Reviews of holidays to South-west Zanzibar
152 holiday reviews from our travellers of holidays which include South-west Zanzibar.
"Wonderful holiday - thanks"
You didnlt ask about Primate Safaris so I have to ass that they were fantastic – our guide was William. What a great guy, he looked after us very well.
Seeing the Gorillas was just amazing – what an experience! The trek wasn't particularly difficult (thankfully), it only took about an hour and 10 minutes in total, and not too hard either. With hindsight we should have done 2 gorilla treks. The Golden Monkeys were interesting but nothing like seeing the gorillas – we were the only people who did the monkey trek, so we had a guide, a trainee guide, two trackers, a porter and two armed guards – and us!!!
A couple of things that are different from your info:
There is an exit charge from Zanzibar Airport of $30 each. We were told that there was no facility to get money from the airport and anyway they would only accept it in US$. What happens if we don't have $60 cash we asked – you get a taxi to Stone Town and get the money, was the reply. Fortunately we had $62 – but I just don't know what would have happened if it had been a Sunday and the banks were shut.
The Spice Tour was $60 EACH – for about 2 & a half hours and 1 hour 20 minutes of that was travelling to and fro. Interesting but not worth £85.
All in all we had a truly wonderful holiday and would not hesitate in recommending Expert Africa. We will certainly be back.
Many thanks" Read full review: 12 nights in Africa; 8 on a Zanzibar holiday
"EA does what it says in on the website"
I should also mention Claire Scott, who dealt very efficiently with our holiday arrangements whilst Eleanor was away." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 6 on a Tanzania safari
"A huge thank you!"
Ellie could not have been more helpful and friendly. The lodges that she suggested for us were perfect - she really listed to what we said about the type of holiday and accommodation we were after. We spent a lot of time talking through the pros and cons of different venues and it was refreshing to speak to a tour operator who would give you their own views.
We had a fantastic time and can't thank Expert Africa enough for all your help and careful planning!" Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 9 on a Tanzania safari
"Our holiday in Zanzibar"
We were taught a few Swahili phrases each day by staff at Fumba Beach Lodge - and it really is worthwhile using it with local residents. The organisation of the trip by Expert Africa was superb: they really know what they are talking about, and they took the trouble over even the smallest details.
We came back much refreshed - and, once in the UK in gloomy November, immediately wished we were back there!
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No suggestions - you clearly understand your clientele and how you can tailor a holiday to suit their requirements." Read full review: 8 nights in Africa; 4 on a Zanzibar holiday
"A very memorable holiday"
The organisation was excellent, and everything went without a hitch. All the transfers were smooth, and the Tanzanians were very helpful and friendly. The yellow fever cert. was not even looked at or requested.
Following our first conversation you came up with excellent suggestions, and provided the kind of holiday I had in mind. As I commented in previous feedback, I think we could have probably been quite happy with one day less in both camps, and two days less at Fumba, but I know that we had to work around BA flights, so this might not have been possible.
We were glad that we went to southern Tanzania rather than the north, as I think it would have been more crowded in the north, and not nearly such an experience of bush life. The vehicles that we travelled in were better than landrovers, and more open, and from what we heard from others at Fumba we had better weather too!
All in all, an excellent trip. Many thanks for arranging it." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 9 on a Tanzania safari
"Expert africa staff"
Thank you for your recommendations - they all turned out to exceed our expectations. Would book with you again," Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 5 on a Zanzibar holiday
"Our first beach holiday in years"
As usual with your company everything went like clockwork everything is sorted out so we just have to relax and enjoy ourselves that is one of the reasons why we keep using you please keep up the good work." Read full review: 10 nights in Africa; 10 on a Zanzibar holiday
"A great holiday"
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The only thing that springs to mind is to stress to clients the importance of having proper reef shoes for this kind of holiday. One doesn't appreciate how sticky the sea bottom is at low tide, and many people only have flip flops, which are disastrous.
Thank you for organising such a stress-free and enjoyable holiday!" Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 9 on a Tanzania safari
"Si' s feedback"
"Wow what an experience"
The trip was talior made to our requirements thanks to Expert Africa. Every aspect of the holiday was discussed - recommendations made - our likes and dislikes taken into account - suggestions adjusted to fit the budget set . I cannot praise them highly enough.
They could not have picked a better camp for us to stay in . We will never forget the thrill of finding a leopard and the priveldge of being able to sit quietly for over an hour observing her - following her every now and then. And then there were the lion pride with their youngsters - playing with each other and their parents - watching a male lion gently licking and nuzzling his son. All this from about five feet away.
Wild life wandered in and out of camp during the night and the sounds were magical as we lay in our huge beds in luxurious tents.
'There was nothing about the holiday that wasnt good - even being chased by an elephant we put down to experience - because we trusted our guides and rangers to help us out of danger.
we have almost 2,000 photos between us to recapture every moment and relive the experience all over again.
Zanzibar - total chill out - total removal from the reality of day to day life at home. And the snorkelling - wow!!
So thank you Expert Africa - I will definetley be recommending you to anyone who is thinking of a trip to africa.
Suggestions for improvement:
I cant think of anything that needs to be adjusted - apart from the credit card companies charging a surcharge if you want to pay by credit card!!" Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 8 on a Zanzibar holiday
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