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Serengeti Lodge Safari + Zanzibar Island TLZ

Visiting: Tanzania
Trip Duration 12 Days

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Serengeti Lodge Safari + Zanzibar IslandScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Migration in the Serengetti. Fantastic! This is the time of year to go- the dry season when the animals are on the move.
Saw all the big 5. Couldn't have been closer to the action.
This tour is really easy going. It is mainly sitting and being driven around.
The roads/tracks are very bumpy, although the extra padding on the seating is welcomed, I would not want to go on this trip if I had a back problem.
The camping is not really anything other than a canvas top- we had flushing, en suite toilets, shower ( at one site, hand filled). All food is excellent and plentiful.
We opted for the Zanzibar extension. I am pleased we did this. The flight was bumpy, a number of people were ill- there were not sick bags incur part of the plane ( bring your own). All the activities in Zanzibar are extra, this is a significant expense, though it is possible to get to Prison Island without a guide. The hotel in the north of Zanzibar was poorly organised, otherwise the accommodation and food was excellent.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 26 January 2017
Published on: 31 January 2017

Thanks for all of your feedback and it’s great to know that you enjoyed your trip with us. I’m pleased to advise that we’ve recently moved all our groups to a new location for our beach stay in Zanzibar. The Sunshine Marine Lodge and Sunshine Hotel are two stylish and comfortable sister properties located in the beautiful north-east coast resort of Matemwe.

(9 out of 10)


Overall an excellent tour.
Safari, accommodation, food and staff excellent.

Take small denomination US dollars - prefered all over Tanzania rather than shillings.

There is no departure tax from either Tanzania or Zanzibar.

I booked the balloon safari myself - highly recommended.
The only thing I had to sign when collecting my ticket was to say (a) I was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and (b) was under 19 stone /120kg in weight!

The only issue was the hotel in Nungwi, Zanzibar - Amaan Bungalows.
Wonderful location for a beach holiday but not much else to do.
This hotel was more like an 18-30 / backpackers place.
Locals said it has gone downhill since being taken over by Russians.
I was given a sea view room - very nice - but neighbours had drinking parties till early hours of the morning and empty bottles were in my balcony next morning.
Complained to reception staff who were not in the slightest interested.
Glad to leave for Stonetown - much better Hotel.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 26 January 2017
Published on: 31 January 2017
(9 out of 10)


Isaac and his team from Simba Safaris were excellent, they were knowledgeable, and went out of their way to make our trip memorable . They also coped with a difficult client in the group in a very professional and patient way.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 13 October 2016
Published on: 23 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Farningham Kent
A great holiday and good accommodation especially in the safari parks. The Serengeti was the best park with the greatest number of animals on show. However the best view points were from the Crater. The game parks were quite cool and cold at night at the time of our visit in June and July.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 31 July 2016
(9 out of 10)


A true trip of a lifetime and one as a single female has really helped to shape future holidays for me.
The safari itself was outstanding; to see at close hand so many wonderful animals in their natural habitat was a delight.
The various lodges we stayed in were wonderful - especially the staff, and the fabulous food they prepared for us each day. I've never tasted so many good soups!
I actually feared staying in the tented lodges on my own, but found to my amazement that these were the best places to stay, and I learned very quickly to enjoy the sounds of the animals nearby each night. I felt totally safe and that gave me the comfort I needed.
I was also shocked how little water 20 litres is for a shower: I'll think long and hard in future when taking a long one how precious water is.
Our tour guides, Isaac and Banu were outstanding; clearly their desire was to give us a holiday that we could dream about for years. Their knowledge of the area, the animals, the roads (which is really important as they can be hairy in parts) was exemplary. They were really good company and we thank them dearly for giving us a wonderful holiday.
The only thing I'd personally change is the first two nights in Zanzibar - it's a long drive after the flight, and you can have something equally as good nearer the airport. I wasn't that impressed with the hotel either but the views were outstanding.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2016
Published on: 15 July 2016
(9 out of 10)


Explore itineraties are well thought, they use local guides and they make us stay in quaint hotels. That makes for unforgettable local experience.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 05 August 2015
Published on: 01 October 2015
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Two cheetahs quietly watching a herd of gazelles blunder towards them. Surely time to attack? Not according to the cheetahs and they should know. We wait - suddenly one of them is off, the chosen victim quickly brought down, its neck clamped between white teeth and brought to within 5 metres of our minibus. The second cheetah looks on and learns - his turn next time. With chilling efficiency the carcass is dismantled and consumed, a blood-stained face occasionally raised for another round of clicks. Somehow, our lunch of hard boiled eggs pale into insignificance. Mwalla was outstanding in three specific ways. His knowledge of the animals and birds was outstanding and the briefest glance was enough to identify a White rumped helmet shrike inter alia. Secondly, he knew where things were happening, partly from phone calls and words from other drivers but also his unerring sense of the spaces and how animals behave in them. Third, a mature and wise man, equal to any request or difficulty and totally in control of his immaculately kept vehicle.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 04 March 2014
Published on: 08 March 2016