November 28, 2018



Takims Holidays is a true pioneer in developing Tanzania's safari and tourism industry and with over half a century of experience it has built its reputation to be one of the premier travel and destination management companies. Takims takes pride in knowing that everyone who is involved in organising trips across Tanzania undergoes rigorous training in customer care, itinerary preparation and product knowledge. Emphasis is placed on paying attention to even the smallest details to make your clients’ holiday memorable.




Takims Holidays is a third generation family business and the oldest family run safari company in Tanzania. The company is 100% Tanzanian owned. After the family settled in Zanzibar in 1896, Akber Takim started the very first travel agency on the island in 1950. In 1964, it re-launched as Takims Holidays and now has over 65 years as one of the premier luxury travel and destination management companies. 




The two co-directors Tehsin and Abbas Takim take great pride in being involved in every aspect of the day to day operations of Takims Holidays, with their passion being one of their greatest strengths, alongside their effective and efficient service. 

Takims provides staff with many benefits including family health insurance and continuous educational opportunities through in-house and external training. Its dedication and high employee retention is a testament to Takims positive corporate culture, with a team of over 60 split 50/50 between guides and office staff.




Unlike most DMCs, Takims has fully equipped centres in both Arusha and Dar es Salaam, allowing them to offer road safaris in both the North and the South of the country. This also means that their itinerary designers and guides have an intimate knowledge of both regions, which translates into far more innovative programmes for your clients and, if required, they have the know how to take them well off the beaten track. Takims also offers private mobile safaris anywhere in the Serengeti with private vehicles, guides and chefs.




At Takims, they pride themselves on keeping their trade partners up to date on lodge developments, new openings, new transport options and special offers. 

They firmly believe that a DMC should be your eyes and ears on the ground, so it’s a vital communications channel. This also enables you to get the very best deals and accommodation to perfectly suit the needs of your individual client. 




Every client has unique preferences, so whilst Takims is perfectly happy to provide you with ‘sample itineraries’, the team prefers to hand-pick lodges, camps and activities that match your clients’ specific needs – all with a 24-hour turnaround. Activities can range from meeting a local artist to visiting a children’s school, exploring remote hiking trails to adventurous night game drives and so much more.


All quotes, provided in an easy to follow PDF format, are created using their own sophisticated planning system which gives 100% price transparency for maximum flexibility, as well as peace of mind.




Every Takims vehicle was bought brand new and modified to their exacting specifications and include universal charging points, internal fridges (for easy access), extended windows, and a guaranteed, comfy window seat for every client. They have their own modern workshops in both Arusha and Dar, with fully trained technicians to maintain vehicles to the very highest standards.




Takims believes every holiday should be memorable for all the right reasons.

A much-told family anecdote typifies their approach. Back in the 60’s, Akber Takim was informed of a flight delay on a plane arriving into Zanzibar. Realising there were no landing lights at Zanzibar airport, Akber asked all his friends to bring their cars and formed a landing strip using their headlights. The plane landed safely and was the first ever night landing in Zanzibar!  That set the standard that they maintain to this day, helping ensure your clients have a perfect trip.




Over the last sixty years, Takims has organically grown to a size that allows them to successfully manage the needs of large volume operators, whilst also ensuring that smaller specialists receive an equally attentive and efficient service. Their size allows them to negotiate highly competitive rates, which are passed on to you. But they don’t recommend purely on price, they suggest the properties that suit your clients’ needs best, too. 




A side from its positive impact in the tourism industry, Takims gives back to local communities by supporting various NGO's with a priority on education, water and specific healthcare needs. Takims’ directors are actively involved in lobbying for sustainable tourism practices as board members or consultants for various government entities. Takims is deeply committed to conservation and is a member of the Serengeti De-Snaring Programme in association with Frankfurt Zoological Society. They contribute a portion of safari revenues towards this important conservation measure. 




Takims does not own any camps or lodges and therefore has no bias in recommending particular properties. Being independent means they won’t put your client into their ‘pet’ properties – instead Takims recommends the places that suit yours and your clients’ needs best.Their programmes are tailor made and the priority is to design the most suitable itineraries based on the preferences of your clients. They also offer unlimited game drives each day as part of this. 


For more information on Takims, please contact kristina@kamageo.com

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