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Travel reviews by Matt & Barbara from London

Terrific Honeymoon and unbelievable Memories

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 2-Aug-2016 and 17-Aug-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


As honeymoons go, this was the ultimate. We had the seculsion in Selous, the game in Ruaha and the relaxation in Zanzibar. Everything went like clockwork and each part complimented the trip wonderfully well - thank you Ellie & Expert Africa!

First of all Beho Beho and the Selous. Beho Beho is as good as its reputation. Brilliant guiding, brilliant hospitality and in a part of the Selous where you will feel like you have Africa to yourselves. The seclusion is an invaluable feeling and it really hit home just how amazing Africa is. The Selous itself was very different to Ruaha as it was much more vegetated and incredibly beautiful, with rivers, dry gorges, forests and plains. There is plenty of game but it is not the case that you can sit at the top of a hill and scan for your next pride of lion. If you are going to be able to tick game off the list then Selous is not the right choice. You generally have to work for your sightings, which for us, made it all the more special. As Selous is a reserve and not a national park, you can go off-road and track the animals which we found exciting. As a result sightings were so worthwhile and we gained far more insight from BB's excellent guides.

Ruaha was the next stop and was the perfect complement. It seemed much more like a traditional safari area, with game spread across the horizon. The area was much busier than Selous but it was still possible to lose the crowds and go big game hunting. Although we didn't see any leopard, we were incredibly lucky to spot Wild Dog twice and the second time we followed them as they were hunting, which was an unforgettable experience. Mwagusi Camp was brilliant with an amazing location.

We must mention the time of year...perfect! August was start of dry season so there was enough vegetation to keep the dust down, but virtually no mosquitos and the game was starting to congregate around the water holes. Couldn't have been better for both the Selous and Ruaha.

The follow-up in Zanzibar was just what was needed. Relaxation. The Palms was fantastic with great service and food and a very picturesque beach. We would probably not go to Zanzibar in isolation as there isn't too much to do but it definitely complements an East Africa safari!

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Based on our experience, we would 100% recommend Expert Africa.

P.s. Thank you for facilitating such a fabulous honeymoon :-)

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Beho Beho, Tanzania
3-Aug-2016 review: Remarkable Honeymoon Safari at Beho Beho
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
7-Aug-2016 review: The Place to be in Ruaha
The Palms, Zanzibar
11-Aug-2016 review: Perfect Swan Song to a Dream Honeymoon