A culturally inspiring and adventurous experience of a lifetime!
I had the joy of going on a weekend safari hosted by Jafari and his colleagues to Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara national park, and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Tanzania! They were all extremely knowledgeable not only about the animals, but also about the local Masaai culture.
On our drive out we stopped at a Masaai village where we were welcomed with a traditional dance and then got to tour their village, which to this day is still one of the most powerful cultural experiences I have ever had. Jafari’s team was mindful to orient us prior to the visit so that we knew how to gratefully recognize their hospitality. In each game park our guides knew exactly where to find not only the larger animals, but I was amazed at how they could spot birds and reptiles perched in trees or along river banks out of the corner of their eyes while (safely!) driving! During the animal sightings they would share bits of information about the animals, proof of their wealth of native expertise. They gave us time to get all the pictures we could ever dream of, also offering to take pictures of us ON safari – always an important picture to remember!
All of these things are an essential part of a safari, but what made the whole experience was how gracious, kind, laid back and truly “Tanzanian” the whole team was. The camping accommodation was comfortable and clean, the food prepared by the cooks in the team was DELICIOUS and beyond my expectations, and they made us feel welcome and cared for in the relaxed African style. I have recommended his team to my friends who are keen to go on a safari, and I plan to travel back some day to go on another adventure with Jafari! Wageni, mwakaribishwa, Tanzania yetu, Hakuna Matata!!
Of my most memorable experiences in Tanzania (and there were many), one of my favourites was the safari I took with Jafari of Experience Africa Tours. I liked that this tour company, unlike others, was owned and operated by a local resident. We did a weekend tour which included visiting a Massai village, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. The tour was well organized and the tour guides were very knowledgable about the areas, the people and the animals. They were more than happy to answer any and all questions that you may have. The places we visited were just amazing. There are no words to describe the experience of being so close to the wildlife in such a picturesque backdrop as Tanzania. On our tour, we elected to stay in tents. These and the freshly prepared food, along with the prepared lunches, exceeded my expectations. Overall, it was an absolutely unforgettable experience and in my future returns to Tanzania, I will go on safari with none other than Jafari and Experience Africa Tours!