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Team Shemeji Safari Tanzania

Team Shemeji Safari Tanzania

Shemeji Safari Tanzania

(224 Reviews)
Offices In:
Tanzania Tanzania
Netherlands Netherlands
10-20 employees (Founded in 2015)
Tour Types:
Customizable private tours and fixed group tours
Tanzania TZ
Team Shemeji Safari Tanzania

Team Shemeji Safari Tanzania

Shemeji Safari is a Tanzanian/Dutch tour operator in Arusha, Tanzania. We provide one to multi-day safaris, special day trips, the Kilimanjaro expedition or a relaxing holiday in Zanzibar. Everything is possible. For every budget. Let us know your wishes and we will put together a tailor made holiday for you. We will do everything to ensure you have an unforgettable holidday!


Outstanding service and value for money.

From the first contact with Emma at Shemeji we received an unsurpassed customer service. I lost count of the number of emails forwards and backwards before our trip as I wanted to customise the itinerary, and Emma was very helpful with suggestions and recommendations. In the month before the trip actually happened we had quite a few flight changes & cancellations due to the Covid situation, and this meant a knock on effect for the holiday itself. Emma had to make various last minute changes to hotel bookings for us and this all happened smoothly with no fuss. Once there, our guide Adam was excellent, and the vehicle with pop up roof was better than expected. I've been going to various African countries for over 10 years and my dream photograph that I've never been able to achieve was of a leopard draped over a tree branch. Needless to say Adam found one for us and we had the sighting all to ourselves. The hotels were mostly very nice although the one in Arusha has seen better days and the swimming pool is a pile of rubble. All other hotels were perfectly good though. The day that we were due to fly on to Zanzibar happened to be the day of the general election in Tanzania and at the last minute Shemeji thought it wise to change our itinerary so that we did not stay in Stone Town as there was potential unrest there. Instead we went straight to the beach, and finished our trip in Stone Town when the situation had become calmer. We appreciated them taking our safety seriously even though it meant extra work in rearranging hotels and transfers for us. I cannot recommend Shemeji highly enough and if you are looking to arrange a reasonably priced safari then look no further. We also loved the option to add on Zanzibar at the end.

Truly outstanding safari experience

We reviewed many different options for safari operators over the course of several months, and ultimately went with Shemeji Safaris. Our experience was outstanding, and we would absolutely recommend them: communication, logistics, meals, comfort, the vehicle, wildlife guiding, and more were all excellent.

I’ll include more detail below, but in our positive interactions with Julius and Godson, our guide and chef, as well as in our observation of other people on safari, it became incredibly clear that we made the right choice when selecting an operator. Experience, consideration, a welcoming spirit, and concern for us having a good time made Shemeji stand out from the pack.

For reference, we opted for a six-day private camping safari for two adults. Our itinerary included Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


More detail for those who are interested:

Booking and planning – Emma, the contact at Shemeji’s office, was professional, helpful, and courteous from our first communication through our follow-up after the safari. She responded efficiently to all of our requests, and even when the office limited hours because of COVID, we didn’t wait more than two business days for an email response to questions about everything from outlets in the vehicle to payment.

Guide – Our guide for this trip was Julius, who is an experienced safari guide whose years in these parks gave him an edge in making our safari successful. He considered both my priorities (close encounters, especially with elephants) and my husband’s (as much diversity of viewing as possible), and we were able to have special moments close to animals every day, and saw nearly every animal we hoped to, including a black rhino and three leopards. A little bit of this comes down to chance, but Julius’ experience is what really made all of this happen; he knew what to look for, he assessed what we were prepared to do (use the “bush toilet”, sit in the vehicle for long periods of time patiently in search of some elusive cheetahs), and he made it happen. Julius was informative and answered all of our questions, never rushed our watching or viewing, shared his knowledge with us, and generally made this a great experience. We were blown away by how many animals we saw.

Chef – Our personal chef for the trip was Godson, and he made our trip comfortable and full of delicious food. We are vegetarians, and weren’t sure what to expect, but every meal was different and full of local vegetables and fresh flavors. Dishes were somewhat familiar, but always had Godson’s flair (carrots on pizza are fabulous), and servings were always way more than we could finish. More than once I thought about ways that I could make his dishes at home. We also appreciated the welcoming details: a Masaai blanket tablecloth even at lunchtime, hot water for tea and coffee at all meals, and always a warm smile and “Karibu.” Godson made the savannah feel like home.

One final note on Camping – We opted for a 100% camping safari, and are both extremely happy we did so. Our first two nights “glamping” included real beds in a surprisingly large and comfortable tent at a site that Shemeji’s parent company owns. The next three nights were at public campsites in or next to parks (meaning wildlife interaction, like giraffes by the parking area or an elephant drinking from a water tank!), and Shemeji went out of their way to make those sites comfortable, adding cots, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, and real pillows to the tents for us. Ultimately, it was still camping (which was our choice), yet the most comfortable type of camping I’ve ever done!

Great trip in challenging times

We initially booked our 5 day safari back in February and decided to go despite COVID-19 outbreak and flight cancellations.
We are grateful to Shemeji Safari for making this trip happen and highly recommend them to everyone.
Our special thanks go to Emma for her patience and flexibility with re-booking and our wonderful guide Adam for making
our visit to Tanzania so memorable.

Amazing family adventure

Great attention to detail. Julius, our driver and guide, made the experience extra-special. He was patient and flexible - invaluable when traveling with four young children. The teams at each camp were amazing hosts and demonstrated genuine commitment to making our family’s experience as pleasant as possible. Julius organized a tour of a Masai village for us which resulted in one of our favorite moments of the entire trip.

everything was exceptionally great

Booking was straightforward thanks to you always getting back to us very quickly with all the info we needed, it made coordinating booking flights/hotels easy. Our guide, Julius was fantastic, he is is very knowledgable about nature, animals and local culture, and did his very best to make sure we get the most out of the safari. He is also a very safe driver, which was important. Accommodations were great, the places were clean and we received a very warm welcome at every place. All staff were super helpful. We will definitely recommend your company to friends.

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