I Dream of Africa

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I Dream of Africa is a Tanzanian tour operator based in Arusha with over 16 years experience in organising safaris in Tanzania and Kenya. We are specialised in accessing the many pristine, remote and authenitic destinations, especially in the popular national parks. I Dream of Africa is a member of Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO).

We offer all types of safaris, from bush adventures in the national parks to beach holidays on Zanzibar. Based on our experience and knowledge in the field, we have a variety of safari itineraries which are highly competitive: Lodging Safaris, Luxury Tented Safaris, Budget Camping Safaris, Biking, Canoeing, Walking & Trekking Safaris, Culture Safaris, Bird Watching, Mountaineering, Wildlife Safaris, Beach Holidays in Zanzibar, Spice Tour in Zanzibar and Educational Tours.

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berkelmans_18434 04/17/2016

“Fantastic safari to the migration.”

1 year ago

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,...

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Date of safari: 
07/18/2015
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11 Days
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Ngoronogro, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Taragire, Arusha

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 Taragire 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 touroperator. I am sure he can arrange the best safari whatever your budget is.

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mariska_aartsen_4273 11/11/2014

“Amazing and personal safari”

2 years ago

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...

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Date of safari: 
10/16/2014
Length of safari: 
7 Days
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Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

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 ) and by thelephone 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. Besided 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 wild life if you stay on the public campsite.
- During lunch and dinner you have time to discuss about things.

We stayed on the local camp sites in a tent. The facility are basic but very clean and the food prepared through 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 where only several hundred feet away. One time early in the morning there was a big family of 20 elephants just 100 meter in front of a camp site. It was amazing. We felt very safe and Christopher is really looking afther you.

We really recommend "I Dream of Africa" If you are looking for a interesting and personal safari. You will have a amazing experience with Christopher.

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corpcateringalex 04/09/2014

“Unbelievable Trip - Would Do It Again Tomorrow”

3 years ago

What an unbelievable trip! It started back in the United States. We had been recommended to I Dream of Africa through a friend who had only met Christopher in passing on her safari, but she stood by that he seemed like a great...

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Date of safari: 
03/30/2014
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8 Days
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Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire

What an unbelievable trip! It started back in the United States. We had been recommended to I Dream of Africa through a friend who had only met Christopher in passing on her safari, but she stood by that he seemed like a great guide and the people she met shared that as well. Christopher, the guide and owner, was very quick to respond via email to all of our questions, concerns and anything else that came up in the planning process. There were so many great things about this trip that it's hard to sum them all up here, but here goes:

1. Christopher - what a great guide he is! He has eyes like an eagle and can see things that are hard to see with binoculars! Not only can he see them and point them out to you, but he knows about the animals and their habits/lifestyle/etc. It’s not like listening to a television program, Christopher carries a passion in his knowledge that not only informs those listening, but shows his love and respect for the animals. Furthermore, he is a local guy. So not only does he know the area, but he can explain a lot of the culture and local life to anyone willing to listen. He takes extreme pride in his work and strives to deliver a phenomenal experience not just once, but every day that you are with him. He definitely took every step to make sure that we were all comfortable (group of 4), from the way that he drove over the rough terrain to the accommodations and start time each day. It was extremely comforting to arrive and be taken care of from the moment we stepped out of the airport.
2. Animals – amazing. I could leave it at that. Thanks to our guide we were able to see a lot of animals. Definitely a blessing between his eyes and timing, we caught some great action scenes and close proximity to all of the Big 5. I know people don’t always get this lucky, but it certainly was neat to see what we were able to.
3. Weather – we went during the beginning of rainy season, which was a gamble. It paid off. Rained almost every night, but no more than 5 minutes. Again, I think we were blessed with the weather – so be careful of when you go. BUT – the advantage to going this time of year (end of March) was that we saw baby versions of almost all the animals. Made for some great pictures!
4. Lodges – again we trusted Christopher on this. He set up all the lodges each night for us. It was a mix of lodges, a lot from the same company, which meant a lot of the same amenities. It worked out great. The staff was very pleasant at all the lodges. The food was definitely different then the fair we are used to here in the states, but good nonetheless. Our two favorites were Taragire Safari Lodge – great staff, great views and a unique experience. Kitela near Caratu – great property, gorgeous rooms and amazing staff.

It boils down to this. There were moments on the trip that we thought we’d seen it all or wouldn’t see something better, and Christopher would continue to surprise us with new information or pull around a corner just at the right time to see something new. When we go back (not IF), we will definitely use I Dream of Africa again. It’s nice to support a local business, but not at the cost of sacrificing any of the experience. I Dream of Africa and Christopher is the best way to do a Safari in Tanzania period. From the planning process via email to the day to day driving, I would highly recommend them to anyone no matter what!

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Changeagents 02/05/2014

“I dream of Africa”

3 years ago

I have known Christopher Samwel for over 15 years. This is my 4th Safari with him in Kenya and Tanzania. Christopher is a wealth of information about all the animals and geography in our travels. He is kind, considerate and very...

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Date of safari: 
01/17/2014
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2 Weeks
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Lake Manyara, Serengeti, NGoro Crater

I have known Christopher Samwel for over 15 years. This is my 4th Safari with him in Kenya and Tanzania. Christopher is a wealth of information about all the animals and geography in our travels. He is kind, considerate and very customer centered. I highly recommend him as our guide, educator and old friend.

W. James Smith
St Paul, Minnesota

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Marije33 01/13/2014

“Great safari and tour operator”

3 years ago

We had the time of our life during our safari with idreamofafrica.com. On our request Christopher was our guide; he was recommended by friends of us who travelled with him last year. Christopher is very friendly and very good in...

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01/03/2014
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6 Days
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Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro

We had the time of our life during our safari with idreamofafrica.com. On our request Christopher was our guide; he was recommended by friends of us who travelled with him last year. Christopher is very friendly and very good in spotting wildlife (this was our 3rd safari and now we know that there is a big difference between guides and tour operators). I also liked the personal contact with the Dutch volunteer who made the itinerary for us, based on our wishes and budget. The lodge and tented camps they booked for us were really great (Maramboi Tented Camp, Kati Kati and Rhino Lodge). We wanted to book with a local company because the big companies get enough already while the local tour operators work so hard for a little money. I can recommend this company to everyone. I never experienced this service from a travel agency; from the day we sent an inquiry till the last day of the safari they gave advise and always answered our questions immediately. We will certainly book with them when we come to Tanzania again. Thanks guys!

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constantinemanda 03/05/2013

“A Great Value with Great Service”

4 years ago

My fiance and I wanted a personalized but budget trip to see the animals and "I Dream of Africa" provided us both. The company is locally owned which was encouraging for us, as we felt great about supporting local operators in the...

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Date of safari: 
01/10/2013
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3 Days
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Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

My fiance and I wanted a personalized but budget trip to see the animals and "I Dream of Africa" provided us both. The company is locally owned which was encouraging for us, as we felt great about supporting local operators in the wildlife touring market.

Our driver and guide, Sam was very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor! He has experience with conservation, wildlife, particularly birds and elephants. He provided us with one of the most wonderful encounters with a herd of elephants, with the matriarch within touching distance of our vehicle. His experience and reassurance helped calm us both that this was all very safe!

We encountered car trouble on the first day but Sam worked diligently to solve this and because of his resourcefulness we were able to trudge along. His charm and professionalism helped make the trip very memorable. I highly recommend "I Dream of Africa" and Sam in particular. A great value for money and wonderful personal touch.

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nsstravel007 02/01/2013

“A Safari that exceeded our expectations in every way”

4 years ago

My husband and myself were looking for a private guided tour where we could create our own itinerary. After doing some research, I found that most companies could only arrange group tours where you are on a tight schedule and could...

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Date of safari: 
07/09/2012
Length of safari: 
10 Days
Wildlife parks visited: 
Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire

My husband and myself were looking for a private guided tour where we could create our own itinerary. After doing some research, I found that most companies could only arrange group tours where you are on a tight schedule and could be stuck with strangers who you would never want to travel with. The other extreme were these super high-end luxury companies that could offer a private safari with over the top amenities but perhaps not as focused on guiding expertise depending on who is guiding your safari.

I then found "I Dream of Africa" www.idreamofafrica.com through a family friend who is a veterinarian and works with animals. His circle of colleagues had used I Dream of Africa. I Dream of Africa is a local Arusha based company. For us, it was important to support a local company. Most Tanzanian safaris are run by companies who operate out of other countries and very little money goes back into the local economy you are visiting.

I corresponded through email with Christopher who owns and operates the company. We went back and fourth on creating a custom safari. Christopher, was our guide and driver throughout the 10 day safari (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire). He has been guiding for over 15 years. He shared so much knowledge about the wildlife and environment. He was always on the lookout for animals and could see things out in the distance instantly. Christopher knew exactly how to approach the animals in a safe and respectful manner.

What really made our safari so special was that Christopher took us to remote places in the Western and Northern Serengeti. In some of these remote spots, we did not see another vehicle for hours! We had the place to ourselves. For us, it was so pleasant not having to listen to someone in another vehicle talking so loud they scare the animals. This is usually the case if your tour only stays in the crowded Central Serengeti where most tours operate. Also, another advantage to having a private guide is that you can stay in one spot as long as you want. For us, it was incredible not only to get an amazing photo but to watch/study an animals behavior in their environment. For example when you see a cheetah protecting its new kill and then watch scavengers starting to surround the animal over the course of 45 minutes - that is fascinating to watch what happens and photograph. Or watching a wildebeest get taken down by a crocodile while drinking river water ....several times. Both of these experiences happened on our safari.

The accommodations Christopher booked for us were superb. I had requested smaller lodges and mobile tented camps but he can also arrange budget accommodations too. The mobile tent camp in the northern Serengeti was the highlight. It was sublime to be out in the middle of nowhere listening to lions roar only several hundred feet away.

If you are looking for great guiding and interested in learning about the environment and wildlife then I believe you will have the most amazing experience with Christopher.