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Tanzania Review: "Slow down and savor every part of your experience!"

B475F6E7-6507-4D75-A051-DBEE1F6F76C4 Family Trip to Tanzania

The Reeds reached out to create a multi-generational safari combined with an exclusive extension to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Our Serengeti Family Safari, with Zanzibar and Pemba Island Extension was the perfect fit for everyone! Check out some of their highlights and beautiful photos below.

"Wildland does a wonderful job with trip preparation and communication. This was our fourth trip with them and we have never been disappointed. It is important for me to be able to communicate directly by phone or email with the individual who is setting up my trip and it is very easy to work with them to customize any aspect of the trip. I have worked with Chris Moriarty on two trips during the last two years and have been very happy with the plans. They also do a very complete job of providing all of the practical information you need for traveling to a destination and suggestions for reading and video information."

"The encounters with wildlife in Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and the Serengeti were exciting and something new was discovered on each game drive. Our two grandsons were excited to see the animals in different settings. The walk through Mto Wa Mbu was very interesting and the meal with the local family was our favorite meal of the trip. We watched them making the food on the wood stoves and enjoyed the variety and flavor of everything. The scope of history in the Olduvai Gorge was staggering."

We were especially glad that we were able to experience the culture of the Maasai, Datoga and Bushmen. These cultures won't be around in this form for much longer. Things are changing rapidly. The Maasai herding their cattle were often using cell phones in spite of living in what we consider primitive conditions. If we had to live like the Bushmen I think we would starve, digging roots and hunting by bow and arrow are not easy. We visited a school in the Ngorongoro Highlands and were impressed with the job the teachers were doing under conditions that we would consider very challenging. I think that these experiences were very important not only for us as adults to have but especially for our grandsons.

Shaukat was our main guide/driver/friend for the safari part of the trip. He spoke excellent English and was easy to talk to and ask questions. We would love to have him again if we returned. Issa was very good on our visits to the Bushmen and Datoga groups. When we continued on to Zanzibar and Pemba our main guides and helpers were Hamis and Sele at the Manta Resort. They were always there ready to meet our every need. All of our local guides did a good job of communicating and were easy to talk to.

Each accommodation was outstanding in its own way. Lake Duluti Lodge and Rivertrees Country Inn were excellent for pre and post-safari. They were beautiful and very relaxing away from the chaos of driving in Arusha. We all enjoyed Maramboi Tented Camp as our first experience on safari. We loved the proximity of the wildlife right outside of our lodging. Kisimi Ngeda was beautiful and relaxing at Lake Eyasi. Ngorongoro Farmhouse was beautiful and we loved the area of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Kati Kati Tented Camp in the Serengeti was special. It was more the true tented camp as it was mobile. We felt like we were camping in the midst of wildlife. A couple of hyenas would come into camp in the evening and we could here their shrieks at night. Sitting outside with our sundowner beverages and watching wildlife and sunset was special.

The Manta Resort on Pemba was special, we were there for our 50th wedding anniversary. It was truly a place to slow down and relax, to reflect on our travels and enjoy the special hospitality that they provided. Our stay in the underwater room was amazing. Manta is truly a one of a kind place and living in the moment is the only way to be there.

 The people of Tanzania have a wonderful country to share. Everyone we encountered on this trip made us feel like they were happy to have us, the hospitality was amazing and the wildlife is breathtaking and primal, it must be protected. When you travel with Wildland, slow down and savor every part of your experience. They will take care of the details so that you can immerse yourself in the experience. Embrace the cultural aspects, we are all alike in so many ways. Communicate with your guides, they want to share their country and people with you and have so much to give if you open up with them. - The Reeds

To learn more about trips to Tanzania give us a call at 800-345-4453 or email our program director, Chris Moriarty and check out the awesome wildlife photos the Reeds took below.

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