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During the summer we had the pleasure of staying with Nomad Tanzania and I felt compelled to write and thank you for the amazing experience that your company and staff provided for us.
We were travelling with our three daughters, aged 11, 14 and 18 years, and another family with two boys aged 14 and 17 years. It is always a challenge to find a holiday that will suit all the children/ young adults with such a wide range of ages and expectations but the safari to Tanzania was fantastic for everyone.
Our first camp was Kigelia in Ruaha from 26th to 29th of July and then Kiba Point in Selous until 2nd August and finally onto Zanzibar.
I cannot praise the staff in both of the camps highly enough, from the camp managers, the guides and the chefs to the general workers who were all so helpful, friendly, courteous and professional. The standard of accommodation far surpassed our expectations and the quality of the food in both camps was truly outstanding. We were in awe at the delicious meals that were produced from such small kitchens and the variety of the menus.
The experience of sleeping in a tent in the middle of the bush with wild animals roaming around the camp and the roaring of lions nearby was something we will never forget. Or the fact that a family of elephants strolled around the dining tent whilst we were enjoying an afternoon cup of tea. My husband is South African but I had never been to Africa before and I was initially apprehensive about the potential dangers inherent in being on safari but the staff were so knowledgeable and attentive that we felt completely safe and protected at all times despite being so close to nature.
We enjoyed the rustic charms of Kigelia with the open air shower and large comfortable tents but we also appreciated the attention to detail such as the coffee and biscuits provided with the wake up call at 6am, hot water bottles in the beds at night and the fact that dinner was served in a different location each evening. The candle-lit dinner in the sand river was really magical. The staff were fabulous with the children, taking them all off together in the jeep and creating competitions on fact-finding missions.
Arriving at Kiba Point was amazing. The luxury and opulence of the central area and the individual rooms was totally unexpected – as was the complete openness of the rooms!
I would like to pay particular thanks to Hamza, manager and guide, who worked tirelessly to give us the most amazing and memorable time both on boat safaris and in the bush. One of the boys turned 18 during our stay and it was a truly spectacular day ending with a surprise cake celebration with all of the staff joining in with singing and dancing. A special thanks also goes to Hamisi (dubious spelling!) who went to enormous trouble to fashion a fancy dress outfit out of everyday items especially for the occasion. Thanks also to Milton who was always around to serve drinks and food and tend to our every need. It was fascinating to chat to him and learn details of his family life; a family that was 2 days travel away. The fact that the camps were so small and personal added greatly to our experience of African life. The chef, whose name unfortunately I do not know, was kind enough to allow our youngest daughter to help him in the kitchen to prepare the dinner one evening, as baking is her passion at the moment.
I certainly didn’t intend to wax lyrical when I started this letter but it was impossible not to become caught up in such wonderful memories so thank you again and please pass on our thanks and gratitude to all the staff in both camps.
Sitting on the verandah of my delightful room at Kigelia after a brilliant first morning in the very diverse and most fascinating National Park, having seen many different mammals already but of most interest for me was a first was to see a male lion mate with three of his lionesses!
I thought you might be interested to know how our week at Katavi went? We were very fortunate to have been there during a week of much change. A number of the pools which had large numbers of hippo in at the beginning were vacated before we left, more fish eagles than I have seen anywhere, great interaction between the marabous, yellowbill storks, pelicans, crocs, catfish and hippos as perches! Lion daily, 3 magnificent sightings of leopard, one walking right past one of your vehicles with guests in, pic of which I shall send after my return home. Good numbers of giraffe and a herd of 10 roan which was more than I expected to see.
Chada Camp is so well run by Mohammed who is not only a wonderful host, but a real gentleman who is not scared to get his hands dirty and lead by example. You have a real gem there, but then I am sure you know that! The camp staff so pleasant and accommodating in every way!
However our highlight was the fly camping and our guide Samuel. Despite it being quite hot the little fly tents were perfect to begin on the night of full moon and watch its slow and bright trajectory across the sky each night from our beds. The wind blew through the gauze well and made the nights cooler than in the main camp tents, which by the way are very
comfortable and want for nothing. As water was very scarce in the Park we spent two nights camping between the big hippo pool at the concrete well and Fox's Camp, 50m from about 250 hippo which made for very noisy nights, just what we wanted! The second camp was on the west side of the Katsanga Plain, no sign or sound of humanity, wide open spaces and 39 elephant on the plain the following morning to greet us, another magic night! Our last nights camping was in a beautiful spot on the Chada Plain on the road to Paradise, possibly the moist beautiful site we had but our favourite camp site must have been the first one as there was so much activity there, including a lot of elephant and giraffe.
One of the main reasons we enjoyed the fly camping so much was the delightful crew we had, all just brilliant! Food as good as in Chada Camp and again we wanted for nothing and enjoyed having such a private experience in such beautiful sites.
Last and not least was our guide Samuel, always cheerful, energetic, nothing ever a problem, enthusiastic about all we encountered! To keep that up for 7 days and in such heat is quite an accomplishment and talent. He drove considerately for us and the wildlife. In the course of my work as a traveling guide I have been out with a huge number of guides across
the continent, however Samuel has to go down as one of the most enjoyable I have ever had the pleasure to spend time with! There are guides I have been with who might know more, but few that are such great company and is that not what it is about at the end of the day?
Diana did shed quite a few tears as we left Samuel, not something she does often! The vehicle went well and I have to confess there is nothing constructive I can offer on your Katavi operation. The wildlife there is quite unique, possibly the word I dislike most in the travel industry as it has to be the most overused word, normally not true to its real meaning, but Katavi is like no other place I have seen with such bizarre interaction of wildlife in such a small area. Our sincere appreciation to all involved in making it such a rewarding and unforgettable week and I have to say the fly camping and Katavi has so far been the highlight of the entire safari so far!!
We came here after being in similar camps in Kenya. While they were all good, this has got to be the highlight of the trip. David, our guide, was outstanding. In addition to his knowledge of the wildlife, David was willing to talk to us about the culture of the native people and how he became a guide and his life before that. Of course, our biggest goal this time of year was to see a wildebeest crossing. He would carefully park so as not to disturb the wildlife even if we asked to get closer. He also politely chastised other guides that were not as careful about where they parked. I very much appreciated his concern about the ecology of the area and discussions about the various animals. The camp site was awesome as well. Yes, we stayed in a tent, but it was as luxurious as any hotel room could be, complete with hot showers and flushing toilets even though they were "bucket" showers and composting toilets. The meals shared with the other guests and some of the personnel from the camp were outstanding. I also liked the fact that the guides came to pre-dinner cocktail time to visit with the guests. Of course, we saw all of the wildlife -- lions feeding, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, buffalo, wildebeest crossings, all kinds of antelope, hyena, jackal, zebra, giraffe and all kind of birds.
Our experience at Lamai Serengeti was one not to be forgotten. Our accommodations were fabulous overlooking the Serengeti. The main building was quite large with plenty of couches and sitting areas for relaxing. One of the things we liked was the availability of sitting at the common table which gave us the opportunity to meet many interesting people. We later ran into this at other camps. Our food was fabulous, as it was every where we went. We so enjoyed the managing couple of the camp who have been replaced by two others whom we met in the Seleous. They are equally friendly and helpful and informative .
The Serengeti is a wonderful place to see lots of animals. We saw a pride of 27 lions, seeing 21 of them. We watched the 4 month old cubs play for an hour. We got to see the crossing of the Wildebeests on the Mara river. One doesn't always get to see them migrating so we were lucky.
This is a beautiful camp to stay in with gorgeous views. There is also a pool if one desires. We were here in late August and had lovely weather.
We started our morning with a 5:45am rise to a calling of “Jumbo Jumbo” outside our tent and hot tea and biscuits. We head off taking our breakfast with us to eat later. Only a few kilometres down the track we come across a pride of lions eating a wildebeest carcass. Their jaws are amazing, ripping the meat off the bones. We eat our breakfast up on a hill, what a perfect spot for breakfast. Next we come across huge pods of hippos, crocodiles, and yes they are much bigger than Australian ones, and giraffes galore including young ones. We come across 3 buffalo who eye us contemptuously and then start to approach the car, Felix, our guide, thinks this is a good time to leave. Across the river Felix spots a group of impalas acting strangely and on closer inspection we see a leopard dragging an impala carcass across the dirt. We try and keep track of where the leopard is taking the carcass but lose sight of him. We head off down the river bank and come across a large herd of elephants with two of them mating.
The food, the sleeping arrangements and the camp in general match the wonderful wild life and Felix, our guide, was amazing. Serengeti Safari Camp exceeded all our expectations.
Our guide Paul Panga is a lion among men! He showed us such kindness and generosity - he taught us so much about Tanzania and especially about the animals that fascinate us and him. The Nomad camp [Serengeti Safari Camp] was beyond great, the staff was incredible.
The Serengeti Safari Camp and safari experience was amazing... Ian, Dunstan, Jackson and Bertus were great. Well, they all were. Really comfortable safari tents, if a little unnerving at night sometimes. Food wonderful, and evenings started around the fire. We'll be talking about the experience for years to come.
The camp was extremely well organised and well run by Emmanuel and, without exception, the staff were cheerful, friendly and always ready to help. We enjoyed the intimacy of the camp the close relationship with the staff and not least the fantastic food. The chef at the camp produced the best muesli that we have ever had - delicious! We had a wonderful time.
We saw much more wildlife than we had ever expected. This was largely due to our guide Silvanus. His knowledge of the land, plants, birds and animals was quite incredible and we learned so much from him. There was not a question he could not answer. It was a pleasure to have been with him for those days. Of particular note was a night drive where we had the wonderful and unique experience of witnessing a pack of wild dogs as they followed a herd of zebra and buffalo. In addition we would recommend to anyone the opportunity to go on a bush walk. Silvanus really brought the land and environment to life as he took us around.
Come here. You will not be disappointed. It is very sympathetically designed in a wonderful location overlooking the hippos and crocs. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. Highlights: mesmerising river safari with picnic breakfast and fishing on the rocks; walking safari and sundowners; star gazing from the plunge pool. Special mention to our guide, Ernest, who was attentive, knowledgeable, informative and great company, nothing was too much for him. A wonderful ambassador for Sand Rivers and Tanzania. Thanks to all at Sand Rivers for some wonderful memories.