Review by: Phillip & Linda Carling

Overall Impressions

Overall it was an amazing trip with definite segments ; animals , walking , memory lane and beach . The whole family loved it ; friendly and courteous people wherever we went , locations to die for , memories for a life time !

Countries Visited


Scenery and sights were extraordinary . Animals , history and wonderful hospitality . Probably the Serengeti was the highlight for the kids .


This was an overnight stay only ; security great at the airport . But three extended transit lounge waits got tedious by the last one . Hotel perfect for the flight following morning .


This was memory lane for me in Blantyre and Zomba and the lake as o grew up here ; not so much has changed but our fabulous driver took me to my old school , hospital and church and where I used to live .

Accommodation Visited

The Plantation Lodge

Great rooms , spacious and clean . Food good and the picnic lunches excellent ) complete with tablecloths !!)!brilliant guide Barack !

Lemala Mara

This was so special and I will never again experience such luxury . Again picnic lunch fabulous and quality of food , Landary and guest facilities great . Only issue was who was picking us up from airstrip on first day there meant we hung around for 90 minutes which was a bit stressful ? Apparently this happened to other people too . Mariagi was the most amazing game guide and we saw everything g! And had such a laugh with him!

The Boma Nairobi

Functional and very secure . Rat on staircase ! But this is Africa and we were there for less than 14 hours !

Protea Hotel Ryalls

Functional rooms . We had dinner in the 21 Grill ( top restaurant but Serenghdti was better . Children used gym but pool full of bugs . Breakfast great as were beds but they hadn't set up 3rd bed for Emma ; they were quick to respond to this and bought kids sweets.

Zomba Forest Lodge

Location and food excellent and I'm scoring this for what it is - not as comparative to other places . Food outstanding ! Towels and bedinen could do with upgrade . Location wonderful and hosts very helpful . Gave us one of their guides for our walks . By the way , Willy our driver across that week was so kind and helpful too

Kumbali Country Lodge

Rooms and location great we just didn'tike the atmosphere . Didn't seem happy . Dinner was very average but brekfast excellent . We were leaving at 12.30pm and wanted kids out of room at 11.30 am even though they weren't full . Nothing wrong with it , just wasn't so impressed ) and. Boy do they play the madonna stays there !!)

Kaya Mawa

Outstanding house and hotel . Amazing cook and house staff . Facilities to keep us all happy ( waterskiing , boat trip , spa ). Fly invasion on one day which was a shame but they decamped us to main hotel and gave us champagne . Just fabulous ! Wilson and Pete and christene were the amazing house team !

Staff Review

Spot on in terms of itinerary . We not disappointed by any of the suggestions and had the best holiday ever ! Thank you !'