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  • Are you tired of spending countless hours researching dozens of different tour companies?
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  • Fed up with reading fake online reviews and wish there was a way to just see genuine experiences?

I understand that planning your dream safari can be overwhelming and exhausting at times.

Ella Mckendrick on Safari with Elephant

What Are Safaris With My Recommended Tour Operators Like?

Latest Customer Feedback

Magical kingdom

April 3, 2024

Dear fellow travelers,

I am this review from my heart for the very first time. When my husband asked me to travel to Tanzania and Zanzibar, I was super excited. We planned our 9 day trip in the month of April. We did research on google, YouTube and lonely planet. We spoke with few friends as well. We are frequent travelers so we were quite sure that we will plan our trip by ourself. But to my surprise it wasn’t the case. The more I was doing my research about trip, I got to know that I will need somebody to help me with safari and also to book accommodation at the right place. So I start contacting various tour operators to know what they can offer and how they can plan itinerary for my family of 3 (2 adult and 1 child).

Frank from Serengeti Clarity was the best person that we were looking for. He was the only person who understood our dietary requirements (vegetarian), budget and travel logistics (domestic flights).

We got all our answers promptly which was reassuring. We started from Zanzibar and then took domestic flight for Arusha. Later in Tanzania we went to Tarangire National park, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro crater, Hadjabe tribe, Datoga tribe, Masai tribe and finished with a day trek on Mount Kilimanjaro.

We can’t thank enough and praise our guide Kevin’s driving across the muddy roads and his knowledge about animal kingdom. He was always ready to help and tried his level best to show us all big 5s and much more. We had great Funtime together which we will always cherish.

We always had good vegetarian food which we requested.

We felt very safe and happy during our entire trip. People were always very welcoming and polite.

We will recommend Serengeti Clarity to our friends and family members. We will come back again soon to touch the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Asante Sana (Thank you)

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Shikha Agarwal

Amazing trip!

March 30, 2024

I spent several weeks comparing tour groups online and then I found Ella’s site, we got quotes from 3 companies very quickly. After a few exchanges it was immediately obvious we would end up choosing one of the companies recommended by Ella.

Our trip was amazing and I’m really glad I found Ella’s blog because without it I would have never dared pick Sursee Tours which had

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Robin Maillot

Wonderful Experience

March 25, 2024

We had a wonderful experience all made possible by Safari Soles Tours. We thank you for your blog as it was very beneficial, helping us understand the differences between booking directly with a Tanzanian Operator and going through an American travel agency. Your recommendation gave us the confidence that Safari Soles was a legitimate Tour Operator, considering the numerous online Tanzanian Operators to choose from, not to mention the requirement to make an upfront 40% deposit payment before arriving in Africa.

Happiness George of Safari Soles coordinated our trip. And while there were a few communication mishaps, she continued to work diligently to ensure our trip was everything we wished for and more. The accommodations she chose were perfect, a mix of beautiful luxury lodges and comfortable “glamping” tents. The staff at each accommodation was extremely hospitable and worked hard to ensure we had a great experience.

Innocent was our Safari guide. He did an excellent job of getting us where we needed to be, communicating with the other guides to locate the latest animal find, even driving for 12 hours a couple of days to ensure we saw all we could possibly see and get to our accommodation in time for dinner. He always had a great attitude and smile on his face and continuously checked to make sure we were “all good”, our new favorite phrase! He was also very knowledgeable about the animals we saw and the customs of the locals we passed.

Ella, your help gave us the peace of mind to follow through with a Tanzanian Operator so that we could afford to take the trip of a lifetime. Thank you again. We agree that you should continue to recommend Safari Soles to others.

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Troy Goodman

100% satisfied!

March 24, 2024

Ella connected us with the best safari operator in Tanzania!

The trip was absolutely fantastic from planning to execution. Safari Soles made our dream come true!

– very comprehensive materials

– clear and speedy communication

– supportive when it came to negotiating the price

– smooth pickups at every stage of the trip

– our guide was extremely polite, funny and knowledgeable

– we have met other guides from Safar Soles on the way and they all seemed to be the same

I was 100% satisfied with my choice.

Bumping into Ella’s page was the best thing happened to us while planning our dream vacation.

Thanks again!

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Anna Falus


March 23, 2024

We had a fantastic honeymoon safari and massive thanks to Sursee Safari for this. We thought we would have a great time but we had a once in a lifetime experience during the safari.

There was very good and responsive communication from booking our safari package and all the way till the end of the safari. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly which is super important on a safari as you spend all day together.

We will definitely go on a safari again with Sursee. Thank you very much to Ramadhani and Uncle J 🙂

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Ibrahim O

Thank you Ella

March 22, 2024

Her support for local travel agencies is absolutely commendable!! From the beginning to the very end, Ella was incredibly helpful for me to have a family safari trip with Serengeti Clarity. She was always very fast in responding to my questions I couldn’t ask the travel agent, i.e. average amount for tipping.

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Rui Kotani

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