Written on: June 11, 2015
I visited in January 2015
My husband and I, along with a best friend that we have had many trips with, decided to go to Africa again in January of 2015. Having been in S. Africa on safari twice, we didn't know how different, or much better, Tanzania might be.
We had contacted 2 tour companies, that we have used in several international trips, to put an itinerary together with pricing. I happened to be researching other safari tour companies at the same time and came across Deo’s company, Earthlife Expeditions, on a website that listed safari operators. Though there were few reviews written, it still interested me enough to shoot them an email. Catherine, Deo’s wife, responded immediately and sent an awesome itinerary. We were amazed at the quality of the accommodations (I always look them up on Trip Advisor before I go any further ) and the places planned for safari. We Skyped the office and talked with Deo and Catherine, "in person" right then. We saw that they were real people, with an extensive amount of information on Tanzania. (We were somewhat concerned about this being a scam before we talked with them; it seemed too good to be true!) The Skype call helped make our decision. I would encourage you to Skype them. We wired the deposit to them.
Every day offered us an amazing experience! Deo planned the safaris to include the Great Migration, most of which was in Ndutu area at this time of the year, January. We saw literally millions of wildebeest and zebras! We saw an enormous amount of wildlife here, including one of the best cheetah/impala hunts ever! There we stayed in a mobile tented camp for 2 nights, which was the most rustic of our accommodations, but it was so fun! The food was excellent. From Ndutu, we went into the Serengeti for more safaris. We spoke to some people who were very disappointed because their tour company only took them to the Serengeti and they didn't see a single wildebeest. I am a hippo lover and once I made that claim to Deo, we were given many, many opportunities to hang out near hippo pools and get our fill. Flexibility!
The Ngorongoro Crater is not to be missed.
My husband, Tom, and I have been to South Africa twice, once to the Jo’burg area, where we spent time in Kruger, on safari, and another game park in Swaziland, along with many other stops. Our second trip to SA was the Cape Town area. We had safaris at 2 different lodges on that trip. Tanzania outdoes SA 100 times over! In my experience, there is no comparison.
Deo offered the most complete safaris, with a range of comfortable accommodations, for the best value that we found. Our price included an inner-country flight to Zanzibar and 5 nights there in a gorgeous resort. Of course, that did not include our flights to and from Tanzania, and I think only about 5 meals were not included, mostly lunches in Zanzibar.
Deo knows his stuff! He is honest, trust-worthy, has a perfect command of English, and a great sense of humor. He was a safari guide for something like 15 years before opening his company. He owns 10 Toyota Land Cruisers, ours was perfect for the 10 game drives we were on. The roof opens up for stand-up viewing, and provides much-needed shade. Bottled water is always available in the truck.
We had a lot of flexibility within the itinerary. We love culture and meeting local people, etc. Deo became aware of this from our first few days of asking him to pull over and take pictures of local tribes. He then arranged for us to spend a day with the Hadzabe Tribe ( look them up! ) and actually go on a hunt with them in the bush, on foot. It was one of the neatest things we have ever done. This was not in our itinerary, but Deo made it work.
From our experience, you can’t go wrong using them. We felt very lucky to have found them online, since there are many, many to choose from. The entire trip was well-planned and most enjoyable. They are the perfect company to work with if you want a private tour, without going on safari with 20 other people.I would not hesitate to use Earthlife Expeditions for your trip to Tanzania.
Deo and his team do a great job. They have extremely knowledgeable guides and will cater to every last detail you request. My wife and I went on a private expedition with them and it still ranks as our favorite trip to date. (Traveled to over 30 countries so this is actually saying a lot) The trucks and accommodations with any tour company are the same. The main...
We came upon a mother lioness that had 3 cubs less than a week old and watched them for about an hour while they nursed. Another time a lioness led us to her "den" on tall grass, made a call and out came her 3 cubs, which were about 4 months old.