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Anyone have any experience with AfricanMecca Safaris?

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Anyone have any experience with AfricanMecca Safaris?

Trying to plan a safari next year with them and haven't been able to find any recent reviews. Thanks!

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1. Re: Anyone have any experience with AfricanMecca Safaris?

I went on a trip with them in November 2016 and it was one of the best trips of my life (and I have been on a lot of great trips). I was taking a last minute business trip to Kenya and my husband and I decided to go on a safari. My husband does not like small planes which would have been the best way to get from Nairobi to Masai Mara, so AfricanMecca did a driving experience with 2 travel days and 2 days in Masai Mara. He did an amazing job though of finding us parks to see along the way and ending the last day with now my favorite hotel in the world (safari like experience) that he arranged for us to stay late to further enjoy the experience. They really did go above and beyond - talking to me several times to make sure I was comfortable. And the guide they got for us was equally phenomenal. My husband is not the best traveler and AfricanMecca Safaris made sure to give us reassurance about food options - which were great etc. I am happy to answer any more specific questions because I really thought they were wonderful. If you look at my profile too I rated all the hotels we stayed in.

New York
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My family used these guys about a month ago. Excellent service - I had to go to a few other places within East Africa on my stay, and they accommodated everything (flight, pickup, dropoff etc.) and gave me excellent recommendations within Safari. Had tons of questions, but they always showed us respect.

Pickups and service were always prompt, which was important as we were traveling with a small child. Food options were taken care for us before we even arrived.

All in all, a very pleasant experience.

Bridgewater NJ
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I had the great pleasure of taking a safari with AfricanMecca Safaris back in August of 2013 and to this very day it has been the most memorable experience of my life. There was no detail of the 10 day trip left unturned..... from the minute we arrived in Nairobi to when we headed back home. Throughout the trip we had several guides at various locations and each one was professional, friendly and not to mention very informative. AfricanMecca will work with you to customize the trip you would like. Honestly you can trust that when you book your vacation/safari with AfricanMecca you can be assured that it will be the experience of a lifetime. The staff at African Mecca is by far the best I have every worked with and I would 100% recommend AfricanMecca.

Allentown...
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We had the good fortune of selecting AfricanMecca Safrais to plan our trip to South African. No detail was omitted and all our requests were perfectly arranged. Our visit to Cape Town was superb, as were the excursions. All of the accommodations were outstanding with game viewing from our porchs. The guides were so knowledgeable and courteous. On the first day of our safaris we saw the "big five" and each following day was a new adventure, with more exciting encounters. Raza was so helpful and went out of his way to ensure our trip was memorable. He far exceeded our expectations.

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Being a picky and detailed traveler, I did a lot of research and started narrowing down the places we wanted to visit. Raza continuously and thoroughly answered my numerous emails filled with lists of a few hundred questions. His response time, accuracy and detail in providing these answers was outstanding. He always provided full answers with examples and advice. Being a skeptic that I am, and a few reviews not being enough to seal the deal for me, I emailed one of the locations we planned to stay and asked about African Mecca and received a favorable response. Not only did that seal the deal for me but also made me comfortable in knowing all I had believed were true.

Once all was said and done, the 4 of us set out on our trip which ended up including South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Not only did we receive exceptional courteous service everywhere but also African Mecca's pricing for our booking was extremely reasonable. In most places, we received the same price we would pay if we booked directly with the lodge/camp with the added benefit of someone taking care of everything for us. And in others, we felt the few extra dollars were worth the service we received in return. Every step of the trip was thought out, planned carefully and executed impeccably. We were met at each airport by representatives that Raza had selected, handed an itinerary, transported to our destination, and picked up again to be taken to the next airport. The ease with which we moved through our fast paced itinerary allowed us to enjoy ourselves and have a continuous smile on our faces that nothing could wipe off. Having gone to Egypt on our own and experiencing the madness of a place like Sharm El Sheiklh with the maddening hassle of dealing with taxis and not having a package deal, we truly appreciated what we received through African Mecca.

Raza made sure to convey all our requests and add his own to each location to make sure we received the rooms we wanted and the guide of choice in the case of Chobe Game Lodge.

There's not enough praise I can give to Raza and African Mecca for all their help, advice, and pampering they provided prior to our trip and all the work they put into making sure we had no worries and everything went smoothly during our trip. We all highly recommend Raza and African Mecca as a travel expert to book all your needs in Africa. Although we've never met Raza, he has become more than a travel expert. He's become a friend. We hope to be able to go back to Africa again one day.

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I planned a trip with AfricanMecca in 2013 and it was by far one if the best trips we ever did. Raza and his team at AfricanMecca truly go out of their way to customize the trip for their clients. Do not hesitate to book with them they are well worth it!!!

Hanoi
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7. Re: Anyone have any experience with AfricanMecca Safaris?

Did you book with them? How was your experience?!

Bridgewater NJ
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8. Re: Anyone have any experience with AfricanMecca Safaris?

I can honestly say that when you book with AfricanMeccas you will have the experience of a lifetime. Raza and his team plan everything down to the last detail. With their professionalism, courteous manner and knowledge of Africa this group is undeniably one of the best in the business. I booked with AfricanMeccas in 2013 and must say this was the most unbelievable trip I had ever experienced, they customize the trip to exactly what you are looking for. Trust me you will be in the best of hands if you book with AfricanMecca Safaris.

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Bridgewater NJ
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10. Re: Anyone have any experience with AfricanMecca Safaris?

I would like to reply to the comments made by Philip1994 since he believes my response was a fake review. I can assure you that you are absolutely incorrect in your statement. I have written several reviews for Trip Advisor based on my experience of booking with AfricanMecca, 1) Arusha Wildersun Tours (booked in conjunction with AfricanMecca on the Tanzania portion of our trip dated 9/10/13, 2) Little Governor's, Massai Mara (booked by AfricanMecca) dated 8/28/13 and 3) Royal Mara (also booked by AfricanMecca dated 8/30/13). All of these were exemplary reviews based on my experience of booking a safari in East Africa and Tanzania with AfricanMecca. Interestingly enough when I read the other responses to this question they are all in agreement with the favorable reviews of this safari group, despite having traveled in different locations ---so we are all doing fake reviews.??? No,I am sorry to say that I was a real tourist that traveled with AfricanMecca and can honestly say it was truly the best experience. If you don't believe me then call for yourself and speak with Raza at AfricanMecca.

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