Holiday review by Ms. Julia Evans
Name: Ms. Julia Evans
Date of trip: 04/12/2014
Number of people: 2
It was a first time for me on safari and the first sighting of giraffe in Sadaani was beyond excitement! Also, the moment when,coming in to land at the Selous in a tiny Cessa onto the grass airstrip I saw a group of elephants and a herd of impala in the bush alongside was a wow moment too ... then a herd of zebra on the drive to the lodge. Probably the most exciting moment amongst many was on our last morning at Selous when our lovely guide, Joseph, spotted a pack of wild dogs on the airstrip and we were able to park really close and watch them from the Land Rover for some time before they went off hunting impala. They are fascinating, beautiful markings and intriguing to watch the pack behaviour. I think Joseph was almost as excited as we were and punched the air when he spotted them as it\'s become quite rare to see them.
The holiday exceeded expectations except the travel to and from Saadani, which was a nightmare!
Tracy was very helpful and I hope to travel with Tribes again and would recommend them to my friends.
We were fortunate enough to be the only 2 guests at Saadani and Selous so we had VIP treatment and the guides, Tiso at Saadani and the manager, Mbasha and Josph at Selous were able to give us their entire attention. The Land Rover had a puncture 2 days running at Selous and it was amazing how quickly the tyre was changed......
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
It would have been useful to have a way to give a small donation to the local village. At Sable Mountain Lodge, Mbasha has a money raising scheme selling a water flash for $15 which can be constantly refilled with chilled water and the money raised goes to the local community. They also support the local community by training young people from the village alongside experienced members of staff.
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!