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ceg51 wrote a review Sep 2019
Naples, Florida619 contributions236 helpful votes
We booked a 7 day safari of Tanzania and the travel agent outsourced it to BMS. What a disaster. The vehicle provided was in horrible shape ( it had over 473,000 kilometers) and shook like crazy. You could not speak or hear for the noise created by the land cruiser while traveling off road. We were passed by every other vehicle ( the other safari vehicles’s suspension could handle the washboard roads just fine ) so it took many extra hours to get anywhere. Our driver/ guide was switched at the last minute and Baraka ( the driver ) spoke very little English so he could not or would not explain anything. The driver did not know where our permanent camp in the Serengeti was and he had no map or directions. We got lost and the radio did not work properly and he had no cell service. Then the land cruiser broke down after 8 hours traveling (transmission). He did not have a proper tool kit. Some other vehicles helped us and took us to camp 2 hours late. He fixed the vehicle that night but 2 days later it broke down 4 times( fuel leak) and we run out of gas! Another safari operator took us to our lodge an hour away. Two days out of six on safari were lost to extra long driving days ( car could not go as fast as the others )coupled with getting lost and the multiple breakdowns I was able to communicate with the office through Whatsapp but Buhambo, the owner/manager (?) just kept saying he was sorry or he was working on the problems. Since our diver did not speak english( though they assured us he did) we had to ask others to help us but he could not explain the animals or birds or the vehicle breakdowns and timing of travel. We had been on safari in other countries for weeks so we knew quite a bit but what a disappointment. We kept asking for a new vehicle but apparently they were all out on safari and this was rented but how would we have been able to prevent this? I booked this safari 8 months in advance and the original company I booked through was appalled but what can you do when you are in country? The camps and lodges were very good and Tanzania is a beautiful country. Just do not travel with BMS Safaris! We have traveled to over 145 countries and this was our worst experience by far.…
Date of experience: September 2019
Elli N. wrote a review Jul 2019
Here's the story: My friend and I booked a safari in Ngorogoro and Serengeti with BMS Safaris through a recommendation from a Tanzanian friend. He said he'd make us a good price since we're his friend's friends. We told him we can being our own food and tent to save some money (Serengeti and Ngorogoro are expensive!). He told us it's fine and we negotiated a price. It turned out, not only did we pay $200 more than the people who travelled with us, we also apparently paid for the food and accommodation for all three days, which we didn't even get! The guide was nice enough and the safari itself was good, but the corporation was a deceiving load of ****! You could see right away that the guy we dealt with was filled with money and thought he was the **** for taking advantage of young tourists. If you're looking for a trustworthy company where you get value for your money, don't book with BMS!…
Date of experience: June 2019
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Gabor Horvath wrote a review May 2019
I was participate on 2 day trips. 1 was for Tarangire Park, 1 was for Kilimanjaro Maturam Waterfall trekking. Everything was really super, i recommend BMS Safari did a pretty well job.
Date of experience: April 2019
Response from Buhembo E, General Manager at BMS Safaris
Responded May 20, 2019
Yes, Mr Gabor went Safari as he recomended, we wish all to book safari with us.