4 independent reviews for Tanzania holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days

Reviews for Tanzania holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days

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review 5 Sep 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I enjoyed both the safari in Serengeti and the diving in Mafia very much

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Search for the right provider with experience in organising holidays in Tanzania

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely, locals are very friendly and welcoming

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good

review 9 Oct 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Our most memorable moments were our interactions with the local people. Even though we booked this safari to see the Serengeti, we also wanted to make sure we spent an equal amount of time visiting and getting to know the people of Tanzania. We will forever hold in our hearts how warm and inviting everyone was. If I were to say the second most memorable part, it would be all the colors. The people of Tanzania love colors and it was apparent everywhere.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The best tips I could give is: - Pack lightly (water is in short supply so bring things you can wear more than once) - Bring lots of US dollars (you can use US dollars everywhere - even in the tribal communities) - Buy on the local market (if you plan to donate to a school or community, buy the supplies locally to support the community rather than bringing them from home)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, yes and yes. We could see first hand how our holiday benefited local people. We visited a Maasai tribe that has a schoolhouse built from funds donated by Maasai Wanderings. We also bought solely on the local market. As for reduction on environmental impacts and conservation, everything we did made us mindful of how to better conserve the water and electricity we used. We could also see what impact we and the community made on the environment around us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic! Amazing! Awe inspiring! The trip of a lifetime!

review 8 Nov 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

For me it was walking out of our campsite on the savannah with just day packs, and seeing ostrich, giraffe and gazelle as we walked. It felt like we had truly got away from it all. My husband loved the moment we were just 8 feet from a cheetah in the Masai Mara National Park. I think the kids loved everything.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We visited several projects that the tour operator is involved with and everyone we met spoke of the positive relationship.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic. It was the perfect family holiday with a 12 year old and 14 year old. Always plenty to do, loads of variety, but never rushed.

review 13 Mar 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Wow! where would we start? Muba - a great and knowledgeable guide with a tremendous sense of humour, Jackson a terrific cook and again a great sense of humour. Stumbling upon elephants whilst walking to the viewpoint at the Serengeti park gates. Sitting in the bush at night with the maasai during a thunderstorm. Animals, people, culture, experiences... there were so many memorable points, we'll be recalling them for years to come.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The company were great to deal with. Donna was extremely helpful when we were booking the trip, Muba and Jackson kept us right whilst on the trip. Don't be frightened to ask or enquire, they will help in any way they can. A down side but nothing to do with the company or the trip. Be warned that African airports are not like European ones. We arrived back at Kili airport from Zanzibar at 7.30pm. Our flight out in the morning was 6am and we intended to stop in the airport until then. This is not possible, you are not allowed to enter the airport. We sat outside for hours until some UN employees told us this was unsafe and took us to a local lodge. It cost us 135 for four hours at the lodge, there was no where else to go. Although we couldn't really afford it at least we were safe. Do bear this in mind when making your own travel arrangements.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Those involved in this particular tourism area would have definitely benefited but it was probably a small percentage of the actual local population. The Iraqwi village walk left me wondering whether the village benefited or just our guide and his family. The maasai were obviously getting a good deal with their school which was funded by the company and the women with their jewellery which they were selling. As for minimizing impacts on the environment? I felt guilty that there were just the two of us in the safari vehicle (I also felt very lucky!). There are many, many safari vehicles out there, they are bound to have an effect on the environment, however, the revenue which these companies bring into the area and the parks are what keeps everything going.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great! The wildlife viewing was far better than we anticipated and Muba's knowledge and ability to share it made for fascinating listening. The tents were roomy and mattresses comfortable. Jackson seemed to think we needed fattening up, unfortunately we were never able to eat every last scrap of food, what a great cook! The change in itinerary with Manyara National Park being at the beginning rather than the end was a great way to lead you into the safari itself, I loved Manyara, so many trees, a great variation of wildlife, a great starting point. I would recommend this company to anyone, a full and interesting itinerary and fantastic staff.

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