Galloping Safaris - Day Tours

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Galloping Safaris - Day Tours
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AICC Roundabout, Arusha 00255 Tanzania

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Sonoma Valley, CA2 đóng góp
The trip of a lifetime!
thg 7 năm 2021 • Cặp đôi
If you’ve ever contemplated or “bucket-listed” a Safari in Tanzania, Galloping Safari’s is the choice guided excursion. Walter Tenga, director of operations, put together a all inclusive luxury tour of 4 national parks on a nine day stay. The three of us were greeted upon landing by Walter then escorted to a nearby luxury accommodation for our first night stay in Arusha. The following morning Walter introduced us to Lawrence, our private guide for the next nine days. Lawrence, a fifteen year guide veteran with a big smile and jovial humor made this Safari a personal and intimate experience that has left us so grateful and honored to call him a friend. An expert and naturalist on the flora and fauna of the regions we visited, his wealth of knowledge was unsurpassed in spotting, identifying, and placing us in the best position to photograph. I’m still editing and marveling at the 2,000 plus pictures captured!
We visited Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogo crater and Serengeti national parks. Walter also added some cultural stops into the itinerary. A visit to Masai village and working museum/art gallery. Along with the highlight of our Safari, a hot air Balloon ride across the Serengeti to see the migratory Wildebeast from above!
Our accommodations thru-out were world class. Each night we were graciously catered to at each of the Sanctuary, Lemala and Four Seasons resorts on route.
Walter and Lawrence nurtured us throughout even as I told ill, (from a medicine reaction a was prescribed. That’s another story).
Walter’s planning and guidances eased us through in-field COVID testing to arranging our bush flight from the Serengeti back to Kilimanjaro.
I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and the expert planning and guidance of both Walter and Lawrence. We are daily recounting the stories and pictures to friends and loved ones.
Đã viết vào 21 tháng 8, 2021
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Pamela S
1 đóng góp
Tanzania is Safe and lots of beautiful memories.
thg 6 năm 2021
Dear Walter,

Many thanks for putting together a wonder safari for us.
We were so much concern about the Covid-19 Testing process in Tanzania and especially in the Wild Bush of Serengeti due to the fact that the logistic to transfer such a delicate job components samples but you cannot believe how the country is so well organized for the set up a Covid center in Bush Serengeti and our host Walter help to set up the testing appointments at the airstrip and handed us our hard copy results before we got on the return flight back to USA.

We had a fabulous time and lots of beautiful memories. we loved all the places we stayed at especially the tented camps, best was the Ole Serai Luxury Camp-Tuner Springs, the location and staff were great and we were glad we ended up there even if it was not in the plan due to Heavy rain season in Serengeti. Off course Hillary made all the difference and gave us all a safari to remember.

We will all be sure to recommend Galloping Safaris in future. I am sorry we did not have time to meet you in person.

Asante Sana,

Beck & Pamela Skinner
Đã viết vào 3 tháng 8, 2021
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Sarah B
Michigan7 đóng góp
Once in a lifetime adventure for our honeymoon!
thg 5 năm 2021 • Cặp đôi
Walter and Lawrence crafted a perfect itinerary hitting all of Tanzania’s highlights while staying in luxurious accommodations. Our game drives were highly productive seeing all the Big 5, even hard to spot leopards and rhinos due to their keen eye. The Serengeti and the Crater are truly what dreams are made of. Witnessing the Great Migration, sleeping among lions and buffalo and getting a few feet away from lions will leave us with memories to last a lifetime. These packages are not cheap but the caliber of the experience more than outweighed the expense. We are happy to count Walter and Lawrence as friends for life.
Đã viết vào 20 tháng 5, 2021
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1 đóng góp
Two words “Wow Experience and Life Changing
thg 3 năm 2020
It was such a comfort to be greeted by two Galloping representatives who made our entrance through immigration a breeze as they took our passports and documents to the front of the line. No waiting for us. Our first accommodation was the Kili Villa a countryside authentic African rural setting with individual cottages.

The next day we toured the city of Arusha as we arrived at our first Lodge in Tarangire at Lemala Mpingo Ridge we were welcomed with a
refreshing juice drink and a cool towel. The tent had all the comforts of home. This was a big concern of mine and I could not have been more pleased. We felt safe in our tents even with lions roaming at night just few feet away.
Our second camp Lake Masek Camp had a beautiful view of the lake and a new infinity pool but sill maintained the safari ambience experience we were wanting. A Maasai Warrior walked us back and forth to our tent before breakfast and after dinner. Our last night we were surprised with a sundowner cocktail party near the lake with hippo’s, flamingos and our Maasai warrior to protect us! Doesn’t get any better than that!
Our third and last camp Lemala Ngorongoro Camp was more on the rustic side but we had a nice warm tent when we returned from dinner with a hot water bottles in our bed to keep us warm. We saw all of the big five and more. If you love zebras as much as we do then you will see thousands of them. They travel with wildebeest. We fell in love with the prancing ostrich, vervet monkeys and warthogs. Have you ever seen a dung beetle at work?, We did!
If you planning a safari visiting a Maasai Villages is a must! They will welcome you with a dance, give you a tour of their humble home and explain how they live. Best of all was the school house. The children sang to us and recite the alphabet. Two words “LIFE CHANGING”!

Another must is a visit to FAME which is a hospital that was started by a physician Dr. Artress and his wife from Los Angeles. It has grown from a mobile bus to a state-of-the-art hospital, laboratory and outpatient clinic.
We left our hearts in Tanzania and hope we will return again someday. Thank you Water Tenga for making our dreams come true beyond our wildest imagination and for the many surprises along the way.

Kate Ford Family

Laguna beach, CA
Đã viết vào 31 tháng 8, 2020
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Sarah Cox
1 đóng góp
The staff are all professional and courteous, the food is outstanding
thg 2 năm 2020
I grew up in Arizona, and it seems like most of my childhood memories are outdoors. Our family vacations almost always featured the camper and hiking boots over hotel rooms and large crowds. We’ve always enjoyed the nature of Arizona (and California, where I live now) and thought it was one of the best reasons to live here.

My parents and I, and especially my Dad, have always talked about how amazing it would be to go on an African safari and see a whole new wilderness. My parents recently retired and decided it was high time to make that dream a reality. And I, despite being an adult with a child of my own now, somehow lucked into becoming their third wheel.

First, a brief run-down of our trip: We arrived in Arusha and opted to stay a full day at the Arusha Coffee Lodge, which I highly recommend. It was nice to have a day to acclimate to the time (and weather) change before heading out, and it gave us a full day to take a tour of Arusha and spend some time shopping for souvenirs and Precious famous Tanzanite stone from Cultural Heritage store and we explore the city, meet with local people back to the Lodge.

From there we took a short flight into the Serengeti right on the middle of the action and began our safari. We stayed three nights at the Olakira Ndutu Migration Camp, three nights at the Four Season Serengeti Lodge, and two nights at the Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp in Ngorongoro. I would absolutely recommend any of these camps. The staff are all professional and courteous, the food is outstanding, and the accommodations are surprisingly comfortable, considering the remote locations.

But honestly, we only stayed at the camps to eat, bathe, and sleep. Our guide, Laurence Mosha, gave us the option to depart at sunrise and we took him up on it every single day. The early morning light is spectacular, the temperature is much cooler, and the animals are active. I know it may be tempting to sleep in, but I definitely encourage the early morning drives. You can sleep at home!

I’m a wedding photographer and work very hard at running my own business. It seems like we always have something on our calendar. I hadn’t spent a prolonged amount of time alone with my parents since finishing college (some undisclosed number of years ago). It was a privilege to take this vacation together as adults, and I can’t possibly think of a more beautiful location to do it in or better company to organize it than the expert Local Galloping Safaris and his team.

We must come back to Tanzania again and our amazing, beautiful memories will last forever

Asante sana!

Sarah Cox & Family

Phoenix, AZ
Đã viết vào 13 tháng 8, 2020
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Aurora S
1 đóng góp
Our dreams come true beyond our wildest imagination
thg 1 năm 2020
Before my wife and I visited the Serengeti , I had 2 fears. First, I had visited the Serengeti 25 years ago and was fearful it had changed for the worse. I was pleasantly surprised that the wildlife was still very diverse and plentiful. Second, I was fearful my wife would not enjoy herself. She’s a city girl not used to camping. After our first night “glamping” she announced she loved it. She was enthralled every day with the immense vistas and close proximity to animals. She dubbed the extraordinary daily events as “WOW moments”

We worked with Walter of Galloping Safaris on our itinerary which we wouldn’t change. In summary, we landed near the Grumeti River in the Western Serengeti and traveled south east Serengeti/Ndutu Plains spending 4 nights before embarking to Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park make our trip the total of 11 days and then back to Arusha.

The camps recommended by Galloping Safaris based on our requested agenda were great. We stayed in Tent Camps/Tent Lodges all of which were roomy and had complete bathrooms. The camp staffs were genuinely friendly, generous, helpful and we shared many joking/laughing moments. The homemade Soups and BBQ Chicken dinners are memorable. Big breakfasts were available in the early morning so we could depart by sunrise. Finally, we always slept well in our mosquito netted beds and loved being serenaded by nearby hyenas and zebra.

Lastly, Galloping made our arrival in Tanzania absolutely painless thanks to Walter & Laurence ! Two very tired people were met at Kilimanjaro airport and personally guided thru customs express line, all transfers on safari, and delivery to Arusha airport for departure.

During our return flight home my wife said, “I would return in a heartbeat”. She still speaks of the limitless savannas stretching as far as the eyes could see in all directions and the absence of human presence. She was enthralled by the innocent beauty of gazelle, zebra and elephants, and the harsh but elegant reality of predator lions, leopards, and hyenas.

Aurora Spear
Houston , TX
Đã viết vào 7 tháng 7, 2020
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Dustin M
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico4 đóng góp
Don't be fooled- we were scammed.
thg 2 năm 2020
We booked a two week vacation with Walter and Galloping Safaris. It was a very expensive trip for our group. There were 4 of us total. There were a lot of issues, so I'll detail them as best as possible:

1. On the itinerary it stated that lunch and dinner at the Hemingway Hotel were included, and we had to pay out of pocket.

2. We had to wait an hour at the landing strip at naboishu camp with no driver and confusion from the staff there. It was a total cluster for a "luxury" safari.

3. Per the itinerary, WiFi was promised on all vehicles and was not available on any of the vehicles we were in. Not a huge deal, but it was promised.

4. When we arrived at the Serengeti airstrip, the itinerary stated we would head straight to the four seasons for a hot lunch. Our driver (Silva) stated it was raining at the hotel and that we should have been sent with a boxed lunch which was untrue. We had to wait almost 10 hours after breakfast for lunch due to poor planning. This meal was in the price of our trip as well.

5. Per the itinerary, we were sold 2 nights at the four season hotel which is amazing. After a short ride with Silva, he stated that our accommodations had changed to a lesser hotel for the first night which was half of the price. So we only were able to stay one night at the four seasons which we were looking forward to. None of this was communicated in advance. Poor planning.

5. After finding out we had a different hotel (again half the price with no accommodation offered), we find out the new hotel is 80km+ from the four seasons. So we had to wake up early to transfer hotels which we did not want to do.

6. When we arrived a the four seasons, the lovely staff there made us aware that our rooms had not been paid for and never had been paid for. They said this was not uncommon for this company (galloping safaris.) So, we had to sit around for an hour plus while Walter drove to pay for them. It was embarrassing for us since this is a “luxury” safari.

As you can imagine, this whole experience left us on edge not knowing if our other accommodations were booked. We expected much better planning and communication for the premium price we paid for this trip.

After all of this, Walter promised us $500 per person refunded. We thought that was a reasonable accommodation. Walter never refunded us a penny. We gave him ample time to do so.

I would NOT recommend this company or working with Walter.
Đã viết vào 3 tháng 5, 2020
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2 đóng góp
Let Down
thg 2 năm 2020
I took a safari with Galloping Safaris in Feb 2020. I decided to go with Galloping Safaris because it was a little more expensive and higher-end than other options, and we wanted to feel safe and cared for. We were let down to find that Galloping Safaris actually took our money and didn't deliver with their promises. Our hotels were not paid for in advance, itineraries were changed without notifying us, and Walter was unable to be reached when things went wrong. We were left feeling unsafe and insecure on our trip. Walter promised us a partial refund because we did not get what we paid for, but he continues to fail to provide it to us, just as he failed to book the accommodations and activities he promised.
After being shorted thousands of dollars and left to worry almost our entire trip, I would not recommend this company. There are many other providers who can get you the same accommodations but with way less stress.
Đã viết vào 1 tháng 5, 2020
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Georgia, United States9 đóng góp
Unfortunately, Was Scammed by Walter and Galloping Safaris
thg 2 năm 2020
I booked a safari though Kenya and Tanzania with Galloping Safaris in 2019. Walter provided a nice itinerary for myself, my husband, and my two best friends. Other providers were less expensive, but Galloping Safaris had great reviews, so I went with it. Walter demanded prompt payment, that the money be wired to him immediately, which we did. The safari took place in February 2020. There were several issues throughout, including Walter and his staff not listening to requests to change small parts of our trip, lying about why we couldn't go to a place we planned to go, and skipping events we had paid for all together. We had paid for two nights at The Four Seasons Serengeti, and Walter instead had our guide take us to a less expensive hotel three hours away, one that was riddled with tsetse flies, without letting us know that we wouldn't be staying at The Four Seasons as planned/paid for. We demanded that they take us to the Four Seasons as planned the next day, but when we arrived the staff at Four Seasons let us know that Walter had not paid for our stay, and we were left sitting in the lobby. They told us that Walter often does this, and they do not extend credit to Galloping Safaris anymore, so we would have to wait until he paid to be taken to our rooms. We asked the Four Seasons staff to confirm the rest of our trip with the hotels in our packet that were booked, and not one of them had been booked or paid for. My guess is that Walter is unable to pay for the current clients' reservations until the future clients give him cash, which is why we were stuck waiting without paid reservations even though we had submitted payment in full to him many months earlier.
When we had issues with the trip Walter ran from us, ignored our calls, had our guide disappear. We drove hours out of the way on our last day of travel to meet up with Walter and settle up our issues, and he never showed up.
Through phone calls and emails Walter acknowledged that he was at fault and owed us a refund, which he never sent. We have contacted him multiple times and its always one excuse after the next.
I have traveled all over the world and have never felt as scammed as I have with Galloping Safaris. I strongly recommend that you book your trip with a more reputable provider.
Đã viết vào 1 tháng 5, 2020
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Manon R
Dubai, Các Tiểu vương quốc Ả Rập Thống nhất10 đóng góp
Wonderful time
thg 1 năm 2020
Thanks to Lauwrence for this amazing safari. He was our guide for one week and we have to say that he made our trip better. He was so patient, passionate and good at his job. We went through Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and we saw many species of animals. We also allowed ourselves to ask him for certain specific species that he was happy to find us. He was very determined !!!
An unforgettable time :)
We also would like to thanks Walter who was always available to answer our questions by phone, sms or email.
For sure, we recommend Galloping Safaris for your next trip
Đã viết vào 9 tháng 2, 2020
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