Bright African Safaris provided our family of five with the best vacation we have ever had. The tour guide, Chandei, was excellent -- intelligent, knowledgable and professsional, and our kids still talk about him constantly. The transportation was comfortable, the scenery and animals were spectacular, the itinerary very interesting, and the hotels ranged from okay to great to amazing. It is a Tanzania-based company, which is important to us in terms of supporting the local economy. Msangi did almost everything he could to tailor the itinerary to our desires and needs.
Some of our highlights: hunting with a local tribe, talking with fisherman on a lake at sunset, a massive wildebeast stampede, a visit to a village where the people grow bananas, carve wood, make coffee, honey and banana beer, seeing lions, elephants and zebra really up close, wading through a rushing stream after a heavy rain, colorful and talented local performers.
The hotels ranged from okay (the Kibo Palace, Arusha Coffee Lodge and Ngorongor Serena) to very good (Lake Masek Tented Camp and Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp). I was enchanted by the Manor Hotel at Ngorongoro, loved the Kisimangeda Tented Camp on Lake Eyasi and very much enjoyed the Sandies Neptune Pwani Beach Resort in Zanzibar.
We highly recommend Bright African Safaris! The only problem -- our children have now found that any other trip, no matter how great, just doesn't measure up to Tanzania!
(Some tips: don't overload on mosquito stuff, medicines, cameras and binoculars as I did -- travel light. Do take a sweater or windbreaker for morning drives, a couple of skirts or dressier pants for the evening, lots of camera memory cards and a small flashlight. The vehicles have charging stations, great for long drives. We changed locations almost every night, which was great for sightseeing, but do organize your trip so that you have a least one point mid-way where you can get your laundry done.)
Thanks Msangi, Chandei and Bright African Safaris!
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