Tanzania Classic Safari

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Dates: Jan-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 9

Activity Level: 1

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Price:

2014

REI Member: $5,999

Non-member: $6,499

2015

REI Member: $6,499

Non-member: $6,999

Additional Fees

Holiday supplement: $500

Single supplement: $1,499 limited availability

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 7–15
  • Jul 12–20
  • Aug 2–10
  • Sep 6–14
  • Dec 20–28 H
  • Dec 27 – Jan 4 H

H = Mandatory holiday supplement applies.

2015

  • Jan 17–25
  • Feb 7–15
  • Jun 6–14
  • Jul 11–19
  • Aug 1–9
  • Sep 5–13
  • Dec 19–27 H
  • Dec 27 – Jan 4 H

H = Mandatory holiday supplement applies.


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Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 1

Activities:

  • Wildlife Safari

Accommodations:

Safari lodges, 4 nights; Deluxe camps, 4 nights; Day lodge, 1 day

Trip Highlights

  • Spend nine days in Tanzania for some of the best wildlife viewing in the world
  • Visit four national parks, each with its own blend of landscape and animals
  • Stay at comfortable, well-located safari lodges and deluxe camps
  • Travel with professional guides who make the most of your Tanzania safari

"Safari," in the classic sense, brings many striking images to mind– vast stretches of savannah, flat-topped acacia trees silhouetted against orange-purple sunsets, a multitude of animals streaming across the horizon. Our Classic Safari through Tanzania is those images made real.

In nine very full days we visit Tanzania's premier wildlife parks, each offering something unique in both wildlife viewing as well as the intimate safari camps and lodges enjoyed each evening: Tarangire, famous for its huge resident herds of elephants and tree-climbing lions; Lake Manyara, a lush oasis at the foot of the Great Rift escarpment offering ideal conditions for hippos and birdlife; Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact, imploded crater in the world with a resident mammal population well over 20,000; and the famous Serengeti, home to the world's largest annual migration of mammals and varied predators.

Our trained guides are deeply passionate about the region's animals and landscape. Their local knowledge of Eastern Africa is unparalleled, filling our days with insight into this remarkable place on Earth.

Traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Tanzania Classic Safari Family Adventure.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Arusha! Prepare for the wildlife-viewing experience of your life!
  • Day 2 - Head south to Tarangire, famous for elephant herds and baobab groves.
  • Day 3 - Watch tree-climbing lions, buffalo, and gazelle at Tarangire Park.
  • Day 4 - See birds galore at Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley.
  • Day 5 - Hike near Lake Manyara or visit a crafts market in Mto Wa Mbu village.
  • Day 6 - Visit the magical Ngorongoro Crater, host to more than 20,000 mammals.
  • Day 7 - Witness the constant movement of animals at Serengeti National Park.
  • Day 8 - Explore the Serengeti, teeming with lion, wildebeest, zebra, hyena, and more.
  • Day 9 - Skip a long overland trek by flying to Arusha before we bid farewell.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Arusha! Prepare for the wildlife-viewing experience of your life!

    Your trip begins today in Arusha, Tanzania. Please schedule your flight for an evening arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport. We provide one group transfer from the airport to Arusha where our lovely lodge set in spacious gardens awaits. Check into your room and enjoy a well-earned rest. No meals included.

  • Day 2 - Head south to Tarangire, famous for elephant herds and baobab groves.

    This morning you meet your guides and fellow travelers for a brief orientation of the upcoming safari. Following breakfast at the lodge we head south to Tarangire Park. This less-visited park is a great introduction to Africa. It is off-the-beaten-path and famous for its legendary elephant herds and unusual palm and baobab groves. Our lodge sits high on a ridge facing east overlooking a vast plain cut by the Tarangire River and typically teeming with wildlife. Following an afternoon game run, take a dip in the pool, sip a glass of wine and sit back on the veranda to enjoy your first African gloaming. All meals included.

  • Day 3 - Watch tree-climbing lions, buffalo, and gazelle at Tarangire Park.

    A full day of wildlife viewing is on today's agenda. In the dry season, Tarangire is second only to Ngorongoro Crater in concentrations of wildlife. There is no doubt you will see elephants and many other large mammals such as wildebeests, buffalo, and oryx, but also keep your eyes open for the famed tree-climbing lions. Enjoy a picnic lunch mid-day, and return to our lodge in time for a shower and dinner. All meals included.

  • Day 4 - See birds galore at Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley.

    We head west to the Lake Manyara area, arriving in time for lunch at our lodging. Our comfortable tented camp is set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley and provides panoramic views eastward over Lake Manyara, the Rift floor and Mt. Losimingori. We visit Lake Manyara Park, a small and verdant park located at the base of the Great Rift, to view the wildlife in their more active period before dusk. The park is somewhat tropical, and it supports a huge birdlife population as well as larger animals such as giraffe, zebra and buffalo. Look for the tall, gray Kori Bustard, thought to be the heaviest bird capable of flight. Back at our lodging for the evening, be on the look-out for birdlife as over 350 species have been recorded here. All meals included.

    Drive to Lake Manyara: ~ 1.5 hours.

  • Day 5 - Hike near Lake Manyara or visit a crafts market in Mto Wa Mbu village.

    Visit a local store near Mto Wa Mbu village for shopping. We drive to our lodging, located on the outskirts of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the next two nights is a small lodge with lush gardens of bougainvillea, frangipani and jacaranda as well as mango, avocado and coffee trees. Relax by the pool and take in the ambiance. All meals included.
  • Day 6 - Visit the magical Ngorongoro Crater, host to more than 20,000 mammals.

    The Maasai refer to Ngorongoro Crater as the "footprint of God." Your first glimpse into the crater from its rim is breathtaking – a wildlife sanctuary over three hundred square miles in size spread out some two thousand feet below you. We spend the day exploring the diversity and richness of this gorgeous park. Over 20,000 mammals call this crater their permanent home, including prides of lions, cheetah, giraffe, elephant, hippos and the rare black rhino. At the heart of the crater's 10-mile wide grassland plain lies a soda lake that attracts vast numbers of flamingo and other water birds. The Maasai have watered their cattle in the crater seemingly forever. This is truly a magical setting teeming with wildlife and with a human history as rich as the crater is beautiful. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon to relax. All meals included.

  • Day 7 - Witness the constant movement of animals at Serengeti National Park.

    Perhaps the most famous of the Tanzanian parks is the Serengeti, our destination for the next two evenings. The Maasai called this region the "Siringitu" meaning "the place where the land moves on forever." This is most certainly a reference to the constant movement of the huge numbers of animals that live in the vast savannahs of the Serengeti. This is one of the largest and last remaining wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The extensive grasslands are dotted with "kopjes" or rocky outcroppings that, like islands in the plains, form their own wildlife communities. Have your cameras and binoculars ready, but take time to soak up the smells, sounds and sights with all your senses unencumbered. We overnight at a luxury tented camp, comprised of individual chalets of wood and stone, with canvas walls. Each chalet has a veranda, which allows uninterrupted views of the Serengeti plains below. All meals included.
  • Day 8 - Explore the Serengeti, teeming with lion, wildebeest, zebra, hyena, and more.

    We have a full day to enjoy the splendor of the Serengeti. Depending upon the season and your luck, you might have the opportunity to witness the largest migration of mammals on earth. Regardless, you most certainly will see hundreds of animals including zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, topi, hyena, eland, warthogs, giraffe and various predators. In the late afternoon we return to our camp for one final night under a star-studded Africa sky, listening to the myriad sounds that define the ancient wildness of this spectacular place. All meals included.

  • Day 9 - Skip a long overland trek by flying to Arusha before we bid farewell.

    Following a hearty breakfast we transfer to an airstrip for a flight to Arusha. A day room at our first night's lodging is available for your use. Upon arrival into Arusha we enjoy lunch together; the afternoon is then free to enjoy on your own until our final group dinner at our lodging's restaurant. One group transfer from our lodging to the Kilimanjaro International Airport is provided, based on the flight booked by the majority of departing guests. All meals included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Price Includes

All accommodations and meals as noted on the daily itinerary; internal airfare between Serengeti and Arusha; park fees; bi-lingual guides; private safari vehicles with guaranteed window seat; airport transfers when arriving and departing with group.

Not Included

Round-trip international airfare; entry visa fee; departure tax; airport transfers when arriving/departing outside of group transfer times; meals on Day 1; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature; optional gratuities to safari guides.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Weather

Our departure dates coincide with the dry seasons of East Africa. Temperatures are typically in the 70s - 80s during the day, cooling off to the 50s - 60s in the evening. Departures from December through February can expect daytime temperatures to be about 10 degrees higher on average. The Ngorongoro Crater is over 7,500'+ high, so expect cool mornings and evenings regardless of the season.

Qualifications

This safari trip is rated Relaxed [1]. Safaris are not physically demanding but they are in remote locations over rough terrain. This trip is perfect for active people in good health and with the spirit of adventure.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Tanzania Classic Safari Gear List

The key to staying comfortable on safari is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation. This gear list is provided to help you in choosing your equipment and clothing for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
  • International health card with immunizations (recommended, not required)
Luggage
  • One piece of luggage
  • Duffel bag (for extra gear/clothes to be stored in Arusha while you are on safari)
  • Daypack, large enough to hold camera, binoculars, water, sunscreen, spare clothes, etc.
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money belt
City Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable casual items for travel and city/lodge wear
Outerwear
  • Waterproof, breathable jacket
  • Sweater/jacket – synthetic fleece or wool (for cool mornings & evenings at the Ngorongoro Crater)
Footwear
  • Walking shoes (for side hikes and lodge wear)
  • Sport sandals
Clothing
  • T-shirts, mix of synthetic and cotton
  • Synthetic, long-sleeve shirts
  • Synthetic, quick-drying shorts (mid-thigh or longer)
  • Lightweight, breathable, quick-drying pants (zip-off legs are great)
  • Socks
  • Underwear, quick-drying
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit (some lodges have a pool)
Clothing Accessories
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Bandana(s)
Travel Accessories
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Insect repellent (DEET recommended)
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Sunblock and lip balm w/high SPF
  • Toiletry kit with lotion, toothpaste/brush, etc. Most, but not all, lodgings have shampoo and soap so only bring travel-sized items.
  • Small washcloth
  • Electrical converter and adapters (plug patterns C, D and F)
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory cards (Note: while on safari, camera bean bags are loaned upon request)
  • Batteries (not available outside of Arusha)
  • Binoculars (highly recommended)
  • Ear plugs
  • Travel pillow
  • Alarm clock or watch
  • Spare contact lenses or prescription glasses
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Ziploc bags, to protect camera, binoculars from dust
  • Travel-size laundry detergent packets and sink stopper for hand-washing clothing

Things to Consider

  • Always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
  • The checked luggage allowance on the internal flight from the Serengeti to Arusha is 33 pounds. Please pack accordingly. Overweight luggage incurs an additional fee charged per kilogram. Travelers flying home on Day 9 can store extra luggage in Arusha while on safari.
  • Casual attire is acceptable for Africa. Neutral, light colored clothing is best for the safari, to blend into the landscape and not alarm the wildlife. Khaki is always a good color while on safari.
  • Be prepared to hand wash your clothes (quick drying materials are best). Travel packets of detergent and a travel laundry line may be helpful. Laundry service is available at lodges for an additional cost; turnaround time is generally 2-3 hours.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting your gear. Plastic bags are also helpful to separate clean and dirty clothing.
  • If you normally wear contacts, bring a pair of glasses in case of irritation from dust in your eyes.
  • Many of the roads in Africa are deeply rutted and dusty. It is a good idea to pack camera equipment and binoculars in plastic bags to protect them from the dust. This is in addition to their normal cases. Also bring lens cleaning materials.
  • Batteries are not readily available outside of Arusha. Bring a large supply of AA and/or AAA batteries as required for your headlamp/flashlight and electronic equipment.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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  • Exceeded expectations (10)
  • Guides (10)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (9)
  • Well organized itinerary (9)

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  • Activity level (3)

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      • I liked the itinerary (9), All the details planned for me (8), Destination (8), Active adventures (7), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (6)

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Trip

    By F 17

    from Seattle, Wa

    About Me Casual Adventurer

    Pros

    • Accommodations
    • Exceeded Expectations
    • Food
    • Group Camaraderie
    • Guides
    • Well Organized Itinerary

    Cons

    • Activity Level

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      Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

      The trip far exceeded my expectations. The guides were fantastic. We drove in very comfortable Landcrusiers with roofs that could be opened so you could stand and see animals. 4 to 6 people per vehicle with one guide driving, maximum of 12 people per trip. Accomodations very good. Food very good, especially because your are in remote parts of Africa. I was concerned about the rough roads which were much better than I expected. The dirt roads are continually regraded to decrease ruts. It wasn't any where as dusty as I expected. There is something very special about seeing animals in the wild. Geological features ( Rift Valley, Ngorongoro caldera) were very impressive. Mosquitoes and bugs were really not much of a problem. As the REI website describes, this is not an active vacation.

      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
      • Recommended by a Friend
      • Why did you choose this trip?:
      • Friends have taken REI trips and have had great experiences.
      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
      • Seeing a cheetah and leopard.
      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
      • This is a luxury trip. The lodging is described as luxury tent lodges, but all of the places we stayed were very nice resorts. We didn't need soap or shampoo or towels. We saw very few mosquitoes, literally 4. This is not a very active trip, as you really cannot do much hiking or walking because of potential dangers from animals and is suited for people of all activity levels

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Superb

      By Stephen1

      from Knoxville TN

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

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          Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

          Our guide was superlative. His encyclopedic knolwedge of--and love of==the wildlife was abundant. He made it a very enriching time.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • For our entire family: everyone should see the Eden of east African bush.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Too many to name, but we were awed by the full grown leopard sitting in the crotch of an acacia tree just yards from our vehicle.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Most Amazing Trip Ever!

          By Jenn Safari

          from Richmond, VA

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience

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            Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

            This was an amazing trip with animals just feet from us. Bring the best camera you can afford (I regret not upgrading). Also, bring extra camera batteries and an extra memory card - you'll take more pictures than you will ever anticipate and finding batteries took a decent effort, although we did find them. The food is very Asian with much more Inidan Food (not my personal favorite) than I would have thought.

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • The animals! Waking up to seeing elephants eating outside my tent.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • Roads are bumpy, it can get cold.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pleasant surprise every day

            By 7 continents

            from California

            About Me Casual Adventurer

            Pros

            • Accommodations
            • Exceeded Expectations
            • Food
            • Group Camaraderie
            • Guides
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
            • Quality Equipment Provided
            • Well Organized Itinerary

            Cons

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                Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

                Our lead guide, Donald, made sure everyone was informed and happy, and that everything was safe and fun.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • I have wanted to go to the Serengeti since I saw a movie about it when I was young.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • How close the animals were to us!
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Just relax, and take in all of nature's beauty and wonders.

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great

                By tonialar

                from ES

                About Me First-Time Adventurer

                Pros

                • Accommodations
                • Exceeded Expectations

                Cons

                • Food

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

                  Great experience

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A trip of a lifetime!

                  By cherellenhob

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Casual Adventurer

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • Accommodations
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                  Cons

                  • Activity Level
                  • Trucksroads BUMPY

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

                    This trip was incredible! I was impressed with our guides beyond belief. They were friendly, easy going, and very knowledgeable.
                    Seeing so many animals up close was amazing and moving!
                    The itinerary was nice, although it could have added more walking/hiking or activity since it's mostly game drives.
                    Having a small group is also great as it makes it more intimate.

                    Go on this trip! You will LOVE it!

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • This trip had a nice mix of staying in a tented camp, and lodges, as well as nice parks visited.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • Seeing so many wild animals so close, and hearing them at night from your tent. This trip was truly what you picture a safari to be! You get to spend everyday watching these magical creatures.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Ask your guides every day what the weather will be like where you are going so you are prepared. There are vast differences in temp in each area.

                    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Do it!

                    By Lori the Adventurer

                    from Sacramento CA

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Activity Level
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Guides
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

                        I always felt safe. I loved the people. They were so warm and friendly. Our guide, Donald, was excellent! We went as a family during Christmas and it was a wonderful way to spend the holidays with the kids. I'm sold on traveling during the holidays rather than getting bogged down by all the commercialism of the holidays. We aren't the really athletic type but still like to be active and adventurous and this was perfect. The food varied, while not 4 star it was certainly adequate, but I didn't go for the food. The accomodations were excellent. I didn't know what to expect, but I was never dissapointed. We usually don't travel on a package tour, but now I'm sold on REI tours. It's nice to not have to worry about the details. I would do this again in a New York minute!

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I was going to Africa one way or the other. I shopped many safari companies and then thought of REI. I liked that you would be traveling with like minded people, not that we are so active, but I thought it would be with people who had the same adventure in mind.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • Seeing hundreds of elephants at one time in Tarangire and hearing them trumpet and rumble to each other!
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Just do it! You won't regret it! If this is something that you've wanted to do, don't put it off another minute! It was so worth it!

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fantastic Trip

                        By John 51

                        from Minneapolis, MN

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Great variety of lodgings
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Our guide educated us
                        • Quality Equipment Provided
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

                            This was a trip of a lifetime, and we had a great time.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • It was a bucket list trip, and we had a great previous trip with REI.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • There wasn't a single highlight-every day was a new, great adventure. Our guide made sure that we saw everything we wanted to see, and educated us in the process.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Don't miss this trip! Be prepared for bumpy roads and dust.

                            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Exceeded all expectations!!

                            By Simba Seeker

                            from Raleigh, NC

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Quality Equipment Provided
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

                                Our guides, Donald and Anderson, were amazing! I can't imagine having any better! They were professional, personable, enjoyable and most of all - incredibly knowledgable!

                                The food was good, but probably not great. Some meals were, though. The ones that really had someting to be desired were the boxed lunches.

                                Accomodations - WOW! Especially Tarangire and Serengeti. Loved leaving Tarangire the first morning and just as we rounded the corner with lodges to our right, there was a family of elephants to the left.... incredible!

                                If you can get there a day or so early, I highly recommend setting up a one day safari at Arusha Nat'l Park! It was a wonderful start and REI can coordinate it for you.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts, Trustworthy company
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • Since I was a child I dreamed of going on an African Safari.... the itinerary fit the bill and it was with a company I knew and trusted to deliver an exceptional adventure!
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Two - the elephant that stood face to jeep with us for what seemed an eternity. Only 50 feet or so from us. AND - the male lion that stood up and gave a soft roar at us. Someone with another company dangled their arm out the window and he didn't like it - he was really close too!
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Carry plenty of memory for digital cameras. You can buy memory cards there, but it's just easier when you have everything you need. Go with the flow and enjoy what the day brings. Learn some Swahili before going - it was fun to "talk" with the locals. They enjoyed my attempt at a few words.

                                (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A Fantastic Experience

                                By MaryRose

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Casual Adventurer

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Locations
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures Classic Safari:

                                    The trip was extremely well organized and advance advice provided by REI all proved very true. All went as expected. No need or an advance visa. It was actually quicker for those without the advance. US currency was readily accepted at all the sites. The guides were very knowledgable and accomodating. Be prepared for several locations with generator power that is off for several hours overnight and sometimes during the day.

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I have always wanted to go to Tanzania or Kenya on Safari. The group and itinerary fit what I wanted to experience.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Too many highlights to select just one. Each day had its own.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Be flexible and open.

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