The short version is that everyone felt the safari exceeded all of our expectations. Our flights were all on time, just very long, and our reserved seats were not changed. We all managed to get by with just carry on luggage, so we don’t know if there would have been any issues with checked baggage. The meet and greet with Mattias went smoothly at both ends. Without ADS’ help to smooth things, the visa process looked like a nightmare for everyone else. The extra day in Arusha was a wise decision. Dinner at Onsea House was wonderful. You should give it a try on your next visit.
The safari itself was just breathtaking in the diversity of the wildlife; the animals, the birds, the vistas, the landscape—all just amazing. Our driver/guide, Michael, was/is a treasure. His knowledge of everything about the Serengeti is encyclopedic. We were lucky to be able to have meals with him at the Lake Masek lodge and he was a wonderful resource to learn about Tanzania and its people. He has excellent language skills and an engaging personality. You are lucky to have him on your team.
All the lodges were great; Ngorongoro Serena, Lake Masek and Mbuzi Mawe. The staffs at each were amazing; friendly and helpful. The Sundowner on our last night at Mbuzi Mawe was a major surprise. We thought the whole camp was invited, so we were astonished to learn that ADS had arranged it just for us. Major bonus points for that.
One heads up for your team regarding the Masai clubs you gave us upon arrival. They were beautiful but they were confiscated in Amsterdam because they were in our carry on bags. So, you should be aware, if you are not already, that they can only come home in checked baggage.
Thank you for all your help in setting up this great adventure for us. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do it again at some point in the future.
Westfield, New Jersey
Safari Dates: April 7, 2017 – April 15, 2017