Holiday review by Miss. Jennifer Thomson
Name: Miss. Jennifer Thomson
Date of trip: 16/11/2014
Number of people: 2
Memories of Zanzibar and plentiful, consisting of the turquoise blue sea, colourful marine life and vibrant wildlife.
Please see my TripAdvisor reviews on Paje Dive Centre and Unguja Lodge to support this excellent rating.
Following an introduction from Rosy's travel, I worked with Amanda and Tracy to construct our Zanzibar holiday. Within days, we had agreed the accommodation, flights and price, so was able to proceed with a booking. Both were very helpful in providing information about preparing to travel and what the island was like. What I really liked was it was all from personal experience and not just a script from a travel brochure. Having just returned from a fantastic holiday, I'd like to say thanks for all their help in making it happen. I'll be sure to recommend Tribes to friends and family and use them where I can for future holidays.
We didn't have a guide, just a driver to and from the airport. On these occasions they were friendly, helpful and timely.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
Unguja Lodge just won an award for Best Sustainable hotel in Africa, so I think that speaks volumes to this point.
The places you stayed
Where do I start?! We've just returned from a fantastic 10 nights at this lodge and can't find a single negative thing to say. Despite arriving on a wet Monday, the welcome was warm and friendly. We had villa 10 and although this was a garden view room, we were not disappointed. The communal areas were open-air and spacious and the bedroom air conditioned and secure. The plunge pool in our villa was refreshing, with a cold beer, after a hot day on the beach. Every day we woke up to find another animal to identify in the grounds and would typically have the monkeys use our upstairs day-bed as a play area. What made this place so special, I can't say without revealing all the secrets. However, it's amazing how the small things can go a long way. While we were there it was announced the lodge had just won an award for best sustainable hotel in Africa. I fully support the award, as they are committed to the immediate area and local village. I would strongly recommend this as the place to stay if you are in Zanzibar, as you get to experience the local culture and wildlife, rather than being in a big complex that could be anywhere in the world.