Big 5, river crossing and more!
Jul 14 - Jul 23, 2023
We had a wonderful trip to Tanzania and a large part of it is thanks to KimKim. We were matched up with local specialists which changed a couple of times. We ended up with Salty Travel. Nadia and Lucy were great to work with. They answered all of our questions patiently and were prompt in their responses. Also, they communicated our requests clearly and seamlessly to their on-ground team and partners.
The trip itself was amazing. We were a group of ten which included kids and we covered Tarangire, Central and North Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater area and a day at Moshi. Magi and Penda are excellent guides who have spent a lot of time doing safaris. They were patient with our questions and responsive to our needs. They were happy to provide suggestions about game drives and willing to work with us to modify plans as needed. Their knowledge of the area and animals were very valuable to us. They were able to get us to the right spots at the right time. We trusted them to take us where the animals were and we got to see the Big 5 and more! Our highlights of the trip included seeing a standoff between a herd of buffaloes and lions, watching a pride of lions eat their kill, seeing a couple of cheetahs eat a gazelle, and being in place to see the first crossing of wildebeests across the Mara river.
One minor area for improvement would be the vehicles. One of our vehicles had the misfortune of getting four flat tires over the course of our safari. Also, having working AC during the long days of travel would have been nice.
Overall, I will highly recommend KimKim, Salty Travel and our guides to anyone who is considering a trip to Tanzania.
Kibo Palace is at a great location in Arusha and has all the amenities of a modern hotel. The breakfast spread is very good and the staff are all attentive and helpful. The rooms were modified as per our request for three or two guests. The beds and bathrooms were clean. We will be happy to stay there again if we go back to Arusha.
The lodge is at a great location overlooking the lake. Stepping out of the rooms in the morning is a treat for the eyes. The rooms were maintained very well and the food was good in terms of options and taste.
This was probably the best place we stayed at during our 10 day visit to Tanzania. Every single member of the staff was very kind and went out of their way to help. They had a giant campfire set up and danced and sang with the guests. Every request was met with a smile and positive response. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to go to Central Serengeti.