Gecko Adventure Tanzania
/5 – 81 Reviews
This Tour Is Offered by Gecko Adventure Tanzania
Gecko Adventure Tanzania is TALA licensed tour company, a member of Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO). We organize a wide range of the Best Tanzania Safari Tours at reasonable prices, Contact Us for Kilimanjaro Treks, Safaris in Tanzania and Kenya, as well as leisure holidays in Zanzibar Islands.
SCAM- avoid at all costs!!
Rama the owner is a very smooth communicator, and it’s easy to be very impressed with his handling of your booking and answering your questions, etc. But despite trusting him a lot, he completely scammed us.
First, take a look at the reviews he has on TripAdvisor, Google, and SafariBookings. Pretty impressive review scores. But take a closer look at the reviews themselves. Do many of them appear fake? Are they written mostly by reviewers with only one review, written by other local safari operators and/or have poor grammar? Are some of them written by “Rama Mo” himself pretending to be a customer?
Our first clue that something was amiss was when we tried to find the office that Rama claims to have. He told us specially what building his office was in (it’s also marked on Google maps in this prestigious location). The office does not exist.
Once we realized this, we asked to see the car that was “being repaired” as part of his story. This was the night before we were to leave on our trip. During the trip to see the car (which was honestly bring repaired as described, but based on its condition did not appear ready for departure the next day) we talked casually to him about our trip and how excited we were (that it was our honeymoon).
One hour after he returned us to our hotel, he sent a group WhatsApp text including an unknown person saying that his “business partner” (really just one of his drivers posing as his “partner”) was unsatisfied with the price Rama has agreed to and that the trip (which was to start the next day) would be 3x more expensive!! When I protested that we had agreed to a price weeks ago (Rama had gone so far as to specify what kind of USD bills to bring and I had sent him a picture of the bills laid out on a table), they refused to even acknowledge the deal they had agreed to. It was clear that they decided to take advantage of the information we had given them — that we were on our honeymoon- to try to extort us for 3x the price. How messed up is that?! The trip is now ruined and Rama has been increasingly dishonest in trying to justify this 3x price increase (we’re talking about thousands of dollars). It’s actually been quite embarrassing as Rama has repeatedly made new claims and I just keep responding with a screenshot of previous messages he sent contradicting his new lies. Avoid at all costs!!!
Gecko Organized Our Terrific Trip to Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar
Gecko is a first-rate operation. They were tireless in offering different options for both the safari and Zanzibar beach parts of our trip, and then being super-responsive and helpful throughout, both before and after we booked. The trip itself was terrific, and everything was perfectly organized, especially the accommodation and transport reservations, as well as all transfers. Both Rama in the office and Rama on safari as our guide did an excellent job, as did Amani as our Zanzibar contact. It was also important to us to work with locally-based operators, and Gecko is great in this regard too. I would travel with them again in a minute and recommend them unreservedly.
Outstanding safari experience!
We have just returned to Canada from an absolutely outstanding 7 day safari. Our party of 4 spent the first two days in Mikumi National Park (Camp Bastian Mikumi), followed by 3 days at Ruaha National Park (Ruaha Hilltop Lodge) and finally 2 days at Udzungwa Mountain National Park and Sanje Waterfalls (Udzungwa Forest Camp). We cannot say enough about the entire trip. Our guide Rama was delightful, always on time, very thoughtful and funny and always prepared to go the extra mile. We enjoyed a few extras including a wonderful guided tour of a local village in the Udzungwa area. Rama was truly a talent in finding all of the animals and looked after us very well. The accommodations were all very good as were the meals at each location. Gecko Adventures was very easy to deal with in getting the safari and arrangements organized and lived up to all of their commitments. We would recommend Gecko Adventure Tanzania to everyone.
5 days full of emotions
We went in a group of 4 girls. We had an amazing time and saw two wonderful and beautiful parks. Selous and Mikumi are complementary, with different animal populations and different landscapes. It was really worth it all the hours in the car to have such a diverse experience. In between the parks we drove through Ulugoro mountains. The car ride itself was as amazing as a Safari day, thanks to the marvelous landscape. The tour wouldn't have been the same without our fantastic guide: Gasto. He really took care of making sure we were having the best of our time, and didn't give up in our pursuit of the different animals. If it's your first safari, or if you're an experienced traveler, I definitely recommend Gecko Adventure Tanzania!
Perfekt two day trip to Mikumi starting from Dar es Salaam/Kigamboni
Great two days, perfect service. Our guide Tony was a safe driver and a good guide. He gave us a lot of information about the flora and fauna in the park. We saw many animals like lions, hippos, elefants, zebras, antilopes, impalas, wildebeest, buffalos, monkeys, many birds, a crocodile and even a leopard. We always had enough time to watch the animals and to take photos. We had enough breaks during the long drive from Dar es Salaam, good food and enough water. Planning the trip was easy, communication with Rama was fast and helpful. We payed with credit card (DPO payment, secured payment page) in advance.
Other Safaris & Tours4 – Offered by Gecko Adventure Tanzania
3-Day Nyerere National Park(Selous) - Drive in Safari
$757 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tour
You Visit: Dar Es Salaam (Start), Nyerere NP, Dar Es Salaam (End)
5-Day Drive in Safari to Selous & Mikumi
$1,467 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tour
Mid-rangeLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Dar Es Salaam (Start), Nyerere NP, Mikumi NP, Dar Es Salaam (End)
3-Day Mikumi National Park - Drive in Safari
$710 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Shared tour (max 7 people per vehicle)
You Visit: Dar Es Salaam (Start), Mikumi NP, Dar Es Salaam (End)
3-Day Nyerere National Park (Selous)-Fly in Safari
$1,610 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tour
You Visit: Zanzibar (Start), Nyerere NP, Zanzibar (End)