Written on: September 10, 2014
I visited in August 2014
Planning a trip to Tanzania for the first time I was extremely excited to take advantage of all that the country had to offer. Over three weeks I wanted to do it all... Safari, a chance to climb Kilimanjaro, and then relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar. Planning this excursion was a daunting task though as there were so many different operators to choose from!
I sent numerous emails to different companies from budget to luxury operators, but only one stood out from the beginning, Elkan Safari. Victor was the first to reply to any email I had and always had an answer for any of my questions. He made me feel very comfortable throughout the process and I couldn't be happier with my decision to book his services.
Safari- Derrick, our guide, was amazing! He was very well versed about the areas we were traveling and always seemed to know right were to go to find the best animals away from the crowd. Our chef was fantastic and the food was great.
Kilimanjaro- Victor hooked it up! We had a full staff of guides, porters, food, and gear. Anything that we needed for the trek he was able to provide.Victor also set our tents and gear up at our hotel beforehand so that we could see what we would be traveling with and made sure that we would be comfortable.
Our guides Kunda and Omi were the best! Kunda was so reassuring throughout the entire climb. He also knew about all the vegetation in the area and the trek turned out to be much more insightful then I had imagined. I honestly can't say enough about the two of them... don't go up the mountain without those guys! There was sooo much food too. I couldn't believe it. So good!
*Dingy is also the man!*
I could go on and on. At the end of our safari and again when we finished our climb Victor was there to meet us with Champagne and a smile. I feel like family with the whole crew. I had such a great time and I'm sure it would not have been the same if I had booked with anyone else. They really made the service feel specialized and we weren't just another group to them. I can't say "Thank You" enough!