In January 2020, I was doing a camping safari where I joined a group. I had booked with TinTin... read more
In January 2020, I was doing a camping safari where I joined a group. I had booked with TinTin... read more
My 3 friends and I did a 6 day game drive (safari) in Sept 2019. We organized our trip through Fred... read more
2 nov: Arrived at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to Nyota B&B
3-7 nov: 5 day/4 night safari (Manyara National Park, 2 days Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater)
8-12 nov: Climbing Kilimanjaro (Marangu Route)
13 nov: transfer to the airport
Price: $2200,- (incl transfers, B&B, food and drinks during the trips, etc. Basically everything except souvenirs and tips).
Let me start with a short review for the people who don't like to read: if you want an awesome vacation with enthusiastic and professional guides, just sent the guys from Tin Tin an e-mail and they'll take good care of you!
Right, now the longer review. When I was looking for a vacation in Tanzania I've e-mailed dozens of local tour operators since the Dutch operators charge you a lot more compared to the local ones. Tin Tin responded very fast and in a friendly and helpfull manner. After some e-mails back and forth in which I've asked close to a million questions on which combination of trips would be the best I decided to book my trip at Tin Tin Tours.
After the booking the hard part of the trip started. I had to wait like half a year before I could finally go :'( Luckily it was well worth the wait! I arrived at the airport the 2nd of november and I was transferred to the B&B. After diner in Moshi Freddy from Tin Tin came to the B&B to talk about the plans for the next 2 weeks.
After a nice breakfast the driver/guide and cook came to pick me up and, after picking up another guy who would join us on the safari, off we went to the Manyara park! Manyara was a nice and quiet park. We saw quite some animals during the day but the park saved the best for last. When we were heading towards the camp-site we saw a lion and a wildebeest with, what I guess, a tummy-ache. An awesome ending to a perfect first day!
The second day was simply mind blowing. If you can visit just one park then you should pick the Serengeti. The herds of wildebeests and zebra's are truly amazing. Wiki says there are 1.7 million wildebeest on the Serengeti and I think (I kinda lost count when I reached 913,728) we've seen every last one of them. The camping at the Serengeti was an quite an experience too. It's not every night that a pack of hyena's is eye-balling you when you walk to the car to get something. Because it was dark you could only see their eyes glowing in the light of the flashlight.
The second day at the Serengeti was just as amazing as the first one. We drove about 100 meters when we were greeted by a couple of nice giraffes (plenty of those around there!). I'm not sure, but I guess our guide/driver had some hawk-DNA in him. He spotted lions and jaguars from hundreds of meters away and trust me, especially the jaguars are very hard to spot when they're relaxing in the trees! Thanks to him we saw almost all the wildlife we could think of.
The last day of the safari's was nice too. The Ngorongoro crater is pretty small(ish) so you can see the whole park in a day. There was a huge pack of about 15 lions and we could get pretty close to some hippo's. Only downside of the safari's was that we didn't get to see the rhino's that live in the crater, but you obviously can't control what you're going to find during a safari.
After the safari's and a good night of sleep I was all prepared, or so I thought, to take a peek on top of the Kili. After the transfer to the Marangu gate and some paperwork, which was all taken care of by the guide, we started walking for 3 or 4 hours before we reached the first camp. The camps were basic but very nice. You got a bed in a 4-person room and there's a shared dining room where your cook makes sure you're not hungry! After some coffee the guide took me on an acclimatisation walk of an hour or so before diner. After diner and another cup of coffee or tea I called it a day. This basically was the same schedule the next 2 days. The first 3 days were very easy for me. I wasn't that tired, had a very good pace and didn't have any trouble getting used to the altitude... yet.
The 4th day was something else. We arrived at the last camp (Kibo) just before lunch. After lunch I prepared my backpack and went to bed to get some rest. At dinnertime I got up to eat something and discuss the plan to get to the top. We had to get up at about 0100 at night and leave at 0130. After an hour or two it literally felt like the altitude was killing me. I had some projectile vomiting going on and couldn't drink from my camelbak because the water was so cold my stomach couldn't handle it. We had tea in my backpack which was nice, but it was way below freezing and there was a very strong wind so there was no time to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea because you were freezing as soon as you stopped walking.
The rest of the +-6 hour hike was basically hiking and every hour or so a small break so I could puke my guts out. And just at the time that I thought I couldn't my guide said "there's the first peak!". After this peak the going got a little bit easier. And then, after several hours that I could've spent in a nice and warm bed instead of freezing my butt off while feeling quite sick, we saw the sign! Uhuru peak! We arrived just in time to see the sunrise. What an amazing view! It made me forget all about my stomach or my frost-nipped toes. Take my word for it, this is a sunrise you will never forget! After enjoying the astonishing scenery for 15 minutes or so it was time to get back down. Back at the Kibo camp there was time for a short nap, which was absolutely rejuvenating after the though night, and some soup. Because of the schedule we had to move on to the next camp but luckily it's easier going down the hill than up ;) After reaching the camp it was time for a nice diner and some well deserved sleep!
The last day was pretty easy although we had to cover quite some km's. After arriving at the gate again and receiving my certificate it was time to say goodbye to the amazing crew (it takes 6 guys in total to get some stupid tourist up that mountain) and get back to the B&B. After a nice shower and diner it was time to pack my bags because I had to catch my flight the next day.
All in all I'm more than happy the way Tin Tin arranged everything. All the staff was friendly, very helpful and patient. The food during the trips was better than I expected (who on earth carries a watermelon up a mountain?!). The B&B was good too, big plus was that I could leave a bag with stuff I didn't need over there during the trips.
We did a 4 day safari with Tin Tin tours, with a very good price comparing to the other agencies. Freddy is a great manager who helped us a lot to choose our safari.
Our jeep was big and safe which is very important when you spend most of the time in the car. Our driver and guide, Peter was very careful and he found the perfect spots to see the animals.
We had an amazing cook, Jonas, who made this safari even a better experience. He also tought us how to cook Tanzanian way.
Our tents were clean and not so old.
The campings we went were always clean. We never felt uncomfortable in this 4 days, and even saw the big five and lions hunting.
We were looking for a customized travel. This took us so much hours mostly of disappointment, until we got to Tin Tin Tours. We told them what we would like to do and they made it possible. We didn't expect luxury or anything big because you hear a lot about expensive safaris and we were really happy with the price Tin Tin Tours made for us with knowing that it was all customized only for us two. So we got to the Kilimanjaro Airport and met Freddy. Such a friendly and warm welcome made us feel safe an welcome. He took us to Nyota B&B where Irena was waiting for us. She was the one who cooked us the best Breakfast of Africa, every morning we stood up at Nyota B&B. Nyota B&B was very clean and we could also leave our big baggage there during our 3 day Safari trip. So after a nice night in Nyota B&B and a wonderful breakfast we got to know our Guide an Driver Punk and our cook Walter. Our two accompanists for the next 3 days. Walter made us every day a nice Lunchbox (for me extra vegetarian) an we went together with Punk to Lake Manyara Park, Ngorogoro Crater and to Tarangire Nationalpark. We saw the big 5 and a lot more. We never would have expect such amazing 3 days full of surprises, funny situations and a lot of informations all about the animals from Punk. Also it was a surprise for us how nice our Camping was. We expected a little tent where we would sleep in our sleeping bags. But we got a big Tent with two Beds in there. And the Campsite also had a pool. Fanaka Campsite is wonderful. At least what made it perfect were Walters Meals in the evening. He cooked with the simplest kitchen machinery and conjured delicious typical african meals. After those 3 Days we had to say bye to Walter and Punk. On our 4th day in Moshi we went to an Massai Village Tour. We got dressed up like the Massai and got to know their rituals, houses and the personalities. It was very impressive. At our last day we went to climb the first stage of the Kilimanjaro. A new guide (we can't remember the name, so sorry about that) came with us and we talked the whole walk about god and the world ;) We had a very nice conversation. The next morning Freddy came for us and took us to the bus station where we took the bus to DarEsSalam. Thank you very much Gail, Freddy, Punk, Walter. We had such a nice time with you and we can really recommend Tin Tin Tours as a competently and carefully Tour organization.
We had the pleasure of climbing Kili with Tin Tin Tours and their crew in July followed by a 5 day/4 night Safari.
Starting with the climb, what an experience with amazing guides! Our head guide was Augustine and Assistant Guide was Emmanuelle. Two amazing guys, very different but both an absolute pleasure to be around. We climbed the Lomosho route over 7 days and we cannot praise our crew enough. The guides were fun, supportive, genuine, informative and honest. The crew including the porters and chef were all friendly too although you don't see them as much as they walked faster to the next camp than us.
Augustine and Emmanuelle guided us up Kili with friendly, professional and enjoyable company all the way. They got me to the summit when I thought I wasn't going to make it and for that I will always be thankful. It really felt like a team of friends by the time we got to the top. Great guys!!
I would recommend Tin Tin and ask for Augustine and Emmanuelle as your guides. Loved every minute of our adevnture (apart from 5 hours of the summit climb!!).
We followed the climb with a safari staying in Accommodation booked by Tin Tin. No complaints about the three tented lodges we stayed in. We stayed one night in Tarangire National Park, 2 nights in North Serengeti and one night above the Ngorongoro Crater. Big sturdy tents but still camping where wild animals can come past. Brilliant!
The safari itself was amazing, we saw every animal possible for the area and were lucky enough to see the wilderbeast migration, although not crossing the river (we did wait as they wanted to but they knew crocs were waiting so moved off). More wildlife than I ever imaged we would see. Our guide Punk was very informative and got us to see Rhino and Leopard as well as the more abundant animals so we were happy! Be prepared to have long days in the back of the car, which is to be expected!
We had such a great, amazing safari for 4 days. Freddy organized everything so incredibly good. First we were going to have a group safari, but when we got back from climbing mt Kili, Freddy arranged a private safari for the same price! Our guide Deniz and the cook Moody were so nice to us. We really recommend this organization. Freddy will get you the best quality for the money you want to spend.
He even called after our safari to ask if everything went alright during our safari.
So if you are looking for a reliable organization to book your safari, this is the place to go for.
friendly, well organized and hardworking these guys are. day tours are everyday evolving with these guys.