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Holiday review by Bojana Djordjevic

Name: Bojana Djordjevic
Date of trip: 10/07/2010
Number of people: 2
Country: Tanzania

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "We have used Tribes before and would do so again, all pre trip information and discussions about the itinerary were great. "
 
Guides: "Good"
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Good"

Accommodation

 
The Swahili House
There was no hot water the entire time we were there. The worst thing about it was that they kept telling us how they were in the process of fixing it but it didn't get sorted. Also, the elevator in this place is either broken or non-existent - not a huge deal for us - but certainly for an older couple as the steps are incredibly high and numerous - the porter that carried our bags up just about had a heart attack! Finally, the service in the restaurant was hit-and-miss. In some ways the service in this hotel was kind of what we expected for all of Africa, but it's the fact that we were treated so well everywhere else made this place just feel very frustrating.
 
Ras Mbisi
Ras Mbisi was great - really fantastic service. We really loved their Rhodesian ridgeback dogs who pretty much ran security for the place but were very friendly with the hotel guests! Only us and one other family were there. This was a hotel I suggested based on a guide book description - you mentioned you did not have experience with it at the time - I can tell you that I think it is a better choice to stay on this side of Mafia than the other side where there are several other lodges around Chole Bay. The ocean seems much more peaceful at Ras Mbisi.
 
Olakira Camp
Really enjoyed the service especially at Olakira where we stayed for several days. They really went above and beyond to accommodate our dietary needs.

customer rating

5/5 from 174 reviews

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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time: Flights from UK to Tanzania take about 9 hours direct or 10-11 with a brief stopover en route if from Europe.

Language: Kiswahili and English are Tanzania's official languages. Although most people in the cities speak some English, a few phrases of Kiswahili are useful in more rural areas.

Visas: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.

Health: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.

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