“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.”
Nathalie, from Safarireviews.com

“I did a week long safari with Mr Samwel when my parents visited Africa earlier this year. His knowledge of the animals is second to no other drivers that I have worked with in Tanzania or Kenya, while his driving skills and familiarity with the National Parks is excellent… Along with always being presentable, he is exceedingly reliable and punctual. Chris’ personal skills are very good and his English is clear and understandable. He is a keen learner and always willing to listen to others, as well as to sharing his knowledge of local culture and peoples. He helped make a special family holiday one that we will never forget.”
Jim Eite, Safari and Mountain Guide

We are two brothers who experienced a safari and Christopher’s expertise in Tanzania. Although the first week of March was not to be considered the best period of the year, we had the chance to take a tour from lake Manyara, through Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire, meeting every possible animal that these environments could introduce to us.
Chris has been incredibly funny and expert in spotting animals, providing us with the right information and leaving us enough time to relax and enjoy our vacation.
The food our chef prepared for us was simply amazing, lunch boxes were far beyond simple sandwiches and the flavour they let us try are simply unforgettable. Not even a problem, just fun, relax, sun and animals. Choosing “I Dream Of Africa” means supporting a private safari company and local expertise, while having the opportunity of a whole car and a guide for yourself.”
 Ilaria & Giorgio, Italy, 2013

ingrid_guest_idreamofafrica_perfect-safari-tanzania“I have made two wonderful safaris with Christopher as a guide. We have been to Tarangire, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro.
It were wonderful experiences for me! I had never been to Africa before. To experience life and nature there really was stunning and overwhelming! I can write so much about how amazing it was to see the wild animals, often very close!!!, in their natural environment, but that would fill a lot of pages here!!
I was especially impressed by the enormous scale of nature, everywhere you can see, only nature, (hardly) no human traces!! Such a difference with life in Holland, with stone and concrete everywhere, and nature at second place. It made me feel humble and small, putting things in a total different perspective for me. Christopher told me, that often travellers at safari, are crying and go through a kind of existential process, realising what they worry about in their daily lives, how they want to change their lives when they go back home!!
Christopher is a guide with enormous knowledge, of course about the wild animals, but also about the different people living there, descending from the Maasai himself. He has a wide interest for all aspects of nature, including plants and eco systems, very interesting to learn so much from him! Everything co-exists in a delicate balance. He is really involved with nature!! Also his English is excellent and he can tell things in a very inspiring manner!!
I can really recommend him as a guide and tour operator! He is very friendly and cooperative, he makes sure your wishes come true, when possible. His preparations and materials are excellent! And his eyes are spectacular!! He can see animals were we can only see bush and grass!! He is patient in showing you were to look. And he knows his way around very well, he knows the best spots of were to find the animals, he has many years of experience, you really can tell!!
I hope to make some more safaris with him, like a walking safari, meeting more of the local people (the Bushmen!!), seeing other beautiful areas of Tanzania!! He said he loves nature, well he taught me how to love Africa, I am afraid I have become addicted!! “
Ingrid Betten, Holland, 2011

“In 2002, I had the pleasure of joining Mr. Samwel on safari in Tanzania. I was greatly impressed not only by the knowledge that Mr. Samwel had of the flora; fauna and environment of Tanzania, but also by his warmth, kindness as a professional tour guide. He made the trip both infinitely rewarding and pleasurable at the same time. His English while on safari was superb! I’ve already made arrangements to join Mr. Samwel again on a safari next year and I hope to do so frequently in the future.”
Diane, USA, 2002

“We travelled with Christopher for a week during our honeymoon to Tanzania in September 2006. We visited Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. It was absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t have wished for anything more.
Christopher is extremely professional, polite and friendly. And his English is excellent. You could not fault his promptness and his eye for spotting the wildlife was unbelievable! (We were lucky enough to see four leopards on our trip – thanks to Christopher’s keen eye!)
Christopher is very knowledgeable, not only about the wildlife, flora and fauna, but also the local culture, which was very interesting.
Christopher helped make our honeymoon very special and something that we will never forget.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Christopher and one day we would love to return to Tanzania and travel with Christopher again.
We would like to wish him all the best for his new venture!”
Jo and Andy Richmond, Nottingham, England