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Everlasting Tanzania Travels

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Arusha, Tanzania
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About Everlasting Tanzania Travels
For more than decade now, Everlasting Tanzania Travel has been providing the very best of Kilimanjaro treks as well as imaginative wilderness experiences in Tanzania. As a team of Adventure Travel Guides, we have pooled our many years of experience in guiding and operating in Tanzania to offer our most discerning clients with extraordinary experiences they will cherish for a lifetime. We intuitively know what our clients wants and needs are and we always go the extra mile to deliver above and beyond our clients expectations
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Robert G wrote a review Sep 13
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We did a 7 day machame route climb and Kilimanjaro and a 4 day safari. The climbing guides were excellent and the crew was extremely good. We would recommend any traveler to use Everlasting
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Date of experience: September 2022
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MariahHW wrote a review Feb 2022
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I led a group of 28 graduate students on a trip to hike Mt Kilimanjaro and do a safari with Everlasting Tanzania in Dec21-Jan22. Organization and preparation with Samwel (Sam) before we arrived in Tanzania was easy, over email and WhatsApp and a couple of WhatsApp calls. Arriving in Tanzania, they really took care of us, managing many separate airport transfers as we all trickled in on separate flights. We had a final debrief at our lodge in Arusha the night before on what the Machame route would be like. Once on the mountain, we absolutely loved our guides and porters. They were warm and inviting and taught us all kinds of things, from Swahili phrases and jokes to ecological information and mountain safety. Our head guide gave us lots of information each morning and night to make sure we were prepared for the challenges of each day. The individuals working as guides and porters are so wonderful - they really made this trip great. Despite varying levels of experience and varying reactions to the elevation, every one of our 28 people made it to the summit, including myself!! This was a challenging hike and we wouldn’t have made it without the amazing support of Everlasting Tanzania and the people they employ. The safari portion of our trip lasted 3 days after the hike. We went to 3 different parks, and the lodge they had us stay at was GORGEOUS. Honestly could have spent another day just enjoying the accommodations. The vehicles were so comfortable and we were provided great food and lots of drinks. The guides were excellent at finding and pointing out animals. They were very knowledgeable, though you have to actively ask. I would have enjoyed if they offered information more proactively about how the animals live, interact, etc… David Attenborough style:) Another call out is that Sam managed covid testing for our group, as we needed PCR tests 24 hrs before flying back to the US. He arranged to have a doctor provide testing at our lodge on two different dates for groups heading home at different times. This made travel much easier.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Heather R wrote a review Jan 2022
Fort Worth, Texas36 contributions17 helpful votes
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Everlasting Tanzania provided us with an unforgettable trip of a lifetime. I spent a significant amount of time researching travel companies in Tanzania to summit Mount Kilimanjaro and go on a safari. It was very important to my husband and me that we used a local Tanzania company, to ensure the money we spent went to the people that call it home. It was also very important that the company treat their porters ethically. I narrowed down a list of 5 companies, with Everlasting Tanzania being one of them. Then a colleague of mine happened to trek Kilimanjaro, using Everlasting Tanzania. Based on her excellent experience with Everlasting, I reached out to Sam. Sam also provided contacts of other clients (with their permission), that were able to provide us with their experience. All highly recommended them. Sam was very responsive and helped us plan a trip that met our time frame and budget. We made the deposit 18 months in advance; the bank transfer was safe, Sam informed us as soon as he received it, and he provided me a receipt needed for my travel insurance. Throughout the next 18 months, he answered every question I had, gave us helpful information about what to expect and what to bring, and assured me that if COVID disrupted our plans, we would figure it out and it would be okay! Safety on Kilimanjaro: This is so important. Trekking Kilimanjaro can be dangerous, particularly with altitude sickness. Our guides, Saidi and Daudi, were very experienced and knowledgeable. They met with us the day before to go over what to expect, the route, and do a gear check before we packed up. Summit pace starts on Day 1, and combined with Diamox, it will almost certainly get you to the summit. My husband and I summited with no altitude sickness. The guides measured our blood pressure and blood/oxygen levels every morning and evening, to ensure there was no large fluctuation that could indicate a concern. They ensured we had proper food and water intake, and routinely checked in on how we were feeling. Not all agencies do this. We saw a 20-something man being held up and helped down after summiting by two guides, clearly suffering severe altitude sickness. He probably was exhibiting symptoms long before that point, but the guides prioritized summiting over safety. On our way down, around 9:30am, we saw another group that still had at least another 90 minutes to the summit that were struggling. A woman was literally being held up and pushed up the mountain by a guide. Two others had supplemental oxygen. Our guides made it clear, if you need oxygen you have to go down—what happens if that oxygen runs out before they can get down to a lower altitude? Anyone planning to trek Kili has to accept they may not be able to summit for one reason or another. But Everlasting Tanzania has an excellent track record of having clients summit, and it starts with their safety-first approach. Porters/Guides: Our porters got us up that mountain. They worked so hard to ensure we had what we needed, were comfortable, and just took care of everything. Even when it rained for two days straight, they managed to keep our things as dry as possible. They were always positive, singing and laughing, and keeping our spirits up when it was cold and wet and my husband and I were about to break. Our guide had decades of Kili experience, summiting countless times, and knew every step of our trek. Both guides were kind, helpful, and enjoyable to be around. They were also super patient with our photo and video taking! The guides checked the porters’ health each day, including temperature checks. And we were able to tip the porters directly at the end of the trek. Food: Our cook, Richard, was unbelievably good. I have no idea how he cooked such delicious food on the mountain, I couldn’t replicate it in a kitchen. Breakfast consisted of porridge, then eggs, potatoes, bacon, crepes, and fruit. Lunch and dinner consisted of soup (changed every day), and then a variety of meats, carbs, veggies, and sauces. There was tea, hot chocolate, coffee. Water: The porters collect the water from streams along the trek. Then, a pump is inserted into the bucket and the water is filtered directly into your camelback and bottles. I easily drank 30+ liters of this water throughout the trek, and never had any issues. It also tasted great. A lot of other companies filter from one bucket to another, then pour it into bottles, but that risks contamination in the second bucket. I much prefer the filtering right into my bottles. Equipment: The tent was high end Mountain Hardware, which did an excellent job holding in body heat. I never slept in more than fleece pants and a heavyweight shirt. It also held through 48 hours of rain. We rented from the company sleeping pads, sleeping bags, trekking poles, and 90L bags. All great quality. The pads were thick foam and the bags were super warm. I honestly slept great every night. It was also nice having a private portable toilet. It was kept clean and sanitary, and it was really nice not having to use the holes in the ground at each camp. Logistics: This operation runs very smoothly. Everything was planned and mostly paid as part of our package, so there was no time spent running credit cards or filling out paperwork at hotels. We were immediately met by our driver at Kilimanjaro airport (we finally got through immigration around 10:30p). We arrived at Ilboru Safari around midnight, and staff were waiting with our key and to bring our bags to the room. Ilboru was fantastic; beautiful, clean, and great food. All transportation was arranged, and any disruptions easily handled. One of our safari hotels decided to remain closed and cancelled our reservation. Sam personally called me about 6 weeks before the trip to tell me not to worry when I saw the cancellation, and inform us that we had already been switched to a different, luxury hotel, and the difference in cost covered by the hotel that cancelled. We didn’t have to worry about registration at Kilimanjaro or the Ngorongoro conservation. We basically showed up wherever we were supposed to be and could immediately enjoy ourselves. 4-Day Safari: Our guide, Peter, was fantastic! He was so kind, positive, and enthusiastic. He was knowledgeable about the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. We saw a plethora of animals; lions, cheetahs (including a hunt and chase!), cheetah cubs, giraffes, elephants, hyenas, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos, hippos, gazelle, antelope, every variety of bird, and so many more. I highly recommend paying for a private safari. It was wonderful to be on our own time frame and be able to spend 2 hours watching a cheetah stalk its prey without having to worry about other people and what they wanted to do. Peter brought along great food for our breakfasts out on the Serengeti. The safari cruiser was comfortable, spacious, with a great removable roof and shade, and we had drinks and snacks available every day. Everlasting Tanzania has relationships with high-end lodging. The luxury tented camp we stayed at was a dream, and the Ngorongoro crater lodge was beautiful. My sister is planning a much longer safari with Everlasting, and the places she will be staying look amazing as well. COVID: After our safari, we flew to Zanzibar for a few days, which was not planned thru Everlasting Tanzania. But then I tested positive for COVID the day I was supposed to return to the US, with no symptoms. My husband was negative; I have no idea when and where I got it. Even though we were in Zanzibar, and 5 days after we said goodbye to Sam, he helped me through it, and I am forever thankful. I texted him asking if he knew anyone that could help me figure out what to do, and he put me in touch with a colleague in Zanzibar. That colleague walked me through what I needed to do, such as additional testing and a doctor I could see at Global Hospital if I continued to test positive after 7 days. (Note: If you continue to test positive, after 7 days you can be evaluated by a doctor. If no symptoms and vitals are good, you can get a certificate to fly/recovery needed to come back to the US). Sam also checked in on me throughout my extended stay, asking how I was and if I needed anything else, which I appreciated. He clearly cares about his clients. Thankfully, I tested negative and was able to return home without much incident. Everlasting Tanzania is an excellent, well organized, ethical company. I absolutely recommend them to anyone that wants to explore Tanzania. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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kylie123321 wrote a review Mar 2021
Springfield, MO20 contributions5 helpful votes
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We chose Everlasting Tanzania because they had great reviews and fit our criteria of being a local company and a member of KPAP. We live in a tourist area ourselves and I thought of how important it is to me that someone does not come in from out of town, use our resources, and then take the tourist money with them back to their own communities. If I'm in Tanzania, I want their communities benefiting so we avoided going with an American or European company. Who you pick for a guide company is the most important decision you will make and we lucked out! Everlasting Tanzania has so much more going for them that I didn't realize. Their guides are their company owners. So when the weather sets everyone on the mountain up for failure and our guides have the experience to know that the weather is going to suck on summit night but calm down midmorning AND the control to change your itinerary to combine two days so you can do a day summit and succeed. It was heart-breaking to see 50 people turn around and not summit that day but so cool to have the entire crater to ourselves! Our guides even spoke to other guides and told them our plan of forgoing the night summit start. Evidently a lot of companies schedule everything but use local guides. Those guides cannot change the itinerary for the group away from what was planned. That sucks and there were a lot of disappointed people who trained hard, spent a bunch of money on this trip, and turned around without summitting. I'm so happy we made it to the top! We also changed where we camped after summit night because the wind was so terrible that they knew no one would sleep well. I love sleep so that was a great decision. Having the ability to modify as needed for the benefit of us was worth picking Everlasting Tanzania in itself! Other benefits include complete knowledge of the mountain, how our body reacts to altitude, and the weather on the mountain. One of our guides has summitted more than 300 times. The other guide was literally on the mountain the morning before he picked us up at the airport. They know what's going on. Just do everything they say. Eat the volume they tell you. It's absolutely delicious food but the huge quality was difficult for me. I felt uncomfortably full after every meal but felt amazing hiking. We drank 4-5 liters of water every day. We walked slowly when other groups passed us. Everything you do the first several days is to get your bodies ready to summit. They know exactly what they are doing. Your best chance of getting up that last day is doing exactly what they say. The last day is not easy but with the right guide, it's possible! Also- make sure you go with a company that properly filters your water like Everlasting Tanzania. We talked with people before our trip that went with a company that boiled the water but because they used the same containers with the pre and post boiled water, they also used a sterilite filter to ensure the water was okay. You will be drinking a lot of water. Don't go with a company that requires that extra effort. We never additionally filtered any of our water or avoided any food they gave us including fresh fruit and vegetables and neither of us had any issues at all. Their staff knows how to take care of our weak American stomachs. We brought the filter with us but after talking with our guide who said that none of their people ever have problems, we decided to trust them and were absolutely fine. The filter pumps directly into your water bottle and bladder so it has no opportunity to get contaminated. Traveler's diarrhea would end you on this trip so I'm happy we went with a company in which we didn't have to worry about that! This also goes for any lodge during the safari- any drinking water, fruits, or vegetables that they give you are safe. At first, I thought it was unnecessary to get a private tour but I was grateful due to all of the changes we had to make. This company only does private tours so the price they give you is for a private tour. Their prices are incredibly competitive with those that put you with a big group but you get their complete attention. It felt strange that we had 15 people (2 guides, 1 cook, and 12 porters) working to get us two up the mountain. But not having to share a mess tent or toilet with anyone during covid was really nice. And we could not have been as flexible with our schedule changes with a bigger group. If you are going to do something like this, do it right so you only have to do it once! Our itinerary also changed last minute to include an extra night at the Safari lodge in Arusha and altering our safari to get covid tested. For an extra $50, Everlasting Tanzania picked up a doctor from the hospital and brought him to our hotel for the covid test so we did not have to wait in line and figure out their local hospital. WORTH THE $50! We got our results back that same afternoon and were able to go on the safari without worrying about whether we'd get the result back on time before our flight. We did a two day safari. We went to Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Parks. Both were incredible. The volume of animals that we saw was impressive. Our guide, Soloman, was incredibly knowledgeable and great at spotting the animals. He was the first to spot a leopard and it took me a while looking through binoculars to find it. How he saw that while driving, I don't know! Thanks to him finding it and us pointing it out to another guide who called it in on the radio, everyone in the park was able to drive over there after we left and see it! We also saw 6 lions, 3 black rhinos, and tons of waterbuck, impala, baboons, vervet monkeys, golden jackals, spotted hyenas, elephants, giraffes drawf/banded mongoose, hippos (in and out of the water!), more elephants, zebras, warthogs, buffalo, wildebeest, common eland, thomson/grant's gazelle, and still more elephants then I knew existed, and tons of birds (cormorant, egrets, herons, ibis, storks, flamingos, cranes, vultures, guineafowl, weavers, ostrich). The parks were beautiful and Tarangire was unique with the baobab and acacia trees. The safari vehicle was super fun with the pop-up top so you can stand and view the animals. As with the theme, they had more snacks and drinks then we could consume. It was comfortable but too short of a trip! This company ran like a well-oiled machine from the moment they picked us up from the airport to when they dropped us off after the safari. The porters were kind, professional, and amazing at their jobs. All the transportation was reliable and on time. The safari was two days of solid animals. Every lodge that we stayed at had wonderful staff and amenities. The food was great. The rooms were great. The flowering landscaping and swimming pools were great. This was truly the vacation of a lifetime and the only thing I wish was different was having more time for a safari. We are honestly looking at returning in a couple years and doing Mt. Meru and a longer safari. It was that good. You will not regret booking with Everlasting Tanzania!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Ellie H wrote a review Jan 2021
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With so many tour operators out of Arusha, it was a little overwhelming. Everlasting Tanzania was quick to respond, extremely knowledgeable, and able to recommend an itinerary that worked within our time and budget. It was effortless planning and once we arrived, we didn't have to think about anything except enjoying one of the best trips of our lives! We did a 4 night safari and 1 day at Kili. Ngorongoro crater is a MUST in my opinion - it's sort like like a giant bowl full of animals with incredible vistas. After that we moved to Central Serengeti and then nights in South Serengeti. At the last minute we ended up taking Tarangire off the itinerary and I have to say we definitely got a full experience without it. Saw the big 5 (minus the elusive cheetah), heards of elephants an arms length away, giraffes mating, wildebeest migration, 2 week old lion cubs, a lion turf battle, and so much more! Our driver Ludwig was the BEST we could ask for. If you're thinking of using Everlasting, recommend him for sure. He knows EVERYTHING. This company really went about and beyond to accommodate our tight schedule and strict diet (vegan) and I would 100% recommend!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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