We recently took our son and daughter-in-law to Tanzania on a safari with ADS. It turned out to be the trip of a life time! We saw so many animals. Of the 2 million wildebeest in Tanzania I think we saw 1.5 million of them.
We saw more lions than we could keep track of. We were even fortunate enough to see the very rare African wild dogs and of course we saw many elephants, giraffe, zebras, warthogs, antelope, hippos, monkeys, baboons, cheetahs and leopards.
It takes a dedicated and knowledgeable staff to organize a safari of this quality. Dawn Anderson was wonderful. She always answered my, at times, ridiculous questions. She planned a surprise birthday party for our daughter-in-law at our second tented camp. Dawn had us so organized when we landed at Kilimanjaro airport that we were through the airport and on our way to Arusha in 30 minutes.
The men who run the tented camps (Mara River Camp, Seronera Sametu Camp and Ngorongoro Lions Paw Camp) were both attentive and helpful. We visited their bush kitchen. I am amazed at the food a bush kitchen can produce. We so appreciated the hot water bottles in the beds at night and the hot coffee they brought to the tents in the morning. We enjoyed sitting around the camp fire talking with these men in the evening. These camps were a wonderful part of this trip.
Of course the driver, guide is one of the most important people you deal with on a Safari. Our guide was Thompson. I firmly believe that Thompson had binoculars for eyes. Our son and daughter-in-law like birds. Thompson was able to show them birds that were difficult to find even with binoculars.
I appreciated that we were the only safari vehicle around so many of the animal sightings. Early one morning we were the only ones watching a beautiful cheetah next to the road. That was the case so many times. Thompson was great. What an outstanding company African Dream Safaris is!
We all wanted to stay longer and we all hope to return.
Bonnie and Robert B.
Lake Placid, New York
Safari Dates: September 18, 2015 to September 25, 2015
We have worked with ADS for 3 safaris and have never been disappointed. ADS works with you from when you are on the ground until you depart. They will assist with unique needs, and always have safe drivers and the best guides.
Study in advance, learn about the differences between your lodging choices, learn a little language, and ENJOY! And maybe leave your fancy camera at home…just take in everything you see.
Mary Y. and Maury S.
Safari Dates: September 16, 2015 to September 23, 2015
The Foundation for African Medicine and Education, a charitable organization that was founded to provide quality medical care to the local people living in rural Tanzania, is exploring cost effective ways of getting medical supplies and equipment, as well as health education materials sent from the U.S. to Tanzania. Their U.S. volunteers have been able to help enormously on this front, bringing extra suitcases when they travel to Tanzania, but with their patient growth and program expansion, they are needing even more help.
If any guests with upcoming safaris think they might be interested in helping out by carrying an extra suitcase, please let us know. We would provide reimbursement for any luggage fees incurred as well as provide a special Tanzanian gift/souvenir as our way of saying thanks. And, of course, you are more then welcome to tour the F.A.M.E. facility, meet Dr. Frank and his wife Susan and learn more about how they are making a real difference in the lives of local Tanzanians.
Dr. Frank Artress and his wife, Susan Gustafson, from the United States, founded F.A.M.E. in 2002. F.A.M.E. was created to help bridge the gap between a critically under-resourced health care system and first world medicine. Frank and Susan live and work in Tanzania, overseeing the day-to-day operations of various projects. These have included construction and operation of an Outpatient Clinic in Karatu and the operation of a Mobile Medical Service in very remote locations in the region. Despite a major shortage of healthcare workers in the country, particularly in rural areas, F.A.M.E employs an exceptional all Tanzanian medical team.
Here is a new video that provides insight into the incredible work of the organization with interviews from its founders Susan Gustafson & Dr. Frank Artress. The piece also interviews an ADS guest who visited FAME during a safari trip with us. Find out how you can help to make a difference in the lives of local Tanzanians.