We had an amazing experience traveling to Tanzania this past summer with the help of a tour operator that we chose through Zicasso. The three very distinct stages of our trip (safari, beach and Stone Town) all offered unique - sometimes contradictory - views into Tanzanian culture, land and wildlife. Short of moving to Africa for a year or two, it's hard to imagine how we could have expected any more.
I spoke with several travel agents before deciding to work with the tour company that we chose, but none seemed to understand what my wife and I were looking for during our anniversary trip. Our Tanzania travel agent understood, and worked tirelessly to complete our somewhat last-minute plans. He was patient, available, responsive and extremely easy to work with. Our travel agent had many recommendations for us, but also didn’t hesitate to listen to suggestions. There were some minor hiccups in the final travel plans, but nothing major and nothing that detracted in the slightest from the overall experience.
While we were in Tanzania, we enjoyed private tours led by a local safari guide. He was the perfect host. Part bloodhound, part biology professor and part ambassador to Tanzania, he found more wildlife and incredible sights than we had any right to expect. There were no questions he couldn't answer. He was extremely knowledgeable about the animals and their habits and we learned a ton from him.
We’re already trying to decide where to travel next, and I’m sure we’ll be contacting this tour company as soon as we decide.
It's hard to pick a most memorable moment. Each of the three legs offered incredible experiences that we won't forget. The safari offered wildlife viewing that was beyond anything we expected, and Stone Town had such an interesting vibe that was fascinating to try to absorb.
But celebrating our 25th anniversary with dinner on the beach at Pongwe had to be the best. Our hosts at the Pongwe Beach Hotel were so gracious and accommodating that the entire stay was unlike anything we’d done before, and they treated us so well during our celebration dinner that there’s really no way to thank them enough.
I suspect that there’s no way to change this, but it felt like we wasted a great deal of time just traveling from place to day. During a two week vacation, we lost (effectively) two days getting to Africa, a day traveling from the Serengeti to Zanzibar, a day traveling to Stone Town and two more days traveling home.
Because of the travel schedules, we wound up staying two partial days in Stone Town. We enjoyed that time and saw everything we wanted to see, but if travel times worked out ideally, one full day would have been plenty.
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