Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs M from Mexico

Fantastic bush and wildlife experience

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 30-Jul-2018 and 17-Aug-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


The entire trip was impeccably organised by Expert Africa. Travellers should be aware that they do not book international flights or arrange travel insurance. End July/August is a splendid time to go on safari in Tanzania; we came across no mosquitos and few Tsetse flies. The three lodges we stayed at were each very different in feel and location and this made a fascinating two week safari with four nights at each lodge, followed by a week in Zanzibar. With two game drives a day one is often out in the bush for up to 12 hours a day and one has to be prepared to be in the jeeps for this length of time, as the opportunities for getting out are very limited because of safety. The bush is, of course, wild and the going often rough, so first time safari goers need to be prepared to be thrown around in jeeps (but with seat belts!).

The game viewing at this time of year is magnificent and we saw several crossings of the wildebeast in the Mara river, quite a few prides of lions in the Ruaha, including the full pride of 13 at one point and two close up sightings of an entire pack of wild dogs at Beho Beho. Three separate leopard sightings in the Serengeti were very special.

Zanzibar is the ideal place to wind down after a safari but one needs to choose one's hotel carefully according to what atmosphere and recreations one wants. Near Stone Town, or not, swimable beach, or not, isolated or not. Some of the taxi and shuttle drivers can be quite on the wild side, but it is the nature of the island!

Our expectations were more than fulfilled on this magical trip.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
30-Jul-2018 review: Wonderfully organised fantastic guide food OK
Ikuka, Tanzania
3-Aug-2018 review: Abundance of game few other people food great
Beho Beho, Tanzania
7-Aug-2018 review: Luxury camp great game viewing fantastic food
Baraza Resort & Spa, Zanzibar
11-Aug-2018 review: Beautiful Palace; great food; beach not good