and added to the fun).

The camp is situated on a river bank. The river was dry whilst we were there but it must be a very special during the wet seasons. The dry river bed attracts wild elephants digging for water and they take no notice of the existence of the camp or indeed its inhabitants. We had them in many places: two next to our tent (within inches in fact) and in the camp. One almost joined us for afternoon tea.

Our guide, Daniel, had fantastic eyesight and this coupled with his knowledge meant that we had some spectacular sightings. The best of these was without doubt three cheetahs with a kill that, whilst we watched, were visited by two leopards.

The food was excellent as was the laundry service. Our only cause for concern was with the vehicles used for the game drives. These were badly in need of attention and maintenance. Twice we truly believed that we were about to be stranded. Once was a loose rear wheel hub, the other a non functioning starter motor."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Chumbe Island Lodge

Chumbe Island Lodge

"Chumbe Island experience"

3 nights Arrived 25 Oct 2007
"Chumbe Island is different! Lovely setting, wonderful people, and overall a great pleasure. We learnt a great deal.

We discovered afterwards that we could have left baggage at the office Mbweni Ruins Beach Hotel. Had we known, we could easily have organised our bags to take enough for our stay, and this would have helped a great deal with transport to the island.

You mention the need to wade to the boat or shore. We hit a particularly low tide, so found ourselves very wet, thigh high in water, and walking for 300 yards or so through mud and coral. It can't be done in flimsy flip flops, or bare feet!

We truly enjoyed the visit."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Fumba Beach Lodge

Fumba Beach Lodge

"Fumba Beach - the holiday!"

3 nights Arrived 28 Oct 2007
"We felt we had earned a few days by the sea by this time - proof of how well the whole trip was planned for us.

Fumba Beach was ideal. Very comfortable, friendly people and staff, nicely situated.

We had the extra bonus of an upgrade to a suite."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Serena Inn

Serena Inn

"Serena Inn, Stone Town"

2 nights Arrived 31 Oct 2007
"Probably the best hotel in Stone Town, and well situated, but naturally it lacked the individuality of the other placed visited during the trip.

The Roof Top Dinner was a beautiful setting, as were the terrace bars and pool area."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Rooms
Average
Food
Average

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