We enjoyed our trip with Paul enormously. The main thing that impressed us was his seemingly endless passion for the African savannah and wildlife, and Ruaha especially. When you go on a safari and you feel that your guide enjoys nature and wildlife at least as much as you do, then you are really lucky because it adds so much to the experience. What came on top with Paul was that we had so many fu ... Read morenny moments with many laughs. He is a great spirit, deeply committed towards conservation and definitely a great spirit to spend time with. Thanks to his knowledge we also learned so much about Ruaha and had awesome sightings towards the end of the dry season in Ruaha. We would recommend Paul to anyone considering safari in Tansania. Thanks again, Paul!!
We used Paul to book our honeymoon.
Having never been on safari before, and prior to speaking with Paul, we were a little overwhelmed with the prospect of booking our first trip to Africa. Paul was very patient with our queries and took time to understand our requirements. He responded quickly and personally, taking time to understand our budget and where he could best add value to our trip befo ... Read morere providing a tailored itinerary. We visited two parks (Selous & Ruaha) followed by some R&R in Zanzibar.
Pre-travel advice was great, but it wasn’t until we landed in Dar Es Salaam and subsequent transfers where we truly appreciated the Paul’s efforts. The transfers and background logistics were seamless. Having experienced local customs, taxis, internal flights, etc. first hand we were so glad that Paul stepped in to arrange for us – we would have been naive to think we could have arranged on our own.
Moving on to the safaris, Paul booked us into the most incredible camps. The experience far exceeded our expectations and it was clear that the camp managers personally knew and respected Paul.
Paul personally guided us during our stay in Ruaha. He was exceptionally knowledgeable of local wildlife (as would be expected), but mixed in a good sense of humour made the game drives great fun. Paul was also well integrated with the other local guides so we were never to miss out if another guide stumbled across a viewing somewhere else in the park.
The gushing sentiments sound like the introduction for an internet dating profile, but we couldn't have asked for a better honeymoon and I would (and will be) wholeheartedly recommend(ing) Paul to anyone who is looking to book a safari.
We booked our honeymoon 10-day Tanzania safari in Ruaha and the Serengeti through Paul Tickner, and were so glad we did! While booking, he was in constant communication about our preferences, giving us advice and a good idea of what we could expect at each camp. Once we were on our trip, we began to truly appreciate the amount of coordination required! Everything was arranged perfectly - flights, ... Read morecar transfers, hotels, safari camps. It all went off without a hitch!
Regarding Ruaha specifically, we found the park to be wonderful! The animals stay close to the riverbed during dry season, so it's common to see many different animals (baboons, giraffes, impala, wort hogs) all together at once, which is truly amazing. The days are hot, but not unbearable, and there aren't as many cars as you'll find in the Serengeti, so it's a more personal experience.
Could not recommend Paul or Ruaha more highly!
This was our first safari, and with zero experience we needed a lot of guidance and hand holding while planning our 21 day adventure in Tanzania and Zanzibar. Hannah was a tremendous help, responding quickly to every question and concern. The safari camps were fantastic, each one unique but of similar high quality. The food was wonderful, healthy and delicious. Paul was our guide in Ruaha, and his ... Read more knowledge, expertise and good humor were a highlight of the trip. We recommend Paul Tickner Safaris without hesitation, and are confident that we made the right choice in safari companies!
Eerything arrange well. Campsite are all great. Much satisfied with Paul.
I was a bit skeptical when arranging this vacation on-line, however, Paul was in constant communication and answered all questions in a very timely manner. We gave him a budget and he set up a perfect safari for us. It was truly a trip of a lifetime for my husband and me.
Paul was easy to communicate with, and helpful in his advice, which quickly enabled us to agree the plan for our safari (and subsequent beach) holiday, based on choices for which we could subsequently only be very grateful. Our experiences in all four places to stay exceeded any expectations possible. Our experience in Ikuka in Ruaha was really outstanding. In the other locations, his arrangements ... Read more for our driver/guides were excellent, so that we really felt we were being looked after at every stage in the holiday. An outstanding holiday in every respect.
The best part of the trip was it was customized to our desires and budget making it a very personal and enjoyable wildlife viewing and photographing safaris in a fabulous country teaming with wildlife. Working with Paul and Hannah was an excellent experience from the planning stages thru the monitoring of our travels till the end to provide a worry free adventure. His choice of seasonal timing, ... Read moreuse of companies and accommodations was excellent. The staff at each location was friendly and professional often doing the extra effort to make our stay even better. The food, cooked by chefs, and service was very goo. You never left the table hungry and the bag lunches were more than enough and very good. The guides were professional and ethical, leaving a viewing area after an appropriate amount of time to allow others access or to not disturb the animals. Their knowledge about wildlife, history and the people was very good. As a wildlife biologist I can attest to the credibility of their wildlife knowledge. The great handling of the logistics was the worry free part of the trip with a driver or guide always taking you to the appropriate place at the right time. Domestic flights by Coastal Air provided excellent service by skilled pilots.
The cost of our 17 day customized trip was less per day than a canned group trips we investigated. I would highly recommend using Paul Tickner Safaris to guide you or provide an affordable personal adventure of a life time. We will be using Ticket Safaris again.
Paul Tickner helped us plan the perfect safari for us, keeping in mind our interests and abilities. The result was a memorable three week experience that included (at Paul's suggestion) some much appreciated rest and relaxation before the long journey home. This trip of a lifetime far exceeded our expectations - and our expectations were high! We were impressed by Paul's meticulous attention to de ... Read moretail. We were always met as we stepped off our internal flights by a representative ready to whisk us away to our next adventure, our guides were knowledgeable and professional. We were privileged to have Paul himself as our guide in Ruaha, his home turf. His knowledge of the ecosystem and culture truly enhanced our experience. We loved it all so much, we want to return!
Paul Tickner Safaris arranged my trip to southern Tanzania to the Ruaha National Park and nearby area in January 2017. I was a bit hesitant prior to the trip as it was my first visit to Tanzania and I was traveling alone. I absolutely enjoyed every part of the trip, thanks to Paul's arrangement and company!
The lodge Paul arranged, Ikuka, was spectacular! The service there was impeccable with ... Read moreamazing staff. The view from the lodge overlooking the Ruaha National Park was something that will stay with me the rest of my life! The safari guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Paul also took me to visit local conservation projects which were the highlight of my trip and shared with me his expert knowledge on the African wildlife.
Paul is a highly experienced safari operator with solid wildlife conservation knowledge and experience - which are an important factor for me when booking my travel. I can't wait to return to Tanzania and explore other parts of the country.
Thank you, Paul Tickner Safaris, for an unforgettable experience and lifelong friendship.