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Holiday review by Steve Moyes

Name: Steve Moyes
Date of trip: 01/10/2010
Number of people: 2
Country: Tanzania

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Beyond our expectations."
 
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
 
Guides: "Good"
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Excellent"

Accommodation

 
Sable Mountain Lodge
Due to a large fire or series of fires it was necessary to drive for around 90 minutes to see more than a handful of game animals. This made game drives in excess of 12 hours and was exhausting. Our room was right at the top of the hill and was 900 steps from the car park. The splitting of this camp in to high and low parts does not work. We were in the high part where there were only 3 of us. In the lower camp there were apparently 13 guests, but we never even saw them. The food was good and the tent was great, but for me this camp just does not work. We ended up at Lake Manze on our game drives as that was the closest concentrations of game, as this was where our next camp was, we would have been better giving Sable Mountain Lodge a miss. It did not spoil our trip but was memorable for all of the wrong reasons. Tribes Comment: We are sorry to hear of these difficulties, we have used Sable Mountain for many years with great feedback and several of us have personally been there. We are aware that this camp is very spread out and on a hill and we would not sell it to people with mobility difficulties.
 
The Swahili House
Only go here if you are physically fit as the stairs are very steep. The rooms are unusual and really nice, and the a/c was a bonus. Was not impressed with the kitchen where 4 staff were totally incapable of boiling eggs. After two disasters I gave up and had toast. Take a compass for finding your way back to the hotel. You will need it!
 
Lake Manze Camp
Preferred Old Mdonya, but liked the bar/dining area.
 
Unguja Resort
The description from Tribes did not do this resort justice, it was superb. The service was first class and the villas are out of this world, it is hard to believe they are only for two people. Particularly liked the periodic visits from the monkeys who searched for food around our villa, but caused no problems. This was just what we needed after 10 days safari and is probably our favourite resort ever. We had two scuba dives and we were very impressed with the young instructor. We had not dived for a number of years and he was so patient and professional that we soon got back in to it. Give it a go.

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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