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Maape Tanzania Safaris

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Lee W. wrote a review Yesterday
Annapolis, Maryland1 contribution
Review (TripAdvisor? Other) of Maape/Allan Warning – this is going to be LONG because of all the ways it was excellent. Short version: I can’t imagine any way in which any guide or operation could exceed what we experienced with Allan Mollel and Maape Tanzania Safaris. Longer version (with the most important stuff at the end!): Allan Mollel gave us the most personalized, professional experience I can imagine. Prior to the trip, we exchanged a couple dozen emails/messages, and we had about 4-5 video conference calls. He listened to us and presented appropriate options for what we were looking for and made great recommendations on timing, altering our itinerary to optimize our experience. All of the upfront stuff was both fun and easy, and we were reliant on him for all that we didn’t know – the end result of which is to say – put yourself in his hands and let him drive the experience – it’ll be great. My wife is a veterinary specialist, and I’m a biodiversity geneticist and we’ve both lived in exotic tropical locales and have much experience in and with nature, so we’re not rookies by any means, and we can be a bit difficult to impress (and we’re probably not easy “clients” due to all of that!). From the time we got picked up at the airport by Allan– they took care of our needs and seemed to be able to anticipate many things we weren’t – how easy we should go on the first night and day, given our travels – keeping the itinerary reasonable. Not overwhelming or pushing limits on day 1 in the park, knowing we were coming back early in the morning to do it again. In the middle of the trip, on a day we started extra early (which resulted in us having the Ngorongoro Crater to ourselves for several hours!) he knew to wrap up a bit early – and after the drive back – we were definitely exhausted, so it was the right call for sure! There were several other aspects of logistics and operation that were flawless – his care and feeding of the vehicle, cooler, camps, camp staff, were amazing. And us – letting us know what to anticipate the day prior, checking in on how we were doing – food, energy level, plans – and at every stop – when we’ve had enough, and checking in with us when there were options, etc. I found it amusing towards the end to think back to day one and how patient he’d been at letting us linger on the most common of animals that we were seeing for the first time – him knowing that we would see scores, but that we were still experiencing it with fresh eyes and thinking how cool it was… By far, from my perspective, one of the reasons I would most recommend Allan (and already have to my friends at my home institution – not an easy crowd to impress) was Allan’s knowledge. It started with animals that we were seeing that were juveniles – and his knowledge about the life histories of each species – so then of course as we saw more, we asked about those – life history, ecology, breeding systems, habits and habitats, - you name it – Allan was a fount of knowledge. Forget about his ability to spot things (and anticipate behaviors!) – which was SICK – when he stopped and backed up and we all grab binocs and stare where he is looking – and off in a tree – he spots an owl – and we still need instructions on where to find it – and it still took some of us minutes to spot it – and he saw it from 125 meters doing 50kph!) (or when he saw a blurry photo I’d taken and recognized that it MIGHT be a very rare spotting – so we backed up a kilometer and found it – and it was!) or the distance at which he spotted the cheetah – unbelievable! The other reason to most strongly recommend Allan is that he is genuinely a GREAT PERSON. He had time to interact with us; he patiently answered so many questions, but also took the time to get to know us as a family and to let us get to know him – and it turns out he’d come to the US way back when for a couple years of intensive training in conservation – hence his phenomenal knowledge and ability to communicate it, as well as his appreciation of ecosystems and the need to preserve them. Combined with his anthropological perspective of humans living in and with the environment – it was refreshing to say the least. I usually don’t take the time to write reviews – because typically my experience is not outside the normal distribution of experiences in either direction – but this one was – it was incredible – made all the more so because of Allan, his efforts and professionalism and his genuine nature. We discussed a premature nugget of an idea for a future trip and he’s already investigating potential itineraries and schedules so that we might begin to establish expectations. Trust me – if we go, it WILL be with him, no doubt – if he’s busy – we’ll postpone until he’s available – factor 1 – timing so that we can put ourselves in his hands once again. You can comfortably do the same, you won’t be disappointed.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Anne W wrote a review Jan 9
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This was my second trip with Allan Mollel and Maape Safaris and this one exceeded all expectations of a what was already expected to be, a wonderful trip. Allan’s encyclopedic knowledge of wildlife and plants was amazing. He has unending patience for questions and photographs and goes out of his way to ensure the best view and best shot. Our trip was very organized and diverse. We saw a wide variety of mammals and birds and reptiles. I plan on traveling all over Africa with Allan as our guide!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Johnnymack30 wrote a review Oct 2019
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My wife and I traveled to Tanzania for a two week trip to climb Kilimanjaro and go on safari. Allan and Maape Tanzania Safaris came highly recommended from a friend, and we could not have asked for a better experience!!! Allan was excellent to work with- from planning the vacation to answering questions and of course the actual trip was fantastic. Allan was able to coordinate our kili trek with a company that Mappe works with and it worked out perfectly. The trek guide (Kili dreamers) was outstanding as well and it made the booking process very simple. Our 4 day trip with Maape covered cultural village tours as well as two full day game drives. We saw a ton of amazing animals and had a great experience. The accommodations were also amazing along the way. Our guide was Babenga, whom I would highly recommend! Babenga was so knowledgeable on all aspects of the trip including the local culture and of course the animals. We could not have asked for a better guide. Overall, Maape, Allan and Babenga were all very professional, knowledgeable and of course very friendly. They all come with my highest recommendation and we thank them for everything.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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valesm@msn.com wrote a review May 2019
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We just returned from a trip to Africa where we took a four-day safari with Maape Tanzania Safaris, Ltd. I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to meet Allan A. Mollel, who was the most amazing person and the best guide we could have ever hoped for. I feel as if I have made a new friend in this world. He patiently and respectfully shared his country, culture and his knowledge every single moment we were in his presence. There was not one question that went unanswered. I learned so many incredible things and also have a new perspective on things that I thought I knew. He made us feel comfortable and I felt as if he not only cared about our experience as his clients but also personal guests in his homeland. He was very thoughtful and arranged for a birthday celebration for my daughter during our stay with a cake and a special song and dance from the wonderful staff at our lodging. All of our accommodations were amazing and the staff were nothing short of wonderful people. This was an incredible experience and one that I would repeat.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Shaye wrote a review May 2019
Shinyanga, Tanzania2 contributions1 helpful vote
Our trip with Maape Tanzania Safaris was better then we could have ever expected! During our trip we had the pleasure of meeting Allen and having him as our tour guide. This review will never do justice to how above and beyond Allen went to make this trip memorable for my family and I. He was knowledge about anything and everything we asked him, was amazing at spotting animals and other attractions that he thought we may be interested in, and was personable and easy to talk to. Allen knows exactly what he is doing when he books lodging for safaris as we stayed in two beautiful places staffed with individuals who, like him, were attentive and welcoming. We had a very limited amount of time during this trip and Allen did all that he could to make sure our time was used appropriately and we could see everything we wanted to see during our short time here. Words cannot express how grateful we are to have gotten such an amazing guide and we would recommend Maape Tanzania Safaris to anyone without hesitation!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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