t.hoesel Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
June 23rd, 2018 Tsavo West National Park Chyulu Gate

Choose this gate when you come from Amboseli. Prices are (Non-Residents): 52$ pp, Camping 20$ pppn (they have 3 campsites in the park) and 300 Ksh for a car. We couldn't pay here. You get a gate pass and with that you have to go to one of the main gates where you can only pay with creditcard or mpesa. No cash accepted.
The park itsself is a nice small park with a beautiful landscape. But we didn't see a lot of animals. Though worth a visit!

June 23rd, 2018 Tsavo West National Park Mtito Main Gate

One of two main gates of Tsavo West. Entrance fee is 52$ per person (Non-Residents) for 24 hours. Camping is 20$ pppn and they have 3 campsites in the park. Fee for the car is 300 Ksh. They only take creditcard or mpesa, no cash!
It is a really nice park with beautiful landscape but we didn't see a lot of animals. The park is very hilly and had a lot of high grass in End of June after rainy season. But it is worth a visit!

June 16th, 2018 Camp Carnelley's

We expected a bit more because of the reviews below. Yes, it is a nice place with lots of shade and clean ablutions but that's it. Nothing special and not worth the detour from or to the way to Nairobi especially for 800 Ksh! We didn't try the restaurant.

June 5th, 2018 Engiri Lodge & Campsite

Very nice level camping spot with shelter against rain and schade against sun. Super friendly staff! Wanted 10$ pppn but we negociated them to 7$. Showers are still under construction but we got a key from a room to use the very clean bathroom. Toilets are on the place and also clean. One watertap is near the reception. In the night they make a fire against the animals (we saw and hear elephants, a hippo, hyenas and lions). They also offer safari tours: half day 70$ per car, full day 140$ excl. park entry 40$ pp. The place is inside the park but outside the gates, so you don't have to pay any entrance fees to get here. Highly recommended.

June 5th, 2018 Dave's Cave

Very basic and run down, no running water in the toilet and toilet not clean. Hot water from donkey shower in a banda. The owner David is very friendly. They charged 15$ pppn but we negociated down to 10$. Still absolutly overpriced! And after the shower didn't become hot we moved to another place. For this price we would not recomment.

May 30th, 2018 Rusumo One Stop Border Post

From TZ to RWA:
Everything perfect described. We just want to add, that if you have a carnet and don't need a TIP, you don't need money at the border except the USD for the VISA. But you don't have to change in RWF at the border.
They also have a sign, that they would take credit card there, but we don't know if it works because we had the USD cash.

May 30th, 2018 Urugo Women's Opportunity Centre

One of the best places we stayed in Africa. Beautiful, clean and well organiced centre with campsite on grass with shade or tented houses with stunning view over the valley.
Hot shower, clean ablutions and friendly staff. You can buy milk or selfmade delicious yoghurt in the store or drink coffee or tea in the coffee near by!
We stayed for 4 nights and enjoyed every second!
Price is still 10$ pppn without and 15$ with breakfast.

May 30th, 2018 First ATM after border

Entering from TZ. Takes VISA. Maximum withdrawl 200000.

May 27th, 2018 Stanley Motel Annex in Singida

We were not allowed to camp here. We took a room for 30.000. The room was big and clean with fan and mosquitonet and had a warm shower. We ordered also dinner there. The food was OK but it took over 2 hours till it was served and then they wanted almost 10.000 more for a starter (4.500 in the menu and 13.000 on the bill). After long discussion we paid the price on the menu. So if you eat there check your bill!

May 24th, 2018 Manjis Gas Depot

Here is the depot where they refill your bottle. There is no sign, it is just a red gate right from HANSPAUL. Just horn or knock on the door and they will open. You first have to pay in town. They filled our German bottle without an adapter.

March 5th, 2018 TRA - Tanzania Revenue Authority

TRA for extension of the TIP. Customs is in Room 210. Friendly staff. You have to wear long trousers for entering the building.

March 5th, 2018 Simbamwanni Lodge Camping

Very nice owner and friendly staff. Real hot water in the shower and one of the cleanest toilets in whole Africa since months. Pool is really nice and big enough for swimming.
The bar is a honesty bar. Maybe that is the reason why the writer below wasn't asked for a drink.
Still 10 $ or 22000 TSH pppn.

March 4th, 2018 Camp Bastian

Very friendly staff and owner and nice campground. Toilet is clean. The showers had only cold water. WIFI at the bar and the spot near the bar worked fast. There is also a restaurant but we didn't use it. Beer is 4500 TSH and camping 10$. Not suitable for big trucks and difficult for rooftop tents because of trees. But the owner told us they build a new place for these kind of vehicles and they also build new ablutions. All in all (at the moment) a bit overpriced for what you get.

March 2nd, 2018 Mala Green (MG) Campsite Park

Very friendly owner Alfred, very basic ablutions. When we there, he had a problem with the (still cold) shower so we had to wash out of a bucket. But this problem is just temporary he told us. Ok for a stop over before or after crossing the border. Price was 10000 tsh for 2 and a car.

March 1st, 2018 Thunduzi beach and camping

This place is in wrong location - it is located at -10.42690, 34.25065

March 1st, 2018 Thunduzi beach and camping

This place is in wrong location - it is located at -10.42690, 34.25065

March 1st, 2018 Thunduzi beach and camping

Owner and his daughter were very friendly. Very nice place at the beach with beautiful view. (Cold) shower and toilet a bit run down. Ok for one or two nights but not what we expected after the first review. Price was 4500 pppn

February 26th, 2018 Mzuzu Panel Beaters

They couldn't fill our german gas bottle. They sell 6 kg bottles including stove top for 51000 Kwacha. Very friendly and helpful staff

February 17th, 2018 Palm Beach Lodge Camp

Nice camping directly on the beach. A lot of local people doing their laundry and dishes there also a lot of children hangig around. But they were all friendly and were not begging.
Price is still 5000 pppn. Friendly owner and good restaurant but the ablutions could need some maintenance. Almost no light and doors don't close and toilets were not really clean.
All in all it is a nice place to stay for one or two nights.

February 15th, 2018 Kuchawe Trout Farm

Price is now 3000 pppn. You should bring your own toilet and maybe water because the ablutions are not useable. The two watertaps at the place are not working but a man brought us 20 liter so we could fill our water bag and shower with it. There is also no flushing water in the toilet.
We arranged a hiking for 4 hours and 5500 K for 2 people. The man said on weekends it can become busy with local people and tourists from Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu, ... . You can still buy fresh fruits and samosa on the way uphill.

February 14th, 2018 Liwonde Safari Camp

Very nice campground with very good and spacious ablutions and friendly staff. Also a restaurant and a bar there but not cheap (e.g. portion chips 4 $). We didn't use it. Normally children under 4 years are not allowed because it is in the national park and the camp has no fences. But we were allowed to camp with our baby because we sleep IN the car. Price is still 10 $ pppn. Highly recommended!

February 12th, 2018 Dean's Hill View Lodge

Almost everything on the last review is right. The showers in the men's ablutions worked but they had just cold water. The women's showers had also hot water. The WIFI is still not working. But the staff is friendly and it is cheap with K60/K80 with/without electricity. Ok for one night but not more. The spots are not level.

February 10th, 2018 Mayfair Insurance (COMESA)

We were here on a saturday morning and they were open. Staff was very friendly. We paid 737 for Comesa and 371 for the third party insurance.

February 1st, 2018 Nunda River Lodge

Everything as stated below. Very friendly, super clean and beautiful spots. Price is now 130 pppn.

February 1st, 2018 Mohembo border

Crossing the border from Botswana to Namibia.
Leaving Botswana done in a few seconds. Very friendly ladys there.
For entering Namibia you have to fill a form and then you get your passport stamped. Also very friendly and done in a few minutes.
After that you have to pay the road tax. For us (Toyota Hilux) it was 277 N$. They would also accept ZAR and Pula (1:1). We had not enough money (last time we had to pay just 150 N$ and we were expecting the same amount again so we had just 200 ZAR and a few coins) and asked, if they would also take credit card because we saw the machine. But the machine would not work. After collecting all money we had (it still wasn't enough) the officer took the cable out of the telephone and did it in the card machine and the machine worked. So you can pay with credit card if you don't have enough money. But maybe it will be a big discussion. Keep the receip well till you leave Namibia, they want to see it on the border where you leave.

January 31st, 2018 prime health MEDICAL PRACTICE

Private Clinic. We went there because of a tonsillitis. Very fast help and very friendly staff and doctor. All in all it took us about 30 minutes. European standard. Opening hours see picture.

January 30th, 2018 Dusty Donkey Cafe

Nice coffeeshop. They also serve light meals and slices of cake and muffins. WIFI is still free.

January 29th, 2018 Maun Rest Camp

Now 80 Pula pppn without river view, 100 Pula pppn with river view. Staff was friendly. All places on sand, shade from many trees, but they should cut them because of very low hanging branches. Tiny, a bit dirty pool, indoor and outdoor showers. Especially the outdoor showers could need some maintenance. The water splashed in every direction. But it is hot. A lot of mosquitos everywhere, also in the toilet.

January 24th, 2018 Woodlands Stop Over Camp & Lodge

The same as stated below, nice ablutions, WIFI, good pool. Payed 230 Pula for 2 and a camper.

January 22nd, 2018 Martin's Drift

It also took us about 20 minutes to cross the boarder.
Stamped out in ZA very quickly but unfriendly.
Stamped in in Botswana without problems for 90 days. Immigration very friendly.
Payed totally 321 for Road Tax and insurance. Payable with Pula or VISA. There are also exchange bureaus there.
No controls of fruits or vegs or anything else.
Filling station few meters after the border. Much cheaper than in ZA (8 Pula/Diesel).