Augustine's Adventure Africa (AA AFRICA)

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BE OUR GUEST – You're in Good Hands

Augustine’s Adventure Africa (AA Africa) is a registered and licensed tour operator based in Arusha Tanzania and owned by a native Tanzanian. We are members of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO). As a family, we have over 20 years of field and office experience to design, organize and lead adventure safaris in Tanzania game parks.

Our company specializes in offering private and customized adventure safaris to Tanzania game parks as well as beach holidays in the historical and spice island of Zanzibar. Safari groups are tailor-made for individual groups such as specialty groups, friends and relatives, families, honeymooners, professional photographers, school groups, alumni associations, and more. Each of our trips are guided by very experienced, well-educated, and professional Driver Guides & Naturalists.

We take each and every detail from our customers equally and promptly. We discuss individual interests and special needs, allowing each trip to be tailor-made to accommodate the customer's wishes. Be our guest and join our professional team of Guides and Naturalists for an African adventure of a lifetime!

We believe in taking our guests to The Right Place at The Right Time!

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rldstoddard_24666 07/05/2017

“Tanzania - June 2017”

2 months ago

Augustine and AAAfrica were absolutely amazing! We had a fantastic time - an experience that was better than I ever expected & could ever imagine! Everyone that came in contact with Augustine spoke so highly of him and how great...

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Augustine and AAAfrica were absolutely amazing! We had a fantastic time - an experience that was better than I ever expected & could ever imagine! Everyone that came in contact with Augustine spoke so highly of him and how great he was not only as a person, but as a business owner! I felt taken care of even before leaving the US through emails and every second when I was there in person! I highly recommend AAAfrica and definitely will be recommending them to anyone I speak to in person! Thank you Augustine & AAAfrica for such a wonderful life experience!

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rjsafariman_24651 06/30/2017

“Photographic group safari”

2 months ago

Earlier this month I took a photographic safari group to Tanzania. While taking another group some years ago I met Augustine Minja at one of our safari camps. I ran into him again in 2015 at one the safari camps and learned he had...

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06/02/2017
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Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Conservation, Serengeti

Earlier this month I took a photographic safari group to Tanzania. While taking another group some years ago I met Augustine Minja at one of our safari camps. I ran into him again in 2015 at one the safari camps and learned he had his own company, Augustine's Adventure Africa (AA Africa). I was impressed with Augustine and said I would consider using him in the future. I didn't take a group in 2016 but did check out reviews of AA Africa. Late in 2016 I contacted Augustine about a group safari in June of this year.

He presented me with an itinerary that I knew was excellent--I had 10 previous safaris to Tanzania--and at a very attractive price. Based on my review searches,and our conversation and how he answered all my questions, I decided to use his services. His safari was amazing in terms of wildlife seen and the accommodations that Augustine had arranged. However, what was as equally outstanding was the service Augustine provided my group. He is extremely knowledgeable about wildlife, habitats, and local history and culture. The itinerary not only focused on wildlife but also exposed the group to life in Tanzania with visits to a school, medical clinic,village markets, and a Maasai village.

Behind the scenes he kept in touch with lodges to make sure there would be no surprises down the road-there were none. He attended promptly to any issues raised by my group--there were few--and paid attention to the smallest detail.

I am already planning another group with AA Africa next year and would whole- heartedly recommend AA Africa contemplating a safari to Tanzania whether it be a group, family, or couple.

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pmickey_8149 10/20/2015

“Tanzania with Augustine - September 2015”

1 year ago

This was my second safari with Augustine. He and his drivers are simply the best!
A native Tanzanian, his knowledge of "all things Africa", friendliness (he is, after all, my kaka (brother), professionalism and willingness and...

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10/20/2015
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Tangiere, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengetti

This was my second safari with Augustine. He and his drivers are simply the best!
A native Tanzanian, his knowledge of "all things Africa", friendliness (he is, after all, my kaka (brother), professionalism and willingness and ability to exceed all expectations are unparalleled.

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ppcraig 07/12/2015

“Our two safaris with AAAfrica”

2 years ago

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We've been on two of Augustine's adventures. We visited Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire in ten days. Both trips were perfect. First was with a bunch of friends in 2013. That was so good we decided to take the...

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Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire

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We've been on two of Augustine's adventures. We visited Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire in ten days. Both trips were perfect. First was with a bunch of friends in 2013. That was so good we decided to take the kids and grandkids. A dozen of us. That happened this summer - 2015. The trip was fun for everyone, and helped our dispersed family to bond. Huge numbers of fantastic animal photos.

Augustine has a wonderful background. He's a native Tanzanian and loves his country. Ask him about it!

Augustine and his guides can spot and identify birds, plants and animals both large and small – way before any of us are even aware they're around. His knowledge is legendary. He'll design a trip to meet your needs. We love both his knowledge and his enthusiasm.

Our grandkids loved the animals. They also liked the visit to a local village and a local school. On our first trip the group contributed funds for new desks. This summer we saw the desks, with all our names. Also the new health care center. Tourism is making the village stronger and healthier.

We'll be happy to tell you about our experiences with AAAdventures. Give us a call or send an email. ppcraig@ucdavis.edu
Paul and Kay

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ssvangee 06/15/2015

“I Want to go Again”

2 years ago

The trip of a lifetime! AAAfrica worked with us to put together our personalized itinerary with tented camps, hikes, village interaction, wildebeest migration, Ngororgora Caldera, several national parks and of course, the Big 5....

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02/08/2014
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18 Days
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Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Oldavai Gorge, Serengeti, Taranagire

The trip of a lifetime! AAAfrica worked with us to put together our personalized itinerary with tented camps, hikes, village interaction, wildebeest migration, Ngororgora Caldera, several national parks and of course, the Big 5.
Augustine and his staff knew where we needed to be to see the most action. From experience, they could observe an animal's movement and position the vehicles for the best viewing and photos. The drivers amazed us with their ability to spot even the smallest game and birds. With Augustine's narration and nightly talks, we came to love his native Tanzania and appreciate the treasures it holds.

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ft_5349 04/01/2015

“Travel Author and TV show host reviews Augustine's Adventure Africa”

2 years ago

I'm the host of a future TV show called "The Unseen Africa." Although a Tanzanian safari is hardly the "unseen" part of Africa, I depended on Augustine Adventure Africa (AAAfrica.net) to show me some unseen sides of Tanzanian...

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03/31/2015
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Serengeti, Arusha National Park, Ngorogoro, Tanangire, Lake Manyara

I'm the host of a future TV show called "The Unseen Africa." Although a Tanzanian safari is hardly the "unseen" part of Africa, I depended on Augustine Adventure Africa (AAAfrica.net) to show me some unseen sides of Tanzanian safaris.

In 10 days, Augustine guided me and my film crew to several national parks and spotted animals that I had no hope of spotting. His eagle eye and instincts truly prove his 20 years of safari experience.

I also interviewed him several times for the show and will be posting some of them on YouTube soon.

One way that Augustine departs from the normal safari is that he doesn't just focus on animals. He also takes you into towns and villages, to see how people live and you have a chance to talk with real, everyday Tanzanians. So it's a complete picture, not just Animal Planet.

Augustine is more punctual and dependable than a Swiss train.

He's utterly professional, polite, and funny. His knowledge is top class. His entire team is first rate. There's no higher recommendation that I can offer.

To see photos from my safari with AAAfrica.net, visit:

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terirass_5048 03/03/2015

“MOST AWESOME TRIP. EVER.”

2 years ago

This was the absolute best trip we've ever taken! (and we've been on some pretty amazing trips). We always try to support local companies, and we were delighted to find out that Augustine Minja is one of the very few tour...

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Arusha National Park, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongio Crater

This was the absolute best trip we've ever taken! (and we've been on some pretty amazing trips). We always try to support local companies, and we were delighted to find out that Augustine Minja is one of the very few tour owner/operators who is a native Tanzanian. He was our naturalist guide, and we found him to be not only incredibly knowledgeable (he really is a walking encyclopedia), but also extremely kind and witty and charming to be around. He also has very sharp eyes, and was able to find animals we never would have spotted on our own.

Augustine made our trip so special. It was a private trip (he never mixes groups), custom-designed for our personal preferences. He planned the trip so well; each day was better than the last, so we were always surprised by new and exciting experiences. The safari was so amazing! We saw so many animals, most of them up close and personal, making for awesome photos. While there is never a guarantee that one will see any specific animal, we were lucky enough to see EVERY animal we could think of in Africa. Lions, cheetahs, wildebeests, leopards, elephants, rhinos, hippos, and the list goes on forever. It was absolutely amazing!

In addition to the wildlife parks, he also included time to discover the local people and villages, allowing us the opportunity to meet some locals and gain some insight into Tanzanian customs and lifestyles. His pride of his country and culture was obvious and we so appreciated this aspect of the trip.

The accommodations were surprisingly luxurious. We were very comfortable and very well fed.

I cannot praise AA Africa or Tanzania enough, and we would highly recommend them to anyone seeking an African adventure. The trip far exceeded our wildest expectations, and have made in Augustine a life-long friend.

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sugor123_4986 02/23/2015

“Life Changing trip with Augustine”

2 years ago

I thought I had been everywhere. But then I joined Augustine and his crew of professionals - and I have returned a new person. This trip was so well orchestrated, accommodations, game drives, cultural immersion were just mind-...

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I thought I had been everywhere. But then I joined Augustine and his crew of professionals - and I have returned a new person. This trip was so well orchestrated, accommodations, game drives, cultural immersion were just mind-blowing. I had my fears prior to going to Africa, but Augustine assured me, and YES - we were VERY WELL protected. The people of Tanzania that we met - deep, caring souls - some of the villages and schools and people were primitive - a world away from what we are used to in America.

The Big 5 - oh, yes, we saw them ! I also found out that I am a bird lover! The species of birds that Augustine pointed out to us are exceptionally beautiful - and unlike any birds we have in America. Augustine assisted me with my camera- and I have some of the best shots that I will always treasure.

Personalized and genuine is how I would best describe the trip - Ripped suitcase ? No problem, Augustine had it mended. Forgot your adapter - No problem, Augustine went out and got us one.

In closing, all I can say is open your mind, have no fears -and experience Tanzania with a professional, articulate, knowledgeable, kind and caring naturalist - Augustine Minja !

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carlasdunlap_4982 02/23/2015

“Best Safari…fabulous animals, like travelling with your favorite professors (they have very sharp eyes – cheetah! There!)…”

2 years ago

It was a lifetime trip. Augustine and AA Africa’s naturalist drivers teach you so much with their deep knowledge about the wildlife and Tanzanian history and culture. They never mind questions! And always have answers. Their...

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01/05/2015
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10 Days
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Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti

It was a lifetime trip. Augustine and AA Africa’s naturalist drivers teach you so much with their deep knowledge about the wildlife and Tanzanian history and culture. They never mind questions! And always have answers. Their enthusiasm and humor are infectious. Augustine has given lectures to many zoological organizations here in the states…it was like travelling with your favorite professor. They also are absolutely committed to making every traveler comfortable and handling any and all issues that invariably arise. I have ALWAYS wanted to see the animals of Africa…it was the lifetime trip I’d dreamed it would be and more.
It’s also rich that AAAfrica support 10 schools. Until you’ve been to Tanzania, that may not make sense but it IS remote. Accommodations were great. The country is beautiful….so much so, I, for a first time after holiday, didn’t want to go home. Augustine and crew make you feel like a warm family. I can’t imagine anyone would find a better partner than Augustine’s Adventure Africa for your safari, no matter what your needs are.

Carla & Chet

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anitaarriola 07/29/2014

“Amazing and wonderful safari”

3 years ago

About 12 of us from all over the United States converged upon Arusha to go on safari with Augustine's Adventure Africa. Many of us did not know each other, we were united by our friendship with one person in the group. Although it...

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07/03/2014
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Tangere Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengetti Park

About 12 of us from all over the United States converged upon Arusha to go on safari with Augustine's Adventure Africa. Many of us did not know each other, we were united by our friendship with one person in the group. Although it could have gone disastrously, the group worked in large part due to Augustine's management, organization and efficiency. Even before we arrived in Arusha Augustine contacted us about personal food, hotel, and creature comfort preferences, and he developed a packing list and informational sheet about what to expect. From the time we stepped off the plane in Kilimanjaro until we left TZ we were in caring, capable and efficient hands. Augustine is a wonderful safari guide and a terrific person. He ensured that we were all comfortable and happy. Every day he would preview for us what we would see the next day and where we would go. He organized all of us extremely well and imparted all of his knowledge about TZ wildlife, plants, birds, etc. in a patient and educating manner. Our drivers were friendly and knowlegeable; the vehicles were in good condition and comfortable; we had more than enough time to see all of the animals; our hotels were great; and the food was terrific. We had so many adventures, including climbing partway up Mt. Kilimanjaro on the last day. It was a life-changing, amazing trip, due in large part to Augustine. I recommend him highly.

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baca-osborne 03/30/2014

“Best Tazania Safari... and Safe”

3 years ago

This is the BEST tour company, by far, of all tour companies in the Tanzania area. From the time we arrived at the airport to the time Augustine (AA Africa) returned us to the airport he took total care of us, from handling special...

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Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Arusha, Olduvai

This is the BEST tour company, by far, of all tour companies in the Tanzania area. From the time we arrived at the airport to the time Augustine (AA Africa) returned us to the airport he took total care of us, from handling special dietary restrictions to wake-up calls. He provided us with the BEST animal viewings and cultural touches one could ever expect. We were even lucky enough to be in the southern Serengeti to view the Great Migration of wildebeasts. This company far exceeded our expectations and we would recommend him to anyone wanting to tour this area. We would definitely return to take this tour again, and hopefully will with our Grandchildren! Augustine does not mix groups, customizes his tours to you and manages to accomplish this without added cost as compared to other tour companies that are large groups! All accommodations and food were excellent, and again customized to our desires. Our Toyota Land cruiser Safari vehicle was in top condition, comfortable and our driver always had it cleaned and stocked with bottles of cold water every day. (Our driver was excellent both in his driving skills and animal spotting!) Augustine, a professional Naturalist, took us on Safaris that always had animal sightings even including unique sightings of unusual animal behavior (e.g. lions in trees). Although no one can guarantee seeing specific animals we were very pleased at the variety and numbers of animals seen, this coupled with his knowledge made every day a unique adventure!

AA Africa was a tour company that was hospitable, flexible and enthusiastic and we HIGHLY recommend it. (Be aware of some other tour companies that had poor drivers.)

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larryholcomb 03/10/2014

“Incredible Safari”

3 years ago

The itinerary for our safari was planned and organized by Augustine of Augustine's Adventure Africa (AAAfrica.net). He did an outstanding job. We chose Augustine because he had guided one of our participants on a previous trip to...

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Tarangire, Lake Manyara, NGorogoro, Serengeti

The itinerary for our safari was planned and organized by Augustine of Augustine's Adventure Africa (AAAfrica.net). He did an outstanding job. We chose Augustine because he had guided one of our participants on a previous trip to Tanzania and done such a great job that he wanted to use him again. It was a good decision. We chose to go in February (the short dry season) because we wanted to see baby animals (even the hyena cubs were cute).
Animal watching - incredible: We always seemed to end up where the animals were, while they were doing something interesting. Our two drivers and naturalist (Augustine) were intimately familiar with the parks down to the level of knowing in which tree the lions might be hanging out. Augustine planned the trip to visit a number of different types of environments and their associated animal communities. We visited four parks Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro and Serengeti(southern and central). To maximize our chance of being in the migration we spent three days in the southern Serengeti which was the most likely area for the herds to be located during our trip. The number and variety of animals we saw far exceeded our expectations. We were fascinated by the range of behaviors that we observed.
Bird watching - great: We had several serious birders in our group. Augustine and the drivers seemed to be able to spot a 2 inch bird a half a mile away for the birders (maybe a slight exaggeration). They were knowledgeable and could immediately identify just about everything.
Culture - helping to understand: As breaks in the animal watching we had trips to several villages, homes and schools. These helped us to put in perspective and understand some of the problems faced by modern African countries. Several members of our group viewed these visits as the most memorable part of the trip.
Accommodations - I could get used to this: We stayed in tented camps and lodges. Meals were all provided and were of high quality. The tented camps were our favorites because we could hear the animals right outside at night.
We would do this again and we would absolutely use AA Africa again

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cissie.b.cargill 03/02/2014

“AAAfrica”

3 years ago

My safari with Augustine's AAAfrica far exceeded my expectations. From the accommodations to the knowledge of the guide to the sheer number and variety of animals seen--all were exceptional. Our group of 10 enjoyed personal...

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Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Southern and Central Serengeti

My safari with Augustine's AAAfrica far exceeded my expectations. From the accommodations to the knowledge of the guide to the sheer number and variety of animals seen--all were exceptional. Our group of 10 enjoyed personal attention from the moment we arrived at Kilimanjaro International Airport until the time departed. Augustine's professionalism and personality were hallmarks of the tour. We saw an amazing number of animals and birds, thanks to the expert eyes of Augustine and his drivers. Highlights of our trip included seeing multiple cheetahs and the endangered black rhinos plus three leopards. We also had the rare opportunity to see two kills--one by cheetahs and one by lions--from the moment they sighted their prey until they brought it down and provided it as food for their grown cubs. I learned more about animals and birds than I ever thought possible, and took some unbelievable pictures (I only had a point and shoot camera). All in all, I would highly recommend Augustine's AA Africa. His byline tells it all: "The right people at the right place at the right time".

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pikatoft 12/01/2013

“Amazing Honeymoon Adventure!”

3 years ago

My husband and I spent 10 days with Augustine and we had an incredible time driving all around Tanzania. He is so knowledgeable, passionate, and genuinely loves his job. While nature is nature and you can't be guaranteed to see "...

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09/29/2013
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Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara

My husband and I spent 10 days with Augustine and we had an incredible time driving all around Tanzania. He is so knowledgeable, passionate, and genuinely loves his job. While nature is nature and you can't be guaranteed to see "everything", Augustine made a huge effort to show us every animal we wanted to see, and as a result we were lucky to catch unique moments like the great wildebeest migration! He was so patient and would let us watch animals for as long as we wanted - at no point did we feel rushed to move on.

When planning the trip, Augustine was incredibly patient and helpful, answering our million questions and willing to adapt the itinerary to our needs and budget. In the end he designed the perfect trip for us that included 10 days on safari, 6 days up Kilimanjaro and 4 days in Zanzibar. It made our honeymoon effortless!

I'd highly recommend planning your safari with Augustine. You will not only learn a lot about Tanzanian wildlife, but you will leave with a friend for life!

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kgg106 09/20/2013

“Trip of a lifetime with grandchildren”

4 years ago

This was our 4th. trip to Africa and with Augustine's Adventure Africa it was one of our best. Our guide Augustine, a graduate of the wildlife management school in Tanzania gave us a magnificant tour . We experienced close up...

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arusha national ,Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater,

This was our 4th. trip to Africa and with Augustine's Adventure Africa it was one of our best. Our guide Augustine, a graduate of the wildlife management school in Tanzania gave us a magnificant tour . We experienced close up views of birds and wildlife that included the " The Big Five" . Our accomaditions were some of the best and with two of our grandchildren with us it was an exciting adventure for all. We experienced the life of the Maasai in their village , a local school where our grandchildren could interact, and a visit to the Olduvai Gorge where findings of early man was discovered. We carry with us memories that will be with us for a lifetime.

George Grinnan

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MDLevine 08/30/2013

“A Charming Trip”

4 years ago

In the past eight years, I have organized four tours for groups each consisting of 15-18 friends: to Botswana, Galapagos, India, and this past July to Tanzania. All of these trips have been highly successful. This was the best. The...

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Arusha National Park, Tarangiri, Lake Manyaya, Serangeti, Ngorongoro

In the past eight years, I have organized four tours for groups each consisting of 15-18 friends: to Botswana, Galapagos, India, and this past July to Tanzania. All of these trips have been highly successful. This was the best. The Tanzanian national parks and its animals were at all times beautiful and exciting, and at some times simply breathtaking. The exceptional tour organized by AAAfrica made it possible for us to thoroughly enjoy that experience -- it seemed we were always at the right place at the right time to see an amazing array of animals on land and in air. The trip was flawlessly organized, with excellent accommodations throughout. Augustine, the leader, was the best tour guide I've ever had in more 20 trips for pleasure over 40 years of traveling in Africa, Asia, South America. He was a pleasure to be with. He responded quickly to any requests we had. He was consistently sensitive to our needs. Most importantly, the knowledge he gained from his education as a naturalist served us very well in learning about the fauna in our travels. The knowledge, combined with a gift for storytelling, gave us the best tour guide we could have asked for. It's worth noting that the drivers did an excellent job of informing us of our surroundings as well.

As the trip organizer, and with 16 friends who were counting on me, it was important to me that trip successful. I could have organized the trip through a U.S. travel agency or through a better known and larger local tour agency. Instead I chose AAAfrica using my time-tried method of searching the web followed by a thorough process of learning about the agency. I gave most weight to the e-mail exchanges. Augustine was more responsive and more knowledgeable than any of the other contacts at different agencies. My friends thought this approach was risky. It has never yet failed me, and this time it found an absolute gem of a tour guide and his company.

I would without hesitation recommend this tour agency, AAAfrica, to virtually any group that wished to see the Tanzanian wilderness and its animal life. Augustine is remarkably flexible. In my opinion he could organize a trip for as few as one or two people to as many as perhaps 20 or 25, given his access to safari vans and very high-quality drivers (besides the vans that he owns and the drivers whom he employs).

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jperlman 07/15/2013

“a memorable safari”

4 years ago

Before we even arrived in Arusha, all of us (and there were 17!) had complete itineraries, lists of what to bring and what to expect, health information, etc. We had e-mail contact with Augustine and he answered our myriad...

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06/16/2013
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arusha, lake manyara, tangire, serenghetti, ngorongoro crater

Before we even arrived in Arusha, all of us (and there were 17!) had complete itineraries, lists of what to bring and what to expect, health information, etc. We had e-mail contact with Augustine and he answered our myriad questions, planned special events, reassured and problem solved until we knew that all we had to do was show up and we would be well taken care of. And he MORE than delivered! Incredible attention to detail, a seemingly bottomless knowledge of the natural aspects of Tanzania, Tanzanian culture, and travel. In addition, his team was also supportive and knowledgeable...little tidbits about wildlife and culture rolling off their tongues as they drove us to the best places to view wildlife and get the most amazing photos. But is was more than about wildlife...it was about being in Tanzania...having different experiences in where we stayed, visiting a village and a school, meeting natives and sharing stories, sitting together to reflect and ask questions. Augustine gave us as first talk about patience, flexibility and optimism...and we held to those principles for the entire adventure. There were surprises and unanticipated situations that were handled with grace; a truly unflappable tour guide who truly wanted his clients to have the very best possible experience...and we surely did. He will custom design your adventure and make suggestions based on his vast experience and he will personally attend to every detail so you are comfortable and extremely well taken care of. You couldn't ask for better...I would do this again with this team if I could.

Janet

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rvsteele 07/06/2013

“Outstanding Safari in Tanzania”

4 years ago

This was an 11 day safari beginning and ending in Arusha, Tanzania. Access to Arusha is quite easy, with connections at nearby Kilimanjaro Airport to several major airports in the region. Accommodations at the Kibo Palace Hotel at...

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Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti

This was an 11 day safari beginning and ending in Arusha, Tanzania. Access to Arusha is quite easy, with connections at nearby Kilimanjaro Airport to several major airports in the region. Accommodations at the Kibo Palace Hotel at the beginning and end of the safari were very comfortable, and the food was excellent.
But the star of all of this was Augustine, the owner/operator and his three driver/guides who led 17 of us on a journey of discovery and wonderful photo opportunities. Augustine is a font of knowledge about all things Tanzanian, ranging from the flora and fauna to the culture and history of the country. His advice to us at the beginning and throughout the safari was to be "patient, flexible and optimistic", and this advice was amply rewarded. We saw a wide variety of birds and animals every day, and were especially thrilled to see leopards (on not just one, but two, occasions), cheetahs, rhinos, and many lions. Augustine was extremely kind and attentive to each of us and our various needs and requirements, and his cheerful and warm personality set the tone for each day's adventure. Each night he would give us a briefing on what we could expect to see the next day, as well as on some aspect of the local wildlife or on Tanzanian history and tribal cultures. The three driver/guides were also extremely knowledgable, patient and friendly. In addition to the wildlife viewing, we had a village visit, where we learned more about local culture, as well as a visit to a school, where we had warm and personal interactions with the children, and were able to contribute to the many pressing needs they have for supplies and furniture. Augustine is highly sensitive to the need for education as a means to advance the opportunities for the Tanzanian people, and takes special care to see that such school visits are beneficial to the children and not just to the visitors. We also visited a Maasai village, which was a bit more commercial in nature, but still provided a glimpse into the culture of these fascinating people.
One quite nice feature of the trip was that Augustine was provided with a budget ahead of time and asked to stay within it, which he did. This was not a "luxury" trip by any means, but all of the accommodations were comfortable, the food was good, and the service was top notch. A highlight was the tented camp in the Serengeti, where we could hear various animal sounds (including hyenas) throughout the night, and awakened each morning to see zebras grazing nearby.
In addition to providing a wonderful safari, Augustine proved to be a master organizer and coordinator, making sure that 17 people with their various arrival and departure times on various airlines, all were picked up and returned to the airport to meet their respective flight schedules.

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kjones55555 07/04/2013

“Great Experience!”

4 years ago

We have taken the wildlife safari provided by Augustine's Adventure Africa (AA Africa) and couldn't be more pleased with our experience. Augustine's knowledge as a naturalist, his personal charm, and his attention to detail justify...

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06/16/2013
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10 Days
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Arusha National Park, Tarangire, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater

We have taken the wildlife safari provided by Augustine's Adventure Africa (AA Africa) and couldn't be more pleased with our experience. Augustine's knowledge as a naturalist, his personal charm, and his attention to detail justify the highest recommendation we can give. His team is exceptional, both in the preplanning stage, and on the actual safari. Augustine has carefully designed the safari not only to introduce his clients to the beautiful country of Tanzania and its amazing animals, but to acquaint his clients with Tanzania's people, culture, and history. Every aspect of the adventure, and it is an adventure, from the accommodations, to the variety of wildlife parks, to the frequent talks and orientations during the trip, has been well thought out to enhance the enjoyment of the safari and to add depth to the experience.

The itinerary was carefully and thoughtfully planned to provide a variety in types of accommodations with just the right variation for the right length of time and in the right order, from hotel lodges, to tented camps (both permanent type and more rustic), to cottages.   We were a group of 17 people, and Augustine managed the group perfectly (no easy trick), preparing us for appropriate expectations and making certain that everyone's needs were accommodated, answering everyone's questions, and keeping us well-informed with an amazing attention to detail. 

He and his drivers have a gift for spotting concealed animals at great distances. As we scrambled to focus our cameras on emerging animls, Augustine and his drivers would provide information about the animal's behavior, food, social interaction, and mating rituals, adding context and background to the experience. We were amazed several times by the manner in which his daily briefings about animal behavior were validated by the actual animal behavior we witnessed later that day. Tanzania is a beautiful country full of magnificent animals, with a rich history and culture, all made more vivid for us by Augustine and his team. We highly recommend AA Africa.

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austin 07/03/2013

“A Profound Experience in Tanzania”

4 years ago

From June 15- June 26, 2013 I was fortunate to have a profound experience in Tanzania with 16 friends. Under the care and organization of Augustine's African Adventure (AAAfrica), we were offered a breath- taking encounter with the...

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Date of safari: 
06/15/2013
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10 Days
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Arusha NP; Tarangire NP; Lake Manyara NP; Serengeti NP; Olduvai Gorge; Ngorongoro Crater

From June 15- June 26, 2013 I was fortunate to have a profound experience in Tanzania with 16 friends. Under the care and organization of Augustine's African Adventure (AAAfrica), we were offered a breath- taking encounter with the wildlife and culture of this stunning place on our planet. Augustine, the owner, proud Tanzanian, and superb naturalist, was appropriately responsive to our every need no matter what it was. He is an exceptional human being: I can only use superlatives to describe his level of professionalism that always had focus, the personal engagement he established with each of us to make us comfortable in every way he could, and his sense of responsibility for and attention to every detail from A to Z, and then some. His demeanor readily revealed a person who want s to share both the universal and the special features of his part of the world and his commitment to have each of us prepared for every event of the adventure he so artfully arranged sequentially in theme, content, and intensity. And he did so with respect, seeming ease, and good humor.

Tending to 17 persons who have traveled extensively can be daunting and some of us wondered how each of us would be able to enjoy the special aspects of every day. Day One put to rest any reservations. Our three drivers were outstanding in terms of navigating the rough roads safely, imparting their vast knowledge of wildlife from birds to flora to animals to people, bringing us to positions for best viewing, always tending to personal needs as they arose, and answering our unending questions. The radio system of communication between the three vehicles and Augustine rotating among them daily left nothing to chance!

Our accommodations were thoughtfully planned to provide familiar comfort and to give us a sense of being in the wild and in a place of rugged beauty. From well-appointed lodges to a tented and a mobile semi-tented camp we spent two nights in each place. Clearly the places were selected with careful examination.

Augustine prepared us for the social and cultural exposures we had. We visited two traditional villages and two schools to have short glimpses of how two different tribes live. We felt welcomed and the kids are gorgeous. However, at the Masai village some of the hosts who took us to see their abodes did not comply with the instructions they were given prior to our arrival and pressured some of us for money. Other hosts were respectful and some of us enjoyed the event. Driving the many miles to the National Parks and Reserves showed the juxtaposition of poverty and tourism. It was difficult to see but our four guides responded to our concerns with honesty and explained Tanzania's situation.

Without hesitation I recommend visiting Tanzania if you have a love of nature, people, and adventure, but only with AAAfrica. I cannot imagine a better experience.

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coxkay 07/03/2013

“Trip of a Lifetime”

4 years ago

Where do I start? The guides and drivers do not treat the safari like a job, you feel they are enjoying it as much as you are. They have extensive knowledge about the animals, their behavior and habitats. They are tireless about...

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06/16/2013
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12 Days
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tangieri, manyara, Arusha, Serengetti, Ngorongoro

Where do I start? The guides and drivers do not treat the safari like a job, you feel they are enjoying it as much as you are. They have extensive knowledge about the animals, their behavior and habitats. They are tireless about imparting that knowledge to you. It starts with a short talk each evening and continues throughout the day. Every question is answered willingly and expertly. Your comfort, itinerary, and safety are competently managed. They will go to the ends of the earth to ensure you get to see and photograph you heart's desire. Service is their guiding principle. Highly recommended.

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renapasick 06/30/2013

“Flawless Tanzania Safari”

4 years ago

We just returned from a 10-day tour with AA Africa and we recommend it without reservation. I will describe the three major features of the trip: Augustine and his staff, the tour route, and our accommodations.
Augustine, the...

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06/30/2013
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Arusha NP, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorogoro

We just returned from a 10-day tour with AA Africa and we recommend it without reservation. I will describe the three major features of the trip: Augustine and his staff, the tour route, and our accommodations.
Augustine, the tour operator, is sensational – both as an extraordinarily knowledgeable naturalist and as a guide/safari organizer. Spending this amount of time with a person provides a good deal of insight to character and competence. Augustine is a delightful and honorable man who is utterly dedicated to the comfort, safety and enjoyment of his clients. We were a group of 17 and our leader described the planning experience as one that inspired complete confidence in every respect. In the first days, Augustine made a point of getting to know each of us and our aspirations for the trip. These were fulfilled and then some! His many years first as a guide and then as owner of his own safari company was evident in the way he anticipated our needs and questions. High on the list of his many qualities is a vast reservoir of knowledge about the flora and fauna. He not only could instantly identify species and varieties – for example among the thousands of types of birds – but also their special characteristics (whenever I looked up a bird in my book, I found that Augustine was spot on). He is a happy man who is passionate about nature and loves his country and culture. In all these areas, he is a superb communicator and has clearly honed his ability to impart the right amount of information given at the right time. And he has a delightful sense of humor! Along with all this comes a high degree of organizational skills. Keeping a packed schedule on track with this size group is no easy task – but he made it look easy because he is detail-oriented, calm and flexible (his mantra: be patient, flexible and optimistic!).
Augustine’s conscientiousness was evident from the moment we stepped off the plane and were greeted by his staff and driven approximately 45 minutes to our hotel in Arusha. While driving in the area is rather chaotic, our driver was took his time and exercised caution and judgment. This was important for me as I always find being driven by strangers the scariest part of any trip. Indeed, the three drivers on our tour were each fine drivers under the most difficult conditions (crazy intersections, fog on winding hilly roads, and navigation of the endless ruts), excellent and knowledgeable guides in their own right, and wonderful to be around.
After our first night in Arusha, we spent two nights in each of four locations. Our tour route was perfect beginning in Arusha Nat’l Park where we saw our first giraffes, elephants, and baboons. Each location added new dimensions, building to the point where, to our amazement, each day was better than the previous. By the end we were darn near euphoric. Game drives were interspersed with stops to visit a family from Augustine’s tribe and a school, and a visit to Olduvai Gorge– excellent and well-times choices. The accommodations were selected with similar care. All were comfortable, spacious, and immaculately clean with attentive staff, good food, and superb locations. We were treated to a variety, starting with a tented lodge, two full lodges, and a semi-mobile tented camp. To ensure our comfort at the end, Augustine arranged for day rooms in Arusha and night rooms near the airport depending on each of our respective departure schedules.
I cannot recall ever having a trip where we had no complaints whatsoever. In short, you could not do better than Augustine’s Adventure Africa!