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“Superb company, expert guides, highly recommended!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of It Started in Africa - Private Day Tours

It Started in Africa - Private Day Tours
Office1: Sanawari Juu Street at Kisiri., P.O. Box 1526-Arusha Tanzania | Office2: New Safari Hotel Office Building. Boma Road, Arusha, Tanzania, Arusha 6090, Tanzania
+255 714 904 558
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Ranked #8 of 87 Activities in Arusha
Type: Adventure
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: It Started in Africa was a project dreamed by the minds and hearts of a Tanzanian and a Portuguese. The premises for this project were that everyone must be able to experience the most incredible places in the world and that, regardless of a safari being a luxurious or budget one, the price must be fair. What we promiss: Flexibility and all our dedication in every safari, cheerful and experienced guides, instructed cooks who deliver the best food, instant customer support, high-end binoculars and top equipment. We believe the local communities should be able to benefit from the increasing tourism. Our safaris usually include cultural programs that allow the travelers to visit local Maasai villages (authentic places, not touristic shows), which enables them to get a much more rewarding and richer safari experience while, at the same time, supporting the local community. We also make sure that our guides (which, we believe, are the most important asset in any safari) are paid above what most companies pay. Our guides are our stars and the ones who can transform a great safari in a life changing experience. It Started in Africa offers day tours to Ngorongoro Crater that can start on any day of the year, with or without advanced booking.
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“Superb company, expert guides, highly recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

From the moment we (four college professors on our first trip to Tanzania) contacted Joao by email, to the very last goodbyes in Arusha, It Started in Africa was wonderful to work with. Every detail was perfect and to specification. Joao listened and understood our requests, and our guide, Isaack, was incomparable. Everything materialized exactly as planned. We learned so much from Isaack, who could spot a predator in the distance at the same time he was steering the Land Cruiser along the rockiest of roads AND telling us something about the ecology of the place! Whether for a day trip or a longer journey, you cannot go wrong with this company. They are honest, professional, flexible, super organized, accommodating, knowledgeable, generous, and cheerful. They provide a range of choices and lots of information to help you plan. They know the landscape intimately and seem to be well liked and respected in local communities. Highly recommended - I hope to meet again with these good people from It Started in Africa.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Safari Experience with "It Started in Africa"!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We had a great time on our 3-day safari with It Started in Africa back in December 2013. We were three co-workers and they planned a wonderful tour for us. We loved the parks, our guide and our driver. It Started in Africa was extremely organized and very quick to respond to our emails. We would recommend this safari operator to anyone looking for a great genuine organization without the big corporate feel. They were easy to work with, provided everything that they offered, and answered all of our questions. You will love your safari with It Started in Africa - especially if you are lucky enough to get Simon and Zaire as your guides! Thank you!

Visited December 2013
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Central Hungary, Hungary
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“Great experience - Kilimanjaro and Safari”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was a very nice trip, everything was ok and as it was promised by the staff. I recommend the company to my friends and everyone.

Visited August 2013
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Lucerne, Switzerland
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Perfect Maasai Village Tour near Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Super friendly and knowledgeable staff, neat organization, real tour off from the tourist-track. We could interact and talk with locals and understand their way of life. Totally recommended.

Visited June 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Magical Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The safari could not be more perfect. It was such a magical place and I will never forget all the memories and feelings I had while driving in Ngorongoro. I managed to see so many animals, including a lion hunting and killing a Zebra. Saw cheetahs with their cubs (18 in total), many hippos and big herds of elephants. Ngorongoro Crater is a true wonder of the Earth and doing a day tour there is perfect. The safari was awesome. Thanks so much Baraja, Joao and Loy.

Visited February 2014
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