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Nomad: efficiency, charm & ‘nothing is too much trouble’

Simply stunning is the best way to sum the holiday up. We yet again meet some great people, stayed in superb camps & had our own little adventures. Chris & I still chuckle now over the funny thing we saw & our friends jaws drop open when we tell them about the wildlife.

Without question we all agreed that Chada Katavi was the best camp, best food & best game viewing. The overnight stay in Arusha on the way out was very welcome & built up the excitement for the final hop. The chef at Chada should be complimented since his food was equal, if not better to that you can find in the West End. Extended stays in the mess tent or library due to elephants or hippos in the camp really wasn’t a problem.....There were only 2 other guests in the camp during our stay so we felt as if we had the camp to ourselves. The girls got used to being watched by the dozen or so monkeys that sat on their shower screen whilst they had their bush shower.

Mahale was other worldly both on the beach & in the forest. Harrison Ford & family checked out as we checked in so we knew it has to be good. The weather was odd (rain, mist, wind from the wrong direction & rough water) so the journey to & from the camp was wild. A successful fishing trip resulted in fresh sushi for the all the guests and a swim at the waterfall, refreshing. The chimps on the first day were positively frightening (makes bringing up two teenagers look easy) & seeing them on the second day when they were calmer so much more intimate. The guides are predicting a coup so there was much tree thumping, rock throwing  & stick bashing.

Gibbs Farm grew on me the longer we stayed there & our trips to the Crater & Manyara Lake were interesting but low on the game score. After Katavi the 22 vehicles around 2 lioness in the Crater was worthy of a few photos. The tour around the farm was great & the fresh fruit & veg superb. I would suggest that The Crater walk is only offered to your ‘die hards’ since it was exhausting so say the least & the bush & forest canopy so thick that we needed a machete all the way up. Once up the views made up for all the ticks, ants & nettle rashes (!!)

Please would you pass my sincere thanks & compliments to the owners of Nomad Tanzania. If my company could be run with their efficiency, charm & ‘nothing is too much trouble’ then I would be very happy indeed. I could not fault them at all. Superb.  The guides were great entertainers (Mohammed at Katavi, Muwega at Mahale & Godwin at Gibbs Farm) and extremely knowledgeable on all things living & breathing including the Olympics & the usual football teams. We were met at every stage by a Nomad representative which was great.