Kilidove Tours and Safaris Ltd Arusha Reviews
Safari Company Serving Tanzania Sep 10, 2011
Kilidove Tours and Safaris Ltd offers all variety of options for your Safari desires in Tanzania, and have a look at their web site, which is well organized with plenty of information, to find your needs. We opted for renting a vehicle (Land Rover Defender) and driving around ourselves rather than have a guided tour. We would have our own freedom and not be limited strictly to tour destinations. This would prove to be the right choice and we had some interesting driving adventures for sure. The Defender is quite a large vehicle, and there was plenty of space inside for all of us (3 adults and one child), plus camping gear (which comes with the rental of the vehicle). This includes tents, sleeping bags, folding chairs, lantern and cooking equipment. Even driving ourselves, this kind of vehicle does not come cheap and costs around $160 per day, but split 3 ways is only around $50 per day. A Safari, I was learning, can not be done on the cheap, but some ways are cheaper than others. The task of planning a Safari takes thought & a little money, but often a daunting task of how to do it and who to trust. This company takes the worry out of it for you.
The company delivered the Land Rover to the Kilimanjaro airport, where we flew into to begin the Safari. There we were given some orientation and inventory of the vehicle for what we needed for our solo tour. Driving is on the left side in Tanzania, like the UK, so if this is normal for you then it’s no issue for familiarity. The man who delivered the vehicle then accompanied us to Arusha for further orientation and guidance. It takes maybe 45 minutes to an hour, and provides time to ask lots of questions to the company man. He directed us to the TFA shopping complex off Sokoine Road in Arusha. This place has everything a traveler needs when embarking on a journey such as we had planned. There is a tour office for obtaining maps and such, a place for exchanging money, an internet cafe, restaurants, and a large supermarket too. Our orientation guide helped to direct us to the tour office where we obtained some maps, and he offered some advice on directions for us in our journey to where we were going, which would be the National Park at Tarangire to begin with.
All in all, this company offered great service to us from delivery of the vehicle, to orientation, guidance and ensuring we had what we needed for a safe and enjoyable Safari. The vehicle worked in tip top shape the whole week, though it's a little slow going up steep hills. All the equipment provided served us well too without anything broken or malfunctioning. In total, we traveled over 2000 Km with Rover (as we came to call the vehicle), but I can say in the end that we did it all ourselves (From Kilimanjaro to Serengeti and back again). We left the vehicle at Kilimanjaro airport and departed to Zanzibar for some R&R. I give this company high marks for doing everything right, and have the sense they care about their customers, as evidenced by the great customer service. Whether you’re thinking of a solo adventure with your own vehicle or interested in a variety of Safari tours or other adventures in Tanzania, Kilidove Tours and Safaris Ltd is something I can highly recommend.
Have a look at my 'Born to be Wild' Serengeti mix video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXBpQK0Sw0g
For other details of my Safari adventure in Tanzania, see the blog Under African Skies: http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/96170/summary
End note: In your Safari budget, account for admission fees to the National Parks in Tanzania. In 2011, Tarangire was $35 USD per person, Ngorongoro was $50 per person (above age 16) to enter the Park for 24 hrs. and $200 per vehicle to enter the crater. Serengeti was $50 per person for 24 hrs. and an additional $40 per vehicle. You don't have to pay going back through the way you came as I recall. Costs can add up on Safari and while I think the park fees are over priced (especially Ngorongoro crater) that's the price to pay in Safari way! Helps if you split the park fee costs, as well as the vehicle rental, with others. The more the merrier, or what you can fit into the vehicle. The vehicle fees allow up to 7 persons maximum I think.
Part of the Under African Skies (Sep. 5-19, 2011) travel blog
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