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Holiday review by Ian Nicholas

Name: Ian Nicholas
Date of trip: 10/12/2012
Number of people: 4
Country: Tanzania

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
 
Guides: "Excellent"
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Excellent"

Accommodation

 
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
We had a tremendous view of Lake Manyara, the accommodation and public areas were nicely appointed, the staff were friendly and professional and all located within 10 minutes of the park.
 
Nasikia Central Camp
A fabulous location near the foot of some hills in the Serengeti. A pair of resident Maribou Storks great you on arrival, at night the sounds of the bush are all around. Luckily the predators have a healthy respect for humans and don't seem to bother the camp. Visits by Elephants and Buffalo are not uncommon. Antelope eyes shine back at you from the bush when lit-up by the high powered torches used by the staff as they accompany you back to your tent at night.
 
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Equidistant from the Ngorongoro and Manyara Conservation Areas this is a quality location with a touch of luxury for those who want to sample African but would prefer some home comforts. Lovely individual lodges in beautiful gardens, complete with swimming pool and grassed surrounds.
 
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Nungwi
Nestled next to the Indian Ocean, The buffet restaurant provides good quality food which includes, fresh, locally caught, game fish grilled and eaten right on the beach. Quality furnishing and fittings, a warm welcome and good service. A good choice of location for a wind down with a bit of luxury following a safari. I'm not a fan of the "All inclusive (AI)", spoilt years ago at a Sandals Resort, now most AIs would be accurately called "Some stuff Inclusive". This hotel has a slightly confusing price list. An example would be beer prices, for those not on AI beer A cost $5, beers B cost $6. For those on AI, A was free but B was $6, go figure! Minor point but it just shows up that there is a limit to what is included and it can be somewhat arbitrary.

Our Memories

"Sitting around a campfire in the Serengeti, a starlit sky above and the sounds of animals all around us in the bush."
"The first view of the Ngorongoro crater from the rim. The realisation of the scale, the animals on the crater floor look like insects, they are Elephants."

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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