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Tanzania Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 391 Great 116 Average 8 Disappointing 0 Terrible 3
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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Poah cacheezy camandeezy danya frigee August 2018

5.0

Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The title is Swahili for "Cool as a crazy banana in the fridge".

This trip was excellent! Well organised and well operated by our leader, JT.
He and his team were friendly, knowledgeable, supportive, capable, polite,
skilled, very VERY experienced, professional, the list goes on!

I was nervous about coming on this trip as I had never done anything like it
before, but everything was so well managed that one by one, my worries
disappeared and turned into excitement and even relaxation.

Everyone in the group was like-minded, determined and supportive of each
other so we all got along very well. I went on my own so it was a relief to
find that every one of my group had similar enough ambitions and were easy to
get along with, despite coming from a range of backgrounds. I don't believe
this was just a happy accident - everyone climbing this mountain has more
than enough in common to bond over and Exodus nourishes that bond well.
Reaching the top!

Being above the clouds and wending through the grand rain forests at the
start and the very end were all highlights for me as well. Shira cathedral
and the Baranco Wall also made good scrambling (climbing) and although I got
a bit of a headache at the lava tower, that was something else I had been
looking forward to and it did not disappoint.


JT and his team were friendly, knowledgeable, supportive, capable, polite,
skilled, very VERY experienced, professional. He's already won the award for
best group leader and he fully deserves to win it again.


Be prepared, think about what you need. Your kit doesn't have to be perfect,
just enough. Anything else is a comfort you're welcome to (but remember,
either you or your porter, who WILL become your friend, will be carrying it).
Consider what you will want to use when:
- Travelling
- On the plane
- When you arrive
- Leave the hotel
- Wake up in the tent each morning
- When it's warm at the bottom
- When it's cold at the top
- When it rains
- When your camera loses charge
- When you go to sleep in the tent
- When you wake up in the morning
- What information you need and how to store it (what reception is available)
Just go through the situations of what the holiday will bring and consider
what you need for those situations.

Research altitude sickness. You don't need to be an expert and you don't need
all the drugs - I personally did not take diamox and was just as well off as
everyone else (some people did).

Pole pole. Going slow sounds boring, but remember when sitting in your office
thinking about the trip, but you're out in the wild by the tallest free
standing mountain in the world. Make the most of it, look around, take
pictures. You're only going to have to wait around when you get to camp. Even
if you're really fit and the fastest walker in the world, you'll still fall
short of breath at some point. And unless you can beat the record of under
5.5 hours to summit, I'm not interested in how fast you can do it. I'm more
interested in what you get out of it, so just relax and see the sights.


Top trip. If the world didn't have more to explore, I'd do it again. Maybe I
still will one day. I look forward to my next Exodus trip - probably Everest
base camp.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Kilimanjaro - Adventure of a Lifetime August 2018

5.0

Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Kilimnjaro - Awesome - To the MAX !!!
Clambering out off my frozen tent at Shira 1 Camp, and seeing the snow-clad
summit of Kilimanjaro in the distance, and knowing in only a few days, we
would be at the top.


Our group leader was one of the funniest, happiest, and most competent
outdoor professionals it has ever been my pleasure to meet.
A totally indomitable spirit, and for whom I grew to have the utmost respect.


In the form of a list:-

1. Don't under-estimate the extremes of temperature. Days are hot and sweaty.
Nights can be bitterly cold.
2, Make sure you have a very good sleeping bag... you're going to be spending
a lot of time in it.
3. Don't under-estimate how cold it will be on the summit attempt. We had
wind-chill down to -20deg. You'll be making the summit bid at night and we
did ours in a snowstorm, even at the end of March. It was very very cold.
Take lots of thermals, and layer up.... 4 or 5 layers is expected.
4. Don't use a Camelbak, Platypus or other water bladder system. Trying to
suck a mouthful of water through a 1m length of tube at 4500m will disrupt
your breathing and make you gasp for breath. Better to take a couple of
1litre bottles so you can pour water into your mouth and swallow. Your mouth
will get very dry due to the dry air at altitude.
5. Don't take a Camelbak etc as the drinking tube WILL freeze solid on summit
day.
6. Take some form of insulation for your drinking bottle.
7. Take a pee bottle for use at night. Campsites can be busy, and struggling
to get out of a sleeping bag, get dressed and walk across to the toilet tent
can be a real pain. Pee in a bottle and empty it in the morning. Much easier.
8. Take lots of snacks you enjoy, and comfort foods. The food on the trek is
good, but nibbling something you love when you need a lift is the best
feeling ever.
9. Take high energy foods, gels or "power bar" type snacks for summit day.
You will need them.
10. Take factor 50 sunblock and apply it every day even if it's cloudy. I
burned my arm and wrist in about 1 hour on the journey from the airport to
our hotel, and it only got worse as the trek went on. Do not ignore this
advice. UV effects are far more intense due to the thin air. Every one of us
suffered with sun or wind burn.
11. Weigh your stuff. The porters will only carry 15kg, and you don't want to
be carrying more than 6kg in your day pack. Anything heavier will affect your
breathing. Leave spare clothes at the hotel to change in to when you return.
12. Enjoy every minute of it. The landscape is awesome. The experience is
awesome. You will make some solid friends in the group as everyone suffers
and shares the same.
13. Make sure you take enough cash in US dollars. They can be used
everywhere. You will want to tip the porters and guides much more than they
state in the trip notes..... these guys and girls are truly what makes the
trip.
14. You will probably want to donate some of your equipment to the porters.
In my group, we left behind rucksacks, sleeping bags, trekking boots, thermal
gear, gloves, hats, buffs, water bottles, etc. Tanzania is a very poor
country with around 30% unemployment. Working as a porter is a good job, but
many of them have very little specialised equipment. They do not expect it,
but are honoured to receive it.


If you have any specific questions, I will be happy to receive them by email
and answer as best I can.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Tanzania Classic Safari August 2018

5.0

Classic Tanzania Safari

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was my second time on this trip. I did it in June 2016 and decided to
try a trip in February instead. Yet again, it didn't disappoint.
Accommodation was great - especially Rhino Lodge and Tarangire Lodge and we
saw a multitude of wildlife - much close up. I came home with about 3000
photos again!
There were so many but perhaps it was the small herd of elephants having a
mud bath right by the side of our vehicle. The youngsters didn't want to get
out! Two lionesses with a very recent kill was also a first. Or perhaps it
was the wonderful pride of lions having a siesta on some rocks on the
Serengetti where we were able to get close and get some wonderful photos.
And last but not least herds of zebra as far as the eye could see and beyond
including a youngster who entertained us playing a game of dare running to
and fro the track in front of us, skipping, jumping and showing off until he
got told off by his Mum! Then again my first ever sighting of an African
wildcat - although in the distance was still good enough for a photo and
another exciting memory. I could go on!


Jackson was great. Knowledgeable and very attentive. He was always checking
that everyone in the group was OK. He was also very friendly, had a sense of
humour and made sure he spent time with everyone in the group.
Our drivers - Julius and Alex - were also great. Their driving was second to
none. I was in the vehicle driven by Julius and I was also impressed by his
ability to spot animals miles away and he was also very knowledgeable.


Enjoy! Make sure you have large memory chips in your cameras! A pair of
binoculars is a must for those sightings that are just a bit too far away for
a photo. Keep your eyes pealed at all times and enjoy not just the stunning
wildlife but the beautiful scenery as well and also the friendly people at
all the camps and lodges.


Having now done a few safaris with Exodus staying in a variety of tented
camps (my favourites) and lodges, I would never visit Africa and stay in a
hotel! The tented camps make you feel a part of it all and laying in bed at
night listening to the sounds of Africa is magical and exciting.

And whenever you get a chance, talk to the local people - they love learning
from you as much as you can enjoy learning from them.

I cannot rate Exodus enough. I have had some fabulous holidays with them so
far and hope to have many more. As a solo traveller I feel completely safe
with Exodus.

I'm already pouring over the latest brochures to decide where I am going in
2019!


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Operator Exodus Travels

MK

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This trip was superb, We had a wonderful time and saw so many animals, many times more than we had expected June 2018

5.0

Best of Kenya & Tanzania - 11 days

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our guide, Leah, was friendly, enthusiastic, and helpful. Our cook, Reuben, was a miracle worker, preparing so many delicious meals using rudimentary outdoor equipment. To our delight, we discovered that several campsites offered showers. Similarly, several provided the option to locally upgrade to a room instead of a tent.


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Operator On The Go Tours

JM

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I had an awesome group of 12 trekkers and 49 staff! We all had a great time together May 2018

5.0

Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The midnight Summit climb was tough, tiring and super COLD. There was so many trekkers in different companies that fell by the wayside on Summit night. I stood tough and strong and braved the cold windy elements and soldiered up the huge ascent to the top. The morning sun helped with feeling warmer. I stayed on the Summit admiring the views. Read more

Operator World Expeditions

Tanzania Tours and Travel Guide


Tanzania Attractions & Landmarks Guide

A popular Tanzanian saying suggests that “a patient person eats ripe fruit.” Well, now is the time to a take a bite by embarking on the Tanzania vacation package of your dreams. This nation’s idyllic location, fronting the placid waters of the Indian Ocean, combines all the best of East Africa.

Are you game to visit some of the top wildlife reserves on the entire continent, lounge on white-sand beaches ripe for catching rays, or explore that mountain of lore, Kilimanjaro -- its trio of snow-capped volcanic cones etching the sky as the highest point in Africa? You’ve undoubtedly heard of Serengeti, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro; now it’s time to see these magical places on the best Tanzania tours imaginable.

Landscapes and Wildlife

Tanzania’s borders harbor a diverse landscape and abundant wildlife. Consider Lake Manyara, where in the wet season more than 300 species of migratory birds hang out, and in-the-pink flamingos number in the thousands. In the dry season, mud flats offer ideal opportunities to view elephants, hippos, wildebeest and giraffes. Many Tanzania package tours feature stays in Lake Manyara wildlife lodges. And be sure to look up: among the main local attractions are tree-climbing lions.

The island of Zanzibar, once an integral part of the British Empire, is now a veritable melting pot of African, Arabian and Indian influences. This semi-autonomous region of Tanzania sports beach resorts perfect for a romantic Africa getaway, while its charming Stone Town -- a maze of cobblestone alleyways and vibrant bazaars -- offers an authentic taste of the Swahili Coast.

A Volcano and a Crater

Mount Kilimanjaro may now be an inactive volcano, but activities abound for trekkers taking to its slopes. Its snow-capped peak gracefully sets the backdrop for the savannah and its spectacular wildlife far below. In his story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” Ernest Hemingway wrote: “There, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that there was where he was going.” That could be you!

Tough to pronounce, but worth the effort to visit, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is another volcanic wonder. Think of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as a reverse Kilimanjaro: Ngorongoro’s volcano blew up, collapsed and formed an immense crater. This region is now home to abundant wildlife, and the local Maasai tribe, who you may see dressed in their signature orange robes, grazing their cattle at the crater.

The Serengeti

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, is renowned for the annual migration of wildebeest and zebras amid its grassland plains and savannah, offering up countless National Geographic moments. Cameras are mandatory here – keep them primed for that perfect photo op.

These are just some of the highlights of a Tanzania tour, which will show you sights and offer you experiences you could have only imagined. Isn’t it time to book one on Stride now?

Related Categories

Continent:

Africa

Local Attractions:      

Serengeti National ParkMt. KilimanjaroNgorongoro Crater, Rift Valley, Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Mount Meru & many more.

Top Activities:

SafariHikingWildlife Viewing, Game Drive & Photography.

Similar Destinations:  

KenyaBotswanaNamibiaZimbabweZambia , Uganda & South Africa.

 

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