Holiday review by Mr. John Plumb

Name: Mr. John Plumb

Date of trip: 08/09/2019

Number of people: 2

Having a picnic lunch in the shade of a sausage tree when an elephant decided to eat from its branches about 10ft from our jeep - and then finished off by scratching himself against the tree trunk! The adrenalin of charging down to the bank of the Mara river (along with another 15 or so jeeps) when, after a very long wait, the herd of wildebeest we had been watching finally started to cross towards us. Having the door handle of the toilets in a picnic area in Taranguire rattled by a large baboon whilst I was inside! Seeing over the rim of the awesome Ngorogoro crater for the first time and then experiencing the multitude of animals roaming around the crater floor. Spotting the extra piece of luggage we'd had to leave behind whilst on safari on the tarmac at Arusha airport en route to Zanzibar. Congratulations to all involved in organising that!

  • Terrace and view at Maweninga Camp

     

  • Maweninga Camp restaurant

     

  • Wildlife in Tarangire near Maweninga Camp

     

  • Maweninga Camp bedroom and deck

     

  • Bashay Rift Lodge setting

     

  • Bashay Rift Lodge pool and terrace

     

  • Bedroom at Bashay Rift Lodge

     

  • The farm at Bashay Rift Lodge

     

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Tribes Overall:

Well organised. Loads and loads of animals (though no rhinos!). Unforgettable

Tribes Service:

Tracy was knowledgeable, helpful and responsive to my queries throughout, including the rapid resolution of the problem caused by the BA pilots' strike.

Guides:

We had two driver/guides. Both were very good, Always felt safe even on the roughest terrain.
Our first one, Victor was outstanding. He was friendly, adaptable, informative with very clear English, and looked after our every need. I would welcome our comments being passed on to him, with our best wishes (from Bibi and Babu! - his names for us).
Solomon, at the Mara River Post, was good too, very pleasant friendly and knowledgeable, but sometimes a bit too quietly spoken to be able to pick up what he was saying.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Drivers well trained in how to interact with the animals - and how not to!


The places you stayed

Terrace and view at Maweninga Camp

Maweninga Camp

Tanzania

Very innovative and attractive location of the tents built on rocky outcrops overlooking a large valley.
All mod cons in the tents except no 240v power for charging phones/cameras or using hair appliances. Available, in the bar area, but not very convenient.
Beware tsetse flies in the last few miles of the approach to the camp - a nuisance rather than a big problem. But none in the camp itself.


Bashay Rift Lodge setting

Bashay Rift Lodge

Tanzania

Spacious luxury accommodation in a beautiful setting
All staff very helpful.