Written on: March 18, 2016
I visited in February 2016
From our first enquiry the communication was fast, clear and helpful. We were very fortunate to have James as our tour driver. He was knowledgeable on all the subjects we threw at him - flora, fauna, politics, etc. and he accommodated our desire to take lots of photographs with good humour. He quickly learned the sorts of things we looked out for. He had a big challenge in the Serengeti part of the tour as many animals had migrated south but we were able to see all of the Big Five plus lots of elephants, impala, wildebeest, warthogs, etc.
We were on the 7-day safari which we would recommend as there is a lot of driving and trying to pack too much into a shorter time would be very tiring. We also visited an orphanage for Masai children which appeared to be well run and the children we saw were happy. Many were away at school. Regarding the vehicle, check that the seat belts work as one of ours didn’t.
My only real gripe was our trip to the Masai village. We were asked just as we were leaving Arusha if we wanted to go to one and were charged an extra US $100 (2 of us) on the spot. (We had earlier asked if one was included and were told which day it would be so weren't budgeting extra for this.) When we got there the welcome and tour was not worth it in my opinion, we were asked for another donation in the schoolroom which showed no signs of any educational material whatsoever, the crafts were selling at 3 to 4 times what you would pay elsewhere and we were told that one of the necklaces we looked at was from a giraffe's toenail which was clearly false. There are masses of similar ones which are made from coconuts.
All along the roadside following the visit there were Masai holding out their hands for money which didn’t happen in other areas. So, be warned! If you want to go, and fair enough, negotiate a lower fee and bargain down a lot. The trip to the Hadzabe tribe at the end of the tour by contrast was more interesting, fun and different and you had the chance to interact with them so what you purchased was more memorable.
February mightn't be the best month for seeing lots of animals but we had the chance to witness lots of animal behaviours that we possibly wouldn't have if there were more around. Regarding the tip as raised in another review, ask Tony when you book so you are prepared for it. We suddenly realized it would be necessary and had to ask him during the trip. His suggestion was reasonable which we were happy with but again it would have been better to know from the start. Loved our time on the safari so if you get the opportunity, go for it.
I was in a group of 10 on a safari with Kapolondo Expeditions in end June 2016. We had fully paid for our safari a month before. However, at the Serengeti National Park, Tony told his driver to get all of us to pay for the entrance fee and he will repay us the next day. Otherwise, we will not be able to enter. Left without a choice, we paid over USD630 for the 10 o...
After good reviews on Internet, I contacted Tony Kopolondo in July 2015 and booked the 15-day Kenya and Tanzania safari tour. I transferred 50% of the tour cost to his bank account in Tanzania on July 11, 2015. The original tour departure date was June 22, 2016.
I sent my flight details in May 2016, one month before the tour schedule date and asked Tony to send m...
Let me start off by saying that I booked with this company based on the very specific itinerary that they offered and because of the great reviews. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!! Either "Tony" the company owner/manager decided that he didn't want to do his job and provide the exact itinerary that we booked and paid for, or "Tony" just doesn't have the clout and ability t...
We bought a luxury safari, especially because we travelled with a 9 month baby. We needed security and comfort.
But, instead, we had to stay in budget lodge (We paid 4720 USD per person). When we told him we were angry, he did nothing. During all the safari, he didn't respect his contract, he never informs us in advance of change. If he was correct, if an hotel i...
My friends and I (5 Malaysians, 4 Americans and 1 European nationalities) booked a safari for 10 persons with Kapolondo Expeditions (through Tony Kapolondo) from 27th June to 5th July 2016. We went on that safari and stayed three nights at Serengeti National Park and a few other national parks and venues. Unfortunately, we were scammed during the trip. Details are ...
Beware. We appreciated all the promises and communications with Tony before our trip.
Upon arrival (which was late), he changed prices, gave us a junky car that needed to be push started daily, changed every place we had hand picked to sleep at, was late in depositing funds onto the atm card our driver/guide had to use to enter the park, changed our time in Taran...
Kapolondo Expeditions is not a good travel agency. We had reserved a private safari with luxury lodges,
instead we had to travel with a another man in cheap lodge or hotel outside park. The itinery had been changed without our agreement.
For example, one day at Ngorongoro instead of two, and not in Sopa Lodge that we had reserved and paid. We were placed in a ve...
I move a lot for work, and I'm a very frequent traveler having been to probably 40-something countries and counting. It's kind of a tradition of mine that I take a trip every year on my birthday. Six months prior to it, I must have seen something online about Ngorongoro Crater or Zanzibar, and it really stuck in my head. After about a month of consideration I to...
The tour that was planned for us was stunning and the accommodations were fantastic. The communication was fine and everything was legit (if somebody is concerned). Also, the price compared with other safari companies was absolutely correct. The only thing you should know (and we did not because it was our first time in Africa) is that even your guide is included i...
- We offer private/custom safaris
- We offer group tours/safaris
- Our main focus is: Mid-level safaris
- We book international flights
- We book pre/post-safari attractions
- We have
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Sitting watching a baboon family just doing their own thing in the middle of the road. From the little ones squabbling or snuggling to their elders observing, intervening when necessary then wandering off it was amazing.