I hope you’re doing well!
First of all, thank you so much for your warm welcome back. After 10 days in paradise, the road back to work was difficult :)
Jeremie came back last Monday. He made it to the top of Kilimanjaro (not without pain & altitude sickness... but made it) !!
We honestly had the time of our life there. As you know we are very well travelled, but the safaris were way above all our expectations and dreams. It has never felt so right and justified to splurge on holidays like we did.
All arrangements were faultless from our welcome at the airport to the dismissal at Zanzibar airport. Thank you for all arrangements & little extras, we enjoyed it all to the fullest. This was really relaxing not to worry about anything and just follow the flow.
Regarding the 2 safaris : SPECTACULAR !
1. Selous was just astonishing with all animals roaming around the lakes. Sightings were incredible day after day. In addition there were very few jeeps with us so it felt very exclusive and peaceful. Breakfast & lunch in the bush were a true highlight.
Camp was as well really pleasant and charming. Candlelight dinner at the communal table was sooo nice with everybody sharing their day. There were indeed numerous animals crossing by the camp everyday (elephant family, hippos, cevet, baboons) The adaptation to no electricity & wifi was easy and a good way to « disconnect » from work. The tent was truly lovely & comfy. All we needed was catered for. We were glad to have chosen this camp.
We also got our private jeep and driver & guide which we really really really enjoyed and were truly thankful about.
(> The camp is actually welcoming numerous last minute bookings from Zanzibar hotels at very cheap price coming only for day and night - so we were not looking for the same experience and sharing jeep would have been less pleasant). It was a great choice of camp !
2. Ruaha national park was a fantastic change of scenery. After the relatively green Selous, Ruaha was all yellow & dry. A very different feel. It was love at 1st sight ! While animals are much lesser than Selous, the sightings are out of this world !!!!!
We saw numerous lions & lionesses hunting & eating impalas & gnous. Elephants looking for water by drilling holes in the ground, around 50 baboons joining each other to chase a leopard... as so on. Crazy !
About Ikuka, nothing to say it was absolute perfection !!!OMG i have never seen something that beautiful. Decorated with taste, confortable, millions of details that make a huge difference, fine dining for dinner... Team service was fantastic. The guide was extremely knowledgeable & very well cultured. Comparing to the price we paid for Lake Manze, it was a complete steal. For usd 100 more/day/pers we got the best of the best luxury. A real gem in Ruaha. Do not hesitate 1 sec in sending people there. (By the way I heard they are going to at least double the price in the coming year).
Lastly Zanzibar. It was a great end of our trip to relax and do nothing.
Kono Kono is globally a nice resort. he beach is truly beautiful & peaceful. Location is really great and far from touristy places. However, it is truly not a 5* standard, that staffs keep on repeating/advertising all the time. At best it is 4/3 stars to international standard. It is aging, lacks proper maintenance & cleaning & service was unfortunately very erratic. Don’t take me wrongly, nothing bad of course, we had a great stay.
Thank you tons for everything ! We have already shared your details with a few friends who asked for it after seeing the amazing insta stories we did.
We will of course recommend you on the website you mentionned & more. No worries.
Yours truly !
Maeva & Jeremie