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On Safari with E-Trip Africa

On Safari with E-Trip Africa

E-Trip Africa

(281 Reviews)
Offices In:
United States United States
Tanzania Tanzania
Uganda Uganda
Kenya Kenya
France France
20-50 employees (Founded in 2012)
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Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
Kenya KE
Rwanda RW
Tanzania TZ
Uganda UG
On Safari with E-Trip Africa

On Safari with E-Trip Africa

E-Trip Africa is a division of Worldwide Travel Group LLC, a US registered and licensed Tour Operator. E-Trip Africa focus on working closely with you to create the perfect trip based on your expectations. E-Trip Africa is unique as one of the only operators that runs seamlessly safaris between Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda & Rwanda, through our on the ground teams and branch offices in each country. However, as a US headquartered company your trip is protected under US Consumer Protection Laws.


Flawless trip and great communication

This year was our second trip to Africa with E-Trip Africa and as with our first trip with them, everything worked out very well. We spent a few days in the northern Serengeti, followed by gorilla treks in Rwanda. All connections worked out, with their representatives meeting us and ensuring we reached our accommodations and flights. COVID testing arrangements went very well with the assistance of Ben and his team. We made a number of last minute flight changes and E-Trip easily accommodated our lodging, transport and connections with no issues. Ben was very helpful in the planning stage and responded quickly to our questions with accurate information and good suggestions. Itinerary and other docs are clear and easily understood. The guide arranged in Rwanda for our gorilla trek was excellent and took very good care of us for the full four days we were there. We believe the pricing for everything was quite reasonable especially compared to some of the big brand name companies. We can highly recommend E-Trip Africa and they will be our “go to” arranger for all future east Africa trips.

This is trip #6, and there will be more. As always, a perfect job.

Ben and Aurelie have carved a very special niche out for themselves in this market, and here's why. Ben doens't stop at the uber-service, careful planning, detail management and now critical hand-holding that is necessary with the swiftly changing Covid landscape. What keeps me coming back are these:
1. Superbly trained guides, the best in the business,not just on the mountain but in every country.
2. He supports and promotes local businesses, charities and NGOs which are doing it right, and he puts his money where his mouth is by helping local families, activities and business whose integrity he respects. That helps them, helps me purchase from the right places, and in all ways we all benefit.
3. If you find something extra you want to do, Ben will bend over backwards to fit in into your agenda. He is great at keeping in touch and more than once had to wave his magic wand to get me a travel certification that a website refused to deliver.
4. I have spent a lot of time with his guides, both on Kili and on Mt. Kenya. I continue to be deeply impressed. Seeing them again is like coming home to family.

This time around Ben sent me to some familiar places, such as Reseacher's Rest and Moshi, but he sent me far afield to game parks near Same, TZ and to the MamboViewpoint EcoLodge. Not only are these places both remote and stunning, they were both uncrowded and as a result, unbelievable. The Lushoto drive was a full cultural immersion and the game park near Same had unbelievable black rhino viewings. While other sites are better known and more popular, being willing to do a little driving paid off handsomely in both photos and a chance to see without looking over or past many other vehicles.
I also spent time at the breathtaking and remote Mara Eden resort,which is also way out of the way, so much so that the drive through the Maasai Mara just to get there and back were game drives. Those few days left me with my heart in my throat from what we were able to view, and as always with a most able driver, Simon.

I had revisited the beautiful and incomparable Ol Pejeta, which is worth every bit of the four-hour drive from Nairobi. That wants its own review, but in every way, it's not to be missed.This was my second time and with any luck not the last. Game viewings, as it is a conservancy, are guaranteed, and the best part is that you get a solid education as you explore, view, photograph or ride the various parts of the 90k acres. And see lions and their meals, which is something else again.

Finally, and I cannot emphasize this enough, Safari sites and Trip Advisor are, unfortunately full of advice on how to go cheap. Folks, if you go cheap, someone loses, and that is particularly true when I see unsubstantiated information about how the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project Partners "jack the prices up."

As a prize winning journalist and professional adventure traveler who has written extensively about, spent time on the ground with and done far more research than probably anyone else on KPAP, not only is that false but that kind of narrative perpetuates porter abuse on the mountain. ETrip, like other partner companies with KPAP, are committed to a fair wage, proper conditions, good training and the kind of treatment which ensures not only our safety but folks who are happy to see us coming. You don't get that when you shave too much off the cost of a trip. Travel is pricey, plan for it. Get good operators. ETrip gets my business every single time, and they earn that money.I have the deep satisfaction of knowing that those guides and employees who are affiliated with them are not worried about a paycheck and can concentrate on ensuring that my trip rocks.

Ben has become a trusted friend, for good reason. He has earned my respect many times over, and it is a joy to plan another trip. Which, with any luck, will be next spring.

Look no further to choose your safari operator! Ben and his team are very professional!

We came back with a lot of great memories that will last our lifetime. Many thanks to Ben who made our dream vacation come true! We were supposed to travel last August (2020) with a different company in which we ultimately had to cancel because of the pandemic. We were desperate for a legitimate safari operator after our bad experience with the company called “Wildebeests Safaris”. We still have not been refunded for the service we did not receive. However, we were lucky that we have found Ben and were very happy that we chose his company! Ben was very patient throughout the booking process and answered countless questions mainly of the current travel restrictions associated with COVID. The quote he provided us with was very easy to read and it was precisely laid out with breakdown expenses. He also helped us customize our itinerary and gave us extensive discounts on tented camps including a complimentary stay at the Researches Rest in Arusha. We really enjoyed our stay there. Eddie cooked a home style meal for us and and he told us an interesting story about the lodge.
We wanted to focus our trip on the river crossing of the wildebeests so Ben recommended us to stay three nights in the Northern circuit of Serengeti and three nights in Maasai Mara. We could see the river crossing six times on our first day in Serengeti! Vultures and eagles were circling around in the sky waiting for the wildebeests and zebras to get killed by predators. We also saw a lot of wildlife including lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, antelopes, birds, storks, vultures, eagles, and many more…! We could see everything we had hoped for.
In Tarangire, we could find three climbing lionesses on one tree. Young male cubs were roaming right by us. We were very satisfied with the number of times we saw lions close up. We saw many “honeymooners” in Serengeti and Maasai Mara. We did not see this many in South Africa six years ago.
Most importantly, all of our guides were fantastic! We couldn’t have great safari experience without them. We had three guides during our 18 day trip to Kenya and Tanzania. All of them were experienced, intelligent, passionate, and knowledgeable about the wildlife. They can spot animals that no one else can. Simon was a very friendly and outgoing guide who was great to spend time together. He sensed immediately a coalition of cheetahs that were chasing after a gazelle. We could video the dramatic scene of the kill. He also knew that a massive number of elephants were coming towards us so we made a stop to see the elephants crossing the road in front of our vehicle.
Eli was our guide in Tanzania. Not only is he an excellent guide, but also is a very good driver. He was driving careful for us on the rough terrain because my partner had a back and abdominal pain from a surgery two years ago. What we were amazed by his skills was how he could quickly spotted animals. He was also patient until we finally saw the wildebeests started come down the river and we were the first one to see the entire scene of the river crossing! He was able to show us and told names of a unique and diverse flora and fauna in the area.
Mike was our guide in Maasai Mara. He was also skilled in spotting animals. We found more lions in Maasai Mara than any other places! He made sure that we received our negative COVID test results on time for our next destination. He recommended us to visit Lake Nakuru and Samburu next time to see some animals we didn’t see on this trip.
We highly recommend Ben and his team for booking your East Africa vacation. We will definitely book with ETrip again!

Ben is just a perfect operator. Very responsive and tells you everything you need to know.

This was our first Safari and the itinerary, accommodations, tour guide could not be any better. It would be very hard for anyone to beat or even for ETrip to even improve on. They even looked for the best flight for us when it’s not part of the package. The tour cost itself was so reasonable and with everything included, meals etc….we couldn’t find any way to spend money so we gave all our $1,500 cash away as tips. The services provided at camps etc…were more than we experienced any where in the world. We traveled the globe and this safari was the best trip of our lives. We came back and in 2 weeks we are already booking the next one

Organized, detailed, professional, well-run

We did a 8 day, 7 night safari with E-trip in late August 2021 with David as our guide. Our itinerary was Day 1/Night 1: arrive in Arusha; day 2/Night 2: Tarangire park; day 3/night 3: Laka Manyara, stayed on Ngorogoro rim; day 4+5/nights 4+5: central Serengeti; day 6+7/nights 6+7: northern Serengeti; day 8: fly from Koga to Zanzibar. We stayed mostly in tent camps (which I highly recommend to hear the animals that walk by your tent at night). It was a wonderful trip and I highly recommend booking with E-Trip and having David as your guide.
We worked with many other companies in planning the safari, but found E-trip the most helpful. Ben was always quick to respond to my many questions with very detailed answers, and he tailored our itinerary to fit exactly what we wanted to do by helping us make trade offs between lodging and safari costs so that we could get a trip that was what we wanted in our budget. Ben continued to be helpful in preparing us for our trip by continuing to answer all of our questions over email until we arrived. This made sure that we were well prepared and our trip went really smoothly as a result. He even helped us with recommendations for the Zanzibar part of our trip, even though we did not book that part with E-trip (we just booked everything on our own). Ben was really fair and honest and gave us a lot of confidence in booking with E-trip, particularly during the uncertainties of Covid.
We can’t speak highly enough of David as a guide. David was really knowledgeable and took care of everything so that we could just relax and enjoy the trip. We are vegetarians, and he made sure that we always got vegetarian meals. He also did a lot of little things to make our trip go smoothly, like wiping down the dusty windows of the truck every night, pulling up descriptions of the animals and birds in the books he had with, and tailoring each day to what we wanted to do and see. It is clear that he is very experienced, and is good at finding the animals to watch. He explains not only the names of what you are seeing, but also all of their behaviors. As we were leaving Arusha, we stopped at an Airtel store to get SIM cards for our cell phones. A few days into the trip, it was clear that there was a problem with one of the cards, and David went above and beyond to call back to the store many times to get it fixed for us, even though it had nothing to do with E-trip or our tour.
The only “problem” we had with the trip was that the outlet to charge phones/cameras in the car was broken, so we couldn’t charge our phones during the day in the car. We had brought a portable battery(highly recommend doing this) and charged at night in the camps and it was fine. If that is the biggest issue we had the whole trip, it clearly was a very well run safari. Thank you Ben, David, and E-trip!

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