Like traveling with “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”

It’s impossible to know where to begin to thank you and ADS for all you did for us before and during our wonderful adventure.  The number of African moments that took our breath away are too numerable to count (although the 14,000 pictures Dale took might be some indication – ha!).  All of our dreams really did come true and we left feeling full and satisfied.  The country is magnificent and ever-changing, the animals are majestic and entertaining, the weather is perfect  and our guide/teacher was admirably focused on ensuring our adventure was an experience of a lifetime.

I know you had a hand in choosing our guide based on our interest in photography and what a gift he was.  Not only was he tolerant of our enthusiasm for photos but he joined in our joy of capturing great moments and lent his expertise to ideas for great shots and they were abundant!.  In addition, his knowledge of the animals and their habits was like traveling with “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”.

He provided constant commentary, could spot wildlife from ridiculous distances and then could predict what we should watch for as we moved in closer…perhaps they were going to stalk some prey, look for water or even mate.  It was truly remarkable.  Needless to say we saw the big 5 repeatedly and then some!  He was open to all of our wishes for early game drives and met us each morning with a clean vehicle, breakfasts, lunches and beverages.  What a wonderful ambassador for Tanzania!  I am including just a couple of Dale’s more unique photos as proof of what a great photo team we all were!

And finally the accommodations were outstanding.  We loved the uniqueness of each location and their inspiring evening views.  Our meals were excellent, the entertainment was fun and our farewell was both appreciated and quite unexpected.

Again, thank you for guiding us through this adventure and for the service that is clearly a benchmark for ADS. We’ll be back someday with grandchildren!

Our sincerest thanks,

Debby and Dale Hewitt
San Antonio, Texas
August 2011

5 Responses to Like traveling with “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”

  1. Bill says:

    What is going on in that last photo above with the two cats?
    Great photos, thanks.

  2. Michael says:

    Great question. I also wondered what those two leopards were doing…fighting, courting, playing?

  3. Lynn Newby-Fraser says:

    My clients, Dale and Debby Hewitt, took this photograph of two juvenile leopard siblings playing in the Seronera area of the central Serengeti (known incidentally for its high density of leopard). Play is an important component of helping to develop the motor skills needed for “life skills” such as defense and hunting and this can be clearly seen in this awesome picture

    • Steve Kennedy says:

      I will be in Tanzania with ADS on safari in less than 2 weeks. I have a new goal. To match your 14,000 pictures. How many memory cards did your use?

      • Anonymous says:

        I used two SanDisk 64 GB Ultra Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC, Memory Card, 15MB/Sec Read/Write Speed.

        I have Canon T2i with a Canon 100/400 Zoom Lens for most of my pictures.

        Dale Hewitt

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