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

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

Perfect 7-day journey up Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route with Samora Explorers
5/5

My mother and I did a 7 day trek up Mt Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route, and when we got down to the gate on our last day, I wanted to turn around and go right back up. It was an amazing trip, and the Samora team was fabulous. The other people in our group cancelled at the last minute so it was only the two of us, and the guides and porters made us feel like royalty. Seeing groups with other companies, I was so grateful that our guides, Gadiel and Felix, were so patient and relaxed with us, and the porters were all so kind and happy. It felt like a great group of friends. Gadiel and Felix shared a lot of knowledge with us about the mountain, the plants and animals, and the people who make these treks possible. They were conscientious about our health and safety and made sure to check in constantly about how we were handling the altitude. We both felt a little rough at different points, and they took care of us and made sure we got to the summit healthy and happy. We were blown away at the fresh meals prepared by the chef, Elibariki, and had more than we could possibly eat. They were all flexible and patient with us, and treated my mother so sweet. My only regret was that we could not stay longer!

Chris   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Oct 5, 2023

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

Awesome
5/5

All of the crew-guides, porters, cook worked so hard to to ensure we had a fabulous and memorable trip. They carried so much gear, the cook made us fresh, hot meals. The two guides were so kind, knowledgeable and had such a positive attitude that I knew I could make it. I would highly recommend Samora tours for your Mt Kilimanjaro experience.

antonia   –  
Austria AT
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Sep 16, 2023

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

Very friendly, caring and good in what he does.
5/5

Wow! The Safari was really amazing! The guide was very friendly, attentive and good. Also the food was very delicious!!!
The price-performance ratio is in comparison to other Safaris very good! We did the Safari as a family but both kids are over 18, so sitting all day in the Safari-car wasn’t a problem:) Also the tour operator and the tour guide checked on us often so we felt like we are in very good hands. The german of them is also very good!!!

Amazing expirience that we can really recommend.

Andrea   –  
Austria AT
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Sep 11, 2023

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

Extraordinary experience we‘ll never forget with the best team - highly recommended!
5/5

From the moment we got in touch with Iddy we knew we had made the right choice. Iddy responded super fast to our emails and was never tired to answer any question we had. We booked a private 6 day camping tour to Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorogoro, Lake Manyara. Payment ahead went very smoothly and reliable.

The trip was perfectly tailored to our needs and of our two sons (aged 8&11) who loved every minute of it. Our guide Erick never got bored of the endless question of our kids and surprised us with his extensive knowledge in perfect English and German. Our chef Albarick cooked up amazing food on a camping stove - always a highlight at breakfast, lunch or dinner time. Thank you both for making this trip so special for us.

We saw the big 5 in the Serengeti in one day! Thank you Erick for your knowledge of the area and your unbelievable eagle eyes :-) We can highly recommend a trip with Samora Explorers and have already recommended the company to anyone who asks us about the trip!

Guo Ge   –  
China CN
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Aug 19, 2023

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

Reliable, timely reply, enthusiastic
5/5

Our guides Gadiel and Felix are very kind and helpful, always there to support me, they took very good care of me so that i could make it to the summit. The team is great, kind, joyful and trustworthy.
I spend a very pleasant time with them.

Martina   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Aug 18, 2023

Email Martina  |  20-35 years of age

Super high recommendation!!
5/5

I did a four-day hike to the top of Mount Meru with Samora Explorers. This hike was the highlight of my trip to Tanzania and exceeded all my expectations. The team was fabulous: My guide Gadiel, the chef Mapunduki, and the three porters Benjamin, Rosa, and Abraham were the best crew one could ever get to do such a hike. Once again, thank you so much if you guys read this. Asante sana!

Here are some examples of how they will care for you if you go with Samora Explorers: Gadi watched my steps and made me feel safe to hike at such a high altitude. At each moment, he was aware of all external factors (weather, track, flora, fauna, etc.) and how I dealt with them. And it was so much fun with him, too!
I am a coeliac; thus, I cannot eat gluten. Can you imagine getting the BEST gluten-free food 3500 meters above Sealevel? Mapunduki made this possible. Each day, he prepared tasty food; I didn't eat the same dish twice. The moment of the summit was incredible, but the moments when we got to eat Mapunduki's food were almost as good :D
I could go on, for example, telling how Benja brought me fresh hot ginger tea when my throat was itching or how Rosa and Abraham impressed me, carrying all our belongings up the mountain.

But the best thing is if you experience it yourself. Just contact Iddy to talk about what you would love to do. He helps you with everything. I want to go back :)

Ken   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Aug 14, 2023

Email Ken  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Very professional and managed both the hiking process as well as the camping smoothly
5/5

We picked Samora from a list of three agents. From the beginning, we got the impression that service was important and Iddy who runs Samora went out of his way to put our minds at ease as well as provide information as requested (and promptly)
The 2 guides were both professional as well as understood the nuances of dealing with hikers who were not necessarily professional. The lead guide Gadi was exceptional, both in terms of how he managed the porters and the camp as well as the logistics, but also in the way he worked with each of us hikers. I would strongly recommend him as he brought a special element to the process. It's easy to ignore the element of food on these hikes, but Heric the chef was first class and churned out 3 hearty and tasty meals each day. Very important contributor to the satisfaction we got from the hike.
My one regret was not renting a private toilet (for $100 for the trip) as the facilities in each camp were not very convenient or hygienic. I would strongly suggest that you consider this.
The hotels we stayed in (Mrimba Palm and Charity) were basic and clean and provide the necessary comforts at reasonable prices. Be willing to accept non-availability of some items or minor inconveniences, hakuna matata!

Anna   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Aug 10, 2023

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

Exceed my expectations!
5/5

I had looked at so many different tour companies and what sold me on Samora was all the reviews about Iddy and that I'm supporting a locally operated small business.

Iddy was highly knowledgeable and charismatic as a guide with a very inspirational outlook on life. I always enjoyed all our conversations. He also was thoughtful in checking in with our needs and adapting the schedule/plan on the fly to fit our pace.

He pays attention to the small touches such as refrigerated drinks, a well maintained car and warm picnic lunches which makes the experience feel elevated than the typical "packed lunch". The accommodation he selected for us was also perfect - clean, luxurious feeling, good hosts and good food! I felt that we got a more premium experience than I anticipated!

I highly recommend Samora for a tailored, premium and special safari experience.

Namitha Mathews   –  
New Zealand NZ
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Aug 10, 2023

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

A Remarkable Tanzanian Safari with Samora Explorers and Iddy
5/5

Our recent Tanzanian safari with Samora Explorers exceeded all expectations, thanks to our fantastic tour guide and safari driver, Iddy.

What truly set Iddy apart was his attention to customer experience, passion for his work and his deep knowledge of wildlife and Tanzanian culture.

As a skilled safari driver, Iddy navigated the challenging terrains of the parks with ease, ensuring a comfortable and exciting ride throughout. His patience and expertise in positioning us to witness wildlife in their natural habitat were exceptional. We saw all the big five within the first two days of our five-day Safari.

He thoughtfully curated an unforgettable experience for us, starting with his excellent choice of accommodations that perfectly complemented the adventure.

The thoughtful additions of stocked drinks in the safari van's mini fridge and the picnic lunch hampers Iddy provided truly elevated our experience.

Iddy takes great pride in crafting a personalised and unforgettable journey. If you're seeking a top-tier Tanzanian safari, we

Evan C   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Jul 12, 2023

Email Evan C  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Iddy was professional, knowledgeable and friendly.
5/5

Where do we even begin?! It is difficult to put such an amazing experience into a simple review. After researching many different Safari Guide options for our Honeymoon in Tanzania, we decided to book with Iddy at Samora Explorers, and we are so, so happy that we did. From the start, Iddy was easy to work with, responsive and made us feel very confident that we knew what we were getting and made the right choice. Right away, he sent us a professional, detailed daily itinerary with lodging and all additional details, which we found very helpful. After getting married, we jumped on an airplane, very tired, in the US and made the journey to Kilimanjaro airport where Iddy picked us up right away and brought us to our first hotel in Arusha. From the start, he was extremely friendly, professional and knowledgeable, which was a huge relief after our wedding followed by a 24 hour trip from Boston. We knew we made the right choice. From then on, Iddy was amazing. This would be my 4th Safari and I can say it was definitely the best, which could not be possible without Iddy and Samora Explorers. He took care of everything. The vehicle was cleaned everyday and in great shape. He always had food, drinks and everything else we may have needed. Meals were fresh and served daily. When others had premade boxed meals, Iddy always provided fresh "home cooked" meals, with plenty of water, sodas, wine and beers. We didn't have to think about anything. Each day, he picked us up on time from our lodging, which Samora Explorers sets up for you, and we went on amazing Game Drives. Samora Explorers knows the Serengeti and all other National Parks like the back of their hand! They are true experts! We saw tons of game, and the Big 5 in one day. We also recommend doing the HOT AIR BALLOON and BUSH DINNER, which Samora Explorers will set up for you and include in your itinerary. The Hot Air Balloon was the highlight of our trip! We can't say enough about Iddy and his crew at Samora Explorers. You will NOT be disappointed! We left our Safari with an amazing experience, a ton of pictures and memories, and an amazing friend in Iddy. Book this Safari now!

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