Our travel agency created a fabulous custom journey for us that fit our budget and our goals. The accommodations selected exceeded our expectations in service, cleanliness, hospitality, and amenities. During the planning stages, my husband and I were not initially clear on which part of Africa we wanted to tour. We iterated on our itinerary for about a dozen or more times over the course of several months. With each change in plan, our travel agency responded promptly and with fresh ideas on how to work the new location into our plan. While other tour companies (US operated) got frustrated and started to drop out, our travel agency stayed with us and helped us create a trip of a lifetime. We saw the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, the big five plus many more species in the Maasai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. I also like that by booking with this agency, we are directly supporting a company located in Tanzania. This also meant that we could work together on a children's camp held outside of Arusha. My husband and I host children's day camps in developing countries. This one was by far the most enjoyable camp yet and made possible with our travel agency's help. Our trip is detailed in this blog series: https://teetia.home.blog/
We really enjoyed the Naboisho Mara Conservancy in Kenya where we stayed in the preserve with lions and elephants roaring at night. It was less crowded than the national parks and we felt more up close and personal with the animals. The safari tents are very comfortable and the service is great for a luxury primitive experience all-in-one. Runner-up is the Giraffe Manor outside of Nairobi where my husband and I both kissed a Giraffe. I describe the experience in this blog: https://teetia.home.blog/2018/10/02/i-kissed-a-boy-giraffe-and-i-liked-it/
We wanted to end our journey near the ocean to "beach it" for a few days before heading home. The travel to the beach resort was long and once there, we felt somewhat isolated. It turned out that we loved the safari camp experience so much that returning to one of them for a few days R&R would have probably been easier and just as relaxing. We are hooked on safari camps! We can go to the beach anytime at home.
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