Safari from Arusha
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Apr 3, 2013 1:41 PM Last Post By: brokett
Feb 28, 2013 2:23 AM
Safari from ArushaMy partner and I travel to Arusha in mid July.We want to 'go on safari' for a few days.We have heard conflicting stories about whether to book fom home,Australia,or whether to wait until we get there.Fotr sure,it will be more expensive from home,but am a bit nervous about what seems to be a plague of rip off merchants,if we wait until we get to Arusha.
can anyone please advise us of a reputable and reliable safari company operating out of Arusha?,catering to low to mid budget travellers.And please,to all to spammers out there,please don't contact me,I will be able to smell it a mile off and you will be reported.
Feb 28, 2013 2:39 AM
1Hi paul - as a fellow Aussie I can understand your fears, both real and imagined. As July is getting on for peak winter safari season it may be wise to have at least an understanding of what is in store for you. A mid-price 3-5 safari, camping, with guide, vehicle cook and camp assistant will start at around $130-150 US per day. Yes you will find cheaper and definitely dearer and yes it may seem that they all will be out to rip you off. It's almost as though reputable & reliable are mutually exclusive. So what to do? Well have a look at those companies listed on the TATO (Tanzania Tourist Authority) web-page; pick out those that appear to be above board - professional looking web-sites etc; send them an email - asking a series of relevant questions - costs, quality of vehicle, camping equipment, methods of payment - what percentage up-front required; lastly ask for names & email addresses for recent clients whom you can contact to confirm what they have told you. Your comment about spammers and those who do not pass the smell test is also very valid. The reason I no longer make specific recommendations is that what was true 3, 6 or 9 months ago, may be totally wrong today. One point not mentioned - if your budget will stretch try to get 4 days on Zanzibar - its a great way to end your first African adventure.
All I can say is that once you get over the cultural shook you will find the majority of the TZ people very friendly, helpful and welcoming. I've been there 5 times in past 7 years so I think I have some basis for this comment.
Feb 28, 2013 2:44 AM
Feb 28, 2013 11:25 AM
3Dear Mike, let me know where we can get the 130-150 USD price per person per day because I am SO desperate, really. I am not questioning your expertise, it is an honest question. PaulFrank say 2 persons travelling - well I would do anything to find cheaper than around 250 USD for two persons per day.
Feb 28, 2013 10:08 PM
Mar 1, 2013 9:31 PM
Mar 2, 2013 9:52 AM
6DublinNYC, if you do not mind, would you please send me the name of the cheapest ones? I would love to check them out. Do not hesitate to ask for any info I may have - I have been researching for over a month now and happy to share. Private messages do not work, so I leave the address I use for this site: firstname.lastname@example.org Lots of people say that renting a car is not cheaper but if you are lucky and depending on your itinerary you may be able to book a cheap lodge and pay all in all the same as a package camping safari. That having said, I have not booked yet ;)
Mar 2, 2013 10:38 AM
Mar 2, 2013 10:45 AM
8Sorry forgot to add that I know Clinton from when he was one of my guides on Kili in 2008, I climbed Meru with him the following year and my friends went on safari with him in 2010.
Paul and Erica used to live in my village here in the UK before they moved to TZ in 2009, I have stayed with them 3 times in their lovely lodge.
Mar 16, 2013 6:21 PM
Apr 2, 2013 6:11 AM
10Gowen16 at #4 in this post you "had a great camping safari" with those people last year, yet in this other post you claim only to be "in contact" with that company "on recommendation."
Further proof that time travel really exists, possibly. Possibly proof of something else.
Apr 3, 2013 1:41 PM
I am just back from the type of safari you are looking for. I would encourage you to get in touch with those companies that are listed on tanapa website before travelling. I liaised with them for quite a while, selected the runner ups and picked one of the three. I do not have the feeling that you should worry about this, as long as you find reasonable reviews about the selected company on the internet. Companies with a proper website on the TANAPA list should not be cheating on you. By the way, I read it somewhere that all listed companies have to satisfy a number of conditions to become licenced and caugh up 5000 USD/year, and the parks actually check the licenses (but also know the guys personally). My impression that the competition is fierce and they all want to make sure they get good reviews. So this business is super serious and normally it is very professionally run by the locals! Don't worry.
The only reason why you might want to wait until you get there is to increase your chances to find fellow travellers. Otherwise if this is not interesting, just book ahead.
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