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Dora   –  
Hungary HU
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Oct 8, 2022

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

Best tour operator in Tanzania

I received an offer from a few companies regarding to my planned safari. But the best offer came from Tanzania Roadside Expeditions (TRE). From the first contact they were very professional, answered every questions that I had and made sure that all my requests are included in their offer. They bought my flights from and to Zanzibar (where I was based) and even organised a taxi for me in Zanzibar. The communication was very smooth and very fast.
The guide/driver’s name was Sele who was fantastic during the whole safari. He was very professional, organised, always on time, very knowledgable about the animals and the national parks. We felt very safe with him during the whole time. We have seen the Big five plus a lot more animals! Absolutely wonderful experience and can’t recall one issue with them. The managing director greeted us in person in the beginning of our trip which is a nice touch. If you want your safari to be perfect, go for Tanzania Roadside Expeditions, you will not regret it! Thank you for everything TRE!

Haleh   –  
Singapore SG
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Oct 12, 2022

Email Haleh  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Wealth of knowledge, accommodating and incredibly kind.

I booked this 6 days safari trip based on my brother’s recommendation, with his fiancé. My brother recommended Paul to me and so we exchanged Wats app and email contacts, and it was smooth sailing from then on. He tailored everything to our needs and lodges based on our preferences. My partner was so scared of lions and not into safari what’s so ever, but Paul put him at ease with Wats app calls before we even embarked on this trip.
Our guide was Walter who was ever so knowledgeable; felt like he had a PhD in animal psychology. He further put my partner at ease, and his wealth of knowledge about the animal kingdom made the trip even more fascinating.
Walter also catered to our every need and tailored things to our timing and we managed to see absolutely everything with no stone left unturned.
The luxury lodges were simply breathtaking. The staff so polite and welcoming. We were assigned a host at every lodge. They were clean and the cuisines were exquisite in the most amazing settings.
One of the lodges provided BBQ in luxury tent.
The views to the wild from our balconies were just spectacular. I enjoyed a cup of tea or a bath in tranquility just gazing at the view and being in the moment.
My partner and I would like to spend more time at each lodge next time and enjoy the retreat. I was so in tuned with nature and where we humans all come from.
The Maasai tribe were there patrolling and looking after us, since they are so skilled in fending off the party crashers, ie. leopards who waltz in at happy hour! Lol.
We felt incredibly safe at all times and even my initially super nervous partner was put at ease and in total comfort.
Visit the Maasai village and learn about the skills of fire making and dancing traditions of this incredibly kind tribe.
Do purchase some handicraft from them to support them as it would be sad to see these tribes disappear in the modern world.
Don’t forget to visit the coffee plantations and be given a tour and sip a cuppa too. Being a coffee lover myself, it gave me a greater appreciation of my cup of coffee every morning.
In a nutshell, I was in tears when I saw the wildebeest and zebra migration. Just seeing how the animals interact and their behaviour takes you to the core of human existence.
I cried at the breakfast table upon our last day at the lodge because I was touched by the generosity, warmth and genuine acts of kindness of the people I met.
I also had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes and we gave our guide a big hug goodbye. I simply couldn’t find enough words of gratitude.
Thank you Paul, Walter and team at Tanzania roadside expeditions for making this an unforgettable and educational trip for us.
We will return.

Asia   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Oct 12, 2022

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

Great experience, big adventure!

We organised a safari with the help of Tanzania Roadside and it was a great adventure. Our guide Idriss was very nice and always ready to answer all our questions. We had such a great time with him on our trip. He was also very good with spotting animals and finding good spots for taking photos.
We spent together almost 5 days, visiting Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Arusha and Lake Manyara.
We can totally recommend organizing a safari with them. It's a local company with good approach to the customers.
All the communication with the company run very professionaly and smoothly.

Kamil   –  
Poland PL
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Oct 12, 2022

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

Unforgettable experience!

Tanzania Roadside helped us to organize our 5 days safari. Idriss was our guide and he was perfect, always ready to answer all questions we had and also with spotting animals. What is also really important we felt really safe for whole time with him!
I can totally recommend organizing a safari with them and for sure if I will go to safari again I will organize it with them! Thank you for amazing time!

Linda   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Oct 12, 2022

Email Linda  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Paul promptly answered our numerous questions and clearly laid out what was covered in the tour.

It was quite intimidating to wire our safari payment directly to Tanzania, but Paul Justine, the tour operator, gave clear directions and also confirmed when he received the payment. There were 4 of us traveling on this particular two-week safari to Kenya and Tanzania and when the one couple had to back out within 3 weeks of our trip due to an unexpected and severe illness, Paul graciously returned their money in full! Each guide (one for each country) displayed great knowledge of the animals, where to find them within the park, and each one was friendly and accommodating. We had given the tour operator a monetary range and from there he chose a variety of fun accommodations from a hotel to a canvas tent (complete with shower and toilet!)

Jessica   –  
Canada CA
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Oct 15, 2022

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

Best private safari for best value

Highly recommend picking your safari with Tanzania Roadside Expeditions. We did an 11 day tour, starting in Kenya before heading to Tanzania and ending with two days in Zanzibar. From all my research, Roadside was by far the cheapest for what we were looking for, but that didn't detract at all from the luxury private safari experience. Bonus!
From the first communication, Paul and team were always helpful and quick to respond to any questions - and we had a lot. They were also supportive of the numerous changes we made to the tour as we decided what to add/drop multiple times over.
During the tour, both guides were very professional and knowledgeable (as well as the city guide in Stone Town). We got to see the Big 5, not an aspiration we had before going, but Idris really pulled through our last day on safari and got us to the rhino a minute before it disappeared back into the forest.
All the hotels we stayed at were great. We were uncertain about the Rhino Lodge when we first showed up as it didn't look to be the same level as the other hotels, but the Cape Buffalo, Elephants and other animals that wandered right through the property as you sit out on your porch are worth the rustic vibe. As a vegetarian, I also had plenty of food options at all the hotels and the brown box lunches we had on safari days were also full, so I never felt hungry.
If I'm ever fortunate enough to do another safari in the area, I wouldn't hesitate to book with Roadside again.

Kevin B   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Oct 16, 2022

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

Incredible experience

We did a private safari with Tanzania Roadside Expeditions. Overall our safari was excellent !
Our guide made sure that we had the best stay possible!
Thanks to him we saw the Big 5 !!

Great selection of hotels/camps.

I strongly recommend them.

Carlos   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Oct 17, 2022

Email Carlos  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Walter , The Wild Animal Whisperer Was Wonderful ! 5 “W’s” For A 5 “Stars” Experience

We did a quick 9 Day Safari experience which included 4 days in 3 Parks , 1 day touring in Stone Town (Zanzibar) & 3 days relaxing at a beach resort in Zanzibar. Our Safari guide , Walter, made this such a memorable trip. Living In Arusha, he knew and shared everything about the history, topography, food , local customs, Masai Warriors and of course animals and their behavior. Our accommodations were very comfortable at each place we stayed.

Tanzania Roadside Expeditions was dependable, honest & accessible throughout the entire planning of the trip as well as during and after the trip. We would highly recommend them.

One note: Next time we would try to stay 2 or 3 nights at Serengeti Park, it really was the highlight of the Safari. Trying to do 3 parks in 4 days ( our request) was overly ambitious and made for a lot of driving time and limited our enjoyment of accommodation amenities.

Jackie   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Oct 24, 2022

Email Jackie  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Flawless! The experience was absolutely flawless!

It's difficult when you're from another country to book a safari with a local company. You just never know what you're going to get. That said, Tanzania Roadside Expeditions gave us everything they said they would and more! Everything, everything was perfectly timed. Guides, drivers, everyone involved were where they said they were going to be when they said they were going to be there. The accommodations were perfect...comfortable, and luxurious! The food was excellent!

More importantly the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. They found all of the animals we wanted to see. They educated us on them and the ecosystem. The 'safari car was comfortable. All of the bad parts of a safari we had read never affected us because of the vehicle.

There is nothing they could have done better! I have already recommended Roadside Tanzania to friends. If you're thinking about a safari; if you're wondering who can Roadside Tanzania Expeditions. They are the best!

Nico   –  
Brazil BR
Visited: October 2022 Reviewed: Nov 1, 2022

Email Nico  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

5-day Safari with Tanzania Roadside Expeditions

After visiting Namibia a few years ago (self-drive), we wanted to return to Africa and realized we would need an organized tour with a guide/driver.
After research and reading reviews we choose Tanzania as destination as Parks are relatively close and did not want to spend too many days on the road.
Read good reviews and comments on TripAdvisor and other sites regarding Tanzania Roadside Expeditions.
From the initial contact they were very helpful and quick to respond, flexible to accommodate our wishes., with excellent pricing and conditions!

We did a private 5-day safari to Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara.
Our driver and guide, Eli, was phenomenal!! He is an excellent wild life spotter and
knew exactly where to take us for better views and photos, always in good spirit and very pleasant and easygoing guy!
We had good accommodations that varied from a real (temporary) Kati-kati tented camp in Serengeti ((fantastic experience / should have stayed for 2 nights instead of 1!) and very luxurious hotel as the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (Wellworth Collection).
Food was very good and we had great dinners, breakfasts and quite diverse lunchboxes for underway.
The driving from Lake Burunge-Tarangire to Serengeti was extremely long and took us 10 hours on rough, dusty and sometimes scary roads. We would have appreciated a bit more information regarding this.
Fortunately, Eli is an extremely experienced driver, always with a lovely smile on his face and he tried to accommodate all our wishes regarding travel times, stops for coffee (wonderful coffee in Tanzania!), photos, etc…

The only 3 details that could be improved would be:
1) better/newer seats in the 4x4 vehicle (at least ours)
2) information about distances and expected driving times to get to each destination.
3) better information regarding Lake Manyara, famous for its thousands of pink flamingos. However, since some time there are no flamingos anymore.
We would have preferred to stay an extra night in Serengeti (considering the long drive to get there, one night is too short) and would have skipped Lake Manyara.

We highly recommend Tanzania Roadside Expeditions (Paul Justine, General Manager) for their prompt responses, experience and professionalism, help with Covid testing, etc.
We highly recommend visiting Tanzania! Beautiful places and thousands of animals! We did see the Big 5 and much more!

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