We make sure that we meet you on arrival, to give a personal safari briefing and then we see you after the safari. By doing this we get to know the positive and the negative criticism of the safari. If the clients do not tell us then we shall never find out what is best for the safari. Serengeti is about 15500 sq kms, the animals are constantly on the move day by day. We follow them all year round in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. This is our motto that we bring you closer to nature and we bring you closer to Africa. Our experience allows us to leave the main tracks so you can often experience our car and and the animal you like to see; undisturbed by many other vehicles.
We offer all types of safaris, Lodge or Luxury tented Safaris, mixed Lodge/Luxury tented camps with Select Tent Safari in the Serengeti National Park, budget camping, flight safari (flights between the parks to avoid long drives) and adventure tours. Mobile camps are mostly set on private campsites inside the park and we can choose the best place at the right time.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
M19816 was officially registered as a safari outfitter company in November 2003, it started as a hobby as its founder Aafeez Jivraj loved to be in the wilderness. It has been officially in business since November 2003.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our mission is to give the best of the best what the African bush has to offer and keep away from ABC routes. We keep away from this routes and make the clients feel that they are the only ones in the wilderness of Serengeti and Tarangire National Park, however sometimes its difficult when watching cheetahs, and leopards and in Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater as the park areas are so small.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Camping Safaris is our Specialty, that is mixed with lodges, it brings you closer to Nature closer to Africa.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
M19816 was founded in the year 2003 by Aafeez Jivraj, who had then been working as a freelance and full time safari guide in various safari companies for more than 14 years. The time had come to change and give clients something very different from what the other safari outfitters were offering. It was time to bring clients closer to nature and give them a True African Experience. The idea for M19816 was born out of a desire to make it easier to follow the Great Migration. By conducting mobile camping safaris, with small yet very inviting camps, we are able to set up and break down quickly when moving from one place to the other, giving clients freedom of movement and the authentic experience of Living Outdoors without sacrificing True Comfort.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
The most popular safari package that we offer is called Serengeti and the world of craters, this safari take you to Arusha National Park Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Eyasi National Park Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Lake Natron. One will do a full circuit safari with this safari program. There is Culture, Walking Safari, Mountain climbing and nature all done in 16 days 15 days safari. You will get to see tribes (Maasai, Datoga, Hadzabe), Craters, do walking safari in Empakai Crater and Arusha National Park and one will also get to see a Live Volcano mountain in Lake Natron Mt. Oldonyo Lengai. The Oldest foot print that dates to about 2 million years, fossils and a Natural Jacuzzi that you can swim in. The safari is mixed with Lodges, you get to get closer to nature. Take part in a Traditional hunt with the Hadzabe tribes men and get to see a traditional Datoga blacksmith at Lake Eyasi.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
The best compliment that we get from our clients: "Wow what an experience" the best was Camping "Out of Africa" Style in Private campsites just the clients and the crew. The biggest complain that we have had is too much good food in camp that is better than the food in the lodges. This has been above our expectations.
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