11 Reasons Why Easy Travel is the Ultimate Safari Operator in Tanzania

Wildlife Skulls In The Serengeti - Tanzania

Traveling half-way across the world to Africa for a safari holiday of a lifetime is a big decision. We know. And whilst sitting in the office, or at home in the UK, US or where in the world you may be reading this from, it’s very tricky to pick one safari operator.

So, if you are wondering ‘Why Easy Travel?’ you’ve landed on the right blog post. We have compiled a list of 10 reasons, that should take you no longer than 3 minutes to read, about why Easy Travel is different to any other tour operator in Tanzania.

Ready? Let’s go!

1 – Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame

For the past five years, Easy Travel has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, placing us in their exclusive Hall of Fame. This comes after 1000+ positive reviews shared by the people we care about most: our clients!

Trip Advisor Hall Of Fame

2 – 30+ Years of Experience

Since 1987, Easy Travel has been offering world-class safari tours in Tanzania. That’s over three decades of accumulated knowledge and on-the-ground experience, financial stability, attention to detail, exceptional care and thousands of satisfied customers.

30 Years Of Safari Excellence In Tanzania

3 – Tailor-Made Tours

Easy Travel staff loves to craft customized itineraries for our clients. Obsessed with elephants? We know where to go. Sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti? No problem. Want to spend 7 days climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Sure thing. Whatever your style — basic, comfort, comfort plus, luxury — we’ve got you covered.

A Romantic Getaway With Our Tailor Made Tours

4 – Our guides are beyond brilliant

Our friendly, passionate guides are experts at a wide variety of skills: Tanzania’s cultural and natural history, language skills, and first aid training. Easy Travel Guides are multilingual – speaking Swahili, English and either German, Spanish, French or Italian. Our guides truly go the extra mile to ensure each client always feels fully supported.

Our Amazing Guides In Tanzania

5 – KPAP Certified

For over three decades, Easy Travel been organizing treks to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, and we are a proud member of an elite group of KPAP-certified Kilimanjaro operators. As a KPAP-certified operator, we are dedicated to treating each and every porter with the uncompromising dignity they deserve.

KPAP Certified Porters With Easy Travel

6 – Best Safari Vehicles Fleet in Arusha

Easy Travel has an impressive fleet of 50 safari vehicles – with all the extra bells and whistles to navigate Tanzania. Our vehicles are sort of like SUVs on steroids! They are fully customized Land Cruisers complete with a pop-up roof, seven individual bucket seats, multiple device plugins, and its own cooler.

A Shot Of Easy Travels Off Road Safari Vehicle

7 – Easy Travel Has The Best In-House Auto Shop in Arusha

Because we take such great pride in our fleet, we’ve invested in our own full-service auto repair shop, to ensure that every SUV is 100% ready when the rubber meets the dirt. Only a handful of tour operators share this level of commitment. With veteran mechanics managing state-of the-art machinery, everything is completed in-house: the painting, welding, tailoring, electrical work. We even have our own fuel pump! Learn more about our Auto Shop.

Our Mechanics Working Hard On Our Fleet

8 – We Never Subcontract Safari Vehicles

East Africa is notorious for unrelenting roadways that challenge even the toughest vehicles. Because you will be spending considerable amounts of time inside your vehicle, one of the most important considerations for lasting comfort on safari is reliable, safe vehicles. For this reason, unlike many inbound tour operators in Tanzania, Easy Travel never subcontract any of their safari vehicles. After each safari, every vehicle receives a comprehensive service to ensure the vehicle is in excellent condition before it starts any trip.

Our Easy Travel Vehicles On Safari In Tanzania

9 – Top-Rated tour operator on TripAdvisor

On Tripadvisor, 96% of our 1,374 reviews gave us a five-star rating, making Easy Travel the highest rated tour operating company in the region.

Top Tour Operators In Tanzania

10 – Female Empowerment

Female empowerment is a central pillar of our success! 50% of our employees are female. This has without a doubt, made us a stronger, more resilient and happier team.

Female Empowerment At Easy Travel

11 – Environmental stewardship

Being part of the tourism industry, our existence depends on a thriving natural environment. Our mission is to ensure we play a leading role as environmental stewards. During our recent World Environment Day clean-up the team collected a staggering amount of 74,631 plastic bags and 16,206 plastic bottles! Read more about our clean-up efforts:

World Environment Day

World Earth Day

Environmental Stewardship

 


Getting You There?

To learn more about Easy Travel’s top-rated Tanzanian tours and their high bar of excellence, start by reviewing Safari packages, Mount Kilimanjaro Treks, or Spice Island getaways. Get started here.

The Three Most Famous Trees in Tanzania

The Three Most Famous Trees Of Tanzania

“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.”

– Kahlil Gibran

Safari is best known for getting you extremely close with things that roar. You travel halfway across the world just for safari because it soars and cackles and howls. Safari is all about stripes and spots, scales and feathers. Safari is defined as witnessing a planet fully alive and wild.

But what about the other, quieter life forms that exist in the Serengeti, those that may not roar or travel in packs or migrate in the millions? What if I told you there were equally impressive (and far older!) life forms in the Serengeti that have been watching over the savannah for millions of years? Any guesses?

Introducing the mighty trees of Tanzania.
Famous Trees Of Tanzania - A Beautiful Sunset

Why it’s Essential to Know the Trees on Safari…

Without Africa’s mighty flora, your safari would look a whole lot different. For example, giraffes depend on browsing from endless acacia treetops. Monkeys and birds find refuge perched in the canopy, away from predators and midday heat. Trees offer a vertical advantage of sight for many animals on the hunt.

This verticality afforded by Africa’s many tree species provides critical habitat for your safari’s most famous creatures. It’s because of this that we think it’s critical for you to familiarize yourself with a few of the most common (and fascinating) trees you will see on safari. If you only learn a few of them, let it be the following three: Baobab, Acacia, and Kigelia.

The Baobab Tree In Tanzania

1 – Baobab

Say it three times: Bay-Oh-Bob. Good! You’re halfway there. The Baobab is a crowd favorite on safari and for good reason. These ancient, swollen trees are absolute icons of the savannah. They just look wise, so wise that they have been depicted in movies like The Lion King and Avatar. How is that for a resume?

Baobab trees have been nicknamed “The Tree of Life,” because, for millenia, tribes, animals, and birds all tended to congregate around these bulbous elders, while using their branches as shade, and the fruit for dyes and vitamin-rich supplements. Here are some stats:

  • Official name: Adansonia digitata. 9 species total: 6 native to Madagascar, 2 native to mainland Africa, 1 native to Australia. Baobab trees grow in over 30 African countries.
  • Size: 40-70 feet (12-20m) tall, trunk 35-60 feet (10-18m) diameter trunk.  
  • Average Age: Baobab trees live for 1,000-2,000 years (the oldest alleged is the sunland baobab in South Africa, said to be 6,000 years old, though this number is both unofficial and unlikely. What is official, however, is the bar that’s carved into its base). (Source)

Field Notes:

Baobabs are Water Hoards. Baobabs look swollen in their base because they are hiding something valuable. Water! These mammoth trees store upwards of 120,000 liters (32,000 gallons) of water in their trunks, banking each sip for long, dry months and drought conditions.

Baobabs Empower Women. Baobab fruit is considered a superfood. The size of a coconut, their uses are many. Rich in Vitamin C and an antimicrobial/antioxidant, these fruits have been used for eons to promote healthy gut flora and digestion. Think 10 times the Vitamin C of an orange and 10 times the fiber of an apple! (Source)

Because of their recent rise as a superfood, such popularity worldwide for the baobab has translated to positive effects on African women who primarily harvest this fruit. More income, more opportunities, more empowerment and self-determination. We support that. (Source)

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 The Acacia Tree Famous In Tanzania

2 – Acacia

Acacias might be the most iconic tree in Africa. You know these ones, even if you’ve never seen an acacia in person. Imagine the sun setting and these flat-topped trees stand like umbrellas among the savannah. Because you will witness a ton of acacia trees on safari, we recommend first familiarizing yourself with them:

  • Official name: Acacia tortillis (Umbrella Thorn, one of the most widely distributed acacias on the planet). Acacias are actually a genus of 160 different species of trees and shrubs in the pea family. They are called “wattles” in Australia.
  • Size: Your typical acacia will grow to around 40 feet (12m), with some as large as 70 feet (21m) and about 3 feet (1m) in diameter.

Field Notes:

Acacias Can Communicate to Each Other. Without a doubt: trees harbor plant intelligence, and acacias might be the Einstein of the tree world. When browsing animals like giraffes approach an acacia crown, for example, that tree will release tannins that are toxic. As this poison increases in the tree, a chemical called ethylene is released, a sort of chemical defense system that can travel up to 45m, warning other nearby acacias of oncoming feeders. Amazing, right?!
Acacias Used for Just About Everything. The tannins in acacia bark have long been used for dying. Their timber is widely harvested for fenceposts and firewood, too.

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The Kigelia - Also Known As The Sausage Tree In Tanzania

3 – Kigelia (“The Sausage Tree”)

If acacias are the most widely dispersed tree on the savannah, the kigelia tree might be the strangest. Popularly known as the “sausage tree,” you’ll quickly learn why. Hanging from the kigelia’s branches are fruits up to two feet long, weigh 15 pounds, and oddly resemble bratwurst.

  • Official name: Kigelia africana. There’s only one species, distributed throughout tropical Africa.
  • Size: Can grow up to 20m (66 feet). Can be evergreen in wet areas and deciduous in long, dry areas.
  • Traditional Uses: For years, tribes have used the fruit to fight infection and skin conditions, burns, etc. Recently, it’s been explored as being a central nervous system stimulant. (Source)

Field Notes:

Fascinating Flowering: When the sausage tree flower, the tree will send long hanging clusters of maroon colored orchid-looking flowers called “pannicles.”

Enjoyed By All: The sausage-shaped, oblong fruits are enjoyed by a variety of bush animals, including baboons, bushpigs, elephants, giraffes, hippos. Eaten fresh, however, the fruit is poisonous to humans.

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Bottom Line?

Whether you know the average decibel of a lion’s roar (114 decibels, 25 times louder than a lawn mower!), the proper name for a group of hippos (a “bloat”), or the chemical communication phenomena between acacia trees, the more you know before heading out on safari, the richer the experience. A little homework goes a long way in the savannah, and your Easy Travel guides will supplement your safari with natural and cultural history as well.


Getting You There?

From small group safaris to private, tailor-made tours, Easy Travel can meet your budget and safari goals wherever they are. Contact us today and let’s start designing your trip of a lifetime.

Help Easy Travel Become Tanzania’s Best Inbound Tour Operator!

World Travel Awards Nominee Easy Travel

We would like to share some big news with you. It’s huge, like elephant-sized huge. Easy Travel has been nominated by the World Travel Awards as Tanzania’s Best Inbound Tour Operator.

We’re floored. We’re honored!

For over 30 years that we have been designing life-changing experiences in Tanzania – our customer care and tailor-made tours have gone far beyond simply meeting the needs our clients. Here at Easy Travel, leading trips is one thing, but caring for the people and place is equally as important and we invest considerable resources into sustaining a relationship of reciprocity with their home country of Tanzania.

We are one of only a few
KPAP-certified tour operators (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project), a program ensuring ethical treatment for porters on each trekking tour. 
Mount Kilimanjaro Hiking Tour Staff Selfie
Female empowerment is another central pillar of our success. Fifty percent of our employees are female, a level of inclusion that extends outward from the office and into the landscapes and communities for which their tours operate.

Easy Travel Staff Photograph - World Travel Awards


Recently, out staff mobilized on both Earth Day and World Environment Day to end plastic pollution in Arusha, aiming to make it the cleanest city in Tanzania. The team collected a staggering amount of 74,631 plastic bags and 16,206 plastic bottles at the end of the World Environment Day clean-up.
World Environment Day As Supported By Easy Travel In Tanzania
It’s this level of genuine care for place, people, and planet that drives our work and we now need you to help spread this to the world.

Easy Travel World Travel Awards 2018 Nominee

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From our home to yours, we say: asanti sana.

Fingers crossed!