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Jack   –  
United States US
Visited: October 2023 Reviewed: Oct 10, 2023

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

Experienced, fun, and sharp eyed guide showed us the most that Tanzania could offer!
5/5

If you are searching for safari company in Tanzania, look no further, you have stumbled upon the best one!! Happiness helped coordinate my booking (7 days Mid-range Safari) from the start and have been accommodating my every last minute change. I initially had 5 people for the trip and then slowly adding more and more people until we reached 7, but Happiness still managed to book accommodation for all of us. For the deposit, I suggest paying by credit card despite the fee because the wire method did not work for both my Chase and BoA account, so save the hassle (also safer to do credit cards). Due to the timezone difference, sometimes the communication could be slow as well, but my questions were always answered.

In any case, upon arrival at the airport, we were picked up by our guide, the Safari Monster, eagle-eyed Estomih. Our safari started immediately on Day 1 with a visit to the Tarangire National Park and we already saw giraffe, elephants, zebras, wild beest and many other animals. Estomih was super knowledgeable in all the wild lives we came across. He even got many books with detailed descriptions of these animals in his car! On top of that, he could spot animals many many miles away. With his eagle-eye, we have found all the Big Five and have taken close photos of them!!! My most memorable moment was looking for rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater. Since rhinos are rare, it took a long time to spot them even with 8 pairs of eyes, but Estomih was able to find 3 rhinos separately.

In terms of food and lodges, we were very well fed and sheltered. The lunch was always prepared by the lodge we stayed in the previous night. Most other safari companies I came across had lunch box, but we were always picnic style with stainless steel utensils, so very environmentally friendly. The lodge were very luxurious and we were surprised how good they were considering that most of them are in a secluded environment. The only down side is that most lodge had weak and inconsistent Wi-Fi, but the electricity was very stable. Surprisingly, a lot of lodge have mobile clinics and could help travelers.

In terms of schedule, we were more intense and woke up super early (5-6AM) for safari every day, but if you are more laid-back, do let the guide and planner know so you don’t become exhausted.

We also tried to do the balloon safari, which got cancelled due to strong wind, so don’t be surprised if the same thing happened due to unfavorable weather. We did got a 100% refund however.

During the trip, I bought an Ice-Americano from a local cafe (don’t drink local water ya’ll) and got diarrhea for couple days, and Estomih was super accommodating and checked in with me every day. At the Serengeti Lodge, he even brought me to the doctor whom issued me medicines. I was super thankful for having a knowledge local guide to help me navigate through unexpected situation.

All in all, I would recommend Safari Soles 10/10 :)

Fabian   –  
Germany DE
Visited: October 2023 Reviewed: Oct 9, 2023

Email Fabian

Looking for the right company for a Safari? You came to the right place!
5/5

Looking for the right company for a Safari? You came to the right place!

Me and my Friend went on a private 6 day Budget Camping & Lodge Safari and it was truly incredible. Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater were our destinations and I would do exactly the same trip any time again.

Our guide Innocent and chef Dennis, aka „stomache engineer“ were truly incredible. Innocent‘s knowledge of animals and the nationals park ensured us not just seeing all of the big five but also learning a lot about animals and Tanzania itself. Dennis was waking up very early in the morning to make sure we are having incredible breakfast, lunch and dinner - everything selfmade! While other companies were having premade lunchboxes for lunch, we were having at least three different kinds if food.

From beginning to end this trip was a once in a lifetime experience and thinking back about all the memories makes me smile.

Matt   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Oct 8, 2023

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

Incredible safari experience in Tanzania!
5/5

My group of friends and I recently embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure in Tanzania, and it's safe to say that our journey would not have been the same without the exceptional guidance of Raymond. From start to finish, Raymond not only exceeded our expectations but also left an indelible mark on our hearts.

First and foremost, Raymond's knowledge of the animals and the local ecosystem was simply astounding. He seemed to possess an innate ability to spot wildlife that we would have otherwise missed, even when camouflaged in the dense underbrush of the Serengeti. His explanations about animal behavior, migration patterns, and ecological significance added a profound depth to our safari experience. It was like having a living, breathing encyclopedia of African wildlife right by our side.

But Raymond's expertise extended far beyond the realm of wildlife. He had a deep understanding of the local culture, which he eagerly shared with us. Whether it was introducing us to the Maasai people, explaining their customs and traditions, or telling us captivating stories about the history of the region, Raymond's cultural insights enriched our journey and provided a meaningful context for the landscapes and wildlife we encountered.

What truly set Raymond apart, however, was his exceptional personality and genuine kindness. He didn't just guide us through Tanzania; he became a friend. His warm smile, boundless enthusiasm, and unwavering patience made us feel like we were exploring this magnificent land with a trusted companion. Raymond's positive energy was infectious, and he brought a sense of joy and camaraderie to our group that made our safari all the more enjoyable.

Raymond went above and beyond to ensure that our safari was safe, comfortable, and unforgettable. He meticulously planned our daily itineraries, making sure we witnessed the most breathtaking moments of the animal kingdom in action.

I cannot express enough how lucky we were to have Raymond as our safari guide. He possesses a rare combination of expertise, passion, and charisma that makes him an outstanding ambassador for Tanzania's natural wonders and cultural treasures. Raymond, you are not just an extraordinary guide; you are a cherished friend and a testament to the incredible people we meet during our travels. Thank you for making our Tanzanian safari an adventure of a lifetime, and we can't wait to return for more adventures with you in the future. Asante sana, Raymond!

Manfred   –  
Germany DE
Visited: October 2023 Reviewed: Oct 8, 2023

Email Manfred  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Best of the best. 100% satisfied
5/5

We had booked the 8 days/7nights safari including Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara. And it was worth every cent.
Raphael, our tour agent, from the first email till our departure stayed always in contact with us whenever we needed him. He personalized the tour according to what we wanted to do and to see. The lodges he proposed could be changed on our purpose. The were all really good, some even outstanding.
Our guide and driver, Oscar, was the perfect man for a safari with all his knowledge, his driving skills and his humor. He has a lot of experience and is flexible whenever there is need.
We had a big extended Landcruiser with plenty of space for two. Cooled drinks on bord were included. The pop-up roof was perfect for taking pictures.
Most important: we saw sooo many animals, sometimes very, very close. Lions, lepard, cheetah, elephants ….even a rhino. Everything the Nationalparks had offer. You name it. Overall, we were so lucky to see the big migration with thousands of wildebeest close to us.
We absolutely can recommend Safari Soles. On our last day, Bryson, the Manager of the company, came to our hotel to say goodbye. Perfect

Ting   –  
China CN
Visited: October 2023 Reviewed: Oct 8, 2023

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

Wonderful trip of a lifetime
5/5

Amazing experience in Tanzania!!! Highly recommend Safarisolestours, it provided us the customized-agenda and warmly service! Their guides are really experienced,our guide Abdul let us see many animals in Tanzania, worth the trip! Really like him!Also thanks for Raphael and George's patient response and planning. The accommodations and meals are also really nice. We will definately come back to Africa for another trip!

Abe   –  
China CN
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Oct 6, 2023

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

An Unforgettable Safari Experience with Safari Soles Tours!
5/5

I recently concluded a remarkable safari journey in Tanzania, and I am thrilled to share my experience with Safari Soles Tours. From start to finish, this company exceeded my expectations and provided an exceptional safari adventure.

1. Pre-Trip Communication:
Magreth, who provided me with the initial quote, demonstrated remarkable patience by meticulously modifying the itinerary over a dozen times to meet our specific requirements. Even during the safari, she promptly responded to my emails and assisted with various inquiries. This was particularly helpful as I had limited calling capabilities due to my data-only SIM card.

2. Airport Transfers:
The airport transfers were punctual, and Andrew, responsible for our transportation, went above and beyond. He even took the time to accompany us to a local market to purchase a SIM card. Throughout the journey, he warmly introduced us to the city of Arusha, showcasing his enthusiasm and knowledge.

3. Safari Experience:
Undoubtedly the highlight of my trip, the safari itself was a dream come true. Our guide, Cheddy, was not only highly responsible but also incredibly humorous. He took us to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, providing detailed explanations along the way. Cheddy's ability to spot animals from a distance or through radio communication without giving us prior hints added an element of surprise and allowed us to discover the wildlife ourselves. His exceptional driving skills ensured a smooth ride, skillfully maneuvering around potholes and driving cautiously when unavoidable. This greatly enhanced our overall experience. Additionally, Cheddy even knew the Chinese names of almost every animal we encountered, which was immensely helpful for us as we had limited knowledge of the local fauna.

Although I had an amazing experience overall, I would like to mention a minor inconvenience. Prior to the start of our journey, after we had paid the deposit, two of the nights in our lodge/camp were changed due to room availability. While the alternative accommodations provided were also excellent, and Magreth informed me the change timely, I still believe it would be perfect if such situations can be avoided.

I express my deepest gratitude to Safari Soles Tours and everyone involved for their outstanding service and support throughout this journey. I highly recommend this company to anyone seeking an unforgettable safari experience in Tanzania.

Gary and Jennifer   –  
Canada CA
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Oct 4, 2023

Email Gary and Jennifer  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Safari Soles was professional, well organized and honest.
5/5

We had a fantastic safari set up by Raphael! Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Chief picked us at the airport and toured us around Arusha. We headed out on a 7 day safari with Issac. A Massi guided us on a walk to waterfalls and Natron Lake. He answered many questions about his tribe.

All our accommodations were clean and very comfortable. By the crater, where it was cold, a water bottle was put in our beds while we were at dinner.
FYI, There was usually a tip box at each of the places we stayed which gets distributed to all staff. We didn't know about this until part way through and had been tipping individuals. The food was delicious both at our accommodation and at lunch. We enjoyed wine with our lunch and beer, water, and pop on the dusty road.

We were blown away by the variety of animals. Issac was very skilled at finding animals and moving the truck so that we could see them better. He was very knowledgable about each of them and answered our questions easily. Although there were highlights in each park, we enjoyed the northern Serengeti most. The parks closer to Arusha were busier with tourists and traffic.

After our trip to Zanzibar we contacted Raphael to organize a one day trip to the foothills of Kilimanjaro before we flew out. We had a fabulous day with Andrew walking to waterfalls, learning about and making coffee, then swimming in hot springs.

Safari soles exceeded our expectations! We were very well taken care of.
We would definitely recommend them to others.

Bret & Sarah   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Oct 2, 2023

Email Bret & Sarah  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Amazing custom safari
5/5

We just finished our first ever 7 day safari with Safari Soles and would highly recommend them. The coordination to develop our itinerary was detailed and timely in responding and making sure we had everything covered and were ready for a great safari.
But the faraway highlight of our trip was our guide Innocent. He made our trip truly unforgettable and is a great asset to Safari Soles. He answered our many questions and made sure we had all great days and spotted countless animals across Tanguirere, Central and Northern Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater. Our trip was a few days longer than the typical 4 to 5 day safari and I would encourage you to add extra days too so you have maximum game drives and opportunities to spot lots of wildlife.
Asante Sana Innocent and Safari Soles for taking such great care of us!

Marloes   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Sep 28, 2023

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

Unforgettable 6 day safari with Safari Soles tours and amazing guide Simon aka “The Safari Monster”!
5/5

Unforgettable 6 day safari with Safari Soles tours and amazing guide Simon aka “The Safari Monster”!
It was a true safari: bumpy rides, the thrill of seeking for the animals (with succes: the big five, the crossing of the +1000 wildbeest over the river and plenty more!), lodges surrounded with all kinds of animals, good local food, fun and also informative stories about the animals and the Reserves, a lot of laughter with our guide and ofcourse Hakuna Matata.
I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way we are beyond happy that we chose Safari Soles tours and that we had Simon as our guide. He made it a trip to never forget with his knowledge of the reserves and good eye site you won’t miss a thing! Tanzania has a special place in our hearts.

Erin   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Sep 25, 2023

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

An excellent safari!
5/5

My husband and I booked a safari with Safari Soles for our honeymoon and I’m so glad we did. It was an incredible experience! Our guide Raymond was incredibly knowledgeable about all of the animals we encountered and Tanzanian culture. He ensured that we were able to see as many animals as we could! We added on a hot air balloon tour, which was absolutely incredible, worth every penny. The lodging and the food was also excellent. I would highly recommend booking with Safari Soles!

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