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"Exceptional service - truly a dream safari!"

It was an excellent experience. We enjoyed every second of it. Attention to detail, choice of accommodations, service and assistance before, during and after the trip were exceptional. If you are planning to do a safari, Africa Dream Safaris is the only way to go!

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Huri, We're thrilled to hear that you loved your african safari tour with us and very much appreciate the glowing review. Best wishes to you and we hope that you can return to Tanzania again some day.

"Two perfect safaris with ADS."

Great consultation during the planning phase.
Many available options.
Flexible.
Amazing guide, lodging choices, vehicles (with a cover), self-directed and so professional.
We had a flight change and ADS dealt with that rearranging our schedule to accommodate us. Very assuring in a foreign country.
An excellent company with excellent options.

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Angela, Thank you for choosing us (2 times!) for your african safari. We appreciate this great review and are so glad that we could make your trip to Tanzania a relaxing and enjoyable one. 

"The Serengeti Plain"

Words seem inadequate when it comes to describing our family safari. We traveled in July of 2014 with our daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandsons. They were 8 and 10 at the time. I worked with Dawn from ADS. She was so knowledgeable and guided me to make the right decisions about our journey. The tent lodgings were wonderful and the visit to the Maasai village was enlightening. I can't say enough positive things about ADS.

Our guide, Arnold, was amazing. We learned so much from him. He introduced us to the breathtaking beauty of God's creation. Filled with the peacefulness of the Setrngeti Plain, our journey came to an end. Africa now is a part of us. I long to return and if I do, it will be with ADS.

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Hi Connie, Thank you for traveling with us during your family safari trip to Africa. We're glad that your safari specialist and driver guide were able to ensure a smooth journey and an exciting introduction to the wonders of Tanzania. We would so love to have you as our guest should you decide to return. 

"Outstanding experience with Africa Dreams"

I have travelled with Africa Dreams on 4 occasions, at different times of the year. Every time, we had an outstanding side, and they put us in the best locations and camps to view the migration, and the animals. There is no better tour provider in Tanzania. Africa Dreams and their local tema are simply outstanding. Can't recommend highly enough

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Greg, We are so thrilled you have chosen us (4 times!) as your african safari tour operator. Thank you for the positive review and for letting us take you on a journey through Tanzania. 

"ADS more than exceeded our wildest expectations!"

Arusha, Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, Lake Manyara, Arusha - 8 days - top quality service, highly knowledgeable guide and staff, lodging fantastic, food even better, trip of our life!

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Thanks for your review Mark. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip to Tanzania with us. Asante Sana!

"A great traveling experience!"

Wonderful service with attention to detail. Dawn couldn't have done a better job of fitting our trip to our needs. Enjoyed every aspect of our safari adventure!

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Thanks for your review Melanie. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip to Africa with us and that we were able to meet all of your needs with a custom safari itinerary.

"Our Incredible Serengeti Adventure"

Our safari from March 9 through March 17, 2016, was absolutely fantastic! The entire experience was seamlessly planned and unobtrusively managed by Mike Wishner and the Africa Dream Safaris team. The attention to detail showed in every aspect of the experience, including the many extras ADS showered upon us. Your staff demonstrated the highest level of professional competence as well as being friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. They couldn’t do enough to make us feel comfortable, pampered and secure. Special kudos are in order for our wonderful guide, Anglebert. His incredible tracking skills, indefatigable energy, patience, flexibility, focus and photographic expertise resulted in sightings and photos of which we could only dream.

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Thank you Faith! We're thrilled to hear that you loved your african safari tour with us and very much appreciate the glowing review. Best wishes to you and your family and we hope that you can return to Tanzania again some day.

"Perfect Family Safari"

Our safari exceeded all expectations. From our arrival at Kilimanjaro to our departure all of our needs, requests, and hopes were met. Our guides had the hands full keeping our family from age 3 to 67 totally satisfied every day. Dawn did an excellent job preparing us for this magnificent experience. The Africa Dream staff on Arusha was professional and very welcoming. Our only regret is that our safari ended too quickly.

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Thank you so much Linda for this detailed review. We're happy to hear that your family safari with us exceeded your expectations. Hope you have a chance to come back to Tanzania in the future!

"see above"

there are several distinguishing aspects of what makes ADS the key provider to select: their promises are kept......they have integrity, experience, and deliver..........their guides are first class and top notch and they learn who you are and provide the ultimate experience catered to your needs..........we have used ADS twice and unhesitatingly would do so again......we have sent others to use them and they share the rave reactions.......Tanzania and the ADS personnel yield a life altering and truly amazing experience........this is unsolicited and unprompted

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Wow, thank you Michael for this incredible review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us in Tanzania and appreciate you letting us be your safari host, not once - but twice! Asante Sana

"The ADS Staff Were Incredible In Managing A Very Scary Situation"

I traveled to Tanzania nine years ago with Africa Dream Safaris (ADS) and was deeply moved by this unique experience. Seeing so many beautiful animals touched my soul and the gentle people of Tanzania captured my heart. At the time, I was very impressed with the ADS team both at home and in Africa. Their enthusiasm about Tanzania was palpable and their knowledge of the Serengeti was evident in every detail of my trip. After ten wonderful days exploring Tanzania, I knew, without a doubt, I wanted to return and would do so with ADS. So, last March, with great excitement and anticipation, I began planning a safari for myself and my partner. With the expert help of Dawn Anderson, who answered all of our many questions, we put together an awesome itinerary.

From the moment of our arrival in Arusha on October 2nd, we felt welcomed by the ADS staff and knew they would be with us every step of the way, ensuring an outstanding adventure. Little did we know then, just how vital they would become to our journey.

After a day’s rest in Arusha we flew to the upper Serengeti where we met Ellison our driver/guide who proved to be an encyclopedia of knowledge about the animals, birds and plants of Tanzania. We were quickly drawn in by his easy going, down to earth personality. Within the first few hours we realized his animal tracking and spotting abilities were superb and we were thrilled to see a wide variety of animals our very first day.

The sensational sights and sounds of Tanzania continued to captivate us as we took in the stunning scenery and felt the closeness of such magnificent beasts all around us; however, there was one distraction. On our second day out, I developed abdominal cramps and by day three, as we transitioned to our next camp in the Central Serengeti, my symptoms worsened and the Imodium I was taking didn’t seem to help. By the time I had a fever and chills and was becoming seriously dehydrated it was clear I needed medical attention.

Ellison had seen my condition deteriorate and worked closely with my partner and the ADS staff in Arusha to find us a flight out. The commercial flights were booked, and time was of the essence. ADS organized an emergency Medevac airlift and arranged for an ambulance to meet the plane and transport us to a hospital in Arusha. Ellison helped notify them of my medical history so they were prepared to take action as soon as we arrived.

I cannot say enough about how incredible the Africa Dream Safaris staff was in managing this very scary situation. It was comforting to see Timmon and Mathias, whom we’d met previously as our “meet and greet” team, standing beside the ambulance at the Arusha airport. When we arrived at the hospital, Juliet, the ADS General Manager, was already there taking care of the admissions paperwork to ensure I received immediate attention. And, later that afternoon, once I was stable, Ally, the ADS Director, dropped by to see how I was doing. This personal attention bolstered our confidence and put us at ease knowing we were in excellent hands.

After treatment with IV fluids and antibiotics, I was released seven hours later. Again, Timmon and Mathias were right there to transport us to the Mount Meru Resort where Juliet had secured us a room for the night. That evening, Juliet visited to check on us and explain what to expect going forward. Hopeful that we could continue our safari, the ADS team had made arrangements for Emmanuel, another driver/guide, to transport us to Lake Manyara where we would meet Ellison.

Determined to finish our adventure; we were happily reunited with Ellison the next day. With his enthusiastic support, we were back game driving in no time and able to enjoy five more days of our unbelievable journey. At Lake Manyara we were entertained by the monkeys and baboons. In Ngorongoro Crater we saw three of the elusive black rhino. And, the elephants were prolific in Tarangire. Thanks to Ellison’s tracking skills, we were rewarded with a rare sighting of a pack of wild dogs. It was an incredible ending to a fantastic trip!

While no one ever expects to need an emergency evacuation from the Serengeti, if it does happen, you could not ask for a more reliable team than ADS to see you through. These kind and caring people anticipated and saw to our every need, going far beyond our expectations. The connections they already had in place to emergency services in Arusha, combined with their highly responsive and efficient management in a crisis situation speaks volumes about what a great company they are. Should another safari be in our future, without a doubt it will be with Africa Dream Safaris.

Thank you ADS for an extraordinary safari and for everything you did for us!

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Our Response:

Thank you so much Marybeth for this positive and detailed review. We're very happy we were able to make your safari trip run as smoothly as possible despite your unfortunate medical emergency and that you were able to experience the wonders of Tanzania throughout the rest of your trip. Asante Sana!

"Amazing Safari"

Wonderful guide - Anglebert - made the trip especially amazing. A magical journey - our absolute best trip ever. Excellent accommodation and food. We thoroughly recommend.

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Thanks for your positive review Pat. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip to Tanzania with us. Asante Sana!

"Wonderful ,Rewarding and Educational !!"

It has been nearly a year since we made our Africa Dream Safari, and still the wonder of it all lingers. It has been by far our most delightful and rewarding vacation my wife and I have had in several years. We have been to England, Ireland, Belgium, France and to South American countries, but this was our only trip to Africa and the folks of Africa Dream Safari made this our most remembered vacation.

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Thank you for your positive review Sue. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience in Tanzania and that the memories are still vivid even after a year has passed. We so appreciate you choosing us for your safari tour and hope that you'll be able to return again some day.    

"The only way to experience Africa is with Africa Dream Safaris"

Our trip was awesome! A private safari is the only way to experience Africa and Africa Dream Safaris is THE company to travel with for safety, comfort and luxury. Planning was easy. They customized the trip for us according to our likes and dislikes and budget. We were taken care of from the moment we landed to the time we left. We never felt alone or afraid. Our safari guide was knowledgeable and friendly. He asked us what we were most interested in seeing. We said that we wanted to see every animal he could find. Oh my, he did not disappoint. He knew their habits and where they would be and when. Our vehicle was roomy, always clean, and stocked with water/refreshments. Our lodgings, along with service, were beyond outstanding. No complaints.

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Thanks for your review Margaret. We're so glad that we were able to design a private custom safari itinerary for you that met all your needs and wishes. 

"Fantastix"

Best trip ever from
Start to finish

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Thank you for your review Janet. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience in Tanzania and we appreciate you choosing us for your african safari tour.   

"outstanding experience."

All aspects of our safari were outstanding. Our guide, the land cruiser, the accommodations, the food and animal viewing were well beyond our expectations. It seemed that we were magically transported into the midst of a National Geographic film. ADS took well care of us at every point of our safari treating us as if were royality. We can't wait to do it again.

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Thank you so much Howard for this positive review. We're happy to hear that your african safari with us exceeded all expectations. Should you return to Tanzania in the future, we'd love to be your guide. Asante Sana! 

"Best Experience EVER!!"

I have travelled with Africa Dreams 5 times, every time the trip has been extremely well planned and hassle free. The driver guides are exceptional, and and have the knowledge and skills to make game viewing what can only be called Awesome! This company goes out of their way to customize your trip to suit your interests, and make sure you are safe, comfortable and have the best experience possible. If you are thinking of a Tanzania Safari there is no one better to help make your dreams come true !!!

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Thank you so much for the incredible review Cheryl and for letting us be your safari tour operator 5 times! We're so glad that we have been able to meet your custom safari needs and provide a memorable trip experience. Asante Sana!

"A dream trip come true."

We booked our safari well in advance and the help from ADS (Dawn Anderson) began immediately. She answered any questions we had, but even better assisted us in being prepared for the photography aspect of the trip. Arrival was well orchestrated by ADS staff and once we landed in the Serengeti we were treated to a vast array of animals almost immediately. We spent 105 hours in the bush over the next 11 safari days - one of the most important aspects was that our guide (David) was very patient and an expert in getting us the right photo opportunity. On numerous occasions we spent long stretches of time enjoying the views & moving ever so slightly until we got very close for the photo. We were treated to dozens of different animals within 10'-50' of our vehicle. One of our favorite photos was a lion pride (one male, 5 females and 4 cubs) about 10' away where we spent a full hour just enjoying their activity and play. Another great shot was to follow a female leopard and her 5 cubs as they moved through the grass and then to see them casually cross the trail one at a time just a few feet away in front of us.

All of the lodges were very comfortable and attentive to any needs. We would most certainly travel with ADS if given another opportunity for a safari.

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Thank you for the great review Bob. We're glad that you were able to get some ample time out in the bush for wildlife photography and that our team was able to assist all your needs for the best safari trip possible. 

"Fantastic"

We had a fabulous experience in Tanzania witha great driver. We covered miles of rough terraine, and saw all Big 5.

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Thanks for your review Barbara. We're so glad that you enjoyed your trip to Africa with us and were able to see so much wildlife on your safari. 

"ADS is the best personalized safari company I could hope for."

We have been 3x with ADS and each experience has been unique, immensely rewarding and outstanding in every way.

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Thank you Mary for your positive review. We're so honored that you chose us (3 times!) as your safari tour operator. Asante Sana!

"Personalized attention customizing our trip to acheive our desires and exceed our expectations."

From the moment we got off the plane in the Central Serengeti we were seeing all kinds of animals. Right when we thought we had seen it all, the next day brought a new and exciting experience and each day was a new adventure. It was so wonderful to see all the animals in their natural habitat on our game drives. They were so close you could almost touch them!

Russell, our guide and driver was extremely well educated and experienced. Our Land Cruiser was very comfortable and Russell drove cautiously at all times. Russell provided in depth details of everything we saw, from the big 5, to reptiles, to insects, birds and so much more. He took the time to answer all of our never ending questions. We learned so much in such a short period of time.

We were treated like royalty everywhere we stayed and we were well taken care of from the moment we got off the plane to the moment we boarded our plane home. The accommodations were so fantastic – really over the top – and the food was fantastic. Our safety was a priority from all staff we encountered.

Tanzanians are very kind and wonderful. ADS is extremely professional and provided us with the highest quality experience not only on the Safari but in all the preplanning that went into our trip. We both rate ADS a 10 out of 10 and recommend ADS to anyone wanting to experience a high quality personal safari.

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Our Response:

Thank you for your detailed review Cary! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your safari trip to Africa with us. Asante Sana!