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Africa Dream Safaris was delighted to host Philip Briggs and his wife Ariadne Van Zandbergen on safari in Tanzania during September. And to further our delight, they had some great things to say about it!

Philip Briggs is the author of the prestigious and well-respected BRADT Travel Guides. Philip’s published works include Bradt Guides to Tanzania, Northern Tanzania Safaris, and East African Wildlife, as well as many several other books about Africa. Many loyal fans follow Philip’s travel advice and recommendations very closely when planning their own dream safari vacations. And rightfully so…Philip has traveled extensively in Tanzania for many years and offers an unparalleled perspective from which to judge any African Safari company. So, needless to say we were thrilled when he came back with a glowing review for Africa Dream Safaris!  

Review by
Philip Briggs, Author of BRADT Travel Guides

“We’ve been on dozens of African safaris over the course of the past 15 years and our most recent two-week trip in northern Tanzania with African Dream Safaris ranks up there with the very best. We were impressed with ADS’s policy of staying away from the more crowded circuits, and of using small intimate camps rather than large impersonal lodges, and their stretch 4x4s are superbly designed and equipped - complete with a powerful fridge for chilled drinks throughout the day.

The long working hours involved in wildlife photography often tire our driver-guides, but Reggie, our hard-working driver-guide with ADS, was a true professional: intuitive and knowledgeable about the wildlife and its movements, consistently enthusiastic even on days when we were out from dawn to dusk, and always willing to put our requirements first. Above all, we were won over by Reggie’s enthusiasm for packed breakfasts and early morning starts – that magical first hour of daylight is when you’re most likely to see predators on the move, and the golden morning light adds great warmth to photographs taken at this time of day.

They say that the harder you work, the luckier you get, and that hard work really shows in the sheer number of great photographs we got from this safari, perhaps our most productive ever – big thanks to Michael, Reggie and everybody at the ADS team.”

Philip Briggs and Ariadne Van Zandbergen

Philip Briggs is the author of Bradt Guides to Tanzania, Northern Tanzania Safaris, and East African Wildlife, as well as a dozen other books about Africa. Please visit for more information.

Ariadne Van Zandbergen is a travel and wildlife photographer specializing in Africa with work published in hundreds of books and magazines and has her own photo library. Please visit for more information.