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Alexander   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Dec 3, 2023

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

Unforgettable Honeymoon in Tanzania
5/5

My wife and I had an amazing 6 day safari for our honeymoon! Everything was well organized by Lion King Adventures from start to finish; the booking, the communication, the pick-up and delivery to the airport, the lodges, the food and above all our guide Mwita.

It was a carefree holiday and an unprecedented experience. We enjoyed the nature, the animals, the service and the adventure.

Our guide Mwita was the best guide we could wish for. He has a vast knowledge of nature and animals, years of experience and he was continuously cheerful, helpful and flexible. The jeep was also fully equipped, including a refrigerator and electricity. It was perfect!

We stayed in beautiful lodges that Lion King recommended. The Nyata Lodge in the middle of the Serengeti Park in particular was beautiful, luxurious and a special experience.

Furthermore, as an adjustment, we had also opted for one night in the Foresight Eco-Lodge (instead of the first night in the Karatu Simba Lodge). We were very happy with that. A beautiful and new sustainable lodge in the hinterland of Karatu. Recommended!

The reviews are true. Lion King Adventures does what it promises. We are grateful to them for this unforgettable honeymoon in Tanzania.

Greetings from the Netherlands

Ryan & Natalie   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Dec 9, 2023

Email Ryan & Natalie  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Amazing experience with a fantastic guide and great safari company.
5/5

Our experience with Lion King Adventures couldn't have been easier and we felt very lucky to have our guide, Gilbert. Gilbert is very knowledgeable, experienced, and an excellent spotter of wildlife. Because of Gilbert and his spirited drive, we were able to see all of the big 5 and many other wonderful animals.

The itinerary itself was packed (but not too busy) and gave us an opportunity to enjoy all of the different excursions in Tanzania without having to worry about the logistics. All of the places we stayed at that were selected by Lion King Adventures were wonderful with great staff themselves. In the lead up to the trip, Godwin, Rose, and Naurey were extremely responsive and made sure all the arrangements were correct in planning the right vacation for us.

If we ever go back to Tanzania, we would 100% go back with Lion King Adventures. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Arthur fadison   –  
Uganda UG
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 16, 2023

Email Arthur fadison  |  Experience level: first safari

They are so organised i will definetly use them again incredible
5/5

Briefly i contacted lion king from uganda ( am local based tour in uganda runining a safaris called econesttim tours & safaris ltd so i happen to have clients interested in 8 days tour visiting Arusha park, lake manyara , serengeti , ngorongoro as well as tarangire the guide was called saleh my self and my client got the best safaris experience in all parks we see lots lions , leopards, lots elwphants beautiful landscape if u are looking for a safari in tanzania lion king adventures are the best and lodges was very good.

Karen   –  
New Zealand NZ
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 21, 2023

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

Memorable safari with an expert guide
5/5

We had a fabulous and memorable time, thank you Lion King Adventures! We saw the Big 5 and the ‘Big 9’. Our guide Shafino was incredibly experienced and shared much knowledge about the animals which made all the difference. His 20 plus years of experience definitely showed. Seeing a mother cheetah and her cubs was even more special hearing of the cubs’ vulnerability especially in their first few months of life. Shafino patiently answered all our questions including our children’s questions. His effort and expertise finding lions and cheetahs and rhinos were invaluable. We were very fortunate to see 8 rhinos in the Ngorongoro crater. We loved the beautiful tented accomodation arranged by Lion King. Staying in the parks in tents added a wonderful element to the whole experience.

Sabry Hany   –  
United Arab Emirates AE
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 22, 2023

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

Best operator
5/5

From the start till the end I found lion king team is very professional , kind and supportive
From booking stage
Arranging flights and transporting
Game drive
Accommodation
Our guide @ Good Luck”
All rated 10/10

Stephen Court   –  
Ethiopia ET
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 25, 2023

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

Safari goes the extra mile…life long memories
5/5

Overall the safari was incredible! As a combination, the four parks we visited allowed us to see so many of the amazing animals and bird life found in Tanzania. Animals were plentiful and the vehicle and accommodation fitted us perfectly as a family. Our guide, Shafino, was a true legend of the parks. Not only did he know where to go to find all the animals on our wish list, but his detailed knowledge of all things that run and fly was next level. I highly recommend Lion Safari and Shafino as a guide. Thanks for the great memories.

Carmen   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 28, 2023

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

Tanzania experts
5/5

Lion King adventures is a very good company who has taken good care of us whilst in Tanzania. This is being reflected from the professionalism of staff, from the ladies in the office to our drivers. Fred and Mwita were very experienced and safe drivers, which is a must. They knew better than yourself, what's needed during the adventure. Knowledgeable about nature and culture, passionate, helpful and polite. The Jeep becomes home and it's suitable for all weather conditions, charging station and drinks are there for you, robust and good vehicles. Our first part of the trip involved a lot of moving and we covered quite a lot of ground, safari and cultural trips. We did a coffee and waterfall tour with Adam, which was excellent, fun and very informative. Lion King ad provided a specialised guide for each trip.
The choice of accomodation was very good, in particular we enjoyed our stay in Serengeti in a tented camp (The sound of silence) as we didn't move for 3 nights and the tent was superb. You can hear wild animals at night, when they get close, and you could also see them in the distance at other times.
Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Serengeti, hard to pick a favourite, each park is very special in its own right and the company's experience and attention to detail ensures you make the most of it. The same for Zanzibar. Travelling around Tanzania has been a dream and a good bonding exercise with our older teen daughters. Hospitality is great, people are happy, friendly and genuine inspite of the tipping culture, I'd like to think. A very memorable trip, thank you!

CD   –  
United States US
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 28, 2023

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

Professional and Expert Guides!
5/5

Lion King was absolutely fantastic! From day 1 they were extremely communicative and flexible when developing our itinerary. Our guide was Shafino, who was an absolute professional and expert guide. He took us to 3 different national parks over 6 days and was great company the entire time. He was incredibly knowledgeable about all the animals, birds, and plants. He knew exactly where animals would be and could predict how they would act, which always put us in the best position for photos. On several occasions Shafino moved ahead of other guides because he knew what the animal was likely to do, demonstrating his knowledge. If you are into birding, Shafino is your guide! He has experience working with birders and could spot even the smallest bird while driving down a dusty road, amazing!

If you are looking for a safari company, Lion King Adventures is it! They prioritize quality professional and expert guides over quantity. Shafino was our guide, but throughout the trip we talked with other Lion King clients and employees and found that everyone had enjoyed their experience and all the guides were professionals.

Emily   –  
United States US
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 28, 2023

Email Emily

Worth every penny!
5/5

Lion King lives up to their raving reviews! When I was looking for a safari company to go with, Lion King kept showing up at the top of any search. I figured, if I’m going to do a safari I want to do it right (who knows if you'll ever get to do it again) so we booked with Lion King and they went above and beyond with every aspect of the trip. They were quick to respond with questions and happy to work with us to create a trip that was exactly what we wanted.
We had the most amazing guide!! Shafino has been a guide for well over 20 years and it really showed. His knowledge about everything (animals, birds, plants, ecosystem) was on another level that I can guarantee is hard to come by. Lion King sends all of their guides to training in the off season to ensure all their guides are well prepared to educate you and answer all of your questions (and I mean all). His knowledge of the area and the animals is the only reason we were so successful in seeing the Big 9. He knew all the quickest routs whenever something big came on the radio whereas other tour companies had to ask for directions (wasting precious time when a lot of these animals and good photo opportunities disappear quick). He has also worked with professional photographers so he knows exactly how to position his car to get the absolute best shots! (I’ve included a few I took with just my phone). I really could go on and on about how Shafino clearly stood out and did everything above and beyond. So please, save yourself hours of searching and just book with Lion King. I PROMISE YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED!!

Kelsey Landen   –  
United States US
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 29, 2023

Email Kelsey Landen

So glad we booked with Lion King Adventures!
5/5

My husband and I booked an 8 day safari with Lion King Adventures. From the very first inquiry online to dropping us off at the airport to leave, they were absolutely fantastic. Very communicative and accommodating. Upon arrival in Tanzania we are welcomed by our AMAZING guide, Ozzy. We got a rundown of our agenda and the jeep and he had cold waters waiting for us. We were very comfortable for the entirety of the trip, even when we were spending 8+ hours in the Jeep. There is a cooler in the back of the Jeep that is always stocked with bottled water and soda.

The entire experience was a well oiled machine, from the meals to accommodations to excursions. It was flawless. They know what they're doing and they do it well.

Although it is not guaranteed to see animals, we saw everything we wanted and more. There are quite a few tour companies out on the game drives at the same time and they have a radio they communicate on, so if someone sees an animal they'll let everyone else know. With that being said, we never felt crowded or like there were too many jeeps around blocking our view. Ozzy was very determined to give us the best experience possible. It was very evident that he takes his job very seriously. I can imagine his job can be redundant but we never once felt he was just "going through the motions" and he understands that this is truly a one in a lifetime trip for us and wanted to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. My husband was determined to see a kill and we saw a cheetah hunting, Ozzy followed her (at a reasonable and ethical distance of course) for literally 5 hours waiting for this cheetah to catch her meal. She never did catch anything (remember, nothing is guaranteed) but it was nice that Ozzy tried his best for hours to see what my husband wanted to see. He was incredibly knowledgeable...he had an answer for every q we asked. I learned so much! There was a gred + balance of informing us about the animals, small talk, comfortable silence and laughs I can't say enough good things about Ozzy, he was incredible. The first day my stomach was hurting and I bought a ginger soda. Every day thereafter there was a ginger soda in the cooler for me. He even gave me one as we were leaving to the airport, how thoughtful is that?!

Our accomodations were all great, everyone was super welcoming and accommodating. I would recommend doing research on the different accommodations because there are multiple options from budget to luxury. We had our 3 meals a day and unlimited water as promised, and there was never a shortage of food. I am a vegetarian and always had plenty to eat.

Things to note:

It's HOT during the day, but cools down at night. We visited in December. Even though it was only in the 80s, it felt much hotter. There is no AC in the Jeep, but you can roll your windows down and the top is usually down. You get airflow, but it's warm airflow. I actually got pretty dehydrated one of the days. I kept a wet washcloth in a baggie in the cooler to put on my neck/ face to cool down.

There's a lot of driving involved, the game drives themselves, and then driving from location to location. We very much enjoyed seeing different parts of Tanzania and going to different parks, and we're so glad we didn't stay in one place, however if you get car sick I would recommend bringing Dramamine.

Time will fly by. Try to enjoy every moment of your amazing safari trip because this is truly a once in a lifetime experience, and because of that you want ensure you choose the right company to book + would highly recommend Lion King Adventures exact reason. In my opinion, the tour company you book with, and your guide, can make or break your experience. Thankfully we chose Lion King Adventures and had an incredible experience.

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