Safaris in Ruaha were fantastic. We spent 3 full days on safari and saw lots. Picnics were very good but the only disappointment was the lack of view from the picnic spot.
Safaris in Selous were also good although wildlife wasn’t as easy to find. Landscape wasn’t as interesting as Ruaha. The boat safari was very good and it was a nice change from the bumpy jeeps.
Dotto [our guide in Ruaha] was exceptional – very polite and friendly. He worked hard to find us the animals we wanted to see. We saw almost everything (except cheetahs) thanks to Dotto’s understanding of his environment.
Apollo [our guide in Selous] was again very friendly. His knowledge was exceptional and his English was better than some English people. He tried very hard to find the animals but with less luck.
Both guides could answer almost any question we asked.
We all preferred Ruaha as a place to stay but we were very lucky with the animals there so this might make us biased. However, we felt that the accommodation was more relaxed and informal at Ruaha which is more our style.
All in all we couldn’t fault the holiday. We may be back!
Southern Sun Hotel
Ideal overnight hotel. Rooms were good, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was very good.
Ruaha River Lodge
Lodge was lovely. Banda’s were very comfortable with beautiful views. Fantastic to be able to get so close to some of the wildlife along the river. All staff were very friendly and accommodating and made us feel very welcome. Food was really good and coeliacs were catered for just as well as everybody else. It was a pleasure to spend time there. We wish we’d had longer there.
Tents were great (except for the ants). Views were great of the sunsets but too far away from the wildlife. Service was excellent and staff were very attentive and friendly. Food was good but a lot was wasted as you couldn’t choose what you wanted as you could in Ruaha.