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“Get Close to Nature with Best Guide Ever!”
Review of Wayo Africa

Wayo Africa
Ranked #33 of 562 Outdoor Activities in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Wayo Africa is a leader in authentic private safaris in beautiful remote locations in Tanzania. Specialized in safari activities - walking, biking, canoeing - and operating eco-friendly.
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

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.

4  Thank KayakDC
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Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

It was an extraordinary trip to the lake Manyara, Ngorongoro crater und Serengeti. Our guide Shafino was perfect, he spoke very well english, he was incredibly knowledgeable and we could learn every day plenty of new things about animals, nature and people from him. He always found the best spots to observe animals, we have seen more than I thought I will ever see (big 9, migration, cheetah eating a gazelle, lion stealing this gazelle..).

The camps from Wayo are also a great experience for a night in the middle of the parcs. Wayo Green Camp Lake Manyara and Green Camp Banagi in Serengeti are placed in the middle of the wild life and we liked it to hear and see animals while staying at the camps (elephant, girafes, baboons, hyena..). I can clearly recommand those both camps, also the personal was very friendly.

When you are asking a quote you should consider the price of the tips as it is also an important budget (guide, camp personal) -im our case unfortunately we only received the information from Wayo as we had already booked.

Overall a great experience we can fully recommand.

5  Thank Car_77_13
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

We were only the second group that did the cycling trip in Arusha NP with Wayo Africa.
It was a tough ride but we didnt see to many animals (mostly monkeys). They ride with a jeep behind the bikes and there is a armed ranger, but I think Its mostly show (money for local people).
Advice for Wayo Africa: some sweets and drinks for the cycling people on the move is a good idea, because Its a tough ride and pick the people up from the hotel and give them a lift to the starting point (Thats more service..).
For cyclingtrips I think Arusha NP is way(o) to expansive.. there are cheaper options outside the parc.

Thank Ludwig S
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Reviewed 25 June 2017

Our quick 3 day safari was absolutely fantastic. Everything we hoped for and more.

I had gotten quotes from 6 different safari companies and am so glad I went with Wayo. The entire booking process was easy and friendly. They answered all my questions quickly and had great suggestions for the amount of time we wanted to spend, as well as helped us with flights and arranged for us to store vehicles at their office.

Our guide was an incredibly sweet and knowledgeable. We spent two days in Serengeti and one in Ngorongoro. We cannot believe how many animals we saw just on day 1! The green camp was serene and the food was delicious. Our lodge the last night outside the crater was so special, we both want to go back some day and just spend a few days relaxing there.

4  Thank cmcginn1
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

We were on a one week safari (tarangire, serengeti, crater) with a family of 13 persons. Our guides were Leonard and James and we couldn have asked for better ones. Our son formulated it at best at the end of the safari. James and Leonard already feel a bit like they were a part of our family.
Why is that? First of all their expertise of the animals (including the birds), the country and the culture. It was also nice how they involved the children. We have seen everything we wanted to see, we even saw in the crater the big five in a few hours.

But something else was even more important. Unfortunately one of the children was sick during a great part of the safari. James and Leonard helped us in every way with advice, reassurance and they even escorted us to the docter. This personal touch helped us to make the best of it and the group still had a great safari.

Thanks Leonard and James; we will never forget it as we will never forget Tanzania!

4  Thank Just E
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