We just came home from a great trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Of course we had high expectations of this dream trip, but it was far beyond that. Incredible to really see wild life in their natural environment in some many numbers!. After a enthusiastic Facebook-live presentation of Selma Kamm from Makasa we were convinced that Makasa fitted best with our wishes. And that worked out very well. From the moment we arrived at Kilimanjaro Airport until we left from Zanzibar Airport everything was very well taken care off.
For eight days we were guided and driven by the excellent Francis, a guide who knew every road in the parks we visited, without ever consulting a map or TomTom. With enormous knowledge of the animals and nature he drove us around and showed us more than 40 different species. Always kind, helpful in looking for the right angle for taking pictures and asking if we were okay with the program. And yes we were very content, in eight days we visited Park Tarangire, Park Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and of course the Serengeti. This sequence was very well chosen. Great to safe the best for last: the immense expanse of Serengeti was very impressive combined with staying in the new Kimbilio Camp in Northern Serengeti. We stayed their for three nights in the very well equiped camp. Francis was very right constantly saying 'Serengeti will never die'. Among many others he managed to show us the wildebeest crossing the river and even on the last morning driving to the airstrip we got our 'cherry on the cake': a cheetah family, mom, dad and three cubs. So yes, Makasa made a great programma, Francis made it all happen! He stole our heart and we will always remember him as the one who showed us all the beautiful creatures of God's hand.
Next to nature we're also very interested in history. On the way to Serengeti we made a very interesting stop in Olduvai, the archeological site where mankind started million years ago. More history we consumed in Stone Town, Zanzibar, where we made a guided walking tour through old town, learning more about the history of this town and the role slavetrade played here.
And then there was time to rest. In the lovely hotel Mahali right at the beach of Pajé, Zanzibar, we had a great time at the beach to process all we had seen in the week before. Swimming and snorkeling in the Indian Ocean, watching kiters on the waves, biking the beach, eating great fishplates at night, enjoying the care of the great staff of Mahali.
So if you ever have a chance of making a trip like this, don't hesitate, Go for Tanzania and Zanzibar, book your trip at Makasa and ask for Francis as your guide!
Henk & Arline Spierenburg, The Netherlands, september 2023