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Tim   –  
Germany DE
Visited: September 2017 Reviewed: Oct 27, 2017

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

Amazing wildlife, great Guide (Oswald), hot coffe, cold drinks!
5/5

There is a certain hesitation before sending a rather large amount of money to a (potentially dubious) safari operator "somewhere in Tansania"; *BUT*: Lion King Adventures was everything we expected and more!

Airport pickup, tailored program and accommodations right the way we wanted, great nature/wildlife/sights. In particular we can really recommend *Oswald* as a guide!

Contact with Anna before getting to Tanzania worked great, when arriving to the first Hotel we had a handwritten card by her, apologizing, that she couldn't be there that night (but she met us when we came back one week later and then she and her husband drove us to Moshi the next day).

Most tours are relatively similar: same car, same accomodations, same lunchbox. But:
I guess the moment i knew that we had booked the right tour with the right operator was when Oswald unfolded a piknick blanket on the bonnit of the car and prepared a coffee for us while he checked us in at the first park. It was this tiny detail (or the fridge in the back of the car with cold sodas/beer) that made the tour stand out. And the fact that he could spot animals with his eyes that we couldn't find even using binos...

I obviously only met one guide, but he made this tour perfect. Recommend him any time!

Dominic   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2017 Reviewed: Oct 19, 2017

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

Once in a lifetime experience
5/5

We were visiting Tanzania for a couple of weeks but decided we wanted to do a safari first. We chose, after a few quotes to go with Lion King and they didn't disappoint. Anna, who helped organise our trip was just brilliant. She helped tailor our trip and also helped with things which weren't even related to our safari too, such as visiting a children's home, questions about local currency etc. Our guides were really nice, helpful and funny and they definitely help make the trip. We saw everything we wanted and our guide even managed to 'read' where a couple of lions were going to move to and found us a great viewing spot. The lodges Lion King organised were top notch, one of which was out of this world! Lion King also organised each day a picnic lunch which was lovely. We really felt safe, looked after, well informed and more importantly had great fun. We could not recommend this company any more.

Leo   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2017 Reviewed: Sep 30, 2017

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

Excellent 4 Days
5/5

We did a 4 night safari in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro in September. Lion King accommodated our schedule and customized a mixture of tent camping and tented campsites, and they took care of every detail. Our guide, James, provided a wonderful experience and was able to find, identify and give detailed information on both the animals and the plants, as well as cultural insights. Aside from picnic lunch, we spent most of the day in the Land Cruiser - so don't expect a lot of exercise, unless you arrange for a walk. I'd agree with others that it's best to stay inside the Serengeti and Ngorongoro parks because it's a bit of a drive to get sufficiently into the parks where the safari trails are, and once you leave the tarmac at the entrance to the park, the roads are rough.

The Serengeti Heritage Camp was close to the middle of the park, and had a wonderful view of both sunrise and sunset. Not luxurious, but very comfortable and with all the basics - more glamping than camping. All kinds of animals drifted through at night, and the camp had Maasai guards stationed throughout the night.

Would like to get back to see the parks at other times of the year.

Aika   –  
Japan JP
Visited: September 2017 Reviewed: Sep 22, 2017

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

Great safari experience with the awesome tour guide!
5/5

My husband and I took the safari tour for the first time ever. When we arrived at the Arusha airport, our guide Salehe was there to pick us up and he told us about Tanzania, safari, and some words in Kiswahil. During the 4-day safari tour, he has always been attentive and friendly so we were able to learn a lot about the area, nature, and the wild animals. He is very knowledgeable about any things!
We even had a chance to visit Masai village to know how local Masai people are living there.
For accommodations, we loved Endoro lodge as their hospitality was impressive and the room was beautifully decorated and well maintained.

Megan   –  
Australia AU
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Sep 17, 2017

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

What an adventure!
5/5

My husband and I absolutely loved our holiday with Lion King Adventures! Right from the start the booking experience was great. No question bothered Anna and she took the time to ensure we felt comfortable confirming all the details over email. Our accommodation was fantastic, and all the places had been checked by Anna and the team to ensure there were in a safe area and were comfortable.
We met Anna and our guide Salehe on our first night in Arusha. We very much appreciated getting to know them, and straight away knew that they would take great care of us. And our 5 day safari didn't disappoint. Salehe was a fantastic guide! Not only did he teach us some handy Swahili, but he took the time to look out for the animals we were really hoping to see and did everything he could to provide us with an incredible experience.
We then flew to Zanzibar - Anna organised all our transfers and we didn't have any issues once there.
We would recommend this tour to anyone. It's personalised, you feel cared for, and it doesn't break the bank. What an experience!

Francisco De Laurentiis   –  
Brazil BR
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Sep 11, 2017

Email Francisco De Laurentiis  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Experiência maravilhosa
5/5

My mother and I booked a 5 nights-4 days safari with Lion King Adventures with this itinerary: Lake Manyara (1 day, 1 night), Serengeti (2 days, 2 nights), Ngorongoro (1 day, 1 night) and Mt Kilimanjaro (1 day). Everything was easily arranged with owners James (via WhatsApp Messenger) and Anna (via e-mail). The price, in my opinion, was excellent, even though it was high season (August). By negotiating directly with them, they offered me a good discount, and also accepted credit card. Our safari experience was excellent. The vehicle provided (a Toyota Land Cruiser with refrigerator for drinks, like juice, water or local beer) and the food choices for lunch (normal or vegetarian) were outstanding. Also, our driver/ranger Oswald (also known as Ozzy) was a really nice guy, always smiling and having a positive attitude towards everything. He found all the animals we wanted to see and had really good control of the car (the roads are very bad, so the driver is tested at all times). We easily spotted the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and had lots of fun with Ozzy’s jokes. By the way, having a fun and prepared driver is essential, as you’ll be spending a lot of time with him/her on the course of the days. That’s why I recommend that if you’re planning on booking a safari with Lion King, ask for Ozzy to be your driver. I guarantee you won’t regret it! During our safari, there was only one slight problem with our hotel in Arusha, but this problem was quickly solved after I contacted James by WhatsApp – he is always ready to help you if you need. To sum it up: if you’re looking for a good safari experience in northern Tanzania, go with Lion King Adventures.

Leigh Fernandez   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Sep 10, 2017

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

Choose Lion King Adventures! They made our family safari a dream come true!
5/5

My family recently returned in August from a 6-day safari with Lion King Adventures, and everything about the safari completely exceeded all of our expectations... it was the most incredible trip made possible by Anna who helped us book it, and by our tour guides, Saleh Omari and Oswald Shayp, who lead us through this amazing adventure.

Initially we were worried about planning a safari thousands of miles away with little knowledge of what is reasonable to expect in choosing locations to see, places to stay, length of safari, price range. We were a bit overwhelmed by all the tour companies and possibilities. We narrowed down the possible tours to 3 based on the several facts: We were a family of 8 so needed to travel in multiple vehicles, we wanted to see the wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Northern Serengeti, and we needed a moderate price range.

Our first experience with Lion King Adventures was Anna, who helped us book a tour that met all our needs. She is knowledgeable, asks the right questions, and was able to book our lodgings, and even rebook them when our arrival schedule to Tanzania changed. She was the voice of sanity and calm for us as we planned the trip thousands of miles away.

Lion King Adventures met us at the airport when we arrived in Tanzania… not once, but twice since we all arrived on different flights at different times. They even stopped in Arusha to pick up my daughter who was finishing up a summer internship there. We all met at Ilboru Lodge in Arusha, the first lodge that Anna booked for us. This was a great place for us to all meet up to begin our adventure. We even got to speak with guests who were returning from their safaris, which certainly sparked our excitement. Anna met with us that first evening along with one of our guides, Saleh, to go over where we would be going and staying the next 6 days.

As we started our safari, it became evident to us that the role of the safari guide is far larger than we initially understood it to be. Our 2 guides, Salah and Oswald, were an integral part of our group for the 6 days… working 16 hour days addressing all our needs – driving on the highways from Arusha to the national parks dealing with the local police checks, checking us into and out of the parks, getting our lunch boxes and finding places to eat, making coffee and such, driving the game drives, working the radio finding where the game are, driving on the off-road conditions within the parks, answering our many questions, checking us in and out of the lodges and camps, handling the luggage, cleaning out the Land Rovers between days. It was mind-numbing everything they took care of so that we had an amazing experience. And the entire time that Saleh and Oswald were doing the above, they were also upbeat, smiling, and entirely engaged in the proceedings of the safari. We had spent so much time with Saleh and Oswald, and they had shown us so much about the Tanzanian savanna, that by the end of the safari, they were more like family to us than safari guides. Both Saleh and Oswald have a good command of English, each day many times they would ask each of the 8 of us how we were doing. They each had an extensive knowledge of the Tanzanian parks – the history, the ecology, the people, and the animals. They had the guide books and could answer most of our questions. You could also tell that both Saleh and Oswald enjoyed being safari guides (each having done it over 5 years), they both loved Tanzania and its beauty. What became obvious to us during the safari was that the safari guides are on the radio with each other all the time and work the radio to figure out where the animals are. Saleh and Oswald seemed to know a lot of the other guides and were very good at determining when to follow a lead and when not to. They were also very respective of the animals in their habitat. I think we saw about everything except for the black rhino. The highlight for us was seeing the wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River – we actually got to see it, mainly due to Saleh’s and Oswald’s work. The unusual sights we saw were 2 lionesses take down a hyena that got too close to their cubs, a leopard in a tree with its kill, 2 cheetahs, 3 lion brothers walking to get water, lionesses up in a tree (Lake Manyara), an ostrich doing its mating dance, 3 hippos fighting, and then all the babies… zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, elephants, wart hogs, gazelles, baboons, monkeys, and it goes on – haven’t even mentioned all the birds we saw). I would highly recommend Saleh and Oswald as safari guides to anyone.

We spent 1 day at Lake Manyara National Park and 1 day at Ngorongoro Crater, and for these days we were booked in Eileen’s Trees Inn in Karatu. Eileen’s Trees is a fabulous inn… beautiful, comfortable rooms with private baths and a wonderful dining room and food. They easily accommodated our large group and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Then we spent 1 day in Central Serengeti and 2 days in Northern Serengeti. For the Serengeti National Park, we stayed at 2 different Serengeti Heritage Camps within the Serengeti National Park. The staff that ran these camps were very attentive, provided wonderful meals, and the tent facilities were top notch.

We had no idea when planning this safari that these Serengeti Heritage Camps would be one of the highlights of our safari. Everything so far with our tours of Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the game drives in the Serengeti were largely visual. Sleeping in the Serengeti Heritage Camps was the audio part of our safari… just listening to the animals within the camp at night as they grazed and moved was a completely awesome and unexpected bonus!

The most difficult aspect of the safari was driving back from northern Serengeti to Arusha. We made that trip in 1 day… 265 miles in 12 hours as most of it is off road. This is a decision we made based on what we wanted to do on our safari and how many were in our group – we wanted to go to the Northern Serengeti to see the wildebeest cross the Mara River. Saleh and Oswald made this trip back to Arusha as pleasant as possible… not sure how they do it!

In conclusion… we finished our safari with a greater understanding and awe of Lion King Adventures! We were so happy and felt so fortunate that they were our safari tour company!

Alec Fernandez   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Sep 8, 2017

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

High Quality Service, Amazing Safari, Extremely Competitive Price. Best Value in Serengeti”
5/5

6 day Safari: Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Central Serengeti, Northern Serengeti/Mara River
8 family members spread across 2 Land Cruisers for entire trip.

I’ll start out by saying that I don’t often leave reviews and when I do, it’s usually to warn folks about trouble. It’s a pleasure to leave a glowing review. This is the best I’ve ever left.

Highlights:

First the Guides/Drivers/Animal locators: Saleh Omari and Oswald Shayp.
I cannot say enough about these two. During the 6 days, they became my friends. I miss them. Guides are extremely important. Everybody in Tanzania will see elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, and gazelles, but if you want to get really close to lions in trees, leopards, cheetahs, and other more rare sights, you must have good guides. They work their radios and networks of fellow guides to find out where the animals are, which roads are passable to get you there and they know how to get you to the choice spots for viewing. The good guides all know one another and share secrets with each other. They leave room for one another when a crowd forms If you aren't plugged into that network, you will miss stuff.
Saleh and Oswald (Ozzy) spent the majority of game drives cruising slowly (pole pole) and pointing out the sights, stopping frequently, letting us take pictures. Then all at once they would start talking on the radio (in Swahili so I was in the dark) and suddenly take off like they were driving firetrucks. Then we would get to a spot and there would be a leopard with a gazelle in a tree, or a pair of cheetahs under a tree, or a pride of lionesses with cubs. Meanwhile other land cruisers would be passing by on the main road completely oblivious.

My favorite Saleh story: It was the end of a very long day. (Every day is a long day for guides, sunrise to sunset and then off the clean the vehicles.) Saleh is driving along looking for a rhino or something… pointing out baboon babies and so forth. Then he motions toward the side of the path and says, “Look, a snake.”

Now I spend a lot of time in the woods. I’m better than anyone I know at spotting wildlife. Especially snakes. So I ask for a better signal. Saleh stops the Landcruiser and points “There”. I still don’t see it. He practically has to get out of the vehicle before I finally spot the 10 foot long cobra. Saleh had to get close enough to it with his finger that it defensively coiled up and spread out it neck before I saw it. And he saw it while driving and looking for a rhino in the distance.

Their English was very good. Oswald's was good enough that he could tell jokes and kid around. Both had extremely interesting, in depth knowledge of the animals habits and tendencies. Both would stop occasionally to swap stories with other connected guides from other companies or at least wave while passing. I cannot recommend these two guides highly enough. They know everyone, they know everything.

My advice: Find good guides and please tip your guides generously. Nobody works harder. I tipped them at the end of each day and a bonus at the end of the trip. The deserved every bit.

As for logistics, we had some (ok, several) last minute schedule changes and Anna juggled, pivoted, parried, did magic and found us spots to stay that fit our schedule. She did a great job explaining everything and working with our changing needs. Lion King made everything smooth for us despite our large party and lack of organization.

As for accommodations:
Ilboro Lodge was perfectly adequate and fun in Arusha.

Eileen's trees was super nice, Very big, clean, comfortable room. Excellent bathrooms in each room. Very pretty, rustic dining room in the lodge and excellent food for a great value.

Serengeti Heritage Tent Camps in Central Serengeti and Heritage Migration Tent Camp on the Mara River: These tent camps are amazing. They are basically hotel rooms in the middle of the Serengeti. Inside each tent was a super nice queen or twin bed with night stand and even a plush chair. Then each tent also had a separate bath compartment with regular western hotel toilet, a tent wall shower and a vanity sink. The mess tent/dining room was very nice. The one on the Central Serengeti had a full bar. That's right friends, a Full Bar!!! Generator powered charging stations for cameras/phones/etc were provided during dining hours.
The food was excellent, buffet style dinner and amazing breakfast. It's hard to describe. I don't know why but it was the best lamb stew I've had. I'll grant that this probably had a lot to do with the wildebeest, zebras and gazelles strolling around our campsite. but it's still... great food.
Sleeping with all the animal sounds and glowing eyes around the campsite was a singular experience. That's why one goes there. Impossible to describe the feeling.

The Heritage Migration camp was 5 minutes from the river. You could have walked there were it not for the lions.

In sum: Lion King Adventure Safaris had top notch staff and top notch accommodations. They exceeded all my expectations.

Andrea   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Aug 28, 2017

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

Don't search other agencies! Choose King Lion Adventures for the best Safari!
5/5

Gorgeous, adventurous and exciting! Thanks to the guys of the King Lion for these 10 days of Safari. They let us see all the Big Five, the cheetah and all the Savannah animals. They were attentive to our requests, answered our questions and endured our whims. The food? A wonderful surprise, we ate very well! They were also able to quickly solve 2 drawbacks to off-road vehicles. I mean, I recommend a Safari with King Lion! Thanks to Boss James, Antonio Inoki, the best Chef of Tanzania Yusuph and the best dancer Imma!

Dr. Mark Fernandez   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Aug 26, 2017

Email Dr. Mark Fernandez  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

This Blew Away My Expectations!
5/5

I recently returned from an amazing safari experience in Tanzania. I traveled there along with several members of my family; we were a group of 8. Initially there was a feeling of concern and hesitation because our overall price quote was so much lower than other friends of mine who have done similar safari's in Tanzania. Anna was so helpful and attentive to our questions and concerns and did a fantastic job making accommodations for us despite us being a large group and planning only a few weeks before the trip. She was very patient with us despite us changing itineraries and sending a plethora of emails. We were given two safari vehicles and had them to ourselves. The vehicles were more than large enough and equipped with device chargers, a drink cooler, and an easy-to-lift roof. I can't say enough about our drivers, Salehe and Oswald. They were the perfect combination of helpful, professional, courteous, and so fun! They made us feel like we had priority over other vehicles in giving us the best views of the animals. I would not hesitate to seek them out if and when I return. Our first safari day was at Lake Manyara which was a fantastic first day. We were fortunate to see lions in the trees, which is unique in the world only to that region. We stayed at Eileen's Trees Inn which was a short drive to Ngorongoro Crater. The lodge had very nice clean rooms with hot shower and a comfortable mattress. The food was outstanding and served in buffet manner. On the way to see Ngorongoro Crater was a visit to a Maasai village. I will say that it was interesting and enjoyable to interact with them and learn a bit about their culture. What left a slight bad taste in my mouth was the fact that it was a "show" and not authentic. They were also extremely pushy in selling us souvenirs which they "claim" are handmade there but are the same as the items seen in any gift shop in the city. They are also extremely highly priced and are practically forced upon us in unrelenting fashion. The visit to Ngorongoro Crater was truly spectacular with its diversity of animals, up-close encounters with lions and a nicely prepared box lunch under an acacia tree with a spectacular view. Our safari included a lot of travel time as we wanted to travel to the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti in hopes to see the great migration of wildebeest with a river crossing. Well, our hopes were fulfilled as we were able to witness all those things. The tent lodge where we stayed, Serengeti Heritage Camp, was MUCH higher than my expectations. The tents had as much room as a typical hotel room with a king bed, comfortable mattress, porcelain sink and flushing toilet, and hot shower. The food there was like a fine dining restaurant. The staff were so friendly and accommodating and so attentive to our needs such as luggage handling, etc. They also made us feel safe with all night guards to watch for animals, as our tents were obviously right there in the middle of the Serengeti with no fences. I had a curious zebra walking around my tent at night so come expecting to hear wildlife both far and up close! Overall I can't say enough about how wonderful my safari experience was and would not hesitate for a second to highly recommend Lion King Safari.

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