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A friend and I got back last week from a terric week and a half in Tanzania game parks and two days on beach in Zanzibar. We booked the trip through Good Earth Tours - we were very happy with their service, with everything going off without a hitch. Our guide was Rafael and I can't imagine we could have had a better guide. He's personable and very knowledgeable and was absolutely key in making the trip a success. Request him if you book with them!

We saw groups staying in the same lodges we were which I know they paid a lot more just because of the "names" of the tour companies. We stayed at Tarangire Tented Lodge, Lake Manyara and Serengetti Serena Lodges, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp, and Ngorongoro Sopa (my least favorite place). We were supposed to stay 3 nights at Sergengetti Serena, but something happened that we ended up one night at Mbuzi Mawe Luxury camp instead. What a treat - Serena lodges are great, but there's nothing like a luxury camp. If Serena hadn't messed the reservation up somehow, we could never have afforded even that one night!
We caught the beginning of the migration in the Serengetti, and that sight was everything I had imagined it would be. Literally, overnight, thousands of more zebras and wildebeest would appear.

We ended up having a private safari for two, and I would strongly suggest paying the little extra this costs (Good Earth charges relatively very little for this). You're in the car far too many hours each day to be with strangers.

On Zanzibar, stayed at Shooting Star Lodge - fabulous place. Small, intimate, great food and relaxed, casual atmosphere. Unique individual cottages.

A cliche to call it the trip of a lifetime, but it really was! If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to write back.

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