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Travel reviews by Honeymooners from London

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

3

Excursions taken

0

Lake Manze and Zanzibar honeymoon

Tanzania and 1 other country between 21 Sep 2009 and 4 Oct 2009

Trip rating: Excellent
"Lake Manze and the safari was excellent and we would definitely do something similar again. Zanzibar was good but perhaps for a beach holiday lacked the feel of the Maldives or Seychelles.

We enjoyed our holiday and everything ran very smoothly. The connections were excellent.

We chose Expert Africa because Eleanor was so positive and helpful and gave us a really good idea of what our holiday would be like.

Suggestions for improvement:

Remember to mention whether departure taxes are included.
We weren't sure and so held on to USD$30 each in case but discoved these were already included.

Another idea would be to ask the local agents to be more proactive in selling excursions or trips. Not to force these on people, but if there had been a "price list" we would have been interested but instead we were put off by the driver trying to get us a good deal."

Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Lake Manze Adventure Camp

"Safari from Lake Manze camp"

4 nights Arrived 22 Sep 2009
"This was our first African safari so we don't have any personal comparisons to draw but we had a fantastic time enjoying the vast variety and abundance of wildlife on the game drives, boat safari's and walks on offer at Lake Manze. The benefit for us was that Lake Manze was both readily accessible from international flights to Dar Es Salaam and was also a short transfer to Zanzibar.

As well as the location, we heard from other travellers that the Selous is quieter and less commercial than some of Tanzania's Northern game parks and so it was not unusual to be able to spend as long as you wanted with the lions, crocodiles or birds in an afternoon and not be disturbed by many other cars or visitors.

The camp was welcoming, well run and we thought the drivers and guides were generally very informative, experienced and worked together very well to ensure that guests saw what was of most interest to them.

The tents were clean and comfortable and the lack of electricity or fences really gave you a feeling of being 'amongst nature'. It was quite common to see elephants in and around the camp and Giraffe and Hippos were never far away. We were both surprised and pleased to see so much and would definitely consider a safari again."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
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Matemwe Beach Village, Zanzibar (this camp has since closed)

"Matemwe Beach Village Review"

7 nights Arrived 26 Sep 2009
"The food was good and the service was professional and attentive. There was enough variety to keep you happy for a week or so.

The pool area was very pleasant and the beach was relaxing although the water was well farmed with seaweed and the beach was busy with fishing and walkers.

In order to snorkel and dive a boat was required to take you to nearby Mnemba. We thought that the snorkelling was good but perhaps not as good as the Maldives, Greek Islands or Australia and the trips at $45 were fairly expensive although that was a good ratio of staff to assist.

It was surprising that the hotel didn't make some excursions easier - perhaps spice tours, visits to a different part of the island, or down South to see the dolphins. This meant the there wasn't a lot of activities which would be perfect if you were seeking simple R&R."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Good
Activities
Average
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Average
Zanzibar Coffee House

Zanzibar Coffee House

"Zanzibar Coffee House stop over"

1 night Arrived 3 Oct 2009
"Very friendly and a good location to explore Stone Town.

Fairly basic accomodation was clean and comfotable. It was great to have air conditioning and the staff had made a special cake to celebate our honeymoon!"
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent

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