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Tailormade The Classic Safari TMTA2

Visiting: Tanzania
10 Days
  • Colourful Ngorongoro Crater Lake
  • Relaxing with a view
  • Ngorongoro Game Drive
  • Serengeti Lions
  • Elephant encounter
 

Guide price

  • from £3,090 (including flights)

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Tailormade The Classic SafariScores 9.3 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
(10 out of 10)

Peter

Alford, Aberdeenshire
We were effectively our own tour leaders, the trip having been planned to take our sons and their wives and children to where their Grandmother grew up and met their Grandfather. Explore did a great job in pulling together an itinerary covering the locations that we wanted to visit. Simba Safaris, Explore's local ground handling agents were also first class, with two ace driver / guides and comfortable, well maintained safari vehicles to transport our twelve strong family group.

Our itinerary began with two nights at Arumeru River Lodge between Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha, between which we visited West Kilimanjaro, where the family had farmed 40+ years ago. We then headed to Ngorongoro for 2 nights (staying at the Sopa Lodge), with a full day in the crater, after which we moved on to the Serengeti via Oldupai. A hard drive on a very dusty road which is about to undergo major repairs. Oldupai is an amazing archaeological site, but the visitor centre is poor with no helpful literature available - the best explanation of it can be found in the visitor centre at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gate. Game viewing in both Ngorongoro and the Serengeti was brilliant. We returned to Arusha with a stop over at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge which has terrific views from the top of the Rift Valley wall over and beyond Lake Manyara. A morning game drive in the smaller Lake Manyara National Park was not disappointing, with spectacular bird life and more sightings of leopard (we scored six overall on the trip) plus a very amusing incident of an elephant scratching its undercarriage on a large rock!

All of our accommodation was really good and we ate far too well! Special mentions must go to Kati Kati tented camp in the Serengeti and Pongwe Beach Hotel on Zanzibar. The former provided an authentic safari experience with the very best food, whilst the latter was a little piece of paradise for unwinding at the end of the trip.

The whole trip achieved all of our objectives and exceeded our aspirations. Well done Explore!

TIP: It is worth noting that immigration procedures were very slow, particularly on arrival at Kilimanjaro (over 2 hours), and to a lesser extent on departure from Dar es Salaam. Talking to local tourism operators we gathered that the time taken to clear immigration at Kilimanjaro has doubled in the last year, so it seems worthwhile to get visas in advance if possible to reduce that time so far as possible
Confirmed traveller: 17 July 2017
Published on: 21 July 2017
(9 out of 10)

Susan

Essex
Wildlife viewings were excellent.
To get the most out of your trip, make sure you research well the camps/lodges and their proximetry to the parks.
Confirmed traveller: 05 October 2015
Published on: 09 October 2015
(9 out of 10)

Pradip

Bolton,UK
I would highly recommend this trip.We had an extremely good and very knowledgeable guide/driver called Hassan who made this trip memorable for us.Viewing the migration almost seven times was a fantastic experience and was all possible due to the good guide.
Tips:
Good research about the places and what each has to offer
Check out the different types of accomodation and make one's choice
Check appropriate times for viewing the migration and plan trip accordingly.
Have a mix of semi-permanent lodges and mobile camps.
Ensure that one has a good pair of binoculars and camera with adequate zoom.
Plan a mininimum of 8-9 days trip.
Avoid the wet season.
Confirmed traveller: 24 September 2015
Published on: 16 October 2015