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Access 2 Tanzania

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Access 2 Tanzania

If you are planning to book a trip of a lifetime to Tanzania, look no further than Access 2 Tanzania. We had an absolutely incredible trip with them and saw so much wildlife. Our guide, Raymond, was simply the best - very courteous, very knowledgeable, and great at spotting the wildlife. We saw a cheetah on a hunt catch a gazelle for her five cubs, a pack of more than a 100 elephants, and numerous lions and cubs come right next to our vehicle. These were just a few of the highlights that we saw with Access 2 Tanzania. The lodging was also wonderful during our stays in Arusha, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti. We look forward to another trip to Tanzania someday and it will be with Access 2 Tanzania.

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1. Re: Access 2 Tanzania

We used Access 2 Tanzania in 2014 and were very pleased with the trip they arranged. IT is nice to have a local company in Tanzania that has a local number here in the US. You kind of get the best of both worlds.

Thanks for sharing.

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We have used Access four times now, and will be using them again in February. They're wonderful. Ray isn't our guide, but I know him well -- we've spent time together in various contexts while we were on safari on virtually all our trips -- lunches, parties, transfers between airports . . . he's a charmer, a great guy, wonderful husband and father, and one of the world's truly sweet people. We love him.

Access is co-owned between an American couple here in the U.S. and a Tanzanian gentleman in Arusha. They have a full operation in Tanzania with their own vehicles and dedicated group of full-time guides (they only use their own well-trained guides who are paid an annual salary they can depend on even when they're not out in the field), their own garage and mechanics and full-time office staff. A very professional company with great people and exceptional service.

SteelCity, we'd love to hear more about your safari -- perhaps a detailed trip report like those you'll find under the first post on the forum! Photos would be fantastic, too!

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Could you share some info on the safari you have taken with access 2 Tanzania. How long what you saw where you stayed? I'm planning on going in Sept/Oct of 2017.

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Not sure which of us you're addressing, Pam, but here are trip reports for our last three safaris:

Jan/February 2011:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29374…

February 2014

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2015, in several parts:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29374…

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29374…

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29374…

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29374…

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29374…

Photos 2015

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29374…

I think these will give you a good idea of our experiences with Access. We'll be returning in 57 days, again with Said, our guide, through Access, our friends now and terrific outfitter. Hope this helps. I believe Stephen also has a trip report around here somewhere!!

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Thanks to the rave reviews and a very positive impression after speaking with Karen, my husband and I are doing on our first safari to Tanzania next month through A2T. I hope (and anticipate) that we will be as pleased as other travelers. Upon our return in February, I will post a trip report. I'm most grateful for the tips and advice I've received on this forum.

By the way, Sandyleelee, I've read and enjoyed both of the books you suggested and am reading others that were mentioned in earlier posts.

So far, all of our contacts with A2T have been very helpful and thoughtful, and dealing with them has been very easy. For example, I appreciated the fact that we could send a personal check to Minnesota for all of our payments.

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elizagib --

Congratulations! You are going to have a spectacular time! What's your itinerary? Do you know yet who your guide is going to be?

We also love being able to easily manage the payments with Access right here in the U.S. while having all the advantages of their office in Arusha. We always try to visit the office on our first day there and say "hey!" to Stella and whomever might be around that day.

We'll leave Los Angeles on 14th February and won't be back until March 7th, so hope you'll have your trip report up before we leave!

They're very good people, the Access crowd -- from Brian and Karen to the office staff to their wonderful guide to their in-house mechanic, they're all warm, bright and terrific people. I am confident you've chosen well and are in for a great safari!

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Hi Pam,

I've also been with Access twice, and thoroughly enjoyed both trips. You can find my reports here:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29374…

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29374…

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Thanks! I'm quite excited. We don't know our guide yet but should soon. We are going from Arusha to Manyara, to Ngorongoro, to Ndutu, to the Serenget, then on to Zanzibar. We have nine and a half days of mainland safari.

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We also did a safari with Access 2 Tanzania with our kids back in 2009. Our guide was Mussa. We had an absolutely amazing and life changing trip. Here is the link to my trip report:

http://tinyurl.com/jdtu453

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One of the TOs we contacted was Access. They were focused on fitting us into their pre-arranged itinerary, weren't interested in our preferences. Very rigid about the process. It was quite unpleasant to deal with them, so after a few interactions we gave up and crossed them off our list.

No other TO (I think we contacted 6) was difficult in this way at all.