Our travel agent did a great job of making the arrangements and planning the trip. She took time to find out what we wanted and planned the trip to meet our requests. She offered advice and suggestions and clearly explained alternatives.
We had a fabulous time and overall the arrangements an trip exceeded our expectations. After a few days on safari, we wondered if it was going to get old seeing the same things, but we were fortunate in seeing something unique each time. We saw the Big 5 and a mini-migration. We have some absolutely amazing photos of lions, cheetahs, leopards and elephants. We liked the individual guides and only had a shared guide at Kichwa Tembo, but had two other couples and it was fine. Our guides were all great, but we would probably rank our trakker at Encounter Mara as the best guide. They were all very knowledgeable and informative.
The accommodations were all amazing and we would probably rank Neptune and Kichwa Tembo the best. We had a surprise romantic dinner the last night at Kichwa Tembo the last night and I believe we were chosen because I tipped our waiter well from the beginning. The stay at Giraffe Manor was fabulous and we had a great, but short time there having to leave a 7 am.
The visit to the Maasai village near Encounter Mara was better than on we did on our own at Swala.
I would probably skip Tarangire and spend additional time at the other locations. The problem at Tarangire was the Tsetse flies in certain areas, which were extremely annoying and really detracted from the game viewing. We did not have any problems with mosquitoes in any of the areas.
I would have spent an extra day at Neptune and gone to the Serengeti. Because of the scheduled game drives, we had very little time at the lodge and it is so beautiful, we would have liked some free time to enjoy it more. I would have scheduled one more day at Kichwa Tembo with a superior view tent.
The flight arrangements to Kenya were a little strange. We flew from Wilson to Kilimanjaro and then to Nairobi. It seems like we could have been driven to Kilimanjaro and skipped Wilson. We had a guide from noon to 9 pm in Nairobi the last day, but we probably should have just got a day room to relax before our flights home.
None of what I would do different is a criticism, but just my personal preference. It will be a trip we remember forever.
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