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“14d North Tanzania Safari 2016”

Bush 2 Beach Safaris
Ranked #28 of 373 Tours in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: In close proximity of Arusha lies Arusha National Park. Its compact size and mix of mountains, lakes, forest and savanna filled with wildlife makes for the perfect day trip. We offer a combination of game-viewing by car, on foot and canoe, transport in comfortable 4x4 vehicles and including lunch overlooking the flamingo filled lakes...Other national parks also offer one day escapes but require a little more drive time but Lake Manyara and Tarangire both different in topography and wildlife they hold are accessible. If its culture then this is everywhere laced through Tanzania rich colorful backcountry - if time is short then Arusha town offers a look into the day life of a boiling pot of mixed cultures. Whatever your passion is? we at Bush2Beach Safaris can recommend and help make the most of your time in Tanzania if it's the bush or the beach or anything in between don't hesitate to drop us a line as with over 14 years of designing custom made safaris you are in good hands.
Reviewed 16 March 2017

The booking:
We booked a 14 day Safari after requesting itineraries and quotes from half a dozen companies with high ratings from TripAdvisor travel forum. Coordinated with B2B Company rep ANNIE a transplant English speaker from U.K. living in Tanzania. I believe excellent communication in the form of quick email replies adjusting the itinerary and confirming international payment transfers was key in booking what was essentially a last minute safari plan completed in about 7 days a few weeks prior to leaving. I strongly feel I lucked out having a native English speaker to coordinate the booking. Trip would not have happened without her on the other end.

The Guide:
Our guide was Charles (one of about 10 guides who work for the company). Charles was so considerate and mild mannered (totally ZEN) that my wife and I felt as though were the only ones on Safari , which if your going for a couple's Safari/ Honeymoon etc may be exactly what you want. He was quite knowledgeable and had many bird identification resources to share with us. Everything was "no problem" and he handled all the check ins for parks with zero fiascos.
Charles was ULTRA attentive to our Safari priorities which for us included waking early, patiently waiting for good photo opportunities, avoiding getting scammed and filling the in vehicle fridge with beer and wine from time to time. He was also on board with explaining cultural considerations or awkward translation moments to smooth things over when dealing with locals in a way that let you know he was our representative looking out for us. Driving skill was quite good. Maneuvers well to get great views of wildlife.

The trip:
planned about 2 days in each location:
Tarangire: Tarangire Safari Lodge (tented camp); excellent facilities, food and views; watch out for Tetse flies on game drive (not at lodge)
Manyara: Isoitok Camp Manyara was a very swanky tented camp, Very attentive staff and cool southwest vibe in Maasai scrub setting West of Manyara proper. Manyara was a cool park with a jungle feel and good bird views ( very glad we went despite some neg reviews)
Ndutu: Awesome park for large cats in late feb due to wilebeast migration late Feb; Halisi tented camp was the most bare bones of the trip ( would look into others perhaps)
Serengetti: My favorite park; Kisura Camp was a nice tented camp (wooden floors!) around rock kopjes (expensive beers though)
Ngorongoro: pretty geology, has rhinos, but somehow feels less wild than other parks. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge was an old school (aging) lodge with fantastic view and swanky dining service
Lake Natron : views of a lake and rift escarpment are nice, nothing to do really at lake unfortunately once you make the 1/2 hike through mud; the wildlife here is lacking and the heat was oppressive in Feb (had to wear wet clothes day and night). The highpoint was hike (canyoning) to a waterfall with a fun Maasai guide named Yaku. Halisi tented camp did OK with being at the ends of the earth and all. Would not waste more than a day in this location and with the drive not sure if worth it.

What I would have done different:
Sight unseen I thing Annie and I made an excellent trip. In hind sight would have added extra days at Tarangire and Serengetti.
Would have brought extra small Tanzanian or US bills for tips because the tented camp staff solicit tips from us at the end of each stay and line up at send off after hinting they share tips at the end.
Would have loaded up on cheap beer and wine in Manyara to break out when some camps gouge above the average 3 bucks for 500 ml beer (some charged $5 for beer) or up to $30 for wine bottle

Would not hesitate to book with Bush 2 Beach again. They have their act together. Probably on the pricey side at nearly $410 USD per person per day, but I would have no way of knowing if this is a competitive daily avg price for the the mid range to deluxe camps/lodges plus park fees booked. We felt it was well worth it in the end for a hastily arranged and well executed safari through North Tanzania.

1  Thank Eiel R
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Safari_Chris_2015, Owner at Bush 2 Beach Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

A long review with plenty of content and feedback for others thinking of travelling to TZ so thank you very much for taking the time to reflect letting us know and others who are considering a trip.

Good advice in many parts - tipping for example is very much interlaced in the safari /hospitality industry unfortunately and has been ingrained since the 70's. Simple upfront advice on how to handle such issues is the best advice possible. B2B has this in its travel info sheet to avoid unpleasant situation you may have encountered and to let others know who may read this post most properties have a TIP box at the reception or bar which is the best way to go as you can leave whatever you feel comfortable with when checking out. Owners of camps/lodges should police this more as even though i have lived here ( also from UK ) for 18 years i still find situations where a hand comes out far too easy or tent attendants hover after caring in a bag!! By adding a tip to the box at least you know all staff get this as there are many people involved in the running of a camp that do not appear in service.

Zen training :-) not part of being a professional driving guide but Charles has it laced through his whole persona to which im very happy you enjoyed spending time with him as it makes such a difference as you have stated from game drives to just feeling looked after as a true ambassador to his country and profession. B2B guides go through annual in house refreshers courses along with specialty courses and as we are all birders the unspoken competition is always there testing each other on bird song or identification..keeps all the guides and myself on our toes and uptodate !!

Prices for mid end safari vary considerably in regards to itinerary routing, accommodation booked, each lodging with its own price tag,concession/park fees but on a whole i'm sure if you had the time to check around with some other offers i am confident we would have fared pretty OK and with our track record of over 14 years in creating safari,climbs and beach holidays our reviews further reflect that we are a professional reliable choice which in turn equals good value across the board. We are very lucky to have Annie on the team as her own experience in TZ only compliments what we have been doing since 2004 to which im happy that she pulled out the stops to create this 2 week journey for you.

Thanks as mentioned for taking the time to reflect your own personal experiences/pointers hope we can be of assistance again to other parts of TZ that remain untrodden

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

bush2beach (Ingrid) helped us to organize our second trip to Tanzania. They had planned and booked also our first trip when we were island hopping; Zanzibar and Chole. This time our trip had three parts; trekking in the crater highlands and the Rift Valley to Lake Natron, safari in Manyara, Serengeti and Nutu and finally three days at the Indian Ocean in Pangani staying at the Tides.
bush2beach is not only 100% reliable, they are also dedicated to plan your trip according to your personal wishes and your budget. Ingrid has spent numerous hours exchanging e-mails with me before the trip, tirelessly replying to all my questions. And during our trip she was reachable any time in case of questions. We were lucky to be guided by Edwin, our driver. His sense of humor matched ours perfectly and he had profound knowledge about animals and plants. Safe driving along not-always-perfect roads and steep hills. We recommend the services of bush2beach to everybody going to Tanzania - you cannot be in more capable hands!

2  Thank Lena M
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Safari_Chris_2015, Owner at Bush 2 Beach Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your recommendations - from reading your review sounds like you also search for places away from the madding crowds - what great safaris you have taken with B2B over the years please do test as out again when you feel like your next adventure i'm sure Ingrid or Annie can create that safari experience that surpasses the last one. Challenge on :-) ever thought of heading to the west - Chimps of gombe stream, the shear wildness of Katavi National Park or relaxing clear waters of Lake Tanganyika i'm sure the ladies will rise to the challenge.

On behalf of all the team at B2B thanks for believing in us it really is satisfying bringing your ideas to realities to highlight what Tanzania is all about.

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Reviewed 15 January 2017

We were three adult people on a 17 day safari to Arusha, Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, O`lduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park, Lake Natron, Tarangire National Park and Zanzibar. We had interesting visits to three different tribes at Lake Manyara and Lake Eyasi. At O`lduvai Gorge, The Cradle of Man, the museum was visited. Very interesting visit and interesting to see how they now develop that site. Serengeti is widely known for its diversity of animals as well as its abundance of animals on track, Lake Natron for its enormous amount of flamingos and Tarangire for its many big elephants.
Mostly we stayed at tented camps which was very good, - all of them. I would like to mention the camp at Lake Eyasi which was beautifully situated on the Lake shore. But the road to that place was bad. In Zanzibar we stayed at a very good beach hotel at first. The last two nights we stayed in "Stone Town" at a good hotel.
The Tour was booked through B2B. Everything went according to plan developed by B2B. The safari was excellent
Leiv B

Thank leivbustnes
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Safari_Chris_2015, Owner at Bush 2 Beach Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Great to read that you had such an interesting educational trip around the northern safari circuit..the tribes are all very different in appearance and also beliefs and traditions, it was great you were able to witness this by visiting several during your time on safari the country is laced in history from Olduvai gorge even to the turquoise waters of Zanzibar where the island remains draped with its own dark blanket of the Arab traders and slave market.

Tented camps bring out the beauty we feel of the bush with the bush chorus and nature not too far away very happy to read that all the pre and post planning made by the sales team fell into place and your here in Tanzania under the good care of B2B safaris lived up to your expectations

On behalf of the B2B safaris team thanks for letting others know about our services

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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We booked a 5 day Safari with Bush2Beach for 11 people (2 families with teenagers travelling together). Our guides Abel and Daniel were excellent - you will be lucky if you get them - they are very knowledgeable and have amazing eyes to spot wildlife - we saw everything - more than once and up close! Thanks guys.

Thank Kath873
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Safari_Chris_2015, Owner at Bush 2 Beach Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Great to read your review and happy to see both Danny and Abel made your time both educational and fun for all, they are a good team together thats for sure with a sense of professionalism and light humor laced through their guiding that make safaris like yours all that little more special.

we look forward to hosting you again if you are drawn back to the wilds of Tanzania

On behalf of the team thanks again

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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We contacted bush2beach to organise a safari for us and all we had booked were flights to and from Tanzania.

Annie saw to everything else and nothing was too much trouble. We were very hard to organise as two were coming from the UK, one from America and one from Africa.

Every last detail was thought through and our driver, Charles, was an expert driver and found the most fantastic animals and took great care of us.

We also visited Zanzibar as part of of our trip. It definitely ranks in the 'holidays of a lifetime' hall of fame. Even my 15 year old daughter loved envy minute, despite some long drives.

I'm already trying to work out how to go back and take the whole family.

Thank dharmerwilliams
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Safari_Chris_2015, Owner at Bush 2 Beach Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for reviewing the team at B2B safaris - sounds like you all had a lot of fun and with the logistics out there for making it work with different destinations of departure i'm sure Annie was also silently relieved that there were no unforeseen delays out there.

I have a solution for you on how to get the whole family back and it is as easy as dropping Annie another mail to let he design something completely different to your last adventure safari/beach holiday - TZ and East Africa hold so many varying opportunities of interest that the bucket list is far from ticked off..and we find that once you get Africa in your blood in only gets better as you also adjust to what is out there and presenting itself with each new day not one safari is alike as it changes simply with the season that you visit and the destinations that plan into your itinerary

Look forward to that mail :-) happy planning on behalf of the B2B team

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