Finished recently a safari in Serengeti/Ngorongoro and wanted to recommend a local company in Arusha called BrightAfricanSafaris. I know this is my first post so some of you will think this is self-promotion. It's not at all, just think it's good to support small companies which do a good job.
I found BrightAfricanSafaris through LonelyPlanet forum and also some posts here and decided to give a try so sent them an email. Tried also with some other companies with good reviews like BaseCamp Tanzania. Mr Msangi, the owner of BrightAfrican was very good in replying my emails (usually the same day) and giving me all kind of information I asked for. Can't say the same about BaseCamp because they stopped replying my emails after a couple of email exchanges when I was asking for more info...
Msangi did a great job and listened to all my requirements and changed the parts of the itinerary I didn't like. For me that's very important because I've been living in Africa for the last 8 years and didn't want to have the typical safari with a big company. I wanted to make it special since my father and nephew were coming to Africa for first time.
He also gave me a very good car. The greatest thing was that the driver/guide spoke spanish, which was a very pleasant surprise coz my dad and nephew don't speak english, so he saved me a lot of trouble translating the whole trip. The guide -Ramadhani- was also great at spotting animals and a very nice person too.
Moreover, the price was very good. All these reasons made me writing a review in internet for first time. Saw a lot of unhappy people traveling in groups with people didn't like and most of them probably spent more money than us. So, if you want a good taylor-made safari or also clasical one, don't hesitate in contacting him. http://www.brightafricansafaris.com/
If you want to check that I am not related with that company, leave your email in this thread and will contact you asap.
Btw, I think he also organizes safaris and trips in Kenya and Kilimanjaro climbs...
JoseEdited: 29 July 2011, 09:12