Sharing my best experiences during my travels in 2018


(Posted 31st December 2018)


I decided to be positive at the end of the year and only share the best of my experiences during the past 12 months, though there would be plenty to tell about bad, worse and worst experiences, with airlines, tourism boards, convention bureaus, hotels, restaurants, government officials and more …

They invariably got a piece of my mind there and then but as some really know no shame, why waste my effort on them at this stage …
They either will or will not realise that they are not or no longer in my personal top of the pops and maybe reform in 2019 or else continue their miserable existence …

My travels took me to quite a few countries in Africa and Europe this year and I will try to just summarize the excellence I experienced in some places with several ‘Best‘ categories though not include all countries … and for ease of looking these places up, all with their respective websites …

The team wishes all readers a Happy New Year!

Best City Hotel – Kampala Serena
Best Business Suite – Kampala Serena
Best High Tea – Kampala Serena

Best Shopping Location – Quality Hill
Best Deli – Le Gourmet | Quality Hill
Best Brunch – Bottomless Brunch at Le Chateau | Brasserie Belge
Best Chocolate Croissants – La Patisserie – Quality Hill

Best Golf Resort – Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa

Best Forest Lodge – RainForest Lodge Mabira

Best Budget Hotel – The Athena

Best Executive Lounge – Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Best Residences – Mestil Hotel & Residences

Best ‘Let Your Hair Down’ Getaway – The Observatory

Best Alpine Lodge – Equator Snow

Best Value Safari Camp / Lodge – Bwana Tembo Safari Camp

Best Private Conservancy – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Best Hotel in Entebbe – Protea by Marriott

Best Boutique Hotel in Entebbe – Hotel No. 5

Best 4G Countrywide – MTN Uganda
Best Egg Benedict – Tie up … Kampala Serena, Mestil Hotel and The Athena

Best Luxury Boutique Hotel Nairobi – Sankara

Best City Spa – Jacaranda

Best Upcountry All Suite Hotel – Sovereign Suites
Best High Tea – Sovereign Suites
Best Buy for All Suite Accommodation in Nairobi – Landmark Suites

Best Barefoot Resort – Driftwood Malindi

Best ‘Near Beach’ Villa – Neem House Malindi

Best ‘Regular’ Beach Resort – Serena Beach

Best Luxury Beach Resort – Medina Palms

Best Egg Benedict at the coast – ‘Vipingo Style’ – Vipingo Ridge
Best Sports Resort – Vipingo Ridge

Best ‘Out of Africa’ Experience – Silole Cottages

Best Beach Villas – Alfajiri

Best Safari Villa – Ol Pejeta House (formerly known as the Khashoggi House)

Best Private Conservancy – Ol Pejeta

Best Sustainable Camp Operator – Porini Safari Camps

Best ‘At The Airport (JKIA) Hotel – Four Points by Sheraton
Best Egg Benedict in Nairobi ‘Arlington Style’ – Four Points by Sheraton JKIA

Best ‘Near The Airport (JKIA) Hotel – Hilton Garden Inn

Best Beach and Bush Airline – Safarilink

Best City Hotel (Dar) – Dar es Salaam Serena

Best Stone Town Hotel (Unguja / Zanzibar) Zanzibar Serena

Best Luxury Tented Camps / Lodges – Serena Selous and Mikumi River Lodge

Best Beach and Bush Airline – Auric Air

Best City Hotel – Kigali Serena Hotel

Best Budget Hotel – Onomo

Best Italian Restaurant – Cucina Marriott Kigali

Best African Airline – RwandAir

Best Conference Hotel Cape Town – The Westin

Best Value Business Hotel Cape Town – Southern Sun Cape Sun

Best Private Game Reserve – Karongwe

Best Golfing Estate – Fancourt

Best Luxury Boutique Hotel – The Manor House, Fancourt

And elsewhere:
Best Airline from Uganda to Europe – Brussels Airlines

Best Gulf Airline from Entebbe – Qatar Airways

Burg Ravensburg, Sulzfeld, Germany

Andi’s Spaetzlestube, Bad Herrenalb, Germany

Rotes Haus, Ueberlingen, Germany

Bodensee Rundfahrten


City of Brugge

City of Strasbourg

Kraichgau Region

Black Forest Region

City of Bruchsal,Len/491666.html

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