Feedback from Ian Moore
United Kingdom | 14.07.2013
We booked a 3 day lodge safari with Tanzania-Experience in June visiting Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, and have nothing but good words for them. After doing our homework before booking, we found that Tanzania-Experience offered full days of game tours (when comparing make sure you get an itinerary and check you’re not being taken to restaurants or other attractions, as other tour operators do this!) and were competitively priced.
Before we were picked up from our accommodation in Arusha, one of the managers visited us and briefed us on the trip ahead. During this he explained the procedures if we were unhappy with our driver, which made us feel very much in control of our safari.
We were then introduced to our driver, Lazaro, who was absolutely fantastic for the whole trip! He had a great knowledge of the animals and local communities, and read situations perfectly allowing us to get really close to some truly spectacular scenes (zebras in a watering hole, a giraffe drinking from a stream, elephants/wildebeest/gazelle play-fighting to name a few!). We never felt as if any of our requests were an inconvenience and were never pressed for time. Thank you very much for a lovely trip Lazaro!
Our first stop, Tarangire Park, was the park we were least excited about. However this turned out to be our favourite drive. That evening we stayed at Maramboi Tented Camp which exceeded our expectations, being more of a high standard hotel room than a ‘tent’ and set in a lovely wilderness backdrop where animals roamed around our room freely.
The second day we visited Ngorongoro Crater which was quieter than reviews had led us to believe (June being the end of low-season) and saw some fantastic sights. That night we stayed at Ngorongoro Farm House which again, was very pleasant.
Our final day led us to Lake Manyara for a full day of game drives, before being dropped back to our hotel at around 7pm.
We found 3 days was a good duration, however wouldn’t recommend going for anything shorter as you’ll be left wanting more. On the whole, we couldn’t have asked for any more from our safari and we would happily recommend Tanzania-Experience to anybody considering booking up.