Private tours that starts in Arusha and ends in Dar-es-Salaam
Day 1: Ilkiding'a: Starting in Arusha, after an early break fast drive to Ilkiding'a village, visiting the local Maasai and Waarusha on the slopes of Mt. Meru. Visits to the local school, dispensary, and Maasai women group, traditional Maasai healer, waterfalls, crops fields, etc. This is one of the best cultural tours in Arusha and includes a hot Maasai lunch. Return to lodge in the evening for Dinner and overnight. Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Olmotonyi Rest house.
Day 2: Olpopongi – Maasai cultural Village After break fast transferred to Olpopongi – Maasai cultural Village for a day cultural tour arranged by Maasai. You will spend day and night in the authentic Maasai Village and share unforgettable 24 hour with Maasai people. Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Olpopongi - Camping.
Day 3 & 4: Marangu: After break fast transferred to the foot of Kilimanjaro where the beautiful towns of Marangu and Mamba lies. Here, local people have planned various walking tours through valleys and numerous waterfalls depicting mountain village life. Enjoy the panoramic scenes of and natural beauty of Kilimanjaro. Tours can include the following:
- Guided tours leading to panoramic viewpoints ideal for photography of waterfalls and Mount Kilimanjaro - Chance to pass historical sights from clan wars and ancient legends including large hiding caves used during the Chagga - Maasai wars - Visit to local blacksmiths who continue using ancestral methods to prepare Maasai spears and tools - Opportunity to experience Chagga culture with a visit to a traditional Chagga house, Dinner and over night at Marangu hotel. Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Marangu hotel
Day 5 & 6: Mkomazi National Park After break fast transferred from Marangu to Mkomanzi National Park with packed lunch for game viewing. Experiencing fishing at Ndungu Lake then make a barbeque. Dinner and overnight at Ndungu Campsite. Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Ndungu Campsite
DAY 7: Mkomazi to Mambo View After break fast transferred from Ndungu campsite with your packed lunch to Mambo View where you will meet the local people, see how they live or visit a traditional pottery women group. Dinner and overnight at Mambo View Lodge. Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Mambo View Lodge
Day 8: Mambo View After breakfast from Mambo View Point with packed lunch hike to wonderful place for short or long walks by visiting natural forest, local villages, markets and beautiful views over the plains OR You can do cycling tour due to the fact that the Usambaras form an excellent terrain for mountain biking. Dinner and overnight at Mambo view Lodge. Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Mambo View Lodge
Day 9: Mambo View to MazumbaI After breakfast from Mambo View Point transferred to Mazumbai Rest House for lunch then walk to Mazumbai forest which is untouchable forest, a bird watcher's paradise, a home to black and white Columbus monkeys, lots of flowers and suitable for anthropologist. Dinner and overnight at Mazumbai rest house. Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Mazumbai Rest house
DAY 10: Mazumbai - Amani Nature Reserve After breakfast from Mazumbai rest house transferred to Amani Forest Nature Reserve which is one of the latest Nature Reserve established by the government to protect flora and fauna of east Usambara. It harbors some of the animals only seen in Usambara such as Nduk eagle owl and most endemic plants. It was first established in 1902 as an agriculture research station by the Germans, and was turned into a nature reserve in 1997. Amani Botanical gardens, the second largest botanical garden in the world lies in this reserve. Today the area continues to play a significant part in medical research hosting the Amani Medical Research Centre.
The Nature Reserve has now been turned into an eco tourism attraction with greater emphasis on walking and hiking where you have opportunity to see black and white colobus, blue monkey, and the nature's main attraction, Nduk eagle owl, specie found only in Amani. You will also see nine species of African violet garden flowers and colorful butterflies some of them found only in Usambara. Other birds include green headed oriole, Amani sunbirds, Uluguru violet backed, forest warbler. To sum up the area has wonderful birds, butterflies, animals and plants some of them found only in this area. Dinner and overnight at Zigi campsite Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Zigi Campsite
Day 11 & 12: Pangani After break fast transferred from Zigi to Pangani beach for relax. Beach activities can be arranged on request. Dinner and overnight at the Beach crab resort. Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Beach crab resort
Day 13: Pamgamo tp Saadani After break fast transferred from the beach crab resort to Saadan National. Park for game drive. Dinner and overnight at the campsite Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Saadani Safari Lodge
Day 14: Saadani National Park - Bagamoyo Meals: Full Board Accommodation: Travelers Lodge
Day 15: Bagamoyo to Dar-es-Salaam
Price: US$ 4,176 per person – minimum 2pax sharing
Price Includes - Transport on wildlife safari in a 4WD vehicle with an open roof - Full Board accommodation in the Lodges/Camps whilst on safari - All Park / Reserve entrance fees - Game drives as per the Itinerary - Services of an English-speaking guide
Price Excludes - International flight into and out of Nairobi - Visa Entry fee - Extra Activities - Travel Insurance - Tips to driver guide and Cook - Departure taxes if any. - Lunch on the last day of safari - Arrival and departure airport transfers
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The trip was very good and our guide was very good as well. The safari operator gave us confidence while we were planning our trip and they responded quickly with our enquiry.
We are so great to see many wild animals especially big five in the national parks. We had the chance to see the lions hunting but they failed. The African Tulip is very good and we can order food from their dinner manual while other hotels were providing dinner buffet with similar dishes.
The trip could score 8. It was really a very remarkable trip for our couple.
I am very happy to provide feedback on our recently completed trip to Tanzania.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable time on all our days in Tanzania and couldn't have asked for a better guide than Apollo.
Despite the odd puncture, which seems to be an occupational hazard for any vehicle which drives on unmade-up roads, the entire trip went off without a hitch.
We were happy with the hotels that we stayed in and all the other parts of the trip that could be controlled by the tour operator, although to the surprise of our guide we preferred the Sopa hotels we stayed in to the Serena hotels.
The only downside was that the animals at times didn't co-operate by coming into close range for taking photos, but that's not something the tour operator can control and we don't consider that we can blame them for that (just our bad luck in some respects)
We would have no hesitation in recommending this safari operator to anyone, especially if they are lucky enough to get Apollo as their guide, and would rate the entire experience as a 9 out of 10 holiday. (we have been to quite a few places in the world including the Galapagos Islands, Borneo, China, India, Hong Kong and Japan and have yet to rate anything a 10. But this last trip has probably come the closest)
I just returned from a 13 day safari to Kenya and Tanzani. It a was fantastic trip and the price was great too !! It was my second trip to Africa and my first with this tour operator.
We were 4 women (aged 25-69) and we had our own private safari vehicle in both Kenya and Tanzania. This is very important, especially for first time safari travelers, to have your own window even with the pop-up top. The vehicle we had seated 9, but it was our private vehicle as promised by the safari operator. We saw countless safari vehicles so packed with people that it was obvious that not everyone would have a great view.
We first went to Kenya, then Tanzania, then back to Kenya to spend our final night at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.The guide for Kenya was Jonathon. He was wonderful, the best! Reliable, knowledgeable about the parks, the animals and so accommodating that when we returned to Nairobi after Tanzania we asked for him again. I just can't say enough good things about Jonathon. He was there upon our arrival in Nairobi and for the next 8 days in Kenya. When I lost my battery charger he found a place for me to replace it and drove me into the town. (warning...the lodges we stayed at did not carry camera equipment). Saw the Big 5, saw the aftermath of a kill, saw lions, giraffe, leopard, cheetah...you name it, we saw it - every day!
Our guide for Tanzania was Apollo and again we had the best guide in Tanzania. Apollo clearly loves his job and is so enthusiastic its infectious. He is very knowledgeable and fun to be with...great sense of humor as he loved to tease us. Apollo also was very accommodating (stopping when we screamed "simama" because we saw a shop we wanted to spend some time in or we wanted to back up for a certain picture. When we were in the Serengeti he pulled over to the side of the road because he spotted a male lion. (both of our guides had vision that's hard to believe) Right after we pulled up the lion came out of the high grass, walked across the road in back of our truck, then came around to the front and sat down in the road in front of us. Amazing! This is how we saw many animals, up close and personal.
We also got to meet Chislon, our agent, in Arusha. I can't tell you how many emails we sent back and forth to get the final itinerary. He worked very hard for us to get exactly what we wanted.
The food and accommodations were great, especially the SOPA Lodges. You will never go hungry. Too much food...we all gained weight! The one place I wasn't comfortable in was the Katikati Tented Camp in Serengenti. I think this would be wonderful for families but it was a little too rough-hewn for us older women. The 25 year old didn't mind it at all...she said that's what camping is about.
Our final night was spent at Giraffe Manor. This is very pricey but well worth it. You get to feed the giraffes up close and they even come to your bedroom window for food. You can also have breakfast with them as they stick their heads in the dining room. The really cater to you at Giraffe Manor and if you can afford to splurge this is the place to do it, even if only for one night.
Our itinerary was Samburu Reserve, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara in Kenya, then Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the Crater, Tarangire National Park, Arusha in Tanzania and then Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.
It was a very busy itinerary and my only regret was not scheduling time in Zanzibar between Kenya and Tanzania.
I really enjoyed this tour. Of all the things I had planned for my dad's visit, he enjoyed this the most, and said it's what he would remember the most.
The tour guides were very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable on what the tour covered. All the people in the duration of the tour knew them and that gave the tour a more authentic and welcoming vibe. Very good tour, very good guides, and a very good experience.
If anyone else comes to town, this is a tour I will always set up for them. To show them the real Tanzania.
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.