Julian Carter-Manning

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22nd May 2007

Julian runs the Southern Africa department of Tanzania Odyssey, a luxury/adventure safari company, also known as Africa Archipelago. Over the years he has travelled extensively throughout Africa, helping research guidebooks and product for the company he works for. Officially specialising on the countries of Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique Julian’s forte is designing detailed itineraries across Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a refreshing approach to tailor made travel, providing unbiased opinions and very frank reviews of the countries and lodges he has travelled through.

Based in London, Tanzania Odyssey have over 12 years of experience creating tailor-made itineraries to suit very individual requirements. Committed to providing clear and impartial advice on all aspects of a holiday or honeymoon, there is nothing within the country they cannot handle and with guidebook authors on their team they are regarded as a leader of their field.

Botswana Odyssey are one of the only true specialists in the UK and one of the few Botswana specialists worldwide. Their goal is to create personalized itineraries for clients that are designed around exactly what they want from their trip, using the lodges that most suit their needs and expectations. They have over ten years experience designing trips throughout Africa and offer a level of knowledge of Botswana that is very hard to compete with.

Julian Carter-Manning's activity

  1. August 2008
  2. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Loisaba in Kenya

    ""On the edge of the Laikipia plateau with views of Mt Kenya, an eco-lodge with unrivalled wildlife, 250 species birds, and the unique 'Star Beds'""

  3. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Kichwa Tembo in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Kichwa Tembo has 40 tents spread out amongst the woodland to the north of the Mara. Each of the tents has en-suite bath rooms, good sized beds and simple interiors. With a pool, spectacular views from each of the private verandas and great, Kenyan servic…"

  4. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Chongwe River House in Zimbabwe

    "Chongwe River House is located at the end of a massive winterthorn grove, on the banks of the peaceful Chongwe River, a tributary of the Zambezi. The view of the nearby mountainous escarpment is spectacular. On entering the house, the main room has lo…"

  5. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Old Mondoro in Lusaka, Zambia

    "Old Mondoro Bush Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park, is nestled among giant winterthorn trees on the banks of the Zambezi and overlooks a maze of scenic channels and islands. With accommodation for only 8 guests, this authentic bushcamp is the be…"

  6. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Naibor in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Established as part of the same group who own and manage the award winning Shompole, Naibor holds with the same ethos of community and eco awareness. Set amongst the bushes that line the banks of the Talek River, this small camp combines 7 contemporary t…"

  7. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Peponis in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "Peponis has long been famous and synonymous with Lamu Town, although it is actually situated just up the coast in the smaller village of Shela. The hotel has been owned and operated since the dawn of time by Lars and Carol and is a true reflection of the…"

  8. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Governor's Private Camp in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Governors’ Private Camp is, in essence, a private camp site which can be booked out for a group. Comprising 8 tents, all identical in size and specification to Little Governors’ with en-suite shower rooms and running hot and cold, the camp has superior l…"

  9. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Shompole in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Shompole is located near lake Natron on the edge of the Nguruman escarpment overlooking the Great Rift valley. This provides incredible views and a welcome breeze from the heat of the African sun. Each tent is beautifully styled and very spacious with …"

  10. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Kipungani Explorer in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "Kipungani Explorer is a small 14 thatch hut lodge on a southern shore of Lamu Island. Each of the bandas is set apart from the rest, allowing privacy, and has an ensuite bathroom with a small veranda. The lodge itself boasts a great range of Swahili and …"

  11. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Ol Malo in Kenya

    ""Small seductive sanctuary""

  12. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Bateleur in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Situated on the very northern border of the Mara, Bateleur Camp is Conservation Corporation’s flagship tented camp in the Reserve and comprises two separate camps of 9 tents each. A member of the Small Hotels of the World, the tents themselves have been …"

  13. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Mfangano in Nyanza, Kenya

    "Mfangano Island Camp is an oasis of tranquility found in the waters of lake Victoria, shaded by giant fig trees, and lost to the world. The island has just one road and no other hotels to disturb the peace. The only way to reach Mfangano Island is by l…"

  14. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Stanleys in Zimbabwe

    "Stanley Safari Lodge is a small (10 rooms) exclusive lodge near the Victoria Falls in Zambia. Situated about 3km East of the Zambezi river and the Falls, the lodge looks to the west the National Park, Zambezi and spray of the Victoria Falls. Most of the…"

  15. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Joy's Camp in Central-North Kenya, Kenya

    "Joy’s camp is situated at Joy Adamson’s original campsite in the Shaba National Reserve… the place where she released her famous leopard “Penny”. The luxury tents are set on raised platforms with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. The camp ov…"

  16. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Rekero in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Long established as one of the top tented camps in the Mara, Rekero also holds arguably the best location, close to the Mara River and on a crossing point on the Talek. Rekero is owner run by Gerrard and Rainee Beaton and is made up of 7 safari tents set…"

  17. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Chikoko Tree Camp in East Zambia, Zambia

    "Located just 10 minutes from the airstrip at Lukuzi, Chikoko is completely secluded in a road free zone. David Livingstone crossed the Luangwa River at ‘Perekani’ only a few hundred metres from the Chikoko. Chikoko is so unique in design that you will b…"

  18. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Elephant Pepper Camp in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Elephant Pepper Camp is one of the Cheli and Peacock properties that include the wonderful Joy’s Camp and Elsa’s Kopje, and Elephant Pepper is of the same ilk. The emphasis and guiding principle for the camp has been on the fact that for 3 months the cam…"

  19. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Elsas Kopje in Central-North Kenya, Kenya

    "Elsa’s Kopje is, most possibly, one of the most famous lodges in East Africa. Made famous through its link with George Adamson’s lions, this rocky outcrop now hosts a collection of luxury cottages that are dotted amongst its crags. Each of the 9 rooms ha…"

  20. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Ol Donyo Waus in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Ol Donyo Wuas lies in the foothills of the Chyulu Range, the youngest range of volcanic hills in Africa. The rolling hills and the snow topped Kilimanjaro rising from the plain are truly stunning. The lodge consists of seven individual cottages built w…"

  21. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Laragai in Central-North Kenya, Kenya

    "Laragai House is a private house set amongst the rolling hills of the Borana private ranch and can happily sleep a group of 10 adults with children. Originally conceived as the Nairobi holiday home for a pair of aristocratic brothers, no expense has been…"

  22. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Sausage Tree in Zimbabwe

    "Sausage Tree Camp, situated in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park is nestled among Sausage, Mopani and Winterthorn Trees on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The dining and bar tent overlooks meandering channels which help form a wetlan…"

  23. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Kizingoni in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "A collection of very up market villas built to international standards, each with a private pool and access to the beach. The interiors have been designed with an international palette in mind, while the beach will suit those of a more Robinson Crusoe mi…"

  24. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Ol Malo House in Kenya

    "Ol Malo House has been a true labour of love for the owners Colin, Rocky and their son Andrew, and they have succeeded in creating some thing very special. With 7 rooms, ranging from the crocodile room and its crocodile bath, to the hippo rooms and their…"

  25. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Funzi Keys in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "The Funzi Keys started life as a holiday home away from home for Alessandro, Claudia and their family. From the original 2 stone cottages, the accommodation has blossomed to the 9 that now exist and each has been lovingly crafted, with the onus on both b…"

  26. Julian Carter-Manning rated Loldia

  27. Julian Carter-Manning rated Joy's Camp

  28. Julian Carter-Manning rated Elsas Private house

  29. Julian Carter-Manning rated Elsas Kopje

  30. Julian Carter-Manning rated Laragai

  31. Julian Carter-Manning rated Borana

  32. Julian Carter-Manning rated Sarara

  33. Julian Carter-Manning rated Ol Malo House

  34. Julian Carter-Manning rated Ol Malo

  35. Julian Carter-Manning rated Sabuk

  36. Julian Carter-Manning rated Loisaba Starbeds

  37. Julian Carter-Manning rated Loisaba Cottage

  38. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Tafika Camp in East Zambia, Zambia

    "Hidden under the canopies of the Giant Leadwood trees on the banks of the Luangwa River, Tafika offers a rustic but luxurious experience in the bush. It sits just outside the Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa National Park and is a 10 minute flight from …"

  39. Julian Carter-Manning rated Loisaba

  40. Julian Carter-Manning rated Mfangano

  41. Julian Carter-Manning rated Kichwa Tembo

  42. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Kicheche Mara Camp in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Kicheche Mara Camp is the older brother to the less developed Kicheche Bush Camp, and benefits from its more permanent location and status. The tents are all roomy and spread well amongst the acacia and bushes of the lugger. Designed with both the first …"

  43. Julian Carter-Manning rated Elephant Pepper Camp

  44. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Il Moran in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Aside from the Private Camp, Il Moran is the smartest of the Governors’ properties and is perfect for those looking for the bush, but in slightly more comfort than an out and out bush camp. Located in the Governors’ Mara concession over to the western ed…"

  45. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Shiwa Ngandu Africa House in Northern Zambia, Zambia

    "Shiwa House is located in the heart of Northern Zambia and the house (Africa House) overlooks the famous Shiwa N’gandu “ Lake of the Royal Crocodiles”. This has to be one of the most photographed houses in the whole of Africa. The house has recently bee…"

  46. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Kutandala in Northern Zambia, Zambia

    "Kutandala Bush Camp is in the North Luangwa National Park, on the Mwaleshi River. The park is very remote and wild - a place for real bush lovers to visit. Made of reed, grass and poles, and taking only 6 guests the camp is intimate and natural. The c…"

  47. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Governors in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Governors’ were one of the first operations to set up camps in the Mara on the site once used by the old Governors of Kenya. All of the camps are, today, placed along a 2 mile stretch of the Mara River with Governors’ being the original and the largest o…"

  48. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Chada in Tanzania

    "Chada Tented Camp in Katavi is situated in the core of Katavi National Park, in western Tanzania, and is reputed to be one of the wildest places on earth. From its elevated vantage point on a peninsula that rises out of the miombo woodland, the camp is …"

  49. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Kizingo in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "Kizingo is situated on the north eastern point of this small island, Kizingo is a perfect getaway on a 16 km long soft, sandy beach. Just 20 mins by boat from Lamu Town itself, each of the 8 spacious bandas has sea views, en-suite bathrooms, and a shaded…"

  50. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Crocodile Camp in East Zambia, Zambia

    "Overlooking a dry Ox Bow lake, across the river from Tafika and 4 kilometres from Chikoko is the remote Crocodile River Camp. Secluded away from roads, guests walk into the camp that is 40 minutes from the closest Luangwa river crossing. The camp houses…"

  51. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Little Governors in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Little Governors’, like its bigger brother, has long been one of the camps to stay in in the Mara and comprises 17 large safari tents dotted along the banks of the river. Each tent has running hot and cold water, flush loos, good sized double or twin bed…"

  52. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Loldia in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Loldia ranch is a perfect spot to relax, enjoy the pleasures of Kenyan country life and explore the Great Rift Valley. Built in the Second World War, it nestles under ancient Acacia trees, and its lush lawns run down to the shores of Lake Naivasha (the …"

  53. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Loisaba Cottage in Kenya

    "Loisaba Cottage is linked in name only with the Loisaba Lodge itself and is set amongst its won landscape gardens about a 30 minute drive away. The cottage itself is self sufficient with a pool and resident staff and has 2 bed rooms of which one is a mas…"

  54. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Tortilis in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Tortilis Camp is a rustic, tented camp set in a forest of Acacia Tortilis thorn trees; from which the camp gets its name. The main feature of the camp is the view of the Amboseli plains and Mount Kilimanjaro towering above it. This camp has won numerou…"

  55. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Loisaba Starbeds in Kenya

    "Loisaba Starbeds are the conception of the owner Tom and his brother, who originally converted the ranch into what it is today. The starbeds, both Kiboko and Koija, are made up of 2 double beds and 1 twin each. The rooms themselves are basically wooden p…"

  56. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Manda Bay in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "Manda Bay is positioned to the north of Manda Island, Manda Bay is nestled amongst the many small islands and inlets that stretch north from Lamu Island and make up the Lamu-Kiwayu archipelago. Billed as an exclusive resort, the lodge consists of 20 larg…"

  57. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Elsas Private house in Central-North Kenya, Kenya

    "Elsa’s Private House is set away from the main lodge, but enjoys the same spectacular views of its surrounds. Consisting of 2 bed rooms and a main sitting area, the house is a beautiful private villa designed with the Arabian influence of Lamu. During th…"

  58. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Shela House in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "These four luxury villas, ranging in size from accommodating 8 to 12 people, are all set in the winding passages of Shela and its surrounds. They have all been designed in a traditional Arabic style with a central courtyard and rooftop lounging area with…"

  59. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Alfajiri in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "Made famous most recently by Brad and Angelina who are the more famous of its visitors, Alfajiri is a top-end addition to the Kenya coastline. Raising the bar with its levels of service and the spectacular views from all of the rooms, this group of 3 lux…"

  60. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Sarara in Central-North Kenya, Kenya

    "Sarara tented camp has five luxury sleeping tents, each with its own flush loo and open-air bush shower. Comfortable beds, quality bed linen, bathrobes, towels and other essentials are provided. The camp can accommodate a total of 10 people in the fiv…"

  61. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Borana in Central-North Kenya, Kenya

    "Borana Lodge is set up in the rolling hills that overlook the Lewa Downs, on the edge of the Samangua Valley. Originally, and still, a working cattle ranch, the name for the lodge comes from the Boran cattle that wander the region. Each of the 6 stone co…"

  62. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Sabuk in Kenya

    "Sabuk is a small hill top lodge set on a valley of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Totalling 7 rooms, each having been built out of the local stone and olive wood, the views across the valley and to the river below are memorable. The rooms themselves have been we…"

  63. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Kiwayu in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "Kiwayu is set on a beautifully secluded beach approximately 30 mins flying time north of Lamu and has been blessed with both space and miles of squeaky soft sand. The main hotel comprises 18 bandas, all built out of local woods and softened with doum pal…"

  64. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Tana Delta in Coast-Tsavo, Kenya

    "Tana Delta (Delta Camp) If it is seclusion and wildness that you are after then this is it! Encorporating a series of small streams that make up the effluence of the Tana River which snakes its way across Kenya, the Tana Delta is probably one of the last…"

  65. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Richards Camp in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Once the family home of the Roberts’ family, Richard’s Camp is now owned by Richard Roberts and nestles in a quiet corner of the concession that they established. Each of the 7 ensuite tents comes furnished with a large bathroom, dressing area and verand…"

  66. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Hemmingways in Malindi, Kenya

    "Hemmingways The bar at Hemmingways has long been held as somewhere where tall tales of battles at sea are regaled. Set on a beautiful stretch of beach just at the northern tip of Watamu, the hotel became famous for its namesake and his love of big game f…"

  67. Julian Carter-Manning reviewed Mwaleshi in Zambia

    "Seasoned safari travellers absolutely love the style of this wilderness camp. Perched on the edge of a bend in the Mwaleshi River, a tributary of the Luangwa. A lack of roads enhances the remoteness of this area of the North Luangwa National Park. Sit…"