Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs Coucal from Herts

My Feb 2008 trip

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 7-Feb-2008 and 22-Feb-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


One of our most memorable overall Africa experiences. Partly because of the variety of camps, scenery and activities, partly because of the fact we visited in the early part of the wet season, implying green landscapes with fat and happy animals. This can make for very photogenic stuff, with animals pictured amongst fields of flowers and greenery, rather than dust, and I took some of my best ever pictures on this trip. Bird variety and sightings are also fabulous at this time of year.

The downside of the wet season is that things can become a bit more chaotic, with roads becoming impassable and airstrips being temporarily unusable. As such, not quite as "stress-free" as safaris can be at other times of the year, but very much recommended as an experience if all you've done before is the dry season (which was the case for us). Oh, there's one other downside too - more insects!

The balance of the trip was excellent in terms of safari/beach/city, with the Zanzibar accommodation being perfectly chosen to suit our particular preferences - thank you Ellie. Logistics were flawless throughout. Overall, very pleased indeed, and starting to think about our next trip already.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Beho Beho, Tanzania
8-Feb-2008 review: Beho Beho review
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
13-Feb-2008 review: Mwagusi Safari Camp review
Fumba Beach Lodge, Zanzibar
17-Feb-2008 review: Fumba Beach Lodge review
Zanzibar Palace Hotel, Zanzibar
20-Feb-2008 review: Zanzibar Palace Hotel review