Holiday review by Mrs Ruth Samways
Name: Mrs Ruth Samways
Date of trip: 01/10/2015
Number of people: 2
On my first morning walking a few steps from my tent onto a deserted sandy beach at 6.45. No-one as far as the eye could reach, palm trees interspersing the scrub along the upper edge of the beach & the warm, clear blue sea quietly breaking on the shore. Wonderful! In Ruaha a leopard relaxing in a tree who became shy & carefully climbed higher - such incredible movement. The Baobab seemingly everywhere - one of my favourite trees. All the kills...or devouring of very recent kills. Bush Breakfast, especially from Impala Camp. Night sounds. Animal shadows walking past my Mdonya tent.
Felt sure that planning my trip to Southern Tanzania with Tribes would be a pleasure. I was not disappointed.
Received the advice & service I had expected.
Particularly appreciated the availability of Amanda for queries etc..
SAADANI - "Tissot" was a caring guide/driver & although animal sightings were few I was shown how varied the the landscape was.
RUAHA - Guide "Prosper" had good eyes but, my fellow van companions & I, felt that there were better in the camp! Driver "Godson" worked well together.
Lake Manze Camp - Most of my drives were with the equally knowledgeable & sharp eyes of "Adam",(guide) & "Alli"(driver).
They did not have binoculars but didn`t seem to miss anything---wonderful.
Selous Impala - Both Guide & Driver, names forgotten - very remiss if me - were excellent & worked hand-in glove with each other with sightings, observations & knowledge.
The places you stayed
The sighting of my tent was ideal with a fantastic outlook & from this one point of view the camp lived up to its name - Tent with a View.
I don`t usually complain but I thought the "5-course diner" was very poor & that, generally, the cook lacked imagination & skill.
Ruaha National Park
Suited me in every way.
Although a sister camp to Mdonya the manager was very different, new this season, & it took time for me to warm to him but it soon became obvious that he worked as part of his team so I had a good time & another excellent camp to recommend.
The ideal camp with which to end my trip particularly as there were several opportunities to enjoy Selous from the water.
Had my own Masai,(Moiy), to call & escort me everywhere - quite necessary to ensure my safety from roaming animals, especially elephants. This was rather restricting but we seemed to get on well with chats of just smiles & grins!