User Reviews – Tanzania
Email Konstantin & Svetlana | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Life lasting experience
My wife and I had eight days of safari in January 2020. We are very pleased that we ordered a safari from Lion King Adventures. Our experience much exceeded our expectations. We expected that it must be great, but it was astonishing to see so much wildlife.
Before our trip, I contacted three companies that provide safari services to their customers. The answers and advice that I received from Lion King were the most helpful. It was a deciding factor in ordering a safari from Lion King Adventures.
The safari itself was incredible. There were so many species in the park and it was so exciting to observe animals and birds in their natural habitat! At the end of the third day, we thought we had seen almost everything, but it surprised us during the following days how much more we saw. Without a doubt, it was thanks to our guide Richard, with his ability to detect animals and birds, his positive attitude and willingness to help and his knowledge of the wildlife. Richard instantly gave us the name of each animal and bird in the park, providing clues on how to distinguish them from some other closely related species, and telling us interesting facts about them.
An African safari is a life lasting experience. That is why we are glad to make the right choice about the company we had safari with. We are very grateful for Richard, Pendo, Rose and other company employees to do their best, so our dream could come true.
Email Robert Luck | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Amazing, exceeded all expectations
What an amazing time. The camp exceeded all expectations, the staff helpful and the facilities excellent (amazing chalets, showers and WiFi) but most importantly the wildlife danced for me. The road to the lodge was terrible, but the camp more than made up for it
Email Eduardo | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Honeymoon in the Northern Circuit
We did a one-week private safari in the northern circuit operated by eTrip, starting off from Arusha to Tarangire (one night at Lemala's Mpingo Ridge), Ndutu (one night at Safari Lodge), central Serengeti (two nights at Lemala's Ewanyan Camp) and Ngorongoro (two nights at Lemala's Camp). Both the itinerary and the accommodations were perfect for our honeymoon, very well located and with the perfect combination between comfort and Safari-vibe.
Given the time of the year, we had very green sceneries, and were able to experience the Great Migration first-hand in the southern Serengeti area, around Ndutu. We were lucky with the rain as well, as the road was mostly in good conditions and there were no areas without access.
In terms of wildlife, every location had something else and special to offer and we never stopped being amazed by it. Tarangire with the elephants and the Baobab trees, Ndutu with the migration, Serengeti with everything (tons of lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffaloes...) and Ngorongoro with the rhinos. We highly recommend such an itinerary as it shows you different landscapes and is efficient in terms of transportation.
As for the tour operator, eTrip, everything was super well organized, we had no issues with the accommodations, our guide Victor was very nice and had an amazing eye to find animals very well hidden, they provided water every day, the binoculars were very useful... Also they showed to be very transparent with the rates, and very flexible to change the itinerary to our preferences, as well as going further ahead by recommending better accommodations for better rates they were able to get.
We're looking forward to plan our next safari.
Email Mandy | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
My friend and I have recently come home from an amazing holiday organised by Sylwia from Hello Tanzania! We booked pretty last minute and changed our dates at least once but nothing was too much trouble to organise. Sylwia organised the whole holiday, she suggested an itinerary and we went with it (not really knowing ourselves what to do) and we were so pleased to have followed her suggestions of what to do and when to do it to make the most out of our time. She also gave us options to arrive earlier and stay later (but we didn’t have time) but it was great to know it was an option and we would have had support while we were there.
We booked our own flights to and from Tanzania but all our transfers to and from hotels and airports and the flight from Zanzibar to the mainland were arranged perfectly and ran smoothly, all our drivers turned up at the right time, knew where we were going and got us there safely (and were very friendly).
We arrived in Zanzibar and had a few days there at the Coconut Tree Resort, we had one day of terrific trips booked in advance and were given the information to book more once we decided exactly what we wanted to do. The spice tour, prison island tour and stone town tours arranged for us by Hello Tanzania were a real must! And the Cheetah’s Rock and Blue Safari Tours we did were also excellent. Of course a day at the hotel lounging by the pool and catching the sun was also extremely welcome.
We flew to the mainland for Safari and had the most amazing experience seeing so so many animals, from thousands of zebras to lions in trees and elephants crossing the road! We went to a different place each day in the hopes of seeing as many animals as possible, it was epic! Again everything organised by Sylwia ran smoothly, all the glamping, the hotels, safaris and transfers! For our last night we were driven to a cultural experience to meet Masai people and then past Kilimanjaro to stay in a rather swanky place with a great pool, wonderful food and the most relaxing massages.
Sylwia also made herself readily available by email (even on New Years Eve and New Years Day) so we could ask her questions or for confirmation and her replies were always prompt. I am gluten free and dairy free which is a worry when travelling but everywhere we went had been informed in advance and there was always plenty on offer for me to eat.
I could not recommend Hello Tanzania highly enough and if I were to go back I would certainly be booking with them again!
Email Philippe | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Ngorongoro crater is really the most amazing landscape we have ever seen. Tents and lodges were comfortable and well organized. Wildlife is everywhere and great. Fortunately very limited rain that slowed down the trip during first days. Migration in Serengeti is a moving scenery.
Email Keven | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Everything was perfect. So far the best thing I've ever done. Amazing experience!!
Email Per-Erik Sandström | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Magic 5 days 4 nights lodge safari with AAA Express Adventures
Based on the great reviews on Tripadvisor and on Safaribooking homepages I contacted AAA Express Adventures 3-4 months before a private Christmas-safari for 4 adults from Arusha, Tanzania and everything was 100% from the first contact with the owner Jalala Ndosa. Quick and correct response to every question on the email. Excellent flexibility according to our requests.
A safari is perhaps one of the most expensive trips you make but considering the standard of everything that was delivered the price was absolutely reasonable when compared to other companies in Arusha and much lower than in you book via a travel agency back home. The initial payment was lower (20% of total) than what I could find at other companies and was made with banktransfer with no problems. Recieved an email after 4 days confirming that initial payment was OK. Did not want to bring a lot of cash (in dollars) on our pre-safari trip to Zanzibar and again a message was recieved just a few days after visiting my own bank that everything was OK.
A special comment on payment: We are used to pay with credit cards but sending substantial sums with banktransfer with virtually "no insurance" is of course a scary business. I contacted the company that runs Safaribookings homepage where AAA Express i registred and they informed me that this is the common practise and in the few cases that there had been any diagreements between a company and a customer they had always solved the problem. They also checked the "record" of AAA Express Adventures and could see that they did not have a single complaint since they were registered on the homepage. That information made me feel very comfortable.
From the moment we landed at Kilimanjaro Airport everything was exactly as promised with prefect timing. Transfer to hotel before safari was on time. Our excellent driver/guide Steven waited outside the hotel lobby next morning as agreed on. The Safari in it self was magic. Steven must be one the best guides in the area and has more than 20 years of experience of everything that has to do with the history of the National Parks (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the rest), the animals, the tribes and everything else. He was absolutely outstanding. And a real caracter. He could virtually "smell animals". From one moment to the other he just turned the wheel of the vehicle and up in the tree was a family of the famous tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara. One the sometimes muddy roads of Serengeti when lots of vehicles got stuck Steven took us safely to our lodge. When there was a long line to check in he arranged VIP-treatment and everything was ready in a few minutes. And the best with a safari guide, he just cannot stop looking for animals. On our trip back to Arusha after the safari he stepped on the brakes on main road because he spotted elephants and giraffes in a plantation. With Steven as a guide we saw everything we had expected and more. If I do another safari I will definitely ask for Steven. The bottom line is that from our point of view AAA Express Adventure was very serious, reliable and delivered what they had promised and att a very reasonable cost. I will not hesitate to use them again.
Email Penny | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Great safari in unique parks
We had a great safari in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Lovely days in beautiful, green (!) parks full of wildlife. Good guide Felix made sure we saw all animals on our list and chef Aluti cooked great food, both at Savannah. Explorers, which we booked ourselves through this site, worked out super! Camping in Serengeti these days is sth different though, 20 tents and dining in a large cement block and taking showers. But we did have hyenas calling and passing through the campsite at night so we were satisfied in spite of the lack of a secluded logfire.
Email Mette | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Over all amazing experience
We went on a 4D/3N safari trip to Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Both Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro were great experiences with lots of animals and beautiful nature! Serengeti on the other hand was a bit disappointing in our opinion. Not many animals and the roads were not good. Beautiful nature though.
We chose tented camps which was a different but great experience as well. Close to animals.
Email Eva Sakina Norouzi | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
It was amazing.
We had a wonderful tour throug the Daily Expeditions. The driver Matata is very compitent. Matata has been working for safari many years. Matata can explain everything about animals, knows all the roads in Mikuni safari and he is very frienly. We were one full day in safari and saw all animals except lions. Second day we had time only 1 hour to visit safari. Matata did that during that hour we could see lions in the front of our car. He drives a car very saftly. We have 3 kids with us and even it was a long drive from Dar Es Salam, I never become afraid. At nigt we stay in very nice lounge with swiming pool and good dinner and breakfest. We even saw the Massai Tribe, which was very intresting. We really recommend Daily Expedition.