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fiorella   –  
Italy IT
Visited: October 2014 Reviewed: Nov 9, 2014

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

The review below is the personal opinion of fiorella and not that of SafariBookings.
Very old jeep
2/5

Jeep very slow, very old (20 years), that did not work well (the engine would not start). It 'a shame to have a ruined a trip so nice.

Reply from Savannah Explorers
Reply from Savannah Explorers
Posted on Nov 10, 2014

Dear Fiorella,
we are very sorry about the problem with your jeep. In last 2 days there was a problem with the starter and they had to push the jeep to switch it on. The problem has been fixed as well as we have done complete engine overall, check-up and re-painted this jeep. Our guide didn't report this problem to our office and we couldn't send another jeep. We have talked to our guide to make sure this will not happen again.
We are very sorry about what happened.
Best Regards,
Roberto

Laura   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2013 Reviewed: Aug 20, 2013

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

Accurate service and good price
5/5

We visited Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro (6 nights), sleeping in lodges and tented camps of medium-high level, with nice staff, good food and strategic position. We had a Toyota Land Cruise droven by an experienced guide, with complimentary Kilimanjaro beers always in the fridge. We were very lucky, wheater was very nice ( no fog in Ngorongoro!) and we saw lots of animals, including 5 leopards. I celebrated my birthday at Osupuko Tented Camp in Serengeti and the staff of Savannah Explorers managed the preparation of a surprise cake for me! Highly recommended Tour Operator for accurate service and good price.

Bruno Alessandro   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Sep 9, 2017

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

A Safari very close to perfection
5/5

We were very satisfied of the 7 day safari tour we did with Savannah Explorers organization. First of all the communication has always been very simple and fast via e-mail. It was very easy to follow all the required steps and having a very nice tour organized months before with a direct communication between me and Savannah Explorer. In Tanzania we have experienced a very good organization starting from our arrival at the Kilimanjaro airport until the departure 9 days after from the same airport. The safari tour was really wonderful with the visit of 5 different national parks each different from the others. In this context we have seen many different type of landscapes and an impressive number of wild animal species in their habitat. The lodge in which we accomodated were very confortable with a satisfying quality and variety of the food. The guide accompanied us was very kind and helpful while the driver was really very professional driving in a perfect way in very difficult roads. To summarize a very reccomendable experience.

Roberto furia   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Sep 3, 2017

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

An emotional experience. We have seen a lot of wild animals and estonished places
5/5

Perfect organization punctuality courtesy of the guide Richard . All site of accommodation was perfect for our stay during the night.

Pierpaolo alonzo   –  
Italy IT
Visited: July 2017 Reviewed: Aug 28, 2017

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

Wonderful experience
5/5

The car: large and confortable,
The driver: he has done for us the extra mile!, really a friend.
The service: perfect.
We are very satisfied with the our safari experience.
Thank You

Elena   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Aug 27, 2017

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

I lived one of the best experience in my life
5/5

We arrived in Kilimanjaro airport where there were our guide and our driver waiting for us and they accompanied us to hotel in Arusha and the next day to Karatu with stop at the local markets. Along the road we saw local realities thanks to our guide who showed us the various situations, especially the Masai with their villages. Our driver was always very good and was able to juggle in those roads that are not very easy! The guide was a nice, helpful and prepared travel companion. With them we had really good evenings and moments of the day! The hotels were all very nice both for the rooms and the staff ... I must say that the local people are very welcoming !!!
Safari has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and we have been able to see many animals of all kinds and in various situations, from rest, grazing, to hunting! The Serengeti Park with its infinite expanse is wonderful and sleeping with the windows of the room overlooking the savannah was exciting!
Then we got to Zanzibar with an internal flight, always booked by Savannah explorers, and our accommodation in the Smile Beach Hotel was very welcoming! The environment, cleanliness and availability of staff was full marks. If we have to find a little defect with it maybe the catering that was always a little defective. The sea in front had many algae but just move us a little to have the beautiful white beach! The location of the resort, on the other hand, allowed us to walk on the sandy tongue left by the low tide and also to come and visit the natural center of restocking marine turtles ..... what a wonder!
The whole organization was perfect!

Angelo Piacentini   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2013 Reviewed: Nov 5, 2013

20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Safari Selous Game Reserve, monti Udzungwa, Ruaha National Park
5/5

The communication with Roberto was excellent: he has tailored our safari program meeting all our requests. This was my 7th trip to Africa and, inevitably, we had special requests. Our guide Issa and the cook are very good: we have really appreciated wildlife and nature in marvelous and unforgettable places. In my opinion Ruaha is one of most beautiful parks in Africa, perhaps the best one.

Gabriella   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2013 Reviewed: Aug 29, 2013

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

emotions with no hassle
5/5

Just returned from a great 15-day camp safari in Tanzania with Savannah Explorer!
It was not the first time in Africa but I still could experience new emotions, thanks to a constant yet not intrusive support from Savannah Explorers. Many thanks to our driver Herman, second to no one in safe driving, spotting animals and getting us right out in front of the best scenaries ever!
Thanks to Roberto and Greyson for their prompt response to problems and requests!

Emily W.   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2021 Reviewed: Jul 13, 2021

Email Emily W.  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Nothing short of amazing!
5/5

After just returning from 2 weeks in Tanzania, I wanted to share my experience with Savannah Explorers for prospective travelers considering a safari. I apologize for the lengthy review, however my intent is to provide a review with some substance and specificity, since I personally find these kinds of reviews most helpful when planning my trips and adventures.

For perspective, I am a 38 year old female who has lived in 3 continents (including Africa) and has traveled to over 50 countries across 6 continents. I have been on Safari at least a dozen times in Kruger, Maasai Mara, Chobe, Okavango Delta and now the Serengeti. Prior to booking our trip, I spent countless hours researching the internet, reading reviews on multiple sites, networking with locals and reaching out to 20+ tour operators in East Africa before ultimately deciding to move forward booking with Savannah Explorers. Now that our trip has ended and I’ve had a week to marinate on how things went, I am so beyond pleased with my decision for many reasons. To highlight a few:

1. Office staff and Administrative logistics: Albert was exceptional in executing our plans down to every last detail. He didn’t try to encourage me to do an expensive Safari, and even when I asked about a particular group of camps, he was frank that they were very expensive and suggested a few alternatives if we wanted to keep costs down. I got quotes for the exact same itinerary and camps from about 10 other tour operators, and from the start his was lowest, beating some by close to $2000pp! For the brief amount of time Albert was out of the office, Brighton jumped in and didn’t skip a beat. I didn’t have to re-explain my plans, he wasn’t confused about what had/hadn’t been coordinated, and frankly if he hadn’t told me I was talking to him and not Albert, I probably never would have known! Particular room requests, timing and scheduling of a very busy itinerary, matching the perfect guide for our 2 person private tour, arranging internal flights then confirming and re-arranging as needed, every single detail was perfectly planned, and happened exactly as planned and as I hoped. They even helped make local calls during business hours while I was asleep in California to coordinate other parts of our vacation that had nothing to do with Savannah Explorers. Every question I had, every correspondence I sent them, they got back to me within an hour with all of the information I needed, plus some. All of their advice was completely spot on, and since we used all of their advice to guide our packing, planning and timing of the entire vacation, we can honestly say there is nothing we wished we had/hadn’t packed or had done differently in terms of the overall itinerary. Everything was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.

2. The Guide: I have not met any of the other guides at Savannah Explorers, but we had Abia and I’m not sure we could have had a better one. He was timely, friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, personable, funny and made our entire experience absolutely amazing. We started our Safari with a stranger, and ended it feeling he was like family. Literally we have not a single complaint nor even constructive feedback about his guiding, driving or general presence/demeanor. In my experience, the quality of a guide can either make or break a safari, no matter the location. Abia educated us throughout about the animals and the landscape, spotted animals we never would have seen, listened astutely on the radio for what was going on in the area, and persevered everyday to make sure the day ended with some unique sighting or experience. I told Abia my goal was to be able to spot a leopard during the day, and for the other female traveling with me to see the Big 5 on her first Safari, and he executed by Day 3! He picked perfect locations and set up bush breakfasts and lunches with presentations that would challenge 5 star hotels. When departing from the Kogatende airstrip there were issues with our flight and we were delayed about an hour and a half, and he waited with us the entire time even though I’m sure he would have preferred to start his 8ish hour drive back home. He also let us use his cell phone to coordinate airport transfers in Zanzibar, and when our flight was delayed then re-routed via another airline, he remained in contact with the driver in Zanzibar to keep him in the loop about our arrival time. We love Abia!!

3. The vehicle: Another aspect that can either make or break a Safari in my opinion. Everything was as promised, exceptionally clean and exceeded our expectations. Electric outlets were available and in working condition throughout, which was clutch when needing to recharge camera and phone batteries after 8 hours of pictures. There was more than enough bottled water to last all 6 days, and remained cold in the fully functioning fridge in the jeep. Binoculars were provided and in working condition, and all the door locks worked properly (also clutch when stopping at park entrances for QUICK permits/restroom breaks, and being able to leave all of our luggage and camera equipment safely locked in the car). We got a flat tire, and the jeep had all of the necessary and functioning tools available so that Abia was able to change it out on a slatted dirt road within 20 mins and we were back on our way.

All in all, I cannot say enough about the overwhelmingly amazing and positive experience we had with Savannah Explorers. I don’t consider myself to be a picky person perse, just particular when I know what I want and what I am looking for when planning an (expensive) trip such as this. When booking a lengthy trip to Africa, one has to expect that something is bound to fall through, not deliver as promised, not work, not be available as it should, details and communication get lost in the shuffle, or some other unforeseen random act of nature create some irritating roadblock. With each day that passed on our Safari, I wondered when the bomb would drop…….and it never did. Savannah Explorers delivered on everything they promised, and frankly exceeded my expectations. I would HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend them for anyone planning a Safari, whether you’re a first timer or whether you’re an experienced Safari enthusiast. Feel free to reach out to me privately if you would like any additional info or details! Thank you Albert, Brighton, Abia and Savannah Explorers for making our dream vacation everything we hoped it would be and more!

enzo   –  
Italy IT
Visited: March 2018 Reviewed: Mar 18, 2018

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

the trip went as we expected
5/5

we saw a lot of animals and the big five.
de guide was very nice.
we stayed in very comfortable lodges.

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