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“Epic Honeymoon!!!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Access2Tanzania

Access2Tanzania
Ranked #10 of 214 Outdoor Activities in Arusha
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Owner description: No Worries! Planning a safari can be a very daunting experience. We will listen to your particular needs, provide unbiased advice, and help you plan a customized itinerary that is just right for you. We are Tanzania specialists offering virtually every park, every activity, and every accommodation in the country. Our sole focus is to carefully help you select what makes the most sense for you. And when you land, you will realize we quite seriously hire only superior guides. In fact, all our guides are full-time employees and unlike nearly all other companies, we do not hire temporary guides. Check out our website and then give us a call or send an email so we can get started.
Los Angeles, California
1 review
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“Epic Honeymoon!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

I'll start by saying we are experienced travelers and know how difficult it can be to choose a safari company. This was our honeymoon, so this trip was especially important to us. We checked multiple forums and references from friends who have been to Tanzania and ultimately decided on A2T because of their commitment to supporting the Tanzanian community and way of life. Casey tailored our trip to meet our exact needs with multiple calls scheduled to ensure our safari was just right. He did a great job of preparing us and getting us set up for a fabulous trip. Once we arrived in Tanzania, we were greeted at the airport by a guide named Willy; little did we know he would feel like family by the end of our 9 days with him! Willy was awesome - in addition to his genuine desire for us to have an amazing experience in his country, his incredible knowledgeable of wildlife, animal behavior, and the landscape was inspiring. There was no question he couldn't answer and was always patient and eager to share his knowledge with us.

A2T felt different from the other safari companies. They were honest - it never felt like they were cutting corners or trying to make an extra buck off of us. Additionally, they are based in Tanzania with a small fleet of vehicles so their clients are important to them - you're not just another tour group passing through.

When it's all said and done, A2T was an incredible choice and we had the safari of a lifetime!

Visited July 2014
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Brian_in_Brooklyn, Owner at Access2Tanzania, responded to this review, October 27, 2014
So glad you had a good honeymoon! Truly: Thank you for choosing and trusting us with your honeymoon!
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“Wonderful Trip to Tanzania”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

After much research we selected A2T for our trip to Tanzania. Karen worked with us to decide what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go. It was wonderful talking to her directly instead of just dealing with emails. Our ranger met us at the airport, took us to our hotel and picked us up the next morning. He then stayed with us for 6 days at three different parks. He was very knowledgeable and all arrangements were great. I would highly recommend them.

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Brian_in_Brooklyn, Owner at Access2Tanzania, responded to this review, October 27, 2014
So glad you had a wonderful trip! Thank you for coming on to tell others about it.
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“Amazing experience that exceeded our expectarions.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

We were a mother, two daughters, and a granddaughter. Three generations to deal with and all with very strong personalities. The daughter left behind just imagined the fights with us in a 4X4 for 7 days. Well, Access 2 Tanzania proved to accomplish the impossible by planning a Safari that kept our interest the entire time and supplying us with Fulgence as out guide. He was amazing - found every animal that we mentioned to him, had a smile on his face the entire time, polite, ate meals with us so that we could discuss the sightings of the day and supply us with all kinds of information about the animals. He was the perfect guide and the pictures we took are proving to everyone that they need to visit Africa. We did the Northern circuit and were impressed by the number of animals we saw every day, how close we got to the animals, and most importantly how beautiful the animals, the people, and the scenery of Africa. The people are very poor but they all had a smile on their face, very respectful to each other as well as to us, and were happy when anybody sold an article. All the women would make a special sound once a transaction was completed. It made me realize how much we in North America could learn from these people. The trip was one of a life time and we would like to extend a 10+ to Access 2 Tanzania, Karen and Fulgence for making our dream trip exceed our expectations. We would recommend this company to anybody planning a trip to Africa. The patience Karen showed us in planning the trip, in answering our many questions, the recommendations and listening to what we wanted from this trip, was unbelievable. Once we arrived, Fulgence was the icing on the cake. He never rushed us away from an animal we wanted to watch, always could see the animals in the distance and positioned the truck so we could get the best pictures. He was one in a million. The lodgings were great and the camp in the Serengeti was a real experience. Imagine lions roaring outside your tent, wild animals wanderings around at night and you feeling safe. When the lions roared and the hyenas made their sound, it was awesome. Also, they managed to deliver all this on a low to mid range budget. One of my daughters always stays at 5 star hotels, so there was concern about the lodgings we chose. She was pleased with every place, and enjoyed the hospitality of the people at the lodgings. Thank you Access 2 Tanzania and Fulgence! Also, to everyone's amazement, not one fight. That says it all!!

Visited July 2014
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Brian_in_Brooklyn, Owner at Access2Tanzania, responded to this review, October 27, 2014
Thank you for posting the review! We are all so glad you had such a great time!
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Livermore, California
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“Wow ...Wow...Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

It is hard to put into words just how wonderful our safari with Access 2 Tanzania was.

Our family of four, 2 adults and two teenaged boys, traveled to Africa in mid-June 2014. Like most travelers on safari, we wanted to see the wildlife, but since this was our first visit to a third-world country, we also wanted to learn about Tanzanian daily life and culture. We considered a wide range of options in planning this trip. On the expensive end of the spectrum, we considered some well known, but very expensive safari companies with group travel dates and glossy brochures. On the other extreme, we considered a “ friend of a friend “ who was starting up a safari company. After reviewing the information on Trip Advisor, we also decided to get quotes from three safari companies that were highly rated.

Once we started to work with the companies identified on Trip Advisor, we ruled out the “ glossy brochure” companies. We had a wide budget range for this trip, but we decided to focus on good value for a mid-range safari package. Good value and mid-range are, of course, subjective and figuring out what is good value to you is key. We made the final choice of Access 2 Tanzania based on Casey O’Connell’s help in developing an itinerary that was a good fit for our interests. Casey was instrumental in helping us develop an itinerary that encompassed the best of cultural, outdoor, and wildlife viewing activities. We were also interested in a mix of accommodations including safari lodges, permanent tented lodges and mobile-tented camps. Experiencing a bucket shower was a required element. Casey was also invaluable in helping us with suggestions on getting to Arusha, as we chose to fly to Nairobi and spend two nights there. Casey also recommended that we not spend time in the Western Corridor, which turned out to be a great choice, since we saw plenty of the migration in Serona and in the northern Serengeti.

Fulgence, our guide was outstanding! One family member is a serious photographer and Fulgence was amazing at finding wildlife, predicting their behavior and positioning the car for the best photographs. Besides being extremely knowledgeable, he was great fun to be around. He even gave our boys nicknames, which added to the experience.

Thanks to Access 2 Tanzania, the safari was perfect. I can’t imagine anything that could have been better. Based on the price, we thought that we had booked a mid-range safari, but everything felt first-class! Our only issue--- How will we ever take a trip again that even remotely compares with this fantastic experience?

Visited June 2014
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Brian_in_Brooklyn, Owner at Access2Tanzania, responded to this review, October 27, 2014
Wow! It was such a pleasure to read your review. I'm so glad your family had a great time. Thank you for taking the time to post this review.
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Reston, Virginia, United States
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“Post work safari”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Ray was an outstanding guide during our 3 + day safari in Tanzania. The accommodations were good (bee hive issue at Kudu Lodge and very little electricity at Tarangire Safari Lodge), but overall a great trip!

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Brian_in_Brooklyn, Owner at Access2Tanzania, responded to this review, October 27, 2014
Thank you for the review. Thank you for traveling with A2T! So glad Ray was outstanding for you. So sorry to hear about the issues at a couple of the accommodations. If there is anything we can do or learn, please do not hesitate to let us know.
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