Written on: October 18, 2013
I visited in May 2012
We had the same concerns about payment and some other concerns (read below ;o)) but they are a very fair company. We decided to write a long review because we couldn’t find one online either and they really deserve a review. We took a 5 day private safari (for two persons) in Serengeti and Ngorongoro with Tanzania on Foot during the last week of June 2012. And we planed and booked the safari from Denmark over the internet. It was our first time traveling with Tanzania on Foot so we were pleased to find out that every agreement we made during our planning process was met to the fullest and sometimes even exceeded our expectations. We have added some examples below of how Tanzania on Foot handled our concerns but for the reader how doesn’t want to read it all ;o) we will end by warmly recommending both planning and traveling with Tanzania on Foot.
The safari vehicle: Reading from other safari company reviews we were concerned that we would be given an old safari vehicle which would breakdown or be uncomfortable during the long game drives. Tanzania on Foot promised that they only had new cars and they were checked before and after each safari. And to our surprise Tanzania on Foot showed up the first day with two brand new cars (one for 8 and one for 6 persons) and told us to pick the one we wanted. The other would then be on standby in case of a breakdown during our safari. However our car was in such a good condition that we didn’t need to test this extra (free of charge) insurance.
The Lodges: Less than a week before our safari a violent robbery occurred at one of our lodges. A friend from Arusha/Tanzania warned us about this robbery and when we contacted Tanzania on Foot the day after the robbery they had already booked a new lodge for us. They were planning to tell us about the incident upon arrival and give us the choice to pick between the two bookings (without any extra cost). We chose the new booking and it was just as good as the previous planned lodge.
Cutting corners during the safari: We read that some safari companies would only drive a certain amount of kilometers and leave the parks early in order to save money on fuel and park fees (thereby increasing their profit). We were promised no driving limit and that we got. Not once did we drive out the gates with more than 30 minutes to spare and even during transport (towards The Great Migration) we did game drives off the main road.
The guide: For a great safari we knew we would need an experienced guide and Tanzania on Foot promised that they only had guides with more than 5 years experience. During our safari we found out that Tanzania on Foot pays their guides a fair salary which means that they can attract some of the more experienced guides. Our Guide (Abi) had 8 years of experience and with a VIP scrapbook like his then we knew we were in good hands (If he has taking you on a safari you know what we mean ). Our guide spotted the big five on day 1 and even though this also requires a great deal of luck then we are sure that some of the less experienced guides drove past the rhino we saw that day without spotting it (our “city eyes” needed binoculars to confirm it ). By the end of our safari we had seen (of the big five) 3 leopards, 5 rhinos, 20+ lions, 100+ elephants, 200+ buffaloes and many others (including a cheetah) Our guide always had the car ready on time and all the preparations were done so that we could spend time on the game drives. He was the kind of person you like to spend 5 days with. He was funny, always in a good mood and willing to share his vast knowledge of the area and animals.
Conclusion: We do not have one thing that we can complain about for our safari. Every promise Tanzania on Foot made to us they kept and we will recommend you to plan your safari with them anytime. Tanzania on Foot gave us a great safari vehicle, found some good lodges, never cut any corners in order to increase their profit and gave us a fantastic guide. Thank you for a perfect safari vacation.