Testimonials

Testimonials safaris with I Dream of Africa

Experience Camping Safari Tanzania

Time of my life! Amazing Camping Safari with I Dream of AfricaTime of my life!

“Having lived and travelled widely in Southern Africa, I can only say I had the time of my life travelling with Christopher from I Dream of Africa. A truly life enriching experience! So, if you are looking for a REAL safari experience, let Christopher take you on a never to be forgotten bush safari.”
Jill from The Netherlands 2017

 

 

Christopher's mother with her grandchildren

Best Buddy in the bush

With all his experience in the bush, Christopher is simply the Best Buddy in the Bush one could wish for. It was an amazing safari, we have seen so many animals and such beautiful culture of Tanzania. The visit to Christopher’s village and his mother was a true experience. To see how villagers life under harsh circumstances, without the availability of clean drinking water at hand. That is a project Christopher is working for very hard, and which is a challenge….. Thank you Christopher, we will be back one day!!
Ricardo Zengerink from The Netherlands 2017

 

Locals in Karatu Tanzania

Excellent Service and Knowledgeable Guide!

On a family trip to Kenya and Tanzania, we were fortunate to work with Christopher for our time in Tanzania. Christopher picked us up in Arusha and from the moment we were with him, made sure that everything was to our satisfaction. Throughout the trip, he provided detailed and interesting tidbits about the parks and animals and demonstrated clear skill driving a Landcruiser (no easy feat on rough roads!). Always flexible with what we were interested in doing, he nonetheless professionally made suggestions and modifications to ensure we would have the best experiences. As a photographer, I was especially appreciative that Christopher was willing to stop when asked for the occasional scenic picture, like locals in Karatu, and animals that we had already seen many times. If I am fortunate enough to come back to Tanzania again, I will be sure to use Chris again and I highly recommend him to anyone that wants a wonderful, private safari experience in the beautiful country of Tanzania.
P.G. from United States 2015

 

An amazing personal safari with I Dream of Africa!

An amazing personal safari with I Dream of Africa!

My boyfriend and I (both 29) were looking for a private guided tour where we could create our own itinerary. After doing some research, we found “I Dream of Africa” www.idreamofafrica.com through reviews on the internet. I Dream of Africa is a local Arusha based company, so you support a local company. We corresponded through email (more than 50 J) and by telephone with Christopher. Together we created a custom safari. Christopher, was our guide and driver throughout the 7 day safari, Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. He shared much knowledge about the wildlife and environment. And he was always on the lookout for animals. Christopher knew how to approach the animals. Besides that, Christopher knows a lot about Tanzania and the economic and political issues in the country. We experienced a lot of advantage of a private tour, such as: -you can stay in one spot as long as you want. -You don’t have a tidy schedule. -You really experienced the wildlife if you stay on the public campsite. During lunch and dinner, you have time to discuss things. We stayed at local campsites in a tent. The facilities are basic but very clean and the food prepared by the cook was very good, fresh and healthy. It was sublime to be out in the middle of nowhere listening to lions and elephants. They were only several hundred feet away. One time early in the morning there was a big family of 20 elephants just 100 meters in front of our campsite. It was amazing! We felt very safe and Christopher really looked after us. We really recommend “I Dream of Africa”. If you are looking for an interesting and personal safari, you will have an amazing experience with “I Dream of Africa”!
Mariska from the Netherlands October 2014.

 

Experience Tented Lodge Safari Tanzania

Fantastic Tour! Experience Tented Lodge Safari Tanzania

Fantastic Tour!

Christopher did an excellent job of catering our tour to exactly what we wanted. My wife and I were in a time crunch and only had a week for the tour. Christopher did an amazing job of tailoring a tour to fit exactly what we wanted to see. He knew the migratory patterns of the animals and the exact spots to take us in the offseason to ensure we saw the “Big Five.” He booked incredible lodgings for us each night and had a full schedule for us each day. He was great about last minute changes and delays in our schedule. He would alter the daily schedule to accommodate our wishes and would go out of his way to make sure we were happy and well taken care of. His knowledge of the area was incredible and would answer all of our questions with enthusiasm. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking at booking an African safari, and would 100% use him again in the future. He can accommodate any budget.
Jonathan from United States 2015

 

Amazing safari in Tanzania!

Amazing safari in Tanzania!

We organized a safari in Tanzania July 2015 with “I Dream of Africa” and it was amazing. Christopher Samwel was our guide and driver and also he’s the owner of the company. We sorted all the details out by email before the trip, (Dates, accommodation, game-drives within a reasonable total price). He was very patient and helpful and of course, he offered a better price than many other agencies in Tanzania for the same itinerary. We spent 6 nights between Taranguire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro National parks, and everything was perfect. Our trip was a private safari for two people in a Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 full equipped (open roof, radio and a small fridge to have cold water all the time). We saw “The Big 5” and we have the opportunity to see the Lions hunting in Ngorongoro (awesome). I have to say the global service was better than expected: everything on time, (no delays), no problems with the car, and no extra cost for anything during the whole trip. So the safari exceeded our expectations. By the way, Christopher has been working as a safari guide/driver for more than 20 years, so he knows everything and everyone into the nationals parks. Actually, he’s a bird-watcher and biologist expert, therefore he explained to us with a perfect English all about wildlife, eco-system and nature. It was an incredible experience. Finally, I’d recommend this company to everyone who wants to make any kind of safari in Kenya, Tanzania or Zanzibar. It is totally reliable and competent. Thanks to “I Dream of Africa” and special thanks to Christopher to make for us an extraordinary and unrepeatable safari!
Javier S. Spain July 2015

 

More Than We Dreamed!! Wonderful!

More Than We Dreamed!! Wonderful!

If you are considering going on a trip to Africa, we believe there’s only one company to do it with. I Dream of Africa. From the very beginning, Christopher and I Dream of Africa, were very pleasant to work with. It was extremely easy to communicate via email with Christopher. There were sometimes, that it would take a day or two for him to respond, but that was because he was out on safari during those times. And when he would respond, it was very professional and courteous, but most importantly it was thorough and would address all of our concerns or provide adequate updates about our upcoming trip. It’s been 6 months since our trip and we still talk about the memories or look at pictures when we were with Christopher. I Dream of Africa planned every detail of the trip other than when how to get to Africa. From the moment we stepped out of the airport, our guide was there to greet us and begin our adventure. Our guide, Christopher is the owner of the company and takes pride in everything that he does. He goes above and beyond to make the trip full of memories and a pleasant experience. In our opinion, having a local guide and local company made the trip that much more. We would see other guides and tours along our journey, and you could tell their guide did not carry the same appreciation for the animals as Christopher. We were able to see the things that we wanted to see and things that we had no idea even existed, and Christopher would take the time to explain their habits, names and other things we did not know about the animals. We shared many laughs with Christopher as he would never cease to surprise us with finding something new and having the patience as we would sit and enjoy the beauty of Tanzania. Tanzania was welcoming and wonderful from the very beginning. Every lodge that I Dream of Africa booked for us, was extremely friendly and hospitable. The culture never stopped welcoming us and we always felt safe, no matter where our adventure took us. We had to go into town a few times to stop at a pharmacy, and we when we could not find the needed medicine, Christopher knew where else to go. He knew every area that we went to and with such ease, that we felt not only safe, but glad to have him there to truly guide us. Since returning home, we have already discussed taking a trip back to Tanzania during another season to see what else I Dream of Africa could show us! We have not made plans yet, but know that when we do, there is only one company we will be in contact with. We highly recommend I Dream of Africa and Christopher!
A. Maxwell from United State April 2014

 

Experience Family Safari Tanzania

Experience Family Safari Tanzania

Dream Come True!

We, a family with three children (12, 12, 13), had such a wonderful Safari!We’ve planned the trip via e-mail with Christopher. He helped us to plan a trip that suited our wishes, always responding very adequate and quickly to our emails. He picked us up from the airport and arranged everything! He knows so much about nature and about the animals and their behaviour. He spotted animals that we would never have found by ourselves. We saw so many animals!! We stayed at several lodges and enjoyed all of them. All were very clean, with great food and services. Some had a swimming pool, but in the end, that was not really necessary because there was not so much time to swim and the temperature was not that high.The children had a great time as well, all day long trying to spot animals, they didn’t get bored at all, they learned so much! After one week of Safari we went to Zanzibar to relax, Next time we would stay a bit longer on Sarafi. Such an amazing experience! If you’re planning to go on a safari in Tanzania with your family: we would certainly advice “I dream of Africa” to you!
Renate Teuwsen from The Netherlands, August 2016

 

Monkeys are amazing when you come close to themVery experienced and professional guide

My old friend from university Erik Berkelmans advised me to ignore travel agencies and instead directly contact Christopher in Arusha to make all arrangements for a safari holiday with my family of four (kids 12 and 10 years old). I am still grateful to Erik, since a good guide is the critical success factor for any safari trip. We ended up naming our safari ‘cat counting season’; “You’re very lucky” Christopher said on various encounters with leopards, cheetahs and lions. This might be, but I’m convinced that his talent and his network as a guide enforces a certain level of luck. Furthermore, he’s a great guy full of stories, fond of our kids, fluent in English and apparently a great tour operator since we spend our nights in amazing lodges and tented camps. And his price was equal to the offer we got from a Dutch travel agency.
Maurice Maas from The Netherlands August 2016

 

Fantastic safari to the migration!Fantastic safari to the migration!

Christopher Samwell owner of ” I dreamed of Africa” organized an unforgettable safari experience for our family of four. We did a tour from Arusha over the Serengeti to the Mara river to view the migration, we visited Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire national park as well. We arranged everything by email. Christopher reacted always very fast and had good suggestions for the tour. We booked a 11 day safari with lodges and tentedcamps. Everything was organized perfect, even better as expected! The decision to do business with a local Tanzanian company worked out perfect. During safari we experienced what more then 25 years guide means. Christopher speaks very well English, is a keen game spotter, even when diving he sees animals that we didn’t noticed at all. He knows the Parks as the back of his hand and has knowledge of animals and their behavior. Above all Christopher is pleasant travel company. I recommend Christopher as a fantastic guide and reliable Tour Operator. I am sure he can arrange the best safari whatever your budget is.
Erik Berkelmans from The Netherlands 2015

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