Then there is the issue of Travel:
The operation was complicated and the healing process slow, with a lot of Physio Appointments and it was early March 2013 before she was declared 'fit to fly' again.
and as it is this lady's last shift prior to a short spell of leave, we will decide the next destination tomorrow. In the meantime I was lucky to be allowed to the bar up stairs for a few moments, to see how the other half fly, then it was back down to Economy for me to enjoy a few drinks with my meal.
|In the Bar!|
|Back downstairs in the Economy Cabin. A380|
|Emirates economy treats.|
After a lot of looking at aircraft loads, the loads to Dar es Salam looked promising, so Tanzania it was. As I have been to Tanzania before and stayed at the Serena Lodge, I looked up their web page, and hidden away I found a special offer. 3 nights at a camp in the Selous Game reseve and 2 nights in Zanzibar, with flights, It was called The Selous Dream Safari, it sounded good, it got booked!
EK 725 was a 3 class Airbus 330 (its a 777 now) that took us to Dar, we arrived at 15.15 and a lot of people had connecting flights to camps, we were staying in Dar for the night, and just as well. It took over 2 hours to get our Visas. There was a system in place, but it was very slow. so, if you have a connecting flight I would suggest you get your Visa before you arrive, some people were very stressed!
|At Dar es Salam Airport waiting for the Visa|
|Do not go to this desk for your Visa, join the Q.|
|Our Check in Desk for FlightLink |
|Costal Aviation fly's all over Tanzania|
|The Arrivals hall at Stieglers Gorge|
|As we get off it moves on to the next camp|
|The landing strip|
|The beds in the tent at the Serena run camp.|
|Selous Luxury Camp, Selous Game Reserve.|
|Room (tent) key|
At the airstrip we were greeted by our guide and taken to the camp. It was wonderful, there was only us in it, but we were treated like queens. You stay in 'Tents', but this is not camping! the service, food and staff were all outstanding and the danger was the camp was so good that you wanted to stay in it rather than get out into the Selous game Reserve. I had not heard of this reserve, its the largest in Southern Africa, the Rufiji River runs through it and we spent a peaceful afternoon fishing on the river, catching odd white catfish that live in the orange water of the river. Just as I pulled one out of the water, a Fish eagle swooped down and helped himself. The guide was very worried when we got to close to the edge of the water as it was full of massive crocodiles, and he said they would see your shadow and jump out of the water, it was a magical day.
The next day we drove into the Northern Section of the Selous, and despite a bleek, dry landscape, saw Impala, Kudu, Elephants, loads of Buffaloe and Wilderbeast, birds, and Lions, one Lioness on a Kill, and a pile of 5 young males, with their short manes that are peculiar to the Lions of this region!
|Fishing with the Crocks|
|A light lunch|
|Afternoon tea with the lions|
We were served a magnificent picnic and afternoon tea, then back at the camp it was more five star gourmet cooking. On Trip Advisor The Selous Luxury Camp is listed a 3 Star, as far as I am concerned it was 10 Star fantastic in every way, and at the price we paid, not to be missed.
It was time to move on and we were taken back to the Stieglers Gorge airstrip to fly the 45 mins back to Dar, then swap planes and flown to Zanzibar, a very nice South African pilot took us on this short 20 min flight.
|Stone Town Door|
|Serena Hotel Stone Town|
|Room 3, Serena Hotel Stone Town|
|Beach at Hukuna Matata Hotel|
|From Zanzibar to Dar with Costal Aviation or Flight Link.|
For us, it was a quick hop back to Dar, than a walk from terminal to terminal to check in for the flight back to Dubai. It was a great week and we packed a lot in, we also discovered another wonderful part of the country and its people, thanks Tanzania, I don't thinks its goodbye ?
|30-SUN||CU||Can Use (Available Day)|
|The Hotel Neorion. Istanbul 10 star service!|