Review by: Bruce & Tracey Pixler

Overall Impressions

This was an awesome experience and I would highly recommend Mahlatini Travel to others considering an Afican Safari! The lodging, food and service were top notch at all locations recommended by Mahlatini and we enjoyed every minute of our trip. All four Elewana properties that Donna Flynn set us up in were first class in luxury, unique and exhibited the same theme...outstanding food, utmost service, comfort and care for the guest. We were extremely pleased with Donna and Mahlatini.

Countries Visited


Donna properly directed us to Tanzania, based on the timing of our trip to Africa and our desires to experience wildlife along with the beauty of Eastern Africa. We thought (and inquired) about visiting other countries, but her guidance allowed us to see the most wildlife while also capturing the beginning of the great migration in the Serengeti.

Accommodation Visited

Arusha Coffee Lodge

We only stayed at Arusha Coffee Lodge less than 9 hours, but the service, food and staff were all fantastic. This was a great way to start off our trip to Tanzania. Kudos to Donna Flynn for recommending this property. Very luxurious.

Tarangire Treetops

Very high-end service and outstanding comforts. Nick, our butler, was fantastic and always pleasant and attentive to our needs. Super clean facility, great food and service plus all the comforts of home while being in the wilds of Africa.

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Ultimate pampering after a day in the bush. This facility was total luxury. The food, service, and comfort was the best we have ever experienced. John, our butler, ensured our happiness throughout the stay and was always smiling and approachable! The entire wait staff and housekeepers were top notch and this was the most luxurious place we have EVER stayed in...hands down!

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Very unique experience staying within the Serengeti National Park. The entire team was courteous, caring and attentive. The food was fantastic. Our butler, Sirji, was the best and the entire team was very down to earth and comfortable to talk to. This was a great way to finish our trip to Africa.

Staff Review

Donna responded to our many questions, understood what we desired from our Safari experience and placed us in four very different and well run, unique and luxurious lodges. She also set us up with fantastic safari guides, Abbas (Cheli & Peacock Safaris) and Alan Peter (Elewana properties). I relied heavily on Donna's expertise and experience to guide us on this ultimate lifetime experience to Africa. She was fantastic!