The views from Kilimanjaro, walking into the fantastic bungalow at Kasha Boutique Hotel, and seeing elephants and giraffe within seconds of getting off the plane at Selous!
Kasha was amazing! We loved the spacious bungalow, which was huge, spotless and had a fantastic open plan bathroom. Beautifully presented. Great food and very helpful staff who arranged trips and motorbike hire for us. Lovely little spa. The private plunge pool was great and the big pool also excellent (although not quite full enough for the 'infinity' effect to be working!). The beach by the hotel has a lot of sea urchins so it's not great for sunbathing etc but we had read about this beforehand and were happy to use the pool instead. Good snorkeling. If we were to change anything we maybe would have spent one night in Stone Town so that we could see the town at night.
We were certainly not expecting the level of luxury we got on the route: our tent was very large with sleeping and eating compartments and the foam mattresses thick and comfortable. Everything was always set up for us by the time we arrived in camp, with hot water for washing and tea and snacks provided. The porters, guides and cook were all excellent and the whole experience incomparable. Waking up in the morning looking down at the clouds - wow!
Sable Mountain was a beautiful spot, with amazing sunset views from our 'banda'. The accommodation was clean and comfortable - we enjoyed being open to the elements and welcoming in the geckoes! The outdoor shower was fantastic, though the private plunge pool was not operational. The flight in was an experience in itself, as the tiny plane (we were the only passengers) landed on the dirt strip! We immediately was elephants and giraffe and went on to see lions, crocs, hippos and lots of birds and different antelope. Many more animals than some friends have seen on longer safaris, and very close up viewing. The staff were knowledgeable and obviously enthusiastic about the lodge and the park. Good food and it was nice to share tables and chat with other guests. The visit to the Masai village was a highlight.
Sal Salinero was a good base for our Kili trip. They kept the restaurant open for us when we arrived late, the rooms were large and clean and they were happy to store our luggage.
Jamie worked hard to get us what we wanted and had a good level of knowledge about the hotels and parks to recommend. The trip ran very smoothly, with friendly, knowledgeable staff to meet us at every point. The only thing that could be improved is the written info provided - some of this had been cut and pasted from other providers and the tipping information for the Kilimanjaro porters was out of date.