Wow….just wow. Words cannot begin to describe the experience we had on our safari, and pictures cannot capture the spectacular sights we saw. Although our expectations for the adventure were very high going into the trip, the reality greatly exceeded those lofty expectations.
Of course, we went to see the wildlife, but we were blown away by the number and variety of animals that we experienced. From the time we arrived until the time we left, it seemed that we were surrounded by animals. We were fortunate to see the Big 5 – lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinoceros (on the last day in the Ngorongoro Crater) - and they were certainly a highlight of the trip, but they weren’t the only highlights…not even close.
The wildebeest were absolutely incredible. The sheer numbers were impressive, but we also had the pleasure to see three river crossings, which were an absolutely amazing experience. Zebras were another constant companion throughout our trip. The gangly elegance of the giraffes was amazing. The myriad varieties of gazelle and antelope were beautiful. Hippos, crocs, monkeys, baboons, warthog, hyrax, klipspringer, jackal, hyena, and so many other fascinating creatures added surprising color to our trip.
Birds were an unexpected surprise throughout the trip. The variety of colorful birds – large and small – was impressive. Vultures, eagles, buzzards, kites, and owls were fun additions to our list of sightings. And, one of the highlights of our trip was being charged (more funny than scary) by a large male ostrich protecting a female ostrich and a brood of chicks.
The cats were an awesome part of the experience. We saw lions literally every day. The adults were impressive, and we got to experience the excitement of a few hunts, but the number of cubs we saw was an unexpected surprise. Cheetahs were sleek, elegant, beautiful creatures. But, our favorite cat was the leopard. Those powerful, sleek creatures were beautiful beyond belief.
The accommodations throughout the trip were fantastic. We stayed in two tented lodges – Lemala Kuria Hills and Buffalo Luxury Camp – but don’t be fooled by the “tent” term. The rooms are finely appointed and very comfortable – the true definition of glamping. The Four Seasons Serengeti is a five star resort in the middle of the Serengeti with an incredible infinity pool overlooking a watering hole that attracts wildlife of all kinds. The Crater Lodge was a funky, fun lodge with an incredible view of the Ngogongoro Crater. And, the Manor at Ngorongoro – overlooking a beautiful coffee plantation – was a fine, elegant end to our safari.
We cannot thank our guide – Michael – enough. He was a wealth of knowledge, an incredible animal spotter, and a fun companion throughout the trip. We will never forget him, and we cannot thank him (asante sana!) enough.
- Ed / Evanston, ILRead on Feefo
Our safari was an incredible experience...all we had hoped for plus much more.
- John / Boise, IdahoRead on Feefo
It was amazing...one of the best trips we have ever taken. We are in our 70's and have traveled a lot....this trip was one of the 3 best trips !
Your staff was wonderful, the guide great, the vehicle comfortable, and the accomodations lovely.
We may come again! Carolyn and Jimmy Guilbeaux
- Carolyn / Cajun Country, LouisianaRead on Feefo
Our experience with Africa Dream Safaris went well beyond our expectations. We saw so many more animals than we ever expected to see, got closer to them than we ever imagined, and got some incredible photos and video. Seriously, this was the best trip we've ever taken in our life. Thank you Africa Dream Safaris!!!
- Mike /Read on Feefo
This was my first time on a safari- Dawn Anderson was wonderful in helping to arrange our itinerary- very thorough and she was always accessible when we needed her. Our safari was wonderful- our guide,Thomson was outstanding!!!
Isolde highly recommend African Safaris!
- Bonnie / Marina Del Rey-CalifRead on Feefo
I'm not sure we're to start, the entire team maid it so easy for us to book this trip. We felt like we were in the best hands we could be in. I have to say that everything they told us they would do they did and did it above and beyond our expectations. ADS will not let you down in anyway and I'm looking forward to our next trip.
- Ric / Va Beach VaRead on Feefo
Thanks for your positive review! We're so glad we could exceed your expectations on your safari trip to Africa with us.
Our safari experience was AMAZING. A private safari allowed my family the luxury of following our own agenda without worrying about what other people wanted to do. We went out early every morning, and many days we chose to stay out on safari for the entire day. I was able to take my time photographing animals and watching their behavior. Our guide was excellent! Not only was he good at finding animals, but he was also very patient, enthusiastic and offered information freely. I always felt safe. Thank you Africa Dream Safaris for the best trip I've ever taken!!!
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Hi Dawn, We're honored that you chose us to be your safari outfitter on your family trip to Africa. So glad that you all felt safe and were able to see some great wildlife while out in the bush. Asante Sana!
ADS was absolutely wonderful! From start to finish ... booking ... arrival ... accommodations ... staffing ... the actual Safari experience ... and our driver ... were all perfect! I cannot wait until I can do another Safari, and I absolutely recommend Africa Dream Safaris for anyone who wants the perfect Safari experience!
- Kathleen / Nevada - USARead on Feefo
We're so grateful for this positive review Kathy and are thrilled that you had such a great time on your African safari with us. Asante Sana!
Our trip was spectacular in every way and our guides were awesome. On this trip of a lifetime, our group of eight saw nearly all the animals in Tanzania up close and personal. Elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeest, cape buffalo, Hippos, and Rhinos right next to our vehicle in the Serengeti grasses. We even saw a black and white colobus monkey in the forest that was not its natural habitat area. We saw two river crossings, a major one and a smaller one, and although we saw some crocodiles, no animals were hurt during the crossings. We stayed at four different camps and enjoyed them all for different reasons. The staff and everyone from ADS made this the trip of a lifetime. The Masai were present at many locations, but didn't add thrills to our adventure. I've told many, many friends and acquaintances about this trip and I truly recommend a safari to all. it is unforgettable!
- Ted / Virginia, USARead on Feefo
Thank you for your positive review Ted. We're very pleased to hear that you were able to experience some great wildlife viewing while out in the bush. We truly appreciate you choosing us to be your safari outfitter to Tanzania. Hope you come back some day. Asante Sana!
Very reliable, experienced and hard-working driver. Strong well-maintained vehicle. Still one of the very best operators in Tanzania, and I have worked with a great many of them
- Philip Briggs / South AfricaRead on Feefo
We are so appreciative of this great review Phil. Asante Sana!
ADS planned a perfect trip for our family. Everything worked perfectly.
- Bonnie / New YorkRead on Feefo
Thanks for your positive review Bonnie. We're so happy that you and your family had a good time while on safari in Africa with us. Asante Sana
Our family trip to Tanzania was unbelievably amazing and far exceeded our expectations! We saw not one but TWO wildebeest river-crossings on our first day! And curious giraffes, playful lions, book-ended pair of cheetahs, family of leopards, mud-bathing hippos, elephants of all ages, different species of monkeys, variety of antelope and so much more….
All of us, aged 10-81, loved it and were surprised by what we saw, experienced, photographed and learned. My then 10 year old nephew presented for 70 minutes to his class.
Our guides were fantastic, experts in their field, ensured we experienced much, and quickly became part of our family.
Since 2013, I have shared my photos and stories, and have referred friends and colleagues (and even strangers) to Africa Dream Safaris!
- Heather / Austin, TXRead on Feefo
Thank you Heather! We're so pleased to hear that you and your family had, what seems to be, a very thrilling safari experience. We appreciate you choosing us to be our guide to Tanzania. Asante Sana!
We have used ADS for 4 Safaris over the past 10 years. I think that number of safaris speaks volumes as to our overall satisfaction with ADS. Their aggregate customer service and the expertise of their guides is at the top of the food chain, and given what we have heard, and seen.... other safari companies do not measure up. As a professional wildlife/nature photography, they cater to all my photography needs while on safari, and will go above and beyond to ensure I return home with the best additions to my portfolio as possible. Cannot recommend them enough!
- Peter A. / Atlanta, GARead on Feefo
Thank you for this glowing review Peter! We really do appreciate you choosing ADS. Asante Sana.
It made our African Dream come true. From beginning to end we were so happy with the staff and our guide. He made sure we saw all there was to see. Can not say enough about our experiences both on the bush and in the camps.
- David / NYCRead on Feefo
Thanks for your positive review David. We're thrilled you had a great time while on safari with us. Asante Sana!
A wonderful trip thanks to all of the helpful ADS team. They helped us enjoy a trip of a lifetime!
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Thanks for your review Peter! We're so pleased that you enjoyed your african safari with us. Asante Sana!
My trip to Tanzania with ADS over 8 years ago is still one I can vividly remember today. From the moment of arrival to my final departure I was so taken care of and pampered throughout my trip.
Not knowing what to expect and nervous about safety around wildlife, my concerns vanished upon meeting our incredible safari guide Reggie on day one. His warm demeanor, and remarkable knowledge of the animals and regions of Tanzania blew me away and made me instantly relax into a trip that was life-changing.
Our game drives began before the sun came up and Reggie took us to the most remote locations for a private tour of the Serengeti's treasures. It truly was a fairytale to be amongst the animals in such an unobtrusive way. We saw lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zebras, elephants, buffalo, gazelles, ostriches, and the list goes on and on. ADS created a custom safari itinerary for us that catered to our every need and desire.
Each evening we enjoyed a cozy experience in a variety of luxury lodges and tented camps - all with incredible service and amenities including fireside cocktails, delicious meals and turn down service. The people of Tanzania, from those we met at the farmer's market in Arusha to the men and women at a Maasai village, were so gracious and welcoming. We even got to pay a visit to the Serengeti Lion Project to learn about how our safari helped with wildlife conservation efforts.
I really can't think of another travel experience I continue to tell friends and family about almost a decade later. Writing about this trip is bringing back some wonderful memories and making me hope to return to Tanzania again some day. For certain it will be with Africa Dream Safaris.
- Dana / New YorkRead on Feefo
Thanks for your review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your trip to Africa with us.
The food and lodging met our expectations. The game drives however exceeded even our highest expectations. Every day we would see new and amazing things. We saw a river crossing that lasted 45 minutes. Saw three wildebeest taken by crocs (one escaped). Saw two leopards in a tree together while a herd of elephants walked under them. We counts a total of 85 different animals, reptiles, and birds. Our guide was amazing at finding animals.
- Mike Harrison / Columbus, IndianaRead on Feefo
Thank you for your positive review Mike. We're very happy to hear that our safari driver guides were able to surpass your expectations and offer some incredible wildlife sightings. Asante Sana!
Loved everything about it. My guide was extremely knowledgeable & warm. The accomodations were extraordinary. Being amongst nature and the animals this way was a fabulous life experience
- Shanti / FloridaRead on Feefo
Thanks for your review Shanti. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip to Africa with us.
Absolutely solid from beginning to end.
- Wendy / Denver, CORead on Feefo
Thank you for your review Wendy. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience in Tanzania and we appreciate you choosing us for your african safari tour.
We traveled with friends who had been twice before, so we knew it would be great and it was. The tent experience could not have been better. We got up early, had lunch on safarii (parked under a tree and relaxed), we stayed out until the light started to dim. No need to try to get animals in motion without good light. Everything in the ADS handbook is great advice. Take extra beanbags or large men's sox to make into beanbags. Take cloths or pillowcase to cover your cameras while traveling. We traveled light in the clothing dept, and washed. We charged every night and downloaded. Food was great, beds were comfy, guide/drivers were excellent. vehicles were clean every day and we had extra seat cushions. The roads are extremely bumpy.
- Harry / Pensacola Beach, FlRead on Feefo
Thank you so much Harry for this detailed review. We're happy to hear that your african safari with us met all your expectations and you had a great time in Tanzania. Also, thanks for these great tips for new guests!