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Zanzibar: reviews from our travellers

Click below for unedited 'beach lodge by beach lodge' reviews written by our most recent travellers to Zanzibar:

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Mandolin
Surrey

"The trip of a lifetime."

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 25 Oct 2020 and 5 Dec 2020
"For a long time we thought we wouldn't be able to have our holiday because of the Coronavirus and as it happens, we had to cancel our visit to Botswana. But with the help of Maruska at Expert Africa we were still able to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar. Everything was very fluid with plans changing almost daily right up until the date of departure (and beyond)! due to airline cancellations because of Covid. However, Maruska was incredibly patient and helpful in identifying solutions and alternatives and she also proactively (and mostly successfully) sought refunds for the parts of the holiday that we couldn't undertake (a couple of lodges in Botswana offered to postpone our bookings but were reluctant to give refunds but they succumbed to Maruska's charms eventually). And although I didn't book our international flights through Expert Africa, Maruska kept an eye on all of our travel arrangements, even whilst we were away, and alerted us when our return flight was cancelled.
The holiday itself was way beyond our expectations partly, I suspect, because there were so few other tourists about. In some of the lodges we visited we were the only guests which meant that we were treated like VIPs. And what lodges! The Lemala camps were excellent and Maruska negotiated a very good deal for us by using only Lemala for our safari accommodation and the deal included our own vehicle and guide throughout, which meant that we could go where we wanted to go, when we wanted to go, instead of being tied to a strict timetable for game viewing. As far as the game viewing was concerned, having been told by a couple of friends that their experiences included having to vie for a view of the animals with 100s of other vehicles, we instead found ourselves to be in splendid isolation with almost every animal we saw. The only downside was having to come home." Read full review: 41 nights in Africa; 11 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Giovanni
Biot

"Excellent vacation"

I visited Zanzibar and 1 other country between 16 Oct 2020 and 30 Oct 2020
"Everything went very well, it was exactly the kind of experience we were looking for and the children had a blast." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 8 on a Zanzibar holiday
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr G
California

"My Aug 2020 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 22 Aug 2020 and 19 Sep 2020
"Maruska put together a trip in 3 days and did an exceptional job. We had enormous fun and everything was private as there were very few tourists.....I highly recommend you plan a trip soon....can you imagine walking 80k in the Serengeti and never seeing another tourist or hearing a car.....go now and I promise an incredible experience." Read full review: 28 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs P
Barcelona

"a wonderful holiday"

I visited Zanzibar and 1 other country between 21 Feb 2020 and 8 Mar 2020
"Everything worked very well. We were met and well looked after wherever we went.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No. We hope to travel with you again in the near future." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 9 on a Zanzibar holiday
Overall trip
Excellent
Muz
Colchester

"A wonderful safari and beach experience"

I visited Kenya and 1 other country between 11 Feb 2020 and 5 Mar 2020
"We are well travelled but this was one of our best holidays ever.

A great safari experience with a bit of Zanzibar adventure thrown in at the end.

Expert Africa have come up trumps again." Read full review: 23 nights in Africa; 13 on a Kenya safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr A
Switzerland

"Amazing honeymoon in Africa"

I visited Tanzania and 2 other countries between 7 Feb 2020 and 24 Feb 2020
"Maruska was very open to plan an itinerary based on our requests and interests, and also flexible when we had to adjust our budget. Maruska has really been excellent, responsive, informative, and able to really organise exactly what we wanted. Excellent service and we highly recommend Maruska." Read full review: 17 nights in Africa; 5 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr &Mrs W
Bamford

"My Dec 2019 trip"

I visited Kenya and 1 other country between 20 Dec 2019 and 5 Jan 2020
"Amazing family holiday. A first trip to Africa for 3/4 of us - We felt very well looked after and all arrangements worked well. So pleased with Richard's recommendations for us. Many many thanks." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 8 on a Kenya safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs S
E Sussex

"Xmas beach Holiday"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 8 Dec 2019 and 29 Dec 2019
"Kono Kono let the whole trip down

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

None I can think of" Read full review: 21 nights in Africa; 6 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Good
Ms K.
Nashville

"November Trip to Tanzania & Zanaizbar"

I visited Zanzibar and 1 other country between 24 Nov 2019 and 1 Dec 2019
"Our trip was absolutely amazing.

We spent three days on safari at Kiba Point and four nights in Zanzibar at Zuri Zanzibar. The entire trip was flawless. Our transfers and flights were well coordinated and timely. The accommodations and food were all top notch. Could not have asked for a better vacation.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

None. Thanks for all of your assistance in putting this together." Read full review: 7 nights in Africa; 4 on a Zanzibar holiday
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs H
Bristol

"Fantastic Safari and Lovely Beach Holiday"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 13 Nov 2019 and 1 Dec 2019
"We had a fantastic holiday.

In most cases it exceeded our expectations with just a couple of exceptions. Our 4 days at Lake Manze were brilliant. The game viewing was great, as were the guides, managers and all aspects of the camp. Our 4 days at Old Mdonya were also great. The game viewing was brilliant and so were the guides however we found the present managers at the camps to be a little distant at times and I think the running of the camp would benefit if the managers engaged more with the guests and the staff as was the case with the previous managers.

Pongwe Beach hotel is fantastic in all ways and the whole family thoroughly enjoyed their stay. Generally all our travel arrangements worked well and our flights and transfers were good apart from our final transfer at Dar when the Coastal Shuttle bus failed to turn up and we had to pay out for taxis. All in all a great holiday and one that I would love to repeat at some time in the future." Read full review: 18 nights in Africa; 9 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
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