This Tour Is Offered By
Tazama Africa Holidays
- Office In:
- 5-10 employees (Founded in 2012)
- Member Of:
- AMREF, Eco Tourism & Tour Operators Society of Kenya
- Tour Types:
- Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
Tazama Africa Holidays Kenya Safaris is a holiday safari tour operator, taking great pride in providing safari tours and local excursions covering Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and other safari hotspots throughout Africa. Since the year 2012, we have been offering value-for-money Kenya safari tour packages with countless happy guests.
Fantastic custom 5-day/4-night Maasai Mara safari with Mike
I contacted Tazama Africa Holidays to see if they could do a custom 5 day, 4 night Maasai Mara safari for me, my brother, his wife and their two adult children - a total of five of us. I inquired about a custom safari as I wanted to combine Maasai Mara with the Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania. And while there are companies that include both Kenya and Tanzania, they seemed to include other parks. I wanted to focus on those three areas and doing a custom safari and piecing the two countries together allowed me to do just that by crossing from Maasai Mara into Tanzania at Isebania.
The communication with Antony was outstanding. He was very responsive and said he could arrange for our guide to drop us off at the border at Isebania. He gave excellent instructions for payment via wire transfer. He even upgraded our vehicle to a high-end land cruiser with roll-up windows for a more open viewing experience. Antony booked our accommodations at Mara Simba Lodge, which was very nice. The accommodations, food and staff at Mara Simba Lodge were excellent.
As good and seamless as my interaction with Antony was, it was our tour guide, Mike, who made our Maasai Mara experience truly memorable. It rained quite a bit on our first afternoon game drive, but Mike got us back to the lodge without any trouble. With over 16 years' experience in leading safaris, Mike knows the Mara like the back of his hand. He has even lead BBC film crews when they have come to the Mara to film documentaries. We saw so many animals with Mike: lions and their cubs, several cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, etc. Mike was constantly on his radio communicating with other guides and scanning the horizon for wildlife. With an uncanny ability of anticipating where an animal was headed, Mike would maneuver the vehicle to get us into the best spots for photographing the wildlife, all while being respectful of the other drivers and the natural habitat. Somehow, and I'm not sure how, he spotted a lioness in a tree just before it attacked a wildebeest. Mike also took time to answer all of our questions regarding animal behavior and Kenyan culture in general. He even explained the tribal culture in Kenya. We felt lucky to have had Mike as our guide. He was truly a joy to be around. By the end of the safari, he felt like our friend.
Because we had several days in the Mara, we were able to explore it in-depth without feeling rushed. We even did a full day in the Mara Triangle, a personal highlight for me. We started our game drives early around 6:30AM, for the best light, and usually ended around 5 or 6 PM.
I highly recommend Tazama Africa Holidays. You will not regret booking your safari with Antony and Tazama Africa Holidays.
A truly unforgettable safari made possible by Tazama Africa
From the start Antony was extremely quick with his responses to all queries and nothing was too much effort for him. We were asked to make a payment by bank transfer which I wasn’t sure about initially but after studying the Tripadvisor reviews, I decided to go for it, and I’m so glad I did.
Antony arranged for collection from the airport to the hotel the day before the safari, and then came to the hotel to meet us and on the morning of the safari before we were introduced to our guide Josphat, who made our remaining 7 days truly amazing. We cannot praise him enough. He was very polite and professional from the start. After a few days we were well acquainted and felt like we received a really personal service. He must’ve answered hundreds of questions across the seven days but he always answered with enthusiasm and exceptional detail.
Now onto the game drive. What can I say! We saw the big 5, multiple times as well as various other animals. I couldn’t believe how accessible all the animals were due to Josphat’s excellent ability to find them and also with the guides communicating their sightings on the radio.
If you visit multiple national parks, there’s quite a lot of driving between the parks so be prepared for that, but with early starts we always got to our next destination by lunch. Our route was Amboseli - Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru - Maasai Mara. My favourite lodge was Ilkeliani Camp in the Maasai Mara with an exceptional menu and really great staff. It was the perfect place to end the trip. Our lodges were Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (rooms a little small but really nice size resort, not too many people and nicely decorated), Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (a little dated but in an elegant way. Beautiful buildings with wild zebra and deer roaming around the grounds and hippos that come close at night), Sarova Lion Hill Lodge (probably my least favourite only because it was quite a large site, but actually probably had the nicest staff, lots to do and was in a good location), and finally Ilkeliani Camp (beautiful tented camp accessed via a rope bridge. At night you can hear the hienas and birds so bring ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper. I loved how perfectly spaced each tent was so it felt really private, and most of all we loved the food there). Overall a great experience and as soon as I get the chance to return, I have no doubt that I’ll go with Tazama Africa again! Thank you!!
Fantastic service, highly recommend
Absolutely wonderful from start to finish. Antony was a pleasure to book with, very responsive and helpful. We got picked up from our hotel and taken to Wilson airport before the short 40min flight to Keerok airstrip. Stayed at Ashnil camp for 2 nights and had safari adventures with our guide Henry who was amazing. Henry was so knowledgable and funny. Today we had the flight back to Wilson, picked up by Antony and taken to our hotel. So smooth and fantastic service.
We saw so many animals in such a short space of time. Highly recommend booking with Tazma holidays. You will not be disappointed!
Me and my partner choose Tazama Africa Holidays out of 6 other companies. It took us ~2 weeks to do our research but it totally worth it. We compared them to a lot other businesses and Tazama were highly the best in my personal opinion.
Antony (the managing director & head guide) were super helpful and patient through the process of organize our dream holiday in Kenya. We always could reach him very quick and easy and he was always ready to help us.
Our personal guide was Ephantus who I want to thank everything again. He is a very friendly, happy person, who made our trip amazing. He made sure we get a 100% personalized holiday and everything fits for our needs. We had a lot’s of interesting and funny coversations about almost everything. We spent every day in a very good mood and learnt a lot from Ephantus about the wildlife and culture which he had a real good knowledge about.
My partner is a wildlife photographer so I have to admit we had expectations regarding the trip which were absolutely statisfied.
We got way than more we expected. I highly recommand Tazama Africa Holidays, it’s a very trustable company. For sure we would book with them again.
We did the 7 days classic Kenya safari.
Amazing Kenya experience
My husband and I really loved our 6 day trip with Tazama! We’ve managed to visit Amboseli, Naivasha lake and Masai Mara, all trip was really nicely planned and organised, we did a lot of game drives and accommodation was super comfortable. Huge thanks to Antony and George from Tazama holidays for such a wonderful experience!
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