My family and I are finalizing a 12 day safari to Tanzania’s Northern Circuit at the end of February ’13… I’ve already done a lot of research and received some tremendous information on some of the mammals that are there but not guarenteed. But as the date is nearing and the itinerary is finalized, one thing we have yet to succeed is closing the deal with 1 company. We have the itinerary and activities down to which lodges to stay on each night, and we’re trying to find a reputable company that could cater to us, while providing a guide with eagle-eyes who will find us those pangolins and caracals, and not just the lions and the elephants. We think we narrowed it down, but I would like any additional advice on these specific companies:
– RA or “Real Adventure” Safaris – We haven’t found many reviews, but the few are positive (but maybe questionable?). Also the most reasonable quote
– Detasa (Destination Tanzania Safaris) – Was good and cooperative, but in the last minute upped our quote by over $500 per person after we switched from 1 lodge to another on one night.
– Access 2 Tanzania – a few interactions but we’re still waiting for a final quote for our specific itinerary
-GoodEarth – we were NOT very impressed with their answers to some of our questions earlier on, but are waiting on them for final quote with our revised itinerary
– BaseCamp Tanzania – Waiting for quote
Any recommendations or warnings about any of these would be highly welcomed. This will end up being an extremely expensive trip so we want to get the most out of it and choose the right company as I mentioned above.
Thanks in advance!!!