Itinerary Review for Tanzania and Kenya By Kerrie F
Well matched travel companions on our Tanzania safari
This is an independent review by Kerrie From Australia who traveled to Tanzania and Kenya in August 2013.
Karen Peasley was Kerrie's consultant
Hi Karen Our East African Adventure was a great trip. Just a few comments for your company in terms of feedback. • The tour was well organised. Website, detailed itinerary provided with lovely photographs and wetu map were great. • Our travelling companions were well matched with us and tours not overcrowded. • Would have preferred to travel in a 4WD vehicle in Kenya. The minibus did not travel well on the corrugated dirt roads and through ditches and creeks, and the shock absorber rattled loose on the 2nd day. • The 4WD Nissan Patrol in Tanzania handled the conditions much better, and the driver in Tanzania is to be commended for being extremely cautious and safe. Whilst a very knowledgeable and experienced guide, his commentary was not always forthcoming, unless we asked questions. He managed the leaking fuel tank and flat tire fine. • Lodges were all lovely and the food was great. Only comment that meal times could have been earlier everywhere to fit better with early departure times by all guests. Ie. Breakfast available from 6am instead of 6:30 and dinner at 7 instead of 7:30 after a long day would have been better. • The tour could have been a little shorter. Lake Manyara and Tarangire, whilst nice, did not offer much game viewing. • We went with the thought that the tour was all-inclusive as far as sight-seeing. We would have appreciated fore-warning of optional side-trips such as Masai village visit, hippo boat safari and hot-air ballooning requiring additional expense. • Would suggest you rethink the Masai village visit outside the lodge at Masai Mara. All tourists we spoke to were disgruntled about that one. Our guide told us the fee was to include everything on the little tour, but we were coerced to pay a large fee for the sticks the men were given to carry while walking, and another fee for the fire-making demonstration and finished with a pressured visit to their craft stall. An opportunity for photos with the women and children would have been better appreciated. Unfortunately it felt like they were trying to get money from the tourists, who would probably have been happy to give a free-will donation to their children’s education if it were presented in a different manner. Apart from that, we had a great time, and many people we tell about our trip had not previously considered going to Africa, but now they are very keen to see what we saw. We would recommend Safari365. Thanks for your assistance Karen. Regards Kerrie Flegg