Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr S & Dr B from UK

Ruaha & Mafia

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 28-Dec-2009 and 8-Jan-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Overall, a good combination 5 Nights in Ruaha and 4 Nights on Mafia. Would definately consider going back to Ruaha at another time to see it in the dry season.

My generic comment about the trip was Ellie at Expert Africa. She provided excellent advice, information, suggested itinaries, alternative and answered a number of silly questions. In fact when BA cancelled our flight back from Dar es Salaam, she even contacted us to see if BA were sorting it out and we were being looking after. we then had a number of text (SMS) exchanges as she check status, etc.

Apart for the BA issues above, everything worked out exactly as planned, being met and escorted between each transfer point.

I would definately consider using Expert Africa again (especially Ellie) and no hesitation recommending to friends, etc.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I would recommend reviewing you entries for Kwihala as the basis for the camp seems to be changing. In particular I understand it will no longer move and that the Bucket showers will be replaced by a normal shower.

The brochure, made me think where we might go, the web site help narrow down the options and Ellie provide the detailed knowledge and advice to finalist the trip including quotations. All elements were intrical and the speedy, informative response of Ellie was a key factor in choosing to book with Expert Africa. I did contact 3 providers with my initial ideas and Ellie initial response was by far the best.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
29-Dec-2009 review: Kwihala - Inimate & close to nature!!!
Pole Pole, Tanzania
3-Jan-2010 review: Pole Pole - relaxation after Safari
Southern Sun Dar, Tanzania
7-Jan-2010 review: Southern Sun (formerly the Holiday Inn) review