On a recent trip to Mwanza, I found my self using Vic Consult to assist with planning of some day excursions in town. I found them through a previous trip through the Serengeti in 2012, and the service has stayed stellar since then.
Victor helped me put together a great day in and around Mwanza. Our first stop was a tour of some of the sights of Mwanza via boat. The boat we took was a small, hand made craft piloted by some laid back local guys. They steered us first out to the famous rock formation in the bay, which provided a very close photo op of the most recognizable landmark of Mwanza. From there, we saw both the fishing market (a little stinky but very cool) and a small outlying island. During the trip, we saw kingfishers, otters, Nile monitors, and vervet monkeys. We also got a chance to see some local fisherman, although Victor was unable to find a reasonable price for their Nile Perch catch.
After the tour, and a quick lunch, we visited the Sukuma Museum. This was an interesting spot, if not a little worn from age. I have had the opportunity to see several different tribes throughout east Africa and appreciated the chance to learn about the Sukuma as well. I would rank this as something nice, but not a must see if you're not highly interested in the Sukuma people.
I also used Vic Consult to arrange my Kilimanjaro climb, through a partner in Moshi. Victor was extremely responsive in setting this trek up, making all arrangements for transportation upon my arrival in Moshi and working to create an itinerary on the Machame route. I successfully made the peak, thanks in big part to a trip set up by Victor. I would make sure to find out what all is covered through the partner group while booking, as my lodging for the first evening in Moshi was not included in my trip. It was, however, very nice to book through Victor who I was able to trust for both day trip plans and my Kilimanjaro trip.
Overall, Vic Consult delivered yet another well planned trip and excellent customer service. Victor not only planned my day trips, but assisted with finding lodging and transportation while in Mwanza. I was excited to email Victor once I returned to Moshi from my successful Kilimanjaro climb. I owe Victor for another great visit to Tanzania!
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