First of all can we thank everyone at Go2Tanzania for organizing another absolutely fantastic holiday. The three camps we stayed at more than met our expectations and the other arrangements, transfers, flights and hotels were all excellent.
River Trees Country Inn
Very nice hotel, comfortable rooms and friendly staff. An extensive menu and well prepared food.
Nomad Chada Camp, Katavi
Fantastic. Accommodation, food, service all first class. Hard to be critical of anything.
Safaris very good. Lots of animals and birds.
On a booking point there were a number of optional extras that had to be booked in advance ( e. g. fly camping) that we weren’t aware of.
Nomad Greystoke Camp, Mahale
Another fantastic experience. Everything revolves around chimps and we were fortunate that we had two good days with them. Plus on our last day they were actually in the camp. Special mention of the guides who were excellent.
There are a few points that you may not be aware of in respect of the chimp watching;
-you can only spend an hour a day with them (this is monitored by park rangers). Our itinerary said that there was no restriction.
-Only a group of 6 can be with the chimps at any one time. As there were 10 staying at Greystokes, and there is another camp close by this can mean a lot of hanging around.
-perhaps you should remind clients that they need a long sleeve shirt and long trousers.
As far as the camp was concerned the accommodation was fantastic (very similar to Mafia last year). We felt the food and service, whilst excellent, were slightly below the standard of Katavi without being able to put on finger on why.
There is a pet pelican at the camp which I suspect you either love or hate; I hated it.
Whilst not on the itinerary Sally went to the local village with another guest (who had also done stuff a rucksack) and the manageress and had a really informative and entertaining afternoon.
Arusha Coffee Lodge
Very nice hotel, comfortable rooms and friendly staff; close to Arusha airport. We were full board (B & B in itinerary). In the restaurant it’s as cheap, or expensive, to drink beer as opposed to the bottled water.
Saadani Safari Lodge
Second time there and as good, if not better. Best food of the three camps. Accommodation and service outstanding. Good wildlife spotting with lots of lions, elephants and buffalo. The river trip is brilliant. Excellent bird spotting.
Our only concern is that Sanctuary will close it down if other people don’t start staying there. As last year for most of the time we were the only people there.