I had an unforgettable experience with Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris and highly recommend to anyone who is considering a safari trip.
We booked a 4 day/3 night safari with a mix of lodge and camp accommodations. We visited Tarangire National Park, Central Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater.
Geoffrey, the manager, was extremely helpful in answering our many questions, organized, and extremely friendly. Transportation to/from the airport as well as accommodations before and after the safari. He was always be available to help out with any requests during our stay at the Arusha Tourist Inn, and genuinely wanted to ensure that guests were comfortable and happy.
Jacob, our guide and driver, is extremely knowledgeable not only with the region’s animals, but also other fauna (birds, reptiles) and flora. Our group had endless questions and he was able to answer most, if not all, of them. He went out of his way to ensure we had enough time to observe what we wanted, but also knew to keep things on schedule without feeling at all pushy. He also seemed to know all the good spots to observe wildlife and had a skilled eye for spotting animals even at a considerable distance! Although we didn’t see any rhinos on our trip, we did see a leopard which is quite rare! He is a lively, energetic, and cheeky guy; his energy always lit up the room (or safari car in this case) and it made our trip so much more enjoyable. He is also a very skilled driver and navigated the sometimes rough roads without issue.
Moshi, our chef, is an exceptionally talented and dedicated chef with a warm heart. From start to finish, the food he prepared was hearty, plentiful, and just hands down delicious with a lot of variety. He also accommodated for our group’s dietary restrictions and food preferences with the limited resources he had. For days where lunch was eaten during the drive, he would wake up at 3/4 am to prepare our lunch in advance (which would still be hot by the time we had lunch at 12-2 pm) and then start on our breakfast - all before any of us had even woken up. I did have a little bit of heat exhaustion (make sure you are drinking plenty of water - the safari car is definitely well stocked), and during that time, he checked up on me multiple times, brewed some ginger-honey-lemon tea, gave me some of his personal balm to treat a headache, and shared some very thoughtful words with me. His kindness and compassion really lifted my spirits, and I will never forget these interactions with him.
Geoffrey, Jacob, and Moshi, asante sana for the wonderful time and memories! It was a pleasure to have you as our guides and chef.