We were hoping one of our upcoming safari guests wouldn’t mind taking a laptop in their luggage from the U.S. to Tanzania. Nancy Julius, who just recently returned home after a safari, would like to send a laptop to a staffer at a Camp they stayed at in the Serengeti. Please let us know if you are interested and we will put you in touch with Nancy. Asante Sana!
We returned from our second ADS safari just over a month ago and I am just starting to organize and sort our many photos for a photo book to share with family and friends. While the trip seems so long ago, the pictures bring it all back.
I wondered if it would be much of the same (our first safari was in February 2012), but it wasn’t. The only same was our wonderful guide, Francis. He is truly an amazing spotter and driver. This trip was during a different season, we visited different areas and were joined by friends Mike and Ellen.
The tent camps and service were absolutely top-notch. Each one provided more than we expected; great staff, wonderful food and comfortable accommodations. We spent two nights at each of the camps: Mara River Camp, Migration Tented Lodge, Seronera Sametu Camp, Lion’s Paw Tented Camp and Swala Tented Lodge. We were very well taken care of and lacked nothing. At two of the camps, we were the only four visitors. Talk about service!
We saw new animal sightings each and every day. Last trip more cheetahs; this trip more leopards. We were in awe each and every day and are now thinking of a third trip in May when the wild flowers are in bloom and the birds most active.
If you have the chance, take the hot air balloon ride. It provides such a different and peaceful perspective and is so worth the cost and early wake-up call.
When our flight home was changed just a week before our scheduled return, the ADS team seamlessly secured another night for us in Zanzibar and changed our flight to Dar es Salaam. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Thank you Dawn, our very patient, knowledgeable and available travel planner, Francis, our truly amazing guide (again) and all the camp, lodge and ground staff that took such wonderful care of us. We honestly appreciate you all and hope to see you again.
Buck and Angela L.
Safari Dates: August 31, 2015 to September 16, 2015
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