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.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
"Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge review"
"Kuro Tarangire review"
However, the entire experience, which would have been close to perfect otherwise, was wrecked by the swarms of tsetse flies which plagued every game drive to the point of turning what should be enjoyable outings into endurance tests. I was in deep pain and hugely stressed my entire stay.
This was already a problem at Lake Manyana, and was all the more upsetting as I wasn't expecting it, not having been alerted to this hazard by Expert Africa."
"Lamai Serengeti review"
However, tsetse flies remained the overwhelming problem they'd been on the two previous legs of my trip (Lake Manyara and Tarangire).
Emergency anti-histaminic pills and cream provided by the hugely helpful manageress Natasha rescued the final days of my trip."
Airport Planet Lodge
"Luxury at Airport Planet Lounge Kilimanjaro"
Amazing welcome, fantastic service, great room with air con, scrumptious food in the restaurant .... and the bar does a mean margarita, too!"
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"
It was well-run and all the staff were extremely welcoming and efficient. Camp manager Jessica made it a joyful place to be. My guides, Vasco and Scoopa were excellent.
All the outings provided one or more points of interest."
"Shinde: Luxury in the Delta"
Extremely pleasant and welcoming staff.
Game not plentiful but steady and some splendid sightings."
"Chitabe: Possibly my favourites camp"
Everything was perfect and the staff were so smiley and pleasant!
My guide Phin was very experienced and provided an excellent game viewing experience."
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"
I would have liked perhaps one game drive, but these were not available.
Please note also that according to Steve, the rhino breeding programme in Matusadona Park no longer exists.
I would recommend this camp to anyone!"
Kanga Bush Camp
"They call it"
I also loved that the vast majority of the camp staff, management very much included, were black Zimbabweans. Their welcome was fantastic. The guides were excellent.
The camp faces a large waterhole, which provides an opportunity for what the staff calls "an armchair safari," ie, just sit and let the game come to you. They did, in reasonable numbers, if not great variety.
Game in game drives, though, was very scarce.
My problem with this camp is that I think it's sited far too close to a hunting concession, which probably makes game viewing more difficult as animals are skittish. One morning we heard three rifle shots - not such a pleasant experience if, like me, you're not a fan of hunting."
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.
My guide, Alistair, was great fun to be around and either by luck or design he did provide a good sighting of African Wild Dog, always a privilege! We also walked in on a sleeping lion, a situation he handled beautifully. My canoeing outing on the river was excellent!"
An alarm call requested for 5.15 came at 5.45.
I request for no apples at all due to an allergy resulted in packed breakfast and lunch with apple juice. A request for drinking water at dinner provided a mega bottle which I, as a single diner, was expected to pay for.
On the positive side, the staff were smiley, pleasant and welcoming. The food in the dining room was excellent. The wine was mediocre, as indeed were the stodgy and uninspiring packed breakfast and lunch"