CONTACT INFORMATION

Kwetu Tanzania eco-tourism & safaris

P.O.Box 7403

Arusha-Tanzania (East-Africa)

+255(0)754 374 095

denhilder@yahoo.com

 

REVIEWS

Wednesday
May232012

Tom and Qing

Dennis and his crew offered my wife and me a life-transforming experience. My wife
and I were planning to have a child, and I suggested we have an adventure before
THAT new adventure. Qing (Ching) is from rural China, and I wanted her to experience
something really special. A professor friend of mine from my alma mater—who
specializes in Tanzanian ecosystems—recommended Dennis. He was able to keep the
costs of our dream vacation at a very reasonable level, well below the competition.
Truth be told, I sent dozens of emails to Dennis, pestering him about every detail of the
trip. Amazingly, he answered every email rapidly, dispelled any and all of my concerns,
and made sure everything was just the way we wanted. From the moment Dennis met
us at Kilimanjaro Airport, to the very last day when he drove us around Arusha to buy
special things for our loved ones, he was the perfect host: knowledgeable, sensitive, and
accommodating. Our driver, Athuman, was a clever and able man who always got us the
best viewing on safari. Makarius, the cook, created the most delicious meals even in the
middle of nowhere. We decided to camp, and our tent was so comfortable and inviting.
Dennis made sure we visited every park we wanted to see, and he kept up with the
ever-changing herds. We saw not only the so-called Big Five (including three different
leopards, stalking!, and two rhinos), but cheetahs and cubs, fascinating birds, and a host
of large and small animals for which Dennis gave us insightful information. We saw so
many animals at Ngorongoro Crater (including a just-born wildebeest) we felt spoiled.
Dennis even helped us arrange a balloon safari—it IS worth it! I ran out of pages in
my journal recounting all these wonders. Be sure to visit Mto wa Mbu—this was not
some phony village experience, but a chance to really meet the local people and find
out how they lived. Also, we are so glad we opted for the excursion to Longiddo, where
Samuel, a Maasai, took us to visit local villages and taught us about the Maasai way of
life. These were very special experiences. Finally, Dennis made sure we were connected
to a good company to visit Zanzibar (which is a place you MUST visit) and made sure
everything went off perfectly. You the new visitor will be lured by super slick brochures
and tour companies that talk about “authentic” experiences. I advise you save yourself
the trouble and book a trip with Dennis and Kwetu Tanzania Eco-tourism & Safaris. You
will get a great price, tender loving care, and a trip just the way you want it. By the way,
in case you are wondering, we are expecting our first child! Please feel free to email me
via Dennis for details, or if you are stateside, he can give you my phone number. Bravo,
Dennis—Qing and I will never forget you and our daughter or son will hear much about
you in the future.

Tom and Qing

Wednesday
May232012

Monica Hahn, California, US

I came to know Dennis when he was our guide working for another company. Of all the
guides we had in Africa, Dennis was the most knowledgeable about the flora & fauna
around us. He's great about tailoring the itinerary to meet individual needs & react to the
events that unfold in the wild. He's also a great story teller with a warm smile. Dennis
carried reference books for those who wanted to know even more.
He also offered sensitive insight to the various cultures of the people we met. The
scenery and the animals were what we came for, & they were truly amazing. But the
most meaningful things we took away were a heightened understanding of the Tanzanian
cultures (which we were able to get through Dennis) and the good friend we made.
We've stayed in touch with Dennis, & I've been so impressed with his continuous
quest for knowledge & achievement, as well as his involvement in helping out local
communities. I would highly recommend his tours.

Monica Hahn

Friday
Jun102011

Cory Ybarra, California

The three weeks we spent with Dennis and his crew were the best. I have traveled to Tanzania three times as I am the founder of a project there but this trip was exceptional because of Dennis. He is a knowledgeable Safari guide that makes the synchronicity of nature come alive as he explains the existing symbiotic relationships existing in the animal kingdom. In addition, we hired him for transport to and from our project where he went above and beyond the call of duty, delivering cake and shoe shopping for our students. What can I say besides "It couldn't have been better" Just a warning though, his Safari cook is a gourmet and I came back a few pounds heavier.

Cory Ybarra, Founder Building for Generations www.buildingforgenerations.com Santa Cruz,California

Sunday
Mar272011

Christian Nellemann, Norway

I have relied on Kwetu Tanzania Eco-tourism & Safaris for logistical support when working in Tanzania. They comprise an extremely reliable, knowledgeable and professional tour operator and I heartily recommend their services to anyone who would be looking for an out-of-the ordinary, but reliable operator for their visit to Tanzania.
Dr. Christian Nellemann, Wildlife biologist and tropical research scientist.
Tuesday
Nov162010

Peggy Nelson, New Mexico

In 2005, a group of seven women from northern New Mexico took a trip to Tanzania, with the primary goal of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. We also planned a ten day camping trip into various parks within the country following the climb. Looking back on the entire experience, we all agree that the camping and tour of the parks and Tanzania's natural and human resources was the highlight of the trip. Dennis was the tour guide, and so much more. He was kind and considerate and we were all taken by hihisgh level of competence and expertise. He is a great observer of all of the life teeming around him. He was knowledgeable about all the wildlife of Tanzania - not just the iconic big cats, giraffes and elephants. We are all birdwatchers, and it was especially delightful to be taken to Lake Manyara to see the birds, both large and small. He was able to name most of the birds that were unknown to us before that time. And, if he couldn't immediately name them, he would find an answer to all our questions and assist with identification. In the midst of our travels from park to park, it came to our attention that we might be able to see and visit with the Hudzabe. Dennis was able to make a change in the schedule and accommodate our requests. It was clear that his interests went beyond wild life to all of the life around him.
It was clear to me, and to all of us, that Dennis is a special person. I don't know quite how to express how special he is. The qualities he brings to the job go beyond spotting ability and technical expertise. He has the ability to turn a vacation into the trip of a lifetime. I will recommend Dennis to anyone planning a trip to east Africa.

Peggy