Tanzania Specialist
Tanzania Specialist
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Aqueel
Germany15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We booked 13 days trip that included Safari and stay in Zanzibar with Tanzania Specialist. All in all we had a wonderful experience with Tanzania Specialist.
The Safari was the highlight of our trip and our special thanks goes to our Guide Malley, who was informative, knew his way and was excellent in spotting animals. Above all he made us feel welcomed and comfortable from the very first day, which is why he was not only a perfect guide but a wonderful travel companion.
We saw all big five and got even very lucky one day in Ndutu, where a Cheetah jumped on the spare Tires at the back of the vehicle :).

Before the start of the trip, during the trip, and after the trip, the communication with the organisation was very good. The lodges during safari were excellent and exceeded our expectations.

We recommend Tanzania Specialist very much, if you are looking for a private trip that is tailored as per your needs and wishes.
Written March 15, 2020
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Great to hear that you have had a wonderful safari experience with us and that the guide was nice for you. THAT THE CHITA JUMPED ON THE SPARE TYRES OF THE CAR WAS REALLY A GREAT THING, VERY LUCKY!! Im very happy that you are among those very few people who ave experienced this! Thank you for this feedback. and i think that i have seen a picture of the cheeta on the car!! very nice!!
Written March 16, 2020
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Relax02053064026
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
On the whole, they are a good company. The Safari on the mainland was very well organised. Everything seemed to go to plan.
Edwin, our driver/ guide was superb. I have nothing but praise for him. He made sure that we saw everything that we wanted to see. He was very knowledgeable, a good driver and made sure that we were safe at all times.
The lodges on safari were all very good, with the Sounds of Silence Tented Camp being exceptionally good.
But.....
When we transferred to Zanzibar, things started to go downhill. The hotel booked was the Tembo House Hotel, sadly it is alcohol free, so a cocktail watching the sunset was a no go. It would of been nice to have been advised of this.

We had booked some extra excursions for our time here, a walking tour of the town , a trip to a spice farm, and a sunset dhow cruise. These were apparently sub contracted out to another company, as Tanzania Specialist do not have anyone on Zanzibar themselves. Nobody turned up to collect us for the town tour, after trying to contact Tanzania Specialist several times, eventually someone arrived an hour and a half later. He had no idea what we were doing.
The following day , (our last night) we were to go on a sunset dhow cruise. Again nobody arrived, we waited over 2 hours from the appointed time. I tried to contact Tanzania Specialist several times, eventually they told me that the cruise had been upgraded to dinner on the dhow and somebody will be there soon. When the representative did finally arrive, he tried to take us on a sunset walking tour!
After showing him our itinerary he changed direction and headed for the beach where the sun was nearly setting. He tried to put us on a motor boat, instead of a dhow. We said that we were told we were having dinner. He sent a lad to the nearest shop for a packet of crisps and a bottle of water!!
So my advice would be to organise your own Zanzibar excursions when you get there. There are plenty of companies in the town, so it will not be a problem.
I am still awaiting a reply to the email that I sent Tanzania Specialist 6 days ago with my complaints.
Written November 2, 2023
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Caroline J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We had an absolutely brilliant experience with TS. We did a 4 day safari and then spent 4 days in Zanzibar. The safari experience was a kifetime experience and didn't disappoint. Our guide was Said and he did a fantastic job of sharing his expertise and ensuring that we got to see the big 5 plus so much more. We really enjoyed the diverse habitats and watching in awe as the wildlife went about it's daily life.
Communication and information prior to our trip was excellent - we had all that we needed to prepare ourselves for this trip. The accommodation was clean, comfortable and friendly. Best View Lodge was gorgeous and if we ever did a trip like this again, we would recommend building in a day for relaxation. 4 consecutive days of safari was brilliant but in hind sight it would have been good to add on an extra day to enjoy BV lodge and its facilities.
We enjoyed Zanzibar although the TS service there didn't appear to be as well organised. We ended up arranging our trips with the hotel reception as they seemed more receptive and able to offer what we wanted.
We chose TS as my son & I had visited Tanzania in 2022 and we saw so many TS jeeps whilst cycling the Northern circuit. When we researched it at home, TS offered the best value for money and could accommodate our requests.
Written December 5, 2023
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Phil_Gersende
Verneuil Sur Seine, France53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
If you look at the big picture, we're very pleased about our trip and the way Tanzania Specialist handled it. From the first emails to request a quote to the trip itself, they know their craft !

Unfortunately, if you dig deeper and look into the details, it would make you cringe. First of all : in the papers they say that YOU (the guests) are the ones who decide when you start and when you end your safari day. But fact is, for the first 2 safari days, our guide decided by himself and we were extremely disappointed. In Arusha national park it was OKish but he never asked us if it was OK to leave. He just exited the park saying we were finished. It was OK, it was the first day of safari and we had seen a lot and felt it was fair to leave even if he could have asked us before exiting.

Second day, in Tarangire park, we were watching a lion that was following other animals (kinda in hunting mode), we were totally into it and very much enjoying when, suddenly, he drove off without asking us. And the worst is, he drove off the park completely. Again, without asking us. It was 3 PM in the afternoon. We were extremely angry and directly stopped him and told him that it was not OK at all. We didn't inform our "emergency contact" cause we thought it would deteriorate our relation with our guide that was, otherwise, very nice and knew a lot about his country and animals.

After those two bad experiences, it went much better. At times we felt the guide's exasperation when we were just enjoying watching animals. We also had, sometimes to "deal" with the guide our "return-to-the-hotel" time but at least he never exited any park without our prior consent.

When you pay a big chunk of money for a safari trip you'd expect to be treated otherwise. Fortunately, most of the trip was amazing but we didn't appreciate that attitude.

When we reported it back after the trip and asked if they could make up for the first two "wasted" days they told us they couldn't do anything cause we should have warned them directly. Fair enough. But it was the beginning of our trip with the guide and we didn't want to spoil the relation with the guide (which, otherwise, was a very nice guy!).

Also noteworthy, our "emergency contact" (Solenn) would sometimes take a few days to answer our queries.

If you forget that sour part, Tanzania Specialist is one of the biggest company and their cars / services are very good. You'll probably have an amazing trip with them but make sure to talk with your guide directly and make clear it's YOU who decide when you leave the parks.

Transfer to Zanzibar was quite messy too. We wasted a full afternoon at Arusha tiny airport. Supposedly we had a flight at 3 PM but it was more like 5 or 6 PM when it finally took off. And of course, we had no info at all.

So in general, we'd probably travel again with Tanzania Specialist but believe it could have been better!
Written August 2, 2023
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Vanessa Y
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
My husband and I absolutely loved the entire experience. The company was thorough from the beginning in terms of communication and the safari pack; everything was accounted for and the itinerary was organized perfectly. The lodging accommodations were also amazing and everyone was hospitable. What made the trip truly unforgettable was our tour guide Innocent Mosses! From the beginning, he was courteous when he picked us up at 3am and at the end of the trip, dropping us off at the airport late at night before our 2am flight. He was incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, friendly, accommodating, and clearly passionate about wildlife. He did his best to bring us to see all the animals on the game drives (and we were successful in seeing all of the Big 5!) and could spot them from afar even without any binoculars. Innocent also answered all of our questions about the birds, mammals, plants and gave us an extensive history of the national parks and country. He would constantly check in to see if we were enjoying our trip. His sense of humor helped us better appreciate the animals, plants and insects we observed. And most importantly, his skills, amplified by his extensive experience, and constant awareness of our surroundings always made us feel safe and relaxed. Traveling to a new country with no proficiency in the local language is a daunting feeling, but Innocent made us feel right at home. We couldn’t recommend Innocent and the company more—it was a life-changing experience in the best way and we’ll definitely be back!
Written May 7, 2023
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Hi Vanessa, Many thanks for your comment! We are happy to hear that our team organized well your safari and that thanks to Moses you could learn more about our country and the wildlife! We hope to welcome you again and that you will keep memories for a lifetime! Karibu tena Tanzania, Tanzania Specialist team
Written May 8, 2023
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JoFi Travel
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
From our perspective, we can highly recommend Tanzania specialist. Our 9-day safari exceeded our expectations, even though the trip was very, very expensive. We would do this trip again with a small change. Our change would be to leave the park from the Central Serengeti by plane. The journey to and from there is not enjoyable due to the very, very poor road conditions.

Our guide and driver, Ajubi, was a great asset to us. He was always punctual, and the vehicle was well-maintained every day. However, what made a significant difference was his connections with other drivers. I believe no one else was so good connected as he was. Thanks to his perfect connections, we were able to observe many very rare animals up close with optimal visibility. Even when many vehicles were already present, Ajubi always managed to find a gap in the first row for us without obstructing the view for others or distressing the animals.

One of the highlights that motivated us to travel to the Serengeti was the wildebeest migration. The waiting time at the Mara River was never too long for us and Ajubi. While many drivers gave up just before darkness, our perseverance was rewarded. Even though we arrived at the camp a bit late, it was worth it.

Thank you Ajubi for the wonderful, thrilling, and informative safaris.
If you want to see what we experienced and saw in
Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP, and Ngorongoro Crater,
visit my YouTube channel "JoFi Travel".
Written August 20, 2023
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Rose H
Charlotte, NC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Tanzania Specialist is an excellent company to help plan your safari experience. We spent just about 2 weeks with them. Our guide, Boscoe, was amazing and ridiculously knowledgable. He had so much information on just about everything and was extremely patient with all the questions and stops we asked of him. The other people within the company that we interacted with were all extremely helpful and friendly. They helped with all arrangements and suggestions of additional experiences for us. Our first full day in Tanzania we spent bike riding around the small town and everyone really enjoyed that. We loved the "tent" nights the best and I would highly recommend staying at those more than hotels and lodges. We would and have recommended Tanzania Specialist to others.
Written March 27, 2020
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Nice to hear that you enjoyed your time with us so much! I'm happy to hear that you liked your time with Bosco and i will forward this message to him. Thank you for choosing Tanzania Specialist and i hope that you will remind the nice memories of your holiday frequently. Asante sana!
Written March 29, 2020
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Aaron H
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Our honeymoon exceeded expectations, Deus organised our safari to a high standard, accommodation was excellent. Our driver was the star of the show, Clemence had excellent customer service skills and knew exactly where to be for us to see the big 5 and so much more. His English was very good, we not only saw so much wildlife but we had great fun doing so.

We learnt a great deal about the culture, also visiting the Masai tribe along the way, this was all thanks to our driver

I highly recommend Tanzania Specialist, a private safari at an affordable price really cannot be beaten.
Written January 18, 2023
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Hi Aaron, Many thanks for your feedback and recommendation! We are happy to hear that our team organised your safari very well and that you managed to see the Big Fives and more thanks to Clemence. We hope you will keep long-lasting memories for a lifetime and hope to welcome you again! Karibu tena Tanzania, Tanzania Specialist team
Written January 21, 2023
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Steven S
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Working with Joseline to plan our adventure was easy and she was happy to accommodate our special requests and respond to our hundreds of questions. This was not our first safari. We chose Tanzania Specialist because of there high ratings on both trip advisor and safaribooking.com but also because they offered private luxury experiences at very reasonable prices. We were not disappointed. There Toyota Land Cruiser was well maintained and very comfortable even on the roughest of roads. It was also easy to photograph from the large side windows for eye level images or from the pop up roof for farther off subjects.
We stayed at six locations in both tented camps or lodges and were very impressed by the excellent quality of service and comfort provided even in the most remote regions. Every time we thought it couldn’t get better the next camp exceeded our expectations.
Finally and most importantly was their selection of our guide Eric Frank. Since we were going to be spending 10-12 hours a day together for 12 days, it was important to us to have a guide who was personable and who spoke good English. Eric was both (and funny too!) but what really set him apart was his knowledge of the wildlife (and foliage) and his ability to locate them. I came with a list of twelve animals I had never seen or photographed and he managed to find all of them and about a dozen more first time sightings for us. He always tried to position the vehicle so the light on our subject was perfect and was happy to move as directed when I needed him to. We highly recommend Tanzania Specialist and will be trusting them again in the future for our next adventure.
Written February 21, 2024
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Dear Steven, Thank you for your nice feedback. Very nice to hear that you had such an unforgettable trip. Very cool that our Consultant Joseline and Driver guide Erick was so well liked and he made you saw the animals that you have never seen and made a nice shots. We hope you will enjoy these experiences for a long time to come. .Karibu tena Tanzania! Tanzania Specialist Team
Written February 28, 2024
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Jane M
Greater London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
What can I say. Definitely the holiday of a lifetime. Once we decided to travel with Tanzania Specialist everything went smoothly and perfectly. Halima organised the perfect holiday with an itinerary that reflected all we wanted to do. When we arrived at Kilimanjaro we were met by our guide Danny. Danny made our trip perfect. His guidance from the minute we left the airport was fantastic, constantly telling us about the areas we were driving through and all about Tanzania. Our safaris were amazing and the lodges we stayed in were second to none. If you are going to the Serengeti you must visit the Sound of Silence Lodge. Fantastic. Our second week was spent in Zanzibar relaxing which was needed. The only thing I would suggest is that if you have a week on safari, have a day free half way through the week. Early mornings, sunshine and bumpy roads can be a bit much after six days. Thank you to Tanzania Specialist for the holiday of a lifetime and if you travel with this company definitely ask for Danny as your guide. As we said we arrived as guests and left as friends.
Written February 17, 2023
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Hi Jane, Many thanks for your feedback! We are very happy to hear that you had a fantastic trip with Danny and that you enjoyed both your stays in Tanzania and Zanzibar. We hope you will keep long-lasting memories for a lifetime of this trip of a lifetime! Karibu tena Tanzania, Tanzania Specialist team
Written February 22, 2023
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