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"...I've just finished an 8 day project with Hoopoe that included managing a large group for lodging, transportation and safari...From the owners, managers, and all 17 drivers we used, this outfit is amazing. Everyone in our group raved about their safari guide, though Tito was my favorite! The organizational skills of Rupert and Dionis were absolutely awesome, keeping up with every change to our group's needs. All of this would be great on its own, but add to it that Tito guided us to see countless animals (rhino, lions, elephants, hippos, and loads more) in the Ngorongoro Crater, and knew every detail about every animal we saw. These guys are amazing and I highly recommend them for your next vacation or event. One of the best businesses I have ever dealt with." - Daniel, Italy.

"...The trip was fantastic, better than I could have ever imagined! Lesikar was an excellent guide attending to every detail. He had outstanding interpersonal skills. His ability to spot, explain and predict animal behavior was uncanny. I can understand why he was so highly recommended. I will definitely recommend your company and Lesikar to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you to you and your company for arranging the safari of my dreams!..." - Laura, San Diego

"...We had a fabulous time! All went perfectly without a hitch… Our guide, Joseph, was fantastic....his professionalism, incredible knowledge, and pride of country made our experience over the top... " – Susan and Alan, Oregon

 

Photo: Kristy Bradley "...It was surprising how many different tour companies there were operating in the area and we were both so pleased we were with Hoopoe, as the others appeared crowded, and some had obnoxious radios, which they used to call in their colleagues if they spotted anything. I would have been very unhappy if we were so equipped. When it was just us, it was wonderfully quiet and we could enjoy not only the sights but some sounds as well. I was very interested in the birds and so the less crowded and individualized Land Rover was great..." – Kay and Kristy, Oaklahoma

"...Our highest compliments to all involved in making our trip as memorable and as comfortable as it was …Our guide, Abdul, could not have been better. He was always there when he said he would be and always made sure we were taken care of. He was an excellent driver- we never once felt unsafe and he handled very difficult roads in a highly professional manner. And as a guide he delivered us to the most amazing sights. In what seemed to be the endless bush, he found every animal we could have wanted to see … There was nothing about our trip that we would have changed even if we could. Thank you for making our time in Tanzania the best trip of our lives..." – John and Cindy, Maryland

"...Joseph is a superb driver and guide- a real asset to Hoopoe and a great advertisement for Tanzania. I know lots of people here in the US who could learn a lot from him about what customer service means. " – George and Beth, Connecticut

"...The Hoopoe staff were great and logistics flawless. I especially want to acknowledge our guide Joseph. He was a perfect fit for our family, patient, very knowledgeable and with a good sense of humor. He really made the trip!" – McCabe family, Maryland

Photo: Kristy Bradley "...Of the 10 safari companies we contacted, we chose Hoopoe because of Gayle’s professionalism. She was the safari planner who displayed the knowledge and organization that we were seeking. We were pleased with Gayle’s prompt responses, thoughtful answers to our questions and personal service. Gayle listened carefully to our wishes and created an excellent itinerary. It then was our guide/driver, Lesikar Naalasi, who transformed the itinerary into something extraordinary… Lesikar was a superb teacher/guide/driver. He possesses amazing knowledge of all the animals, birds, trees, ecology, etc. He had an uncanny ability to spot birds and animals (while driving and talking), and we would finally see them minutes later as we drove closer. He would hear something like a monkey screaming and explain what it meant, i.e. one time he said it was the monkeys’ alarm signal, he pointed out the direction the monkeys were looking, and a few minutes later we saw the leopard. He spotted hundreds of animals and birds, gave us their names and then looked them up in his reference books to offer additional information. He “tested” us on this information on subsequent days when we would see the animals/birds again. This was a very fun way to learn and retain at least some of the knowledge he shared. At night around the dinner table in the camps, when everyone was sharing stories of their sightings for the day, ours were invariably among the most interesting. .. We had read that the guide makes the safari, and we found this to be true. We will long remember Lesikar and our incredible safari experience..." – Norma, California; Toni, Washington

"...Our guides, Clemence and Muro were fantastic, with lots of info on wildlife, regions, people, culture, etc. They were excellent at locating wildlife. In fact, we saw almost 40 lions, 6+ black rhino, a leopard twice in (Ngorongoro) Crater and so much more than we all had anticipated! Our guides were excellent with the children also. All of us had an absolutely terrific safari experience… Will gladly and highly recommend Hoopoe to all!" – Aashish, Illinois

"...The trip was absolutely perfect and we really, really appreciate everything the Hoopoe team did to make it so..." - Goldman-Gundersen family, Wisconsin

Photo: Kristy Bradley "...It was a great trip. Joseph was an excellent guide / driver, and I would whole-heartedly endorse him to other Hoopoe clients. His knowledge of animals was encyclopedic, and he and our son vied to see who could spot the most birds, although Joseph was the only one who knew what he was seeing… His sharp eyes ensured that we saw cheetahs, leopards, a lion in a tree, and other relatively rare spottings." – Linda, Pennsylvania

"...Thank you, thank you, thank you Hoopoe for your tour!!! " – Steve, California

"...Given our interactions with you, the quality of our accommodations and the experience you put together for us and our time spent with Joyful (our guide), we will enthusiastically recommend your services to our friends and anyone who asks for feedback on our trip. Our honeymoon was truly a special one and that is due in large part to your efforts..." – Gerbian and Ivani, New York.

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