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Amani Afrika

#106 of 2,162 Tours in Arusha
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Arusha, Tanzania
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About Amani Afrika
Amani Afrika is a licensed local tour operator for Kilimanjaro climbs and East Africa safaris. We specialise in bespoke itineraries, private tours and boutique personal service for the free, independent travelers. Areas of service include: mobile camping safari, luxury safari, family vacation, Zanzibar holiday, honeymoon, Africa destination wedding, budget safaris for volunteers, educational tours for school groups, trekking or mountain biking tours and other adventure travel holidays. We are committed to responsible, sustainable tourism and do not organise any hunting trips. A portion of our proceeds go towards SIChildren, a charitable organisation wholly funded by Amani Afrika.
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Jemma H wrote a review Aug 5
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To the organiser: Thankyou so much to Vivian for organising such a fantastic trip and being so attentive to details to our preferences. We even made last minute changes, and nothing was a problem. You were in touch whenever we needed you, Thankyou! Our Guide George: We were accompanied by THE BEST SAFARI GUIDE EVER! George was professional from the moment he picked us up and after 5 days together we felt like he was our friend enjoying the safari with us. The moments we experienced together were incredible and we saw all of the Big 5 more than once thanks to him! We learnt so much not only about animals but about the Tanzanian way of life. If you ever go in safari make sure you ask for him, our experience with George just completely made our trip. Special mentions: Ecoscience camp We especially would like to highlight out special treatment in the eco science camp. Despite being a drive away from the safari park it was well worth it, the welcome we had from staff and general treatment was so kind. They really made us feel like we were on our honeymoon. We were amazed to see elephants only 100m away from us while we were having breakfast what an experience. Cherero camp: This was our treat of the trip, and absolutely 100% worth it. We were treated as though we were the king and queen. The views were amazing, the lodge was beautiful, the food was divine, the staff were so kind
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Kane D wrote a review Aug 1
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If you’re a planning a trip to East Africa book through Amani Afrika, you won’t regret it. Vivian was fantastic right from the start when planning our trip. She listened to what we wanted to do and see and tailored the trip for us. She was very responsive and the attention to detail was incredible. All of the accommodation we stayed in was exactly what we wanted. Comfortable, clean, staff were friendly and food was great. We started our trip in Uganda for a gorilla trek. Richard, our guide was great fun all the way and very knowledgeable. We then moved on to Tanzania for safari in the Serengeti with our guide Augustine. Again he was very knowledgeable and took great care of us. We especially loved the game drives where he took us to more isolated areas of the Serengeti with less crowds to get up close to the wildlife. Finally we finished our trip in Zanzibar for a relaxing few days on the beach. I can’t thank Amani Afrika enough for the most incredible trip which surpassed our expectations. We will definitely travel to east Africa through Amani Afrika again.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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William S wrote a review Jul 2022
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We contacted Vivian at Amani Afrika just after our engagement for help with curating a honeymoon in Tanzania. My then fiance and I knew absolutely nothing about Tanzania or traveling there, but from the very first time we connected with Vivian we felt immediately at ease. Within a matter of hours she had shared with us a powerpoint with photos and detailed descriptions for her recommended itinerary. When we were in the planning stages, COVID was still a major issue in the US and with international travel, but Vivian was on top of all of the latest rules, regulations and required procedures, which was a huge help. Amani made all parts of the process easy - from payment, to itinerary decisions, to detailed communications in the weeks leading up to our departure. The trip itself - which included 2 days in Arusha/Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro, followed by 5 days in the Serengeti at Cherero Camp, and then 5 days in Zanzibar - was absolutely fabulous from start to finish. Our guide for everything on the mainland was an incredibly kind, helpful, and knowledgable gentleman named Wilson, who was a godsend. He had an answer to every question, and knew EVERYTHING about the wildlife we saw in the parks. We would love to reunite with Wilson if we ever return. As for accommodations, we were very impressed with everything that Vivian had lined up for us, and there were no surprises (other than good ones!). We could not recommend Amani Afrika more strongly. Vivian and her team are incredible, and made us two very happy honeymooners!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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fanofyanks79@gmail.com wrote a review Jul 2022
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I recently returned from a 16 day safari to Uganda,Rwanda,Kenya,and Tanzania.Vivian did an amazing job of making sure every detail and every connection was seamlessly made.Trekking the gorillas,seeing red tailed monkeys,chimpanzees,lions,leopards,cheetah,buffalo,wildebeest,zebra,gazelles,seeing the birth of a gazelle,countless beautiful birds,hippos,warthog,all kinds of antelope,visiting a tribal village,spending time at their school,the crater,a balloon ride all part of an incredible experience.My guides were wonderful,all the camps were amazing with a special shout out to Meka and all the terrific people at Kicheche.Thanks so much.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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sashahobson wrote a review Dec 2021
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We spent a month in Africa, and three weeks of the trip we booked through Amani Afrika. We spent a week in Uganda, a week climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and a week-long safari in Tanzania. We worked with Vivian for a year planning our trip, working out all the kinks, and making sure everything was in order. We originally were planning to take this trip in 2020, but because of covid we postponed to 2021. Vivian was extremely helpful moving our trip, making sure we had every document needed to enter and exit Uganda and Tanzania. Vivian was fantastic working with us during the constant changing travel rules as a result of covid and at one point spoke with us weekly to keep us updated. Any time we had a question she didn’t know she sought it out via her contacts within the country and got us an answer. Without her and Amani Afrika’s diligence we would have never had the confidence to pursue the trip in 2021 and would have certainly delayed again. Once we arrived in country Vivian was available every step of the way if we needed help or just had a question. She even made the trip out to introduce herself in person before we headed off to climb Kili. She was a joy to work with, and she planned us a beautiful and unforgettable trip. We were in Uganda from August 9th-August 15th, 2021. Upon entering the country, we had to provide a negative COVID test and present our vaccine cards. If you were not vaccinated, you had to do a PCR test at the airport and wait until you got results. I am not sure what the protocol is now, so I would check a week before your departure. Once out of the airport, we were greeted by a driver from Africa Tours Adventure. He drove us to our hotel, we had dinner, and met Richard, our tour guide for the week. During our week in Uganda, we drove through the country visiting multiple National Parks on the way. We had the privilege of getting to see Chimpanzees, Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, Lions, Leopards, and so much more. The country itself is absolutely breathtaking and everyone was extremely nice and welcoming, Richard, our guide, was fantastic. He is very knowledgeable on all the animals in the parks, navigating through the country, and showing us the beauty of his country. You can tell he really loves his job. Our time in Uganda was amazing, but Richard made it that much better. Thank you again Richard! After we left Uganda, we flew into Tanzania where we stayed from August 16th-August 31st, 2021. We did not arrive at Kilimanjaro airport till about 02:00 AM because of flight delays. Once we arrived, we had to get a rapid PCR test, and provide a negative COVID test to enter the country. We did not get to our hotel till about 03:30 AM. After sleeping for a few hours, we met with our lead guide, Marwa, that would be taking us up the mountain. He briefed us and checked our gear to make sure we were ready to make the journey. Whatever we did not need, we were able to leave at the hotel while we hiked. We also got to meet Vivian in person this day. Thanks for stopping by Vivian! We booked the Lemosho 8-day trek and were on the mountain from August 17th-August 24th, 2021. I spent my 28th birthday on the mountain and they baked me a cake and sang me happy birthday. An unforgettable birthday to say the least. Climbing Kili was not a walk in the park, but most of it was mental. One of the coolest and hardest things I have ever done. Oh, and be prepared for your knees to really hurt when it’s time to descend. No one ever mentions that. Marwa was our lead guide and Nixon was our assistant guide. We had 4 people in our group, 2 guides, and 21 porters. They made our trek amazing, from the food, encouraging us every step of the way and carrying everything needed to camp, from the little stuff like hot water bottles for night, hot water to wash your hands, toilet paper, etc. Especially summit day where they did everything but physically carry us up. They held our bags if needed, warmed our hands, encouraged us with kind words, and my favorite they sang to us. What an amazing group of people and I am grateful every day that we were able to achieve such an accomplishment with them. Once we were off the mountain and said our goodbyes to our Kilimanjaro group, we headed off to see some of Tanzania’s National Parks. Our guide’s name was Raymond, and he was with us the last week we were in Tanzania with Amani Afrika. We visited Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro Crater, and spent a lot of time in Serengeti NP. We got to see the great migration, countless lions, and leopards. We saw pretty much every animal but the Rhino. One of the most memorable parts of this part of the trip was seeing three leopards hanging out and playing with each other. It was AMAZING. Raymond was so kind, and really showed us the beauty of Tanzania. He was a joy to be around. He was just as excited as us seeing the animals and telling us about them and the country. Thank you again Raymond! We had such a great time! This trip was a trip of a lifetime, and I will have beautiful memories for the rest of my life! Thank you, Vivian, and Amani Afrika, for planning us such a great trip and making it so seamless and effortless on our part! I 100% recommend Amani Afrika and if we ever to go back to East Africa, we will be booking though them again. Also, please don’t hesitate to message me if you have questions or want specifics of the trip. This review would be triple the size if I broke everything up day by day. One thing I wish I knew before we went. If you plan to use USD, make sure the bills are all new. Everywhere we went if the bills had a rip, writing, marks, stamps, or were old bills they didn’t accept them. We had about $300.00 that was useless because we didn’t know. Just go to the bank before you leave the US and get new crisp bills and save yourself the headache. And don’t tip people with ‘bad’ money either. We were told the banks won’t take the money, so it is useless to them.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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