Some feedback on my holiday to southern Tanzania.
The flights worked well and the flight seating arrangements were perfect. Thanks.
The Slipway hotel in Dar was rather basic and due to the onward flight times to Selous, I was unable (too early) to get any breakfast in the Slipway Hotel. Rather disappointing though I just accept that's how it is with flight times. Maybe something for you to think about for future bookings.
Lake Manze - camp setting was wonderful; camp management was excellent; the location of the camp re lake safaris and reserve safaris gave great opportunity for diverse game viewing. The "resident" elephants were very entertaining. Highlight for me was seeing a den of hyenas, with pups. Guides were very knowledgable.
Mdonya Old River camp - different topography which was a good contrast; again the camp management was excellent. Highlights for me were seeing leopard every day, observing a pack of wild dogs; honey badger; nightly visit to my tent by a cheeky elephant who took delight in eating the branches of a very nearby tree and also vandalising the water pipe to my tent - a great reminder of being out in the wild! Again the guides were very knowledgeable and it was great to share experiences of wild life encounters with them, as I had been in Namibia last year working with vets in a cheetah and leopard conservation camp.
I was also fortunate to have flown back to Dar in the company of a couple of French film crew who had been in Ruaha reserve filming (for National Geographic) the wild dogs and the River Lion pride I had observed, and it was very interesting talking with them. My guide was also involved in their work over the previous years so it was good to discuss the work that he and the film crew had undertaken.
I was recommended by Rebecca, manager at Mdonya Old River, to make use of the Flamingo restaurant at Dar airport, as the current airport does not allow entry to departures until 2/3 hours before flight time. The restaurant staff were very hospitable regardless of how much you ate / drank there. Plenty of sockets available; good bathroom facilities.