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Point Africa safaris

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Welcome to Point Africa safaris. We are a team of Professionals Safaris and Mountain experts that creates unique,ethical and socially responsible , Safari tours in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro climb, Tanzania luxury safari, Tanzania Budget Safari, day trips, Excursions, Tanzania Semi-Luxury Safaris and Zanzibar beach Tours. We carefully select our well-trained Guides, Drivers, Cooks, and Porters and have a fleet of well-maintained 4×4WD safari vehicles. We make sure all equipment for all our camping safaris and Kilimanjaro and Mountain meru climb are in good condition for a Perfect Tailor Made Holidays ! We at Point Africa safaris are from Tanzania{locals} and we are passionate about what we do as we know it ,we love. So Welcome you on board.
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Lorien C wrote a review Mar 2021
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On the morning our safari started we were picked up by our guide Rama/Banana. We had read reviews about him, requested him and were lucky that he was available for our safari (although given how well everything ran, I imagine that any guide this company has working for them is wonderful… we do love Banana though!). Within two hours of leaving our hotel in Arusha we were on a safari drive in Tarangire National Park. Now we know 13 days is a long safari and most people may not have this much time, but we definitely recommend at least one night in this park as a morning seeing a couple hundred elephants descend from the highlands was a highlight for us and by far our top elephant experience in Tanzania (Chobe in Botswana and a watering hole in Botswana round out our top three elephant experiences in Africa). This can only be done with an overnight nearby, and because of this we were the ONLY safari vehicle witnessing this spectacle. A truly incredible experience. After Tarangire we spent a couple nights in Lake Manyara National Park. If you are short on time this could be a park you pass on, but if you do have the time, it is really lovely and the highlight here is the night safari, which is only available in this park. No other park in the region offers a night dive and it is a very different experience seeing cats out hunting vs lounging around as they often are during the day. You’ll see many nocturnal animals that you normally will not see during the day as wll, so if possible, spend one night here. Next we went to Central Serengeti for a couple of nights. February is the wildebeest calving season and mini-migration. Even the drive into the park is phenomenal. As you drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (we return to this area at the end of our safari) you’ll see Maasai people’s going about their lives as well as many animals. The drive between Ngorongoro and Serengeti is PACKED with migrating animals this time of year. We weren’t even on an official “drive” moving through this area, just driving to our next destination, and it was phenomenal. The first animal we saw upon entering Serengeti was a leopard. This turned out to be our only really good leopard sighting during our 13 days, and she was gorgeous. We did the sunrise hot-air-balloon safari and while we are glad we did it and we enjoyed ourselves, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it unless you have plenty of money to spend as this is probably the world’s most expensive balloon ride and not the most exciting (about $800 USD pp and not many animals…. top balloon experience for us is still in Cappadocia). One perk of the sunrise ballon ride is that you basically get a short “night drive” due to the early pick-up and get to see animals you don’t normally see during the day (this area does not allow night drives). The highlights of Central Serengeti were the leopard, a family of five cheetah, hippo (lots of hippos) and it wasn’t even “the season” and we saw a couple thousand flamingos at Lake Magadi (also located in this area of the park). After Serengeti we spent four nights in Ndutu. It being calving season the migration was moving through this area. Regardless of time of year we’d recommend 1-2 nights in this area even if you don’t come during calving season as we had our best lion experiences here (lions spotted in EVERY park we visited though). There are large resident prides and the trees were literally dripping with lions. At one point we could see nine lion between two adjacent trees. Bonkers. Other highlights of the area were the migration (seeing thousands of wildebeest and zebra on the move, water crossings and the wildebeest newborns - magic) and we saw multiple cheetah hunting. Wow wow wow. I seriously could have spent a week here (the only area I felt that way… though I loved them all). Our final two nights were spent at Ngorongoro. On our way in we stopped at the Olduvai Gorge Museum and the Shifting Sand Dune. The dune was cool because the wind was blowing and we could witness it shifting… otherwise I’d say this is skippable. But the Oldavai Gorge Museum, now that we really enjoyed. It is a simple museum and won’t take much of your time but provides some interesting information about the area and the evolution of the resident animals (most interesting to us was the information about the evolution of humans, giraffe - wow - and buffalo). Our final day was spent inside the NgoroNgoro Caldera (not actually a crater). Entering at dawn had a very land-before-time feel. This is one of the only places/opportunities to see rhino in the wild in Tanzania (VERY rare spottings elsewhere). While we saw eight rhino (a lot!) they were all far from the road the day we went. This is a stunning park and easy for people who are not “safari people” as you can see a lot in a small area and the roads are more gentle on the body compared to most other areas. We also had our best crowned crane sightings here… we are into birds and if you are at all, EVERY park we visited had excellent sightings. Beyond safari, we did a couple of walks because we thought it would be a different way to experience the landscape and to move our bodies but I wouldn’t recommend either of them (Crater Rim walk - over priced and not exciting at all, Rift Valley “Walk” - I put walk in quotes because it was really a death-defying climb down the escarpment with no path, no machete and no gear then river-tracing… we also later climbed Mt Meru…. not sure I’d recommend this either lol… though I would recommend the day walk in Arusha National Park as you can get close to giraffe and it is a very different feel to being in a safari vehicle). We spent six weeks in Tanzania and after having been to 90 countries I would put Tanzania in my top 5. What a beautiful country with a diverse offering of activities and culture. The coastal waters here are mind-blowingly beautiful —> I especially loved Mafia Island and swimming with up to five whale sharks - my whale shark experiences here by far top those of Maldives - as a comparison (this we did with Afro - and recommend doing a private). The diving off Mafia (we dove with Big Blu) is also better than the more oft mentioned Mnemba which I found a bit disappointing. While traveling around we realized that many of our bookings were through foreign-owned companies or by wealthier local Tanzanian-Indian-owned companies. All fine, but we wanted to make an effort to put money in the hands of local blacks whom have historically and currently do not have the same opportunities as other locals (Indian) and foreigners. This, although a bonus, is not WHY I recommend Point Africa Safaris. I recommend Point Africa Safaris because they run an EXCELLENT operation. Any time we had a problem (the ONLY problems we had arose during activities or at accommodations we booked separately from Point Africa Safaris) Banana was quick too fix things himself. Our experience with Banana and Point Africa Safaris was flawless and unforgettable. Note that they may not have many reviews as there was a problem with their name not being properly registered and another company using it, thus this is a newer name for them. You can find multiple reviews for Banana online. In almost five years of full-time travel I have only written a handful of reviews (shameful but I’m seriously busy living and soaking it all in). I know this is long but I hope it is helpful in choosing not just your safari provider but for any and all activities while in Tanzania. Point Africa Safaris’ original area of expertise is actually trekking Kilimanjaro & Meru. We booked our Meru trek with Bobby Tours, which had a good chef and good porters but our guide was terrible and our general experience with them was also undesirable. We DO NOT recommend Bobby Tours. Lots of photos and videos posted on our IG globetrottingbaes
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from MaindaSalim, Director of Sales at Point Africa safaris
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Dear Lorien Thank you so much for this lovely ,infomative and the most detailed Review that you have spent a long time on preparing we really appreciate your comments about our Whole Team of Staff who have always Dedicated their Time and professionalism on solving any matter that has happen during your long 13 days Safaris. We at Point Africa safaris are so happy always to offer a unique tailored made Services from Safaris,Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru Trekking,Beach holidays and many other tours,together with a team of reputable,qualified,most skilled Guide who are always passionate about what they do, will always do whatever necessary on providing a great services as we know to most the people The Safaris or Trekking In Africa is a big investment. Points Africa safaris appreciate this, particularly about choosing a local operator - like us! To be your host in your long Tanzania Safros Holidays and we will be eagerly looking forward to see many more people through you guys. We are Tanzanians and we know our country in and out as we are born and raised here so we know what best it has to offer. We certainly love our beautiful country and want our customers to love it too, so we really commit ourselves on showing everyone the very best of what we have. Thank you so much for coming during COVID. We know the world is still at the plague but complacent and safety is ALWAYS our priority. We take all the measures required, we follow all COVID Operating Procedures so rest assured that your life will be on a good hands.. Thanks a million! Warmly regards Sale Team Point Africa safaris
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Ion P wrote a review Mar 2021
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Best Experience ever.One of the best service ever had! Moses is the best guide. Very good experience
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from MaindaSalim, Director of Sales at Point Africa safaris
Responded 4 weeks ago
Jambo Dear Ion Thank you so much for this wonderful feedback,it warms our hearts to hear that you had a mesmerising experience with us during your Kilimanjaro and safaris holiday in Tanzania.. We will be looking forward to see you and many other people from Moldova through you.. With thanks Point Africa safaris
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Pawel O wrote a review Mar 2021
Mogilany, Poland1 contribution
I loved spending time with all the staff and tour guides. Wonderful people and an unforgettable experience.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Response from MaindaSalim, Director of Sales at Point Africa safaris
Responded Mar 10, 2021
Hello Dear Pawelo Thank you so much for Travelling with us,We are very pleased to hear that you had a mesmerising experience during your holiday satified and happy customers is benchmark of our services.. We at Point Africa safaris & trekking hope to see many more people through you from poland With love and hugs Mainda Salim Director of Sales Point Africa safaris & trekking
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Elena B wrote a review Feb 2021
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Jumbo! We arrived from Zanzibar, Moses met us at Kilimanjaro airport and we immediately went to start our climbing of the mountain. We were alone with my husband and with us 7 people of the team . All very attentive, reliable, real professionals. My husband reached the very peak of 5895 meters, I only reached the last camp of 4800 meters. Everything went great. After the descent, we went to the hotel in Arusha that Moses had booked for us. The next morning, a team came to pick us up and we went on safari to Serengeti Park. It was an unforgettable 2 nights and 3 days . Thank you very much for our emotions. We received unforgettable impressions from the number of animals and the team's work. I am happy to recommend true travel tanzania for your unforgettable adventures.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from MaindaSalim, General Manager at Point Africa safaris
Responded Feb 11, 2021
Hello Dear Elena Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and for choosing and trusting us to be your main host for Kilimanjaro Trekking and Safaris, we are indeed honoured and we hope that you had a mesmerising experience that will last forever in you. We also hope to see many people from Russia through you guys and we promise you that we will not disappoint you or anyone you will reccomend to us.. Much love and hugs Mainda
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Pauline E wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom26 contributions33 helpful votes
Jambo, We travelled through Tanzania starting at Arusha and was fortunate enough to have Banana as our guide. There were 6 ladies and we saw every type of animal and bird you could think of. From a hedgehog which had been hit by a truck which Banana called for assistance for, to an elephant musking, to a dung beetle. He seemed to have eyes in the back of his head as nothing was missed. His great sense of humour and gentle manner was exceptional. If I ever get the opportunity to be able to go again, I would definitely want Banana and his company to arrange it for me. I think it was more than 58 species of wildlife and can't remember the number of prides of lions we saw stalking the prey. Flamingos also were amazing. I have been on the blue train safari and it was not a patch on this one as far as sightings go. Pauline Elphick Brisbane Australia Ex.Thailand.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from MaindaSalim, Director of Sales at Point Africa safaris
Responded Sep 7, 2020
Jambo Dear Pauline Elphick Thank you so much for your lovely and helpful feedback. We indeed understand that a safari is a big financial commitment that why we always strive to Customize a unique trip on each safaris and it is our customers' experiences which will decide if we are successful in achieving this or not. Again ,We are so happy that you chose us, happier still that you enjoyed your whole Safari with our top best and most respected experts mr banana We will be looking forward for you or your family members or Friends to return one day. Thank you again! Best Regards Mainda Salim Director of Sales
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