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Travel reviews by Mr JC from SE London

Review Distribution

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

5

Excursions taken

0

Sand Rivers / Pongwe holiday

Tanzania and 1 other country between 19 Oct 2009 and 6 Nov 2009

Trip rating: Excellent
"We loved it! It was a perfect honeymoon and each day just got better and better. So glad we chose Sand Rivers and Pongwe which exceeded our expectations."

Arranged By Claire Scott


Sand Rivers Camp

Sand Rivers Camp

"Great Sand Rivers experience"

3 nights Arrived 20 Oct 2009
"Wonderful location, the staff were excellent as was the food! Plenty of safari options during our 4 days there and we would really recommend the fly camping experience. We saw plenty of wildlife and it was always just us watching, there were not loads of other Land Rovers suddenly appearing.

The knowledge of our guide Edson was superb and he went out of his way to make sure we were happy and comfortable. The rooms were very comfortable and had fabulous views overlooking the river where we could listen to and watch plenty of hippos. The management and staff at Sand Rivers were also very friendly and made us feel very welcome.

Highly recommended."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Sand Rivers fly-camping

Sand Rivers fly-camping

"Sand Rivers fly-camping review"

1 night Arrived 23 Oct 2009
"Great experience which we are so glad we did. Beautiful location next to a lake and the staff couldn't have looked after us any better, food was again excellent.

A real experience knowing that there were so many crocodiles, hippos within 20-30 metres of where we were eating, sleeping in the pitch black!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotel

"Pongwe Beach Hotel review"

11 nights Arrived 24 Oct 2009
"Pure paradise, best beach you could ever wish for with beautiful clear turqoise waters. We stayed there 11 nights and absolutely loved every minute. There isn't much to do other than enjoy the location, food and relax - which we certainly did.

The food was excellent and varied and the staff made us feel very welcome.

We would love to go back!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Beyt al Salaam

Beyt al Salaam

"Beyt al Chai review"

1 night Arrived 4 Nov 2009
"We stayed there for 1 night and loved the individual character of the spacious rooms and hallways. Great, quiet location to explore Stone Town from and the staff were very welcoming.

We had an excellent dinner at the restaurant in the evening which, although was more expensive than you would typically pay in Stone Town, was still excellent value for money."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt Regency Hotel

"Kilimanjaro Kempinski Hotel review"

1 night Arrived 5 Nov 2009
"We stayed here for 1 night at the end of our honeymoon. Lovely hotel which is very comfortable but we were really disappointed with the service and attitude of some of the staff when we arrived at 12.30pm. We were made to wait for half an hour when we checked in and were told initially that our room would be ready in a few minutes. At 1pm I asked how much longer we had to wait and eventually was told that our room wouldn't be ready until after 2pm, so the Receptionist suggested we went and had some lunch which we were happy to do, and they would come and get us when our room was ready.

When we tried to have lunch by the pool we were initially told in a rather unfriendly manner that we weren't allowed there as we didn't have a room. Eventually we were allowed but overall it was a rather frustrating and unfriendly welcome we'd received. No one came to find us to say our room was ready so at 2.30pm I went back to Reception...and waited another 20 minutes whilst they tried to find us a room.

Our room was very comfortable and quite stylish but was not a sea view as booked. When I questioned this with Reception they were aware of this but said we would have to wait longer for a sea view room to become available - frustrating so we stayed with the city view room we'd been given.

On the up side, the pool and spa is very nice and Level 8 bar and the Oriental Restaurant are both excellent and very popular."
Average
Location
Good
Service
Poor
Facilities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent

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