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Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs N from Bourne

Review Distribution

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

0

Retirement Holiday

Tanzania and 1 other country between 18 Oct 2008 and 31 Oct 2008

Trip rating: Excellent
"A holiday full of experiences - some good, some bad - but all memorable. The bad ones will become great 'dining out' stories."

Selous Impala Camp

Selous Impala Camp

"Selous Impala Camp review"

4 nights Arrived 19 Oct 2008
"Staff incredibly helpful - I would say they enhanced the experience.. The balance of river and land advantageous ( Gerard the boatman deserves a special mention) Had a very unsettling elephant encounter on the way to dinner one night which was not dealt with very well by the Askari - other people at the lodge also commented that they found the attitude to animals in the camp perhaps a little casual.

Food was strictly average overall (poor on one night)but on 2 occasions the staff arranged a different venue with surprises to celebrate birthday and retirement which was much appreciated. Bush breakfast also good, Choice of sundowner drinks limited.
Swimming pool a huge advantage in such heat.

Availibility of fresh coffee also a bonus"
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Average
Facilities
Good
Mwagusi Safari Camp

Mwagusi Safari Camp

"Mwagusi Camp review"

3 nights Arrived 23 Oct 2008
"Very attractive and quirky accommodation - although would have liked netting across bathroom apertures to prevent insects when light on.

Food was absolutely outstanding - what a pity there was no fresh coffee. However the bush breakfast was a disappointment - both in terms of food and the lack of chairs and table. Sundowners ( except for one occasion) also disappointing.

Enjoyed the change of location for dinner under the stars. Camp manager ( Charlotte ) and Chris Fox made a great effort to mingle with guests and create happy atmosphere. Our guide - Samson - was exceptionally good.

Terrain - although lacking a river( full of water!!!) - was very varied and interesting.
We missed a swimming pool as a release from heat , having come from Impala."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotel

"Pongwe Beach Hotel review"

3 nights Arrived 26 Oct 2008
"Staff without exception were helpful and friendly. We arrived to flowers on the bed and a bottle of chilled sparkling wine to celebrate retirement - much appreciated.

There were sufficient hammocks, sunbeds etc for everyone ( although I do feel guests should be firmly discouraged from leaving towels on poolside sunbeds early in the day and then disappearing for an hour or more!!)

The food was perfectly acceptable but not as good as we were expecting. However there was no difficulty in obtaing an alternative if the set meal was not particularly to one's taste. We also had an excellent seafood lunch on the beach which was an extra arrangement.

There was a good range of drinks on offer at a reasonable price. The beach was kept beautifully clean."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Average
Food
Average
Facilities
Good
Zanzibar Coffee House

Zanzibar Coffee House

"Zanzibar Coffee House review"

2 nights Arrived 29 Oct 2008
"Rooms very basic and frankly disappointing although air conditioning was a plus. The mosquito net looked as though it needed a wash and the window gauze was damaged. However when a light bulb was reported as not working it was instantly fixed.

Breakfast was good but the take away breakfast on departure was not acceptable.

There were disadvantages to the location - e.g. no vehicular access, so luggage had to be carried ."
Average
Location
Poor
Service
Average
Rooms
Poor
Food
Average

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