Richard and I wanted to express our gratitude to you and your company for facilitating a wonderful African experience. Our safari exceeded all our expectations and gave our children an experience like no other.
We were struck with the warmth of the Tanzanian people. They were most gracious and inviting. Their command of English was impressive and did much to encourage my children to interact and feel comfortable. All were patient and encouraging with our attempts at Swahili also. Our guide Gidion Faustin deserves special note. Gidion was nothing short of amazing. His ability to spot animals was unbelievable. We saw six leopards including two cubs. Two of the adult leopards were active along with the two cubs. We saw twenty cheetahs, again most of those active. We also were able to see three black rhinos in Ngorongoro. Gidion was the epitome of accommodation and flexibility. Traveling with children can at times be challenging. Gidion was ever patient and engaging. His knowledge of the flora, fauna, anthropological and geological histories was phenomenal. You are extremely fortunate to have a guide as exceptional as Gidion.
The food and accommodations were superb. I cannot compliment the tented lodges highly enough. Both sites at Olduvai Tented Lodge and Mawe Ninga Tented Lodge were extraordinary. The location, the scenery, and especially the staff were outstanding. The experience should not to be missed. I encourage you to compel each of your clients to spend at least spend one night at one of these facilities. One could not fail to be enchanted. The Coffee Lodge in Arusha along with the staff deserve special mention also. The rooms were spectacular and the food the best on the trip. Our compliments to the chef.
One of the Maasai guides at the Olduvai Tented Lodge, Francis, was especially wonderful to my family. We took some photographs and promised to send him some copies. He gave us his address on a slip of paper. Unfortunately I misplaced that paper. Could you send me contact or email so I might find out Francis's address or to the Olduvai Tented Lodge. I don't want to disappoint Francis.
Richard F. Family
Fountain Valley, CA