David Ewart Canada
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Tembo Adventures is a locally owned and operated Tanzanian safari guiding company. Their contacts within the local community provided closer connections with the many other local people and staff we met along the way. We wanted to see animals of course, but we also wanted to meet people and become acquainted with Tanzanian culture, history, and current times. If you want to go on safari with a local - Tembo Adventures is your company! (Most other guiding choices are actually owned operated by ex-pats, and often headquartered outside of Tanzania. So Tembo is very unique in this way.)
Tembo Adventures were very easy to deal with. They answered numerous questions as we arranged the trip - including changes about where to stay. And the places they recommended were all excellent: the hotel in Arusha, Lodge at Ngoragora, tent camp at Ndutu, and the magnificent Kubu Kubu "tented" Lodge at the Serengeti. Tembo handled all the internal arrangements very efficiently - there were no hitches or problems at all. Tembo also helped us with arrangements not related to the safari as we did some additional travelling to Zanzibar.
Our guide Sevrin was an excellent guide. We didn't come with a list of animals to see, but ended up seeing the Big Five and at least fifty more - all up close, walking by our parked car: lions, cheetahs, leopard, black rhino, elephants, hippos, giraffes, flamingos, and herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelles, antelopes, and buffalo. Severin also has a good eye and always found the perfect angle for photographing. We also enjoyed talking with Severin about Tanzania's history and current times. Climate change, and economic and political issues are on all our minds.
We are English speakers and found all the staff at Tembo very easy to communicate with (as well as all the staff we met along the way). Written English was sometimes a little tricky, but not a problem. For example, the final written itinerary was very clear as to what was being provided at what cost - and what was not covered. And all the terms were fully met.
We highly recommend Tembo Adventures.
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We traveled with Justin first time 2008 and we just now completed our 4th safari with Justin Solomon and Tembo Adventure. Fantstic service and great knowledge about animals and nature makes us want to come back again to them. I can greatly recommend them. Justin also became one of our best friends. Thank you!