eTrip Africa

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Personal, professional, competent, and simply marvelous.

Written on: November 20, 2013   |   I visited in November 2013 Any time you start planning a trip to Africa, and in this case I chose Tanzania if for no other reason than I'd already taken myself to South Africa several times as well as Botswana, it's a bit of a crap shoot. I always buy a Lonely Planet guide, which in this case wasn't as useful as other countries, for the simple fact that the best places to go require guides. To wit, the Southern Circuit, Kilimanjaro and then there are innumerable little activities that you need help finding, and since there is a a plethora of guides to choose from, you really do need good professional help. If you're on a budget, you have a choice. You can be a damned fool and try to go too cheaply, or you can bit the bullet and put some money in to making this a really good trip- but avoid making the ridiculous mistake of spending huge wads of cash on a Thompson's simply because they are big and that means they're god. It means absolutely nothing. What I've found is that smaller boutique operators will bust their backsides make personal handmade trips for your unique tastes while these very big boys sell you their big fat agendas (believe me I did some research and that's precisely what I got) rather than work with you. Ben Jennings, the owner of E-Trip, did what I do with my clients: the assessment phase of figuring out that I am 60, a serious athlete, an adventurer, hate crowds, been before, and love out of the way places and out of this world experiences. I ended up with the Southern Circuit, a three day camel safari (right smack up my alley, I was happy as a pig in poo) and a six day climb up Kili.
This deserves special mention because not all Kili tour operators are the same by any stretch, from the massively expensive folks to the cheapie run you up and leave you at base camp guys. In short, what I loved about E-Trip Africa's team on the mountain was that this crew has worked together for six years, they are well paid (they don't live on tips alone, which means a LOT here), they are friends and like each other. The cook is amazing, we didn't eat one single boiled egg. You like soup? You're gonna get every kind of wonderful soup and you will lick the bowl after your third serving."
Msaying he's GOOD. The guides are top notch- not only are they well educated, but they are funny, well matched and extremely attentive about your physiology and state of mind.
I cranked my knee at the top just coming off the summit and I got help all the way down, it was gracious and wonderful, and I am delighted with every aspect of the personalized care that I got. As a solo climber, Ben's wife accompanied me to the summit, which made my trip even more fun.
Meet and greet team
5 Stars
Quality of vehicles
5 Stars
Responsiveness of staff
5 Stars
Knowledge of guide
5 Stars
Quality of itinerary
5 Stars
Overall rating
5 Stars
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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Oct 2016.
E-Trip Africa organised an amazing 2 week tour of Uganda for us. Starting in Kibale, the Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi, Mburo and finally Wildwaters Lodge on the Nile.

The whole trip was brilliant, and felt like a bespoke tour tailored to exactly what we wanted. Ben answered our many e mails and enquiries quickly and organised everything just how we wanted it.

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Feb 2015.
ETrip Africa did it again, this time Ben handed my itinerary over to Aurelie (with whom I summitted Kili in 2013) and she did a superb job of organizing a three country itinerary for me this past February 2015. This itinerary took me on a guided road trip with my Ugandan guide Alex Guma through Rwandan hills, trekking chimps, kayaking a lovely lake, trekking goril... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Oct 2014.
The bottom line: this is a glowing review of a longer than average trip (38 days) that was thoughtfully planned, meticulously arranged, and expertly executed. I have attempted to write the review I wanted to read when I was researching this. That is, one that contains information allowing me to relate our situation and desires to the experience of the reviewer so ... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
E-Trip Africa organized a mind blowing tour to Tanzania and Rwanda for us this summer. The manager Ben and our Guide Rajai were at the airport to greet us when we arrived and joined us for a welcome dinner in Arusha at Arusha Coffee Lodge, which is a beautiful lodge located in a Coffee Plantation just outside of Arusha. We spent two nights at Arusha Coffee Lodge in... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
I am a Catholic priest and was giving a retreat to Mother Teresa's sisters in Kenya when I thought it would be nice to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. After contacting five recommended safari operators, I chose E-Trip Africa because the manager, Ben, called me back within a few hours and talked honestly with me. I've been greatly impressed by how he runs the company: he's a... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
For my 50th birthday, I wanted to do something very special. I had never done anything big and I realized it was now or never. Well there is nothing bigger than Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Little did I imagine how life-changing a trip up Mount Kilimanjaro could be. After tons of research, I cautiously chose E-Trip Africa to run my trek. You are putting your life ... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
Since I was a child, I had dreamt of traveling to Africa. But life passes and those dreams fade. On my 50th birthday, I realized that life was passing quickly and I was missing out, which was my reminder of my dreams of African elephants and the Snows of Kilimanjaro.

I happened to get the contact of E-Trip Africa by a chance encounter at business dinner. On... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Aug 2013.
Embarking on a journey as daunting as Mt Kilimanjaro took a degree of level headedness in almost every stage, from choosing a travel company to gear selection to final summit night courage, but the reward of Uhuru Peak and the view from the Roof of Africa makes every test more than worth it. The best piece of advice I could give anyone contemplating the climb is to... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jun 2013.
I have wanted to see the wildlife of Africa since a child and eTrip Africa made my dream come true! I gave them list of species I wanted to see, and they designed a trip for me. We did several parks in Kenya, including Lake Bogoria and Masai Mara, and in Tanzania, including Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and then made a quick side trip to Uganda to see mountain goril... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jun 2013.
I spent a great month in Tanzani last June. I arrived with out any plans as I usually do when I travel. Come to find out this is not any easy place to make plans, especially if you are traveling alone. Anyway, I ended up doing quite a lot. It was all about finding the right people.

I joined a group for a Kilimanjaro trek on the Machame 7 day route. The tr... read more

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eTrip Africa

- We offer private/custom safaris
- We offer group tours/safaris
- Our main focus is: Mid-level safaris
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Bring pain cream. A sleeping bag liner. An iPod. Extra batteries for your camera. Less clothing, more money. NO cotton. Use Octane drinks for Kili. For god's sake, leave your makeup at home.

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