We went on a 7 day safari to Tanzania through Open Africa Safaris with myself, my wife and my parents. It was a very memorable experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in nature/animal-viewing. Through Open Africa Safari, John, the manager was accessible by phone 24-7 to answer any questions and explain all details. He explained to us the best times to go, which parks would be best, what to pack, etc. He customized our trip to our requests and was very flexible with the packages/pricing. When we arrived, we were immediately picked up at the airport by our guide Tony, and we were not left alone for even a minute the entire time we were in Tanzania. We felt and very comfortable with Tony and I would highly recommend him as a safari guide. He had a very extensive knowledge of the parks, specific locations where particular animals were going to be, and was very helpful in helping us understand the people/culture of Tanzania. We were easily able to see the big 5, and get excellent, close-up pictures of multiple animals. The accommodations were excellent that Open Africa safaris were able to put us into - we stayed at both lodges and luxury tents during our trip. The staff and personal at every lodge/tented camp were absolutely phenomenal. We were all vegetarians and they were able to cater to this dietary request at every step of the way.
I would highly recommend this company - they are very trustworthy, honest people who have an extensive knowledge of the country and its parks and do their best to maximize your time on safari. I would definitely travel with them again in the future.
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Where do I begin? Our tour guide, Tony, picked us up from the airport and at first sight, he knew he was in for the trip of a lifetime! Not only did John (owner) take all of our request into consideration, Tony made sure all expectations were exceeded. I went with a group of four on a seven day safari and visited four locations. Tony was knowledgable, funny and dedicated the entire time. No matter what happened, even when we broke a bed at a hotel, Tony made sure our accommodations were top quality. Tony knew where all the animals were and ensured we saw everything we requested. Our safari truck was WiFi enabled (the only company with this capablity) with outlets to charge electronics. Tony made us feel like family and ensured we really experienced Tanzania. He took us around the cities to immerse us in the culture during his off time. Honestly, he became apart of our crew and it was like we've known him for years. We were the five best friends. He participated in all the activities on the itinerary and was just as excited to see the animals as we were. He taught us local songs and the language. If you ever had the faintest whim to go to Africa, contact Open Africa Safari and book your trip to Tanzania ASAP!!! You will not be disappointed. I am already looking forward to my next trip!
I normally do not write reviews but felt compelled to write one after experiencing Tanzania and the Serengeti. John was very helpful from the very beginning when I inquired about the trip. He helped me choose the best package suitable for our group and was available whenever I had questions. He was even able to book our flights for us at a discounted price. Tony (Darrell) was our driver on our 7-day safari adventure. He was professional, informative and fun to have as our guide. We were able to experience the safari as well as submerge ourselves into the culture. My birthday was one of the days and I will never forget this day. We experienced a lioness in her primal state stalking, chasing, catching, and devouring her prey. After we visited one of the luxury lodges which was absolutely amazing. They had a cake and we learned a song in Swahili. We were able to participate in other excursions throughout our trip including visiting an orphanage for disabled children. We were able to donate chickens to help produce food for the kids, that alone was a rewarding experience. There is so much I could say and talk about from this trip. I plan to go back and I wouldn't choose any other company but them.