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Travel reviews by Mr H & Ms S from London

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

2

Excursions taken

0

safari/beach

Tanzania and 1 other country between 29 Jan 2009 and 6 Feb 2009

Trip rating: Excellent
"all went smoothly.

The first day was quite long and it appears that Asilia forgot to provide us with a lunchbox and so the camp had to make us a late lunch when we arrived"

Olakira

Olakira

"Olakira Camp review"

4 nights Arrived 30 Jan 2009
"Very friendly and attentive staff who made a real effort to make us welcome and meet our needs. We were suprise to learn however that two of the company owners were present at the camp for our first night but made no attempt at communication with us and the rest of the guests to welcome us. We had assumed they were other guests keeping themsleves to themselves

Food of good quality but not as good as we have experienced elsewhere for example with freshly baked bread and pastries.

Good accomodation in terms of size and facilities in tent. Could have been a few more rugs in tent.

Our only real complaint was in relation to the camp's vehicle. in contrast to the vehicles supplied to all other guests individually by their tour companies this was open sided with overhead shelter only. This led on two occasions to us gettign extremely wet and cold with only "ponchos" as shelter which we thought was inadequate.

We were told there was no alternative available; it was implied that part of the reason was additional cost of bringing in another vehicle, which bearing in mind the cost of the stay was not an appropriate response. It would have been unsuitable for any serious photographer needing to rest lenses on doors/roof bars as we saw with others. Any guest needing that facility should be warned to make their own arrangements"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge

"Matemwe Bungalows review"

3 nights Arrived 3 Feb 2009
"Location and grounds very good for a relaxing break (albeit too far from, and therefore expensive to get to, Stone town if that was desirable). Quite "rustic" in feel which we found a positive advantage.

Staff and management very friendly and helpful (Sabine sat with her family at supper each evening and made an effort to get up and talk to everyone to make sure we were happy. She was also very open and honest about what she and her husband had taken on and were planning to improve). On one occasion other guests were playing music loudly and this was attended to quickly and diplomatically.

Beach and pool facilities were good. Village and reef visits were easily planned and well worth doing. We were welcome in the village with our guide. Had we had more time we would have taken the opportunity to do some other activities available from the "watersports" area inclduing dhow sailing and kayaking..

We were in one of the older style bungalows which was very spacious and was comfortable albeit the bathroom was adequate but uninviting. It could be better lit and the shower could be easily and cheaply improved with a better head. Maybe this is dealt with in the newer ones and will be done this Spring?

The bungalows being raised on a coral cliff away from the beach was good in terms of security.

Food of very good quality and a real effort made to make tasty menus. The dining room was attractive. We noticed when we got back, the website described coffee and cookies being delivered to your balcony daily but that wasn't done.

The only particular issue we had was that in the very strong wind the noise at night was disturbing and earplugs would have been welcome."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Average
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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