Our safari travel company did a superb job of putting together an amazing East Africa trip for us. An african safari has been a “bucket list” trip for us for many years. When we decided to make this trip happen we knew that we wanted to do it right. We did a fair amount of research about where we wanted to go in general but we had no clue about how to make the specifics work.
When we started working with this agent, the trip quickly came together. She took the time to really understand our interests, the way that we like to travel, what we most wanted to see and do, and my specific needs as a photographer.
Our trip included Rwanda for the Gorilla Trekking (amazing, beautiful creatures), and terrific wildlife viewing and photography in Tanzania. We visited Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serangeti National Park and Mahale National Park for chimpanzee trekking. We capped the whole trip off with four relaxing days on the beach in Zanzibar.
We were able to see and photograph every animal and scene on our list. We saw four of “the big five” on our very first day. We saw the “great migration” cross the Mara River. We saw chimpanzees, rhinos, and more baby animals then we ever imagined.
The accommodations that our travel company arranged for us were terrific throughout the trip. We stayed in camps that perfectly suited our needs and interests. They all had that perfect balance of luxury and authenticity where they were very, very comfortable but you still knew that you could only be in Africa.
We had wonderful driver/guides in both Rwanda and Tanzania. Our agent arranged for us to have just one terrific guide for our entire safari in Tanzania. This was important because we were then able to bond with our guide who got to know us and what we were most interested in. He was always willing to make it happen. We met many other travelers along the way who had a different guide at each camp they stayed at and they did not see a fraction of what we saw.
Out trip exceeded our expectations in every way and I would highly recommend this company for your next trip to Africa.
It is very difficult to choose only one part of the trip. The Gorillas in Rwanda, or the chimpanzees in Mahale National park were things that we will never forget but I guess that the most memorable part of our trip was watching and photographing the wildebeests cross the Mara River. It is something that happens nowhere else on earth and to witness it multiple times was a very rare treat.
I would try to add a couple of extra days in both Tarangarie and Serengeti National Parks. There is always so much to see and I don't think that I could possible tire of seeing the amazing animals in there natural habitat.
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