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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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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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Chelsea wrote a review Oct 2020
Port Townsend, Washington19 contributions
The folks of Everlasting Tanzania truly go above and beyond in every facet of your journey. From the minute I emailed them, Sam was quick to inquire our specific desires and goals: from then on it was pure magic. He created a custom adventure that checked all of the boxes. The moment we landed at the Kilimanjaro Airport, we knew we were in good hands with Alouise. Guides George, Michael and Peter kept in touch with us during our stay to ensure we were well prepared for our Kilimanjaro climb and the safari after. In our case, one of our party became affected by altitude sickness, but we had no concerns as the guides, porters and the entire crew took amazing steps to ensure our safety. They were honest and up front with various options. When we chose to turn back, we were met that evening with Robert to devise a game plan to best use our remaining days - transforming our 5-day safari into 10 days we will never forget. You will be well fed, safe and well cared for while traveling with the amazing guides of Everlasting Tanzania. With them, you are more like family than tourists. They care about you, your well being and ensuring you get to see your dreams through. Their knowledge base is expansive - Peter was our walking encyclopedia. They are patient, kind and understanding - they make you not want to ever leave! We are already planning on our return to see the wonderful friends we have made.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Kelsie O wrote a review Feb 2020
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I researched so many different companies to hike my Kilimanjaro with and I was blown away by how amazing Everlasting Tanzania was! I didn’t have to worry about any of the details once we were in Africa! I felt so safe, organized, motivated, and absolutely loved all of our guides and porters! We had a dream to make it to the roof of africa...and Saidi and Michael did everything in their power to help make that happen! We even changed the course we originally decided on because he knew it would help us be successful to reach the summit safely! They checked our oxygen levels everyday to make sure it was safe to continue and they constantly helped us make sure to drink plenty of water and if we needed any medication they had it! Saidi has had additional training as a guide to help us in the mountain and has been a porter and guide for many many years! I felt so safe and taken care of the entire time!! THANK YOU!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Katherine wrote a review Feb 2020
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We did a 7 day hike up Kilimanjaro (Machame route) + 3 day safari (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater). We had the most amazing trip all thanks to Saidi (our lead guide) and his entire team. In the end, all 19 of us summited Kilimanjaro and we truly could not have done that without the entire Everlatsing Tanzania team. Not only were they incredibly experienced (giving detailed instruction on how to dress each day, knowledgeable of the route, provided care and support when a couple of us were altitude sick), they made the entire experience so fun. We started each morning with singing and dancing with all of the porters and had 3 delicious hot meals a day. The Everlasting Team made the hike incredibly safe and fun - certainly a trip I will remember for decades to come. Lastly, the safari at the end was also a wonderful experience - we stayed at beautiful lodges and had very knowledgeable and hilarious guides for our safari jeep tours. All I can say is a big THANK YOU to Saidi and the entire Everlatsing Tanaznia team for the trip of a lifetime. I couldn't have imagined this experience with another guide group. Highly highly recommend.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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