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Shadows of Africa

(117 Reviews)
Offices In:
Tanzania Tanzania
Kenya Kenya
Rwanda Rwanda
South Africa South Africa
United States United States
20-50 employees (Founded in 2010)
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Custom budget & mid-range tours that can start every day
Ethiopia ET
Kenya KE
Rwanda RW
Tanzania TZ
Uganda UG

We are Shadows of Africa, an international team dedicated to sharing the beauty and wonder of Africa with the world. With both local offices and international offices, our team is a multicultural, multilingual family who are passionate about Africa’s wildlife, culture, and natural beauty. We live and breathe the African experience, and we are here to bring that experience to the world. We specialize in tailor making your tour to ensure you get the perfect safari!


7 Day Safari trip with Charles - BEST TRIP EVER - 5 Stars - 10/10 - August 2020

We researched and decided to make a last-minute safari trip to Tanzania after reading about the COVID restriction. We contacted numerous safari tour operators, and Shadows of Africa immediately stood out with their quick response and budget-friendly options. Our main point of contact before arriving in Tanzania was Lies. Lies was very quick to respond through Whatsapp and helped cater the trip to our preferences. Typically planning a safari takes months in advance, but Lies got everything set up in the span of 2-3 days!

We literally finalized the trip and paid our final bill on the same day we flew to Tanzania (a 24-hour flight). We were crossing our fingers and hoping everything would go well the moment we arrived at the airport since there was no way to contact while we were in the air.
We finally arrived at Kilimanjaro airport, showed our COVID results, paid for Visa, picked up our luggage, and then headed out to the arrival lobby.

Charles, our safari specialist, was holding up a sign with our names. Once we went to him, we were immediately greeted and brought to our epic safari truck. He helped us load the luggage, provided us with masks, gave us hand sanitizer, and wiped down the car's seats and door handles. We were exhausted from the trip, but little did we know that we were about to embark on the safari experience of a lifetime.

Our itinerary was as follows: Arusha, Tarangire, Masai Village, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater.

We are not going to go into the details of each day of our trip. But having Charles as our guide in Tanzania made the experience that much more memorable and unique. We have never met a guide who is more knowledgeable, hard-working, and has a passion for wildlife like Charles. The way he drove us around each park and showcased each animal to us was terrific. We had a goal of seeing the big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and African buffalo) and Charles went above and beyond and made sure we saw each animal. Charles even drove 100 kilometers deep into Serengeti just to show us cheetahs. Charles was so dedicated to making sure we saw all the wildlife, and we were so happy.

You know you have a great Safari tour guide when all the tour guides on the road are asking Charles for guidance on where to spot the animals. Charles can spot wildlife many miles away without binoculars, and we were always amazed. Charles's positive attitude is infectious and puts a smile on your face. He was social and friendly and conversed with us on the long drives.

Each day was an exciting new experience and allowed us to see so many of Tanzania wildlife. On our first day in the Serengeti, we were heading back to the camp after an exciting day time game drive. But we got lost because the original camp closed down due to no tourism. What should have been a scary experience, because it got pitch dark in the Serengeti turned into one of the most exciting adventures on the trip. We experienced a nighttime game drive, and Charles was pointing out all the animals as we were driving at night. I wished we would get lost every night!

Overall, we have ZERO complaints about the trip. We had such a fantastic experience. The parks were so empty because of COVID, so we really felt like we were the only ones and could see all the animals without interruption. Lies professionally handled our booking, and Charles expertly guided us throughout Tanzania.

If you decide to do a Safari, we wholeheartedly recommend Shadows of Africa and ask for Charles!

Awesome Safari experience!

We did the four day Safari with Shadows: Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
Since initially contacting them we got the response from Inge who was super helpful during all the process of deciding what to do and where to stay. She also helped with all practical questions such as weather, clothing, tips, etc.

Our tour guide was Moody and he was absolutely amazing. He always tried hard to get us everywhere so that we could spot all the animals with the best views.
He has lots of experience and was able to respond all of our questions with knowledge.

The food was very good and we had picnic lunches including soup, a few options for main dish and some fruit or desert. Everything served with proper plates and cutlery which is nice.

We would 100% recommend Shadows and Moody as a Safari guide.

best exprience ever

Fantastic communication, fast responses, top of the top in organization — everything what we wanted to see and do, was organized for us. We had the best guides ever, and we felt super welcome during the whole tip. We will recommend that place and use this company for our next African trip. :)

Experience of a lifetime! - contemplating on booking? JUST BOOK IT!

Our safari experience was more than I ever could have imagined! We booked an 8 day trip including 5 day safari through Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorogoro Crater and 3 nights in Zanzibar to end the trip. The safari was by far the best part of the trip - I highly recommend visiting all the parks we visited! We saw all of the Big 5 animals and even got the chance to see 2 leopards up close which is hard to find! All of this is due to our amazing driver, Sule. He made this trip all that it was! Sule was incredibly knowledgeable, fun and personal, and is a very experienced driver. I never once felt unsafe and he made the experience so much fun. I definitely recommend asking for Sule - we got so lucky having him as our driver! Overall, shadows of Africa did an amazing job. They are great at communicating prior, during and after your trip, booked the best places for us to stay, and truly made this experience very enjoyable. I highly recommend booking with Shadows of Africa!

50th B'day trip of a lifetime

We chose Shadows of Africa as Inge was so helpful and was able to answer all of our questions and tailor a trip for our needs and budget. After arriving in JRO airport a driver took us to our first night's accommodation at the Moivaro Lodge in Arusha. The next day we met the lovely Dullah and Philemon our guide and driver and set off on our travels. We did Tarangire NP and headed off towards Serengeti NP staying at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge in Karatu and then onto Sametu camp for two nights. We then did the Ngorogoro crater and stayed at Marera Valley Lodge in Karatu. We ticked off the Big 5, saw a kill and had a close encounter with three cheetah juveiles who used our jeep as a lookout post. Our Serengeti balloon trip was an amazing experience with breakfast under an acacia tree. Our guides were very knowledgeable and the nicest guys too.

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