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Email India | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Mama Savanna were always quick to respond to queries, and provided an amazing trip through Tanzania.
Mama Savanna were the first operator to respond to my enquiry for a trip through Tanzania. My boyfriend and I were looking to experience the best possible wildlife viewing, staying at a range of mid-range camps and lodges, and Mama Savanna delivered. In the lead up to the trip, Alex was impressive with his communication, adapting the itinerary to suit multiple changes and always responding very quickly, no matter what time of night or day we were messaging him from the UK!
As this was our first trip to Tanzania, we wanted to experience a classic safari, and our itinerary including Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire definitely delivered on this. Our guide, Allen, was experienced and knowledgable for the most part, ensuring that we were well looked after in the camps, and working hard to give us the best wildlife viewing possible. He really came through when it came to the Mara River crossing which we thought we might be too late in the season to see, but he knew the right time of day to be there in case they crossed, and we ended up being in an excellent position to get great photos and watch the spectacle with only 2 other game viewers there! He was an excellent spotter, particularly when it came to leopards which he could see from a great distance.
The itinerary is flexible right up to the point of travel, so we were a little surprised not to be staying in some of the camps we had agreed on, but all of the camps and lodges were excellent and many were actually upgrades so this worked out really well.
Allen worked tirelessly to make sure we had a great experience, getting up before dawn to prep the vehicle and always with a great attitude. He was tactful in giving us a great balance of meals with him and time to ourselves too. The only area that was a little more challenging was the birding - I am a keen birder and this wasn't Allen's natural area of expertise, but he worked so hard to bone up on this and was always looking things up for us and consulting his birding book. Overall our trip to Tanzania was fantastic and we were really pleased with the quality of the experience, the wildlife viewing and the communication and organisation of Mama Savanna, as well as the reasonable pricing.
Email Marine | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Email Al & Azzy | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
A great experience!
Our safari experience was absolutely great! The email communication with Alex was very professional (both through email & whatsapp). He was very flexible and picked us up from the Airport at 3am! He also got us a honeymoon dinner on our last night in Arusha. Overall, he made us feel the experience was definitely worthy!
Allen, our driver and guide was very nice to us (and he even spoke a little bit of Spanish, which was definitely unusual to see!). He is a very experienced driver and guide, has a lot of knowledge about the animals and the parks. And, he definitely has the best eyes to spot animals (no matter how far they are). We managed to see the big 5 and had some amazing experiences (close to elephants, a cheetah, lions, etc). Absolutely magical!
Overall, everything was absolutely great and the only tiny downside is that we hardly felt we were in our honeymoon. The places where we stayed overnight were all great (Alex made magnificent choices for us!), but almost none of them treated us in a special way. We just felt we were doing a great trip, but not a honeymoon trip (except on a couple occasions, including the last night in Arusha that Alex took great care of).
P.S.: If you are planning to go to Tanzania in June, beware of the weather! It is colder than you might expect, make sure you bring warm clothes with you!
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