Amazing in Kenya, less so in Tanzania.
My travel agent was really great to work with and very accommodating. He stayed in constant touch, but not excessively so, to ensure the trip was proceeding smoothly.
In Tanzania, it appears the booking was outsourced to a local company that made several decisions/mistakes that were not what I asked for and that Africa Safari Classics should have been aware of. This was a little disappointing after a really great experience in Kenya. Time in Tanzania was still fun, but I expected better.
Time spent in Kenya was incredible. The lodges and respective areas of the park chosen were great, particularly Tawi in Amboseli and Entim in Masai Mara. Balloon safari is a must, even if you're not fortunate enough to be at the right time to see large heards from the migration. Ngorongoro crater was great too.
Glamping (tented camps) is definitely the way to go. The experience of having animals like elephants and hippos walking right by your tent is incredible.
I'd probably skip Tanzania all together and visit more of Kenya. The 2 areas of the Serengeti that I visited (Seronera and I forget the other) felt disappointing as all sightings were accompanied with huge crowds of vehicles, an abundance of tsete flies, as well as frequent sections of the park that were literally on fire (intentionally set by rangers apparently). Also Tarangire didn't feel like one of the most lively parks in Eastern Africa.
Whichever way you go, stick to flying. Long drives on dirt roads in the hot Africa sun (that I fortunately did in Tanzania only) are exhausting.
Lastly, skip the village "culture" visits unless you're interested in seeing a group of disinterested people put on a dance and then aggressively try to sell you beads.
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