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Tanzania Safari, Oct 2011: ROY SAFARIS

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I recently came back from Tanzania, chose Roy Safaris
( based out of Arusha this time around. Wanted to put in a good word for the operator, the service and the people. If you are a serious photographer, look no further. Their vehicles are the best....apparently, Roy caters to many famous wildlife photographers....add me to the list now. ;-)

This was *not* my first time to Tanzania, so I could clearly see the difference between my other providers from the past compared to Roy Safaris.

The owner, Sanjay, is a great person, extremely prompt in responses and very meticulous. He gave some great tips before the trip, worked very closely with me on my itinerary, provided one of his best guides, Habibu. Habibu / Hawk-eye could spot a animals/bird hundreds of yards away, positioned the vehicle exactly where we wanted, was very prompt showing up at 530am every day, he understood the needs of professional photographers very well. All my special requests, including specific location of rooms for my group, meals and surprise events at lodges were honored.

Sanjay even gave me a brand-spanking new stretch Land Rover without me asking for no extra cost. We were even treated to a free lunch at the African Tulip hotel (owned by Roy Safaris), it was probably the best meal we had in the entire duration of our trip.

My clients and I came back with some great photos.
Highlights include Honey Badger/Ratel, Male lions killing cape buffalo and some excellent Leopard sightings in Seronera. Birds, as always, were plenty, finally got to see the King of the African skies, the Martial Eagle....

Having met the owners of this safari company personally gives me a very high level of confidence in their service and operation and I would gladly recommend them to anyone who is thinking of visiting Tanzania. Their prices were very competitive compared to 2-3 others I had polled. The service takes it up a notch....

During the trip, my client lost his carbon-fiber tripod and head somewhere. Well, I got an email today that they have been found and are awaiting shipment to the USA., who does that these days ????

Not to mention that the equip is worth $1000......

As for the October experience: I did find that the Crater was pretty dry compared to the Feb/March timeframe. The soda lake had almost dried out......Tarangire was also dry but sightings were plenty. Serengeti was brown, as usual, thankfully, Leopards were around. Did get to see Kili from Tanzania and Kenya sides this time around, finally, it came out of the clouds.....

Feel free to pm me for any info about my trip.


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