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Holiday review by Loretta Prentice

Date of trip: 28/08/2010
Number of people: 4
Country: Tanzania

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
Guides: "Excellent"
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "We would like to feel that our stay and tips certainly benefitted the local people and wildlife. Each lodge had a separate tipping box for helping the local people which we hope was put to good use."


Fumba Beach Lodge
This is a wonderful piece of paradise, only half an hour drive from the airport. We did not go on any excursions from Fumba as we had arranged to stay a night in Stone Town before going on the safaris. They had an excellent diving school run by husband and wife, Lauren and David, who gave our son, one-to-one tuition and he managed to complete his Advanced Open Water Padi Diving certificate with them. There was a lovely pool and several private beach areas with gorgeous white sands and heavenly views. Bushbabies and monkeys can be seen running around the lodge. The food was excellent: they grow their own salads and we had no problems at all with 'stomach issues'! Although electricity was sometimes off during the day, it was otherwise on in the evenings and therefore one could charge batteries, use hairdryers etc. The staff were delightful, always smiling and they went out of their way to accommodate our son's nut allergy problem. We could not recommend Fumba Beach Lodge more highly if you want a complete getaway and relax.
Sable Mountain Lodge
The staff were extremely helpful and the food and accommodation was very good. The pool was not chlorinated, however, and we did not use it as it had numerous flies and insects floating on top! I think we went at the wrong time of year to this lodge. There were very few animals around and we later were told that most animals move down from the mountain at this time of year in search of water from the rivers and lakes.
Selous Impala Camp
Selous Impala camp exceeded all expectations and we very much wished we had spent the full week here. As we arrived, Barbara and some of the staff were there with a delicious drink to greet us. We then had a really excellent lunch before going on a boat safari in the afternoon. At the end of this drive we were taken to a secluded spot where the staff had arranged for us to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst watching the sun set!! Complete heaven! This lodge is sited by the river and is visited by giraffes, elephants, monkeys and hippos. The tents are extremely luxurious and very comfortable. There is an electric power point in each tent for charging cameras, batteries etc but hairdryers cannot be used. The only drawback is that there is no reception for mobile phones, but we did use Barbara's email. We had a really excellent guide (Mpogo) who took us on wonderful drives and boat safaris. He was extremely knowledgeable on all birds and animals and thanks to him we saw two hippos fighting and even managed to see a leopard which is a huge achievement. The Land Rover was extremely comfortable even at speed. At night we ate a delicious four course dinner by candlelight and the Masai escorted us to and from our tents. There was a beautiful chlorinated pool with comfortable loungers. There was so much animal and bird life around that if we had had longer, we would have loved to have spent an afternoon by the pool just enjoying the sights and sounds around our tents.
The Swahili House
This is a very new hotel (the lift not yet installed, so be prepared to climb several flights of stairs to your room and to the beautiful roof top restaurant)! We only stayed one night and had to leave very early and so enjoyed only a rudimentary breakfast. Our dinner the previous evening was good.

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facts and information

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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