Holiday review by Mrs. Penelope Proudlock
Name: Mrs. Penelope Proudlock
Date of trip: 04/12/2014
Number of people: 2
Julia's delight in seeing wild animals in the wild for the first time!!
Can't remember his name, but our Tent with a view guide was lovely....Cizgo??
Sable Mountain Lodge....Mbasha, the manager took us out twice and Joseph 3 times....the latter's excitement when we found a pack of wild dogs was tangible!
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
Difficult to comment, we visited a local village at Sadaani.
The places you stayed
We were the only 2 people there so were treated like royalty!! Breakfast in the tower and a lobster dinner on the beach on our last night!!
but....lethal steps down into the bathroom!!
again, we were the only guests....
here too, only a handful of people!! AND on arrival we were given adjoining rooms at no extra cost...fab! always tricky returning somewhere you've enjoyed but Fumba hasn't changed! It is a bit shabby but not enough to notice if you know what I mean. Lovely staff.
It was far more sophisticated than the name implies - I imagined \"Tent with a View\" would be fare more tent like and was pleasantly surprised. However, perhaps guests with limited mobility might be warned that there are steep steps to climb up to the banda and the steep step down into the bathroom could be challenging. (My partner has difficulties with balance and he certainly would not have been able to cope with the steep steps or getting in and out of the Land Rover.) Also, as per my comments earlier, I would recommend travelling to Saadani by plane and avoid the road journey. I do think Tribes assessment of the time it should take as roughly 3-4 hours is unlikely, even on a good day! Extensive road works on the main road (which may eventually be improved) and always heavy traffic driving in and out of Dar.
Wonderful experience but, once again, you do need to be able bodied to walk the distances around the site, get in and out of the Land Rover etc. I didn\'t have a problem with it but Mbasha arranged for the Land Rover to collect us each day from the top of the site as Penny had difficulty with her replacement knee and the steep climb. Mbasha is intending to extend the existing track and make a car park near to restaurant etc but that my not be until next year. As there were only 2 of us at the lodge, we also had the pleasure of the manager, Mbasha, sitting with us at mealtimes so he was able to tell us a lot about Tanzania so that was very special and we learned a lot.
We had been to Fumba before and found it exactly the same! We like it because it's quiet and the staff and service are excellent. We had a whole day dhow trip for Penny's birthday and I tried snorkelling for the first time and found I was pretty rubbish at it but it was great fun. However, we had to walk from the boat on our return to the beach at Fumba and Pennny trod on a sea urchin which went through her boat shoe - so, clients be warned that you need sturdy sandals or a boat shoe with a thick sole if you do a dhow trip!