Dear Reader, below are a few of the many testimonials from our tour participants that have been spread out over many years of our safari operations. For more details, email contacts are available on a private request should you wish to contact the authors.
Hope you enjoy reading through some experiences of their travels across East Africa with us…….
Hi Tanzania Birding,
We were away on holiday to Tanzania, Feb/March 2017,ably led by Peter Roberts. Mike and Val Peacock, Tim and Ann Cleeves, Margaret and myself made the UK contingent with Alice from Seattle and Caroline from Florida made up our small, select group up… I am not 100% sure of the final figures, but over 440 species of birds were seen, with many animals seen as well, including a pack of 15 wild dogs, the first that Peter has seen in Tanzania, in over 25 visits… A trip of a lifetime, great sightings shared with great friends along with 3 excellent guides/ drivers, Moses, Vincent and Martin from Tanzania Birding, words are hard to find to explain the trip, so many thanks to Peter for organising it for us all…
Happy New Year 2017 to all of you there at Tanzania Birding! I hope 2017 brings you much happiness and success!
I can’t tell you how pleased and delighted we were with our entire trip! Everything that could go right, did. But I do realize that everything went right because of all the effort and planning and attention to details from you all there at Tanzania Birding. Thank you!
From Geitan’s confident, careful driving to Anthony’s impressive knowledge on such a wide range of topics (and his patience and willingness to share his knowledge 😁), we could not have asked for anything more!
The accommodations were amazing, the vehicle was always clean and comfortable, Geitan took great care to keep our luggage as dust- free as possible, the food was delicious, and the company was always enjoyable.
You now have 4 new advertising agents here in the U.S.!😆 We will be pleased to recommend Tanzania Birding to anyone interested in visiting Africa for birding or safaris. Who knows, some day we may find ourselves back in Africa with you!
Again, our sincere appreciation for all your efforts on our behalf.
Bill & Marj
Martin & Ali
HI TINA & TANZANIA BIRDING
We have just got back home after a great holiday in Tanzania ( Dec 2016 )
My wife loved it and all the logistics worked perfectly.
The accommodation was lovely and Geitan our driver was wonderful.
I had specifically asked for just a driver only and not a birding guide as well but Geitan’s bird knowledge was brilliant particularly on calls and even with Cisticolas. He was absolutely great.
Thank you so much for sorting out access to the Beezely’s Lark site. I was gutted when I heard the news as it was the one bird that I really wanted to see bing so highly threatened and localised.
Also the switch to Ngare Sero lodge was unexpected and great as I saw some great birds in the grounds including unexpectedly Kendrick’s Starling.
So thanks very much for everything. I will heartily recommend you.
All the best
Hi TANZANIA BIRDING
We just gave the first presentation of our TZ adventure with Anthony and Gietan to our local Southern Willamette Valley Birding Group. We have received many positive comments….
John & Laura
I am very happy to give my opinions of our trip in Dec 2012 to Jan 2013 both Tanzania and Uganda.
Anthony was more than a guide. He always had a quick a smile and laugh -even when he didn’t feel like it. Many times, we couldn’t hear him properly ( perhaps all 3 of us have hearing problems) and he would have to say the 4 named little bird 3 and 4 times until we all heard it. I know that is frustrating but he did it. the same with instructions. He would give instructions and then have to repeat them several times – -just like you would to a child. Again, he remained patient. So he works well with older people. He was a money lender – several times to me, a shoulder to lean on when going down slippery steps, helped me to find gift shops (no, actually I found those all by myself), acted as our protector as we went through customs, bought us dinner. On top of all of those great qualities, he could find a bird like someone could find a needle in a haystack. He would hear part of a whistle and immediately identify the bird. I respected him in many ways and felt we were so lucky to have him for a guide.
It was a great trip – due to the nature, land and birds and animals and due to Anthony.
Thanks for all of your work on your end,
Happy New Year 2013
Hi Tina —
The lodges, for the most part, were far better than I had expected — comfortable beds, good food and attentive service, not to mention spectacular views in a number of them. The food, in some cases, was wonderful and in others, certainly adequate but paled a bit in comparison to the great meals. Some of the box lunches weren’t so good, but similar to what we have had on previous trips to parts of Africa, so I wasn’t expecting much. Best box lunch was provided by the Boma Lodge Entebbe.
Since part of my focus on these trips is photography, I found Anthony very accommodating in waiting for me to finish getting “just that perfect shot”, and this was complicated by my often using both still photography & video. Certainly, there was lots of opportunity for photography — the scenery everywhere was breathtaking.
One particular part of the trip which I enjoyed was the canoe ride to see the Shoebill. We not only got close views of the bird but were able to see it in the soft silence of the marsh, without motor sounds. The work of our two local guides, Ishmael & Samuel, in jumping out of the boat in water up to their waist and higher to pull us over the reeds in order to get a closer look at the bird was exceptional and we made sure they got quite a bit extra in compensation.
The only negative comment I have about the trip is about tipping. Some of the recent tour companies we have dealt with have factored in the normal costs of tipping the hotel staff, porters, etc. into the price of the tour. This is much more convenient for the participant since you are not continually trying to find small change everytime someone does something for you. I’m not including in this the tips one might give to the main guide & driver, just the incidental tips. In some places we have been it can even be very difficult to get sufficient small currency to tip with, which makes it so much more awkward. I realize that this raises the total price you must charge for the tour in comparison with other companies that do not include tips, but I think that this would be a positive factor for clients in choosing a tour company.
One other thing: when we were booking & paying for the trip, the whole payment process became very awkward. If this could be simplified, it would be less frustrating.
Overall, it was a wonderful holiday, and I commend your company for doing all the groundwork and for providing us with such competent guides & drivers. Anthony & Gaitan ( Geitan in Tanzania ) were an exceptional pair and, although we didn’t spend as much time with William, I felt he was a very good and careful driver in Uganda.
Thanks again, and we will be telling all our birding friends about your company.
We had an absolutely wonderful trip to Tanzania and Uganda. The birds were fantastic as were the mammals and the scenery. Anthony was a great guide who got us all sorts of birds and wildlife, and looked after us very well. Gaetan was a bonus with a wonderful sense of humour.
For me(1) the bird highlight was the incredible Shoebill, (2) the most incredible wildlife and scenery was Ngorongoro, and (3) the other top highlight was the walk at the Royal Mile. Many of the other days were not far behind.
Accommodation ranged from superlative at Seronera and Paraa through to Masindi Hotel, which was okay – we have been in much worse. Food was okay, and the various soups we were served were wonderful.
Sixteen days (two full weeks plus a weekend) worked very well for us, with our direct accessibility from Doha. In retrospect we might have done with one less day at Serengeti and one less at Speke Bay, with two days added somewhere in Uganda. But that is my opinion only.
I have a little trouble evaluating the itinerary for its suitability for others. We came at the trip with several different agendas. First Brooke and I wanted a bird tour and Uganda offered us the prospect of the most new birds plus the Shoebill. But I also wanted to see the Serengeti and Ngorongoro which I have heard about since I was young. When we decided to combine forces with Maureen, who wanted to experience Africa and see the fantastic mammals, it was natural for us to combine Serengeti/Ngorongoro with Uganda. I am not sure how this would appeal to others.
It would also have been nice to have done more walking, but this was not possible in many of the a reas, and also with the distance we had to cover. This was not a need we recognized while planning the trip, but the Royal Mile proved a very pleasant change with very productive birding and was a nice surprise to everyone.
Eric Tull – ( Doha )
We recently completed a 14 day birding and wildlife viewing trip with Birding & Beyond. We were accompanied by Anthony as our Guide and Getain as our Driver. The tour took us from the Usambara Mountains in the East to the Serengeti in the West and included 5 National Parks. We were transported in a luxurious, 6 passenger 4X4 Land Cruiser that had a Pop up top for maximum viewing and photography.
It was truly an experience of a lifetime. In the office, Tina did a superb job of communicating and of creating our itinerary to meet our requests. She then booked superb accommodations at 7 overnight stops along the way. In the field, Anthony and Getain were truly amazing.
Not only were they the most knowledgeable and skilled birders we’ve ever encountered, but they were excellent at managing logistics and meeting our needs even before we knew we had needs. Getain is a superb driver. We were always safely transported. His ability to maximize viewing opportunities by his choice of where to stop and position the vehicle was remarkable. Both men displayed an uncanny ability to spot hidden birds and game along the way.
As our Guide, Anthony was very thorough in communicating with us about daily schedules, tips for our safety around lodges and in general taking excellent care of us. He would go the extra mile to give us as much of his vast knowledge about birds and ecology as possible. He is a superb teacher who patiently led us through field markings as he taught us the birds of his country.
These men are very kind, caring and patient people. Their passion for their job and the wildlife of their country was evidenced almost on a minute by minute basis.
The result of the combined efforts of all the Professionals at Birding and Beyond was that we had a truly stimulating, exciting and event free tour. We observed over 350 species of birds and 43 species of mammals. Insects, lizards, plants, and breath-taking vistas rounded out the sightings on a most remarkable trip to the vast regions of Tanzania.
Tim and Ann Henson
April 2, 2012
FROM THE UK
We have just returned from a fabulous holiday in Kenya. When people book to go ‘on safari’ most of them would want to be looking for animals and although that was obviously one of our priorities, we also wanted to see birds. We booked with Birding and Beyond who are based in Tanzania & Kenya – we saw their advert in the African Bird Club magazine – and what an amazing time we had.
We had 17 days travelling from Nairobi to Amboselli, to Tsavo West, Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo (via Lake Borogia), Lake Nakuru and the piece de resistance, .Maasai Mara. All of these Parks had their own specialties – Lake Bogoria for instance had thousands upon thousands of flamingoes of both species. The Lodges we stayed in were excellent, although extremely busy. Good facilities, an excellent choice of meals to suit everyone and the accommodation was perfect. Most rooms had views over the grasslands and we could watch wildlife from our balconies.
At Lake Baringo we stayed at a much smaller Lodge, where they cooked food to order, escorted you back to your room (because hippo’s came out onto the grass at night) and we got to know the staff quite well. Our driver hired a local birder here, who came out with us two or three times and with his local knowledge we were able to see birds that we may well have missed.
Elephants, giraffe, buffalo and warthogs were in abundance in most of the National Parks and several lions and cheetahs were seen but the enormous herd of wildebeest on migration in Maasai Mara is the vision we will remember for ever.
Our driver was a Kenyan who had excellent eyesight – he didn’t miss a thing. Just the twitch of an ear in the grass was spotted and sure enough – there was a cheetah. A movement in the trees – and there was a lion.
Joseph was also an excellent birder and even though he was driving along dusty tracks avoiding huge potholes, he was able to spot birds before we were. We felt extremely safe with him and his driving skills around Nairobi during the rush-hour were second to none!
We didn’t want birdwatching to dominate our holiday, with so much more to see. Even so, we saw over 300 species of birds and lots of those at fairly close range. Birding and Beyond have our list of birds, animals etc.
We planned most of this holiday ourselves, indicating which National Parks we wanted to visit then left Birding and Beyond to organise an itinerary and accommodation – they did an excellent job.
This was a fantastic holiday, one we would thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants to combine a safari with birding.
Russell and Margaret Leavett
Mike and Barbara Kelly
FROM THE UK
Hi Birding & Beyond
Back in the UK. Trip was absolutely fantastic. Went without any problems at all. Each day was a different adventure and we loved every minute of it. Favorite location was definitely the Serengeti. Favourite lodges were probably the tented camp at Ngome closely followed by Rhino Lodge. Excellent birding – got nearly all my target species – and some fantastic mammal sightings including a Cheetah kill. Night drive also excellent.
Abdul was very helpful. I expected him just to drive with me telling him where to go, but he knew all the spots in advance as well as a site for Karamoja Apalis that I was unaware of. He also sorted out all our lodging and food upon arrival and even lent me some money for a few days when I ran out (a couple of places wouldn’t accept my 2002 $100 bills so I was stuck). Excellent driver and a nice guy who we all got on very well with.
Family loved it. Great country. Hope to be back one day to do the rest of it!
Dear Birding & Beyond Safaris
We had a fabulous time with Anthony and Geitan, and we have
appreciated all your efficient organization. We saw some very special birds
(over 220 species, I think – I am still trying to find time to get my notes
up to date!). We appreciated our short trip to the Eastern Arc Mountains of East Usambara,West Usambara and the South Pare mountains.
Anthony impressed us greatly with his all-encompassing
knowledge and his consummate ability to identify the shortest fragments of
bird song and the most distant of bird movements! Geitan was a very
reassuring, and safe, driver who clearly has good ‘rallying’ skills!
For us,it was a unique experience, thank you both.
We hope that we have the opportunity of visiting your region again some time in the
With best regards,
Prof Ian Fraser
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Tina at the Birding & Beyond Safaris Office- thank you for your personal service, patience, and attention in putting the itinerary together. It was magical – and perfectly suited to our hopes and desires.
Anthony in the field guiding – I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate everything you did for us during the trip. Fantastic bird guiding, and sooo much more. A real, heartfelt care and commitment to our interests, happiness, comfort, and wellbeing. All this, and you were a total delight to be with – we loved the conversations, the information about Tanzania, the people, the environment (even fashion tips!). And even some fun playing soccer. We felt loved and cared for, and I really appreciate that.
Abdul (driving) as well. We appreciate his professionalism and attentiveness, for the driving, as well as for helping find the wildlife.
Pemba was beautiful. we saw most of our target birds while we were there, too!
Feel free to use any of this email or the trip report info in your references.
Jeff (and Noel and Will)
Our 2010 Tanzania tour was absolutely a great experience despite the fact that some
accommodations in the South are very basic . The organization was flawless
and even in the basic accommodations we had the feeling that we got allocated
the best rooms available . Our driver-guide Geitan was beyond our
expectations .He was a very safe driver; Geitan was very
attentive to any need we might have and thanks to him we learned a lot about
Tanzania and his people .
The itinerary allowed excellent birding and Geitan knew all the birds and
even better, he knew the places to look for some rarer species . Thanks to
him we were able to see 282 species despite the fact that it was dry season
Our encounter with the Sanje Mangabeys in the Udzungwa Mountains was also
a great experience.
At all times we felt in good hands with your company and I can recommend ”
Birding & Beyond Safaris ” to anyone wishing to do a birding and mammal trip in
We are willing to be your ambassadors in the tiny country of Luxembourg
Marc, Christiane & Philippe
FROM USA :
I just returned from the trip of my lifetime to Northern Tanzania with Birding and Beyond Safaris. The success of the trip was due to my brilliant, super-friendly and professional guide and driver, Anthony and Abdul. Anthony’s knowledge of the birds can not be matched, he is the best birder I have ever met! He does not even need binoculars 90% of the time and knows exactly what the species is. The same thing goes for all the amazing mammals I saw. Anthony and Abdul truly have “eagle eyes” and can spot animals from a mile away, literally. I cannot say enough good things about them. They were also very courteous and professional and took care of any needs I had and always looked out for my safety. I felt very safe as a passenger, because of Abdul’s excellent and very careful driving skills.
I could not even imagine doing this trip with any other company but Birding and Beyond Safaris. It was flawless. I saw about 360 birds and 46 mammal species in 13 days. If and when I return to East Africa I will be going with Birding and Beyond Safaris, without a doubt.
Thanks for a wonderful time.
New Jersey, USA
Meanwhile we are back in Germany. Here is our feedback to our tour:
We enjoyed our 12 day tour to Southern Tanzania very much. Anthony is an
outstanding bird guide and leader and Abdul an excellent driver. They both
made our trip a wonderful experience. Thank you very much.
So we are going to plan our next trip to East Africa next year with
and Beyond Safaris. Uganda is our next destination with you.
Manfred and Anne from Germany
My wife and I arranged a 3 week customized birding tour to track down
Tanzanian endemics and other East African species we had missed in Kenya
and Uganda. Birding & Beyond skillfully designed an itinerary around our
target list and time constraints. Our tour started at Pemba and ended at
the Serengeti. This venture was successful beyond our expectations, as
Anthony and Geiten were excellent and knowledgeable guides. In fact,
during our drive from Dar Es Salaam the first day, Anthony re-evaluated our
difficult and specialized want list and told us which birds were possible
and where we could see them.
Because of our seasonal time restraints, we had to plan our trip to
Tanzania for late September and early October. Unfortunately, this is well
before the breeding season and vocalizations are minimal. Additionally,
this year Tanzania was suffering from a long drought and many birds had
abandoned the area for better feeding grounds. Fortunately, our guides and
the company were flexible, so when birds weren’t found in the planned
location, we moved on to another. Even with the drought and the lack of “water” species, we managed to see over 450 species of birds!
Some of our special memories are:
Peter’s Twinspot in the open from 2 meters.
A Spot-throat so close binoculars weren’t needed.
Surrounded by five Pemba Owls.
Striking close up views of Amani, Tsavo, Shelley’s and
Beesley Larks dashing through the dry plains grassland.
Sandgrouse and Coursers underfoot while looking larks.
A torrent of Grey-crested Helmetshrikes flowing through the
A birdbath full of Fischer’s Lovebirds at dawn.
Great looks at four species of Turacos.
A “flock” of ten Secretary Birds strutting on the Serengeti.
Birding and Beyond B took fine care of us, with clean, safe accommodations
and good food both local and western fare. The tour was well paced so that
there was no rushing or “long” days. Anthony and Geiten were great company,
with a good sense of humor and knowledge of local customs. They also were
just as skillful in finding the “Beyond”. While the safaris were not our
real goal, the guides proudly showed us 50 different mammals. Thanks to
Geiten’s persistence, we saw not only one but five of our most wanted
The cost of our “private” tour was equivalent to that of a group tour from
the states or Europe.
We definitely recommend Birding and Beyond, especially with Anthony and
Geiten as guides, to anyone wishing to experience Tanzanian birds, mammals
Bob and Ann Walton
I had the pleasure of traveling for two weeks in the wilds of Kenya and
Tanzania with a talented team from Birding & Beyond Safaris. Not only was
every detail planned carefully and economically, but the expertise of the
BBS employees was remarkable. Anthony and Geitan gave accurate and thorough
information as they demonstrated a mastery of facts regarding wildlife,
cultural nuances, history, geography, geology, etc.
In talking to tourists with other safari expeditions, it became clear that
many organizations claim to have deep knowledge of wildlife, especially
birds. It didn’t take long (one day) for others to learn that it’s easy to
claim to be an expert but rarely is that delivered. With BBS, though, I
knew on the first day that my team had a breadth of intensive birding
experience combined with sharp abilities and tireless effort.
Finally, the good fellowship of these two professionals made the long
drives and other non-exploration time very enjoyable and productive. I
highly recommend BBS and, especially, Anthony & Geitan, to any and all
serious wildlife seeking adventurers.”
San Francisco, CA
Our trip was a true success.
Anthony and Geitan were friendly, professional and extremely competent.
They made excellent travelling companions. Also, we were very happy with
the itinerary you chose for us on our Tanzanian visit even with the limited
time we had. Arusha National Park was a lovely and surprisingly cool
location. Finally, the Usambara Mountains are a beautiful and unique part
We felt privileged to have Anthony with us to explain and show to us the
fauna and flora of the region, he is an excellent bird guide. The
accommodations were good even at the remote Amani Rest house, you managed
to put us in en suite rooms.
Please feel free to add our comments to those of your other satisfied
Thank you very much
Brian & Lois
I am completely satisfied with our trip in Kenya and regard as one of the
greatest travel experiences I have ever had.
The destinations chosen were very rich in birdlife and varied in habitat.
The recent rains made the whole countryside verdant and full of birds, as
well as other interesting creatures. The accommodation varied from basic (at Wajee) to luxurious (at Samburu,
particularly) and the food was consistently enjoyable. Our guide, Cliff, was full of energy and infectious enthusiasm, as well
as a wealth of bird knowledge and familiarity with calls and likely
locations. His ability to locate owls was inspiring. Our driver, Geitan, cared for us superbly, with his admirably cautious
driving, his patience and his attention to ensuring our comfort and safety.
Both Cliff and Geitan are excellent company – we shared many laughs. I will be writing a report of the trip for our local bird club newsletter
and hope this may inspire other Australians to visit. As for ourselves, we
would like to think we’ll be back!
Best wishes and huge thanks,
FROM THE USA
Many thanks for a great trip!! My favorite trip of all we have taken was
our family trip to Tanzania/Kenya/Uganda in 1972 when my daughter was 10
years old, and going to Tanzania in 2008 with my grand son being 10
years old, will probably be my favorite trip anywhere. It was a perfect
Team, Anthony is just a superb guide, while Steve is just too good a
Thanks for taking care of us so well, we are happy anyone contacting us to
give you a good recommendation.
Bob and Dee Bates, and Elizabeth and Jeremy Wiseman
FROM THE UK.
Our second time in Kenya with Birding & Beyond Safaris ( though non
birders ) was yet another one of the successful organization, having
visited a couple of years back with Birding & beyond, we returned in August
2008 for the migration on the Mara and great big game in Samburu reserve.
We had a wonderful time, and everything worked very smoothly.
Our guide,was excellent. We clearly saw the benefits of his 10
years of experience as he said, as he always seemed to know where to stop
to get the
best photos, without breaching the wild life /Park rules or getting
closer than allowed to
the wildlife. Whilst other guides often rushed on mass towards a rumoured
sighting of a big cat, Josephat would often stop, look around, and spot
something everyone else had missed. At one stage this meant we reached two
cheetah cubs at least three minutes before the other buses arrived. On
another, we got a perfect spot to watch the wildebeest crossing the Mara
river. He was also generous with his time, giving us very long game
on several days even though he must have been tired.
If you ever need a reference for a potential client, I would be happy for
you to give them my name and email address. I’d have no hesitation in
recommending that they use your services.
Once again, many thanks.
We arrived safe and well in Belgium.
We did our Tanzania Budget Birding Tour ( Nov 2008 ) and was just
excellent, Thanks to Anthony our Guide and Steve our very good driver.
Pemba was ok, I saw the four endemics. After Tanzania, our next Tour is
Uganda with Birding & Beyond.
We will be your Ambassadors in Belgium .Best regards
FROM THE UK
Our trip to Kenya was excellent!! Ben was a superb guide and a new
friend, we hope to travel with him and your company again soon.
We saw a great many of our target birds. Sokoke forest and Taita Hills
were especially successful. Mammals, as expected, were fantastic..stars of
the show being the Hunting Dogs in Tsavo.
Thank you for organizing the tour for us so quickly and efficiently. All
aspects were first class, accommodation, itinerary, transport, guiding
etc.. Tom, our driver, was outstanding too.
Please feel free to use any comments now and later in your web site.
Thanks again, All good wishes and Thanks,
Steve and Judy
FROM THE USA – May 21, 2007
We finally tallied all the bird species we saw, and there were 360. We
didn’t come primarily to rack up an impressive count, but with Anthony, it
is impossible not to! He is obsessed with birds! He knows the species,
where to find them, and has incredibly sharp eyes. But you already knew
that. If we were fanatical birders who needed a few African species to
complete our list, we would pick Anthony as a guide.
The Driver was an extremely good driver; as good as we’ve ever seen. He
is as safety conscious as possible in the varying conditions, and he is
very easy on the vehicle. He also knows birds, and spots more than his
share of them even while driving.
He has a great sense of humor, and is
We would not hesitate to recommend Birding and Beyond to any serious
birder who contemplates a birding safari to Kenya or Tanzania. We think
that the major strengths of your company lie in the fact that you know
where the birds can be found, and have the right personnel to point them
out to birders. This is of great value to those working on their lists.
Because of the travel and guide books we’ve authored and the promotional
films we produced in various countries for an international adventure
travel company, we have a readership and audience following. If we can be
of service to you as a reference, you have our permission to place our name
and email address on your website.
Don & Laurie Skillman
We are now in London, on our way home, and we just wanted to let you know
what a great time we had with Anthony our guide and Geitan our Driver .
They made the trip a life experience that we will never forget, I do
recommend Birding and Beyond strongly, based on the experience we had. I
also wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the time and energy that
you put into getting us the best rooms, the shower at the end of the trip,
etc. Great Birds and photography from a wonderful team.
Sorry I didn’t let you know right away what a wonderful time we had with
Anthony and Geitan. I needed to start back to a very busy schedule .We had
a wonderful time and will be recommending Birding & Beyond and Anthony and
Geitan in particular to all our birding friends and anyone wanting a
typical birding experience in East Africa.
Here are the things that made our trip so enjoyable: Geitan and Anthony
were interesting people, good conversationalists, very competent in both
meeting our needs for food and comfort and in showing us birds and
wildlife. I was nervous about the road hazards before coming to Tanzania,
but Geitan is such a safe, competent driver that I was completely relaxed
the whole week with them. Both of them have eyes like eagles and we saw
over 200 species of birds! It was simply wonderful. The parks were very
uncrowded and we saw plenty of game as well as birds in the one week
duration we where on safari.
I think about our trip every day and thought you might like to hear about
our trip from someone who is NOT a birdwatcher.
It was so nice to see Anthony and Geitan at the airport after our long
flight. I liked it that within a few minutes they taught us a few words in
Kiswahili that we used throughout our visit. By the time we arrived at our
lodge in Arusha, we knew that we would enjoy being with Anthony and Geitan
for the next 17 days of our trip duration.
We felt very lucky to have Anthony and Geitan as our driver and guide.
During our trip we saw many things that the average tourist does not see or
experience. We were impressed to see that Anthony was always scanning the
countryside for birds and mammals while Geitan managed to take the vehicle
over very rough roads without jarring us too much. When Anthony spotted
something he would wave his hand just a little and Geitan would stop
immediately. They did a great job spotting animals and birds that were very
difficult to see and would position the vehicle so we were in the best
place to see them. Even though three people in our group are not bird
watchers we felt that looking at birds greatly added to our appreciation of
the wildlife in your country. After a while, looking at zebras and impalas
can get to be a little boring, but there were always new and beautiful
birds to see. Since trying to find the location where Anthony had spotted
them could be a little challenging, it made it seem like we were hunting
ourselves even though we did not leave the vehicle.
Tarangire Safari Lodge and Gibbs Farm were our favorite accommodations.
Our visits to the orphanage and the school also made our trip very
special. It gave us an opportunity to meet the people of Tanzania who are
not involved in the tourist industry and are trying so hard to give the
children of you country better lives.
The most memorable part of our animal watching was seeing birds, cheetahs
and lions hunt their prey. Geitan spotted our first cheetah and we watched
it slowly approach it’s prey.
Now I must tell you that the very BEST part of our safari was meeting and
becoming friends with Geitan and Anthony. Not only are they very
intelligent, professional guides who went to great lengths to make sure we
were safe and having a great time, but we also really enjoyed their company
and sense of humor. They became our friends and we miss them.
We are very happy to be references for Birding and Beyond.
March 15, 2005.
My wife and I had a two-week Birding safari with Anthony Raphael in
Tanzania arranged by Birding and Beyond Safaris. This was my second time
with Birding & Beyond after a trip in Uganda. On our 2 weeks Birding tour
in Tanzania We had an excellent time seeing 429 species of birds including
12 endemics. The arrangements all went without a flaw, thanks to the
diligence of Anthony, who is not only an expert birder and professional
Guide but a very pleasant man to be with.
Keith H. Riding, MB BS, FRCSC
Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, UBC.
B.C. Children’s Hospital,
4480 Oak Street, Vancouver,
B.C. V6H 3V4.
Jambo from hot Virginia.
We are extremely pleased with our wonderful trip to Tanzania. We had very
high expectations for the trip and they were all greatly exceeded. Anthony
was a great guide; Geitan, an excellent driver. They were positive, fun to
be with and worked well together. In just over 2 weeks, we were able to
photograph over 270 bird species as well as mammals. This number was double
to any other international trip we have taken.
The accommodations were good and the people of Tanzania were friendly,
gracious and delightful to be with.
We are looking forward to working with you again for a future trip to East
Barb and Jim Leupold
I, along with my wife Joy, went on safari end of March – early April 2006
with Tony guiding the Tour in Kenya and Tanzania.The whole experience was
wonderful. We saw many animals, including the Big 5. On our first day we
saw a leopard up close. During the two weeks we also were able to identify
at least 370 bird species. Our success was due to Tony. He is obviously a
world class birder. Our trip was a great success highly due to Tony’s hard
work and sense of humour throughout the trip. The choice of local guides
was also very helpful. On one walk with Wilberforce in Kakamega Forest in
Kenya, we identified a couple of species by call as they were too shy for
us to see them. Wilberforce was an excellent local source of knowledge.
Cliff in Baringo was excellent too, with the help of his little brother,
Cliff was able to take us to nesting birds we would never had known existed
without their local expertise. As we usually travelled at a slow speed than
other comparable vehicles on safari, we were able to spot many birds as we
drove. We cannot truly express how delighted we were with our whole
experience. We would recommend your company to anyone wanting a first class
birding/Safari experience in East Africa. Thank you so much.
Bill Simmons AND Joy Waite
With More than 400 bird species on the list, we couldn’t have asked for
anything more than we received.. Birding & Beyond has the best guides and
Prof Shepard Krech III
Prof. of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Dir., Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
You may use my name as a reference for Birding and Beyond.
I am sure Older people (BiBi’s, etc.) might be interested in knowing how
older people fare on the safaris, Birding or non-Birders.
( BiBi Jo )
FROM THE NETHERLANDS
Everybody who has the intention to see wildlife in Africa: Don’t hesitate,
go ahead and make your arrangements with Birding & Beyond Safaris, much
more especially to the birdwatchers. We highly recommend them together with
Anthony W Raphael who was our excellent Bird guide and not to forget our
driver Geitan Ndunguru who are top of the bill! From the first moment at
Nairobi-airport till the end at the Tilapia hotel in Mwanza everything was
arranged extremely well. Accommodation was very good, the food was excellent
and Anthony and Geitan were very nice companions to us during the trip. In
a reliable 4WD LandRover, my brother and I visited Tarangire NP, Lake
Manyara NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti NP. In five days
seeing lots of Mammals and a bird list of over 250 NEW bird species!
Without any doubt, you will get Good value for money! Anthony and Geitan,
thanks again and good luck.
Ton and Kees Plug
It is not easy to travel on your own in Kenya and Tanzania, but all
problems can be solved by an arrangement with Birding and Beyond Safaris.
Anthony organized for us a great trip of bird and big game watching. On our
19 days safari we visited KENYA AND TANZANIA, doing Kenya first.
Starting with our driver Simon, we visited the lakes Nakuru, Bogoria and
Baringo. Then we made our way to Kakamega forest in Western Kenya, sampled
lake Victoria and then into the famous Maasai Mara Reserve. At three of
these places we had the very useful help of local bird guides.
After crossing the border into Tanzania, we were welcomed by Anthony in
Arusha. From here we started a camping safari to Tarangire, Serengeti,
Ngorongoro and finally Lake Manyara National Park. Geitan was not only a
perfect driver of the safari Landrover, but also an excellent bird and big
The meals from our cook Mafie were very good and absolutely astonishing
under these camping conditions. We are very happy to having seen 369 bird
species and the Big Five on the trip.
So thank you all again for an unforgettable trip to East Africa.
We will always wish to come back.
Helga Koch and Dr. Ralf Eikhorst, ( Germany )
FROM MADAGASCAR 2006
Happy New Year and best wishes for you and all the staff of BIRDING &
I was in the process of writing to you to tell you hat our tour went very
well. Of course the heat and the dust didn’t help but that is with nature.
The last two days some rains started to fall and I hope they have continued
and people can work their fields. In this very dry situation, going through
the Serengeti’s roads, twice, was a little hard. The stays at Speke’s bay
on Lake Victoria provided some relief. Tony and Geitan are two true
professionals in their tasks I must say this, they know the birds, they
know the roads and they were very kind with us. So was Arnold as well the
first two days. Tony was nice to accept a couple of changes in the program.
Both changes on our program worked well for us; in Moshi we had the chance
to meet with very interesting people doing work similar to ours here and we
liked Moshi town very much. KIA lodge was excellent for birding (besides
the gardens the open field behind was very active with Hornbills, Go away
Birds, Coucal, several Shrikes and Herons), the food and accommodation were
very good KIA lodge is 10 minutes away from the airport, a good place to
arrive after a day of incoming flights. On the whole, we were very
satisfied with the tour and hope to plan our next trip soon with Birding &
I heartily recommend Birding and Beyond Safaris to anyone interested in a
bird-oriented safari in Tanzania, or even for those not particularly
focused on birds but who are simply looking for a high quality experience.
Our safari group included people with a wide range of interests, but all of
us had an excellent time. As the keenest birder in the group I greatly
benefited from Anthony’s detailed bird-finding knowledge and the ability to
find local specialties all along our route. Geitan demonstrated exceptional
abilities as a game-spotter, whether finding large mammals or small birds.
Our cook, Stephen, provided us with varied, delicious and satisfying meals
even in isolated campsites. And all of the crew were a pleasure to travel
with, their relaxed and good-humored personalities making our safari an
exceptionally enjoyable trip.
Jim Mountjoy ( Galesburg IL USA )
I wanted to place on record how happy I was with the tour that you
organised for me in Tanzania during September 2001.
The organisation was perfect and your expertise and good humor made it a
wonderful week. I never expected to see so many new life birds after having
been quite a few times to Kenya. Northern Tanzania certainly is an
excellent region for bird watching!
With my best wishes for lots of success in the future,
Mike Bowman ( Geneva )
FROM THE UK
Initially we intended to arrange an independent trip to Kenya but the
services offered by Birding and Beyond Safaris proved to be very
competitive and so decided to make all the arrangements through Anthony.
Birding and Beyond Safaris arranged most of the accommodation prior to
arrival as well as providing a safari minibus and driver, James, who proved
to be excellent company and had a good knowledge of all sites visited.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Birding and Beyond Safaris, to
anyone wishing to visit Kenya.
A full trip report can be found on www.surfbirds.com
United Kingdom July 2002
I want to thank you for the great safari I had with you on a Camping
Safari in Tanzania and Kenya Lodge Safari. In the beginning I was
concerned because I knew you were a small business operator and it was
costing me more than I had expected. However, I was again totally
satisfied and am SO happy with the way the trip was planned in all. I had
very knowledgeable Guide and a safe driver, and the cook on this
Camping Safari could get a job as a chef on the Las Vegas strip – no
Anthony really knows his animals and Birds and all the background
information he gave me during the safari was so interesting. I really
enjoyed having him with me to spot the animals so the driver could
concentrate on driving, although he was also a good spotter. The driver in
Kenya was also quite good and I enjoyed staying in the lodges at Amboseli
and at the Masai Mara. So many people have asked me about my safari
and I will certainly recommend you. Thank you, for making my dream come
All the Best,
“A great safari with fantastic Animal sightings. Wonderful memories that
will last forever. Best Guide, Best Driver, Best Food, Very Friendly
People… Tanzania is a beautiful Country, I will always like to come back”
We would like to thank you for everything you did for us while we were
We couldn’t have asked for a more knowledgeable, helpful or cheerful guide
than Anthony. Even when you were under the weather with your cold, you
still kept up the great work. We enjoyed traveling with you, and the
drivers we had, we will always remember your kindness and expertise. You
all made us feel welcome and our memories will only be good ones. Both
Kenya and Tanzania were beautiful countries and our pictures are great.
You are an excellent ambassador for your country. We will continue to
recommend your services.
Thanks again for making our trip a memorable one.
Otto and Diane Peter