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Jun 26th, 2008, 08:17 AM
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trip report: tanzania and kenya

just returned from incredible safari in Tanzania and Kenya. My husband, a friend and I booked through AfricaDream Safaris. Absolutely wonderful. Transfers were all taken care of at Kili airport so there was no waiting, stayed in Ameru River Lodge (very nice, but we were only there overnight) first night then up early next morning to fly to western Serengeti and start our safari. Had our own private Land Rover and the best guide (very experienced) in the area. Elephants, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, lions...everything on the very first day! Stayed at ultra-luxe Kirawira tented lodge for 2 nights. Did not want to leave. Tent has wood floor, all bathing ammenities, beautiful view of the Serengeti from the hill. Breathtaking. Up early for game drive, all day with picnic lunch. Then the next day to central serengeti, stayed in private luxury camp. Tents with camp toilet, bladder shower with hot water, showering outside (but in private). Beautiful setting, only disappointment there was that the migration had already passed: hard to plan exactly where they'll be a year in advance. But the service and food were great. Spent 2 nights there, exploring the central and southern and eastern plains, then on to the Ngorongoro crater. Stayed at the Serena Lodge. Nice place, beautiful view, service a little spotty (friend had trouble with phone in room that was never resolved). Food is good. ***I'm a vegetarian and never had any problems with food selection.***Spent 1/2 day then 1 whole day in the crater. Do not miss this place!!!! Rhinos, lions right next to the road; sleeping in the road, everything. It is beautiful, extraordinary, words can't describe how special. After the crater we packed up and went to Lake Manyara for the day and found the Blue monkey! Lots of great birds, too. Then on to the Plantation Lodge for the night. Beautiful place, very peaceful, good food, again. Next morning long drive to Arusha to the airport to fly to Nairobi for the next part of our safari. This part was handled by CC Africa. Stayed at Kichwa Tembo tented lodge. Service is warm and friendly and professional. Beautiful tents with wood floors, and regular bathroom facilities, shower inside. Hot water. Great game viewing, although this part of the safari was not in a private vehicle, it still wasn't bad, shared with 2 people sometimes but we had the vehicle to ourselves often. Once again, lions, zebra, etc. Rhino and leopard, again, cheetah. Never saw an actual kill but saw the aftermath. Actually saw crocodiles with a zebra in the Mara River.
I would whole-heartedly recommend ADS to anyone who was going on safari for the first time, (that was us) because you are spoiled with the accomodations, taken care of from start to finish, have excellent guides, great food, and it is all with little or no worries. We can't wait to go back. We'll probably try to go a little cheaper but with the same operator because they did a great job.
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Jun 26th, 2008, 08:53 AM
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Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. We leave in two weeks for Kenya and Tanzania so your report was very timely. Thanks for sharing.
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Jun 26th, 2008, 09:58 AM
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It sounds wonderful. I go on my first ever safari in October. We almost chose ADS too. Dawn was extremely helpful in the planning.
I was second guessing myself after choosing another operator, but I think (hope) that's normal. I had heard nothing but good things about ADS, so it was difficult finally deciding to go with another operator but it felt right at the time.
Glad you had a great time. It sounds absolutely perfect, everything I dream of. I cannot wait. I know I will never be able to afford this again so I am hoping I am not disappointed.
Thank you for telling us about your trip.
Sue
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Jun 26th, 2008, 10:15 AM
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Thanks for the report. Sounds like a great trip. Glad to hear things went well. Who was your guide with ADS? We are leaving for a Tanzania only safari with ADS next week.

We will be in the west Serengeti as you were but also in the north. Do you think we will see the migration in the north?

Thanks for any info.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 03:20 PM
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hope I'm not too late in responding. Our guide was Siita. The best. Have a great safari. I'm pretty sure you will see the migration in the west and north. ADS does a good job getting you to the animals. They were just arriving when we were there.
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