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Travel reviews by Al & Jules from Australia

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

0

Aussie impressions of Selous/Ruaha -June '18

Tanzania and 1 other country between 21 Jun 2018 and 2 Jul 2018

Trip rating: Excellent
"We love wildlife safaris, and this Selous/Ruaha venture was no exception in most aspects.

The overall efforts from Lyndsey at Expert Africa meant that the whole itinerary unfolded as planned - no hitches. She provided all of the necessary information from London to us in Oz. for me to feel confident of the outcome.

Our experiences in both Selous and Ruaha were what we had hoped for in respect to the vast wilderness feel to both regions, the variety of vegetation and topography, as well as the absence of hordes of other safari vehicles. We were a little disappointed that due to several factors ( maybe vegetation cover/animal numbers of some species) we didn't locate wild dog, cheetah or leopard in either location. We've never based our trips on seeing particular wildlife because often it's more luck than anything, and no one factor can change this.

The camps chosen were equal to anything we had previously encountered, and would recommend both Impala and Mwagusi.

Overall a great trip."

Arranged By Lyndsey Marris


The Slipway

The Slipway

"The Slipway at last !"

1 night Arrived 21 Jun 2018
"The location of The Slipway, being on the coastal edge of Dar. city, is ideal if you want to be away from the hustle of the CBD. However if you've had long hours of flying to eventually get to Dar, then the two hours of traffic congestion and pot-holed roads to travel from airport to hotel should be considered before staying here.

The beachside restaurants, pool and breakfast facilities are all very well set up, but only overnighting in economy class seating would make the bedding (mattress) seem inviting."
Average
Location
Average
Service
Good
Facilities
Average
Rooms
Average
Food
Good
Selous Impala Camp

Selous Impala Camp

"Superb Selous Impala Camp "

4 nights Arrived 22 Jun 2018
"We found Impala Camp a superb base for our safari activities in Selous Game Reserve. Its location overlooking the Rufiji River, and close to Mtemere Airstrip, meant easy access to activities in the area.

Overall here the staff were superb also. Our guide/driver Omari was amazing. How he could drive the rough tracks and sight game in all directions still has me wondering. On one day we did a 12 hour game drive, so he also set up our packed breakfast and lunch where we were seated at a table with cutlery, crockery, hand towels, tea/coffee... the whole works.

All of our interactions with the staff showed that they did everything possible to make our time here memorable. We did feel however that although the management duo tried their best, they lacked the personal touch we've found at other camps.

The food here is the best we've ever encountered on safari..... great variety and so well presented."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Mwagusi Safari Camp

Mwagusi Safari Camp

"Unique Mwagusi"

3 nights Arrived 26 Jun 2018
"Upon your arrival, Mwagusi Camp has a special feel to it. We especially loved our huge banda with its thatched roof and local stone and timber fittings. I guess this unique feel is a reflection of its owner Chris Fox. Luckily we learnt more of the history of the camp from Chris himself during the day he spent with us.

Trudy, the camp manager had the personal touch that made us feel welcome from the minute we arrived - even took care of my wife on the afternoon she stayed back from our drive with a headache. All other staff were helpful to the point where on our last night we needed to be escorted back to our banda via a roundabout route when a bull elephant had blocked our normal path.

Our personal guide, Geoffrey, worked hard every day to find the animals we most wanted to encounter. He did manage to find the kill site where a leopard had disembowelled an impala, but not the leopard. I guess it saw us !"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotel

"Pongwe in the rain"

3 nights Arrived 29 Jun 2018
"Our feelings about Pongwe were coloured by the rain that seemed to persist for over half the time of our stay. Luckily the days here were mainly to wind down before the long flight back to Australia, so the weather didn't distract us totally.

As a beach resort, it's a bit limiting as for quite a few hours each day the tide is so low that swimming isn't possible. We also missed the options of nearby attractions, as the villages around had little except for their fishing/seaweed industries. Further to that, the cost of $US100 return to travel to Stone Town, or other tourist locations, was off -putting.

We enjoyed the menu and food options as well as the cheaply priced drinks."
Average
Location
Average
Service
Good
Activities
Poor
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Average

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