​User Reviews – Tanzania

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Jordan   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2010 Reviewed: Mar 13, 2012

Email Jordan  |  20-35 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

My wife and I spent 12 days in Tanzania. We flew into Kilimanjaro International Airport and covered Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti. The wildlife viewing is absolutely amazing; especially in the Western Corridor. Our accomodations were first rate and the food was wonderful. It truly was the trip of a lifetime.

3scape Photos   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2006 Reviewed: Mar 13, 2012

35-50 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

Tanzania was amazing and unforgettable, a trip of a lifetime, if you can only take one!

ivanabee   –  
Canada CA
Visited: July 2007 Reviewed: Mar 11, 2012

50-65 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

In addition to the natural beauty the Tanzanian people are wonderful

Drew Visited: November 2010 Reviewed: Mar 10, 2012

Selous Game Reserve: less crowded= much more natural experience
Overall rating
5/5

Plan your safari very early- possibly before you leave but definitely in your first week. The more people in your group, the cheaper the safari (4 day safari in Serengeti/north circuit will run $600-700 plus flights/bus if you have >2 people in your group, whereas it will be >$1200 if you are alone). I tried for 3 weeks to join groups but couldn’t find any companies that had groups to join, so couldn’t go to the northern circuit.
Instead I went on safari to the southern circuit in Selous. This was an awesome experience and we got to see tons of wildlife in the comfort of luxury tents (true 5 star experience with excellent food and service). You are truly immersed in wildlife 24 hours each day with giraffe walking by your showers. I woke to fresh morning tea just to see a herd of elephants walk right by my tent. Each day you're there you have a choice between a boat, walking or truck safari (2 total per day). The stars at night are the most brilliant I have ever seen (zero light pollution). There is a guard that patrols the camp for lions at all times and you are always escorted at night from the dinning tent back to your own tent (big cats will roam the camp site at times). I always felt comfortable and protected, although the animal sounds at night were pretty exciting. If you want to see pictures you can look at my flickr site at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drweber82/sets/72157625606892476/


Contact for Selous Safari is: Festus Njogoro, 0774735693 or 0222128485, festus@selous.com.
My friends previously went on safari at Serengeti with Sunny’s Safari, and they said they enjoyed that company.

marcoplano   –  
Italy IT
Visited: January 2004 Reviewed: Mar 8, 2012

20-35 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

one of the best

Mary W   –  
United States US
Visited: October 2007 Reviewed: Mar 4, 2012

65+ years of age

For seeing and getting close to wildlife, Tanzania is an excellent choice, especially for photos.
Overall rating
5/5

A friend and I traveled to Tanzania with Overseas Adventure Travel (Boston, MA, in the U.S.) as part of a small-group tour of 15. Our main interest was photographing wildlife, but we also enjoyed the opportunities we had to visit tribal villages and a school and to get a feel for the culture, especially in the Arusha area. The tent encampment we experienced in the Serengeti was wonderful. It was amazing to be in such wild country and yet have such beautifully prepared meals. The lodge we stayed at in the Ngorongoro crater area was wonderful -- beautiful grounds with wonderful flowers. The guides were experienced in helping us spot wildlife and drove expertly on roads that were sometimes quite bumpy. All in all a trip of a lifetime!!

Jim Griggs   –  
United States US
Visited: May 2011 Reviewed: Mar 3, 2012

Email Jim Griggs  |  65+ years of age

Overall rating
5/5

This is Africa as I had always dreamed it would be. The diversity of wildlife and the locations lived up to and surpassed my expectations on all levels.

Sandi   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2009 Reviewed: Feb 29, 2012

Email Sandi  |  35-50 years of age

Tanzania... best travel experience of my life!
Overall rating
5/5

I had the great pleasure to spend about a week and a half in Tanzania in early November, 2009. This was a trip that I had spent hours and hours researching, reading about, asking questions about on various travel forums, and then finally planning with my safari tour operator (Good Earth Tours). I had very high expectations, and they were all exceeded. Everything from the weather, the low number of other tourists (and bugs/mosquitos!), the wildlife viewing, the services and care given by my safari outfitter and private guide, the warm welcomes from the good people of Tanzania, the quality of the food and lodging, the amazing natural beauty of the various parks we visited, all varied and different from one another... just made for the most magnificent trip I have ever taken. And I have taken quite a few. I love to take photos, purely amateur, but some of the photos I came back with stunned my friends and family, they couldn't believe the beautiful sights that I was able to see.

I feel like my itinerary was perfect, I wouldn't have changed a thing about it. Flew into Kilimanjaro Airport, and planned to spend two nights in the town of Arusha pre-safari, just to get acclimated to the time change, and to have a buffer day in case of flight delays or other problems like that. And it was a very good thing that we did that. ("We" was just myself, and one friend... party of two for this entire trip.) My friend had a mishap with her passport as we were preparing to fly out of St. Louis, it was current, but did not have more than six months validity left on it, which we did not know was necessary. What a day that turned out to be...after some scrambling to find out our options, my friend flew ahead to Chicago with hopes of getting her passport renewed on the spot. Thankfully, we had a long layover there before the international flight. Long story short, my friend did make it on the plane to Amsterdam, with only minutes to spare. The door was closing. I was already on the plane, planning to go ahead to Tanzania, knowing that we had the buffer day built in and that my friend could at least make it by the second day, and we would not miss our safari. So, just a word of advice, check your passport date! And do try to have an extra day to recoup when you arrive, or just relax, or to save yourself a whole lot of worry in case something like this happens to you.

The best part about our "extra" day in Arusha, though, was that we did get to have the most lovely lunch at Hatari Lodge, and a half-day visit to Arusha National Park. It was something I had debated back and forth, whether or not to include Arusha National Park in our safari. I am so glad we did. My very favorite photo from the whole trip was from there. And the way we did it was very cost effective... we asked to have lunch at Hatari Lodge, which is inside the park. So it was sort of a bonus to see the park, while we were just driving thru on our way to lunch! And our guide was so wonderful (Prosper was his name, with Good Earth Tours). We were getting to know each other during the drive, and I was just asking casual questions, making conversation. I asked about whether we would likely see Flamingos at Lake Manyara later in the week. Prosper said if we wanted to see Flamingos, he would make it happen. Turns out, the flamingos were actually in Arusha. lol LOTS and LOTS of them. He didn't have to do it, because it wasn't on our itinerary, but Prosper took at least two extra hours of his personal time, and took us to see the flamingos in Arusha National Park after our lunch. It was so beautiful, and such a pleasant surprise. Just a fantastic way to start our journey together.

Sorry for the long story there... but I felt it was important to share. Back to our itinerary:

Two nights in Arusha at the Kibo Palace Hotel
Two nights at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
One night at Lake Manyara Hotel (A Wildlife Lodge property)
Lunch at Gibbs Farm
One night at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Two nights at Seronera Wildlife Lodge
One night at Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Two nights at Migration Camp (including a full-day game drive to the Mara River)
Flight to Zanzibar
Stayed four nights at Imani Villa Beach Resort
Flight back to Arusha, picked up by Good Earth representative, who took us to some local places for last-minute shopping, lunch, etc. They kept our luggage for us during the day, and then drove us back to Kilimanjaro Airport for our flight home.

Good Earth took such good care of us, and so did the good people working at all the different lodges and camps. The food was so good everywhere we went. At least that is my most humble opinion.

I was especially impressed with the Wildlife Lodge properties. They are extremely budget friendly, and I thought they would be a little more rustic than they were, but was willing to save a few bucks by staying with them, in order to better afford the luxury of Migration Camp as the grand finale of our safari at the end. The Wildlife properties are Very, VERY well located, you are in the heart of all the beauty and wildlife. They are truly great lodges, the architecture of the common areas especially pleased me. And the food here was just as good as the Sopa lodges.

Migration Camp, well, what can I say, but DON'T MISS IT! Just an amazing experience to treat yourself extra special for a night or two. It's expensive, but I think it is worth it for at least one night.

I guess that is the basics, please feel free to contact me for more details! I love to talk about it and reminisce! :)

Cheers!
Sandi

fboekhorst   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: August 2010 Reviewed: Feb 17, 2012

Email fboekhorst  |  20-35 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

I love Tanzania. Sometimes (especially in the North) it is a bit touristy, that's why I rated 'bush vibe' good instead of excellent. I'm not into birding.

Allan Kaitila   –  
Australia AU
Visited: June 2011 Reviewed: Jan 29, 2012

Email Allan Kaitila  |  20-35 years of age

Overall rating
5/5

Tanzania is a country which has got very beautiful parks with natural animals compared to other African countries though to some places infrastructure is still not good.

Average User Rating

  • 4.8/5
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