After contacting 6-7 different safari tour companies with our desired 6 day safari plan, we picked Bright African Safaris because they thought of a couple of things the others hadn't. For starters, all emails back and forth with Mr. Msangi were prompt, courteous, and had sufficient detail to convince us that his company knew what they were doing. He also factored in a rest day back in Arusha after the safari, based on our flight timings, which is something the other companies had neglected to do, with some others having us rush to the airport right after a game-drive. We also learned that the company is owned and operated by Msangi, and that we weren't talking with an agent. This was important to us, because we like to support individual hospitality enterprises in our travels, rather than the giant chains and tour operations.
In the pre-safari briefing, it became clear to us that Msangi was genuinely invested in us coming back from safari with big smiles on our faces, and that we should enjoy what his country has to offer without being harangued, nor with any logistical stresses.
And now for our guide, Othman. A safari driver/guide effectively becomes a part of one's family when on safari for several days at a time. He is just as happy spotting animals as you are.... and he's done this for several years now both in Tanzania and Kenya. Othman is a seasoned professional - punctual, efficient, ever-smiling, warm, unintrusive, helpful, friendly and a very, very safe, calm driver to boot. We have been backpacking for 4 months, and didn't carry binoculars with us. Othman brought along a pair of really good ones for us to use, which was invaluable.
Bright African and Msangi did seem like they took care of a few extra details that made us seem like we were a bit more special than the other tour companies. A tablecloth for picnic lunches, the special (and quite elegant) 'tea/coffee basket', etc. all made us look a little nicer than the other safari companies that were having their lunch around us.
As far as animal sightings are concerned, we saw everything. The Big 5, a cheetah, racing herds of wildebeest, giraffes galore, zebra everywhere, hyenas, jackals, etc. etc. Othman's guidance was exceptional here.
To other potential safari-goers: A guide can only do so much, but it's all up to nature and weather to decide what you will see. Any safari company that gives you assurances (or guarantees) that you will see say, rhinos up close and personal with them, are giving you false hope and may be more in it for your money. I liked how Bright African's briefings set the right expectation in our minds.
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