If a Serengeti safari isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. When my wife and I first discussed the possibility of a trip to see the Great Migration I was very nervous. I felt this type of vacation was outside of my comfort zone. We researched dozens of safari companies and after much deliberation ultimately decided on Africa Dream Safaris. Michael was extraordinarily patient with us and happily answered every question we could come up with.
On all 3 of our safaris we have been warmly and professionally met at the Kilimanjaro airport by Mattias. He helped gather our luggage and loaded it into a waiting ADS vehicle for transport to the hotel in Arusha. On this trip we spent our first 4 nights at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. This allowed us to shake off the jet lag (we are from Canada) and visit some local sites. A day spent at the School of St Jude and Shanga will renew your faith in people and a trip to the Cultural Heritage Centre is always a good idea.
On day 5 we flew into the central Serengeti and were met by our driver/guide Arnold. We spent the next 4 nights at Sametu camp and Arnold filled our days with the most incredible sightings. 10 week old cheetah cubs, 4 month old cheetah cubs, 7 month old cheetah teenagers. He found us a mother leopard with her young cub and Arnold even found us 2 leopards mating at the top of a kopje.
If that wasn’t enough Arnold found us a lioness with four cubs about 4 or 5 weeks old. They played together like kittens. Then there was the Great Migration. We spent 2 days following and coming in very close contact with the migration. Tens of thousands of animals at a glance. Vast expanses of grassy plains filled with animals. What an incredible sight!
Next we drove to the western Serengeti and spent 4 nights near the Grumeti River at Kirawira tented camp. Enormous Nile crocodiles, colobus monkeys, lions, elephants, giraffes and much more.
Most nights we fell asleep listening to lions roar and we were always up and moving before sunrise. Sunrise and sunset in the Serengeti is very special and not to be missed. On our final full day game drive Arnold found us the Great Migration 1 more time and we filled the day watching one of natures most magical sights.
Thank you Michael, Arnold, Mattias and all the ADS staff who do everything imaginable to make your safari a dream come true!!!
If a Serengeti safari isn’t on your bucket list, it should be!!!
John and Dee Dee M.
Safari Dates: May 19, 2019 to May 31, 2019