Selous Game Reserve & Zanzibar Review

Maureen & Roger Crombleholme from Staffordshire in the UK travelled with us in September 2010 to Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar. In Selous they stayed in Selous Wilderness Camp, on the beach in Unguja Lodge on the southern tip of Zanzibar and in Swahili House in Stone Town.

Thank you for organising what has been a very memorable trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar for us. The locations and number of nights were exactly right.

Maureen & Roger en-route to Selous Wilderness Camp

We cannot recommend the Selous Wilderness Camp and its staff highly enough.  This is a very special place, run by very special people, who provide some of the best customer service we’ve ever experienced. The special surprises that Natasha arranges for her guests every evening are amazing and make it a truly memorable place. Great for honeymooners! We had some fantastic river safaris, sundowner boat trips and great game drives. The staff were great fun. We are still in awe of how Natasha can provide such awesome meals when everything has to be brought across the river. We think it is great that she buys some items from the local village and has a brilliant rapport with the villagers.

Swahili House in Stone town was full of character and surprisingly quiet given its location.  They do however, need to up their game with the restaurant. Food was average at best. We ate at the Spice House round the corner on our second night where the food, service and atmosphere was better and also cheaper!

Unguja Lodge was great and we had the best snorkelling we’ve ever done with their dive team. Also swam with dolphins and appreciated their efforts to keep our impact on the creatures to as little as possible, unlike a lot of the other operators. It also was a relaxing and romantic place to be. Food also good, but not quite up to Natasha’s standard at Wilderness. They don’t seem to buy locally (perhaps the village can’t provide the quantities they need). However, the staff are all local and they do put something back into the community.

Transfers all worked well. Sorry we had to get in touch when our flight to Dar Es Salaam arrived 1 1/2 hours early! However, these are minor things and did not detract from what was an exceptionally well organised trip.

Thank you all so much.  We’ve spread the word with our fellow travellers how good you’ve been and if I’ve still got some work after March 2011, Roger will be in touch to sort out a trip for the same time next year!  We’re thinking Serengeti, the Crater, or perhaps Botswana & Namibia.

Maureen & Roger al fresco dinner

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