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Holiday review by Ruth Samways

Name: Mrs Ruth Samways
Date of trip: 01/10/2015
Number of people: 1
Country: Tanzania

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Felt sure that planning my trip to Southern Tanzania with Tribes would be a pleasure. I was not disappointed. "
 
Tribes Service: "Received the advice & service I had expected. Particularly appreciated the availability of Amanda for queries etc.. "
 
Guides: "SAADANI - "Tissot" was a caring guide/driver & although animal sightings were few I was shown how varied the the landscape was. RUAHA - Guide "Prosper" had good eyes but, my fellow van companions & I, felt that there were better in the camp! Driver "Godson" worked well together. Lake Manze Camp - Most of my drives were with the equally knowledgeable & sharp eyes of "Adam",(guide) & "Alli"(driver). They did not have binoculars but didn`t seem to miss anything---wonderful. Selous Impala - Both Guide & Driver, names forgotten - very remiss if me - were excellent & worked hand-in glove with each other with sightings, observations & knowledge. "
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Excellent"

Accommodation

 
Simply Saadani
The sighting of my tent was ideal with a fantastic outlook & from this one point of view the camp lived up to its name - Tent with a View. I don`t usually complain but I thought the "5-course diner" was very poor & that, generally, the cook lacked imagination & skill.
 
Mdonya Old River
Suited me in every way. Loved it!
 
Lake Manze Camp
Although a sister camp to Mdonya the manager was very different, new this season, & it took time for me to warm to him but it soon became obvious that he worked as part of his team so I had a good time & another excellent camp to recommend.
 
Selous Impala Camp
The ideal camp with which to end my trip particularly as there were several opportunities to enjoy Selous from the water. Had my own Masai,(Moiy), to call & escort me everywhere - quite necessary to ensure my safety from roaming animals, especially elephants. This was rather restricting but we seemed to get on well with chats of just smiles & grins!

Our Memories

"On my first morning walking a few steps from my tent onto a deserted sandy beach at 6.45. No-one as far as the eye could reach, palm trees interspersing the scrub along the upper edge of the beach & the warm, clear blue sea quietly breaking on the shore. Wonderful! In Ruaha a leopard relaxing in a tree who became shy & carefully climbed higher - such incredible movement. The Baobab seemingly everywhere - one of my favourite trees. All the kills...or devouring of very recent kills. Bush Breakfast, especially from Impala Camp. Night sounds. Animal shadows walking past my Mdonya tent."

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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