Travel reviews by riguss from Belgium
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Dec 2013 trip
Tanzania between 22 Dec 2013 and 3 Jan 2014
Southern Sun Dar
"Southern Sun Dar review"
Lake Manze Adventure Camp
"Lake Manze Adventure Camp review"
Chole Mjini Lodge
"Chole Mjini Lodge review"
It transpires that the period in which these travellers visited Chole, was a transition period between managers. The managers there at the time were preparing to return to Canada and the owners Jean and Anne de Villiers were returning. In their final months, the managers at the time lost their attention to detail and Jean and Anne do agree that service elements, the food, communal areas and rooms lacked a degree of care. Jean and Anne who built the lodge from scratch themselves, are now back at the lodge and assure us that they have already addressed many of the issues raised by these travellers.
They tell us that they have caught up on all deferred maintenance, replaced all the tired old linen, towels, pillows and soft furnishings, bought new cutlery and glasses, installed more photovoltaics and a WiFi router in the lounge. They have added new boats, new furnishings, brought back loungers to the jetty and bought new outboard engines which are much quieter, more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. They have spent the month of January working with and retraining staff members and re-introducing old favourite dishes back into the "dumbed down" meal plans.
In regards to the safety concerns these travellers had - Jean and Anne assure us that all of their boats are fully equipped to sail and carry first aid kits, life jackets,
communications equipment, food and drink. Therefore running out of fuel or a malfunctioning engine is not a life-threatening problem, ever, which could possibly explain why the boat captain appeared somewhat unconcerned.
Expert Africa intend to visit Chole later this year, and so we can review the changes made by Jean and Anne first hand in. Hopefully these kind of comments are a thing of the past.
Zambia and 3 other countries between 15 May 2009 and 31 May 2009
Arranged By Tracy Lederer
"Kapani Lodge review"
"Kakuli Bushcamp review"
"Mchenja Bushcamp review"
The Airport Grand
"The Airport Grand review"
We do acknowledge that this hotel, as the name suggests, is very close to the airport and unfortunately, as such, will have a fair amount of plane noise. It is however very handy for airport access if you are on a short turnaround time in Johannesburg.
Avani Pemba Beach
"Pemba Beach Hotel review"