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“Wonderful experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Waterbuck Safaris Day Tours

Waterbuck Safaris Day Tours
62 Alykhan Road | Upanga, Dar es Salaam 3272, Tanzania
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Dar es Salaam is the commercial capital of the country; it wields immense political and economical power. The atmosphere is pleasant in the city with picturesque Harbour, exotic beaches, and historical buildings such as state house, Ocean Road hospital and churches, as well as the most famous sculpture of Askari Monument. It is the city renowned for its lively nightlife.
Madrid, Spain
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“Wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

Had a weekend free after an international conference in Dar es Salaam and decided to take the time available and go on a weekend safari to Mikumi National Park with Waterbuck Safaris. This trip was amazing, our guide/driver 'J4' was absolutely brilliant he was a conscientious, courteous and safe driver. His knowledge of the park and animals was limitless, we saw lions, elephants, buffalo of the big five and plenty of other animals and birds. We thoroughly recommend this two day one night safari you pack a lot into the hours but J4 is in control of everything. One thing you should take note of, and that is the time required for travel between Dar es Salaam and Mikumi is closer to 7 hours than 4, this includes two rest breaks.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Sealous Safari & Zanzibar 2 week Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

After shopping around with a number of UK based operators for a 2 week Tanzania/Zanzibar trip, we contacted Shafina at Waterbucks to see what a local based agent could offer. The options and price were very competitive and the reviews on trip advisor were all good so we took the plunge with Waterbucks. We much prefer to use local agents if possible - if you get a good one, they know they country and the hotels intimately - and you are helping sustain a local business.

The trip suggested was pretty close to what we wanted, but Shafina was very patient tweaking the trip to meet our every changing requirements. We were also worried about pick-ups and safety (we booked just after the horrific acid attack on the two British girls in Stone Town) and had a host of questions from clothing recommendations to currency requirements - all of these concerns were dealt with efficiently and all of our questions answered promptly.

Arriving in Dar Es Salaam, our first driver was waiting for us and despite arriving late Sunday afternoon Shafina was at the office to provide us with all our of trips details and tickets.

Next day we flew to the Selous Serena Luxury Camp - which was a fantastic recommendation. Very friendly and attentive staff, a truly luxurious tent, wonderful food and great game drives. We saw 4 of the big 5 and the camp had a resident elephant who would stroll in to drink from the pool!

From Selous we took a flight to Zanzibar - where again a driver was waiting for us. Waterbucks booked us into the Tempo hotel - which was very nice. A good 3/4 star hotel - newly refurbished and very clean - just what we needed for our base in Stone Town. A walking tour of Stone Town and trip to Prison Island were included. The guide was great so we booked a spice tour with the same company. From Stone Town we went out for a couple of nights to the Eco Island of Chumbe. This was a very special place indeed - candle lit dinner on the beach, amazing snorkelling and only 3 other couples on the Island! Again, pick ups and boat transfers went very smoothly.

After Chumbe we were picked up (again the driver was waiting for us) and taken up to La Gemma for a little bit of luxury to end the trip.

Our ride back to Zanzibar airport was on time and we were dropped off at the airport in good time for our flight home.

Waterbuck's did a great job recommending some wonderful places, tailoring our trip to our particular need and budgets and using reliable operators for transfers.

Very special trip - thank you so much....

Visited September 2013
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San Francisco, California, United States
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“3 Days Safari in Mikumi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was our first ever Safari and we had no idea what we were doing. Waterbuck helped us with our planning and made it all very easy. Their recommendations were spot on. Jumanne Mvungi (J4) was our guide and he was also top notch! He is very knowledgable about the park, the animals and Tanzania in general. He was also able to spot all sorts of animals from afar and then get us very close to the action. Finally, he was very friendly and fun, and he clearly holds a deep appreciation for the wildlife in the parks.
Five stars for Waterbuck Safaris and Jumanne!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A fantastic last minute trip to Selous...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Gulzar and Nurez were extremely helpful arranging our Safari to the Serena Luxury camp. With the last minute discount....the trip was an amazing bargain. Highly recommended.

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San Diego, California
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“Awesome, amazing...more than expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This was our first African safari and Shafina a Waterbuck planned the perfect itinerary. We are actually still here as I write this because after our 6-day safari to Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire she booked us for 4-nights in Zanzibar...two in Stone Town to tour and learn about the history and two at the Blue Bay Resort for R&R before our long trip home to California. All of our accommodations on the trip have been top notch. The attention to detail in planning that Shafina did was perfect. Our guide, Sammy, on safari was fun to be with, very knowledgable and had the eyes of an eagle, finding several leopards lounging in trees that we would never have seen without his guidance. His driving skills were also excellent. If you book a safari with Waterbuck, definitely ask for Sammy.

I can't say enough. Waterbuck helped us plan the trip of a lifetime.

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