Asked Mr. Charbel H. Tagher president of Specified Technologies Inc. when he was talking to Mark regarding his family safari to Tanzania...
"Well, there is really NO secret at all...
The charm and wit behind our success is that We Care, Personally, and Deeply. Our people are the reason why guests consistently rate us 'Tanzania's Best.' They are the difference between an average safari… and a SHRIKE safari. And, that starts with the proper planning of your safari and continues through the first day we pick you up to the last day you say goodbye—it's that simple." Says Mr. Mark Madola, the founder of Shrike Safaris.
"Since 2007, our experience has taught us that exceeding your expectations is necessary and unavoidable—provided that we at Shrike Safaris devote our sufficient time, energy, learning and focus to each safari we organize. We always go an extra mile to make sure that every safari is UNIQUE in every taste...
"For this reason, we organize only a few safaris and/ or Kilimanjaro treks at a time. We give each departure our full attention and this helps us to assure the success of our safaris and Kilimanjaro treks—and, more importantly, your complete satisfaction.
Tanzania is our homeland; we know Tanzania safaris better than anyone else even Google can't compete with us, we are serious... And, we offer a way to experience Tanzania ethically, comfortably, and intimately. But we’ll admit: we might be biased. That’s why you should see what our guests have to say about their experiences traveling with Shrike Safaris. Over the years, hundreds (if not thousands) of Shrike travelers have told us we provided exceptional “ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME experience,” one they can’t wait to talk about. We don’t have to edit or cherry-pick their responses; our guests are just that happy...
Owner, Chizek Custom Builders LLC - Michigan
"Thank you for taking such good care of us in Tanzania. Your knowledge of the African wildlife taught us so much about Tanzania and the great Serengeti. We appreciate your careful attention in planning our custom safari and making sure we had plenty of time to visit every stop on our list...
President, Specified Technologies Inc. - New York
"Shrike Safaris does everything with a custom approach, so they aren't throwing you into the tourist pit that is run by others (such as A&K, MICATO, etc.). Although custom approaches command a premium, it is well worth the increment in price because the experience you will get is far and away superior. You will be away from the hordes, you will see larger packs of animals, you will have 1-on-1 (or close to) handling, and you'll feel that they really care about you...
Manager at KPMG Cyber - New York
"To sum it up, we had a wonderful experience and we will be singing your praises for the rest of our lives. Our itinerary was customized to get the most of our safari... I am sure that eventually we will want to come back to safari in East Africa and when we do, we will absolutely reach out to you. Thank you again...
You have now taken the first step towards the greatest experience of your life...
Some moments in life can only be enjoyed once... like starting school, landing a dream job, building your dream house, or marrying 'the one'... A safari to Tanzania is another ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME moment... it's an opportunity to explore and experience the most unique and natural attractions of the World including the legendary Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater... or may be a trek to the roof of Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro.
And, Shrike Safaris since 2007 offers exceptional safari experiences that will change your life forever... no details too small... no luxury overlooked everything is important... You automatically unplug from your daily life and immerse yourself into the sights and sounds of wildest Africa...
Here at SHRIKE, we believe that our safaris like our guests are UNIQUE. We do a lot to make sure that your safari is rewarding and enlightening as hoped it would be. And that starts with our personal un-rushed approach. This personal touch ensures you get to fully experience all these incredible places and moments, and fully take in the wisdom and information shared by our expert guides...
SHRIKE carefully hand-pick the accommodations based on the quality service, availability of wild animals in the pristine wilderness area. Some of our safaris include the most beautiful lodges and tented camps NOT known yet by Conde Nast Traveler or Travel + Leisure. No matter how remote you’re; we always make sure you've whatever you need. From specific medical requirements to dietary needs, we have got you covered.
We also offer exclusive-use homes/ villas in Africa’s most sought-after sanctuaries providing the utmost privacy, comfort and seclusion.
SHRIKE believes that a safari guide is a golden key to a great safari. We select our safari guides for their discerning eye for even the smallest detail, as well as for their sincere friendliness and dedication to personal service—ensuring an incomparable wildlife experience in an atmosphere of warm hospitality. It is particularly heartwarming that so many returning guests pen long letters of praise for their safari guide, each guest thinking that their particular guide must certainly have been the best in the company!
Whether you are climbing the Kilimanjaro or enjoying game viewing in the Serengeti; you will never be rushed from one location to another. Instead, we will move at your pace and only move on when YOU’RE ready. Extra time to capture those awe-inspiring photos?... No problem. Some alone time and solitude in the middle of nowhere?... Of course. Quality time spent searching for BIG 5?... Our pleasure. Or maybe you are a birder?...you can tell by our name — SHRIKE, we are passionate about birds.
SHRIKE is a locally-based Tanzanian company that exclusively harnesses local talent and knowledge to make our trips the best in the business. We are a homegrown local business that likes to keep things at the grassroots level—local guides, local culture, local knowledge, and local expertise. Unlike many tour operators (especially in the US & Europe), who merely act as booking agents and turnover the actual operations to local companies to handle their trips. When you work with us, you are getting an AUTHENTIC Tanzania experience from Tanzanians themselves.
SHRIKE can take you to absolutely sensational locations that are off-limits to most travelers and reward you with a-kind-of-experience that will change your life forever...
Our years of experience and our local expertise and connections allow us to take you places most other travelers simply cannot go—it's like having a "backstage pass" to the world! We offer you trips that take you past typical tourist destinations and immerse you in the world of nature, culture, and the true Tanzanian experience.
Shrike Safaris is not only committed to the provision of wonderful safaris and Kilimanjaro treks but also believes passionately in the need to support local people. We think the combination of helping vulnerable children and a trip to Tanzania is an unbeatable combination to our kind-hearted guests.
At Shrike we make your dream experiences all come true. From chameleon trekking to Mount Kilimanjaro to bush picnics in a dry riverbed to the whitest beaches in Zanzibar, a family adventure of a lifetime, the ideal honeymoon holiday, the private jet expedition, or the perfect spot to watch a river crossing during the Great Migration in the Serengeti or bird-watching expedition, we can help you build your dream adventure! All our safaris are “all-inclusive” and you won’t be “nickel and dimed” for WIFI, tips at the lodge/ camp, drinks, and laundry; just relax and enjoy as we create moments of awe and beauty that take your breath away
Tanzania’s Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater and Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
This safari takes you back to 1909 when Teddy Roosevelt traveled to East Africa. The rest is history— a century ago. Today SHRIKE offers the same experience through your camera lens. The safari incorporates an emphasis on the most authentic African adventure and a raw wilderness experience through ultimate game viewing, exclusive tented accommodation, and hot-air balloon ride and other planned adventures.
Tanzania’s Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire.
Tanzania inspired by Travel + Leisure featuring all those perennial accommodations that regularly appear in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best List of African Safari Lodges. Simply stated, travellers on safari are voicing an astonishingly high level of satisfaction with their arrangements. More so, it would seem, than anywhere else in the world. It would be easy, therefore, to envision a “World’s Best Trip” if such a contest were ever to exist. One would select Shrike Safaris - Tanzania’s # 1 Best Safari Operator to handle all travel arrangements, and only include stays at lodges ranked highly on the World’s Best List. Which, we are pleased to say, is exactly the trip we have designed here!
Tanzania’s Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Zanzibar Island
Exceptional World’s Best Safari Bringing you behind the scenes. SHRIKE’s Specialty Safari include all the qualities found in the company’s acclaimed wildlife safaris but include other intriguing elements for a different but just as an exclusive LIFE— CHANGING experience far from the pith-helmeted crowds. We will work with you to create your ideal trip that meets your interest, preference, and energy levels, day—by—day, hour—by—hour.
This Tanzanian empress is truly one of the planet’s greatest treasures—and to climb it is a rewarding, ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME experience. Many routes lead to the summit--Lemosho, Machame and Northern circuit are some of our favourites — but we’ll help you choose the trek that’s right for you, based on your experience, desires, fitness level and the time of year.
7-Day Kilimanjaro Trek
Machame is one of the older and more popular routes on Kilimanjaro. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Because of the popularity, Machame gets incredibly crowded especially during the high seasons. On this route, we start our summit climb at midnight.
9-Day Kilimanjaro Trek
The Lemosho route is preferred by most Shrike trekkers. It is a longer route, allowing trekkers to acclimatize more readily to the altitude. This extra time increases enjoyment, and your chances of summiting. Lemosho is also one of the more scenic routes up Kilimanjaro and does NOT require a midnight summit ascent. A daytime summit is much preferred, as climbers avoid the crowds at the summit. The overnight in the crater more rewarding.
11-Day Kilimanjaro Trek
The Northern Circuit is Shrike's newest route on Kilimanjaro. We take 11 days to traverse the entire mountain, trekking over the untouched northern slopes. On this track, the views are nothing short of spectacular and unpopulated; it is true wilderness, and rarely trekked. Because of the longer duration, you will acclimatize well, making your summit easier, and truly rewarding.
Tanzania is our beloved country, We were born here, We live here, and We have explored many corners of this incredible land over many decades. We are still exploring..! Won’t you join us?
"On July 7, 2007, I founded SHRIKE with the mission of conserving and sharing the diverse landscape, cultures, and wildlife of our country, Tanzania with other local and international travelers.
Meet Neema, our chief operating officer, she personify everything that makes Shrike Safaris so special—which is why it's no surprise that she managed to win The Shrike Company's Legacy Award in 2020...
"At Shrike Safaris, you are no longer just a tourist. Our guides provide personalized and unique attention and experiences during your stay safari. By the time you leave, you will feel as if you have a second home in Tanzania...
His unique experience and in-depth knowledge of Kilimanjaro treks and safari have helped hundreds of adventure seekers in Tanzania. Walter is a Board Member for the CAAG in Bloomington, Indiana...
"Hi Mark! Thank you so much for the wonderful adventure... I really miss Tanzania, and the beautiful people and the wild animals there..!
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