Anyone contemplating this trip, may have experienced standing in long, hot Customs lines; retrieving your own luggage and finally being greeted by your driver holding a sign with your name inside the airport. But, have you ever been greeted on the tarmac, your luggage retrieved by someone else, being cleared through Customs (while you are in the bathroom) and then leaving the airport within 15 minutes of arrival? We have and Africa Dream Safaris made it possible. They also made an exciting trip safe, educational, comfortable and affordable.
Our first night in Africa was spent at the beautiful and comfortable Arumeru River Lodge. We flew to the Serengeti the next day to begin a fabulous journey from the grasslands of the Serengeti (UNBELIEVABLE!), the Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park and back to Arusha. We also chose the Zanzibar extension to relax on a sandy beach and snorkel the Indian Ocean before leaving Africa.
We always felt safe inside our Land Rover with our eagle-eyed guide/driver. He introduced us to lions, elephants, zebras, leopards, the many different antelopes, gazelles, hyenas, birds, jackals, Dik Diks, hippos, elephants, giraffe the famous wildebeest migration and cheetahs, the rarely seen rhinos (we saw seven in one day, impressive to his peers!) Wilfred's knowledge of African wildlife and it's ecosystem was never-ending. He made sure we saw everything!!
Our accommodations were always first rate but our favorites were the Private Luxury Camp and the Kikoti Tented Lodge. We never "roughed it" in these camps as ADS thought of everything for our comfort down to the hot water bottles in our beds! The food always delicious and healthy and plentiful.
We hope to return to Africa and have Wilfred once again be our guide/driver/friend and explore the fascinating relationships in the African predator versus prey world in this unforgettable setting.
Many thanks for all the help in setting up our personalized safari. The trip was fabulous and first class. The support from Zubeda and of course our guide helped further make an impressive trip more impressive. We would gladly be a reference for Africa Dream Safaris. We have traveled extensively and you have a truly impressive organization.
Mark and Susan B.