Did I Mention Our Fantastic Driver?
I have been meaning to write to you since we returned but it seems to have taken me a couple weeks to readjust! That was an amazing trip, although not the most leisurely vacation. In hindsight we probably shouldn’t have moved camps so often, but I don’t regret it because it gave us the chance to experience so many different areas.
First and foremost I have to say that our guide Claude is fantastic. He truly made the trip for us, he is so knowledgeable about the wildlife and the history of the country and was willing to share all of it with us. We learned so much, and enjoyed not only the larger animal sightings but looking at plants and insects too. He made us feel very comfortable so that we could enjoy every minute. We also thoroughly enjoyed having the whole truck to ourselves!
We had a little more rain than expected, and as a result we saw some of the wildebeest crossing the Mara River, apparently they started the return trip early. And because of their presence there were a lot of well fed predators around. We had many close encounter sightings. Claude has an unbelievable skill for spotting animals and birds, and even showed us tracks along the roads. He was always extremely sensitive to the animals as we approached and was able to get very close without startling them. And did I mention he’s a fantastic driver too! I just can’t say enough about him. If you would send along our best wishes to him, he told us he is getting married at the end of this month.
I want to thank you and all of the ADS staff for the wonderful experience. You really saw to every detail so we didn’t have to worry about anything. My husband is already talking about going back!
Patricia and Robert Sharp
Trip Dates: September 6th 2012 to September 15th, 2012