My wife and I got to experience Tanzania as a whirlwind 20th Anniversary trip, and it was amazing. We split up our trip between four days on safari and four days on the beach in Zanzibar. For two Americans, with little knowledge of Tanzania or how to proceed with this vacation, Joining Safari was excellent throughout the whole course of planning, preparation, and trip. We chose Erick’s company for a number of reasons, but primarily how quick, and professional was his communication. He helped us get an experience that fit the days we had and the budget we could afford.
Erick kept in close contact with us to make sure our flights arrived as planned, and met us the evening of our arrival to make sure we were all set. When he found out the airline had lost my wife’s suitcase, he took all the information, recovered the bag and had it delivered 300 kilometers from Moshi to the back side of the Serengeti by the following day! I have no doubt Erick would have been available to us the whole trip if we needed – which we never did because our guide, Emmanuel, was absolutely excellent!
Emmanuel was the best of what I could have imagined in a guide. Kind, hospitable, full of information, and endlessly in good spirits, he really took what would have been a great trip and made in unforgettable. We visited the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park. The lodging Erick had secured for us was beyond comfortable. The lodge in the Serengeti was such a contrast – an isle of luxury set in such wild plains! We saw all the big animals, and even a rare Serval cat! We personally had a few hiccups, but Emmanuel was quick to solve everything. He found us a bookstore to buy kids books in Swahili (my wife is a children’s librarian with patrons that speak the language). Emmanuel also found us a nice place to buy a Tanzanite ring, with papers, outside the normal tourist outlets. I can’t express enough how comfortable and relaxed we felt under Emmanuel’s guide.
Tanzania is on the other side of the world for us, but if we can make it again, we will definitely be using Joining Safari again, and definitely spending more than 4 days with them!