My girlfriend and I did a camping safari to Lake Manayara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro with Duma Explorer in January 2013. We did the safari with another couple, with whom Stacy Readal from from Duma Explorer office was gracious enough to hook us up with in order to reduce the per person cost of the safari. Before the safari, our questions were responded to in a timely manner, we received all relevant information and confirmations to payments made. During the safari everything went smoothly, the car was in pristine condition including charging possibilities and even had binoculars for use, drinking water was included, camping equipment were in order and most importantly our driver/guide, Sufuni and cook, Remy were very nice and professional in their respective responsibilities. Sufuni was very knowledgeable about the wildlife. We saw all the animals we wanted to see and despite the time constraints, Sufuni must have had to make it back to the campistes before dark, the atmosphere constantly remained relaxed and we always seemed to have enough time to stop to take pictures if we wanted to. At the same time, Remy conjured great meals for us when we were only expecting something extremely basic.
The only thing we could complain about is the camping site on the crater rim in Ngorongoro Conservation Area which, despite of the beautiful location, is crowded and noisy resembling a festival site more than African wilderness. However, as it is the only public campsite on the crater rim, we can hardly blame Duma Explorer for this fact. And indeed we already knew about the fact already before the safari. Additionally, we have read reviews in which people complain about it being cold at Ngorongoro crater rim, toilets lacking paper or no hot water from the shower. However, we never considered these issues problematic and in fact expected them from a camping safari. By reading the information provided by the safari operator and from other sources and subsequently preparing accordingly the aforementioned issues really are no cause for concern.
As such, we can recommend a camping safari with Duma Explorer for anyone wanting a great wildlife experience.
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