Travel reviews by Ms TG from London
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Pining for what could have been...
Tanzania between 14 Feb 2018 and 24 Feb 2018
The reason was the infestation of tsetse flies through the Lake Manyara/Tarangire/Serengeti area. These are not just a nuisance; they are a major problem, turning every game drive into a very painful and distressing endurance test. Totally impervious to any kind of insect repellent, swarms of tsetse flies descend upon people persistently biting at will on both uncovered and covered skin. Yes, they bite through your clothes, too. I ended up with my entire skin a mass burning welts - something that went from simple discomfort to sheer pain, only temporarily relieved by spells under cold showers, and eventually, towards the end of my trip, by some anti-histaminic pills and cream provided by the manageress at Lamai Serengeti.
I was not warned of this, something I find disconcerting from an outfit that advertises itself as Expert Africa and provides specialist consultants for each area. Surely clients are entitled to expect full and honest advice?"
We were terribly sorry to hear that this traveller had such a horrible experience with tsetse flies, and that the advice we gave didn’t go far enough in alerting them to the issue. Tsetse can be a real nuisance and are found in pockets all over Tanzania's wildlife areas, though they can be especially bothersome in Tarangire. We would recommend that any travellers to northern Tanzania take anti histamine cream and tablets if they are able, to help ease any potential discomfort from bites. Once again we are sorry that tsetse’s marred what would have been a wonderful safari experience and we will try our best to ensure that we advise all future travellers of their presence in these areas.
Arranged By Olivia Barclay-Hudson
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
"Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge review"
"Kuro Tarangire review"
"Lamai Serengeti review"
Airport Planet Lodge
"Luxury at Airport Planet Lounge Kilimanjaro"
A satisfying trip
Botswana between 3 Jun 2016 and 11 Jun 2016
Incidentally, the ex-staff member who dealt with all the arrangements for my trip was NICK HOBBS (not listed below). All my comments on the overall service apply to him, and NOT to a random team member I had to pick, otherwise the form wouldn't be accepted."
Tau Pan Camp
"Tau Camp: a Jewel in the Kalahari"
"Shinde: Luxury in the Delta"
"Chitabe: Possibly my favourites camp"
A Good Return to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe between 15 Jul 2014 and 26 Jul 2014
Game viewing was a little disappointing, in that it wasn't very abundant. On the other hand, though, the scenery was breath-taking."
Musango Safari Camp
"Musango Safari Camp review"
Kanga Bush Camp
"They call it"
We are delighted that your guest had such a wonderful time at Kanga and felt this was the most luxurious camp on their trip. I am sorry to learn that this guest encountered gun-shots during their time with us at Kanga Camp. I can assure you that this is the first of its kind this season and that the hunting concession outside of the National Park is too far from our camp to hear gun-shots. Having spoken to both Kanga Camp Management and National Parks, I can confirm that this particular incident was in fact an incident involving poachers. Our Camp Management, having heard the shots immediately notified National Parks who sent a patrol to be based out of Kanga and who followed the tracks all the way to the Kariba side of the escarpment. I can confirm that poachers were apprehended on this occasion and that National Parks are now conducting heavy anti-poaching in the area between the Kanga concession and the escarpment.
This was an isolated incident and we do apologise for the inconvenience caused to your guest whilst staying with us. We hope that with the increased presence of National Parks and operators between us and the escarpment that there will be no further incidents involving poachers in our area.