It all seems like a fabulous, surreal whirlwind, but I will try to describe it.
Day 1: Upon arriving at Mt. Kilimanjaro Airport and being privately whisked away from the crowds and confusion, I was a bit bewildered and overwhelmed as the 20 something hours of travel were quite taxing to put it mildly. After the awesome ladies at the private check in completed that process, Ester met us and said, “Don’t worry, I am going to take good care of you” and she did!
We are a family of five adventurous world travelers seeking to experience the beauty of nature, explore the achievements of mankind and experience different cultures. Our family adventures include climbing Machu Pichhu, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, sailing the Galapagos, hiking Petra and sailing the Greek islands just to name a few. However, our recent African Dream Safaris Serengeti experience brought our travel experience to a whole new level and every day of our safari exceeded expectations.
My wife and I elected to make our 4th trip to Tanzania just 5 months after we returned from our 3rd trip. Two of the deciding factors in this decision were that I got an incredibly good deal on the long flight to Kilimanjaro, and we still had not made the trip during the January and February season when all of the Wildebeest babies are being born. So with the expert help and recommendations from ADS, plans were made and off we went. As other people have commented many time on this blog, ADS has been a perfect private safari trip planner for us. In addition, the people in Tanzania are so friendly, helpful and welcoming is just incredible.
On our very first date in 1966 my wife and I talked about places that we wanted to see someday and Africa was at the top of the list for both of us. Life got in the way and it took us until 2014 to finally decide to make our dream come true. Fortunately we chose ADS to plan our “Once in a Lifetime trip” but we found that it exceeded our expectations so much that we just had to go back in 2018, and now we have just returned from our third trip to Tanzania with ADS in August 2021.
We did a once in a lifetime photo safari to the Serengeti back in February 2018. Within a year, the magic of this place started calling our names again. I called Dawn Anderson, with Africa Dream Safaris, to get the planning process initiated for the second time. Since our ﬁrst trip was during the green season, we thought we’d like to experience a dry season safari, with hopes of witnessing a Mara River crossing. We eventually booked our trip for mid August.
I have waited to take this trip for a long time. It did not come without considerable research. I decided on Africa Dreams Safari for several reasons. They had the most comprehensive, honest and straightforward webpage and information, they responded to my inquiry immediately, and not the least of all, Sharon Lyon, Mama Simba! I never felt like I was being given a sales pitch. The love of the country and it’s people, culture and wildlife was so evident when speaking to Sharon, that I knew immediately I had found a partner for this journey. Her communication and patience with my many questions was so greatly appreciated. Her knowledge of everything Tanzania was staggering.
Our hearts sank as we saw the horde at Immigration deplaning at Kilimanjaro. But then we see our name beckoning on a placard. Skirting round the corner past the teeming horde, we are greeted and whisked past the crowd to wait near the Customs Officer’s booth. Assisting with Immigration and clearing us well ahead of the madness is most welcome ADS; asante sana. Many of that horde were also coming for safari.
This Africa Dream Safari was a ‘top of the bucket list’ adventure for my daughter and me, as we both celebrate milestone birthdays this year. With the help of Dawn’s expert planning, our dream trip was amazing!
Back in the fall of 2014 my wife and I decided it was time to fulfill our ‘once in a lifetime’ dream trip. We made the wise choice to use ADS for our tour and we were overwhelmed with the experience, which was perfect in every way. Our once in a lifetime trip turned into a ‘we gotta go back again trip’, so we returned to Tanzania in March 2018.
Stunning sunrises, animals galore, star filled night skies, the most welcoming people on earth, beauty and stillness like nowhere else! And this was only day two! Four girlfriends set out for an adventure and had an amazing trip of a lifetime with Africa Dream Safaris in March – April 2018.
We just returned from our Africa Dream Safaris trip in Tanzania. This was the adventure of our lives. We saw the big 5 and more. Every day was something new to see, learn and explore. We visited 3 different camps in the Serengeti and they were all amazing. The people and culture were an experience we will never forget.
After contemplating an African safari for some time, I decided to start seriously looking into such an adventure about 8 months ago. I did a web search and found a handful of tour operators and called several of them and their references. I never really felt comfortable with any of them and then I made the call to Dawn Anderson with Africa Dream Safari and the rest is history.
Is an african safari on your bucket list? When our guests inquire about a trip with Africa Dream Safaris, they receive a custom-tailored itinerary designed to meet their specific needs and travel interests – no two trips are alike.
It may sound rather obvious, but one thing we’ve found from our 20+ years of experience in this industry is that different people are interested in different things. This of course is a simple fact of life, and it doesn’t become a problem until these different interests start competing with one another on a group safari.
You can’t compare Africa to a camping vacation or a wilderness stay in a US national park. Being in the Serengeti National Park was pure and raw.
Departing from Arusha to the Kogatende airstrip set the tone for our entire Safari with Africa Dream Safaris. Other folks were waiting dressed in white jeans and walking shoes, jaunty straw hats and bright colored shirts and jackets- more prepared for a resort than an experience of a lifetime. Well prepared over the previous nine months by Sharon Lyon of ADS, we had come to Tanzania ready to be educated, to push beyond our comfort zones, and to inhale the REAL Africa.
As avid outdoorspeople and nature lovers, my husband and I decided last year that an African safari would be a great adventure. In particular, we wanted to see the wildebeest migration, and that led us to Tanzania. After several hours of research, it became apparent that African Dream Safaris offered just the type of experience we were interested in.