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Holiday review by Laurie Hartnett

Name: Laurie Hartnett
Date of trip: 17/09/2010
Number of people: 2
Country: Tanzania

Overall level of Satisfaction

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

Accommodation

 
The Swahili House
We were a little removed from the waterfront and all its sights and consequently seemed to be lost quite a bit of the time and trying to find our way back to the hotel. Food and service were satisfactory and the room was comfortable but the ambience not as memorable as in the other places we stayed. The staff were always polite but the warmth and enthusiasm were missing.
 
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Perfectly situated close to the starting point for the gorilla trek and the accommodations were very nice - perhaps one of the most comfortable beds on the trip. After 2 days spent in planes and airports, we thought we had died and gone to heaven when we got into that nice bed warmed by a hot water bottle. The food was satisfactory, buffet style for breakfasts and dinner. A very nice touch was the group of local children who came to the lodge each evening and danced for the guests out on the grass. Not to be missed.
 
Lake Manze Camp
I think we could have benefited from an extra day here, in order to do it justice. Nicely placed on the lake and we had great views from our verandah. The food was good and dinners lively- a very young crowd here in contrast to some of our other stays. Richard and Sarah, camp managers were at the dinner table each evening and had interesting stories for us and were always attentive to guests' needs. There was one elephant who paid a visit to the restaurant area each day at lunchtime and provided us with great entertainment at close range. We had our only sighting of wild dogs here, actually on our way to Lake Manze, which was quite a thrill. Our boat safari was very good - close-up views of elephant and buffalo, many colorful birds and a magnificent sunset.
 
Sable Mountain Lodge
This was our introduction to safari and we loved the newness of it all. We were met off the train in the dark and transported to the lodge where we had what certainly was a gourmet dinner to us.That first game drive the next day was almost surreal and we were privileged to have Rama, our guide treat us to a whole day of game viewing by truck and boat. We both liked the service at this camp, it had a very friendly laid-back style. Good food and beautiful views from the open-air dining area. Not in Selous Game reserve and away from the prime game areas but Rama did find us quality sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion, hippo, crocodile and many other birds and animals.
 
Mwagusi Safari Camp
Our final safari camp and the level of luxury went up a number of notches. Spacious, very luxurious tented banda with a large comfortable bed. Attentive staff, exceptional food, very comfortable safari trucks with drivers that seemed to be able to go anywhere, and competent, informative guides. Communal dining at different sites in the dry riverbed each evening made for a delightful way to end each day.Ruaha had some of the best game viewing and Mwagusi seemed perfectly situated to take advantage of that. Three leopard sightings in 4 days- it doesn't get much better than that.
 
Fumba Beach Lodge
We had a very good experience here- our sea-view room was situated close to all the services and just a few steps from what seemed our own private beach. The service was attentive - Natasha was a very good hands-on manager. We saw her frequently throughout our stay. Dinners were very good and at a different location each evening- especially liked the one on the beach surrounded by candles located in holes dug in the sand. Thank-you Julius for our impromptu Kiswahili lessons at mealtimes as well as great service. Good diving with on-site dive shop, healthy reef with lots of variety and personal attention from staff and a nice family-run shop. Loved the beach - not big enough for a long stroll but good swimming and the sand was like icing sugar. I wanted to sit with my feet buried in it forever!

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