Review by: Mr Ray Dollard

Overall Impressions

Ruaha Park - Mdonya - was excellent in every way i.e plenty of wildlife and good range, excellent food and guides. Selous - Impala Camp - overall our experience was only reasonable at best - not same numbers or range of wildlife, guide needs to treat paying guests equally as we felt in the way on safaris taken and were deeply discomforted by the attitude of the guide. Camp needs a more relaxed attitude in daytime; there is no need to be accompanied by a token Masai at all times. Pongwe Beach - excellent quite and relaxing stay. mainly honeymooners there and 3 nights there with another 2 in Stonetown would be a better option for older customers.

Countries Visited


Tanzania is a poor country but you see very little of its people on safari or in Pongwe afterwards. The people one sees are really friendly and very helpful in general. Wildlife seems to be under severe pressure and was not as varied or plentiful as expected - possibly through poaching, etc. Better management is called for urgently. One really good factor is the absence of the clutter of safari vehicles one sees in game parks other than Ruaha and Selous where we were.

Accommodation Visited

Mdonya Old River Camp

this is such a good camp in every way - welcoming, good food though portions might not be adequate for all persons [we were fine]. tent is good and well maintained. guides are excellent and animals are plentiful

Selous Impala Camp

standard of accommodation and food was good but our experience with guide left a sour taste. accommodation and food somewhat better than at Mdonya though drinks were much more expensive

Pongwe Beach Hotel

earlier comments are relevant. camp is very quite and remote. accommodation is superb - only problem is bat droppings in the vicinity of some accommodation. transport to and from for optional activities is really expensive.

Staff Review

level of service was excellent - no hitches so no need for any emergency actionsc