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“The perfect safari experience”
Review of Wayo Africa

Wayo Africa
Ranked #25 of 475 Outdoor Activities in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Wayo Africa is a leader in authentic private safaris in beautiful remote locations in Tanzania. Specialized in safari activities - walking, biking, canoeing - and operating eco-friendly.
Reviewed April 5, 2014

After a personal recommendation, we chose to go on safari with Wayo Africa for our honeymoon. We gave them a general idea of what type of experience we wanted and they arranged everything for us. We asked to change around some things, and they accommodated every request we had. We did a combination of camping and staying in lodges and a combination of driving and walking tours, which was perfect for us. The green camps were well situated and well run. Our first camp was right across the river bed from a troupe of baboons, and it was amazing to be able to watch them while sitting in a chair outside our tent. We really felt like we were able to experience the African wilderness first-hand, and we felt good about them being environmentally friendly. Every part of the trip ran smoothly - all accommodations were excellent, the cars and planes were ready to pick us up when we expected them and all the guides were fantastic. The food was great, as were the cold beers waiting for us after a long hot day! We would definitely recommend Wayo Africa to anyone planning a safari in Tanzania who wants something a bit different from the traditional safari experience.

Thank manielle
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

Wayo Africa far exceeded our extremely high expectations. First of all, it was a pleasure working with Lana, Wayo's U.S. representative. She was very understanding and tailored the safari to our needs. We would recommend the itinerary she suggested for our 9 day/8 nights safari to anyone who is considering a trip to Tanzania. We visited 4 national parks (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti) and stayed at lodges and three Wayo green camps.

Every aspect of the safari was spectacular. Our guide, James, was very informative and professional and answered all of our questions, be it about Tanzania, the Maasai, specific animals, parks, plants, and even certain animal dung! We saw a remarkable number of animals during every game drive - never a dull moment.

For an unforgettable safari experience, staying at the Wayo green camps is a must! We even saw a herd of elephants walk by our camp at Lake Manyara and heard lions outside our tents at night. The accommodations were very comfortable and luxurious, even at the walking camp. Each and every one of the staff was polite and very attentive, often checking in to see if they could get us drinks, when we wanted our meals, etc. Every meal at the Wayo camps was delicious, more so than that of the lodges!

In short, Wayo went above and beyond to create the perfect safari for us. I would love to return to Tanzania and would definitely book a safari with Wayo again!

2  Thank Regina H
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

I am lucky enough to have done many safaris in Africa. Wayo Safaris has to rank as one of the best. This is not Africa behind glass, this is true African bush safaris with comfortable accommodation, great food, superb guides and the most wonderful positioning of camps. This is about the experience of being in the bush, being very close to the wildlife and having the peace, space and smells of Africa.

Lake Manyara camp has to be included on any safari. The camp is in a dry river bed (or wet if the rains are heavy) with permanent water in pools coming off the rift wall. Permanent water means game and the elephant are nightly visitors like great grey ghosts walking past, almost close enough to touch. Lion came in the first night we were there to much trumpeting and rumbling from the elephants which was then accompanied by the roaring of the lion and the barking of the resident, alarmed baboon. A cacophony of noise. The lion then watched us watching them for the rest of the day, about 80 yards from the camp. Elephant again came in the following night and more noise as the lion crossed to our side of the river and roared outside our tents... This set the scene for the most amazing safari from the green of Lake Manyara to the expanse of the Serengeti, waking up in the morning with what seems like the whole of Africa before you with giraffe slowly meandering in front of you. I could not recommend Wayo more and next time I am going to walk in the Serengeti or stay in the tree top in Tarangire. If you want a proper African experience, Wayo is it.

1  Thank Fiona C
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

When we first contemplated taking a Safari, we were hoping that we could really ‘experience’ Africa, not just see it. We came across Wayo Africa and found we could actually sleep ‘in the wild’ and walk on the land. This extraordinary adventure began by filling out an enquiry form on the Wayo Africa website. We were promptly contacted by Wayo’s representative in Canada, Laurie Moffitt Barr of EcoDiscoveries African Safaris. Laurie was our local connection with Wayo Africa. She gave us lots of information, options, and choices; then booked and confirmed all of our arrangements through the Wayo office in Arusha. Laurie also provided us with many little bits of information that only someone who has been there would know. All of this proved invaluable, removing any concerns we might otherwise have had. We’ll mention up front that all payments have to be made by cash transfers prior to the trip. No credit cards. This was perfectly safe.

Our Wayo Africa experience can only be described as magical! We went with high expectations. They were greatly surpassed!

James was our guide. He was pleasant, patient, professional and knowledgeable. He seemed to understand every creature from ant to elephant. He explained animal behaviors and habits in a way that actually had us predicting what they might do next. He has a great knowledge and appreciation of birds. And he explained to us how volcanic activity, erosion, rainfall and elevation caused the many varied landscapes of northern Tanzania through which we passed. James could see the elusive animals long before we did. James is a natural teacher who explained everything to us so well. And knowing what to anticipate created a high comfort level in us, so that we were never concerned about our safety. We trusted him completely to show us all there was to see, and he waited patiently while we tried to take it all in. James was also an excellent driver, handling uneven terrain safely and smoothly. We enjoyed being with him over the entire 14 days of our safari.

The Wayo Safari vehicle was very comfortable. The terrain can be rough, but we were never uncomfortable while game driving. The pop-up roof provided protection from the sun, and was perfect for observing the animals. We were the only 2 passengers, even though the vehicle could accommodate more. Wayo will not add others to your safari unless you request it.

We stayed in 3 Wayo Camps – Lake Manyara Green Camp, Central Serengeti Walking Camp, and Moru Kopjes Green Camp. They were all in beautiful remote locations. In these camps, we really felt that we were having an intimate experience with Africa. There were occasions when elephants, baboons, giraffe and other animals came into the camp while we would be dining at our little table in amazement. One night the buffalo were stamping around our tent. And we frequently heard lions roaring in the night. We will never forget these experiences. The Wayo staff in these camps were attentive, friendly, and thoughtful. The Chef prepared delicious meals in the camp. There was fresh fruit and hot and cold options for breakfast. We had requested yogurt ahead of time and it was available each morning. Lunch was available in camp, or boxed for a picnic if we didn’t plan to return during our game drive. Our 3 course dinners always started with a delicious soup followed by a flavourful meat dish, starch and vegetables, and/or salad. Coffee, Tea, Beer, Wine and Softdrinks were always available. Late afternoon, when we returned from a day of game driving, the Wayo camp Waiter would bring us warm water for our basin and shower. While we were getting cleaned up, he would start our campfire. And when we came out of our tent to relax beside the fire, he would return with a bowl of warmed nuts or popcorn for us to enjoy with a drink before dinner. Our Waiter would also do the house-keeping chores in our tent while we were away from the camp during the day. We felt really pampered, while enjoying our camping experience.

We had the new Wayo tents which are very spacious with a comfortable, raised king bed, bedside tables with solar lights, lounge area, and an open air bathroom attached to the back. In the bathroom there was a basin, a small mirror with a shelf, a towel rack, a comfortable pit toilet, and a hanging shower bucket with an on/off dial. It was very convenient having the bathroom directly accessible from our tent.

While on safari, we also stayed in 3 Tented Camps - Tarangire Safari Lodge, Mysigio Seasonal Camp Ngorongoro, and Ang’ata Migration Camp in the Ndutu area. All were in beautiful locations, had great tents, wonderful staff, and delicious food. All of these arrangements were made by our Wayo representative. We enjoyed staying in all 3 Tented Camps.

To sum up our Wayo Safari experience – We felt ‘special’… we had the best experiences, saw the most extraordinary sights, stayed in the most amazing places, and were treated with exceptional care. It was Magical! We went at a relaxing pace, but we covered so much territory and saw so much. Every encounter with the wildlife seemed incredible! We feel that we missed nothing - every animal we could have hoped for, and some we didn’t even know existed. We experienced the things you can't see from a vehicle while walking in Arusha N.P., Lake Manyara N.P. and the Serengeti Wilderness Zone. We witnessed the wildebeest migration and birthing time. 1.5 million migrating wildebeest along with zebra and gazelle were covering the short grass plains as far as the eye could see. The Ngorongoro highlands held some extraordinary up-close Maasai experiences. We caught a glimpse of their ancient culture. And the game drive through the Ngorongoro Crater was amazing! So many species live in this 260 sq. km. caldera. The Oldupai Gorge brought to life the importance of the work done by Louis and Mary Leakey. We really felt that we were looking into the ‘Cradle of Mankind’. We saw an unexpected variety of awe-inspiring landscapes. Every park had an atmosphere of its own. The Serengeti was a big surprise. We expected to see only grassland with a few Acacia trees here and there. But it is more than that – there are also green woodlands, and we stayed in a couple of areas with kopjes – huge mounds of hard rock that rise above the more erosion-prone soil of the plains, with their own eco-systems of plant and animal life different to the surrounding plain. There are so many varieties of Acacia trees, all beautiful in a prickly sort of way. James, our Wayo guide, helped us to understand it all. Yet we feel we have only scratched the surface, and there is an overwhelming desire to return.

After our safari, we spent 6 days in Zanzibar. All of our arrangements here were also made by Laurie and Wayo Africa.

Our first stop was Fumba Beach Lodge on the south-west coast of Zanzibar, on Menai Bay, a marine nature reserve. This was a tropically beautiful, relaxing, quiet place where the staff were attentive and friendly. Our accommodation was a Baobab Suite, a large, beautifully decorated beach house right on the Indian Ocean, with an outdoor bathroom built around a 1,000 year-old Baobab tree. We did a day-long excursion in a dhow with Safari Blue. We saw porpoises, stopped in 2 different locations to snorkel over beautiful coral reefs, and finished on a deserted island where we enjoyed a seafood BBQ lunch followed by a dessert of at least a dozen different varieties of fresh fruit. Fumba Beach Lodge was a perfect paradise in which to relax after our safari.

We then transferred to Stone Town, and the Emerson Spice Hotel. Stone Town hasn’t changed in the last 200 years. With its winding alleys, bazaars, mosques, and ancient buildings, it is exotic and fascinating. So is the Emerson Spice Hotel. On a small square right in the heart of the ancient town, you feel like you have stepped back into the time of sultans and Scherazade. Every room is lavishly decorated with a different theme. Again we found the staff to be welcoming, attentive and friendly. The rooftop restaurant prepares amazing breakfasts, and at the end of the day we toasted the sunset and thoroughly enjoyed our 5 course dinner looking out over Stone Town. Again, all arranged by our Wayo Africa representative.

From the moment we set foot in Africa we felt we were in the capable hands of Wayo Africa. All we had to do was enjoy, and savour every experience.

5  Thank FernwoodCottage
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

We just returned from a 2-week walking safari in Tanzania with WAYO. The experience exceeded expectations on all fronts. The staff at all of the camps (we stayed at four different camps in the Manyara, Ngorogoro, and Serengeti areas) were universally friendly, helpful and attentive. Food at all of the camps was delicious and interesting, as it highlighted many of the local dishes prepared in the area (the Massai corn was a special treat). The guides were fantastic; knowledgeable, interesting, and attentive to our particular interests (two in our group had a special interest in birds). The insights they provided regarding the flora, fauna, and the local peoples and culture truly made the trip memorable. Amenities in the camp were first-rate. Sleeping arrangements were very comfortable and little touches like linen table cloths and oil lanterns to light the way to the tent after dark made the experience very enjoyable. Environmental consideration of the operator was also appreciated as they do a great job of respecting the environment, the local wildlife, and have a green focus (solar lights, etc.). Lana was our trip coordinator based in the States and did a great job of designing a trip that met our unique expectations and requirements. Overall, WAYO is definitely a five-star safari operator.

Thank John H
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