Tanzania - Zanzibar
I had to thank you for the wonderful trip you put together for us..
And to say I think your missing a golden opportunity, you should be advertising all across Canada as a package deal for Seniors who are not as active as they used to be , but still want adventure.
My Husband and I were Guide Outfitters so I took a professional and critical look at everything and I wouldn't change one thing.
As for our Guide I can"t say enough good about him.He took good care of me.Even brought a wooden box from home so I could step in the Landrover with out trouble. His personalty is perfect for Canadians. He worked very hard to make sure we seen all the game.
At night when we would get to the Lodge we would have seen game others had missed. Athman is the perfect Guide for Canadians.
Thanks again for a wonderful trip and I wish you every success.
Myra H. Mc Bride BC
The safari was absolutely incredible and flawlessly organized. We were met promptly at the airport by Abdul from Sunny safaris. He turned out to be a very gracious, knowledgeable guide and excellent driver. We stayed in amazing places, saw amazing flora and fauna, The Ngorongoro crater was probably my highlight and the Serengeti Serena tented camp was my favourite lodge.
Eleanor R. Vancouver
Tanzania - Zanzibar
Safari... what can I say.... from the brilliance of Dearson (great animal/geography/ecological information, fascinating conversations about marriage practices, world economics and discrimination, excellent driving skills in deep water/mud conditions) to the pleasure of Ndutu Lodge and KatiKati Tented camp to the jaw dropping sight of thousands of wildebeest spread across the plains... it was great! I don't know if you requested Dearson specifically for us but I can't recommend him highly enough. Sunny Safaris was also the right choice. Not too fancy or frilly but still comfy!
Thierry, what most comes to my mind about working with you is that you listened to what I was looking for and tailored it just right. I will and already have recommended you to others planning trips to Africa. I look forward to working with you in the future as I will be going back!
Cheryl B. Vancouver
My mom and I just returned from our Safari to Tanzania.Words cannot describe the amazing and wonderful time that we had! The itinerary was perfectly suited to my mom's mobility issues; it was well thought out and presented a variety of experiences and animals to view. With having just my mom and I with one guide, it provided the flexibility needed to work around my mom. We could not believe the number of animals that we were able to see! It definitely was a "you need to see it to believe it" type of experience! We were able to see the 'Big 5', the wildebeest and zebras massing for their migration, many other birds and animals, and many, many elephants; to my mom's delight! Added in we visited a Masaai boma, had one of the local guides accompany us into the Oldupai Gorge to provide commentary for our experience there, were treated to musical/cultural presentations at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, and had some amazing meals at each of the spectacular lodges. We could not believe the accommodations that awaited us at the end of each day after traveling on remote, bumpy, and dusty roads!
We cannot say enough about our guide from Sunny Safaris, Athman Somobwana. He has a keen eye for spotting animals, he knows the country well, he was always well prepared for the day, he was a very good driver for the back road conditions, and he was extremely good with my mom. He brought a box from his house to help my mom get in and out of the land rover, he made sure that the bathroom stops were timely, he phoned ahead to ensure that we had a room close to the reception area for each accommodation so that my mom did not have to walk so far, and he helped her generally throughout the day. When we left, he stayed at the airport with us until he was sure that everything would go okay for us. We had many interesting conversations with Athman throughout the days, and learned so much from him about the animals and about Tanzania. We had the added treat of meeting his family on the last day and having tea with them. We have made new friends! I highly recommend Athman as a guide for anyone. He is highly talented, works very hard, and yet is a very humble individual.
Thank you for organizing this amazing experience for us. If you have other elderly clients with mobility issues, the itinerary you provided works well. Staying at some venues for 2 nights was helpful in that we didn't have to pack up completely each day. The driving distances worked well. We were apparently there in the 'low season'; truly we enjoyed not having the huge crowds that can apparently be present. Many times we were far from other vehicles, yet we always felt perfectly safe. And there was certainly lots of animals to view!
Thank you so much for everything. You can be sure that I will recommend 'The Heritage Safari Company' to anyone who would care to listen.
Dianne R. Fort Fraser BC
The Heritage Safari Company is fabulous! Thierry, the operator, is passionate about Africa, and his enthusiasm is contagious. He helped us narrow down the options and he found just the right safari for us. He then took care of every detail. Our trip was absolutely perfect! In fact, it exceeded my expectations. We were well taken care of by the safari staff in Africa and all our needs were met. Each of the lodges we stayed in were lovely. The two gorilla treks were the highlight of our 10 days in Uganda. It truly was a trip of a lifetime... and I hope to go back again soon. When I do, I'll definitely use the Heritage Safari company to help me plan my trip.
Shelley H. North Vancouver BC
Tanzania - 9 Day- 8 Night Adventure Camping
We really enjoyed our safari experience with Heritage Safaris. Thierry worked hard to make our itinerary fit with our flight plans. The game drives were incredible at Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Our driver was informative, pleasant and worked hard to get the best view opportunities. Camping was a real experience. Our cook worked tirelessly setting up camp and preparing meals. The food was delicious, varied and he even managed to make a birthday cake over hot coals in the Serengeti. He was amazing. All together it was a wonderful unforgettable experience.
Kristin, Dave, Pat and Audrey - Elmira ON
Kenya - Tanzania - Zimbabwe - South Africa - Mozambique
From our perspective Thierry is a world class travel organizer, with excellent attention to detail, a fabulous understanding of the local options, and an unsurpassed commitment to customer service. Our trip was truly once in a lifetime, and we the seamless planning and smooth transitions were a large factor in making it so.
Seeing the migration and Serengeti, and the bio-diversity of Ngorongoro was spectacular and awe-inspiring. Rafting the Zambezi was a real highlight - even if Victoria Falls was a little out of the way and slightly (in comparison to Niagara Falls) underwhelming. Cape Town was stunning and the food was unparalleled - cheap, delicious and diverse. If you are looking to get off the grid, reconnect with life and recharge - head to Mozambique.
All of our hotels were first rate, and our guides and drivers were courteous, knowledgeable and capable.
We have toured over 50 countries and the precision, attentiveness and flawless execution of our travel plans that we experienced with Thierry are unmatched.
Thank you again for everything!
Lisa P - Calgary, Alberta
Kilimanjaro Climb - Safari Tanzania
We had such a great time with Thierry planning our trip to Africa! His knowledge and experience went a long way to creating an amazing safari and a successful climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. The people associated with the tours he arranged were absolutely lovely and the experience was a blast. We felt privileged to learn about the history of Tanzania and its people through the personal stories shared during the long, interesting, and often hilarious conversations while on safari and in the camps. With Heritage Safari's help, we were able to accomplish one of my Dad's dreams. And we had the added benefit of Thierry on the climb with us! We were delighted with his company and appreciated how his experience enhanced the adventure.
Cindy O, Vancouver, BC
Tanzania - Zanzibar
Africa was amazing!!!!! The safari was amazing, but even that's not the right word. Everything with the safari was so seedless, we never worried about anything. Ziggy, our driver was fantastic. He was very knowledgable and had these amazing eyes to spot animals along the way. We would highly recommend him. He made the experience really great for us and took great care of us.
The hotels and lodges we stayed in we're amazing. We loved the arusha coffee house, and wished we would have stayed their longer. The tented camp was amazing and we loved the staff there as well. Very sweet and accommodating. They even arranged for us to get special lunch boxes. I'm so glad we stayed at the treetop. We saw elephants from our patio. It was amazing place and again the staff was amazing.
Zanzibar was the best week. The Equese Zala was a gorgeous property. Everything about it was breathtaking. From that first step inside when you see the ocean to the last step when all the staff walked us out. The staff there was so amazing.
We really appreciate all your patience and help in planning our amazing honeymoon. It was the greatest place to have a honeymoon after hearing about our trip, many of our friends want to go and we will highly recommend your services. You made this so painless and easy that we really got a chance to enjoy our time. I think planning this trip on our own!! So thanks so much!!!
Please let me know if you need anything from me!!
Navneet N. - Vancouver, BC
Kenya - Tanzania
I wanted you to know that the Kenya/Tanzania Safari that we booking through you last September turned out to be the best holiday adventure we have experienced. We have traveled to most corners of the world, but this, without doubt topped everywhere we have been previously.
The arrangements you made for us were perfect in every respect. Our drivers were always waiting for us at the designated time and place. They were all extremely friendly, informative and very patient with us photographers. Whenever a rare animal species was reported, they would immediately drive us to the centre of the action. The distances we traveled were long, but everything was so interesting, one didn’t notice the miles at all.
We saw, and were able to photograph just about every animal species living on the savannahs of Kenya & Tanzania. The accommodation and meals at the Serena Lodges were out of this world.
We had just one disappointment, in that we did not see the migration of the wildebeest. However, we realise this is not an event that one can predict accurately. All in all, we have zero complaints or criticisms and would recommend this particular safari to anyone who might be interested. If anyone interested wants to call me, I’d would gladly talk with them.
Once again, thank you,
Noel Jenkins - North Vancouver, BC
I had a great time and made it to the top. The guide, cook and porters were all fabulous.
Thank you for all your help organising.
Julia J. - Canberra, Australia
Kilimanjaro Climb - Tanzania - Zanzibar
Thierry organized an incredible 3 week adventure for us! Our extremely busy itinerary had us in different locations at different accommodations almost every night of the trip but everything went absolutely smoothly with no problems at all. We saw an amazing array of beautiful animals on safari (including 3 cheetahs and 2 African golden cats!). Our climb up Kilimanjaro was a great success – mainly because our excellent guide and porters did all the hard work of carrying the tents and setting up and taking down camp. Lunch at the summit of Kilimanjaro is an experience I’ll never forget! And last but not least, Zanzibar was a beautiful place to relax and recuperate after the climb.
The trip was brilliant - Thanks so much Thierry!
Tania K. - Vancouver, BC
Kenya - Tanzania - Zanzibar
I have completely forgot to send you a note to thank you for all your time putting together such an amazing trip for our gang.
The trip was everything I had hoped for, and I had high hopes.
The place you picked for Rosemary’s 65th birthday was so fantastic. You nailed that one.
We saw every animal we could challenge our guide to find. The pictures were unbelievable. I was so surprised how close we were to the animals. We were within feet of Lions, Hippos, Elephant. The Leopard was on the branch right above us. Wow, so cool.
Our guide in Tanzania, Exaud was so unbelievable. I am so happy we were hooked up with him. His knowledge, patience and love of the country made that part of our trip truly the most memorable. Our kids Loved him too.
This was the trip I had always wanted to do. You did a wonderful job helping make it happen.
Thank you again,
Shawn S. - North Vancouver, BC
South Africa - Botswana
We’re back now and want to thank you for putting together an amazing trip for us. All the arrangements were flawless; everything worked to perfection and we had many truly great experiences.
Ken and Janet W. - Vancouver, BC
Camping Safari - Tanzania
Voici mon retour sur le safari: Honnetement, très très bien!
La nourriture est variée et de qualité. Nous avons eu un très bon cuisinier ( très copieux!!!)
Le chauffeur connaissait très bien les lieux et les animaux. Il a pu nous expliquer pas mal de choses.
Tous deux etait très disponibles, car parfois, nous voulions partir plus tot ( pour profiter à maximum du cratere par exemple)
Si vous avez d'autres destinations avec dépaysement garanti, n'hésitez pas!
Nous sommes ravis d'être passé par votre compagnie
Bien à vous
Lucie M. - Valenciennes France
Kenya - Tanzania
Nous avons fait un voyage extraordinaire, nous en rapportons des souvenirs intarissables et surtout inoubliables. Les points culminants de notre safari furent le parc de Samburu ainsi que les visites des tribus des Hadzabés et Dagotas au lac Eyasi. Je tiens à souligner l’excellent travail que Thierry a fait, notre itinéraire était impeccable, la communication a été parfaite, il est toujours accessible que ce soit par e-mail ou par téléphone et je n’hésiterai pas à référer Heritage Safaris à tous ceux qui désireront partir vers l’Afrique.
Grâce à Heritage Safari nous avons fait un voyage de rêve!!!!
Josée P. Mascouche, Québec
Kenya – Tanzania – Zanzibar
Our Safari was amazing. Truly a trip of a lifetime, but not long enough. Thank you so much for all your expertise and insight.
The Escarpment Lodge was beautiful. I had a Birthday that I wanted to last forever!! Perfect in every way!
Rosemary M. - North Vancouver, BC
Kilimanjaro Climb - Gombe, Tanzania
On the whole the trip went really well. We made it to the top and thoroughly enjoyed the climb. Eight days was a perfect number of days for the trek. The staff and guides and the cook were all very good. Gombe also worked out very well. We saw several families of chimps with babies and one older male who we recognized from BBC television productions.
Very enjoyable experience,
Linda and David K. - Dubai, UEA
Kenya – Tanzania – Zanzibar
I wanted to give you some feed back about our trip. First off the Driver/ guides, Steven and Exaude. They were both amazing. The Serena Hotel chain was amazing. Beautiful properties. Ndutu was wonderful too! The food was unbelievable!!! Everywhere we went the food was excellent.
…….we were now in Zanzibar! What a beautiful Island! Dreams of Zanzibar as I told you in a previous e-mail was gorgeous, six star. The property exceeded our expectations in every aspect. Rooms, food, staff. Thank you very much for the wonderful Safari Thierry. You did an excellent job of coordinating everything. It was seamless. The Heritage Safari Company has far exceeded our expectations.
Kelly T. Family – North Vancouver, BC
Kilimanjaro Trek – Tanzania – Botswana – Zimbabwe – South Africa
"We wanted a "trip of a lifetime" to celebrate our 25th anniversary – and before we knew it we had mapped out a six week adventure starting with the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro, ending with six wonderful days in Cape town, South Africa and in between, experiencing the amazing beauty and nature of Ngorongoro Crater, the migration in northern Serengeti, a balloon safari in Central Serengeti, a safari in the Okavango Delta and Chobe reserves in Botswana, a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls, a train excursion on South Africa's luxury Rovos train to Pretoria, a safari in Kruger National Park and our final stay in Cape town.
Heritage Safaris took our dream and made it into reality by ensuring every connection and detail for each leg of our trip was made seamless. Thierry's knowledge, expertise and passion for Africa were evident as he helped plan each part of the trip. His advice was invaluable and his recommendations for accommodations and safaris were first class. Thierry made himself available whenever we had questions and he kept in close touch with us as we went each step along our planning journey, providing many value added services. Throughout our six week adventure we did not have one "glitch" or problem in any of the well laid out itinerary.
We can honestly say the excitement and high hopes we had for our trip were not only met but exceeded expectation – it was an amazing journey – and Thierry, and Heritage Safaris were a very large part of this.
Tom and Cathy A. - Vancouver , BC
Just wanted to write to say "THANKS" for recommending Fox's Ruaha River Lodge and Katavi Wildlife Lodge. Both camps provided excellent service, food, accommodations and guiding. I would highly recommend both camps.
Again thanks for handling all my arrangements, and put me on your list of satisfied customer.
Dan McP. Calgary, Ab.
Kenya – Tanzania – Zanzibar
Serengeti was fantastic. The people were great and we got to see the Wildebeests crossing the river and Seth went out an extra day and saw lots of Lions.
We are now in Zanzibar and I got an ocean front villa! I am so happy and this hotel is gorgeous!
Thank you so much and we will definitely be a reference for you for anyone that wants to go to Africa!
Lori P. – Vancouver BC
Tanzania – Zanzibar
Our trip to Tanzania was the perfect balance of adventure and luxury. The Heritage Safari Company was able to create a custom trip that included all the sights we wanted to see while staying within our travel budget. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and kind and took care of us like family. Along with a few key Swahili phrases, we came back with an appreciation and love for another culture, experienced incredible wildlife up close and relaxed on white sandy beaches. Asante Sana Heritage Safari Company for creating a most memorable African tour.
Alexandria W. – Vancouver BC
Kenya - Tanzania - Zanzibar
We don't normally write reviews of our travels, but this time my husband and I felt it important to recognize the excellence of Thierry and his Heritage Safari Company. We went on safari to Kenya & Tanzania--1 week each--plus an additional relaxing week on Zanzibar. I had never been on safari before, and somehow luckily stumbled upon Thierry's company while surfing the net. Thierry was almost always immediately available by phone and if not, promptly returned calls &/or e-mails every time. He has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience. He not only provided a comprehensive list of route and lodge options for our safari, he was open to incorporating our specific requests as well--we customized a perfect trip. Always a perfect balance of suggestions without forgetting to listen to us too. A private safari (no crowding or competing agendas) is the only way to go. And we were happy to be dealing with a local company that is well-accredited. All this--detailed customization, high-end lodges and private vehicles with knowledgeable English-speaking drivers--at a lesser cost than that of many of the larger well-known group tours with lower-grade lodges! In short, Thierry was a mastermind of organization and resourcefulness provided with excellent customer service. We can't say enough good stuff about the experience and we can't wait for the day we'll be able to take another safari. Thanks again, Thierry!
Shelley D. and Gerald Van S. – New Westminster BC
Tanzania – Zanzibar
I used The Heritage Safari Company on the recommendation of a friend who did a safari in Kenya a few years ago. My trip was to Tanzania. The Heritage Safari Company set us up with a fantastic 6-day safari in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire parks. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating and the experience unbelievable! This was followed by a few days in magical Zanzibar. Our first hotel was disappointing, but Thierry at Heritage Safaris immediately jumped to action and transferred us, at no extra cost, to much better accommodation. I would use The Heritage Safari Company again in a heartbeat!
Fabienne Y. – Gatineau QC
The safari was great ,a little busier than we expected with little down time. The accommodations, food and guide were great but although we knew that this was a private safari we didn't expect to be the only 2 in these migration camps. Over all we had a great trip so thank you for organizing everything for us.
Alice MacL. & Bruce C. – Calgary AB
Uganda – Rwanda
I had the priviledge and pleasure of planning my trip to Uganda/Rwanda with the assistance of Thierry. Not only was he patient, but he was always accessible by email and phone to answer all my different questions. When I had a minor issue while away, I emailed Thierry and the situation was rectified in a quick manner. I would definitely use Thierry again to plan my trip as his professionalism, knowledge, and guidance went above and beyond what was expected.
Naomi S. – Scarborough ON
Kenya - Tanzania - Zanzibar
We would like to thank you very much for all your help and guidance for our wonderful trip to Kenya,Tanzania and Zanzibar. Everything from start to finish was perfect from your associates Joseph in Kenya and Omar in Zanzibar to all of the accommodations, I do prefer the tent camps or smaller lodge to the larger lodges. All the guides were great especially Daniel from Tanzania and Omar in Zanzibar who came back to the hotel after picking up another group of guests, to make sure I was ok after I had an ear infection problem to see if I needed a ride to a doctor or a pharmacy. I will definitely recommend Heritage Safari to anyone considering going on a safari, I know I will go back and use Thierry’s services once again.
Michel and Cheryl - Whistler, BC
Fabulous! The guide, particularly, named Amani, was excellent and the whole crew was very professional and organized. Would definately recommend the guide highly............ The whole process of organizing the trip through you was also very smooth/ easy.
Hanna E. - Vancouver , BC
Hi Thierry, The safari was awesome!!! Noel our driver was a godsend. He is a walking (driving) encyclopaedia of those parks and their birds and animals! All the arrangements were perfect What a fantastic, unforgettable trip! Thanks!
Sirpa L. - Belgium
Hi Thierry. We had a wonderful trip!
Samburu was by far our favorite part of Kenya. Intrepids was beautiful, fun for the kids, and warm. We saw all the special 5 of Samburu as well as 4/5 of the big 5. The rhino we saw promptly upon our first safari in Mara. Joseph was a great help in Nairobi, and was informative, punctual, and fun with our children. Thank you for arranging us to be guided by him. We had dinner with joseph and his wife upon our return to Nairobi, and she was equally warm and friendly. Mara intrepids was beautiful and the safaris were very rewarding with lots of animals to see. Sweet waters as well was terrific. Not as luxurious as intrepids, but clean and spacious enough. Thank you again for organizing such a wonderful adventure!!
Karin P. Family – Manitouwadge ON
Tanzania – Kilimanjaro Trek - Zanzibar
We planned our 3 week long safari / Kilimanjaro climb / Zanzibar vacation through Thierry at Heritage Safaris. Despite being located out of the province, we had a very easy time keeping in contact with the Vancouver based company. Thierry made himself very accessible through email & telephone (he even answered voice mails / emails on the weekends). Thierry was extremely helpful during the (long) planning process. He was sensitive to our requests & needs, especially those to do with budgeting & scheduling (being a teacher, I had very little flexibility in our departure & return). We were thoroughly impressed with Thierry's attention to detail, his ability to meet our requests & his invaluable advice based on several years of experience. We were pleased with Heritage Safari right from the get-go & about a week before the trip we actually worried that Thierry might've set the bar too high & thought 'what if the trip doesn't live up to the hype & expectation'!! We were very very pleasantly surprised to find that this was definitely not the case! Thierry called us a few days prior to our departure to see if we needed anything / had questions / offer great tips & pointers. When we arrived at our first lodge, we found a letter from Thierry wishing us a great adventure. All of our guides were extremely friendly and had a so much knowledge to share...I did not expect to learn so much on this trip! Above all, we really appreciated that the entire trip was extremely well planned & organized...EVERYTHING went according to schedule (& we all know how often that actually happens)!
Michelle L. and Patrick C. – Toronto ON
Uganda -Tanzania – Zanzibar
I was so pleasantly surprised with the utmost resourcefulness and helpfulness that Thierry Cellier, the tour operator/owner, offered me when I wanted to book an adventurous trip followed by a relaxing beach/sun two weeks resort. Everything from flights, to hotels, to sight seeing (safari-kili and gorilla trek), to my special food needs etc...were met and exceeded my expectations. Very neatly organized, well planned out, which I am sure must have been difficult to do. Thierry always made sure that all my questions, desires and worries were answered, met and talked about. And sure I had lots of silly questions and concerns... :-) Thank you so very much Thierry, I could not have done this without your help, professional experience and expertise. It was the trip of a life time. I will recommend you to all of my friends.
Sandrina S. – North Vancouver BC