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Travel reviews by The D Family from France

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

2

Excursions taken

0

Family trip of a lifetime to Africa

Tanzania and 1 other country between 14 Feb 2011 and 25 Feb 2011

Trip rating: Excellent
"It was a fabulous holiday, which we will never forget. All the pieces organised by Liz at Expert Africa fell into place, however improbable, including the tiny light aircraft which emerged in the bush to pick us up.

The camps were exactly as they had been described, so no place for disappointment; if anything, they were better than we had hoped for. It was a great advantage to be able to speak to knowledgable staff in London who could really help find the right places for us. Liz tried to persuade us not to go in February, and it was very hot, but we like that, coming from the European winter!

I would definitely recommend both the company and the camps to friends. Many thanks.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I can't think of anything much! You might suggest that people bring their own rock shoes, as the coral and the urchins are quite a hazard.

Many thanks!"

Arranged By Elizabeth Chapman


Selous Impala Camp

Selous Impala Camp

"Perfect samily safari at Selous Impala Camp"

4 nights Arrived 15 Feb 2011
"This was a perfect place to take a family, beautifully located on the river, tastefully constructed but not over the top. As the camp is unfenced, we particularly appreciated having adjoining family tents, giving the children an added sense of security. Our guide Gerard was first-class, knowledgable, patient with the children and extremely professional in the face of two unexpectedly close encounters on foot in the camp: an elephant did a "fake charge" at us as we turned the corner to board the boat, and a hippo crossed in front of our daughter as she returned from the pool. In both cases, he was perfectly calm and dealt with the situation. Nobody, and neither animal, was harmed! My only suggestion might be for the managers to stress early on that such encounters are not rare but common at this camp, and the hippo and elephant concerned are regular visitors.

The safaris were excellent and varied, with the great advantage of being able to go out on the river as well as the jeep (we found a pride of 17 lions at one point, and the birdlife in February was amazing). The tents were exactly what we were hoping for: simple, but elegant and with a sense of being close to nature (that hippo munching grass by the tent in the morning again...!). The camp lay-out was very nice, though I would have added a few more chairs around the camp fire as there was sometimes not enough space for us to sit there. The managers did not seem as knowledgable about the bush, or as keen to chat around the camp fire, as others in some camps we have visited. The food was very good, with plenty of fresh ingredients and spices."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Unguja Lodge

Unguja Lodge

"Unguja Lodge review"

6 nights Arrived 19 Feb 2011
"This is a beautiful lodge, combining elegance and simplicity, perched on the edge of a coral cliff overlooking the sunset and turquoise ocean. As it has family huts, which are spacious and have three separate bedrooms, it is ideal for those travelling with children. The view from the terrace is breathtaking. The lodge itself is well designed, with a biggish pool and tasteful dining room. The foot was very good, with fresh fish from the sea often cooked with local spices.

There are colobus monkeys living in the trees between the lodge, which are very funny to observe. It's important for anybody thinking of going here to know that the lodge doesn't really have a beach, or rather it does but it's not one that you can swim from, as there are rocks in the shallows even in high tide, withnumerous sea urchins. However, at high tide, you can swim straight from the lodge steps, and snorkel, which is wonderful.

Activities were run by the dive centre, and we had an amazing trip at dawn swimming with wild dolphins. Unguja takes wildlife seriously, and only does such trips early in the morning before the other boats get out; after a while, there are too many irresponsible boats out there surrounding the animals, which is a shame.

The only negative points were the cost of a taxi to Stonetown and back, which makes taxis in Europe look cheap. The red wine by the glass was also disappointing, given that there is so much good South African wine available. Otherwise, highly recommended."
Excellent
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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