We had a great holiday.
The Safari started from the time we were collected from the air-strip (after a very bumpy ride) by Edward who was to be our guide for the duration of our stay. He was amazing, very knowledgeable, a great sense of humour and didn't mind how many trivial questions we asked, I'm sure there were many.
We were met at the lodge by Geoff and Isla who showed us around before taking us to our lodge. It was everything the website said plus more. All of the staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them.
The main lodge overlooked the river where you could see an abundance of hippo's, crocs and numerous birds. This is where we had our meals and all the food was excellent. Went out on the river twice, once in the morning and we had breakfast out on the river bank and the second time was on the last evening , sat in the boat, in the middle of the river, glass of wine in our hand watching the sunset. Beautiful!!
When it came to the game viewing think we saw everything almost that it was possible to see in that area. Had to drive a bit some days as they had rain before we arrived and waterholes inland had filled up so the animals were not depending on the river and lakes for their water.
Nevertheless for the first safari for us we saw :- giraffes,zebra,impalas,eland,warthogs, water buffalo,hippos, crocodiles, baboons, monkeys, lions (cubs, young adults and adults, male and female) mongoose, civet, leopard, wildebeast, hyenas,bush babies,monitor lizard, vultures, birds of prey, and too many more beautiful birds to mention. How can you beat that for first time???
Some other guests had come from other parks up north but though they didn't have so much driving to see animals it was very busy with other vehicles!! Do you mind if we mention you and your company on trip advisor?
Hot drink brought to your lodge 6a.m.- breakfast 6.30a.m.- safari 7.30a.m.- back for excellent lunch 1p.m.- 'afternoon tea' with cake 4p.m - safari 4.30p.m.- evening meal 8.p.m. Ideal first time safari.
Boutique Hotel Matlai
Hotel perfect for rest/relaxation. Absolutely gorgeous!!
Looking straight out onto the Indian Ocean it was beautiful. The rooms couldn't be faulted, with everything you could possibly want. The butler, Salim, was so friendly and helpful with nothing being too much trouble. We were given a mobile and told to ring him should we want anything. He arranged our meals, waited on us, arranged excursions and even helped us with new words in swahli!! He laughed with us and at us. What could be better. Had trips to Stone Town/ Spice Tour/ Prison Island. All very interesting. Rest of time spent just relaxing. Perfect 5 days.
Lots of lovely memories,
Thanks for putting it all together for us.
Rob and Sue
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