Rebecca J. Germany
My friend and I did the tour from bush to beach with five days of safari in the northern National Parks and afterward, four days in Zanzibar.
It was a perfect trip, we had such a great time! Everything was so well organized, from pick up at the airport over accommodation to the safari itself, we really had to worry about nothing and could just enjoy the splendid wildlife of Tanzania. It was amazing how many animals we saw and our driver Paul did his best to spot them and was always so patient when we couldn't get enough of the lions or elephants. He left no wish unfulfilled and was a funny and reliable guide as well as a very good and safe driver.
The lodges were marvelous and the food delicious, there was really nothing to complain. The staff was always friendly and eager to help with any problem. We were sad to leave the national parks behind but Zanzibar made that up. We stayed in the Ocean Paradise Beach Resort, which is such a nice place to relax, beautifully arranged, and with amazing food. Snorkeling was nice as well! And just the colors of the ocean at low tide with the boats lying on the beach is worth the visit.
For the booking, we were quite spontaneous and were not flexible concerning the date, World Air Travel and Tours was the one company that just adopted the program to our wishes. And Elias, the sales and operations manager, replied always immediately to our questions and demands.
All in all, we had the trip of a lifetime and are eagerly waiting for a repeat.
Mark S. Sweden
I worked with Elias at World Air Travel and Tours for a little over a year customizing a 16-day safari and Zanzibar trip for my wife and I. It was a trip spread throughout Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti National Park. It was a great trip, that we will remember forever, and very happy that we went with World Air.
I have traveled extensively throughout the world and worked with various travel companies, but the service Elias and World Air Travel and Tours offered was honestly the best experience I have ever had in booking a trip. Some may consider me quite high maintenance, but Elias was always there to offer various suggestions and alternatives that fit my budget and trip timeframe. He understood it was a big purchase for us and had great patience in dealing with us (for over a year). We frequently communicated via Skype on a weekly basis, as I had a lot of questions and wanted to make sure it was perfect.
The safari itself was fantastic! We went with their game driver, Focus John, who had been in the field for more than 20 years. My wife and I were always very impressed when we were in the Serengeti, as he always was able to read what the animals would do, or where they would go before, so we always had the perfect viewing spot. Sometimes the lions walked right next to the car. We even got lucky with viewing the black rhino because of his skills. It did not seem that the other companies or drivers had the same caliber of a guide. The focus was great, and always accommodating all of our requests. They even stocked a mini fridge in the safari truck with Tanzanian beers for me. Nice touch!
In regards to pricing, I did, of course, compare prices for the same itinerary including all the hotels that we handpicked with competing companies and they all came back much higher then what Elias was able to offer me, and never with the same level or customer service. Therefore, it was an easy decision for us, and very thankful for the great experience they provided. If I'm fortunate enough to ever go back to the area, I will, of course, use them again and can recommend to anyone looking for a great safari and fantastic service.
a traveler Canada
What a great trip! My partner and I happened to have a short window to visit the Serengeti for five days at the end of July, with such a short notice, World Air Travel and Tours was able to make it happen! Elias did a wonderful job in arranging our tour, the accommodations were great, the Serengeti and other highlights (the Ngorongoro crater, Masai village, and the drive along the way) were amazing. We definitely have to give a huge credit to our driver and guide, John, as well. He's very professional and knowledgeable. The road to the Serengeti was long and rough but John was able to keep everything on track and constantly making sure that we were comfortable even though he was doing all the hard work. Another huge thumbs up to John for driving non-stop for eight to nine hours hoping to track the wildebeest migration for us. A job was well done, World Air Travel and Tours! Thanks for a terrific experience!
We just returned from a 10-day safari of Northern Tanzania. We were very happy with the customer service from World Air. We feel like we have new friends in Elias, who made all of the arrangements for us (and answered many many questions), and with John, our fearless guide. John was the perfect guide for us - he is an experienced and skilled driver on the challenging roads of the Serengeti and understands so well the wild animal behavior that we felt safe and secure while just a few short feet away from some of the most powerful animals on the planet. John guided our group of six with patience, humor, and friendship. I highly recommend working with World Air Travel and Elias for travel to Tanzania and hope that you get John as your guide.
My friend and I started planning our safari in what could be considered a very tight timeframe. We enquired with several tour operators and for many of them, it was already fairly late to start planning a tailored adventure for the two of us. Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised by the ability of Elias and his crew not only to accommodate our requests, but also to tailor our safari experience to our desire. In addition, Elias was able to respond to my last-minute travel mishaps very efficiently, making arrangements not to disrupt our itinerary and helping us to move ahead as planned. Our guide, Emmanuel, was incredibly knowledgeable of the area, wildlife, and surrounding environment, and we learned much from him as much about the local ecosystems in the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro as we did about the local culture. I highly recommend this tour operator and our guide. It was a pleasure to tour with them and I will definitely return one day and do it all over again with them.