Well, we’ve been home from our safari about a month now and I don’t think a day goes by that we don’t talk about our adventure. We had the extraordinary pleasure of using Africa Dream Safaris and it was all we dreamed it would be and more. From the moment we were met at the airport by Patrick, till we were dropped off (tearfully) at the end of our journey by Zubeda and Wilfred, we had an absolutely wonderful safari.
Our guide, Wilfred, is worth his weight in gold and a great asset to ADS! He went out of his way, every day, to make our safari special. He is professional, informed, dependable, personable, and a highly skilled spotter of birds and animals. He negotiated the roads in a safe manner, kept our truck immaculate and comfortable, and always had our best interests at heart. He was anxious for us to have the best experience possible…AND WE DID! Wilfred made our experience one we will never forget. Please send him our warmest regards.
Zubeda is another gem. She is exuberant, helpful and also eager to please. I mentioned to her at the airstrip that Mike and Linda were celebrating their 46th anniversary. She arranged to have Chef Balthazar at the private camp bake them a cake. What a scene that was! We heard the staff coming from the distance, singing and clapping. Then enter...Balthazar carrying a sheet cake decorated with anniversary wishes. Mike and Linda were absolutely delighted. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to all.
On safari, we saw many lions and 18 cheetahs, including three cheetah cubs. We witnessed lions with their kills and cheetah hunting their prey. In addition, we saw leopards, elephants, cape buffalo, hyenas, jackals, hippos, rhinos, monkeys, baboons, crocodiles, giraffes, thousands of zebras, gazelles and wildebeests and almost 100 different species of birds! Wilfred even took us to what he called “the largest maternity ward in the world” where we saw wildebeest babies moments after they were born. In total, we saw 150 different species of birds and animals. The Serengeti was lush, green and full of life.
Our accommodations were a great mix of private tented camps and lodges. The private luxury camp experience was terrific. The food and staff were among the best on the trip. Kusini is an absolutely wonderful camp, Plantation Lodge is beautiful and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is just out of this world!
With Africa Dream Safaris the adventure began for us before we stepped foot in Africa. From my first email to Dawn we knew we had chosen the right company. From that email to the last, Dawn took the time to explain the details of the trip and answered every question we had.....and there were many! She is knowledgeable and organized our trip very well. Dawn would say over and over again, “remember this is your private, custom safari”, and once on safari we realized how accurate her words were.
We enjoyed every aspect of our African safari and would highly recommend ADS to anyone thinking of traveling to Tanzania. Thank you again for providing the resources that made Africa the trip of a lifetime. Please pass along our warmest regards and gratitude to Dawn, Wilfred, Zubeda and everyone at ADS.
Pat and Don A.
Linda and Mike K.
Cold Spring Harbor, NY