Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs A. from Oregon
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Oct 2021 trip
Tanzania between 1 Oct 2021 and 14 Oct 2021
Wonderful experience for a first time safari and Expert Africa made the planning much easier.
Coordinating delays from the original plan due to the pandemic and then rearranging plans for a different time of year and with 2 of us flying in at different times was handled well."
Arranged By Lyndsey Marris
Arusha Coffee Lodge
"Arusha Coffee Lodge review"
"Lemala Ngorongoro review"
Our tent was comfortable, the bucket shower was warm, and the rustic but nice accommodation made us feel like we were truly on safari in Africa, especially when our host mentioned elephants occasionally walk through the camp at night seeking the water intended for the bucket showers!
Hosts were great and the food was good. Very friendly staff. Would recommend for location (right next to the entrance to the Crater) and accommodations, however, we stayed at some other fantastic tent camps later in the trip that made us feel that we couldn't give the same rating as those other sites."
Lake Manyara Safari
"Lake Manyara Safari review"
3 Oct 2021 • All-day excursion
Had we not gone on to see Ngorongoro and Serengti we would have still checked off many of the animals we hoped to see including elephant, lion, buffalo, klipspringer, baboon, monkey, giraffe, bushbuck, and a variety of birds. Many of them up close!
"The Highlands review"
The staff and service were amazing, the accommodation exceeded our expectations and views were beautiful.
The food was very good and we loved having a drink at the cool bar tent before dinner.
We also enjoyed the educational walk with a Masai guide from the camp to a nearby Masai village. We really felt like part of the family that lived there."
Safari in Ngorongoro Crater
"Safari in Ngorongoro Crater review"
4 Oct 2021 • All-day excursion
The amount of wildlife you can see is remarkable and although you don't always get as close to it as in the Serengeti we were still close enough to feel like we were part of the action.
From what we heard, the park was still not as crowded as in pre-pandemic days and I can see that if there were much more traffic, it might interfere, however, while we were there, I would say the number of vehicles did not distract from the experience.
Empakaai Crater Hike
"Empakaai Crater Hike review (not done)"
5 Oct 2021 • Morning excursion
Maasai Village Visit
"Maasai Village Visit review"
5 Oct 2021 • Afternoon excursion
We trekked to a small boma that was truly representative of how many Maasai live. It probably deserves an 'excellent' however, it is hard to say excellent to witnessing the conditions they live in.
I understand the cultural differences, but it doesn't make it any easier to see people living in those conditions.
A remarkable experience, I wouldn't trade this for the typical tourist visits to bomas that I had read about. Really makes you ponder deeper questions.
Namiri Plains Camp
"Namiri Plains Camp review"
The accommodation was luxurious and the decor and architecture of the entire camp are very tasteful and blend in well with the landscape. Enjoyed a bubble bath in the free-standing tub on the deck of our tent and a great massage in the "spa" tent. The staff made us feel at home and were very attentive. Food was very good, although for us it was a bit much from a quantity standpoint."
Olduvai Gorge visit
"Olduvai Gorge visit review"
6 Oct 2021 • All-day excursion
Somewhat overwhelming amount of information for anyone who isn't more than passively interested.
Well-designed information center and amphitheater overlooking the Gorge.
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp
"Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp review"
Here you really feel as if you are in the thick of nature with animals all around (the wildebeests during our visit). In part, this was due to the timing of our visits and I'm sure Namiri would have a similar feel when the migration is in that area.
Amazingly comfortable rooms and bed for a mobile camp! Great staff as well."
"Katambuga House review"
Wonderful, helpful staff that went out of their way to make our stay great.
Food was excellent, the room well-appointed and decorated, and the peaceful location was much appreciated."
Very tastefully decorated room.
They also managed to recognize that my wife left her bathroom bag in the room and brought it to us (at a run) prior to us departing on our safari."