Quote of the Week: Laurie and Scott McGinnis

Thanks to [ADS] for making Laurie’s and my safari our trip of a lifetime! We reviewed numerous other safari operators and were extremely impressed with the professionalism, thoroughness, and thoughtfulness of ADS.

I would like to highlight the extra care ADS delivered and why we chose this company. First, we wrote many tour operators but had exchanged five emails with ADS before the others replied back to our first inquiries. Second, the thoroughness of information provided by ADS made us feel comfortable before we departed and prepared for when we arrived. There was nothing we did not expect and nothing we were not prepared for while in Tanzania. Third, the actual trip went smoothly and per plan-from arriving at the airport, to a timely departure each morning. Laurie and I wanted to be the first out of each lodge in the morning. Our guide, Francis, was early, prepared, and ready to leave at the crack of dawn.

The following examples are why we have recommended ADS to our friends and families. When we arrived at Kilimanjaro Airport at 8pm, we had traveled for 25 hours, were tired, and somewhat apprehensive walking out in to a small, foreign airport. The ADS representative had us with Visas in hand and through customs ahead of the other 400 passengers on the plane. In fact, we were eating dinner at the lodge before we saw any other guests arrive from the same flight. The morning we went in to Ngorongoro Crater, our guide got us in first and even had prepared coffee for us since he knew we were not able to get some at the lodge so early in the morning. Even after our safari was over we have been in touch with ADS, discussing our trip and confirming we were completely satisfied.

While on safari, my wife and I would continually say there seemed to be a surprise around every corner. When we thought we had seen every lion in the Serengeti, there would be one eating a large kill. When we thought there was nothing left to see on the plains, there would be an incredible sunset. When we thought the safari was over for the day a buffalo would walk onto our doorstep. ADS reflects the Serengeti in this and continually surprised us just when we didn’t think anything else could be better. Thank you ADS for your attention to detail, positive work in the region, and expert service. Laurie and I are extremely happy with our East African experience. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Laurie and Scott McGinnis
August 2009

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