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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Client Feedback - Rufiji - Mbweni - Neptune Pwani

HI Ed,

Sorry it's taken so long - but here, in writing at last, is the feedback I gave you over hte phone...

Overall - excellent holiday.

Safari - Rufiji River Camp was great. Tents very comfortable - and family tent essential given that tents are not very close and you can't walk around after dark. The game drives were great. We did a mix of full day and half day, mixed in with boat drives. We were never more than 7 on a safari. We didn't come across many other people, our guide / ranger was very knowledgeable and we saw lots of game. Boat safaris were also very good for seeing elephants, hippos crocs and birds. Only (marginal) complaint about the camp was the quantity of food. It was brought to the table by staff and you felt somewhat obliged to eat it even if you didn't want it.

We then flew to Zanzibar and spent 4 days at the Mbweni Ruins. Mbweni was a good base for exploring Stonetown and the shuttle bus was useful during the day and taxis were easy. As it was Ramadan, some of the restaurants in Stonetown were closed for August. Took a day trip to Chumbe Island from the hotel - which was great. Best meal of the holiday and the snorkeling was fab. It would have been fun to stay on Chumbe and have another go at snorkeling as you only get to do it for about an hour / hour and a half each day.

Neptune Pwani - great rooms (seaside). Great pool and generally hotel was good and staff were very friendly. Internet access was extortionate. Made good use of some of the animations and also the water sports centre - the windsurfing etc and the instructors were good. Also used the kite surfing at the adjacent hotel - somewhat disorganised but good fun. Had an excellent spice tour and also visited the north of the island for a jet ski safari. The evening entertainments in the hotel were quite fun. Main complaint was the quality of the food - which (with the exception of the pizza restaurant) wasn't great for the level of hotel.

Hope this is helpful.
Christine


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