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Travel reviews by Mr & Ms Lion cub from UK

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

3

Excursions taken

0

Our First Safari Experience

Zanzibar and 1 other country between 26 Jul 2008 and 8 Aug 2008

Trip rating: Excellent
"As a whole, despite the negative aspects of the holiday, the overall feeling we have come back with really relates back to the Safari section of our holiday. In hindsight, I would have spent longer on Safari and just a few days in Zanzibar. We've realised that we're really not lying around and chilling type people. We like to be doing things and experiencing exciting adventures! It has been a dream of mine to go on Safari since I was a child and Selous Impala Camp enabled all my dreams to come true! It truly was a wonderful experience and one I will never forget. What I saw of Africa was exactly how I had always imagined it - wild and beautiful and the wildlife we experienced was incredible. It was inspired me to want to visit other African countries to experience different safaris and cultures now!

Zanzibar was nice but it really has not made a huge impression on me. It could be that we did not go to the right resort for us? I don't know. It could just be that the Safari experience was so amazing, Zanzibar was always going to have alot to live up to?"

Impala Camp

Impala Camp

"Selous Impala Camp review"

4 nights Arrived 27 Jul 2008
"From the moment we arrived at Selous Impala Camp, we were looked after like Royalty! I've never felt so spoiled and cared for at a resort. The staff were warm and welcoming and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation - our tent - was fabulous! Really luxurious and yet natural and in keeping with the whole safari experience - all mod cons catered for.

The layout of the camp was fantastic. It felt very natural and we really felt like we were in the middle of the bush! The restaurant and bar areas were beautiful - the decoration and layout were stunning as was the location, overlooking the Rufiji River - absolutely beautiful. The food was amazing - such choice and variety - a very talented chef indeed! Staff members were friendly, knowledgable and very professional.

Just an absolutely wonderful experience in every possible way! We would not hesitate to recommend Selous Impala Camp to anyone!"
Excellent
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Shooting Star Lodge

Shooting Star Lodge

"Shooting Star Lodge review"

7 nights Arrived 31 Jul 2008
"I think by the time we arrived in Zanzibar, we were on such a high from our Safari stay at Selous Impala Camp that Zanzibar had a lot to live up to! Shooting Star Lodge was very nice, but from the moment we arrived, we realised how much more laid back and relaxed everyone was compared to our Safari - slightly less attentive I think?

I think we were surprised by the weather too - it was very cloudy and not that warm.

Our room was lovely and we had everything we needed in it. Sadly I lost my camera on the first evening at dinner - it was dropped in the restaurant area and nobody handed it in which I was extremely upset about and quite disappointed that no staff members had seen it or found it?

The food was nice but not of the standard of Selous Impala Camp. There was not a great deal to do there either - we imagined there would be a local village or town or restaurants along the beach etc, but we felt very much confined to the Lodge. Fisherman Tours organised a few trips for us.

The Blue Safari day down to Fuma was fantastic! A wonderful trip - worth every penny and so well organised. However, the Spice Tour combined with Jozani Forest trip was very disappointing and not worth the money we paid for it.

Overall, I think if I returned to Zanzibar, I might consider an alternative area of the island? Overall, the experience was good but not fantastic and it hasn't really stayed with me since returning home."
Good
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location
Average
Service
Good
Activities
Average
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Zanzibar Coffee House

Zanzibar Coffee House

"Zanzibar Coffee House review"

1 night Arrived 7 Aug 2008
"We were only at this hotel for a few hours. The location was probably not the prettiest or easiest to find- set in a back street next to the main market. When we arrived, they were not ready for us and we had to wait about an hour and half for our room to be ready.

We hired a guide through the hotel who spent the afternoon with us and he showed us around and was great - if a little expensive! The room at the hotel was really nicely decorated - very authentic and quite quirky being a coffee house downstairs. Sadly, our toilet did not flush which was not very good.

The staff were friendly if not a bit chaotic! Overall, for an overnight stay, it was quite pleasant. However, having seen various other hotels during our tour throughout the day, I think I would choose a more picturesque setting next time overlooking the sea?"
Good
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location
Average
Service
Average
Facilities
Average
Rooms
Good
Activities
Average

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