Written on: December 15, 2015
I visited in November 2015
It was our first trip to Africa and we wanted to see as much animals as possible at this time of the year (November). We picked 7-Days Tanzania Nomadic Safari organised by Kapolondo Expeditions which covered Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Park and a visit to Hadzabe and Datoga tribes near Lake Eyasi on the last day of the tour. The communication with Tony, the owner, was fast and smooth by mail and he even called me on my mobile a few days before our arrival to confirm everything.
We were picked up by our driver/guide, James, from the hotel in Arusha and he accompanied us til the Kili airport on the day of our departure. He's a nice guy, an experienced safari guide and was always on time! The itinerary was followed as agreed. The only thing is that 5 out of 6 accommodation spots indicated in the plan initially, were changed, and we were not informed about that prior to our arrival. The standard of lodges was good after all, but we didn't feel comfortable with plan modifications without any advance notice.
It would be advisable to have a pair of binoculars during safari. It's a pity they didn't provide that. Be prepared for small problems with the car during the tour - for example we didn't feel safe with the broken wipers during the rain... Other little problems our driver managed to fix himself :)
Anyway, we found our safari tour good value for money taking into consideration the length, types of accommodation and received service. We recommend to spend at least 6 days on safari to cover Tarangire, Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Parks. Instead of visiting Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, you can consider visiting Masai village on the way to Serengeti Park. We enjoyed our safari very much, and besides a few remarks listed above, we find Kapolondo Expeditions as a good safari operator and recommend this company.
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