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Travel + Leisure's - A-List 2016 - Mark Nolting

Travel + Leisure's 15th annual A-List in 2016 showcases the best specialists in the travel business—the people who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, can get you into sold-out hotels, and provide the best insider travel tips.







We are thrilled and honored that Mark Nolting remains on the list once again for the 8th year in a row with his specialties of East and Southern Africa for multi-generational families.

​5 Solo Safaris for Single Travelers

African Adventure explorations aren’t limited to couples and groups; single travelers can join in the safari excitement and have an equally astounding trip, plus the luxury of stretching out in spacious accommodations, while having the camaraderie of dinner and safari companions on one of our group adventures. While any trip can became a solo journey with a “singles supplement,” the following safaris are especially good fits for those who want to see amazing Africa on their own, in the comfort of a small group with 5 to 9 other people: 


1. Group Primate and Plains Safari to Uganda and Rwanda

“My trip to Uganda and Rwanda was wonderful. It was everything I expected and more. Everything was 5-star and I couldn't be happier!” says client Amanda Bush about this unique AAC trip.

This group adventure encompasses the thrill of gorilla treks and wildlife safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes National Park, chimp trekking in Kibale Forest, and game viewing in Uganda the "The Pearl of Africa---all areas where the pristine natural areas and incredible wildlife encounters are some of the best in Africa. As for the gorilla treks, here’s what client Jeff Skinner says: “IT WAS GREAT! THANK YOU!!!! Uganda was absolutely unbelievably wonderful, exciting, awesome. We had a short drive (45 minutes), a short trek (no more than 45 minutes) and an hour surrounded by the H Group of gorillas, 18 members walking around us. We saw all 18! The silverback was one of the first to come out of the bush and he sat down across from us. Then one by one all the others paraded in front of us… I don't know how this visit could have been any better!!!”




2. South Africa Luxury Safari and Cape Getaway

A trip for travelers who want a journey to combine a Top Safari Lodge and Top hotel in the Cape. Solo travelers will experience the incredible wildlife of a Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands including luxe Rattrays, exclusive Singita, or boutique Londolozi. After a full immersion in the bush, head to glorious Cape Town and a stay at elegant Cape Grace or jewel box Ellerman House hotels in Cape Town. Then venture into the winelands near Franschoek and Paarl to toast to your amazing South African adventure.



3. Explorer Group Safari to Tanzania

This is not only our most affordable group safaris in Tanzania, but also hits the exciting Migration. The special price is based on the unique variety of accommodations, including comfortable tented camps, and small country hotels. Highlights include Tarangire National Park where activities include game drives, guided walking safaris, and cultural interaction with the Maasai; the Great Rift Valley; spectacular Ngorongoro Crater; and the “endless plains” of the Serengeti. AAC client John Munro reminisces: "The trip to Tanzania went great was able to see lots of game. Shaukat was very easy to work with and he made suggestions to the group which bettered every ones experience. Enclosed is a picture that got me recognized for the rest of the trip, it was sure an interesting experience since I did not know what I was getting my self into, which was a Massai dance."


4. Ultimate Namibian Group Safari

Visit the otherworldly landscapes of Namibia on this small group trip (maximum 8 people) which includes Sossusvlei (Sossus Dune Lodge), Walvis Bay-Swakopmund, Damaraland (Camp Kipwe), Etosha and Onguma, and finishes with time at the very special Okonjima's AfriCat Day Center. Accommodations include Classic level permanent tented camps and lodges. AAC client Paulo Ortega raves about this special safari:  "...Everything was fantastic. 'Fantastic', however, is too little to say how much I loved the adventure...I can't thank you enough. I was spoiled in so many levels...To sum up, my best vacation ever!" 



5. Botswana Wing Safari to Desert and Delta 

A  flying safari into the most beautiful natural areas of Botswana, including six nights at two different camps in both the unique Central Kalahari and the rich wilderness areas of either Linyanti or the Okavango Delta. AAC client Merrilee Shipman experienced the wonder of Botswana on this group trip and says: "The trip of a lifetime was indeed this spectacular adventure to Botswana, the Kalahari Desert and Moremi / Delta...There was so much to see that I hardly know where to begin. Some of the highlights were: Seeing a live Wildebeest birth in the wild...the time the "Elephants Came to Tea". Ban had just set the Landrover "table" for afternoon tea when a herd of Elephant decided to join us. Well, we hurried into the vehicle and just watched. Elephant after Elephant passed by and it was amazing to watch. Such huge creatures...And we saw lions, fabulous birds, and oh so much! Thank you for putting together such a seamless trip which was totally AMAZING! Looking forward to more Safaris," Merrilee Shipman




Migration Update - Tanzania

The Migration Movement updated - July 22, 2016


Big herds have moved north with the majority located between Kogatende and Lobo in the Serengeti. 
Meanwhile, late last week reports from Rekero Camp were that the wildebeest herds were crossing the Mara River at the Lookout Hill crossing point.


Yesterday afternoon, large herds of wildebeest and zebra both resident and migratory had moved from the Topi Plains and Malima Tatu areas and into the East Marsh, Bila Shaka and Musiara grasslands. Governors Camps reported yesterday evening, a large crossing of wildebeest and zebra were seen going from west to east at the main crossing point, four wildebeest were taken by the resident crocodile, one yearling wildebeest that was caught by a crocodile struggled and kicked, it was able to get away with the crocodile only on its tail.






The Migration Movement updated - April 11, 2016


We have reports that a couple of thousand wildebeest arrived between the centre of the Serengeti and Moru Kopjes.



The Migration Movement updated - February 29, 2016


The migration is around Kakesio and the Makao plains right now. Lots of of newborns witnessed.



There are huge herds of wildebeest still around Kimuma Hill and across to Ubuntu and Ndutu. North of there on the plains towards It’s still sunny and dry here and plenty of green grass so hopefully they will be around here for a bit longer!


The Migration Movement updated - February 01, 2016



Rain on the plains: The New Year started for our grunting gnu's with a rather prolonged dry spell which persisted through most of January, and that meant that the bulk of the migration herds moved towards Kusini and Maswa. However, reports from our guides in the Serengeti is that it has now started raining again, and the southern plains are full of wildebeest. The herds are spreading from Piyaya, Barafu, Golini and over the triangle between Naabi and Ndutu, through to the Ndutu marsh, Matiti and all the way out towards Kusini. It really is an incredible scene out there, check out these pics taken by our guide Ian Kiwelu.


It is raining almost daily at the moment, which does make game drives in some areas a little interesting, but it has brought the wildebeest back to where they should be - happy days.





I am with clients between Lobo and Bologonja and we bumped into the eastern herds, they should be heading across the Sand River soon into the Mara, they are moving slowly because of all the grass and water which is great for the lion in the area.

Emmanual Mkenda, Ranger Safaris Guide


Guests came back reporting that they had enjoyed huge numbers of wildebeest not too far from Four Seasons on the way to Lobo - I assume near Mbuzi Mawe. They said the had also see quite alot of males preparing for the rut and butting heads. 

Oli, Four Seasons Lodge



Drivers coming in today report huge zebra numbers out on the plains around Naabi hill, and large (several hundred at a time) groups dotted around Triangle between Naabi and here, and out on Caracal Plateau, Olduvai and Twin Hills plains so still many around.

Ndutu Safari Lodge


We have an update this week from in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti. The guides took a drive to the central Serengeti to see the migration which was a remarkable sighting for our clients.

Asilia Ubuntu Camp

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Client Trip Reports Southern Africa - Apr-Jun 2016

The Best of Southern Africa including Sabi Sand, Victoria Falls and Chobe


Hi Jessica,


All the transitions to and from the airports went very smoothly. I usually get very anxious prior to flying, but was able to relax and feel confident that you had everything arranged and that we would get where we needed to be…


Next stop Skukuza and the Savanna Lodge. Our airport pick-up was great - he even stopped and we saw Cape buffalo and giraffe on the way to the lodge. We were really spoiled by having Savanna as our first stop. GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! People, facility, guide, accommodations - outstanding! Paddy was a terrific host as were Natasha and MacKayla and our guide Derrick was the best. Every time I thought "it can't get any better than this" it did. At lunch the day of arrival, we sat down and a huge herd of Cape buffalo came to the waterhole just outside the grounds. Really liked sitting at one long table with the rest of the guests, trading stories of the day. The first morning we had a leopard hiding next to the wheel of the rover peeking underneath to watch the impala. David was on the top seat just 4 feet above him. Also saw plenty of lions - David's favorite. I'm not sure I can even pick a favorite…Food was great too. Loved the cocktail hour around the fire. Went to the village and took the school supplies we packed. The little ones sang songs for us. They were just precious. Hated to leave.




You were right about the panorama tour- we saw some gorgeous scenery. Did a lot of walking too- didn't make it to the top of God's Window - settled for the lower view…


Victoria Falls Hotel - beautiful hotel. Excellent service! Loved the elephant experience. We had a huge 30 year old male Jock - nicknamed the pig as he wants to eat all the time…Great sightseeing experience with Victoria Falls guide, Cynthia. She walked us over to the train station and had the driver pick us up there. David got to go up into the cab of the steam engine- he loved it as he is a big steam train aficionado. Even with the raincoats we were wet. Falls were breathtaking and Cynthia got us there at the right time of day. Rainbows everywhere. Could ask her anything and she knew the answer.



Chobe Chilwero was terrific too. The river cruise was great- saw elephants swimming-hippos too. They're a bit scary- they'd just pop up and then we would change course away from them.


We were a bit concerned that we wouldn't see as much since they aren't allowed to go off trail, but didn't need to worry - saw lots. Elephants up close and personal - 2 feet from the rover.
Lions only 20 yds from the restroom/ breakfast stop. She was so hidden in the grass that none of the vehicles spotted her right away. She had cubs stashed in a thicket and didn't appreciate the traffic…Hippos, crocs, sable antelope, more giraffe, zebra, lions. Lots of animals large and small and birds of all kinds. We loved it here too. At meals they have separate tables, but we sat with another couple on a few occasions which we liked better. Ish was our guide and the first day our rover group asked to take off the canvas top of the rover- which they did. It allowed us to see more birds and when we saw giraffe and elephant the top didn't get in the way. Since temps were mild we really didn't need the shade. Accommodations were first rate - would do little special things in the room each eve and after our last evening game drive had a hot bubble bath and champagne waiting for us.


This was our best trip ever. Not sure that anything could top it - ever. Ps: took about 1500 photo plus video - still going thru them all.


Debra Christensen, June 2016




“Big Five” Safari to Mashatu and MalaMala Game Reserve


Hi Lynne,


We had a great time!


Our safari was really pretty fantastic. We had great photographic opportunities. We saw the big five in the first day and one half and then had many good sightings on the other days. Of the 13 half day safari drives in MalaMala we had only one drive that was fairly quiet. The rest were great. The one problem at MalaMala was that the area is covered in large part in rather thick brush making photography more challenging then say at the more open areas at Mashatu. On the other hand the foliage was starting to change and that added to the scenery.


The hides in Mashatu were spectacular for photography and just seeing some of the animals during our use on three half days. Ruth, who was our photography guide, was great. All our drives there were productive. The photo vehicle was a help in low light situations as well as being more comfortable then the regular safari vehicle.




Joe was our ranger in MalaMala and he was also very good although not a professional photographer as was Ruth. We had a photo vehicle there that had been newly equipped with a system of sliding been bag camera supports that was very effective.


We saw a more variety animals in MalaMala and the place was very nice for the stay. However it was a little stuffy in our collective opinion and we preferred the less formal atmosphere at Mashatu. The food was particularly good at Mashatu and was over seen by Steve the Executive Chef. Also the meal times that were offered where at better times for our photography drives then at MalaMala.


However, despite the minor differences, we liked both places and they complimented each other well. We were on safari during the nice weather of fall. Both places were not very crowded which was a plus.


The 7 nights in Mala Mala and the 5 nights at Mashatu were about right given how productive the days were while we were there.


All the arrangements worked out flawlessly which we very much appreciated. We were glad that, with your help, we picked two good places to visit.


Stu Hahn, June 2016




Legends of Zimbabwe Flying Safari including Hwange and Mana Pools


We wanted to thank Lynne and the rest of the team. We just got back from Zimbabwe. The advice we received was spot on. Our only regret is that we didn’t stay a little longer.


Linkwasha Camp was excellent and a good transition. Hwange was in the low 40s at night and in the morning and about 75 mid-day. They bundled us up in ponchos, blankets, and gave us a hot water bottle for the early morning drive (in addition to our several layers). All 3 of our main guides were great - especially our walking guide, Sam. His pre-walk prep talk bordered on humorous (he showed us how to load, chamber, and shoot his gun…he showed us how to use his GPS to find the jeep...). Walking was an event here - it was basically the day’s drive.


Linkwasha had a red light night drive and the guides worked together to find animals for us….The food was good - for the animals too … an elephant ate outside our tent at night. There were a lot of animal noises as many things wandered through the camp on the way to the nearby watering hole. I would definitely recommend the camp.



Vundu Camp was, of course, totally different as a smaller family-run rather than corporate camp. The resident managers, Marie and Alex, were wonderful. They went overboard in making us feel at home. In fact, Marie found out that we would be celebrating our anniversary later in the week. She organized a surprise candlelight dinner for 2 in front of our tent along the Zambezi. It was amazing. They set up a little bar (a little of everything from spirits to sparkling wine) and appetizers by a fire and 2 chairs. They brought a 3 course meal down to a candlelight table they had carried down. Our guide joined us briefly as an elephant decided to eat his way walking by our tent mid-dinner. We had plenty of hot water from our own fire heated tank. Henry was an excellent guide and took us canoeing; we had a brief moment of excitement when a bull hippo turned around and decided to chase us. Henry’s approach to walking was to drive around until we saw something interesting then get out and approach it by foot so we had lots of short walks. We walked up to the painted dog den. In general, the animals were fewer and less varied than Hwange but the experience was definitely different….




Thank you for arranging such a good guide (Cynthia) for Victoria Falls. I think listening to her stories about her life in Zimbabwe was probably even more interesting than seeing the falls themselves. Our bush pilot was kind enough to fly us around the falls as well.


Elephant Camp in Victoria Falls was a little like a Ritz Carlton! It was a little unlike being in Africa but for the end of our trip (and our actual anniversary) it was great. Sylvester, their resident cheetah ambassador was a real highlight. We went on a 2 hour off leash walk with him in the park. He was habituated to people enough to let you touch him but otherwise he really ignored you rather than acting like a pet. We also met their elephants and fed them (but didn’t ride them).They gave us a tour of the research and animal rescue facility that is independent but on the Elephant Camp’s grounds and that was fascinating.


We’d do it again.


Gerald and Karen Striph, June 2016




Safari to Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and Botswana’s Okavango Delta


Dear Szilvia,


Sally and I, on our trip with Meredith and Pat, had the trip of a lifetime. We had some apprehension before leaving, but the time on safari, starting with our accommodation and tours in Johannesburg, could not have gone better.


The accommodation you selected for us in Johannesburg and Cape Town was excellent, good rooms, meals and staff. The safari camps were all excellent. Wilderness Safaris and their air services do a fabulous job. There was a variety in the terrain the camps, and the wildlife we viewed was plentiful, colorful, and in several cases brought home to us the fight for survival - several viewings of a “kill” being guarded/feasted on, starting with our first day in our first camp at Little Makalolo. The guides and the camp staff were all very good. Getting a wake-up at 5:15 or 5:30, still dark outside was a bit of a shock at first, but we soon got used to it. The water features in the Kwetsani Camp gave us a very different view of the landscape and we enjoyed that. The number and variety of mammals more than met any expectations, but for me the bird life was also impressive.


Once again, it was a wonderful experience, and thank you for your choice of camps and the itinerary.


Harry Beattie, May 2016




Botswana Flying Safari to the Okavango Delta


Dear Lynne,


Thanks to you and your staff, Kirk and I had the best time EVER on our recent trip to Victoria Falls and Botswana. It was exactly what we wanted and even surpassed our expectations. All connections went smoothly. We really appreciated the attention to detail throughout.


We left the planning in your capable hands and were very happy with how it all turned out. The camps in Botswana were a very nice contrast to one another (ie. Savanna-marshland-water areas). We found the staff from managers to custodial to wait staff all professional and courteous giving us personal attention and going out of their ways, at times, to see that we were comfortable.


Our guides (Luke, Moyo and Moss) were all knowledgeable on a variety of topics from animals to plants to the ecosystem in general and even astronomy. At Kwetsani, Moyo gave us all a power point slide show one evening which was a wonderful overview of how the Okavango Delta came to be.



Our accommodations were more than adequate in all camps. What a surprise to discover a hair dryer at Mombo! We were very comfortable in all environments. The investment in the use of solar energy is consistent with the “eco” concept and good planning for future needs.


The animals? Well, what can I say?! They were the main reason we went and we saw a wonderful variety. Of course, everything was new to us so that we were thrilled even after the thousandth impala. We loved the varieties of trees and plants—especially that most interesting one at Mombo with the champagne glasses dangling from it and a side sprout of a champagne bottle. All animal were quite courteous and photogenic (except for some baboons at Kwetsani who left a couple unsavory deposits on our deck table and outdoor shower.)


It truly was a trip of a lifetime for us. We so appreciate your planning and arrangements---A+!


Most sincerely,


Barbara and Kirk Eidenmuller, May 2016




The Best of Southern Africa


Words cannot describe the amazing trip you planned for us. Your tag line states “For the safari of a life time” and it is true!


I travel a lot and this has been my favorite trip to date! The trip was so easy and smooth due to all the people that transported us from location to location.


I have so many highlights including the following:


• Rob Byram couldn't have given us a better tour of Cape Town and the surrounding area. He was informative and fun!
• Cheetah Plains Safari Camp was amazing! Everyone there had a visible passion for being there and were so welcoming! The guide Andrew was a phenomenal guide who taught me more in 3 days than I thought I could learn. ..I would have loved more time with him! His love of animals was addicting. The rooms were so clean, comfy and felt like home while we were there. The food was delicious! Chef made local dishes which were so much fun to eat and so yummy!
• Cynthia in Victoria Falls was so fun. She helped me understand the culture of Zimbabwe and see the beautiful falls!
• Everyone at Muchenje Safari Lodge was very kind. Paul was a wonderful guide who was extremely informative! Sy's boat cruise was an amazing end to our trip.


We had no glitches and had the best trip thanks to all your preparation!


Thank you!


Jean Kostka and Meg Kefaloonitis, May 2016




Adventure to Kapama Game Reserve, Cape Town and Victoria Falls




From start to finish it could not have been better. After the first flight it was nice to be greeted right at the gate and escorted trough the entry process. All escorts were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.


Kapama Buffalo Camp was beautiful and our guide F. W was excellent. He had as much if not more enthusiasm as us every time we spotted an animal.


The Welgelegen Guest House in Cape Town was great and so was our guide Lucia. The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was a great way to end our wonderful trip.


We can’t wait to return to Africa. Thank you for a wonderful trip.


Doug Mutton, May 2016




Safari to Botswana and South Africa


Our trip was awesome thanks to you. Plans flowed flawlessly as we were met always (as promised) by helpful, courteous and knowledgeable people at each step of our African journey. The accommodations you helped me choose were excellent.


I will recommend your services to all my friends. I want to thank you for your superb arrangements and planning. We could just relax and enjoy every moment because we knew that you had planned our trip down to every detail. Thank you.


Trudy Sack, May 2016




Best of Wilderness Safaris Botswana Flying Safari


Thank you so much Szilvia! We had a wonderful time in Africa. Everything went smoothly, all your planning was well worth it. We arrived in Johannesburg early and were met and transported through customs easily. The trip to the hotel was quick and we were able to relax a little that evening. The hotel was very convenient, nicer than we had imagined. The restaurant was very nice, we had a perfect stay there at the Intercontinental Hotel.


The flight to Victoria Falls was easy, our time there was very relaxing. The Victoria Falls Hotel was what we imagined, the Stables Wing rooms were very nice. We'd stay there again. We had a nice dinner at the hotel that night, and the breakfast buffet exceeded expectations. The Wilderness Safari people were excellent. We had a great tour of the falls with Precious, our driver during the trip Abiata was very entertaining. Everything went smoothly. The sunset cruise was outstanding, we had the best pictures of hippos on our trip there. We got to see our first elephant on the banks of the Zambezi as well.


Abiata drove us the next morning to Botswana, we smoothly went through customs, etc. The driver took us to the airport, and the Wilderness people at Kasane again got us situated easily onto our flight to Duma Tau. We really enjoyed our time at the camp. The people were friendly and the game viewing was excellent. We really wanted to see the wild dogs and were not disappointed…Godfrey was our guide and went above and beyond in trying to make sure we saw everything we wanted to. We wished we had booked a 3rd night there.



Our flight to Vumbura went well, the camp's views were breathtaking. Our tent was really luxurious, the food excellent. Z was our guide, his knowledge helped us in everything from tracking to photography. We saw the leopards, hyenas and again wild dogs.


Finally Mombo, we arrived to Little Mombo where our guide named Tebla picked us up at the airport. We preferred Little Mombo, enjoying the quieter camp. The staff catered to anything we wanted. They arranged a Birthday lunch for Rich in the bush that was amazing...


Needless to say, it was an unforgettable experience and we are planning to return there after it is redone. We again were lucky to be able to see all the game we wanted, including lions and a white rhino.


It really was a trip of a lifetime. Rich is already looking into returning in 3 or 4 years, possibly to Zimbabwe and part of Botswana. We wanted to thank you again for all your recommendations. I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but I tried to hit the high points.


Susan and Rich Chernick, April 2016




Big Five in South Africa’s Private Game Reserve


Hi Kyle/All,


I wanted to report back that we had a wonderful trip to Victoria Falls and Tanda Tula. All of the transitions, rides, and reservations worked out perfectly.


I found Victoria Falls powerful and a wonder of nature. Ester was a wonderful guide. She ensured we got there in time to see the rainbows.


I was totally surprised when our sunset cruise on the Zambezi River turned up elephants feeding on the shore and a hippo family in the river.


It was a good taste of what was to come on the safari. The safari was even better for me since I have a soft spot for the animals. The theme for me was seeing mothers and babies nursing. We saw this with 2 giraffes, 2 rhinos, and 2 impala. We saw plenty of animals and the surprise for me was that we went off road and got really close to the animals. Last time I went on safari in Tanzania and Kenya we had to stay in the roads. The difference was that we saw thousands of animals then, but saw animals up close and personal this time. It was great.


Tanda Tula is a wonderful camp - accommodations were amazing, and all of what goes into a great stay. The staff and food are wonderful. They invited us for a morning drive on our last day which wasn’t on our schedule but we had time for given our flight schedule. That was the day we saw a final round of great sites.



So, thank you for a great trip. I found it so easy making the plans. I think we had 1 phone call and perhaps 2 email rounds. I’ll be back again next time I plan a trip to Africa. My trip 6 years ago and this one have been the best 2 vacations I ever gone on!!




Janet Evans, Apr 2016


Clients Trip Reports East Africa - Apr-Jun 2016

Luxury Tanzania Tented Safari including Tarangire and Serengeti


Hey Jessica,


We all had an amazing safari adventure. From the moment we got off the plane upon arriving in Africa until we arrived at the airport to leave Africa, we were well taken care of by everyone. It was more awesome than any of us could have imagined.


We can't imagine a better fit than Hilary as our guide. He was patient, kind and such a wealth of knowledge, not to mention an absolute joy to spend time with. He does his job so incredibly well.




The Tarangire Treetops, wow, we could spend a month or two there. That was our favorite camp. Thank you so much for arranging it. Everyone was so hospitable. Our assigned staff was a gentleman named Justin who was a breath of fresh air for some, at times, cranky kids and dad adjusting to travel and bugs.


We found out we are cat people. We counted 60 lions, six leopards and six cheetahs (four of which were only days old). I took about 1200 photos, two of my favorites: there is a lion family lying on a log and one of the baby's is hitting mom on the head. The other is of two cheetah babies hiding behind some flowers and you can just make out their heads through the flowers.


Our coolest experience was probably at the Treetops. We opted to do both the sunset and nighttime excursion with one of the treetop's guides. We were driving up a ridge to have a picnic and watch the sun set, we came up the hill and turned to the left to have our picnic and there were two lions, close enough I could have touched one of them from the vehicle. We had our picnic elsewhere and when it was dark we made our way back up the ridge to see if they were still there and by the time we got to the top, there were four lions playing in the dark. The whole evening was mind-boggling.


We have been advertising hard for The Africa Adventure Company since our return home, sharing photos and stories. Thank you again for all of your time and assistance since we started planning this trip last fall.
Robby Adams, June 2016




Gorilla Trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


Hey! We had a great time on gorilla trekking!


Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp was an awesome place; 1st rate food, laundry free! (especially nice after mud/root/plant covered trekking), secluded private bungalows, hot water with pressure, electronic charging area, etc.




The Bwindi forest also had benefits over Rwanda. The forest begins at the valley bottom instead of halfway up the mountain after farming quits, so less height involved and NO nettles. It is a fern tree based forest. The gorilla groups are sometimes not that far away from road in some areas.


The guide, Michael somehow got us on very small group walks for gorilla groups; once it was just us two, another time only 3 persons. Don't know how but it was superior viewing and hiking that way.


I was also impressed by their very community based walks including Bwindi hospital and local farms (no school on Sat for us). great projects going on.


Thanks for all your arrangements!


Debby and Gregg Hamann, June 2016




Flying Safari to Kenya and Rwanda including Samburu and Gorilla Trekking


Dear Alison,


We loved Africa and realize we should have been traveling to that amazing continent before now.


Rwanda was lovely with its green farmlands and friendly people. Sitting with the gorillas gave me a complete sense of peace.


Kenya’s Nairobi was exciting and the elephant experience, in the bush, was meaningful and beautiful. We had the pleasure of meeting some Kenyan school kids on a field trip. We couldn’t tell which group enjoyed meeting which more. Each of us wore a giant smile as we interacted.


Your choice of accommodations, drivers and greeters was thorough and excellent. We very much enjoyed getting to know Sammy in Kenya and Gerald in Rwanda. They were very kind and helpful in every way…


The highlight of our journey was a sundowner at Elephant Watch Camp. We hiked through a river bed, toward the sunset, with 7 Samburu warriors. We danced their tribal dances and listened to their Samburu chanting and singing. That is our favorite and lasting memory of Africa.




We are very pleased with The Africa Adventure Company. We thought our guides, scheduled accommodations and all airport transfers were timely, professional and thorough. Being in Africa is such a profound difference and your planning made us feel comfortable and well cared for. We will not hesitate to use your company for future African travel nor hesitate to refer you to family and friends.


We hope to work with you again.


Warm regards,


Debbie Lundgren, June 2016




What an incredible adventure! Thank you!


The 'handoffs' and 'supervision' were seamless. From the moment we arrived Kilimanjaro and had our visas purchased to being shepherded through security on our way home, we were always under a watchful , friendly ,customer oriented eye. We could focus on enjoying the trip rather than worry about logistics.


Our Kili and Safari tour leaders were exceptional. I cannot say enough positive things about Chris, our Kili guide and Davis, our safari guide. We felt very confident in them; both were incredible and I would give a 5 star rating.


Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was challenging but an amazing experience. Zach and I summited Uhuru which was very cool. Chris (our chief guide) and Naimon (assist chief guide) were simply outstanding and exceptional. We felt confident and safe at all times notwithstanding the challenges…7 days was correct number of days (thanks)…Accommodations as expected; sleeping and mess tents fine…



Then it was time for our safari. Our guide Davis was absolutely exceptional! He was knowledgeable, customer focused and responsible. Our Land Rover was very comfortable.


Our first stop was to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Ngorogoro Sopa Lodge, which was absolutely wonderful. Great food, accommodations and friendly staff. The wildlife in the crater was very good and concentrated. We both felt that our 1 full day there was just fine.


The game viewing on the Serengeti was good and saw a great deal of wildlife, including the 'big five'. We did have some smoke from the controlled burnings which was an issue but your ground crew handled it quite well. The Serengeti mobile tented camp was wonderful. The staff was very friendly, great accommodations and good food.


We asked Davis to arrange a visit to a Maasai village which was fascinating. We highly recommend this!


Overall, we had a simply wonderful and very well done adventure.


Thank you
Rich Gilbert and Zach Gilbert, June 2016




Group safari to Tanzania’s Tarangire, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro and Serengeti


We had a wonderful time on our safari (#3 for us and probably the best one so far). Special thanks goes to our guide Hebert Steven Mollel so please share this with him and his management team. We travel a lot and the most important part of landing in a strange country where you are depending on someone else is to be met on time at the airport. As soon as we exited Hebert was there to assist us directly to his vehicle. We were the only passengers on the tour and that suited us fine. Hebert was super at handling all questions and giving us an plan for each evening on when was dinner, where to meet and then the next days plans. No matter how dumb the question he was happy to assist.


Thank you for everything,


Rich Noel, May 2016




The Best of East and Southern Africa including MalaMala and a private safari to Tanzania


Mark/Kollin, et al:


Now that all participants have arrived back into reality, a trip description is in order, perhaps even with some pictures.


The flights to Johannesburg and onto Cape Town were good. Reception and help at both airports were appreciated. Our hotel, newly acquired by Marriott (Protea Fire and Ice), was a good choice. We had a 2-story apartment (2br, 2 bath) which worked perfectly with respect to location and would be perfectly suited for a family. Our time with Lazarus was excellent and a pleasure. Cape Town and its surroundings were worth the time spent there for food, sights and wine and especially the shark cage. Watching the "tablecloth" come down was also unusual.


MalaMala gave us the Big 5 and an enjoyable time with Mike along with never ending food and drink. The airport was unusual since it looked more like a resort. It was a great introduction to African wildlife and Ranger expertise as well as serving as a counterpoint to the subsequent camps. Our stays at the camps leading to Victoria Falls provided different experiences ranging from elephants, crocs and being chased by a hippo. We met interesting people including some with common friends…




Victoria Falls was exceptional since it was full water flow and the falls were at their most magnificent with respect to rainbows, mist and sheer visual spectacle. Richard met us as scheduled. Cynthia was knowledgeable and sharing. The "guys" did our high wire act with Pat watching. It appears that I was the oldest to do the cliff jump for the gorge swing. So much for the old guys rule - "the older I get, the better I was". The hotel and staff were great as was the food.


Tanzania with Mkenda was like adding another person to the family. Gibb's Farm was delightful and delicious. The crater was amazing and great for lion close ups (that is until we got to the Serengeti. Danced and jumped with the Maasai - Rich even got as high.)


Olduvai Gorge was informative and we acted out with "the bones." The Serengeti adventures were remarkable. Lions really close up, large hippo pods, leopards, cheetahs, a multitude of baboon families, crocodiles, wildebeest migration, zebras, giraffes, multiple birds and other small prey and predators. The balloon ride, even if early in the morning, was an adventure - not only for the view but the opportunity to possibly be on a South Korean TV show. Closing this part of the adventure at the 4 Seasons was the right touch. Rich even met someone that could be helpful in his new job.



Rich and Pete went on to successfully climb Kili and proceed with their further adventures in Kenya and Zanzibar.


Thank you for a memorable adventure!


Marty and Pat Bernstein, Apr 2016


AAC Privately Guided Family and Solo Traveler trips with our Tanzania Guides (Jan - May 2016)


May Safari for the Bernstein Party Guided by Mkenda Emmanuel


I had the pleasure of guiding the Bernstein family this past May. These clients requested my service as their friends traveled with me in 2011 and recommended me. They had very high expectations as their friends had a great safari. The Bernstein’s began their safari in South Africa, where they saw a lot of things (except cheetah, black rhino and the great migration) so the pressure was on to show off the highlights of Tanzania!


Happily, the safari exceeded their expectations. It was a mixture of cultural experiences and great game viewing. They met with local people and observed their activities at the Maasai local market along the way to Ngorongoro. They saw lots of game including lion prides, rhinos, the migration, hunting lions, cheetahs and lots of hippopotamus.


In the Ngorongoro and in Serengeti, they enjoyed seeing a large number of animals gathered in one place –Something very different from what they experienced in South Africa.




MAY 2, 2016


The safari started by picking up the Bernstein’s from the Kilimanjaro airport. I met them after they cleared customs gave a brief introduction about the safari before heading to Ngorongoro Crater via Gibbs Farm where we stopped for lunch. On the way, there was a Maasai open market in Mto wa Mbu where we stopped and enjoyed seeing local people buying and selling cattle and other things.




I talked about the culture of Tanzania as we have almost about 120 different tribes. Many of them are found in Mto wa Mbu, known as the “mosquito creek town”. These people were attracted by the favorable environment for agriculture. However, Mto wa Mbu is also known as being one of the worst place for contracting malaria.


We discussed the other tribes living in traditional ways of life such as Datoga who live as nomads, Iraqw which emigrated here 2000 yrs ago and the Hazabe who live by collecting fruits and roots and hunting with bow and arrows.


At Gibbs, we enjoyed seeing flowers and vegetable garden followed by a delicious lunch. We departed for our lodge located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. On the way I gave a briefing about the caldera, that is the largest intact, unbroken wall and unflooded caldera on Earth. It is sometimes described as the Garden of Eden.


MAY 3, 2016


Today was our full day of game viewing In the Ngorongoro Crater. We saw lions, hippopotamus, elephants, rhinos and all the wildebeests and zebras. It was amazing. We also enjoyed a picnic breakfast and lunch on the crater floor which made our day even more breathtaking. We saw this huge male lion and a female – it was just as if you were watching a National Geographic film. Then we saw the rhino and a pride of lions …all before we had breakfast!




On the crater floor, we enjoyed seeing a golden shimmering color from flowers especially when the sun was shining. This only happens during this time of the year. In the evening as we were ascending from the crater, we enjoyed seeing a troop of baboons on the road. It was awesome to finish a day in this way.


MAY 4, 2016


Today we drove to the Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge. On the way, I talked about the uniqueness of the gorge as it was the first place to discover the oldest skull of human kind by the name Australopithecus Boizei dated 1.75 million years ago, and that shifted the original of human kind from Asia to Africa in 1959, 17th July.


Also we visited the “shifting sand” where the clients had a great time. This sand popped out from a live volcano few kilometers away in 1969 and moves about 17 meters a year. This sand is made of iron fire lings (hydro-carbonic irons) and can be attracted by a magnetic.




We continued to the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, our base for the next three nights.


May 5, 2016


This day was so special since the clients were looking forward to seeing cheetahs and we were thrilled when we saw four cheetahs at a close range. They entertained us by chasing a group of zebras and then climbing a small tree and posing on the termite mounds.


MAY 6, 2016


After an early morning balloon safari, we had a great day being in the midst of the entire migration as it has been said to be the world great show on Earth. It was awesome and magnificent! Equally as thrilling was the sighting of lions and cheetahs posing on the rocks.




MAY 7, 2016


This day we packed and moved to Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge in the morning. We saw leopards in trees, lions on the rock kopjes and many hippopotamus which were the highlights of the day as they were so entertaining.



MAY 8, 2016


Today once again was incredible to see the migration for the last time. We drove to Namiri plains where we saw unbelievable numbers of both wildebeests and zebras and lots of lions and cheetahs and we had picnic lunch between the migration and lions on the kopjes. 





We also saw tree climbing lions and two leopards posing in trees; all these cats are attracted by the presence of the migratory animals.





MAY 9, 2016


This was the end of our adventure safari. We left at 0800 hours and did a game drive en route to the airstrip so they could catch their flight at 1100hrs. The clients were very happy with what we saw in terms of game as well as their involvement in finding animals. The highlight of the safari – witnessing the great migration on the Serengeti.






March Safari for the Ashcroft Party Guided by Mkenda Emmanuel

These clients discovered AAC through Travel+Leisure magazine where they found out that AAC was chosen as the best family safari company of the year and they spoke to owner Mark Nolting several times before they booked so they had very high expectations.






The clients were very happy from the way I involved them in the art of finding animals as we were driving. We were able to find cheetahs – we saw one killing a gazelle and another time one was walking alone and it came directly to us and jumped onto the hood of our vehicle to get a better views of the plains. It was a great moment!






MAR 21, 2016


The safari started by picking up the clients from Arusha where I gave thorough briefing and going through the itinerary. I talked about safety, the use of seat belt on highway, using sealed bottled water for drinking and brushing their teeth, ensuring that all their valuable belongings should be very close to them and should not left unattended. Also we discussed about taking pictures of people especially the tribes which are living in traditional ways of life as they think that when you take pictures of them you are stealing their soul.


We started driving to Gibbs for lunch while and continued to discuss about my country including the history of Tanzania from colonial period until to date, economy and geology. We also talked about the Berlin conference which divided Africa in 1884 which resulted in the formation of the country Tanganyika (which became Tanzania after the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar). Then about Rift Valley formation that created alkaline lakes which attract flamingoes and makes a good tourist attraction.


I talked about Mto wa Mbu, also known as Mosquito Crick Town, which is a good example of a town that depends on tourism and a cross pollination of different tribes.


They had lunch and after they visited the garden where they grow vegetable organically. They appreciated the efforts done by Gibbs for having such good operation and providing delicious food.


We continued to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, whereby on the way we stopped at the crater view. The caldera is the largest intact caldera which is an unbroken wall and is one of the natural wonders of the world.


MAR 22, 2016


We started at six in the morning taking both a picnic breakfast and lunch. We were very lucky as we saw a huge pride of lions just as we arrived at the crater floor and a hyena eating from a buffalo carcass. Then a rhino crossed the road. It was amazing for my clients as they have been in Botswana but they did not see a black rhino. We stopped for our picnic breakfast at the hippopotamus pool. After the break we saw more lions and huge bull elephant with massive tusks almost the same length as its trunk. Such tusks are very rare to see due to poaching. Only wild elephants can have such tusks.


In the afternoon we enjoyed a picnic lunch at another peaceful site. After lunch we continued with our game drive where we saw more lions and rhinos (seven exactly). Seeing rhinos in the crater is very important and unique as this is the only place where you can see them in their natural habitat. Other places they were introduced or reintroduced.





MAR 23, 2016


Today we stopped at the Olduvai Gorge enroute to our camp in the Serengeti. On the way I gave a lecture of the site that is unique as it was the first place to find the oldest skull of human kind. On July 17, 1959 archaeologists Luis Leaky and Mary Leaky made this crucial discovery after 28 years of searching. We then visited the museum and the site where the first skull was found.


After Olduvai, we went to shifting sand and it was one of the highlights of their safari. When we arrived at the shifting sand, I told them that we have to treat with great care and respect as Maasai are worshiping – it means we have to approach with respect as we are entering the church. The clients were amazed by the fact that the sand is having magnetic effect and that they move 17 meters a year.


After lunch we had a game drive where we saw some lions and flamingoes and gorgeous sunset.





MAR 24, 2016


This was a great day as we saw a lot including a cheetah kill, mating lions and a pride of ten lions. It was great to teach my clients the art of finding game, as they were looking to find cheetah. We began our search of cheetahs and drove for about 30 minutes and then from a distance I saw two heads of something then when I took binoculars I saw two cheetahs. We followed them until they killed a young gazelle. It was incredible and awesome from start to finish.


After lunch we saw mating lions and some flamingos flying in the Lake Ndutu area as well as other general game.






MAR 25, 2016


Another great day! We saw a gazelle looking in one direction for long time and when we looked through binoculars we saw a cheetah looking at the gazelle then started coming towards us then continued coming and jumped onto the hood of the vehicle. That was an awesome sighting as we found it on our own (with no other vehicles around). We also saw a caracal and vultures landing on a dead zebra and a lion with good reflection in the water.






MAR 26, 2016


This was the last day where we had lunch with the migration surrounding us, some zebras drinking and lions in the tree. Also we saw small crocodile at Seronera river.





The clients were very happy as they could not believe the way we found all the animals they were looking for. We got them all!



AAC Privately Guided Family and Solo Traveler trips with our Tanzania Guides (Oct - Dec 2015)


December Safari for the Walkowicz Party Guided by Wilfred Mollel


The Walkowicz’s were expecting to see all the animals, from the big five to the rare ones like pangolin. The overall experience was above and beyond their expectations.
We began the adventure when I picked them up at the Lake Manyara airstrip and then drove to Gibbs Farm for overnight. 

The following day we left Gibbs Farm after an early breakfast and drove down to the Ngorongoro Caldera. We found a wide variety of animals like ostriches, warthogs and their piglets, rhinos, lions, buffalos, hippos, zebras, jackals, and different bird species.



On the 3rd day we visited Olduvai Gorge and a Maasai Village on our way to Olakira Camp. We saw a lot on the way. We arrived for late lunch, which was followed by afternoon game drive. We had the opportunity to see a pride of seven lions, and that was the highlight of the day. Then we drove back to camp for overnight.



The following morning we started the game drive at 7:00 am aiming to find some cheetahs. And we did! Then we came across a clan of hyenas feeding. Then vultures came before we got back to the camp for lunch. During the afternoon drive we saw herds of wildebeests, gazelles, giraffes, and four lionesses and their seven cubs.



Our second full day in the Serengeti we drove all the way to the Seronera Valley purposely looking for the leopards and perhaps a pangolin. We found a leopard, some lions on kopjes, cheetahs, jackals, clan of hyenas and many more.


Their safari ended on Day 6 when I drove them to the Ndutu airstrip for Air Excel flight to Zanzibar.

Safari Guide Pease Pty’s Report

Dec 6, 2015

I met clients at the Namanga boarder, after normal immigration formalities where I assisted them with VISA, road transfer to Arusha, our main conversation during transfers was about infrastructure and recent development of road expansion mainly at cities and national park. Lunch was served at Arusha Coffee lodge, after lunch they joined other clients and commence our safari driving to Lake Manyara via the Makuyuni road and Mto wa mbu village. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena.




Dec 7, 2015

In the morning we had game drive at Manyara Park with lots of baboon. There had been some recent heavy rains and some roads were damaged. My clients liked birds a lot so we spent time enjoying watching wading water bird. The game drive was limited due to road condition and heavy rain. We had lunch at a lodge before driving to Serengeti. We are in short rain season in Tanzania and it had rained almost everywhere in the country. The road to the Serengeti is much better maintained than Manyara. We continued to the Serengeti Sopa for an overnight.

Dec 8, 2015

It was raining a lot today and the roads were very slippery and difficult to drive. Game viewing was more adventurous and was a real African adventurous safari. Luckily clients observed the migration around “Mawe ya simba” (in English means Lions Rocks) heading towards Naabi gate. Although the weather was not good, it was interesting to see to leopard and two male giraffe fighting.



Dec 9, 2015

This was last day in Serengeti and driving to Ngorongoro was very exciting with lots of giraffe enroute and six young lioness on the tree. Enroute to the Ngorongoro we stopped at Maasai Village. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa.



Dec 10, 2015

We had full day in the Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunche. The crater animals were very close to vehicles and this provided some exciting moments for them. They really enjoyed this scenery and also the flamingo at Lake Magadi. There were plenty of lions at Kigongoni, even a couple of them mating. Sub-adult lion cubs fell asleep under the cars while their parents enjoyed a quiet moment. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa.




Dec 11, 2015

On this day we left the Ngorongoro heading to Tarangire National Park. We enjoyed lunch at Tarangire Sopa followed by an afternoon game drive. The game drive was good with the highlight being a baby elephant playing and two crown crane birds flying overhead, scaring the baby elephant. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa.



Dec 12, 2015

This was the last day of program, enroute to Arusha we saw a bat eared fox at Tarangire gate. Lunch was at Mount Meru Hotel, and continued via road transfer to Namanga. That was end of our adventurous and good safari.





December Safari for the Alpert Party Guided by Elibariki


Day 1: I met the clients at breakfast time for introductions and a safari briefing. We departed with a picnic lunch and drove to Tarangire for a game drive. We saw zebra, hundreds of wildebeest, elephant families, a harem of impala, Nile monitor lizard, banded mangoose, about fifteen giraffe - some drinking water in the water hole and some browsing on the acacia trees, pride of two lionesses, one of them trying to hunt zebra but with no success. After lunch, we continued on an afternoon game drive where we saw common waterbuck, dwarf mongoose, troop of baboons, yellow billed stork, white backed vultures, lilac breasted roller, white headed weavers, scattered elephant families and many of the same common animals. We then drove to Chem Chem for dinner and overnight.



Day 2: After breakfast we departed to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. On our way we saw giraffe, warthogs, territorial male impala, herd of impala, banded mongoose, lilac breasted roller, helmeted guinea fowl etc. Then we had lunch at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and the afternoon at leisure.


Day 3: After early breakfast we departed with a picnic hamper for full day game drive in the crater. We saw zebra, a herd of wildebeest, Thompson and Grant gazelles, bachelor herd of buffalo, spotted hyena and black backed jackals eating left over probably by lion, juvenile lioness walking whilst looking for rest of the pride, male ostrich sitting on the nest and so many hyena packs. We also saw black rhino, another lioness of different pride, hippos, kori bustards almost everywhere, and a huge male elephant drinking water at Ngoitoktok.




Following our picnic lunch we continued on an afternoon game drive. Late afternoon back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: After early breakfast we departed to Lake Manyara Airport where the clients flew to Arusha.





The Dixon Family Safari Guided by Daniel Nyamoga


I met the Dixon Family at the Arusha Hotel for a safari briefing. Wwe started driving to Tarangire National Park, where we proceeded to Tarangire Safari Lodge but on the way we saw a lot elephants, impalas, waterbucks and zebras. We enjoyed lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. We had one of our best sightings - a pride of lions, calmly resting on a termite mound. We spent a significant amount of time with them and then drove back to the lodge after that.


The following day we had an early morning game drive, starting at 06:00 with a packed breakfast because we did not want to miss anything. We saw a very beautiful leopard sitting in a Baobab tree. We decided to drive back to the lodge for lunch and enroute we found a pride of lions crossing the road right in front of us. They headed to a large tree where they layed down in the shade. An afternoon game drive followed and this time the pride we saw earlier was very close to the lodge.

On Day 3 we had a vbusy day which began with a short game drive, followed by checking out of the lodge and driving to the orphanage center because they had some donations for the to children. After a memorable visit, we drove to Mto wa Mbu for a village walk. The clients enjoyed it as it gave them some interesting interaction with the locals.

Following a delicious bush lunch, we drove to Kisima Ngeda for dinner.

The next morning we started our day at 06:00 because we were going hunting with the Hadzabe bushmen. We met our local guide who took us to the bushmen. When we arrived we found them doing their morning preparations before going hunting. It was an exciting day and while we did not catch anything we enjoyed hunting with the Hadzabe and their dogs. We went back to their small village to practice using a bow and arrow. We drove back to the lodge for Brunch. In the afternoon we visited the Datoga tribe. It was very interesting how they prepare the meals, share their husbands, raise kids and making tools and so much more. That evening we went on a walk that ended up on a rock for some drinks while enjoying seeing the Sun setting down.


As yesterday was quite busy, today the clients wanted to relax a bit so we drove to Kitela Lodge, arriving in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing. 

The next morning was a full day game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater. Seeing a rhino was our big mission today and we got lucky as we saw a beautiful rhino just eating hardly 30 meters away from the road. It was an amazing sighting!! We thought that was the highlight of the day but we were totally wrong as we saw something else that as a guide was the highlight of the day a pride of lion trying to separate a buffalo from a herd. It was like a "Hide and Seek" game because the buffalo were chasing the lion as they were chasing the buffalo. It was a drama we rarely see. We drove back to the lodge happily.

This morning was a busy start for us as we were heading to the central Serengeti and Kati Kati camp. First, we visited the Oldupai Museum, Gorge and Shifting Sand before arriving in time for lunch.

In our afternoon game drive we saw something spectacular and I must admit that this was the highlight of the entire trip. A lion sitting next to a zebra carcass, half eaten with at least 20 hyena around him just waiting patiently. On our left side there was a herd of elephant grazing and slowly moving towards us before they came behind us and crossed the road. They were now heading towards the lion. They did not see the lion because the grass was very high. It ended up spooking the lion, who ran away. The hyena took the chance to claim the carcass, but when the lion saw that he decided to go back to the carcass and it became like a repeated drama.

This was another day of adventures. Our mission today was to look for more cats especially cheetahs. We started by seeing lion before we found the cheetahs. Watching them in the distance was quite nice especially with the morning light.


Our last we took a packed lunch so that we could spend more time out on the plains. We drove to Hippo pool to enjoy the hippos. The rest of the day driving around enjoying every moment. This was definitely another good day.





The Gifford Party’s Safari with Martin Mallya




Oct 2, 2015

Arrived Kilimanjaro International Airport with KLM, the Giffords were transferred to Lake Duluti Lodge where they spent a night.



Oct 3, 2015

In the morning we commenced the safari by driving to Maramboi Tented Camp in time for hot lunch. Afternoon game drive experiencing giant baobab and close viewing of lion lying under tree.



Oct 4, 2015

This was a full day game drive day with large number of elephant and guests were lucky enough to see tree-climbing lioness.




Oct 5, 2015

With packed picnic lunches we departed to Lake Manyara National Park for full day game viewing. During the drive they saw a flock of flamingos and a pride of lion eating a baboon. They were delighted to see Klipps springer and antelope standing on the rock. Late afternoon we proceeded to Ngorongoro Sopa for dinner and overnight.



Oct 6, 2015

This was second day at crater, despite the long day we had on previous day clients were keen to be at crater very early in the morning. We had our picnic lunch as usual. In the walls of crater we saw pride of lion along River Munge drinking water after a heavy meal of wildebeest. Exciting sightings also included black rhino, hyena and zebras. We returned to lodge for dinner and overnight.



Oct 7, 2015

On this day we drove to Serengeti via Maasai village and Olduvai Gorge. Lunch was served at Mbuzi Mawe camp, afternoon game drive with plenty of lions and cubs.




Oct 8, 2015

They were booked on balloon excursion, this was another day where they depart early from lodge, after balloon they had bush breakfast. We had 3 hrs. game viewing before having a hot lunch at Camp. After resting a bit we did another afternoon game drive.



Oct 9, 2015

We had full day game drive, crocodiles were along Seronera River, lions, lots of nice and beautifully birds such as lilac-breasted roller, little bee-eater etc. The whole day was spent on vast plain of Serengeti with plenty of exciting game drives. Returned to camp for dinner and overnight.



Oct 10, 2015

We spent this day around northern Serengeti, they were lucky to see leopard on the tree as well as lioness with cubs on a big rocky, lot of zebras and wildebeest. They enjoyed this scenery a lot and like the area so much. Returned to camp for overnight.



Oct 11, 2015

Unfortunately this was last day of Tanzania program, they checked out of lodge in time to connect with their flight to Mara.



3 Bushtails from Botswana

Specialist Guide, Brooks Kamanakao, has just returned from a successful private safari with Africa Adventure Co clients. From the sounds of it, the game viewing in Botswana is better than ever!


"Our adventure began at the world famous MOMBO CAMP. We had an awesome time here and we saw great game including 1 white rhino sleeping, 4 lions and a male leopard who we spotted up a tree and he proceeded to come down and started marking his territory. The highlight was viewing “Pula”, a gorgeous female leopard and her 5 month old cub. Pula became famous in nature documentaries that chronicled her life.



We continued to GOMOTI CAMP, located in the Okavango Delta. Game viewing was special and included 3 lioness walking away from a smelly dead giraffe. That evening we were about to have dinner when we heard a stampede from zebras and the same 3 lionesses killed a zebra foal. Two dominant male lions showed up and took over the small meal which was left.




We had the opportunity to meet Nic Proust from Wilderness Safaris Environmental department. Nic has a web page called “Bush24” which the clients regularly follow. Nick definitely added a value for our 3 nights at Gomoti Camp.


The staff made our stay very special including sundowners and a private bush dinner about 15 minutes drive away from the camp. It was MAGIC! The guests loved Gomoti so much that a few tears were shed when saying goodbye to the team.


Our last camp was CHITABE CAMP and the game viewing was epic! The wildlife sightings included 1 leopard with 3 months old cubs, 2 lionesses with 5 small cubs, 1 cheetah, and we visited the hyena den we saw 2 adults hyena and 4 cubs. We enjoyed a Bush brunch and Boma dinner,,,. We had another great time here."



Signing off...Brooks Kamanakao


THE GALLOPING GNUS - Newsletter Spring 2016


Celebrating our 30 Years


What a milestone! The Africa Adventure Company kicked off celebrating our 30th anniversary early this year by attending several travel shows, meeting up with many past clients to share their countless adventures and stories.


I was able to express my passion in an interview with Wall Street Journal in New York where I discussed our commitment to creating ecotourism trips to Africa that help support important conservation efforts to protect wildlife.


We share in your excitement creating tailor made vacation experiences with top notch guides for small groups and independent travelers, including camps that are symbiotic with nature and their communities.


Enjoy viewing our various chapters in the road traveled thus far on our 30 Year Timeline!




We dazzled at our 30th Anniversary


The Africa Adventure Company celebrated our actual 30th Anniversary on March 17th. Surrounded by 200 wonderful staff, friends and clients, we enjoyed South African wines and Kenyan beer on the patio of the Cinema Paradiso as we reminisced about past safaris and upcoming adventures. The highlight of the night was viewing the movie Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib, introduced by guest speaker James Currie, with his perfected lion roars! We want to thank all those who joined us.




Our 15th Annual Photographic Competition Winners!


WildlifeDylan Lee – Sundowner at a Hwange waterhole

SceneryJim Kleeman – sun rising over the Serengeti

Clients on SafariIrene Cavatore – up close and personal

People of AfricaRonnie Goyette – Arusha Farmer’s Market

BirdsReid Dusenberry – Verraux’s Eagle Owl

Portfolio of Photos - Stacie Brink, Southern Africa

Portfolio of Photos - Michael Shepard, East Africa

Post your Photos on our new AAC Client Facebook Page!



Trip Planning for August-October 2016


We still have a few spaces on our AAC Signature Group Departures. Top naturalist guides with extensive knowledge of their home countries lead the trips.




Tanzania Migration with Albert Nanyaro
Aug 30, Sep 06, Oct 02, @ $8,850.00


Okvango Delta with Brooks Kamanakao
Sep 07, Sep 20 @$11,395.00


Best of Cape Town and Kruger
October 05 @$5,375.00


Trekking Gorillas with Sula Iga
Sep 03 @ $9,150.00



Announcing new Offerings

from Wilderness Safaris

    There have been a few new offerings on the

    safari table this year from Wilderness Safaris.
    The announcement that they have entered a
    partnership with Governor's Camps in Kenya
    and Rwanda has extended their brand into
    East Africa. They have also introduced some 
    great new privately guided Group Exploration
    trips in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Supporting Conservation

Efforts with Tourism 

    More and more travelers want to hear about

    the conservation and protection of East Africa’s

    wildlife. Specialist groups are always interested

    in meeting local researchers in addition to the

    daily game drives. Several Serengeti and Maasai

    Mara camps offer participation to clients to hear

    about the conservation projects and their pursuit

    of protecting the wilderness.
    5 projects in Kenya and Tanzania...

Active Experiences for the

Solo Traveler 

10 ways to tread lightly on the environmnet.

Biking the Backroads at Mashatu; Walking up

close and personal with wild elephants in Mana

Pools; Trekking gorillas in the mist; Tracking

rhino and climbing to caves; Hiking the lower

Kilimanjaro slopes, calderas at Ngorongoro

Crater or Table Mountain in the Cape; White-

water rafting the Zambezi River. 


Why Drought is Not Always a

Bad Thing

Around the world, our planet is experiencing

the effects of El Nino, including drought in

many countries. The first thought is always:

what will happen to the wildlife in times of

drought? And is it always a bad thing? Map

Ives shares his thoughts on how this impacts

on wildlife in seasonal weather patterns of a

      green or dry season. Read more...    




East Africa Bushtail Reports

Our client's comments from Jan-Mar 2016,

   sharing some awesome and exciting

happenings including meeting photographer

Jonathan Scott.



Southern Africa Reports

  Jan-Mar 2016 feedback from clients on many

camps, their guides and amazing wildlife

sightings including meeting Flip Sanders in

the Skeleton Coast.




Don’t miss our Summer Newsletter, featuring:



2017 Safari Planner - order our brochure!


Good news on expanding airline services in Africa.


Save the Date - Travel Show Dates for 2017


Washington DC (Jan 14-15), Chicago (Jan 21-22), New York (Jan 28-29),


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We Dazzled at our 30th anniversary celebration!!

The Africa Adventure Company celebrated our 30th Anniversary on March 17th. Surrounded by 200 wonderful staff, friends and clients, we enjoyed South African wines and Kenyan beer on the patio of the Cinema Paradiso as we reminisced about past safaris and upcoming adventures. The highlight of the night was viewing the movie Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib, introduced by guest speaker, James Currie with his perfected lion roars! We want to thank all those who joined us!









Click below to watch our AAC 30th Timeline Video 

The Africa Adventure Company celebrates our 30th anniversary!


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