My wife and I began planning our trip almost two years prior to our departure on February 12th 2017, looking at many different companies before settling on ADS. It was a smart decision. They take great care of you from the moment you book until the day you return home from the most wonderful journey of your life!
Upon arriving at Kilimanjaro airport, we were met by an ADS staff member, as promised, and whisked through visa and security without an issue. This while watching other people get off the plane, standing around not knowing where to go or what to do.
The drive to Mount Meru hotel went smoothly and we began our education of Tanzania and learning a little Swahili on the way to the hotel. The hotel was as lovely as ADS described.
We were picked up the next morning and driven to the Arusha airport. There we took a small plane out to the Serengeti. Our first landing was a stop in the northern Serengeti to drop off passengers. On our approach, almost everyone on the plane was looking out their windows at the animals below. Our next stop was in the Central Serengeti, Seronera, where we met our guide Elias.
Elias immediately started the day’s game drive and we began to see the fabulous animals. We saw herds of Wildebeests along with Zebras, Hart beasts, gazelles and many others. We saw a male lion mating with a lioness. We also saw two tree climbing lions. On the way to our camp (Seronera Sametu), Elias showed us a leopard that had dragged his kill up into a tree. We made it a point to leave camp by 6:30 am each day to see the morning activity. Our guide always tried to place us in the best position to take photos.
Elias was so knowledgeable about the animal, that you almost thought that you were taking a course in animal behavior. Each day we were seeing a bigger variety of animals: Hyenas, Eland, Elephants, Thomson gazelles, Grant gazelles, Impalas Topi, Warthogs, Waterbuck. We were able to get so close to the animal that one rarely needed a telephoto lens. When we reached the Ngorongoro crater we sighted the last of the Big 5, four Rhino’s together. The real excitement was when two of them ran across the road in front of us.
It was a wonderful trip. All the camps we stayed at (Seronera Sametu, Lake Masek Lodge, and Lion Paw Camp) each had their own charm. The food was excellent at all the camps.
I guess the most exciting moment for me was at the Seronera Sametu Camp when, I went outside to watch the animals around the tent and, a male lion about 30 yards away sat looking at me (see the first picture below). He was quickly moved a safe distance away by the staff!
In closing, we would like to thank our wonderful guide Elias, who has eyes like a hawk, for spotting all the animals, Dawn who was fantastic, anticipating all our questions and needs, plus all her helpful tips, and all the ADS staff for their caring, helpfulness, ensuring us a wonderful time.
Below are some of the 3,000 plus pictures that we took. An ADS Safari experience is highly recommended to everyone. My wife and I are already talking about going back for another adventure with ADS!
Andrew and Cassandra P.
Putnam Valley, New York
Safari Dates: February 13, 2017 to February 22, 2017
What a once in a lifetime adventure we had in Tanzania with our friends, Neil and Sharon! We were met at the airport in the Serengeti National Park by our guide, Ally, and on the first day we saw all of the big five animals except the black rhino!
Ally was so knowledgeable and helpful. He gave us information that we would have never known without him telling us. He was certainly a good teacher. His insights were intriguing and we kidded him about his “eagle eyes”! We got better in sighting animals as the time went on but never like Ally.
Some of our highlights included: seeing a cheetah stalk a gazelle, watching a leopard and a cheetah lounge in the tree with a kill, getting so close to lions we were absolutely amazed, watching female lions interact with 4 week old babies, and seeing elephants close to our vehicle.
We saw all of the big 5 when we saw 3 black rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater. We could not have asked for a better trip. The accommodations were certainly more than we expected especially the luxury tents!!
Thank you Michael for answering all of our many questions.
Esther and Lew H.
Safari Dates: February 17, 2017 to February 25, 2017
After more than a year of planning and anticipation, our dream of an African safari became a reality when we were joined by our two adult sons and their wives in Tanzania for what can only be described as the trip of our lifetime!
No amount of research or planning could have prepared us for the thrill of seeing for ourselves the endless line of wildebeest and zebra moving south through the plains of the Serengeti, the successful hunt of the cheetah amongst the grazing gazelle, or the lions resting lazily in the shade of our land cruiser! Add to that the leopard napping with its kill in the branches of a sausage tree, all of the elephants and giraffes, sighting two of the elusive black rhinos in the same day and so much more!
It takes a knowledgeable staff to put together and execute a trip of this quality, and Africa Dream Safaris did not disappoint! From our first email to our last phone conversation, Michael Wishner was a pleasure to work with, answering our never-ending questions and putting together a first-rate itinerary. From the time we stepped off the plane at Kilimanjaro Airport to the afternoon when we returned for our flights out of Tanzania, we could not have asked for a more attentive staff.
Upon arrival, Mathias whisked us through the airport and, together with Joseph, delivered us to the Mount Meru Resort. Having added an additional day in Arusha to the start of our trip, they returned the next morning and accompanied us on a sightseeing tour of the area and were also responsible for delivering us to the airport for our flight to the Serengeti.
We cannot say enough good things about our guide, Bernard, who greeted us at the airstrip and accompanied us on our adventure. His knowledge of the animals, birds, and surrounding area, as well as his ability to spot the wildlife and have us “where we needed to be, when we needed to be there” was nothing short of mind-boggling!
Bernard knew just how to park our vehicle to maximize our views for endless photo opportunities. Even as novice photographers, we came home with amazing pictures! Bernard’s love for his work was apparent each and every day; and his kindness and sense of humor were appreciated by us all. By the end of our time together, it felt as though we were leaving behind a family member.
We were pleased with the four accommodations that we utilized while on safari (Mbuzi Mawe Tented Lodge, Ndutu Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Maramboi Tented Lodge) and the staff at each that went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and cared for. Falling asleep to the sounds of lions roaring and waking to zebra and gazelle grazing right outside our tents was an added bonus.
From spotting our first herd of wildebeest as we landed in the Serengeti to our walk with the Maasai warrior to view the multitude of pink flamingos on Lake Manyara, ADS was paramount in helping us create memories that will last a lifetime. Our safari was hands-down the best vacation decision we’ve ever made and one we will never regret.
If you are considering a safari, we encourage you to follow through…and choose ADS to make your dream a reality. You won’t be disappointed!
Dan and Diane R.
Safari Dates: January 24, 2017 to February 1, 2017