A memorable journey, warthogs and all
We chose East Africa Wild Adventures based on its excellent reviews and because Alym (the owner) is based near us in Vancouver. That afforded us the chance to meet with him to plan our trip in person, and to get a feel for him and his company. He made a very good impression - both his in-depth knowledge, and his candour when discussing the details. His personal touch was self-evident, which came in handy during our Tanzania trip. There is a tremendous amount of logistical work that goes into a week-long safari, and every day unfolded smoothly. Or at least it would have, had we not run into a major problem with our vehicle on the second day of the safari. Efforts were made to fix it, but the problem persisted the next day. We then texted Alym (middle of the night for him) and he immediately dispatched a new vehicle that arrived the following day. We were grateful and relieved, as the driver and the Arusha-based EAW manager seemed content to continue trying for a repair. With the new vehicle, no more frustrations and back to smooth sailing. We really enjoyed our driver, Emmanuel, who was knowledgeable, flexible, and engaged. The accommodations were first-rate, both in the parks and our beach hotel in Zanzibar, where we spent the last three days of our trip. One piece of advice - if you go during the summer, if does get quite cool overnight in the Serengeti. If you don't like the cold, bring some warm night clothes (and maybe a heating pad). And enjoy the spectacular wildlife and scenery - it doesn't get any better than this. I can certainly recommend East Africa Wild Adventures to help you make it happen.