Posts From October 2015

Our Second Safari To Tanzania With Africa Dream Safaris

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.

Asante Sana,

Buck and Angela L.
Juneau, Alaska
Safari Dates: August 31, 2015 to September 16, 2015

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The Tented Camps Were A Wonderful Part Of The Safari

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.

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Our 3rd Safari With ADS

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.
Lexington, Texas
Safari Dates: September 16, 2015 to September 23, 2015

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Traveling to Tanzania this year? Your trip can help the local community.

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.

To learn more about our partnership with FAME visit:

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Tanzania Is Like The Garden Of Eden

I will never forget this trip. Our guide was wonderful; warm, knowledgeable, patient, and caring, a great driver with a special Tanzanian sense of humor (you had to be there).

I saw so much I will never forget; lions walking by our jeep, baby baboons playing or riding on an adult bareback, curious giraffes. I watched teen male elephants spar and matriarchs patiently guide their babies.

I will never forget the homes of the Masai, their lives so different from ours. The people I met were warm, smiled easily. Dawn, my contact at ADS, helped us plan our trip and was so helpful. We didn’t miss a thing because of her.

Nancy J. and Toni D.
New York, New York
Safari Dates: September 11, 2015 to September 26, 2015

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