Where do I begin to thank you for our trip of a lifetime! It was at the very top of our bucket list and we are so happy we could share the experience with our two sons. Our family of four had the most amazing time spending 8 days on Safari on the Serengeti from August 21, 2016 to August 28, 2016.
From the moment we landed in Kilimanjaro until when we brought to the airport, the ADS staff was there to make sure our vacation was an experience of a lifetime. I would be remiss by not saying thank you to the wonderful ADS staff that helped us book our trip. It was a pleasure dealing with the staff in California. They were true professionals.
The very first day on safari, we witnessed the Great Migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra to Tanzania through the Mara River. What a way to start the safari. Throughout the week, our guide made sure we observed elephants, hippos, lions, gazelles, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, baboons and so much more. Our days were packed with great sightings and experiences. We could not have asked for anything more.
The accommodations were fantastic. We loved staying so close to the animals and listening to the sounds of the animals at night. We always felt very safe because of the professionalism of the staff at the locations of our accommodations. It was truly a magical experience.
We enjoyed relaxing at the campfire followed by dinner each night. The sunsets were gorgeous.
Our guide, Roman, was so experienced and well versed in the habits of all the wildlife. Thank you Roman for making this trip, the trip of a lifetime!!! I know that nothing we do in the future will ever match the experience we had on our safari with ADS.
Colleen and Bart F.
Hampton, New Hampshire
Safari Dates: August 21, 2016 to Augsut 28, 2016
Five years ago, my wife and I went on our first African safari with ADS. It was truly a trip of a lifetime! It was during that trip that we said to each other, We need to bring our grandchildren back here when they get old enough, and see this through their eyes! Well, our two oldest grandchildren are 13 and 15, and we felt this was the year to fulfill that wish.
After much planning to find 10 days where we were all available, our son’s family of four along with my wife and myself embarked on our Tanzanian safari. There was no doubt that we would again choose ADS as our tour company based on the outstanding trip we had 5 years ago. We were not disappointed! From our planning with Michael to our meet and greet team in Arusha, from our fantastic driver/guide Russell to the wonderful hosts at our various camps, it indeed was a trip of a lifetime!
Russell was so knowledgeable about all the animals and birds! His understanding of animal behavior and anticipating what was about to happen was amazing. He was always mindful of the animals and aware of not intruding on their space, and at the same time putting us into the best position to see and experience the animal behavior and to be in the best position for photographs! I think that is a rare combination!
Some of the more exciting things we saw were two cheetah kills! When you see these on TV, they are always in slow motion, but when you see it live, you really appreciate just how fast these cats can run!! One of the cheetahs had 2 cubs that were running and jumping on each other until the mother left to hunt and kill a Thomson gazelle. Then the 2 cubs stayed still and quiet in the tall grass until the mother returned. A hyena came soon after the kill and “stole” it away from the cheetah, so she returned to the cubs with nothing.
Another entertaining moment was watching a leopard “play” with a mongoose!
The leopard clearly had a full belly from a kill stashed in a tree and wasn’t hungry, but he chased and played with this mongoose for 90 minutes! I am not sure the mongoose appreciated the “play” part of this game, and finally escaped unharmed.
Our son elected to rent a camera and lens for the trip and chose a Canon 80D body with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. I used a Sony DSCHX 400V 50X zoom. All of the photos included here were taken with my camera. The amount of zoom was amazing, as the black rhino was at least a half a mile away! Thank you ADS for a fantastic experience!
Curt and Nancy S.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sam, Heather, Xander, and Sophie S.
Safari Dates: July 27 – Aug 4, 2016
What a vacation! ADS did such a fabulous job setting up our dream vacation. They were there to meet us on every step of our trip. From the moment we got off the plane till we cleared customs to head back home.
The safari was Off the Hook!! On the very first day we saw three of the Big 5 including the elusive Black Rhino with a small calf…a very rare find. We also got a peek of a leopard relaxing up in a tree.
By day three we had seen all the Big 5 and had a chance to see a leopard stalk a gazelle (the gazelle won that day). So many Big Cats we were lucky to view them every day from Lions to Cheetahs.
The tented lodging was out of this world, so much luxury and the staff could not have been any more pleasant. The food was an unexpected surprise, it was Top Chef Quality all being made out in the bush, far exceeded the food at the hotel. Morning game drives were the best! So much to see and such an abundance of animals.
I had my hopes set very high since this had been a dream of mine for so many years. ADS you far exceeded my expectations and made it a trip of a lifetime for me.
Your whole staff has made your company proud! Thanks for a lifetime of memories
Safari Dates: August 16, 2016 to August 25, 2016