Maasai Wanderings Review

by Dorit

I found Maasai Wanderings in the Lonely Planet. They were wonderful; fabulous in every respect. Easy to work with on the front end, very helpful, excellent guides, great service - I'd give them a recommendation any time.

Didn't care much for camping sites but that wasn't their fault.

Our safari was beyond wonderful. The places we went (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire - followed by Zanzibar) couldn't have been more perfect for us.


Arusha Karama Lodge (lovely); Tarangire Campsite (hideous); Nasikia Luxury Camp near Serengeti (fab); Simba Campsite near Crater (ok); Ngorongoro Farmhouse (fab).

Also went to Zanzibar.


Food wasn't exciting but we didn't care.

Porridge & bread/fruit for breakfast; chicken, eggs, sandwiches for lunch; dinners were various stews/meats.

Ngorongoro Farmhouse and Naskikia were best (large buffet at Ngorongoro Farmhouse). But this wasn't a big deal to us.


Elephants, zebras, giraffes, hyena, cheetah, monkeys, lions, gazelles, wildebeest, hippos, herons, lots and lots more that I'm forgetting.

The highlight was watching 9 lions devour a zebra (previously killed).

Typical Day

Early breakfast, most of the day in the jeep with lots of stops (we were our own trip – 8 people, 2 jeeps, 2 guides), stop for lunch, more jeep, evening in lodgings.

Other Activities

We visited a Maasai village; went on a hike at Olmoti crater (with a Maasai guide and a troup of children following); spent four days in Zanzibar (including snorkelling, swim with dolphins, a little hang-out time on the beach, Stonetown walking.

Loved all of it.

Tips and Advice

Only the campsites were disappointing – we did it to save money, but I wouldn't do it again.

Don't be afraid to deal directly with a reputable local safari operator rather than a (much more expensive) U.S. based tour company.

Remember your camera.

Dorit's Safari Details:

Rating: 11/10

Safari company used: Maasai Wanderings (make an enquiry)

Parks visited: Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

Date of safari: 7 August for 13 days

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    Jan 10, 2015
    The importance of a good guide/driver
    by: Anonymous

    Donna, the owner, was very helpful and responsive. It was also impressive to see the initiatives they are developing in the country. It is great to see how the money you are collaborating with paying for the trip, to the communities.
    The only negative thing about the trip, which unfortunately is very important, was the driver-guide. If you decide to go with Maasai Wanderings, we recommend you not to go with Nickson. You will spend a lot of time together, including lunch and dinners with someone not nice at all, who wouldn't talk to us, not even to explain to us the necessary things during the safari. He definitely ruined one of the most important parts of our trip.

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