The travel company that organized our trip was professional in every way. From the first moment that I spoke with our travel agent, I could tell that she knew Africa and safaris like the back of her hand. She organized a 9-day trip to Tanzania for us that included a private driver and guide and accommodations that exhibited both the ambiance of eco-friendly tented camps and the luxury of the most exclusive lodges. We were cared for every step of the way, from airport arrival to departure in the most courteous manner possible. The wisdom of our travel agent's suggestion for us to do a private safari became evident as we clambered for space in our vehicle to store our cameras, binoculars, hats, sunglasses, and clothes that we shed as sun became hot during the middle of the day. We also had plenty of room to secure the best possible view from the top opening of the truck.
Our guide was superb. His English was unbelievable; his knowledge of the wildlife and the geography of Tanzania amazed us every day; and he could change a tire in record time!!! His driving skills on the rough roads impressed us as well. Of course, seeing the animals in their natural habitat and so up-close and personal is the experience that I will cherish forever. We saw leopards with their footsies dangling from trees, elephants drinking alongside the zebras at the water holes, and lion mothers and cubs sleeping under a tree behind a discarded tire (with a recently killed zebra just a few feet away.) Probably the most unusual sight was catching a male lion mating with his lioness well within view of at least a dozen safari vehicles. The pregnant cheetah and nursing warthogs were other highlights.Every person on the wait staffs of our lodgings treated us like we were Prince William and Kate, straight from the palace--real royalty. The food was excellent; coffee the best ever; picnics carefully provided, and wine always available!!! We loved being escorted from our tents to the lodges by the Masaai, armed with their spears and bows (felt very safe). The Exploreans Lodge at the Ngorongoro Crater was unmatched in luxury, although every manager of every site where we stayed PERSONALLY greeted us and checked on our comfort.
We actually can think of nothing that we would do differently.
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