We had an amazing trip! We found Tandala Expeditions through Airbnb where we booked Aziz Hajee's house in Usa River, between Arusha and Moshi. Aziz organized a four day safari during our stay at the house. It was great to land a first few days at the house and get to know the surroundings, then an intense four day safari, and then again a few relaxing days at the house. Perfect.
The house Sangananu is absolutely gorgeous and we cannot reccommend it highly enough. It has everything - truly tasteful furninshing, supernice beds, spacious rooms, breathtaking views from the lovely veranda, lush gardens, nice and clean pool, helpful staff and it all feels very safe and comfortable.
Everything during this trip was so well arranged and we had no hassle anywhere really - the trips were quite smooth everywhere. Richard was our assigned "handyman" who helped us with everything from shopping to airport to trips to Arusha or Moshi.
During our safari trip we had Gabriel as our private guide. He was very nice and had great knowledge about animal life in the area and he expertly showed us everything we could have expected. The big five, but so much more.
The first day we went to Lake Manyara Park (very nice but perhaps the least necessary park to visit, compared to the other two) before driving into the Ngorongoro crater where we stayed at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Breath taking views over the crater. Quite chilly here though - make sure to bring an extra sweater.
The next day we had a full days game drive in the crater. So FUN. We saw rhinos, elephants, lions so close we could have reached out and touched them, hippos, zebras and so on... Late in the afternoon we went to Tarangire Sopa Lodge which was perfectly nice and elephants passed by and the cutest guinea pig-type of animals lived in the trees outside the rooms.
The third day - full drive in Tarangire which was amazing. Such great wildlife - we saw everything from leopards to loads of elephants. Amazing.
The last night we stayed at Swala camp. Very luxurious tented camp.
The fourth day in Tarangire. Again, so much to see.
The safari was so interesting with Gabriel who was so knowledgeable and also very careful and considerate when it came to the privacy of the animals, how close it was wise to go etc.
In conclusion, we will always remember these lovely days in northern Tanzania and we are grateful to Tandala for making the trip so smooth, comfortable, fun and truly memorable.