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About Us

Africa Joy Tours and Safaris is Native Company with a faithful team that ensures our trade service satisfaction, reliability in our work and love for what we do. We backed up by committed, passionate and experienced team of tour operation specialist who love tourism and ready to guide our customers to enjoy our natural resources and cultural heritage in East Africa.

Our Kilimanjaro guides leading trekkers up the mountain.

Once on the Mountain, your well equipped guides and porters will rank second only to your mental determination, in terms of important factors contributing to a successful summit attempt. For the duration of your Kilimanjaro trek, your guide will be your advisor, he will lead you to the summit, and he will bring down safely again. It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.

Qualified and experienced guides

Guides are compulsory for all routes on Kilimanjaro. All our treks up the mountain are lead by highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the Kilimanjaro National Parks Board. Each of our guides has been selected over years, based on experience, safety record and through feedback from previous clients. Over the years they made a major contribution to our proud success rate of 96%+ and have safely guided in excess of 14 000 successful Climbing Kilimanjaro clients to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Support staff ratios

The average ratio of our support staff to climbers is 2 to 3 porters per hiker and two guides for a maximum of 4 hikers. This excellent staff to clients ratio, bolstered by our superior support equipment, will ensure your safety and enjoyment on the mountain.

Porters and cook

The porters do not only transport your gear and the supplies up and down the mountain. Arriving at every camp site long before you, they will have already erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening they will also boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner of a quality that has surprised many previous clients.

Weight limits for porters

Remember that there is a weight limit of 15 kg (32 lbs) per climber, on the gear of each hiker to be portered. A soft duffel bag (barrel type) is preferred – a rucksack is not necessary as they prefer to porter the loads balanced on their heads and shoulders.

Tipping

This is a “compulsory tradition” on every Kilimanjaro climb. We recommend giving a tip of between US $ 190 to US $ 250 per climber to the mountain crew at the end of the climb. The exact tipping amount depends on group size and how many days were spend on the mountain. We recommend giving the tip to the main guide who will then distribute the tip among the mountain crew. We recommend not paying any tips until you and all your gear have descended from the mountain.

The average recommended tip per group per day:

  • Chief guide – US $ 20 per chief guide per day from the group
  • Assistant Guide – US $ 12 per assistant guide per day from the group
  • Cook – US $ 8 per cook per day from the group
  • Porters – US $ 6 per porter per day from the group

It is recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have descended from the mountain.

More on becoming a guide on Kilimanjaro

Qualifying as a Kilimanjaro guide brings with it great prestige and respect within the local community. Bearing in mind that your guide would have been employed as a porter for at least 3 years after which he would have been trained and employed as an assistant guide for at least a further 2 years. Only then did he earn an opportunity to become a registered guide, provided that he was found suitable and competent. On average guides and porters will do three (5 – 6 day) summit expeditions per month. That equates to between 15 – 18 days per month on the mountain!

Experience African Safari Guides
We were one of the first safari operators in Tanzania to insist on Tanzanian guides, because it simply didn’t make any sense to explore the Serengeti with European or South African guides.

Best decision we ever made! In addition to superior wildlife spotting skills, our team of African safari guides offers local insight that can’t be found in guide books.
Your senior naturalist guides are all Tanzanian, born and raised, and have a minimum of 10 years experience in the field.
More than leaders, spotters, and wildlife experts, our safari guides are diplomats – true ambassadors for Tanzania. They can’t wait to share their country’s treasures with you.

Raja Telack
Head Guide
Raja has worked in various roles for over 15 years. He is passionate about Tanzania’s history and its people, and has a keen eye for spotting elusive wildlife. Raja believes that no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn. His charm and wit capture traveler’s right from the start.
“We were very impressed with Raja’s deep respect for the people of Tanzania and for all the animals in this beautiful country. He shared his knowledge and insights and was so able and willing to anticipate where to position our vehicle for the best viewing. Our thanks for his leadership and daily scheduling! We enjoyed being with him – always so nice and polite.” – From Sandy California USA

Emmanuel mollel
Head Guide
Emmanuel has worked as a guide in Tanzania for more than 10 years. His extensive experience makes guests feel secure deep in the African wilderness. The moment you meet him, you know you’re in good hands.
“Emmanuel is amazing. Tour guides make or break a trip and I cannot say enough wonderful things about him. From the moment he picked me up in Arusha, I was enamored with him. His keen eyes found every lazy lounging leopard in a tree and the amount of knowledge he has is admirable. Any group would be lucky to have Emmanuel as their guide.” – Paul and Erika UK

Innocent Chalamila
Head Guide
Innocent has been taking our travelers into the bush for more than 12 years. His prior experience as a senior ranger in northern and southern parks makes him an excellent travel partner. Travelers appreciate his enthusiasm for African wildlife and his stellar tracking skills.
“I have always dreamed of coming to Africa.  I could not imagine a better person than Innocent to show me the animals, share the culture, keep us safe and laugh with.  He is a great man and I will always remember him!  How he can spot a leopard in a tree is astounding!  You have a great group of people working here.” From Beatrice and Marco Australia

Charles Babu
Head Guide
Babu easygoing nature, extensive knowledge, and great sense of humor make him an excellent travel partner. He’s happy to answer any questions—so don’t be afraid to tell him what’s on your mind.
“Babu was the BEST – ever. We were so happy to have him. He is knowledgeable, courteous, polite, mannerly, always willing to go the extra step and mile. He made the trip so pleasant!  He has to be one of your number one guides!  He never let up – he worked every minute with us.” – Amit family from Canada

George Le babu 
Head Guide
George, born and raised in Arusha, descends from the Maasai tribe. He is knowledgeable about the oral history of the Maasai people and delights in sharing his knowledge with travelers. His gregarious nature makes him a fun travel partner. And, he’s easy to pick out of a crowd—he’s so tall!
“There were only 7 of us, and we couldn’t have been more different. I know it had to be a challenge to manage us. George was incredible! He is so professional and patient! He is very good at handling all types of people and situations. He also made this safari very fun and a great learning experience! I know much more than I would have imagined. Asante sana!” – Werner from German

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Africa Joy Tours will offer the best customized 4×4 Land cruiser as we believe is the only way to travel on safari. These reliable, rugged safari vehicles are tough enough for river crossings, wild terrain, dirt roads, and anything that comes your way, but comfortable enough for full days of wildlife viewing!

The 4×4 Land cruiser offer superior:
Wildlife Viewing: You came on safari to see loads of wildlife; custom designed 4×4 Land cruiser offer:

  • Custom pop-up roofs that allow you to stand up and get 360º views
  • NO mileage restrictions—you’ll travel where the wildlife is, no matter what
  • Seating: The vehicle seating is designed to ensure each and every guest gets the best, most comfortable safari experience possible:
  • There’s seating for up to 8 travelers, but on average, there are just 6 in a vehicle, so spread out!
  • Lowered seats make for better viewing
  • Everyone is guaranteed a window seat, every single day

Extra Features: You’ll spend a lot of time in your vehicle on safari and you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible:

  • All vehicles are outfitted with multiple US-style outlets for easy battery and device recharging
  • You’ll be provided with complimentary snacks and bottled water all day long
  • Our custom-designed “snorkel” keeps the engine going even in water, so river crossings are worry-free
  • The pop-up roof offers protection from the sun, so you can focus on the wildlife, not your sunscreen
  • Keep your camera steady even on the roof with our stabilizing bean bags, provided in every vehicle

We didn’t want to put our guests in just any safari vehicle; we wanted the ideal safari vehicle. That’s why we custom-designed 4×4 Land cruiser that would be the best on the road.

WE ARE LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR: Licensed No: 103552
We are a Tanzanian Company: We were born here, live here & work here; we know Tanzania. When you purchase a Tour from us you are dealing directly local tour company providing the services which your money will remain to local people and can support more communities. Also all our guides are local, knowledgeable and indigenous to this part of Africa – we do not employ foreign guides as we believe the best people to show you our homeland has to be a Tanzanian born and bred!

EVERY DEPARTURE IS GUARANTEED

Africa Joy Tours guarantees every departure with a minimum of two to four passengers. Once we have received your deposit, you safari will operate on the scheduled date with the itinerary and cost described. We will never cancel a safari departure or charge a supplement because there are too few people on your safari.

THE BEST ROOMS ON SAFARI
Africa Joy Tours uses the finest hotels, safari lodges and camps throughout East Africa. We have developed close working relationships with our hotel partners and constantly monitor their facilities, cuisine and service. City hotels are well located. Rooms are available for early morning arrivals and late night departure. Safari lodges and camps are located in the heart of the best wildlife viewing sanctuaries. Our strong buying power and close cooperation, our guests will be allocated with the best rooms possible.

THE BEST GUIDE ON SAFARI
Africa Joy Tours guides are the best in the business. Our guides are full time employees, have a minimum of ten years of safari experience and only the finest guides are employed to escort our safaris. Every Africa Joy Tours guide is an expert game tracker and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history, geography, people, flora and fauna of East Africa, as well as excellent driving and mechanical skills. With a maximum of just four to six passengers in each vehicle, our guides provide a very personal service. Africa Joy Tours has a number of naturalist escorts who accompany special safari groups during the year and our “all inclusive” safaris.

THE BEST SERVICE ON SAFARI
Clinton Kileo at office monitors the day to day operations on the ground in Arusha and assisted by a dedicated team of safari experts. Our staff may be contacted at any time and every hotel and safari lodge has access to Africa Joy Tours staff in an emergency. Designated staff meets every guest on arrival at the airport, takes care of their luggage and escorts them to their hotel and assists with registration. Every Africa Joy Tours guest also receives a personal safari briefing and assistance with sightseeing excursions, restaurant reservations, shopping and confirmation of return flights.

UNLIMITED GAME VIEWING
Unlike most other safari operators, Africa Joy Tours does not place a mileage limit on game drives, so that you can enjoy unlimited game viewing activities. Our guides maintain an acceptable distance from wildlife and avoid crowded situations with other vehicles. By exclusive arrangement we commence game viewing at Ngorongoro crater very early in the morning, with a picnic breakfast on the crater floor and up to six hours of unhurried game viewing before returning to your lodge for a late lunch, allowing you to enjoy the Ngorongoro crater without the hordes of tourists.

THE BEST SAFARI VEHICLES
Africa Joy Tours is one of the very few safari operators in East Africa that still owns and operates our own fleet of custom built Safari Cruisers.
At Africa Joy Tours, your safety and comfort on safari is very important. You spend hours travelling and game viewing in one of our new Safari Cruisers. Each one is custom designed with an extra large photographic roof hatch, extra dust proofing, comfortable seats with seat belts and canvas covers, first aid kits, binoculars, a selection of field guides and a cooler stocked with bottles of mineral water supplied by Africa Joy Tours at no additional cost.
Every Safari Cruiser carries a maximum of six passengers so that every passenger is guaranteed a window seat and access to the photographic roof hatch at all times during the safari. Africa Joy Tours vehicle is equipped with a long range radio system linked to office and to different safari drivers.

Every Safari Cruiser is serviced after each safari, and sold after just five years of service, usually to another safari company!!!

Booking Information

Booking the trip of a lifetime is part of the fun, and our Safari Experts are here to answer your questions and help you through the sign-up process!

How to book your trip

Our groups are small, so space is limited. Many guests book 1-2 years in advance and we recommend that you call as early as possible to ensure space is available on your desired departure date. A non-refundable deposit in the amount of 20% of your per person trip price will hold your place on most of our safaris and extensions.

Call us at 255 762 155 927 to reserve your space.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted for your trip deposit.

Single accommodations

Each trip has a single accommodations fee for those traveling without a companion. However, if you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, every effort will be made to match you with a roommate. We will invoice you for the single accommodations initially, and delete the charge if you are matched with a roommate.

Booking Conditions

Deposits

A deposit for the appropriate amount is required to reserve your space. This deposit is non-refundable. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards are accepted for the initial deposit.

Payments

You will be invoiced upon making a reservation and full payment is due 90 days prior to the first land day of the trip. Payment is accepted as follows:

  • U.S. Dollar check posted to our office
  • Wire transfer to our account at the bank account we will send you

Cancellation and Refunds

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to Africa Joy Tours and Safaris. At the time we receive the cancellation; all moneys will be refunded less the following cancellation charges, deducted from the total land only price:

91 days or more before departure:    Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit

90 to 61 days before departure:        50% of the package price is non-refundable

60 to 46 days before departure:        65% of the package price is non-refundable

45 days or less before departure:      100% of the package price is non-refundable

Within 90 days prior to departure cancellation fees will apply. You may also be responsible for any fees imposed by hotels, airlines etc., that are over and above your land arrangements, due to your cancellation of your original date bookings.

Please note that no partial refunds will be given for unused meals, hotel rooms, airport transfers etc., for any reason whatsoever. Africa Joy Tours and Safaris reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in airfares, currency fluctuations, park fee increases, fuel surcharges, taxes, etc. Africa Joy Tours and Safaris. Reserves the right to alter the tour without notice

Africa Joy Tours and Safaris is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip (e.g. visa fees, immunizations, insurance, equipment, etc.) or for any necessary additional travel arrangements should you embark from home before the group departure date. Accommodations are subject to change.

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Last Minute Travel

Planning a last minute trip?
Here are 10 things to know if you are booking a trip with Africa Joy Tours within 3 months of departure:

1. Booking Forms

You’ll have to take a couple of minutes to fill out a simple booking form and an information form. Just e-mail the completed forms to us, along with a copy of the issuing page your passport, and we will begin the process of securing space for you on the trip.

2. Final Payment

The other guests on the trip will have already paid their final invoices, so you will need to wire transfer within 48 hours of returning the Booking Forms.

3. Valid Passport

Is your passport valid for at least 6 months from your return date? If not, you’ll need to renew your passport immediately. You can do this for a fee at most US Post Offices.

4. Tanzania Visa

You’ll need a Tanzania tourist visa, and we’ll provide you with all those instructions. If you are booking within 60 days of the safari, you can get your visa upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania for $100 (USD).

5. No Required Vaccinations

There are no medical requirements for entry into Tanzania directly from Europe or North America, but the vast majority of our guests get anti-malarial pills and a yellow fever vaccination.

Talk to your travel doctor about what immunizations or medications might be appropriate for you. If you’re not sure where to find a travel doctor, most major hospitals have a travel clinic.

6. Travel Insurance

We do recommend that all our guests purchase travel insurance, and we can confidently recommend Travel Guard.

We’ve had great feedback from our guests about their services, and include their brochure in our information packet to you. To have a preliminary look at their coverage options, go to Travel Guard.

7. Packing List

Once your trip is confirmed, your predeparture consultant will send you a detailed packing list and preparation guide, so don’t worry about what to bring.

8. Duffel Bag

You will need to have a simple, soft-sided bag for your belongings; hard suitcases, bags with wheels and/or extra straps (like a backpack) are NOT permitted..

9. Flights

Please call us to discuss options for international flights to Tanzania.  Ask us about our competitive Business Class fares.   A copy of the issuing page of your passport is required for us to book airline reservations.

10. Money

All of your major expenses are covered while on safari. Tipping your safari guides and hotel staff is optional and is not included. Tipping suggestions vary by trip, but your predeparture consultant will help you with those estimates.

Credit cards are only accepted in larger hotels/shops, so you will also want to bring some cash for souvenirs, bar beverages, phone calls, etc. US Dollars are accepted everywhere and smaller bills are always appreciated. Your predeparture booklet will give you more specific information.

VISA AND PASSPORT REQUIRED

What Are the Entry Requirements for Tanzania?

Foreigners seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania should be in possession of a valid passport, at least six months prior to expiration. The passport is to be presented to the Immigration Control Officer at any entry point: border station, airport, harbor. The passport must be presented along with one of the following:

  • A valid visa
  • Resident permit
  • A pass

A visitor must also present an onward or return ticket together with proof that the visitor has sufficient funds to support himself or herself while in Tanzania.

All foreigners from non-Commonwealth countries are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have agreements with Tanzania under which the visa requirement is waived. Exemptions: Citizens of Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visas unless they are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, or India. The visa is permission granted to a foreigner who intends to travel to Tanzania on business, for a holiday, to study or conduct research, or for other approved activities. When entering Tanzania, the visitor with a visa may then obtain from the immigration control officer, a pass or any other authority to enter the country.

Visas are issued by the following:

  • The office of the Director of Immigration Services, Dar es Salaam, and the office of the Principal Immigration Officer, Zanzibar.
  • Tanzanian representatives abroad: Visas can be obtained at Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions, such as the Tanzanian Embassy of the United States.
  • Entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania: principally Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma port, Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar Harbour and Zanzibar Airport.
  • Any other gazetted entry point.

At Kilimanjaro Airport, passengers disembark their flights outside on the tarmac. Upon entering the airport (which would be from the left side of the photo), there is one line for visitors who have their visas and one line for visitors who need to purchase their visas.

To avoid potential loss of passports in the mail or delays in visa processing, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® recommends that US citizens obtain their visas upon arrival, at Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is an easy and simple process. The cost of a Tanzanian visa for US citizens is $100, payable in US dollars.

Canadian, Australian, British and most European passport holders can also obtain visas upon arrival at the airport. The cost of a Tanzanian visa is $50, payable in US dollars. Confirm with your embassy.

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