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6 days Kilimanjaro hike (Machame route) and 5 days safari

Rusko
Visited: Oct 2015 Reviewed: Jul 12, 2016

We did the 6 day Kilimanjaro hike (Machame route) and the 5 day safari tour (Lake Manyara ,Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater).

Price was under $2500 per person for all the basics and no hidden changes for parks. It covered everything except of course tips. We did spent around $450 for tips average for safari, Kilimanjaro, taxis and hotel. Price is good since you get both Kilimanjaro and Safari. And you get not much more for paying a lot more $$$ from the big commercial agencies.

All in all you get same lunch food from all tour companies, same service(now it depends how professional and nice is the crew. Ours were very nice people) but pricing varies a lot between companies. So choosing reasonable pricing with good tour package works best in all cases. Indeed the matter of professionalism and maintenance and availability of gear is the most important aspect when choosing between similar price offers. So after careful research World Tours and Safaris was our choice. Would we recommend them? Yes.

When doing our research it was also very important for us the people that will be our crew are treated and paid fair by their employer.

About Kilimanjaro trip (9/10):
I did succeed climbing Kilimanjaro all the way to Uhuru peak thanks to my crew and my preparedness. Please make sure you bring your prescripted diamox and ibuprofen pills from your home country. It is very important to have them with you no matter what anybody says, no matter you think or read in Internet that you need them or not, because in the end you may need them with high probability. That was our case too.

Food at the Kilimanjaro hike was very good. It is not fine dining but it is more than delicious for the conditions. My favorite was the cucumber soup we had one evening.

Kilimanjaro guides did excellent job. Their number one priority was to get us to the summit and that says enough how much they are reliable.

All the crew was friendly and willing to help if needed. I can absolutely confirm these guys work so hard you have no idea. And I've asked about their ages. They are around 24-35 years old. We were 3 people with 14 people crew. I sincerely thank the porters, cook and guides for all hard work and making our difficult mission in Tanzania fun, easy and possible.

How worth is to pay for mobile toilet? We didn't pay for that and we did not need one. What was available as public restrooms was pretty decent compared to what we've expected. I saw several mobile toilets and by what I saw will tell some of them were more "abused" than the public ones. But if you are a pretentious princess or old lady that has hard time squatting, go for it!

About the safari (10/10), Jeep condition(10/10):
The guide and cook we had in this trip did fantastic job. Jeep was in pristine maintained condition. Sometimes the path was so rough we were surprised the jeep was doing so well and never broke and moving fast when we had to go from point A to point B.

Guide did everything possible for us to see the big five (and we did see all the big five animals). My highlight was interesting fight between a young male lion just killed a buffalo and pack of hyenas. Guide has radio (a must for all good safari guides) station which is important for him to get us to the interesting events happening during the game rides. They call them game rides because it is hit or miss regarding what you will see during these rides. I've asked our guide how much experience he has in business. He said 15 years as I can remember.

Cook really poured from his heart into making good dinner, lunch and breakfast. We had some Swahili traditional dishes and food was delicious!
The last day at the Ngorongoro crater camp there was raining cats and dogs and these guys were all wet outside putting all the luggage back in the jeep. We got dry in the jeep as our luggage was dry too. Kudos to these guys!

From our crews I did not hear any whining about tips and insisting when to give them. Of course we had short talk the last days because that is something that has to be arranged properly and we wanted to be arranged properly. These guys are professionals and they did not try to make us feel like ATMs. As expected we also wanted to be good clients and we were prepared to tip them accordingly too before our trip to Tanzania!

Thank you Richard for putting this trip together and providing us with excellent crew.

An advice about hotel accommodation between the tours. The default hotel we were provided had the basics and overall met out needs, but also was cheapest and we did not have to pay extra for something better. But in case please inform yourself, inquire and do research what hotel will meet your needs.

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Best safari experience with World Tours!

Dianatrls
Visited: Dec 2017 Reviewed: Dec 11, 2017

Thanks to the team at world tours we had an amazing 6-day safari. Our driver Stanley and our chef Sokofo were very good and friendly. They did their best for us and we saw the big five. The food was very good. It was incredible and we really loved our safari. All is provided from the agency (tents, pillow, mattress, food, water.....). During the safari we felt very... read more

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Be careful of World Tours and Safaris, especially the manager Richard Kilonzo

Dror
Visited: Jul 2017 Reviewed: Aug 07, 2017

We did a safari tour of 6 days in Tanzania. We got a very good impression and a good price from Mr. Kilonzo. He promised a lot, including a good car and doing his best to see the big migration. Getting there we got a car in a very poor condition, ignition and brake problems. Mr. Kilonzo promised us to see the great migration but getting to the Serengeti we understo... read more

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Horrible experience with World Tours and Safaris Tanzania

Mirijf84
Visited: Jan 2017 Reviewed: Jan 11, 2017

Very unhappy with Richard Kilonzo and his Safari company:
We booked a 7- day Safari with Richard Kilonzo. To start with, we arranged that somebody from his company would pick us up at the bus station and take us to our hotel; nobody came. Someone from the bus station that didn't work for him took us to his office. The entrance to the office is embarrassing, full ... read more

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Fantastic budget safari

Analafuente
Visited: Nov 2014 Reviewed: Feb 10, 2016

We (two friends) used World Tours and Safaris in November for a 6-day safari (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro). Having consulted different websites and reviews, we decided to contact WTS. Richard came quickly back and gave the most economical package according to our demands, exactly as we wanted.

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Bliss in the bush

Rajivawijesinha
Visited: Oct 2014 Reviewed: Feb 09, 2016

In just three days we saw the Crater plus a couple of parks, lions hunting, wildebeest migrating in hordes, stately giraffes interspersed with zebra, and splendid hippopotami. The light was spectacular, the birdlife multifarious. The driver was also a superb guide, able to work out when the lions would hunt, and where the elusive leopard and cheetah lurked. Food wa... read more

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Safari in Tanzania

Thaddeus
Visited: Sep 2014 Reviewed: Feb 06, 2016

In 2014, with my wife we had the pleasure, together with the office World Tours And Safaris, for 4 days to visit Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
On the fifth day we went to see Kilimanjaro.
In the office they are working very friendly and competent people, including the owner Richard. Office complied with all obligations and program.
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Trip of a lifetime:a month of safaris, treks & climbs

Michaelburke
Visited: Jul 2014 Reviewed: Oct 01, 2014

I went to see the great Migration, visit the mighty Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti again, Climb Kilimanjaro, walk the Ngorongoro Highlands, climb the Masai Mountain of God " Eldoinyo lengai”. Tanzania has these and much more.
It's a few months now since my trip of a lifetime with World Tours & Safaris and now the whole experience has time to sink in. What are my ... read more

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