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Holiday review by Mrs Simone Illger

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Date of trip: 09/09/2019
Number of people: 2
Country: Tanzania

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "The holiday certainly met our expectations. The three accommodation destination were so very different from one another, it almost felt as if we'd done three different holidays."
 
Tribes Service: "As usual! Very impressed."
 
Guides: "Ahmed, the guide in Stone Town wasn't that great - he provided the information as if he'd learnt it by rote - and his accent was quite hard to understand. Almost reciting information, without eye contact, etc. We'd taken an "accidental" tour from a guy on the street who hustled us the same morning - but he was extremely helpful and considerate of me being a wheelchair user - protecting me from oncoming traffic and moving people out of the way so that I could get past. He took us into the coffee shop and helped us get a table and drinks. He had great knowledge on the history and culture of the island. The driver who took us from Stone Town to Essque Zalu (never got his name) was excellent. As was Saif (the driver who picked us up from the airport on our arrival in Zanzibar)"

Accommodation

 
Siwandu
We loved Siwandu Lodge and the Selous Game reserve - this part of the holiday was perfect and the game viewing was exceptional. The standard of the food and the accommodation were outstanding
 
Essque Zalu
Truly exceptional surroundings, loved the jetty out to sea. The staff were all so helpful. We did the Maassai Spa Ritual experience which was really quite unique! https://www.carlthompson.co.uk/further-reading-blogs/2018/1/11/experience-the-traditions-of-the-maasai-in-zanzibar-at-essque-zalu

Our Memories

"We loved Siwandu Lodge and the Selous Game reserve - this part of the holiday was perfect and the game viewing was exceptional. The standard of the food and the accommodation were outstanding. Essque Zalu was the same - truly exceptional surroundings, loved the jetty out to sea. The staff were all so helpful. Everyone we met throughout the holiday was exceptionally helpful and friendly. No problem was insurmountable. No request went unfulfilled. When we did run into problems, they were always satisfactorily resolved. "

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5/5 from 240 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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