Base Camp Tanzania
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Family owned and run safari company since 1997. Adventure camping - Luxury lodge safari's & En-suite luxury tented camp safari's - Hiking and Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru climbs. Zanzibar beach holidays.
Arusha, Tanzania
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Iskender B
London, UK2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
My brother and I attended a 5 day luxury safari organized by Achmed's Base Camp. This was our first trip to Tanzania and our first safari. As we came from the US and UK we needed a reliable operator. I made contact with various operators but was told great things about Achmed and Base Camp and it was ultimately the best decision we could make. Achmed was highly responsive in outlining a trip to the smallest detail. He took our initial itinerary and offered adjustments and improvements with varying price points. He made sure to understand our needs and put together an amazing safari where we went to Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and the Crater. From start till finish Achmed takes care of every detail. He was fast in confirming reservations and setting up the trip. Upon arrival in Arusha, he set up our shuttle to our hotel and spent the first evening with us over drinks. Getting us ready for our adventure he answered any questions we had and told stories that are worth as much as the safari itself. 😎

On a special note, one of us has a disability (use crutches permanently) and no where was this an issue. Every step, road, and restroom was made accessible thanks to the consideration put in by Base Camp. For any disabled passengers, I highly recommend you bring it up with Achmed to make sure the trip is seamless as it was for us.

Our safari went exactly as outlined, our driver John Mmary was an amazing guide and as we travelled across Tanzania he made sure to match our energy, telling us about Tanzania, himself, the environment, the animals, and letting us recharge our energy when needed. Everyday went to plan, we agreed on when to start our safari and when to make it back to our lodges, with any adjustments that we asked for along the way. Not only did we see the big 5, we saw much more, cheetah cubs, lions on trees, and even the rare black rhino in the Serengeti.

Once we got back to hotel at the end of the trip, Achmed was waiting on us once again to ask about our journey. The night was as fun as the first, and it's meaningful to see someone so busy at the height of the travel season make time for all his clients.

The whole trip was an amazing experience and I recommend it for anyone who can make it happen. Picking an operator is probably the most important decision in planning, especially if you have never been to TZ. We are really happy we went with Achmed and Base Camp, can't wait to come back.
Written July 25, 2022
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Hi Guys Thank you for such a glowing review, it was fun meeting with you, and John is a great guide who makes the trip, as good as you experienced, Rhino when its cold never easy so i happy you got to see Rhino :-}() Your next Safari (beer) is on ice ! Achmed
Written July 25, 2022
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Tim B
Hampton Falls, NH22 contributions
May 2022
We recently traveled with Base Camp Tanzania this month (May 2022) for a 10 day safari to Tarangire, Ng Crater, Serengeti, etc, and cannot say enough about the professionalism and execution of this amazing experience. Achmed (Owner) was very easy to communicate and plan with. Our guide, Uda, was clearly one of the best in class for both hospitality and knowledge. And, the company covered every aspect of booking and safari management flawlessly. Land-cruisers were spotless and well maintained.

I highly recommend booking with Base Camp. 15 years+ of experience from a Arusha based operation really does make a difference for value of your $$ to local experience. We will definitely book again when we are return!!
Written May 16, 2022
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Thank you kindly, i did not see a message letting me know a review had been posted, my apologies. Glad you had a a enjoyable safari and Yuda is a excellent guide. Looking forward to your return Kind regards Achmed
Written June 24, 2022
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Pines
United States1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
This is my first written review in Trip Advisor. I have had multiple wonderful trips over the years, thanks to the contributors of Trip Advisor. This review might help someone planning for a safari during COVID. We started planning for this trip with our teenage daughter at the beginning of 2020. I found base camp Tanzania from Trip Advisor and started corresponding with Achmed ( owner ) about logistics of the trip as we also wanted to visit Amboseli National Park in Kenya to see Mount Kilimanjaro. Ahmed is probably the best Travel Advisor I've ever had. He was very prompt in answering my emails, providing me with exact pricing of several categories of Safaris and also was very diligent about saving money on our trip. As I booked all my flights prior to COVID, it was rather challenging to get in touch with Precision Air( flight from Arusha to Zanzibar). Ahmed called the airlines and rebooked the flights for this year, although he didn't book that flight for me initially. He advised us to cancel the Safari last year because of COVID. We restarted the planning around March this year and did the Safari at the end of July. We flew in to Nairobi, visited Amboseli and then on to Tarangire and Serengeti National Park. We also visited Ngorongoro Crater. We stayed in tents which were excellent. Food was great, so was the service. We stayed in Tortillis and Karibu Camps. Service was very attentive because of small number of guests these camps accommodate. Achmed recommended to stay in the tents and he was absolutely correct. I insisted on a stay at Serena Lodge in Ngororongoro, which was less than satisfactory. Our driver/ guide Juda had eyes of a hawk who spotted a pair of leopards at distance and we saw them mating! We were also lucky to see Mara River crossing twice on the same day from very close quarters, credit entirely goes to Juda for his peRFect timings! Only one shortcoming I would like to mention, although it didn't have any effect on our trip, is the absence of radio communications in our Safari vehicle. I probably would have felt slightly safer in the vast expanse of Srengeti if we were in some kind of emergency. This one to Achmed, who has become a friend of mine, although I never met him in person, to get radios for his safari vehicles if possible. But I will be visiting Tanzania again with our son with basecamp Tanzania, radio or no radio!
Written August 19, 2021
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Hi Thank you for your wonderful review, and for the my friend !! and thank you for the the guide is always the most important part of a safari :-}() Listening the the wild at night when in a tent is the best ! Radios... the shhccccaaa hissing and cackling can be very disturbing and cell phone coverage is very good over most of the Northern circuit. It is a shame we did not meet but the logistics of the trip would have meant taking time out of the valuable safari time to do so. We will have time if you make it back for Kilimanjaro with your son :-}() Until then kind regards Achmed
Written August 20, 2021
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Clémence C
Paris, France2 contributions
Jan 2021
Fabulous experience with Base Camp Tanzania !

Achmed has been efficient and very helpful to organize our trips from France in a very short time due to covid test required.

Trek of Kili on machame route for 6 days was terrific despite one day of rain/ melted snow highlighted by Ben our guide hidden under his umbrella who was singing for us! Camp sites, food, confort were stunning and the joy of sharing this experience with our great team of guides, cook made the trip was unique & unforgettable.

A stop at Ilboru in Arusha was really appreciated before and after the long trek! Very pleasant place and delicious food with a nice pool to chill and the owner Tom really welcoming.

The safari was great too, well organized and breathtaking visiting serengeti, ngorongoro crater (with a fantastic camping spot on the hedge of the crater), and Tarangire lodge with fantastic views..

I would strongly recommend this trip in Dec/Jan/ Feb as the green nature is exceptionnal and Kili covered with snow! A beautiful escape, refreshing, liberating and far from pandemic concerns!
Written February 3, 2021
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NB posted twice in error by OP Dear Clemence - Stephanie - Maelys Thank you kindly, for your complements, always nice to hear you were happy and enjoyed, sorry to hear you had to redo the test in Ethiopia :-{() I look forward to hosting you again when you come back for Lake Natron !! Kind regards Achmed
Written February 10, 2021
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Jacqueline P
3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
My husband and I just finished a 10 day stay in Tanzania. 7 days on safari and 3 days staying at Mt Meru Game Lodge. We went to Northern Serengeti to see the wildebeest Mara River crossings, to Central Serengeti to see the big cats, Ngorongoro Crater to visit almost every animal and birds then Tarangire NP for elephants, giraffes and lions.
Achmed helped us plan the safari. He was the quickest Tanzanian tour operator to reply to our inquiries and he continued to text and email promptly all through the process.
All of the tented camps and hotels had beautiful tents, great chefs and friendly staff.
Juda, our driver/guide provided us with a lot of detailed knowledge of animals, plants and birds. He was good company and taught us about Tanzanian culture when we were curious.
Achmed visited us for drinks at our hotel when we returned from safari to ask us our option of the safari.
We recommend Basecamp Tanzania if you’re planning a safari in Tanzania.
Written August 30, 2022
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Hi Jacqueline - Rick Thank you for your kind review, always happy to hear a safari was successful, with a couple of crossings :-}() Juda is a great guide, and it was a please to have a few drinks together. See you next time
Written August 31, 2022
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alex
Boston, MA3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We were blown away by our honeymoon safari. The owner, Achmed, met us at our lodge in Arusha when we arrived to go over the plan and to share some stories over a beer, then he met us again when we returned to hear about our adventures and sightings. Our experienced driver Geoffry was fantastic. He spoke great English, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the animals and the local culture, and he was a skilled driver (which is important on rough roads and to position the land cruiser for best animal viewing!). The lodges Achmed helped us select were incredible with great views, service, food, and rooms. He let them know it was our honeymoon and each lodge did something special. Of course we came for the animals and we saw more than we could have imagined. The highlights were watching a leopard drag an impala up a tree, and seeing baby elephants play in the river. There are larger safari companies, but going with base camp made it a more personal and genuine experience of Africa. Thank you! We will be back!
Written July 19, 2022
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Hi both Thank you for the kind compliments Honeymoon is special - Safari is special... Im very happy to have been part of both See you next time Kind regards Achmed
Written July 19, 2022
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Tracy S
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
Oct 2021
We had a great honeymoon safari experience with Basecamp. Achmed was extremely responsive via email, answering every question I had. He was also very flexible with the itinerary, tailoring the trip to our specific interests. Our guide Juda was also amazing and had eyes like a hawk. We managed to see the great migration and the big 5 in 3 days! It was a trip of a lifetime and I would go with Basecamp again in the future. Highly recommend.
Written November 10, 2021
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Hi Tracy Opps im not getting notification when someone posts here, im really pleased you had a great honeymoon And the guide is one of the most important parts of a safari, see you next time Kind regards Achmed
Written February 3, 2022
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Amie C
Tamworth, UK3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We’ve just come back from our honeymoon and what an amazing experience it was - thank you so much Basecamp! We did 8 days in mainland Tanzania on a safari and 7 days in Zanzibar.
Achmed is great with emails - answering any questions we had in less than 24 hours. He planned the whole trip from start to finish, there was nothing left to chance.
Thomas, our driver, was impeccable - the knowledge he has of the animals and area was phenomenal. After seeing paw prints in the road, he found two lions! He was an experienced driver, at all times we felt completely safe.
Written August 24, 2022
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Hi Amie C Thank you for the great review, Thomas is indeed a legend !! :-}() he taught me about wildlife when i was a rookie many many years ago :-}() E mails I do try to be swift, its important not always easy power outage etc. Honeymoon is a important day in ones life must be the best im happy to be part of it ! See you with the family one day Kind regards Achmed
Written August 24, 2022
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Renilde V
Antwerp, Belgium36 contributions
Oct 2019
In October we went on a 3-weeks camping safari with Basecamp. It was already the 7th time we went to Africa but it was by far the best safari ever.
Thank you Ahmed for your patience and for the wonderful itinerary but most of all we want to thank Yuda our great guide who found us so many animals, who knew so much about them and who loved birds as much as we do. Altogether we saw more than hundred lions, 28 cheetahs and 8 leopards.
Last but not least we also want to thank Amisi our delightful cook. He just spoiled us with his delicious food. It was incredible how he managed to prepare a 3-course dinner on such a small cooking fire. I celebrated my 58th anniversary and Amisi surprised me with a chocolate birthday cake.
We visited Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu, Serengeti, Lake Natron and Arusha National Park.

Datum van activiteit: oktober 2019
Written April 15, 2020
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Hi A a pleasure to host you both, of course Yuda & Harmisi did all the hard work :-}() The amount of cats you saw was really very remarkable ! a new record to beat. Looking forward to seeing you again Kind regards Achmed
Written April 16, 2020
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valepixie
Arluno, Italy17 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
We made the 3 days camping Safari, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Achmed, the owner was very helpful, friendly and sympa since the beginning when we've interchanged emails! We have enjoyed the first afternoon with him: wonderful.
The safari Was AMAZING! we were very lucky to see lots of animals).
Our guide Fitiael was very wise and kindly, our cook Missy was lovable and he made the best soups we have ever eaten!
Everything was PERFECT.
We'll come back again!
Written November 5, 2022
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Hi V - A - E So glad you had a good safari, Fitael & Hamissi make a great team, the soup king !! Looking forward to your return :-}() Kind regards Achmed
Written November 23, 2022
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