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Absolute Africa vs Kawira Safaris - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.7
Lodging — 4.7
Transportation — 4.7
Meals — 4.7
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Race to the bottom

3.0 September 2018
D
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
73 days from Nairobi, Kenya to Cape Town, South Africa, Jan through Mar
Do you enjoy people not following rules that affect you directly?
Disregard of 10pm curfew, smoking and noise restrictions, or environmental welfare?
Recurring theft of your well-marked belongings (food, drinks, power cords, etc.)?
Repeat damages to your stuff due to negligence (sleeping bag, backpacks, etc.)?
Incessant juvenile jokes about farts, vomit, drunkenness, burps, sex, or making fun of others?
Constant loud music rather than enjoyment of nature?
Purposeful ignoring of guide’s requests to the extent that it may endanger you…
Person buying drugs in broad daylight and near cop – you could be made guilty by association
Person drinking while driving, guilty by association if open container found by authorities
Lack of food because some people abuse how much they take or stash away
Waiting for the people who are not prepared, not following the schedule or could care less that they are enjoying themselves while you WAIT – hey you paid the same price, but they enjoy while you WAIT
People not sharing the workload saying they have more important things to do like washing hair, downloading pictures, making phone calls. Once again you paid the same price, but they enjoy while you WORK
People who make you miss optional events you sign up for because they came back too late or crossed your name out of events you have signed up for replacing it with their own?
People claiming that they don’t have money to give tips (the way many survive in Africa) while they carry thousands of dollars of equipment, have money for drinks every night, buy drugs, give each other’s birthday gifts, etc. Embarrassing to be associated with these uncaring people. What bad reputation!
People pushing elder of a village out of the way to take picture? Others entering locals’ homes without asking? Clearly invading their privacy, acting as if these people don’t matter.
People refusing to share tents, storage areas, workload, space to take pictures, etc. The me, me, me syndrome leading to people being hurt due to pushing to be there first, etc.
Most of this could have been address by the guide but he chose not to be involved so it festered for 73 days, making the bullies get all they wanted and the non-bullies, second citizens – incredibly sad.
THANKFULLY, Africa, its people and nature are AMAZING, and you push that aside long enough to enjoy it until you return to the bus and face the sad reality of your tour cohorts.
Overall, this felt like a race to the bottom or the lowest common denominator instead of an uplifting experience.
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Tour Absolute Africa Company Reviews

Amazing

5.0 August 2018
B
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I did the Wildlife Journey, about 2 months from Kampala to Cape Town. It was an amazing itinerary and exceeded my expectations in terms of animal sightings, scenery, campsites, etc. Our guide Peter was absolutely 5 star!! He was extremely knowledgeable about the animals, history, local culture, etc. He was the best guide I've ever encountered on any tour anywhere, bar none.
The truck and camping equipment were excellent. The cooking teams did a wonderful job and the food was excellent throughout the trip.
My only suggestion would be to add another transit camp between Zanzibar and Lake Malawi because there were several very long travel days in that section. Either make the trip a day longer or spend two nights instead of three at Kande Beach.
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Tour Absolute Africa Company Reviews

Had a blast!!

5.0 January 2018
N
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Myself and my husband recently finished the 18 day Kenya/ Tanzania Safari and had a blast!! We seen the big 5 on multiple occasions and got so close we could almost touch the animals (not literally but it felt that way). Shout out to our tour leader Emily who was full of energy 100% of the time (even when we were not). She made sure all our needs were catered too and cooked some pretty amazing meals for us. Second shout out to our driver Rob whom was an amazing driver and also socialite in the night. We definitely look to return in the future to finish off the southern end through Vic Falls and South Africa.
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Tour Absolute Africa Company Reviews

Excellent customer service

5.0 October 2017
S
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Its run in a very professional way. Excellent customer service...you'll get value for your money!

Tour Kawira Safaris Company Reviews

The guides were super accommodating and had great stories to tell

5.0 October 2017
D
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've been on a handful of Safaris in east Africa and my trip with Ian and Kawira was by far the best. The guides were super accommodating and had great stories to tell. Couldn't have chosen a better way to see the gorillas in Rwanda and would recommend Ian and his crew to anyone!
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Tour Kawira Safaris Company Reviews

I had a wonderful time

5.0 August 2017
B
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had a wonderful time during the trip. The guide was informative, friendly and attentive to our entire group! I definitely plan to be a returning customer and recommend this to my friends and family!
Tours 2 Trips 4 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 159 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Regional Expert
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Africa
  • Africa
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK Kigali, Rwanda
Year Established N/A N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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    About Absolute Africa

    Founded in 1979, Absolute Africa has been operating expertly led overland tours throughout Africa for over twenty five years.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They are staffed by an entirely local crew, letting you see a different side of Africa through local eyes. Apart from their popular overland tours, they also offer gorilla treks, Kilimanjaro climbs, and add-ons such as a beach stay on Zanzibar Island.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Typically younger travelers take these tours - though there is no age limit. Do be prepared to chip in and help with setting up camp, cleaning, and cooking. Overland tours involve some camping, and days can be long and not always comfortable - so go with an adventurous spirit!  

    Where Do They Operate?

    They focus exclusively in Africa, with tours ranging from 9-11 weeks to 1-3 weeks.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you’re itching for an adventure, and are looking for a completely unique experience, Absolute Africa is sure to deliver. You’ll meet like-minded adventurous travelers who enjoy overland travel, and get to truly be a part of making the trip meaningful as you contribute to all aspects of the journey.

    About Kawira Safaris

    Kawira Safaris offer tours around Africa, specifically Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and East Africa. They offer personalized customer service to ensure that their clients experience nothing but the best. No matter what location you pick, each tour captures the beauty and culture of the destination. They also offer a wide-range of activities and adventures so there is never a dull moment.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They offer private and group guided tours around Africa. They specialize in wildlife safaris and primate trekking. But they also provide scenic hiking tours as well as camping trips. They make booking a trip fast and efficient while also being budget-friendly. They offer 24/7 support before and during your trip. The travel leaders are both experts in their subject and accommodating to their guests.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Adventure seekers who have a passion for nature and wildlife will gravitate to Kawira Safaris. They offer both safari tours and lodging for individuals who like a detailed itinerary. They are also family-friendly.

    Where Do They Operate?

    They operate exclusively in Africa. They offer tours in Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and East Africa.

    Why Travel With Them?

    Individuals who want to experience Africa’s abundant wildlife should look into Kawira Safaris. They offer a wide-range of tours that focus on the natural beauty of Africa. Each tour also captures the culture and history of each location.


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