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Anna   –  
Germany DE
Visited: March 2017 Reviewed: Jun 16, 2017

Email Anna  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Challenge 2017 – 5 Germans, 12 days, camping only
5/5

We're not the average safari tourists. Moreover, we're Germans. Having been to Southern and Eastern Africa more than 50 times, my husband and I had never before hired a tour operator. Having accompanied us on a few camping safaris in the past, my parents are now almost 80 years old and thus entitled to their own driver and luxury camping. On our 12-day-itinerary were Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu, Serengeti and Lake Natron, camping was to be on special campsites in the parks only (these are remote places in the bush with no facilities whatsoever and rented to one party exclusively).
I started looking for a company willing and able to embark on „Challenge 2017“. Most of them first „hakuna matata'd“ everything but then suggested their fixed package tours and showed zero flexibility.
Brenda was the first to answer my email saying she was positive they could provide just what we were looking for. She organized camp beds for my parents, a mobile bucket shower and portable toilet. She promised we'd travel with a chef serving more than just canned food, noodles, and toast. She provided fantastic customer service and outstanding communication although my parents' health seemed to upset our travel plans more than once. If not for her, I might have just cancelled the whole trip at one point.
My parents and sister travelled in the Landcruiser with Kakasii driving, chef Moshi and camp assistant Vera occupying the empty seats. My husband and I drove along in our own vehicle but rode with Kakasii for the game drives when the camp was set. We were happy to see that Kakasii is an excellent driver since the roads and tracks can become a challenge during the rains. He was on the radio nonstop chatting to other guides and drivers to find out about the road conditions and where to find the game. Even though we've seen our fair share of wildlife Kakasii managed to delight us with some extraordinary sightings like tiny lion cubs, lions up in a tree, cheetahs hunting, and many more. And there was plenty of time for birds and smaller creatures as well.
Although it was the first time Kakasii and his team have stayed on special campsites they quickly established a routine and made sure my parents in particular were always comfortable and never had to lift a finger except when holding a fork full of Moshi's treats. For chef Moshi it was a real challenge to pamper us with culinary delights like self-made pizzas and pies, tasty meat and fresh vegetables and fruit from his makeshift kitchen consisting merely of a gas cooker and a small fire under a tarpaulin against the rain/sun. Not only was it relaxing to have someone cook for you in the bush but Moshi's cuisine is a true delight (as is the man himself). He has spoiled us beyond belief and we've all gained weight.
Since Tanzania Choice Safaris have been perfectly able to meet „Challenge 2017“ you can be sure you're in the best hands for your own personal safari adventure whichever way of accomodation you may choose for yourselves (staying in lodges, however, means you're missing out on Moshi's food!).
Enjoy your Tanzania(n) Choice Safari!

Charlotte Ward   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: January 2017 Reviewed: Feb 26, 2017

Email Charlotte Ward  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

I cannot put into words how truly wonderful my experience was with Tanzania Choice!
5/5

I arrived in Tanzania having booked my trip with a different tour provider... which did not exactly go to plan! I had planned to climb Kilimanjaro and do a short safari afterwards before heading home. However, upon arrival it soon became clear that what i had been promised was not going to materialise. Luckily, I was put into contact with Brenda from Tanzania Choice who quickly arranged for me to meet her & helped me to organise a brand new itinerary within hours! I could not have asked for a more professional service who tailored the trip to my every need under such short time pressures. The service was not only professional but also personal and helped to calm my nerves after a very stressful first day in Tanzania. I met my Kilimanjaro guide, Festo, within a few hours of being in Brenda's company and I knew instantly that I had made the right decision to change my tour provider. Festo was an insightful, knowledgable and truly amazing guide. As a 21 year old girl climbing the mountain alone, i was very nervous and apprehensive about the trip but I felt at ease in his company and trusted him completely. He is an expert at what he does and his knowledge of the mountain is second to none. He always has a smile on his face & knows exactly how to cheer you up when motivation to keep climbing is waining! I managed to reach the top and had an incredible time along the way. I chose to do the Marangu route which has wooden huts instead of tented camps & I really recommend this route, especially if you are climbing alone. Whilst some say it is a touristy route, it was in no way overcrowded and I got the chance to meet people from all over the world and make lasting friendships. My team on the mountain were unbelievable! The food they provided was delicious, and believe me... food becomes extremely important as your energy levels deplete! An extra bonus was that every day i was woken by hot coffee which is not a service many others enjoyed. I felt so well looked after and I couldn't have done it without my team behind me. After my climb, i chose to do a 2 day safari in Taranguire staying in the Sangaiwe Tented Lodge. The lodge was simply beaaaautiful! I felt like i was in a 5 star hotel, everything was immaculate and the service exceptional. The resort is unspoilt and peaceful but well equipped with a stunning swimming pool to cool off in after a hot day on Safari. Kokassi, our guide, was much like Festo in that he was so knowledgable and insightful about the park and the animals which inhabit it. It's like he has a 6th sense for the animals, finding lions and cheetah in the depths of the park where nobody else was! I saw millions of elephants, zebra and giraffes - all in touching distance! The food on the trip was amazing and every lunch time they would lay out a table cloth and provide hot coffee, which is just a special touch that many companies do not provide. Tanzania Choice gave me a 5* experience and i would not even look at another company if i were to return to Tanzania. Brenda and Kokassi are lovely, genuine people and really became my family whilst i was out there. My initial experience of Tanzania was quickly changed after meeting this family. I miss them very much & would recommend them to anyone!

Natalie   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2016 Reviewed: Nov 28, 2016

Email Natalie  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Absolutely the best
5/5

This was my third time on safari with our guide, Kakasii, but the first since the inception of this company in late 2013. The first time was in 2009 and the second was in the summer of 2013. Both of my previous times were in larger groups, but this most recent trip was just me and a friend. While I might be slightly biased because I've never traveled with another safari company, I think Tanzania Choice might be the best company available for safari trips in Tanzania! From my first email inquiry about this trip to our final game drive in Ngorongoro Crater, every detail was attended to and each question answered with care and efficiency! On the office side, Brenda was prompt and detailed in email correspondence, and was able to help us organize our other travel plans in Tanzania; she was able to squeeze every possible dollar out of our limited budget to still give us a full and interesting itinerary. While on safari, Kakasii worked hard to get us the best game viewing experience and accommodate requests for animals we wanted to see; his knowledge of all the animals is almost infinite, and he is one of the best when it comes to finding some of the more rare animals! Seriously, there is no need to look at any other companies; you will not be disappointed if you choose Tanzania Choice. I cannot recommend them enough! Side note about parks: this was my first trip into Tarangire National Park (our substitute for the Serengeti on this trip) and it was absolutely amazing! If you weren't planning on making the trip there, I would recommend trying to fit an overnight in Tarangire into your itinerary! Absolutely fantastic.

Jim & Marsha Forbes   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2016 Reviewed: Oct 27, 2016

Email Jim & Marsha Forbes

Best way to enjoy Tanzania's Game Parks.
5/5

Tanzania Choice safaris far exceded all of our expectations. The knowledge of our guide, Kakasaii, insured that we would be in the right place at the right time to maximize each moment of our trip. Far before we arrived in Tanzania, we were supplied with a well planned itinerary, with all of the information needed so we would not be faced with in-country surprises. When we return to continue Tanzania's wonderful game parks, there is no question that we will use Tanzania Choice Safaris as our host. Anyone reading this should make the same choice!
Thanks Brenda and Kakasaii for making a dream come true.

Howard Castleberry   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2016 Reviewed: Sep 4, 2016

Email Howard Castleberry

A personalized, professional safari, and the best of 7 safaris I've enjoyed in my life!
5/5

The Safari lived up to expectations and then some. I have been to Africa 12 times, and Tanzania six times. My standards are high, and Tanzania Choice Safaris exceeded my expectations. It is because of the wonderful team that leads this company. It is a husband-and-wife team that is unmatched. Kakasii in the field, and Brenda in the office. Communications were prompt and perfect, and Kakasii's English is excellent along with his knowledge of fauna, flora and animal life in Tanzania . Very simply, the best Safari I've ever taken.

Joan   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2016 Reviewed: Aug 29, 2016

Email Joan  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Amazing Tanzanian Safari
5/5

The safari exceeded my expectations for seeing wildlife. I had taken a 2 day safari and saw everything I had hoped to see. The driver, Kakasii, was an experienced local who knew the parks and the animal hangouts like none of the other companies. His eye for spotting animals in the brush and trees was phenomenal. Communication was a breeze with Kakasii's perfect English and his enthusiasm and friendly demeanor made the trip a blast. If I plan another safari, it will definitely be with these guys. Thank you so much for the wonderful adventure!

Caitlain   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2016 Reviewed: Aug 15, 2016

Email Caitlain  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Incredible Once in a Lifetime Journey!
5/5

I was so very pleased with the service and experience that I had in Tanzania. Brenda and Kakasii are incredible knowledgable and caring. I had an incredible time on all 3 of our adventures. The planning was incredible and I was treated so well the entire trip. I met incredible people and will never forget my time in this amazing country! Thank you so much for making my lifelong dream not only come true but be the most astounding adventure I will ever have!

Ginney   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2016 Reviewed: Jul 26, 2016

Email Ginney  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Excellent Safari to Ngorongoro Crater with Kakasii
5/5

The entire experience was professional, interesting, and FUN! Brenda and Kakasii made sure we knew exactly what to expect, answered all of our questions leading up to the trip, and just made the whole process easy. Kakasii was an excellent guide. We learned about the crater, the animals, and the Maasai culture. He made sure we saw as many animals as possible and answered our many, many questions with patience. I would definitely use Tanzania Choice Safaris again if given the opportunity.

Christy   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2016 Reviewed: Jul 19, 2016

Email Christy  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

My dream trip come true thanks to Tanzania Choice!
5/5

I had been planning my dream trip to Tanzania since 2009 in my head. After being recommended by a friend to use TCS as my tour company, Brenda and I talked via Skype various times so that she knew exactly the type of traveler I was and the things I wanted in my trip. I knew from the very first phone call in October that I was working with a spectacular company. Her questions, attention to detail, and suggestions proved that she would design a trip that she 100% believed would be perfect for me. And boy, did she deliver!!!

From the minute we arrived, my group and I were treated with unbelievable hospitality. Brenda and Kakasii went above and beyond to show us rural life in Tanzania in their home, which included a traditional barbeque, walks in the community and campfires with family members. In addition, they coordinated our mountain guide come and check our gear! The meeting was invaluable! Being able to show Festo our supplies and have him walk through each day was us, put our nerves to rest. The following day, Brenda, Kakasii and their twins, traveled 3 hours (and 3 hours back!) with us just to set us off on our trek. Their diligence to making sure we were taken care of proved to us again that they valued their clients immensely!

After our successful climb, they waited for us with open arms to celebrate our accomplishment! The following day, we continued on to our safari! Kakasii was more than just a safari guide, he quickly became our friend as he enthusiastically showed us all the incredible animals and birds that the parks offered. Every day on the safari his passion exuded and made every day a unique and amazing experience.

Between the Safari and Zanzibar, Brenda and I designed a day in the school they support. Brenda and I worked together to construct something that would be special for both the school and for our group. It turned out to be an unforgettable experience for both parties! We finger painted, read books, sang and danced with students and teachers. The day allowed us to learn more not only about the places of Tanzania, but the people too!

Lastly, we traveled to Zanzibar. Brenda and family traveled with us to the airport as we departed. It was hard to say goodbye as this tour company had turned into friends! What started as a dream vacation turned into so much more! I was leaving Tanzania with more than the accomplishment of making it to the top to Kilimanjaro- I was leaving with new friends with unique lasting memories! For Brenda and Kakasii, it’s more than just putting some hotels together and showing you some animals; Brenda and Kakasii attend to their clients with personal attention, hospitality and warmth!

Adrianne   –  
Tanzania TZ
Visited: July 2016 Reviewed: Jul 18, 2016

Email Adrianne  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

We will keep coming back!
5/5

This is my second safari with Tanzania Choice Safaris and we definitely keep coming back! Brenda's attention to detail and unparalleled communication made the experience all we could ever imagine. Kakasi is an amazing guide with such a passion for his work and also a deep commitment to his travel companions - which is how he makes you feel. You are not clients but instead his personal guests in his beautiful country. He was so attentive to our needs, including those of our two 4-year old children! We can highly recommend working with Tanzania Choice Safaris.

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