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Holiday review by Stephen Baker

Date of trip: 10/11/2010
Number of people: 2
Country: Tanzania

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "A good trip, a memorable trip, but not a great trip, falling someway short from expectation. We were unlucky with the weather, and you cannot control that, but the choice of Lemala Tented Camp was unfortunate. "
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
Guides: "Excellent"
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Excellent"


Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
Stunning location at the top of the escarpment with huge views of the valley floor below; unfortunately the views from our tent were limited and obstructed by vegetation. The tent just about large enough, simply but fairly comfortably furnished. The ablutions were brick built rooms with separate shower, wash basin unit and a proper loo: something a little more than a curtain between the ablutions and the living area would have been preferred but this seems to be the East African style as it featured in all three tented lodges.The staff were all good; courteous and caring, had obviously been briefed on our dietary requirements (to the extent that my occasional ‘bad’ choice was pointed out to me (not in a poor way but as caring people))! The food was simple but very good, well prepared, tasty and in good supply (we were always offered ‘seconds’, but always deferred we had had plenty). The walk with a Maasai was an interesting diversion.
Lemala Ngorongoro
I have to say we could find little to like about this place. Perhaps the only good things about the camp were the gas heaters in the tents which were light in the evening and again when the morning tea was served, and the location close to the quiet entry/exit road to the crater. However location was against it when it came to move on to the Serengeti as we had to drive three-quarters of the way round the crater rim to reach the Serengeti road.
Serengeti Migration Camp
An excellent choice, a stunning camp and location. Well managed with excellent staff – helpful and friendly. Approached over a substantial wooden walkway across a seasonal water course the main lodge was on three tiers down the hillside; administration at the top, followed by a lounge, curio shop and boma, leading on to wash rooms, a pool with sunbathing area and the restaurant (with terrace looking out over the river valley below and the bush beyond). Further steps lead down to the camp area where the large tents, each on its own wooden platform (giving a veranda all the way round) and solar water heating unit, were well spaced out over the valley floor, with a further rocky fall to the river below (complete with Hippo pool). Like many camps there was a requirement to be escorted to and from ones tent after dark: for the first time in my experience this was actually necessary. One night two hippos were observed grazing just outside our tent, while another night it was a giraffe, then a buffalo. While for about twenty four hours a couple of elephants wrecked a number of trees as they browsed their way through the camp. The tent were very comfortably furnished and in some style. An extra large bed, desk and chair, sofa and easy chair plus other furnishings all sat well together. Finished off with an excellent shower, double wash basin unit and separate loo completed the facilities. Twenty four hour electricity added to comfort and convenience. Generally the food was good, very good even. The style of cooking was a bit pretentious, and they did not always pull it off. But for me, diabetic requirement apart, I can eat and enjoy anything and I did enjoy the food, the style of cooking was not however quite to my wife’s taste although one meal apart this was not a problem. The homemade soups, the bread, pastries and buns, and the jams and marmalades were all particularly good.

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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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