I booked a 3-day Budget Group Safari (in tents) with Shika based on some online reviews. While we experienced a bumpy start with quite a delay - mostly due to other customers not showing up to the trip - once we were rolling, things went just fine. We ended up having a private safari after all. The drivers were well-informed and showed us some great animal spots, lots of game, the Big Five, and colorful birds. The three parks we visited - Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro - are unique places in the world and it's a privilege to see them. The nights were spent in a simple but clean, friendly and safe Tent Lodge in Mto Wa Mbu, called Fanaka, with good food. Shika is a small, young, African-owned company that competes with big, mostly American/European owned travel agencies and while honestly not everything went smooth, after all we had a great experience, got a really great value for our money, and the guys are nice and try everything to make you feel good.
We booked the safari directly with Shika tours and everything was well organized. They offer a great value for money. We had whole Land Cruiser to ourselves and got the best guide (David) and cook (Damian) we could imagine. David did an awesome job during the game drives and he could tell us a lot about the animals. After the game drives, we were looking forward to dinner which was always very delicious. We started with Tarangire national park followed by Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Manyara and we would do it again in the same order next time.