Our Safari with Tandala
We flew to Tanzania for a week from Zanzibar and had no clear idea of organizing a safari. I accidentally found on the website of accommodation in Arusha in the villa Chele chele. It is also run by the owner of the Tandala Expeditions. He arranged a safari for us in Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Arusha Park. It was an amazing experience, we have seen everything you can wish for in such a short time. Especially Big five and zebras, wildebeests, monkeys, giraffe birds .. A pride of lions with two-month-old lionesses 4 meters from us. enjoyment. We organized everything only whatsapp and with the help of Richard in the villa. Carriages to the villa, to and from the airport, to the city … anything. thanks Petr and group ..
We choose our safari with Tandala. Great one, definitely, perfect and really adapted to what we ask. I can’t describe all the animals we saw and all the sensations we had. I just can tell you it is so strong, just run and go to safari with Tandala !
2 Adults, 2 Teenagers & 1 Child
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.
2 Adults & 2 teenagers
Years waiting for the right occasion, when we came across Tandala we had no doubt. They organized the perfect safari for us following our wishes. We spent the days discovering National Parks and Game Reserves lead by a highly professional driver, close and friendly at the same time; and evenings at the relaxing atmosphere of the hotels they booked for us, always at convenient locations. We only have great memories of amazing Tanzania and this dream trip that came true.”
2 Adults & 4 teenagers
Just a few words to share with the Tandala team, on how delighted we have been with our trip to beautiful Tanzania. What did we enjoy? Everything, from the beautiful parks of Ngorongoro and Serengeti to the relaxing beaches of Zanzibar. Just to mention a few things, we really appreciated the pre-trip discussions with Aziz, who was listening to our wishes and managed to come up with various options perfectly tailored to our desires. Jerry, our guide/driver who was extremely knowledgeable, highly safety conscious and such a pleasant and engaging person. The flawless logistic and of course, the beauty of Tanzania. Also, we loved finishing our trip on Zanzibar, enjoying the ageless character of Stone Town and the remote and pristine beaches of the east coast (not to mention a great visit to a local spice farm). In short, great memories for the whole family to cherish. We will definitely recommend you!
Everything went extremely well and we were very happy with all of your arrangements, hotels, meals, meeting flights, picking up at Kilimanjaro International Airport and later in Bariadi.
But we were particularly happy with our driver-guide Gebby Taylor, who was enthusiastic and
ever so knowledgeable. He was very easy to work with and flexible, and looked after us very
well. He cheerfully found birds and animals in bushes, grass, treetops or on branches where we wouldn’t have imagined. We appreciated very much his observing skills and persistence and his gentle, cooperative nature.
We will be talking about this trip for a long time to come and certainly recommending Tandala
and Tanzania to all our friends.
Thank you once again.
Our friends and our family embarked on a week long safari in December 2013 with Tandala. Tandala created the perfect experience for all of us with our diverse needs and our safari was a dream come true. From the time Tandala picked us up at Kilimanjaro airport, they started (and never stopped) thinking about how to make our safari really special. We began with our beautiful, well-maintained safari vehicles that looked like they were from “Out of Africa”! Our guides picked us up on our first morning in Arusha and we did some shopping around local markets. Our guides brought us to the markets and stayed around, but let us wander for as much time as we needed. They were then ready immediately, when we had had enough shopping to bring us back to our Arusha hotel. When we departed Arusha for Tarangire, they made sure we were well-supplied and had plenty of water and snacks, and they gave us a wonderful drive through Tarangire National Park. They listened to what we wanted to see and made sure that we saw the animals we were looking for. Our two guides were knowledgeable about the animals and even knew an incredible amount about birds and even dung beetles, and had really interesting stories to tell us. Their English was excellent and fortunately their Swahili was too so that they could get the knowledge from the locals wherever we traveled. Our safari continued on through Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti and we really were treated like Kings and Queens the whole time, and were so impressed with how much we learned from our guides. Their knowledge of the region was really quite amazing. I can’t recommend Tandala enough, they truly made our safari the trip of a lifetime! We hope some day to return and will definitely book again with Tandala.
1 Adult & 2 children (7 & 10 years)
If I can tell you one thing about this trip I did with my kids, they always tell all our friends that it was the most beautiful experience they ever had until now. And my kids have been travelling a lot in many countries
There was absolutely no day without new sensations, new discoveries and always perfect organisation in very safe conditions for kids from 5 years old.
I wish many families will have the chance to experience the real moment of nature in your Tanzania, as we did with you and your team
Again, thank you.
My husband and I have known Aziz Hajee for more than 20 years and have traveled with Tandala Expeditions on more than 10 occasions, both with our tour groups and on private safaris. We highly recommend Tandala Expeditions to anyone wanting a fantastic Tanzanian experience. Aziz has always operated his company with the utmost professionalism, showing care and concern for his clients. Each safari was very well planned and organized. He and his staff have always given excellent service, providing for all our wants, needs, concerns, safety and special interests. His friendly, caring driver/guides are the most knowledgeable that we have experienced anywhere in the world. They are able to spot, identify and describe plants, animals and birds in a manner that makes the learning experience fun for all ages. They are familiar with the culture and lifestyle of the different tribes and ethnic groups in TZ. We always felt very pampered and safe on safari and enjoyed the special treats that were organized for us. Aziz has thought of all the features needed in his safari vehicles to allow them to go anywhere, to make them comfortable and to meet the needs of even the pickiest of photographers. We were never crowded and were able to move around to get the perfect photo of the astounding wildlife we saw. Tandala Expeditions is a first-rate company. If you want an unforgettable, stunningly beautiful, well-planned and stress-free trip of a lifetime, go on safari with Aziz and his staff. You will be spoiled and well cared for from start to finish. We can’t wait to go again!