Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Ms. G - London


Pining for what could have been...

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 14-Feb-2018 and 24-Feb-2018 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

PoorPoor

I look forward to my regular forays into Southern and Eastern Africa, a passion I've been pursuing for over 30 years and where I normally enjoy every last minute of my stay. So it pains me to state that, despite the high quality of all the arrangements: camps, transfers, internal flights, this was one trip I did not enjoy.

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?

Feedback response

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.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Tanzania
14-Feb-2018 review: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge review
AverageAverage
Kuro Tarangire, Tanzania
16-Feb-2018 review: Kuro Tarangire review
GoodGood
Lamai Serengeti, Tanzania
19-Feb-2018 review: Lamai Serengeti review
ExcellentExcellent
Airport Planet Lodge, Tanzania
23-Feb-2018 review: Luxury at Airport Planet Lounge Kilimanjaro
ExcellentExcellent

A satisfying trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 3-Jun-2016 and 11-Jun-2016 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

I have no criticisms. I thought everything worked beautiful and I had a great time. I didn't see everything I would have liked, but I understand you see what you see.

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.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tau Pan Camp, Botswana
3-Jun-2016 review: Tau Camp: a Jewel in the Kalahari
ExcellentExcellent
Shinde Camp, Botswana
6-Jun-2016 review: Shinde: Luxury in the Delta
ExcellentExcellent
Chitabe Camp, Botswana
8-Jun-2016 review: Chitabe: Possibly my favourites camp
ExcellentExcellent

A Good Return to Zimbabwe

On this trip, I visited Zimbabwe between 15-Jul-2014 and 26-Jul-2014 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

The trip was well organised and on the whole satisfactory.

Game viewing was a little disappointing, in that it wasn't very abundant. On the other hand, though, the scenery was breath-taking.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Musango Safari Camp, Zimbabwe
16-Jul-2014 review: Musango Safari Camp review
GoodGood
Kanga Bush Camp, Zimbabwe
19-Jul-2014 review: They call it
GoodGood
Vundu Camp, Zimbabwe
22-Jul-2014 review: Fun safari
GoodGood