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I experiences my dream safari in 2008 with Abercrombie & Kent's Tanzania Under Canvas for 10 days. Since that time I have had opportunity to compare other experiences and found that mine was exceptionally fortunate insofar as opportunities to see every sort of game and birds, meet with various tribesmen and women, see a wide variety of places and landscapes from Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Eyasi. We had accomodations in permanent tent lodges, temporary tent camps, Plantation Lodge and Lobo Wildlife Lodge and back at the Arusha Hotel. We had a most knowledgable guide and excellent driver in our Land Rover that accomodated myself, my daughter another couple and another single woman. Tho the drives were sometimes very long, we always found some new wonder to observe about the time we began to tire. Our camp staffs were so accomodating with hot tea brought to our tent upon awaking, charging our batteries overnight, doing our laundry and serving excellent meals with lots of choices. My 70th birthday was celebrated with special songs and dances by the staffs of neighboring camps, and a gift of a Maasai dress.
Since that time, my daughter has moved to Johannesburg, So Africa. In 2009 travelliing independently, I spent 3 weeks there with the opportunity to stay at Tinga Lodge in Kruger Park where we had excellent accomodations, superior food, games drives morning and evening with great a driver and guide, during the summer when the bush is very dense and finding the animals is more difficult, but not impossible. It is a very different landscape from the dry Tanzanian deserts of the previous August.
We also went to Cape Town and saw all the recommended sights. It is almost indescribably beautiful and the wine country is unique.
Both Cape Town and Johannesburg are quite safe if you are careful and aware of your surroundings. The Apartheid Museum in Joburg was so emotionally wrenching, and Robbin Island off Cape Town was a truly profouond experience with a former inmate serving as our guide. We never had a bad meal in So Africa, whether in fine hotels or at seaside fish and chips shops. Everything is fresh and served beautifully.
I have travelled to all the continents except Austrailia, and I am in love with Africa. Egypt was interesting, but East and South Africa are still the travel experiences par excellence.
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