I recently returned from another fabulous safari with ADS….my fourth! As I basked once again in the beauty of Tanzania and its people, I couldn’t help but wonder how can anything surpass such glory?! To travel to this haven of natural wonder four times is such a blessing. To watch the circle of life play out in front of one’s eyes is truly amazing. To do so on a private safari with ADS makes for an incomparable experience…every time! There’s just no other way to go!
The people of ADS work relentlessly to assure that all is perfect from start to finish. Once again, Dawn outdid herself in putting our itinerary together and was always available to answer questions and provide guidance even about the subject of photography! She put me in touch with their photography ambassador, Jeff Smith, who helped me choose my new camera, helped me set it up, and even gave me a few tips on using it!
Mathias greeted us at the airport and whisked us off to Arusha Coffee Plantation where we spent the first two nights of our stay, adjusting to the time change and taking in some of the sights of Arusha.
When we landed in the Serengeti, it was wonderful to be greeted by Russell who would once again serve as our guide, the third time he has done so for me! His ability to find the animals never ceases to amaze me and his knowledge of all the flora and fauna of Tanzania is nothing short of incredible. Couple those skills with his sense of humor, kindness, and attentiveness and he is nothing short of amazing! We learned so much and always found something to laugh about!
Every safari is different… a fabulous adventure full of unpredictability which is one of the things that makes it so exciting. This trip was no exception. Due to excessive rains over the past few months, the roads and plains were muddy, slippery and downright treacherous at times. Russell’s excellent driving skills kept us out of trouble!
We also needed to be flexible about our itinerary because of driving conditions. At one point Russell advised us that the weather had made travel to one of our stops unsafe and recommended that we alter our plans to which we agreed. This was not an issue…he had already designed an alternate plan including accommodations.
As for accommodations, I prefer the tented camps because they are comfortable, cozy, offer great food, and keep me closest to Nature. And the staff of each camp is wonderful! On this trip we enjoyed Sametu, Woodlands, Lake Masek, and Lion’s Paw camps.
This year the grasses were higher and greener than usual because of all the rain. The animals were, as always, everywhere! I never get tired of seeing the Migration. It is a breathtaking sight. So many babies too…newborn impala, lion cubs, giraffe, and zebra.
We also had two rare sightings, both in Ngorongoro Crater…5 male lions taking a stroll and a caracal cat on the hunt! Now that’s exciting!
Asante sana to everyone at ADS who made this another wonderful experience in beautiful Tanzania! Can’t wait to see what’s in store on my next safari!
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Safari Dates: January 17, 2020 to January 28, 2020