Below you can find a selection of our most recent reviews and guest feedback. Happy reading!
Most enjoyable stay here. Excellent guides.
Most enjoyable stay here. Excellent guides. Appears to be the best located camp in the area as all the other camps are much further away from the river, near where many animals congregate. Couldn't believe the number of different lions we saw."
Paul (UK) | Stayed in December, 2013 at Kwihala Camp
What an experience!
What an amazing place to stay. Of all places to stay in Africa, it was the most luxurious room accommodations. There was a beautiful bathtub. The food was terrific and the temporary manager who was there to relieve the regular manager was so kind and helpful. The group environment of nightly cocktails and bonfires as well as meals held at a large table with everyone surrounding was a nice change from the intimate dinners we had shared at other resorts. The guides were very good and tried to find whatever it was you were looking for. I would suggest just being upfront with your guide as to what you want to see and how long you want to spend seeing it. It has worked well for us. Our guide was terrific in finding secluded areas where we could view the animals from different vantage points. We found with the safaris tours and the meals, we rarely spent time in the room, which was a shame as it was gorgeous!"
Traveller (US) | Stayed in November, 2013 at Sayari Camp
Oliver's camp was spectacular! The manager's Justin and Jackie were wonderful, the food was great, and rooms were lovely. We absouletely loved the outdoor shower that was in every room (I showered while watching a herd of buffalo about 50 feet away). We also enjoyed the pre-dinner camp fire and drinks. Was a great way to meet the other guests and share animals sightings from the day. We optioned to partake in a walking safari while staying at the camp. Was a lot of fun and we got to see some animals very close up on foot giving us a completely different perspective. Another guest had optioned to do Fly-camping the night were at Oliver's and he had a lion approach his tent in the middle of the night. Sounded like an amazing experience. The space for these activities is limited so make sure to tell your tour operator to book in advance.
We booked our Safari through Planet Africa Safaris. They are a partner of Asilia Africa (the owner of Oliver's Camp). I cannot recommend them enough. Our entire trip went off without a hitch. Their staff is incredibly responsive and helpful. The guide they provided was excellent as well.
Rush1985 (UK) | Stayed in November, 2013 at Oliver's Camp
A Diver's Dream!
We came to Zanzibar for diving and had some really amazing dives in Zanzibar. With that being said, the coral and the fish were amazing if you get the chance to diversify the dive trips, would recommend it. We had a great time diving, visibility was great, and we even saw a whale shark during our dive, which is very rare.
The lodge management and staff were very nice and the rooms were great. Loved the room, the bathroom was very large and it was a great way to wind down and relax. The restaurant staff was great and friendly and everyone very accommodating. I would recommend this place to every diver who wants to experience Zanzibar diving."
Tourismexp (US) | Stayed in November, 2013 at Matemwe Lodge
Pure luxury in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere
We stayed in the Matemwe Lodge for a week and it was fabulous! The large and clean bungalows have a very big bathroom with shower and bath. The bungalows (including comfortable hammock) have great views overlooking the reef where Fisherman's boats come and go throughout the day. Several excursions can be booked like game fishing, scuba-diving, Catamaran sailing, massage in the self-owned Spa,Stone town visit, etc..The restaurant serves great food and the staff always welcomes you with a smile! Due to the limited number of rooms and guests this place has a homely and intimate feel to it."
Traveller (EU) | Stayed in November, 2013 at Matemwe Lodge
Experience of A life time!
This was our favorite camp of our 10 day Tanzanian Safari. The rooms were spectacular, the staff was amazing, and the managers were great. We’ve never been treated so well. Wildlife was abundant even in the camp. We had a herd of elephants living in the camp with us and as a result needed escorts to get to and from our room at night (and even during the day). They had an awesome pool that was built into a natural rock formation. The views over the Northern Serengetti with the bluffs of the Masi Mara in the distance were great.
The area around the camp had an abundance of wildlife that was very active. We spend two full days here, but could have spent more. I wouldn’t recommend spending any less especially if coming at the time of the migration. We lucked out and got to see three river crossings even though we were past the season for them. Truly spectacular and the highlight of our trip. We also saw cheetah, lion, and leopard cubs multiple times within a 15 minute drive of the camp."
Rush1985 (UK) | Stayed in November, 2013 at Sayari Camp
A memorable and hugely exciting stay in a very friendly camp
We arrived at Kwihala rather jaded after a long journey, interrupted by a rather delayed flight. However, our welcome at the airstrip by assistant guide Levarde and our subsequent 3 day safari obliterated all tiredness. A really great welcome, an amazingly good and knowledgeable guide, Pietro, who had a great sense of humour and real skill at navigating the bush at exciting speeds. Having a head guide and an assistant/trainee who helps to spot game is a great advantage.We were privileged to have superb sightings of leopard every day of our stay, but perhaps more due to Pietro's skill than luck, plus very close encounters with a multitude of lion, and cheetah, elephant, zebra, kudu etc.etc. Sarah runs a very happy and friendly home base. Tents well sited for privacy, and well appointed without being ritzy - you really feel that you are "on the land". We must go back."
William (UK) | Stayed in November, 2013 at Kwihala Camp
Fabulous Stay at an Unforgettable Place
I can’t say enough good things about this camp, their staff, and its location. From the moment we stepped off the plane and were greeted by our guide, Reuben, we were made to feel welcome, and most importantly, comfortable and safe. When we arrived at camp, Richard, the manager, really made us feel at home. Our three boys, aged 11, 13 and 15, shared a tent, and my husband and I had the tent next to it. It was incredible to have such comfortable accommodations in such a remote place - flush toilet, hot bucket shower, an actual bed, and a lounge area."
Donna L | Stayed in October, 2013 at Kimondo Camp
Desperate to go back!
I still can't get over what an amazing time we had during our stay here. For those looking for the 'typical' African setting, I would say that Ruaha National Park would be the place for you and this camp cannot be missed. Sarah, the manager, was so incredibly welcoming, setting the standard for the staff and we were not disappointed - Lorenzo and Saidi made an awesome team, spotting cheetah for us with ease (how they see it from hundreds of metres away still blows my mind) and ticking off every single animal on our list. I really miss getting up (the only time 5:15am has been a welcome time!) to get going on our daily adventure, although the tents were a little bit difficult to leave!
What fantastic accommodation - huge bed in a spacious tent, separate en suite with flushing toilet and bucket shower, as well as electric lights and a socket to charge cameras etc. Whilst it did get very hot in the day (noticeable when you returned for lunch and had a couple of hours in the afternoon to relax - maybe a fan could be provided?), it cooled down in the evening and we slept very well.
Now, the food - I still can't get over the standard of the food....cheese souffle in the bush?! Banoffee pie?! Julius, our chef, really outdid himself. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about it... Well except maybe I enjoyed the food a bit too much (my clothes are not being particularly forgiving). Overall, I am absolutely in love with this camp. I really hope we get the opportunity to return in the future, and I urge anybody who has not been to put this on their list."
Elle (UK) | Stayed in October, 2013 at Kwihala Camp
An incredibly wonderful experience
Three nights at this camp was the perfect ending to our African adventure, with everything we hoped for and much more. All the staff were friendly and professional. The meals were varied and invariably delicious. Our two tents were roomy and comfortable with gripping views of the savannah, migration and distant hills from our opening.
The variety and closeness to the wildlife was outstanding, from a pride of lion with cubs to the innumerable thousands of wildebeests interspersed throughout with zebra, antelope and other game). We had heard the location north of the Mara River was best, but had no idea that it was so away from the crowds and noise on the south side. (We had the entire north side practically to ourselves, with some help from a washed out bridge, and saw only one other land rover on our side in two long days of game driving). A truly exceptional camp, quietly elegant and attentive to our wishes and the environment without anything "over the top". We would love to repeat at this or one of their other locations."
The Guhin Family (Maryland, US) | Stayed in October, 2013 at Kimondo Camp