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“All we expected...and more” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Duma Explorer - Day Tours

Duma Explorer - Day Tours
PPF Oloirien Estate, Office #22, Arusha, Tanzania
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Based in Arusha, the gateway to Tanzania's famous national parks, Duma Explorer was founded in 2004. Owners Stacy Readal, an American, and Hezron Mbise, a Tanzanian, live permanently in Arusha and bring more than four decades of tourism and business experience to Duma Explorer. Our highly personalized safaris and treks offer a unique window into the landscape, wildlife and culture of this extraordinary region. Safaris Each of our safari guides has at least ten years of experience as a safari guide in Northern Tanzania, ensuring that you will be guided by skilled tourism professionals throughout your trip. Mountain Climbs Our passionate and highly trained mountain crew totals 150 people, including guides, cooks and porters. Many of our guides began their careers with us as porters in 2004. Our mountain guides each have a minimum of 7 years of experience hiking Kilimanjaro. Duma's chief guides and most assistant guides are Wilderness First Responder certified. Duma is a proud partner for responsible travel with Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. Duma is one of only a few companies to qualify for partnership and it regularly meets all the requirements of fair treatment of porters. Our equipment on Kilimanjaro includes Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 sleeping tents, Marmot and North Face mountaineering mess tents, tables, chairs, extra thick mattresses, toilet tents and emergency oxygen.
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“All we expected...and more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We were delighted with our 13-day safari as organized by Duma. They were the first to respond when I sent out an initial query to 5 companies, and Stacy gave us everything we asked for--a specific itinerary, a guide knowledgeable about birds, walking safaris, etc. She was also incredibly patient and prompt in answering my subsequent hundreds of questions. Our vehicle was comfortable, our guide miraculous. Thanks to Ebeneezer we had some amazing experiences (such as being the only vehicle waiting patiently while a cheetah dozed in the distance, then watching it wake up and amble toward us and cross the road right in front of us). And thanks to his sharp eyes and patience, we identified over 180 bird species (quite remarkable since we are not very professional about bird watching)!
I should mention his driving skills also, easing the vehicle through mud and roads turned into rivers while cars were getting stuck all around us.
All in all, we are happy clients indeed.

Visited February 2014
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“Love DUMA!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Recently climbed Kilimanjaro with DUMA explorers!!!!! They're fantastic!!!!! Super nice, knowledgable, and organized. Our guides, Peter and Msuri, were awesome and so supportive as well as the rest of the team. I HIGHLY recommend going with DUMA. We made it to the summit with this amazing team!!!! GO DUMA!!!!

Visited February 2014
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Beijing, China
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“A very eyes' open trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The guide is very experienced with more than 10 years of related experiences. We saw all the big five and many other interesting animals.

The guide is knowledgeable with the animals and can tell interesting stories about animals

The guide's driving skills are good. He managed to drive out of very muddy road

Visited January 2014
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“Classic Safari Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Duma Explorer gets my highest recommendation.

We, a group of six, were treated to a wonderful safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Our excellent guide, Michael, expertly led us on an all-too-brief 5 day journey that encompassed just about every spectacular sight and animal sighting we could ask for. Lions, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, even a couple of distant and elusive black rhinos. And then, when we got stuck in the mud during a sudden and unseasonable downpour (near our camp, luckily), he went above and beyond to make sure all turned out well. We all agreed that Stacy, the head honcho, runs a great company - and we told her so when we got a chance to meet her on our last day.

Go on an adventure with Duma Explorer, you won't be sorry.

Visited January 2014
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Shanghai, China
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“A wonderful trip with a wonderful tour company”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I highly recommend Duma Explorer to anyone who wants to do safari in Tanzania.

I emailed to around 5 tour agents before the trip. Duma was very responsive, patient and detailed. Duma offered inexpensive price, lowest deposite percentage and most convenient way of payment. It did not ask for extra charge for deposite by credit card unlike the 3-6% extra charge requested by other tour companies. The main camp they recommended Chaka Camp is excellent. It was the best accomodation we had in the trip. Duma is also flexible with changing the accomendation. Before the trip, I told them I wanted to change the lodge in Arusha. They were very happy to make change.

During the trip, our guide Malles was excellent, with good knowledge of all kinds of animals. He was also very responsive to our requests. He had been a tour guide for more than 10 years. He was also an experienced driver and once saved us from being stuck in mud.

We had a good time in the safari. Many thanks to Duma!

Visited January 2014
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