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avr. 2022
Nous avons choisi la Tanzanie avec mon mari comme destination de notre lune de miel et nous avons décidé de passer les 6 premiers jours à faire un safari sur le continent et le reste à Zanzibar. Après avoir lu quelques critiques positives, nous avons choisi d'aller avec SWALA Safaris et nous sommes vraiment heureux d'avoir fait ce choix. Tout était parfaitement organisé depuis le moment où nous avons atterri à l'aéroport du Kilimandjaro où notre guide nous a pris jusqu'à ce que nous prenions notre vol pour Zanzibar. L'agence s'est occupée de chaque jour et de chaque nuit, ils ont réservé pour nous des lodges vraiment super sympas et nous avons eu un bon service tout du long. Je suis intolérant au gluten et au lactose et notre guide s'est assuré que cela était pris en charge. Pour être juste, la grande partie de cette grande expérience est due à notre guide, Joaqim (Jo), qui était incroyable. Il nous écoutait, suivait nos besoins et pourtant nous guidait en toute sécurité à travers chaque nouvelle journée dans les zones d'animaux sauvages. Il était très compétent, capable de nous expliquer différentes choses et toujours avec un grand sourire. Nous avons vu beaucoup d'animaux et pour moi personnellement, ce fut une expérience inoubliable. Mon mari a déjà fait un safari au Kenya et il a dit qu'ici en Tanzanie, il a finalement vu plus d'animaux. Je recommanderais totalement ce voyage à tous ceux qui hésitent encore et je recommanderais également totalement Swala Safaris. Nous ne pourrions pas être plus heureux.
Best safari company and best guide in Tanzania.
janv. 2022
Ma femme et moi sommes allés en Tanzanie en janvier 2022 pour un safari organisé par Swala Safaris. Nous n'aurions pas pu mieux choisir pour ce voyage ! L'organisation a toujours été très soignée et précise. Stephen a répondu à nos mails concernant le voyage ou la situation COVID en 1 jour avec toutes les informations pour nous faire voyager sans soucis. J'avais contacté d'autres sociétés de safari mais sûrement Swala Safaris était celle qui nous proposait le meilleur itinéraire. La jeep qu'on nous a donnée était parfaite. Nous avons passé 8 jours en voiture à travers de nombreux parcs (Tarangire, Serengeti, Ndutu et Ngorongoro). Les lodges choisis par Swala Safaris ont toujours été beaux et propres. Excellente nourriture et hospitalité. Notre guide était Joachim. . . nous pouvons absolument le recommander pour tout type de safari en Tanzanie. Nous ne pouvions pas penser à un autre safari sans lui comme guide. Il conduisait 8 à 10 heures par jour sans arrêt et sans montrer aucune forme de fatigue. Il a une vue et un instinct incroyables qui lui permettent de repérer (bien mieux que les autres guides...) les animaux même à grande distance en conduisant. Il est également capable de répondre à toute question concernant les animaux ou les plantes pendant le safari presque comme un biologiste ! ! Il a toujours été gentil avec nous et nous a permis de voir les fameux « big five » et bien plus encore ! Ce fut un voyage magnifique et notre satisfaction est certainement due en grande partie à Swala Safaris et Joachim. Merci!

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Andrea A
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avr. 2022 • En couple
We chose Tanzania with my husband as our honeymoon destination and we have decided to spend first 6 days doing safari in the mainland and the rest on Zanzibar. After reading few positive reviews we chose to go with SWALA Safaris and we are really happy we made this choice. Everything was perfectly organised from the moment we landed in Kilimanjaro airport where our guide has picked us until we took our flight to Zanzibar. The agency took care of every single day and night, they have booked for us really super nice lodges to stay at and we had a good service all way long. I am gluten and lactose intolerant and our guide made sure this was taken care of. To be fair the huge part of this great experience is thanks to our guide, Joaqim (Jo), who was amazing. He was listening to us, was following our needs and yet guiding us safely through every new day in the wild animals areas. He was very knowledgeable, capable of explaining different things to us and always with a big smile on. We saw plenty of animals and for me personally it was a lifetime experience. My husband did safari before in Kenya and he said that here in Tanzania he eventually saw more animals. I would totally recommend this trip to anyone who is still hesitating and I would likewise totally recommend Swala Safaris to go with. We couldn't be happier.
Écrit le 24 avril 2022
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Maria Chiara Eandi
Savigliano, Italie228 contributions
janv. 2022 • En couple
A inizio gennaio ci siamo regalati una meravigliosa esperienza (nonché viaggio di nozze) con Swala Safari che ci ha organizzato un viaggio indimenticabile .
Per prima cosa ci tengo a ringraziare Joachim, la nostra guida, diventato anche amico, per le centinaia di km di guida, la sua attenzione e gentilezza. Grazie ai suoi avvistamenti siamo riusciti a scovare quasi tutte le specie animali, in 8 giorni sensazionali, fatti di pace, relax e divertimento.
Tutto era perfetto: indimenticabili i lodge e i campi; il cibo; le tempistiche e la qualità di guida.
Non potremo mai dimenticare quei magnifici gironi passati in uno degli scenari più belli del mondo grazie alla vostra impeccabile organizzazione.
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Écrit le 10 février 2022
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dalmar
Florence, Italie36 contributions
janv. 2022
My wife and I went to Tanzania in January 2022 for a safari organized by Swala Safaris.
We couldn't have chosen better for this trip!

The organization has always been very careful and precise.

Stephen responded to our emails regarding the trip or the COVID situation in 1 day with all the information to make us travel without worries.

I had contacted other safari companies but surely Swala Safaris was the one that proposed us the best itinerary.

The jeep we were given was perfect. We spent 8 days driving through many parks (Tarangire, Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro).
The lodges chosen by Swala Safaris have always been beautiful and clean. Excellent food and hospitality.

Our guide was Joachim ... we can absolutely recommend him for any kind of safari in Tanzania.
We could not think of another safari without him as a guide.

He drove 8-10 hours a day non-stop and without showing any kind of fatigue.
He has an incredible sight and instinct so that he's able to spot (much better than other guides .. ) animals even at a great distance while driving.
He is also able to answer any question regarding animals or plants during the safari almost like a biologist !!

He was always kind to us and made it possible for us to see the famous "big five" and much more!

It has been a magnificent journey and our satisfaction is certainly due in large part to Swala Safaris and Joachim.

Thank you!
Écrit le 19 janvier 2022
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Amy S
Bear, DE13 contributions
oct. 2021
My husband and I visited Tanzania from October 27 through November 6, 2021. We originally planned to go in 2020, but the pandemic had other plans for us. Stephen, at Swala Safaris, was great to work with and responded to all of our questions very quickly (and there were a lot!). He helped ensure our trip was everything we wished for when we were finally able to visit.

The safari itself was beyond amazing. Our guide, Joachim, made sure we saw everything we hoped to see and more! He had an eye for spotting leopards and other wildlife in trees - he made it look so easy. He was happy and willing to do whatever he needed to make our trip memorable. Even if that meant waking up super early to see a pride of lions before they bedded down to hide from the sweltering heat or driving around for several hours to find a cheetah (which we eventually saw 9 overall!).

Joachim was super knowledgeable and if we asked something he wasn’t sure about, he quickly found the answer in the numerous guidebooks he brought along. You can tell he loves what he does and was happy to share various Tanzania facts with us. We learned so much!

During our Safari we stayed at Tarangire Safari Lodge, which had amazing views! I highly recommend this lodge if you are looking to relax and still watch wildlife after a long day of game driving. We also stayed at the Serengeti Tortilis Camp. While it didn’t have the same views, the staff was so accommodating and courteous (and the tents are huge!). If you are looking for close encounters, this is the place to go. There is a pride of lions that patrol the camp at night and you often hear them roaring as they pass by. If you are lucky, you’ll even catch them as you are leaving and returning to camp each day. We even had a curious hyena walk us back to our tent after dinner (from a distance of course!). Also, the food at every camp was exquisite. Even the boxed lunches were plentiful and delicious. You will not go hungry here!

All in all it was one of our best vacations. We were glad that we didn’t postpone the trip for another year. It was well worth the wait and would encourage anyone who is thinking about visiting Tanzania to go.
Écrit le 27 novembre 2021
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Matt C
4 contributions
août 2021 • En couple
Spent 2 weeks on safari with Swala to see the great migration. It was the trip of a lifetime and Swala made it a fantastic experience, even through the pandemic and having to delay from 2020 to 2021. Swala handled everything from when we arrived in Africa, and our accommodations were great throughout the trip. Stephen was so great to work with and made sure we were taken care of. Our guide Joachim was the best in the business, and we were able to see so many amazing things! We will definitely be using Swala for our next safari!
Écrit le 30 octobre 2021
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Way
Sweden13 contributions
oct. 2021
Swala is a professional and competent safari company meeting high standards, offering personilized service and quality. We travelled with Swala on a four day trip from Arusha to Lake Natron. Joachim, our guide and driver, is a leading expert on birds in Tanzania and has a deep knowledge about wildlife, nature, geology and many different things. Joachim is very engaged and, at the same time, he listened to our needs. And yes, we saw a lot of birds, including many new ones, either spotted by Joachim or ourselves. It was great fun and we learned a lot! Joachim is also a very professional driver, taking no risks and puts safety first. We would also like to thank Stephen for organising the tour and for being very service-oriented and flexible. Going to Lake Natron we took off from Mtu wa Mbu and its 105 km on a gravel road through a semi-arid landscape. On the way back, we took the eastern road to Longido. Approximately the same distance but the landscape is a bit more varied, there are more trees and the road is slightly better. We would highly recommend Swala and our guide Joachim if you are looking for a committed professional, who caters for your needs and who add lots of value to your experience.
Écrit le 23 octobre 2021
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Bella698
Zihuatanejo, Mexique56 contributions
août 2021
A safari beyond my expectations! and this was my second safari in Tanzania.
Stephen was great to work with my questions and changes. The biggest change was rather than waiting until 2022 as originally planned, I asked Stephen if he could put my safari together in 2 weeks! He could and he did. He made sure I was aware of the requirements in this pandemic time. Since it was 2 weeks away I opted for the visa on arrival.
Unfortunately my duffel bag didn’t make it and it took quite awhile to file forms for missing luggage.

Joachim picked me up the airport and I knew right away talking with him on the way in that he was going to be a great guide as we discussed game drives.

Stephen kept in touch with his follow up with my missing luggage. We were hopeful that it would arrive the following day. I was happy I booked 2 nights in Arusha.

The following morning Stephen spent most of his time trying to track my bag, the airline couldn’t find it.

Since I was leaving on safari the next day Stephen took me to an ATM, the mall for some clothes. He also took me to get a hotspot rather than a SIM card since I would be using WhatsApp.

Stephen kept following up on my bag and I left the following day to start my safari.
Stephen arranged delivery of my bag to Tarangire when they finally found it and it arrived at JRO.

My safari:
2 nights Arusha at African Tulip
3 nights Tarangire at Tarangire Safari Lodge
1 night on the crater rim at Sopa Lodge
3 night Central Serengeti at Acacia Luxury Camp
8 nights Northern Serengeti where I split between Acacia Migration Camp and Lemala Mara Migration Camp.
4 nights Nungwi Dreams Zanzibar

Joachim was awesome! I don’t know how he sees the hidden animals as we are driving but he does.
I was able to see the big 5 and more. We saw many cubs, leopard, lion and cheetah.
Mating lions.
The migration was unbelievable! I lost track of how many river crossings we saw.
Joachim always checked to make sure I’m fine.

I was teary eyed saying goodbye at the Kogatende airstrip.

The hotel that Stephen chose for me on Zanzibar is perfect! a small boutique hotel with outstanding staff and service. Right on the water.

I highly recommend Swala Safaris for a perfect safari!
Écrit le 8 septembre 2021
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ktchen318
Bangkok, Thaïlande4 contributions
août 2020
My first visit to Africa was made possible thanks to this great team. I had fast reliable communication with Stephen who provided us with the best guide Joachim. Stephen was able to handle all sorts of challenges due to flight changes (both international and domestic) and camp cancellations. We were in constant communication through email and whats app phone calls. Joachim is an experienced guide with vast knowledge and eagle eyes. The car was cleaned daily and the power strip was such a nice convenience. One of the best parts of the safari was the Cheetah hunt. We sat there when the cheetah ran across the road right in front of us chasing down a impala calf. Thanks to his patience and persistence, we saw three migrations and numerous birds. Even on a non game drive day (on the way to the airport) he manages to spot and save a chameleon trying to cross the road! Thanks to Joachim's open friendly nature, we were able to learn a about his culture and customs. All of the lodgings were very clean and comfortable and rated highly on TA. Staff always friendly. Having enough water was never an issue. I would tell anyone who is considering a safari trip to go with Swala. The trip felt personalized to our needs and I never felt like a customer. Their kindness and generosity made me happy to have chosen a local organization to arrange my tour.
Écrit le 6 septembre 2020
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Aubrey S
Warrenville25 contributions
juil. 2019
My husband and I went on a Swala safari in May 2019 to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and our experience was even better than we imagined. Communication went smoothly leading up to our arrival so all of our questions were answered and we were able to select specific lodging or add-ons to customize our trip. We were provided an itinerary ahead of time so we felt prepared for what our trip included. We booked a 9-day safari that included stops at Tarangire National Park, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Lake Manyara. We stayed at the Korona Villa, Sangaiwe Tented Lodge, Serengeti Tortilis Camp, Rhino Lodge, and Rift Valley Photographic Lodge. From the very beginning our guide, Joachim, was friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. Your guide can really make or break your trip since you spend just about all your time awake with them for the entire duration of your safari and we are so thankful to have had Joachim with us. Joachim was able to spot animals from far away that we would have never noticed on our own and knew so many details about all the animals we saw. When I imagined all the things I hoped we’d get to see on our safari, I never really had birds in mind, but it turns out Tanzania has a wide variety of really cool looking birds and Joachim was able to name them all and find them in his guide book to show us a picture to confirm that’s what we were looking at. Joachim was fun to talk to, had a great sense of humor, and made us feel comfortable throughout our trip. He protected us and our food from the monkeys (yes, this was an actual need), was always asking us if we were doing ok or needed to stop and would head towards specific areas in the parks based on what we wanted to see. We highly recommended using Swala Safaris and specifically Joachim for your trip to Tanzania!
Écrit le 6 juin 2020
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Perry
Cairns, Australie18 contributions
févr. 2020 • En couple
Had an amazing 8 day safari with Joachim.
Stephen organised everything to perfection.
We booked an budget safari which is more mid-range to luxury. Food was amazing all trip. Accommodation was over the top good. Over and above what we needed, but not bad to live in luxury. Greetings drinks and incredible locations with three course meals.
Joachim was recommended to us by friends that had been on safari with him before.
We are at the end of a 5 week trip with safaris through Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
Tanzania did not disappoint and the decision to request Joachim was by far the best advice.
He was passionate about the wildlife and with game drives from sun up to sun down he did not miss a beat. To see a guide enjoy his work day to day with out a blemish is incredible.
I myself have worked as a tour guide for 15 years and don’t believe that I could compare to him.
With this team you won’t be disappointed.

Écrit le 1 mars 2020
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