Below you can find a selection of our most recent reviews and guest feedback. Happy reading!
A Magical and Memorable Safari!
We had the best and most memorable experience staying at Kwihala. From the moment we were collected from Ruaha airstrip by Leverd (trainee guide) and his driver colleague, our safari began. Sara was a great manager, always on hand to offer help and advice (and toothpaste!) and the guiding was awesome!! Lorenzo was everything you could wish from a guide, and more. His passion for the animals and birds was obvious and his enthusiasm was infectious, sharing with us the sights, sounds and smells of Ruaha. We shared our vehicle with a wonderful young couple from Australia and, together with Lorenzo and Leverd, we had the best photo-packed, animal spotting, fun time ever. My true highlight was seeing a female leopard in a 'sausage tree' shortly after sunrise - magical!
The accommodation was far better than I had imagined. Clean, roomy, comfortable bed, flush toilet and hot water in the evening just right for a shower before dinner. We chose to have breakfast in the bush which was perfect - all laid out on the bonnet of the land rover! Otherwise you could return to camp mid-safari. For those wondering (as I did) how one 'relieves' oneself on safari. Don't worry just ask your guide and he will find the perfect safe and secluded spot for you behind a bush or tree. Male or female, you soon overcome embarrassment and it becomes part of safari life. Even the guides have to 'go'!
We had a visit from an elephant on site one night but the staff were at hand to make sure guests were safe. We also heard a lion roaring some distance away during the night.
We loved the genuine friendly and relaxed atmosphere at Kwihala and the sharing of stories between guests, guides and management around the camp fire each night, followed by communal dinner outside under the stars. We stayed for 3 nights and wished we had stayed longer. We will never, ever, forget Kwihala. Thank you to everyone there."
2woollyjumpers (UK) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Kwihala Camp
Tenting at its best!
This is tenting at its best! Inside the tent - hot showers and flush toilets, totally comfortable beds and gourmet food to rival any 5 star restaurant. It was amazing to watch the endless parade of migrating wildebeests passing so close to the camp or have a giraffe wander by just outside the tent. Mark and his staff are awesome. They welcomed us warmly with cool towels and a special drink. They treated us like family, always making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed from sun screen to hot chocolate. It was truly the experience we were hoping to find on the Serengeti."
Maribou884 (US) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Ubuntu Camp
A terrific camp in an outstanding part of Tanzania
We stayed at Sayari for 3 luxurious nights - the service, the food and the accommodations were amazing. Ross and Katherine are lovely hosts, Simba is a terrific chef and all of the staff are very attentive - greeting us each day as we returned from safari with warm towels, setting up a table for us under a shady tree for lunch, arranging for a private table for our dinners. The setting is incredible - an absolutely beautiful part of the Serengeti just bordering Kenya. Our guide Kivuyo was fabulous. Kivuyo asked first thing what was on our wish list to see and then set out to ensure we saw everything on our list which we did! The rooms are luxurious, the coffee delivered to our 'tent' with cookies each morning was such a lovely treat. Overall just an excellent experience!"
Brendar (US) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Sayari Camp
My family and I went on a 2 week safari in Tanzania in January. We stayed in 4 different camps and one hotel. Sayari Camp was, without a doubt, our favorite. Everything was perfect- amazing hosts, fabulous accommodations and truly incredible food. There were so many wonderful aspects to this camp: whenever possible the staff brought the tables outside and it was so lovely eating under the trees. Also the showers were great - like a rain shower. There was a pool that was the perfect temperature. The hosts Katherine and Ross were amazing - so welcoming and helpful. And the Northern Serengeti itself was beyond spectacular! The landscape was gorgeous - green with amazing rock formations. And the wildlife viewing blew us away. This place is a must if you are going on Safari in Tanzania!"
Colorlady (US) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Sayari Camp
We recently spent a week of our honeymoon at the Matemwe Retreat. I could not be happier with the choice of staying at the Matemwe Retreat. The staff - whether it's the management, the servers in the dining room, the bartenders, the spa, or the housekeeping - all were extremely professional - and knew our names on day 1. The food was excellent - better than any meal we had eaten during our 3 weeks in Africa. The property itself is beautiful and serene. The beach is not meant for swimming - and that was ok for us - we were much more interested in the views, the people, the charm - and we ended up taking a drive to a nice swimming beach for a 1/2 day. Glad we stayed in a quiet place instead of the tourist traps of the main beaches of Zanzibar.
We will recommend the Matemwe to all our friends that plan to visit Zanzibar!"
HongLong (Asia) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Matemwe Retreat
You're in the middle of nowhere and up pops this campsite. Not just any ordinary campsite, no no no. It has a "Lounge" area including bar and library, another large tent for dining, campfire area for pre-dinner drinks and nibblies. The staff meet you with refreshing towel every time you return from a drive. Nothing is too much trouble. Mark and his team cater for every whim you may have. Then you get to your tent. Again not just an ordinary tent, oh no. It has a separate flushing toilet, large separate shower (hot water), bathrobes, full size sink, king bed, loads of room for your bags and to move around in. There are chairs and a table outside so you can watch the animals passing in the morning and at night. That in itself is a sight to be seen. Of course you have to eat. WELL, what that chef can do in a camp kitchen is beyond belief. 5 star meals every time. You never left wanting more. Variety, variety, variety! Best campsite to be in!!"
Michelle (AUS) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Ubuntu Camp
Unforgettable and Amazing!
Camp Naboisho was the perfect beginning to our 6-week trip across Africa in January 2014. Roelof and Helen, the camp managers, did everything to make us feel comfortable and welcome. The tents were spacious and very comfortable. The beds were excellent. Since we were fortunate to be the only guests Helen arranged dinner according to whenever we returned from our game drives and were ready to eat. Either one or both Helen and Roelof would join us for breakfast and dinner telling us about the Naboisho Conservancy, how the camp functioned and their experiences. Usually we would sit around the campfire visiting before dinner.
Our 2 drivers/guides, Dennis and Wilson were excellent. They were lots of fun to be with as well as being excellent at finding the animals day and night. We saw lots of animals. It was a treat to be able to go on an evening game drive. As the sun was setting we stopped, Dennis and Wilson set up a table, placed a tablecloth on it and set out drinks and snacks. We watched the sun set before continuing on our game drive.
There were so many special moments that will never be forgotten that were created by Helen, Roelof, Dennis, Wilson and the rest of the Naboisho team."
Kakeeter (US) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Naboisho Camp
Oliver's Camp is Awesome!
My wife and I just returned from a Safari from Tanzania, and stayed 3 nights at Oliver's Camp. From the moment we got there Justin and Jackie welcomed us and made us feel like family. The food was superb, and Jackie even was kind enough to give my wife recipes of some of the outstanding dishes we had. The safari experiences we had with Joshua and Blessed were terrific, and we will treasure the memories of the game viewing always. The room was very spacious and clean, and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend Oliver's camp highly."
Tenniseyeguy (US) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Oliver's Camp
We arrived not knowing what to expect since the approach was daunting, What we found was the most wonderful, relaxing resort on the water in our private villa, with superb staff, management and food. Martin was our outstanding, pleasant and attentive "butler." His response to any need was "no problem!" Sandy, the manager, made sure that the resort ran efficiently but with a very personal touch. While this was not a honeymoon for us, nonetheless we felt as if we were honeymooners. This was the most perfect place to spend time post safari. If we're ever in "the neighborhood" again you can bet we will stay there! I envy anyone who has the opportunity to stay there since we left."
Brenda L (US) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Matemwe Retreat
New Year's Safari from Ubuntu Camp, the Best in Serengeti
Our days at Ubuntu Camp in the Serengeti were perfect. Mark and his staff anticipated our every need. The food was excellent, and special accommodations were gladly made for my diet. Mark and/or a member of staff were always there when we returned from game drives with hot towels, ready to deliver hot water to our tent for showers. Everything was done for us including our laundry so that we could concentrate on a half dozen or so of the most productive picture-taking game drives you can imagine: the migration, cheetah, giraffes, zebra, lions, wild dogs, lion cubs, dozens of birds, and on and on to absolute perfection. Great sense of community with the other four or so guest couples and families; we spent a festive New Year's Eve there, and Mark & Co. made sure to have special sundowner drinks and roasted goat ribs etc. to help celebrate the holiday. The fact we had heavy rain late that night just added to the fun. Great place to bring in the new year, on a ridge overlooking the Endless Plain.
Thanks Mark. You guys are absolutely THE BEST!!!!"
Bin-Bin-Tarheel (US) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Ubuntu Camp