We did a safari tour with a great guy named Kimondo. He was very friendly, chill, and flexible! He... read more
We did a safari tour with a great guy named Kimondo. He was very friendly, chill, and flexible! He... read more
The hike was very well organized, the guides Erick and Yahyi very friendly, competent, and... read more
I want to begin by saying, this trip was an outstanding, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience that I highly recommend. I am so glad we booked our safari with Monkey adventures, and were placed with our incredible guide, Cosmas. My mom and I went on a 6 day safari in Tanzania to Tarengere National Park, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. We stopped along the way at towns, shops and in a Masai village. Our driver and guide, Cosmas, was a wonderful person and educator. He shared so much with us about the culture in Tanzania, educated us about the animals we saw on safari, and even taught us a bit of Swahili! He went above and beyond to give us an incredible experience. He was amazing at spotting animals near and far! He even sang with us in the car on the long stretches between destinations. He went above and beyond to help my mom and I shop in a few local markets-- to get a good price and interpret for us. He was so much more than a driver and guide; he became our friend.
I am so glad we booked our safari with Monkey Adventures; they are organized and super professional-- and it's a local business to Tanzania, which I feel is important to support. They offer very fair pricing, in comparison to some ex-pat and European or US safari companies. As a customer, you choose the lodges where you stay throughout your trip, and they have an array of options to suit all desires and budgets. I highly recommend this safari company, to organize your adventure. They will not disappoint!
We had a fantastic trip using Monkey Adventures with Frank as our guide. He took care of us so well! We had three different places to visit and Frank managed it all without stress. Traveling from Arusha to Tarangire, then to the Bush Camp and Ngorongoro Crater. Frank is so knowledgeable and helpful. We really could not have asked for a better experience!
Monkey adventures was absolutely perfect! We were beyond impressed with their ability to set up and execute this safari. They picked us up and dropped us off at the airport. They set up our accomodations in Arusha and were perfectly on schedule for departure on our Safari.
We were told that the rainy season encompassed April and May, the heart of our trip. We saw ZERO rain on the Serengeti and in the crater. The set up in the vehicle was perfect and was ideal for roughly 3-4 people. My fiance and I took the trip with another friend of ours and we were all BLOWN AWAY by the experience and plan to not make this our last safari.
The first day we saw a large heard of Elephants just outside the park. Our guide Banana did a fantastic job stopping and helping us see as much or as little as we wanted. His knowledge was beyond expectation which made the trip very educational for us as well. During our trip into the park, Banana offered us a slight detour to visit a Maasai village. We were indifferent but glad we did as it gave us an awesome insight into what it was like to live on the edge of the Serengeti. As we drove across the Serengeti to our resort, Banana stopped the truck and pointed at a cluster of rocks, over a half mile away. He told us, "there's a Lion sleeping on the rocks out there". At first we thought he meant they normally spent time there. He clarified, saying that there was one sleeping on his back on the right side of the rocks. After zooming in with the camera, we were all VERY surprised by his ability to drive the truck and see animals that we had to look hard to find under a zoom lens. This was the standard for the entire trip. He was able to find a Cheetah hinding in the tall grass, Leopards in trees, and Rhinos halfway across the Ngorongoro crater. As we entered the second gate of the park, half a dozen Giraffes were right next to the road looking at us as curiously as we were looking at them. Banana did a great job showing us as much of the Serengeti as he could before sunset and taking us to the lodge.
Monkey adventures was kind enough to upgrade our safari as we had originally booked in February but had to delay until April. We had planned on staying in preset tents, but were pleasantly surprised to arrive at an all-inclusive resort. The resort had a perfect view of the Serengeti, bonfire, and the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and watch the go all the way down. The dinner was a set menu, but had plenty of options for every palate. Hot water was limited to certain hours of the evening and morning, so showers were planned.
The second day was a tour of what felt like the entire Serengeti. As we left for the day, monkeys were running across our balcony. The staff there anticipates much larger animals and are always around to escort you to and from the rooms. Once out of the resort, we quickly saw more animals we didn't think we were going to see. The smallest antelope on the Serengeti: a Dik Dik. We also saw a family of Hippos bathing in the river as we left the resort. Throughout the trip Banana did an excellent job of talking to other guides on the radio about where unique animals were. We were quickly directed to a female Lion walking along the side of a small creek. This entire day was excellent as we found a heard of Elephants and Banana quickly drove to where they would be walking to for an afternoon drink from another creek. We sat and had a boxed lunch provided by the hotel. Boxed lunches had several options and included drinks and fruit as well as chicken or vegetable wraps. During the rest of the day we saw more Zebras, Wildebest, and Giraffes than we could count. As the sun went down we stumbled across and male and female Lion laying in the tall grass. The sunsets as we traversed the Serengeti back to the resort were absolutely stunning.
Our third day took us to Ngorongoro Crater. Banana had a very detailed history of the crater and talked to how many species lived in the crater. The surprise of the trip were several Rhinos grazing in the middle of the crater. From our distance they looked just like Wildebeast. Banana stopped and said they were probably Rhinos if we could get our camera on it. Sure enough, Banana nailed it again. Being able to see an extremely endangered animal in the wild was absolutely incredible. The icing on the cake was a drive to an isolated part of the crater. As we pull into what looks like a quarry three Lions were sleeping on the rocks right next to where we stop. The incredible thing about all the animals were their ability to act like a safari truck was completely normal. None of the animals were scared by our presence and barely looked at us.
As we departed Banana was great at being flexible and allowed us to stop to shop for souvenirs from our trip. Monkey adventures met us at our hotel in Arusha and happily helped coordinate for our flight out the next morning.
This was an absolutely unforgettable experience. Monkey adventures were great at providing exactly what we wanted and the trip was an EXCELLENT value. The initial cost sounds expensive, but between the all-inclusive resort on the Serengeti, the driver, car, gas, hotel before and after the trip, and food for the entire trip, the cost quickly made sense and we realized what a great value we had found.
I researched locally and in Tanzania and this was by far the best value. Our family (2 adults and 2 children) had a great time and we were well looked after. Personal and professional. We saw as much or as little as we wanted. Accommodation was great, we couldn't have asked for more.
Monkey Adventures gave us the vacation of a lifetime with a 6-Day safari that included both Kenya (Maasai Maru) and Tanzania (Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater). Our Kenya guide (Eddie) was friendly, knowledgeable, flexible, and punctual, as was our Tanzania guide (Cosmas). All meals, transportation, lodging, and park entrance fees were included at a very reasonable price. Monkey Adventures provided lodged in luxury camps that would have cost $500/night if we had to pay ourself. Everyone was punctual and catered to our every wish. It was absolutely incredible. We saw herds of zebra, giraffes, wildabeast, Cape buffalo, elephants, hippos, and gazelles, as well as lions, chetahs, leopards, rhinos, warthogs, hyenas, ostrichs, all kinds of birds, and many, many others. Of all the places, Maasai Maru was our favorite. But the smell of the Serengeti savannah was fantastic, like sweet onion smell with no solution. In fact, there was no noise solution either, not even from airplanes. It was so quiet and clean that we imagined it was unchanged from the days when dinosaurs roamed the area. After our safari, we were very happy that their manager, Fauziah, dropped by our hotel to ask whether we had any suggestions and whether we were satisfied with their services. Our answer was a resounding 'yes, very satisfied'! It was more than we ever expected. Just perfect!
If you do not want to read the entire review, bottom line is book with Monkey Adventures for your travel they are amazing in every way.
I initially heard about Monkey Adventures from a friend that highly recommended them from their Trek up Kilimanjaro the previous year. As I began planning my trip, right off the bat the Monkey Adventures office was so hopeful. I would usually receive a reply with any question I had the same day if not within a couple hours. My planning for a trek and safari had to get moved due to work reasons and Monkey Adventures moved the entire trip for me free of charge. The office will send you recommendations for hotels but the office pretty much booked everything for me which was super easy and nice.
Once arriving at JRO Monkey was there to greet me and could not be more welcoming at the airport. the accommodations they set me up with were excellent and they made sure the day leading up to the Trek I had water and food to be prepared at the hotel.
The trek itself was so amazing, and monkey adventures goes above and beyond to make sure anything and everything is perfect for you. If at any time, since they have so many cultures and people from all over the world to please, you find something that isn't quite right or you are not enjoying you can just let them know and they will change it right away. The food was amazing and they make sure you are fully fuelled for your long day of hiking. Make sure to look into the tipping recommendations given because the guides, cook, and porters work super hard to make your experience amazing and deserve everything your are able to give them. All the Monkey Adventures guides are super friendly and very professional teaching you things along the way.
The safari with Monkey Adventures again was one of the best experiences of my life. The car was super comfortable and again Monkey Adventures set everything up for me and all i had to do was pay and enjoy the experience. The safari guide knew exactly where to find all the animals and was able to see many of the amazing animals.
Again bottom line, if visiting eastern Africa use Monkey Adventures as your tour company.