Day 1: Your arrival, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your chosen hotel in town (Tembo Hotel, Zanzibar Beach Resort, Dhow Palace, Mazson Hotel, Chavda) for overnight.
Day 2: After breakfast, pickup from your hotel for any two tours mentioned (Spice, Historical stone town, Prison island).
Day 3: At leisure and overnight at your hotel in town.
Day 4: After breakfast transfer you to one of the following hotels at the East Coast (Karafuu Beach Resort ) for overnight.
Day 5 & 6: At leisure and overnight at your hotel.
Day 7: Pickup from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Includes: - All transfers - Activities as per Itinerary - Accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast (BB) - Service of an English-speaking driver guide - Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and Driver - Government taxes
Excludes: - International Flights - Extras at the lodges - Tips, drinks, telephone, laundry or any other Personal expenses - All not mentioned in the itinerary
Please note: * this itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements * we can arrange transfers from and to either Kenya or Tanzania * we can arrange safaris in Kenya or Tanzania
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Communications with the company in advance of our arrival were very good. However, upon our arrival, there was no one there to greet us at the airport. This was partly my fault because I had emailed them the time that we would be coming to Arusha. I did not realize that there were two different airports near Arusha. One is called Arusha; the other is called Kilimanjaro. I think they should be aware that someone who has never been to Tanzania might not know the difference. We did eventually get in touch with our tour manager, Peniel, and he came from the other airport to get us.
I felt that he did a good job of briefing us on what would be happening and what to expect. Our driver, John, and our cook, Benson, both were great. They always took care of us, and we had good food and saw lots of animals. Their jobs' are really hard.
Upon our return to Arusha, they took us to the wrong hotel. It wasn't that big as deal, but we were hot and exhausted, and when we had unloaded our gear in the hotel lobby, only to find that we had to reload to go somewhere else, it frazzled us a little. A minor thing and all was taken care of quickly, but it would have been better if the communications between our driver and the office had been smoother.
All in all, though, I think that they did a great job, and I was happy to have booked with them. I would recommend them to any friends who might be going to Africa.
Me and my husband recently travelled to Tanzania for a safari.
First we planned our safari with Peniel (our trip coordinator) through internet. He was very pleasant and always responding quickly to my many many questions. He took the time to really understand what we really wanted and made sure we got it. Then he met us at the airport and brought us to our hotel for our first night before our safari. He explained everything to us and was very thorough. We really liked him. He is a very special person to us.
Then we met our first guide for 1 day Winnie. Very nice young fellow. Then came Apollo for the rest of the safari. What can we say about Apollo. Well he is one of a kind. Very nice person and one thing that we noticed is that he is very helpful with everybody. We had so many laughs with him especially him and my husband. Very knowledgeable.We saw lots of animals. We also had the honor of meeting his family. What a nice family and we were so well received.
Then there was our cook Benson(Ben Manase Kingu). Wow what good food we had. And he was always so eager to help. He made sure our flap tent were open during the day while we were gone on a safari drive or if it rained made sure they were closed. Very nice person. He even made us a cake all decorated and Happy New Year written on it since our safari started on jan 1/2013. We also got to meet his family.
They were so nice. Well all in all we want to say that we had a fantastic time with fantastic people that we now consider our friends. Thank You everybody for making our trip so memorable. Judy & Germain
Our driver was friendly and knowledgeable about the animals, plants, and history of the parks we toured. Our camp cook was amazing! He prepared some of the best dishes that I had in Tanzania. Also, he baked my friend and I a special cake to help celebrate the New Year! Finally, Peniel made us certificates that included our date of travel and the names of the parks that we visited.
Peniel even arranged for our (cheap) transfer to the airport after our stay in Arusha. Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend them.
We just arrived home from a amazing 14 day holiday visiting several wildlife parks of Tanzania and in the end spending relaxing days in Zanzibar.
After we made the initial enquiry Peniel got in touch with us and fulfilled all our special wishes. All questions were fully and quickly answered via e-mail, and even when we arrived several hours early in Arusha, he managed to pick us up at the airport together with our driver-guide. We just sent a short message from Daressalam and he organized everything else.
We spent 7 days of wonderful safari on our own with John, our perfect driver and tour guide . The roads are sometimes very rough but with John we felt save all the time. The national parks we visited (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire) are really fantastic and John presented to us so many more animals than the big five.
All the accomodation at the lodges was wonderful, good food and we particularly enjoyed the Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge.
We have no hesitation in recommending the safari operator to other travellers...
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on our Safar. We thoroughly enjoyed the complete excursion. Overall rating 8!
Peniel was the friendly and very helpful coordinator and his enthusiasm and quick response to all our questions was exemplary. Overall rating for his contribution: 9! He also helped us to adapt our Safari to our own needs. All his bookings and information was of a very high standard throughout.
All the accommodation was of a high standard, except for the Impala Hotel in Arusha.
The driver Apollo was friendly, but he must guard at not taking firstly the client Ďs interest at heart. We had to warn him to drive more cautiously on narrow and winding roads. His knowledge of the country, itís people and fauna and flora in general is of a very high standard. His rating is 6.
The government can really put in a huge effort to improve the quality of the roads, mainly from the point after passing the Crater into the Serengeti area.
We experienced two flat tyres on these roads. The Safari vehicle we used was comfortable, but we expressed our concerns about itís roadworthiness with quality of tyres, the opening of windows and the general performance of the engine.
Tanzania is indeed a very beautiful country with friendly people and lots to offer, but exploitation of visitors must be guarded against.
Just a note to say how special our safari was. From meeting us at the airport, even with a delay,to the stay at the marvellous Impala hotel, to the safari itself and a final transfer to the airport.
The punctuality by John our guide and Abu our cook plus their attention to detail were admirable. The skills, knowledge and enthusaism was very much appreciated by us both. We saw more animals,with a greater variety, than we could have hoped for. Each day was inspiring and our meals were of local, fresh produce and very tasty.
Finally thanks to Peniel for his tireless efforts to organise this special week and his prompt replies to all our e-mails.
Before our trip we have to admit that we were a little nervous since your operation lesser-known that some of the massive tour operators in the area. However, from the moment we met the team in Arusha, it was clear we had made the right decision and were in for the trip of a lifetime.
Our tour guide, Apollo, was a complete joy to spend time with. He was very knowledgable of the local wildlife and customs and was eager to share his knowledge with us. He was extremely accommodating during the trip - allowing us to stop at any time for any reason and enjoy the trip on our own pace. When three different ATMs in Mtu Wambu happened to be broken, he even lent us cash to hold us over for the next couple days before we could return to a working ATM...incredible.
Our Chef ("Stomach Doctor"), Abu, was equally enjoyable to be around and always had a smile on his face. His food was delicious and provided great comfort after long days on Safari. When we specially requested Banana Pancakes for our final breakfast, Abu happily obliged and made the best Banana Pancakes we'd ever had.
If given the chance to return, we would gladly use this tour operator again and would specifically request the services of Apollo and Abu. We will be recommending your tours to all of our friends. Thank you so much for providing an incredible life changing experience.