Sure, you can visit the amazing Tanzania parks and stay in fancy lodges with even fancier food. But if your goal is to truly maximize the experience, I would recommend WAYO for its perfect combination of comfortable, in-park tented camps, environmental consciousness, and awesome guides.
We spent four wonderful days with Wayo, including a night in the Lake Manyara Green Camp, two nights in the Central Serengeti Green Camp, and a night at Rhino Lodge for the Crater portion of our Safari. The camps were awesome. Juice and wet towels on arrival; quite decent breakfasts and dinners; wonderful chance to chat over meals with fellow travelers from around the world. Warm shivers and comfortable beds.
Best of all, though, were the locations. The first, quite close to the Lake so you could watch both the incredible bird life as well as the larger animals. The second, quite close to a river used by Hippos, among other things. Not only could we hear the Hippos munching close by our tent at night but we could also watch them from the safety of the tent.
But as good as the arrangements were (Thanks Lauren for working with us on that), they pale in comparison to the incredible quality of our guide, Prim. Another reviewer referred to him as "Professor" because of the depth and breadth of his knowledge. They got it right. Unbelievable. So knowledgeable and passionate. And so much fun, to boot. We have had good guides before, but Prim is in a league of his own. We adored every minute we spent with him, whether walking or in the Land Cruiser. He is an absolutely amazing spotter: unlike other guides, who use their radios to share sightings and then rush there, we had the real thing. Prim spotted things that nobody else did, and also helped us to understand the behaviors we were seeing.
If you are considering other operators, stop now and book with these guys. And if you really want to learn, ask for Prim.
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