SOUTHERN AFRICA

Flying Safari to Hwange and Mana Pools

Visit Victoria Falls

Elena,
Thanks for the card. We had the best trip ever!
Esther was great...met us at the airport. Did not have to pay Visa fees for Robert (16yrs). The Falls were beautiful. The Ilala Lodge was perfect. Flight to Hwange in the morning was smooth. No air sickness for me!
Loved our stay at Little Mak. Very organized. Buli was our family's exclusive guide every day. Sleeping tent was very nice. Highlights...
Day 1) Roan antelope, Lion pride including 5 cubs came right up to our vehicle and layed down and played. Beautiful male, Cecil, was also up close. Many other animals and lots of birds...the korhaan suicide dive.
Day 2) Hyena pups, 13 giraffes in one place!
Day 3) Wild cat in the AM...and the PM drive was outstanding. Lions eating a zebra and a cheetah kill! We arrived when he was still strangling the wildebeest! And a painted dog! And the prettiest sunset all year!
I'm lucky, what can I say? The area by Linkwas ha was teeming with animals and birds for all 3 afternoon
drives. We went other directions for the AM drives, so saw lots of scenery, birds, animals. During siesta, a line of elephants walked right by our tent! And a line of Sable antelope soon after!
Only hiccup...we arrived at the air strip for 8:00AM flight and no plane. We went on an unscheduled drive with another driver and saw the cheetah resting with his prey and saw bat eared foxes. Then back to camp for brunch, and flew out at 1:30....
At Mana Pools - Nick, Des, and Tanya (guide in training) treated us like part of the family. Amazing time we had. We were the last guests of the season, so we had the place to ourselves for 2 and 1/2 days plus the day we left!
Day 1) we saw a civet, had dinn er with a famous Zim guide , Gavin Ford. Met Peter Blinston, British painted dog researcher, and his sponsor from Netherlands who were at Vundu for the first time and were hoping to dart and collar a painted dog.
Day 2) Darted and collared a painted dog! Nick got to dart it, I got to draw blood, since I'm a dog and cat vet...which they were pleasantly surprised about, and which I didn't tell them til Peter was preparing the
dart. How funny to see the look on their faces. The pack just hung out close to us. 23 in all! What a morning! And it was the researchers last morning, so they left. Afternoon canoeing...so fun. Hippos, crocs, birds and more birds. I felt 100% safe with the 3 guides for the 3 of us.
Day 3) Close up elephant encounters on foot. Carmine bee-eaters during the afternoon canoe.
Day 4) Went to take Tanya for her elephant hunt (part of her training) hoping to see the hunt, but national parks said no, so we took a drive...saw 4 bachelor lions up close, 3 cheetahs looking for food, an d did a
walking safari with elephants. Then all day canoe trip..."swam" with 3 elephants by chasing close behind in
the canoes. VERY CLOSE. Many swims in the river at shallow sandy sandbars '¦

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Muizenberg, Cape Town was very fun, too. AIMS let us stay with Rob and gave Robert his own room. They fed us, too. We went on a tour to wineries and were able to pet cheetahs at one that had a cheetah rescue project. We saw the penguins and the beautiful park and peninsula all the way to cape point. We did
a township tour to Kayelitsha, which we all found very interesting. We went into Cape Town twice. Went to the top of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch gardens. Beautiful. Flew all the way home first class on our free ticket....amazing.
Thanks for all your help,

Pat Dorsey, Nov 2010

Safari to Tuli-Mashatu

Safari in Hwange

Flying safari in Botswana to Linyanti/Central Kalahari and Okavango Delta

Dear Kyle -
Home 2 weeks now and still trying to get back in to the day to day groove. Our time in Africa is still very much with us. We miss the sounds of hyenas, elephants, and distant roars and rumblings of the lions as we sleep. I have been blessed to travel many places thus far in my 42 years, and I can say in truth that the soul of Africa, or at least Botswana a nd the taste of Zimbabwe we had, will remain etched deeply within me like few other places have done. My current life and work as a '˜modern day shaman' means that I am always striving to connect with people, animals, and nature in a deeply spiritual manner , and Africa is a land of so many things. Big, rich, and so so special. I can't thank you enough, both Kyle individually and The Africa
Adventure Company collectively for helping make this trip happen for us. Though in one way this was a trip of a lifetime for us, we hope to find a way to return.
Kyle, we loved each and every one of the camps you arranged for us. They were beyond our expectations in so many ways. We chuckled on many occasions that they are called '˜tent camps' only because as a someone who has done much mountaineering, they were like no other tent I've experienced. We were completely spoiled and I told Scott numerous times that I could easily adapt to this kind of camping if only we could afford to do so. Unfortunately, I think we'll be stuc k with the way I've known far more often than not, ha! Anyway, I thought I'd highlight what we loved about each one and give some feedback.
Mashatu Tented Camp was our favorite overall and in a general sense. This is perhaps due to the fact that is was our very first camp on our very first safari experience, but it blew the others away in wildlife experience over the course of the 4 days we were there. Within our first 2 hours of the very first drive we saw a cheetah, elephants, impala, kudu and eland. We loved the rocky outcrops and the landscapes. In those 4 days we sighted amazing birdlife, leopards on 3 different occasions (a few hours with Andrei the cat specialist which was well worth it even though our guide Richard had already found both lions and l eopards before our time with Andrei), lions, zebras, giraffes, mongoose, hyena and pups, warthogs, jackals, etc etc. Honestly, Mashatu offered us so much wildlife that if I had to pick only one camp I could go to Mashatu would be it. This is from a wildlife perspective. It does help that because it was a private game reserve we could drive
off road to get close to the wildlife. I understand why many places this cannot be done but from a visitor's
standpoint, I am glad we could do so in several of the camps. All of our guides were fantastic, but I would say that Richard was one of the best with 25 years of experience and it was the one camp we also had a
spotter which was great for the night drives. Food and staff all excellent. I would like to see them get rid of
their bottled water like Wilderness Camps have done.
Ok, Little Makalolo Tented Camp. Loved it's small, quiet, and simpler feel although the tents were quite luxurious. Perfect for us. Lewis our guide was the most amazing tracker we had and he had a wonderful sense of humor. He was like a little kid with his excitement of things he must have seen a thousand times. Actually, most of our guides were like this. Passionate about what they do and sharing it with guests. ..
We loved that we chose Dec. to travel because at every camp we had at least one night where we were the only guests and on other nights, there were so few people. Because Little Mak is small, I wouldn't mind visiting at other times of year as well. Couldn't say the same for Kwetsani or Kalahari Plains if they were full. It would have been a bit busy for us. We loved the feel of being remote and having the area to ourselves for the most part. This came as quite a pleasant surprise for us. We wouldn't want to stay at any larger sized of camps or more luxurious. Kyle, you did a perfect job in setting us up with accom modation that was so nice and fit within our budget and our wants. I honestly would not have wanted anything higher end. If we
do get to return, we'd want the same or to be able to do a mobile tented safari but know the tradeoff is coming at a busier time of year.
Again, Dec. with its few guests and greenery was outstanding - Scott took over 7000 photos, so from a photography standpoint it was great. Too, we were surprised at our interest in all of the birds- we aren't birders by any means but thoroughly enjoyed the hundreds of varieties we saw and because it was summer, we got to see many that were migrating or not from the immediate area. Nice bonus. It was from Little Mak that we got to visit a local village and I am so glad we did this. Next time I would want to schedule in a bit more time with visiting and meeting with the villagers who can share more of their local and traditional ways, especially medicinally and spiritually since this is where my life work is. (Again, the walking safari at Kwetsani with Maipa was fantastic and right up my ally in this respect. Could easily have done more
walking safari and sad that we didn' t take the opportunity with the San Bushmen in the Ka lahri- we'd had a
day and a half of hard rain which pushed Scott to want to look for wildlife rather than do the walk - that was our mistake).
Savuti was probably the nicest camp but the least exciting for wildlife in Dec. I say this but it was here that we got to see the wild dogs so we are so happy we came. Loved being right on the water and getting to see the young bull elephants play in a way we didn't see anywhere else. Staff was fantastic here and our guide Grant really made it special for Scott. We h ad Grant to ourselves and Grant picked up right away that Scott has an interest in photography and went out of his way to help Scott with tips and share his expertise. We couldn't have done this had other guests been present or if Grant simply hadn't taken Scott in. One evening when Scott and I were the only two guests, Grant took Scott aside and helped him for several hours with post editing stuff while Helena and staff set up a DVD show and discussion on the Kids in the Wilderness program just for me. I was touched that regardless of being the only guests, the staff never slacked and still went out of their way to treat us like kings and queens. This was true at every camp and I have to say I was way impressed. I've been places in the offtime where staff t end to slow down or not provide full treatment because the pace has slowed- this simply did not happen anywhere! The hospitality was stunning to me.
The Kalahari was my favorite of landscapes, especially Deception Valley. Next time, I would love to arrange camping out for 2 nights in Deception. We had an amazing experience getting caught up in torrential rain while in the Valley. Scott I had laughed and laughed because never in our wildest dreams had we envisioned the rain that came down in the Kalahari. We even joked that they must have gotten 90% of their annual rainfall in that one day. We felt that Wilderness had done a great job of getting the camp to fit
into the natural surroundings. Our guide Ona worked tirelessly to find the black maned lions but it wasn't in
the cards- the rain put so much of the wildlife into hiding. However, we got caught up in finding bullfrogs, honeybadgers, and the myriads of other wildlife that were available. I know I'm not done with the Kalahari - need to return for many reasons but the lions and the Bushmen are high on the list.
Ok, so we loved Kwetsani Camp being in the trees. Way cool and glad we were up 20 feet when Scott spotted a black mamba on the forest floor (until I learned that the mamba can climb trees - I actually love snakes but was ever watchful in the trees after that!). Like Savuti, I think this camp would be better in the winter season and with high water. Wildlife was tougher to find but we still got to have a Delta experience in a mokoro and fishing on the boat, that was really fun! The walking safari was a highlight for certain and for someone like me who has a big interest in the '˜small stuff,' this is a must.
So, for Dec. we would go back to Mashatu, Little Mak, and Kalahari Plains in a heartbeat. In n o way were we disappointed with the others b ecause we saw and did things there that we got nowhere else, but these were the best for this time of year.
On a personal note, I think I would do fewer camps next time - maybe 3 and throw in more time for a vill age stay, camping (weather permitting and seasonal), and a day layover in Johannesburg coming and going, or a side visit to Cape Town. Coming from MT and heading straight into safari was hard. When we left Atlanta we'd already been travelling 14 hours so t hat flight seemed extra long to Jburg. Coming back was really tough- 45 hours from camp in Botswana to finish since we had air travel problems in Minneapolis. So, a day upon arrival to catch up would be good and Kyle this was my doing. I remember you and I talking about this and it was me that didn't want to waste time. I'm not as young as I used to be, ha!
Really believe in supporting Wilderness Camps and what they are doing environmentally and community wise. So glad that all but Masahtu were run or part nered with Wilderness. Please keep pushing your guests this way if budgets will allow.
Oh, we spent time with the headmaster of the Ziga school outside of Hwange. Kids were out for the holiday but we got to see firsthand the school and hear about the need s. Buildings were being repainted and the headmaster expressed incredible gratitude for the lunch program thru AAC. A water well was being drilled for while we were there- amazing the toil and means they were doing this by, wow! This sidetrip was invaluable for us and inspiring. Sounds like many guests don't know about it though and camp staff doesn't really seem to bring it up. Our guide said he'd like to see more guests make the side trip and I forgot to share this with the camp manager so they can make s ure guests know about it as an option.
I could write on and on about our experiences but will end it here for now. Once Scott has done some
editing we'll send some photo highlights.
Kyle, you were superb and I am beyond impressed with how smoothly all we nt down to the smallest of details. Thanks to all staff and the AAC!!!!!!!!!
In gratitude!

DeeDee McMillan, Dec 2010

Visit to Cape Town/Safari to Private Game Reserve near Kruger

Safari to Okavango Delta and Linyanti

Visit to Victoria Falls

Hi Alison,
Still editing our pictures and thought if I waited till completed, I would never get this letter off to you!
People are all the time asking us 'what was the highlight of your trip.' The only answer we could give them was that each day brought a new and exciting adventure - so - I would say the anticipation of the next day and the next day,
Cape Town: Welgelegen. You could not have picked a better place for the three (3) of us to stay. Without a doubt, the perfect choice. The hospitality, character, friendliness and attitude of all involved at the Welgelegen were exceptional and their ability to make you comfortable was effortless. What a wonderful way to have started our first day in South Africa. To experience the flavor of South Africa and Cape T own
- this was the place to have started at. Needless to say Fiona, Danielle and Anine were outstanding. It seemed that Danielle was always nearby to offer help or take our pictures!
Tours: We were very fortunate that you were able to have Charlie Ratc liffe for our guide. He was fabulous. We did the full day Peninsula tour and the full day Hermanus & Dyer Island Cruise Tour and Charlie with his knowledge, warmth and humor made it a perfect tour.
Cheetah Plains: This was exciting. Our first time in the 'Bush' and again, that same eagerness to provide a wonderful first time experience was evident from all the staff at the camp site. And had it been our first trip, I know they would have shown the same attitude. Andrew was our guide and he made sure t hat we saw the 'Big 5'!
Vic Fall: The falls were impressive, but, Esther was without a doubt the highlight of the day in Victoria Falls. She is a Gem. Her personality and knowledge of the area was exciting and fun. She is wonderful. We did not find the same friendliness in Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls as we did in all the other parts of our trip. I had originally mentioned to you that I thought that the day we arrived at Victoria Falls and did the sightseeing we could leave the next day. You had disagreed'¦'¦.That would have been the only change we would have made. We no longer Bungee Jump or Zip Line -so this day was not necessary.
Jao Camp: Good camp. Again the staff and accommodations were wonderful. Our guide - Mai Pah (sp)
was good. Naturally the height of this camp was our kids joining us!
Duma Tau: Great Camp. Our Guide - Ron - warm friendly (as the others) again was super. One night after dinner we were held up at the dinning room - elephants in front of the room and we could not get out to go to our room- ah, the life in the 'Bush'!! ...
'¦Your selection of areas and camps was perfect. Each one offered a slightly different flavor of Africa that helped make this trip special. We would not hesitate to recommend our itinerary for 'first timer s'.
We met other couples that had on their 'Africa Adventure' caps! One was from North Carolina ( a
Dermatologic) and his friend was also a Dermatologic - nice people.
Sandy had no reason to expect anything to be done for her birthday '¦'¦wron g '¦'¦that was just another beautiful touch to this outstanding trip. Both camps, Jao and Duma Tau both helped her celebrate 'her day'! Again, thanx for your follow thru.
So Alison, what else can I say - this was one trip that not one of us was ready to l eave and come home. You, Ian, Janet and the rest of your organization made possible for us to enjoy the 'very best' trip ever!
David (our son) said it was his best ever and this is one kid that is hard to please!
Best regards from the three of us, Sandy Judy and Ira'¦'¦'¦.Happy and Healthy Holidays to all'¦'¦

Ira Smith, Nov 2010

Okavango Delta and Linyanti Visit Cape Town and Winelands HI Elena,

Thanks for all of your help in planning our trip. We had a terrific time and I would not have done anythin g differently. Both the Safari Camps were great (Little Vumbura and Kings Pool), the staff was excellent and we had great guides that I would definitely recommend to other travelers (Rain in Little Vumbura and ND in Kings Pool). It was a nice time of year to go because it was not very crowded but there were plenty of animals to see. We also got lucky with the weather as it was not very hot the week we were there.
The Cape Grace was also exceptional as was The Country House in Fransch hoek. Our guide there
(Graham) was also terrific and we would certainly use him again.
Thanks again and we look forward to planning our next trip with you (hopefully, we will not wait 10 years to go back).
Sincerely,

Rick and Noreen, Nov 2010

EAST AFRICAGroup Lodge Safari in Kenya to Maasai Mara/Nakuru/Amboseli

To whom it may concern,
Scott and I just got back from Kenya, Africa on September 9. I just want to say that we had a wonderful time. It was definitely a wonderful experience!! The lodges were very nice, the food was good, and the safari leader, Alex, was top notch. I want to say that he took the time and effort to make sure we had the best safari experience possible.
We had the opportunity to visit a Maas ai tribe, which was interesting. We took a boat ride at one of the lakes near Lake Nakuru, while there we were able to see a ton of hippos and different birds. We then had the opportunity to get out of the boat and walk around in the area where part of "Out of Africa" was filmed and walk near the animals that had been left there after the film was completed (of course the animals were the offspring of those animals original to the movie).
The hot air balloon safari was an exceptional experience in the Massai Mara, anyone who goes to Kenya should do this. Overall it was a great experience '¦
It's hard to believe that we planned this trip was planned last December and how quick it came and went!!! Again thank you for arranging this trip for us. I will recommend your comp any to anyone who is interested in a safari in the future.
Sincerely,

Jeff Adkins and Scott Crist, S ep 2010

Flying safari to Amboseli/Samburu/Maasai MaraPrivate Safari to Tarangire/Ngorongoro/Serengeti

Our second safari trip planned by Africa Adven ture was just as exciting as our first to Botswana'¦perhaps
even better! Everything went according to schedule. We spent all nights (except at Ngorongoro) in tent camps of various sizes and amenities from no running water with bucket showers to a luxurious tent as nice as any resort hotel. At all the camps we stayed, the staff was very gracious and helpful and the food delicious. Staying in these camps made us feel we really were experiencing East Africa.
We saw huge numbers of elephants in two of the National Parks, many giraffe, plus 100,000 wildebeest in the Serengeti, zebras galore, many more lions than we had expected, special sightings of cheetah and leopard, antelopes of all sizes from the little dikdik to the handsome eland, large herds of Afri can buffalo, gazelles, three rhinos, etc.

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Tortilis Camp in Amboseli was a great way to start our safari. Our guide LePeres was very good at introducing us to the enormous numbers of elephants, many walking single file across the horizon with Mount Kilima njaro in the background. We also visited a Maasai village that proved to be very informative about the Maasai and helped us understand them as we encountered them along our whole trip. A visit to a Maasai government school in Tanzania also enriched our k nowledge of these people.
Seeing the reticulated giraffe, Grevy's Zebra and the gerenuks were the highlights of Samburu where we stayed at Larsen's Tented Camp on the banks of Ewaso Nigiro River. The Samburu staff serenaded me at my birthday dinner.
In the Maasai Mara, a dozen elephants wandered through the camp as we attempted to eat our first lunch at
Little Governor's Camp. On our balloon ride, we saw three rhino.
We feel fortunate to have had Hillary as our guide/driver in Tanzania. He not only spotted the animals for us -
Andy took their photos while Hillary told me about the behaviors of the animal - but also was willing to discuss politics, history, religion, etc of his home country Tanzania. We feel we learned so much about the country of Tanzania unlike Kenya where we only saw and learned about the animals and not much about the country. Hillary was always polite, on time, and ready to find animal sightings 'off the beaten track' where we often had fantastic views of the marvelous animal s of East Africa all to ourselves. The variety of scenery was astounding as we drove across the northern part of the country stopping at Tarangire where elephants abound, the Ngorongoro Crater which was surreal, and finally into the Serengeti for our last 5 days. While driving to our final camp Sayari, we spotted a leopard lying on the ground about 30 yards from us. We were able to very slowly approach and to take some fantastic photos of this most beautiful cat. On our final game drive, we arrived at the killing by two lionesses of a wildebeest that was still kicking and saw the male lion come on the scene to take command.
Thanks to Africa Adventure for another fantastic trip.

Andy and Irene Bailey, Sep 2010

Private Safari to Tarangire/Lake Manyara/S erengeti/Ngorongoro

Hi Kyle,
It's hard to believe we've been home for over two weeks already. I'm still pouring over pictures and editing my safari journal'¦Everything went very smoothly, starting with being picked up at Kilimanjaro by the Ranger Safaris rep and our guide, Milinga.
Milinga was a perfect match for our family. He was extremely knowledgeable, energetic, good natured, and had great instincts about spotting game. He went the extra mile in coordinating wonderful picnic lunches so that we could spend the entire day out and about and go on extensive drives. For example, one day we drove up to the Mara River and saw some of the migration! Many times, his instincts and patience in waiting for "action" enabled us to see things that others didn 't, as they did not stick around. Except for rhino, we saw it all
-- and then some! He clearly had our best interests in mind and always went out of his way to provide exceptional experiences for us.
I think my favorite park was Tarangire but perhaps t hat is because we saw it first and everything there was new and for the first time! My favorite accommodations were Kirurumu and Gibbs. I liked Kirurumu very much,
the tents, dining, and the nature walk with the M aasai guide. And it goes without saying t hat Gibbs Farm was
spectacular. My daughter and I did the garden tour and my husband and son did the hike to the waterfall and caves. The cottages were wonderful and I think Gibbs is a perfect end to safari.
The hot air balloon ride and subsequent brea kfast were great and since we had about a 1 -1/2 hour drive to
Seronera and left camp at 4:45am, in effect we had an evening game drive and saw some nocturnal animals.
'¦On the Serengeti we were at Explorer Camp 3 nights and for the second and third nights we were the only clients there, and the camp staff told us that they were closing after we departed. So it was just a bit odd being the only ones there. But we were totally pleased with the camp and the staff there. In fact, I think the food there was some of the best we had on safari. And on the morning of our departure, we were given a tour of the camp's kitchen facilities, which was awesome.
We were struck by the friendliness of everyone we came in contact with in Tanzania. Everyone seemed genuinely interested in getting to know us, asked our names and remembered them throughout our stays.
Thank you so much for everything, Kyle, I felt comfortable and secure with you and The Africa Adventure Company from our first contact. The initial packets of information were thorough and beautifully presented. Responses to my emails and calls were immediate and that is so important. You tweaked the itinerary to our requests and the end product was a trip of a lifetime for me and my family!
Most sincerely,

Linda Baker, Sep 2010

Private Safari to Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Lake Manyara/TarangireSafari in Kenya to Amboseli/Maasai Mara

Dear Lynne,
We have just returned from the safari that you had planned for us. We had a fabulous time.
Your ground operator in Tanzania (Ranger Safaris), the transfers they arranged, and the briefings they gave us before and after their part of the safari were excellent. Our Ranger Safari guide, Jabshir, exceeded all of our expectations. Pollmans Safaris also did an excellent job.
The choice of lodgings you arranged gave us a diverse experience of the different types of accommodations possible. Our favorite accommodations in order were:
1. Tarangire Treetops
2. Little Governors Camp
3. Amboseli Porini Camp
We truly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with other guests at the Amboseli Porini Camp. They had nightly cocktails around a campfire, and communal dining. '¦This camp was quite a distance from the park, and we spent over one hour going to Amboseli NP, and again over an hour returning. Sometimes we felt that the traveling time was excessive.
The locations we visited were excellent. Our favorites were the Serengeti, the Crater, and Masai Mara. We were lucky enough to see the Bi g Five, and we witnessed over 3,000 wildebeests and zebra crossing a tributary of the Mara River. At Little Governors Camp, a herd of nine elephants visited the campground on several occasions. They came right up to the edges of the tents '¦.
We felt that you did an excellent job. We had an exceptional trip, and would highly recommend African
Adventures to our relatives and friends. Sincerely,

Ray and Anne Belz, Sep 2010

Group Lodge safari to Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro/TarangireGroup Mt. Kilima njaro Climb - Rongai ClimbVisit to Zanzibar

To say this trip put together by The Africa Adventure Company was truly amazing is a harsh understatement. I
asked them to put together a three week trip to Tanzania/Zanzibar with a week of safari in the beginn ing, a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb in the second week, and a hop to Zanzibar for the third. Everything and I mean everything was handled with the complete and total professionalism, patience/understanding, and attention to detail to be expected from a top tier travel company.
The safari they put together was amazing! To start it off, they grouped me with an outstanding guide in Millinga. His knowledge and understanding of Tanzanian culture, wildlife, geology, and geography were astounding. He demonstrated f irst rate tracking skills which directly led to our group having one of the best week long safaris of his career in terms of the vast amount of animals and action seen! My safari included a Lake Manyara trek, an expedition through the legendary Serengeti, a stop and lecture at the famous Oldupai Gorge, a once in a life time experience in the Maasai village, a colorful adventure in and around the Ngorongoro Crater, and ending with a beautiful sunset in Tarangire National Park. We saw approx. 40+ lions (Eating, dragging prey, in trees, brushing against our vehicle), 6 -7 Cheetah (stalking, sprinting, and resting), 2
Leopards (trees and climbing), tons of elephant (charging and protecting), hippo, Black Rhino, and tons more! In the Maasai village, our guide a sked the villagers to show us something different than the normal show they
display for the groups, so they performed their blood letting ritual for us and what a show! To know that we were privy to see something so few outsiders are allowed to witness was truly special and a blessing!
The second week, The Africa Adventure Company teamed up with the African Walking Company to provide one of the most beautifully spiritual experiences in my life, climbing the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro. The guides for this journey, Charles and Damas, were completely incredible in their infinite patience during the climb. I had not prepared for the climb as I should have and thus struggled on certain parts of the climb. Charles and Damas were amazing with their experience and motivation. I was also grouped with a married couple, who I believe are now life long friends. When we reached Uhuru's Peak, I cried. It came on suddenly and the emotion of the beauty, the hard work, and the pain of making it to the top hit me very har d.
The Africa Adventure Company made this possible and as this experience made me a more complete being, I
have them to thank for helping me achieve newer heights.

Chris Boney, Jun 2010

Flying safari to Amboseli, Samburu, Maasai Mara

Dear Alison,
Krissy and I are back home and I am pleased to report the trip was even better than I imagined it would be! Everything went well. Even minor changes to our in Kenya travel was handled very well by Pollmans and the airline. We saw more animals than I thou ght would be possible and were very impressed by the professionalism and true warmth of the Kenyan people. We enjoyed all three of our camps although the small size and closeness to the wildlife at Elephant Pepper was our favorite.
I am so glad I had many discussions with your staff while we planned the trip. Even though a lodge is more affordable it would have ruined it for me. It suits some people I'm sure but I wanted to get away from people so the camps were more my style. My only complaint, if you can call it one, was the food was so good everywhere that I ate way more than I'm used to. I have no self control on vacation '¦.
'¦While at Larsen's we requested going to the Uaso Cultural Center. Our guide said it was quite a long drive but suggested instead a drive to Archer's Post to the Nangida Women's Group. It was about a 20 minute ride
and well worth going. It is a village of about 15 women who all got permission to divorce their husbands. We were told the Samburu for whatever reason can be quite violent with wives and all of the adult women in the camp had experienced female circumcision. I had no idea of what a brutal and dangerou s procedure this is for women'¦I am sure that you are already aware of all this Alison, but it is quite an eye o pener for us. I try to not put my values on other cultures. I admired the people at the Maasai village we went to. My problem is if a cultural practice routinely inflicts severe pain and suffering on half of it's population, I was glad to see some very brave women trying to change it. It reminds me of the practice of binding women's feet in China. I was glad to see that fall out of favor too.
The good news is the women are safe in their new village, they have a school and have great skills at barteri ng for their crafts. I swear, American used car salesmen could learn from the Maasai and Samburu! I know I paid too much for the stuff I bought but so what? They sang, danced, shared their village and their warmth and that
it was worth it'¦
As far as my favorite moments Alison, I would be hard pressed to decide. It was fascinating to be surrounded by 40 or more munching elephants in Amboseli, having a sundowner on top of a hill overlooking the plains and swamp, all with a dust -shrouded Kilimanjaro in the background. Or was it at Larsen's when I watched elephants play in the river and later in the mud? Maybe it was in the Mara watching multitudes of gnu try to decide if they were going to cross the river? Night time in the tent was even wonderful, bei ng tucked into a very comfy bed listening to a lion proclaim his territory?
Thank you again Alison for the trip of a life time for myself and my daughter. I will go again but do not know when.
Sincerely ,

Lynne Calero, SEP 2010

Tanzania Flying Safari to Tarangire/Ngorongoro/Serengeti

Once again we all had a fabulous trip to Africa with our recent safari to Tanzania. The Wildebeest crossing of the Mara River was the highlight, but it was a trip filled with many other memorable moments. Your ground
operator, Asilia did an excellent job with all the arrangements and we enjoyed all the accommodations.

Day 1 - Onsea House ....very nice, charming place though our stop was only overnight.

Day 2, 3 - Tarangire /Oliver's Camp. A great park with a good va riety of animals. Our guide, Alex, was outstanding and renewed our recognition and understanding of the diversity of animals and birds in Africa. The setting for the camp was not the most scenic, but the staff and facility was excellent and it was a great introduction for those family members who had not been on Safari before. Overall, a great 'kickoff' for our trip.

Day 4, 5 - Lake Manyara/Maasai Village/Ngorongoro/Plantation House. Although Lake Manyara was interesting, it did not match any of the su bsequent safari'¦Plantation House was beautiful. The food and staff were excellent, but it did feel more like a hotel than an outdoor adventure. We had a wonderful house to ourselves with four bedrooms...a delight for one daughter.

The Maasai Village visit was well worthwhile. We were warmly greeted and got a full tour, including one of
the 'houses' and the school. We brought books, pens, pencils, etc to distribute to the school.
The Ngorongoro Crater was spectacular, both in vista and the quantity and variety of game. We did not see any rhino, but we heard from subsequent visitors at another camp that they had seen several rhino there.
Due to the stop at the Maasai Village, we only had about 5 hours in the park, which unfortunately could have warranted a full day or two. In retrospect, we could have skipped Lake Manyara and spent the two days at Ngorongoro including a stop at the Ma asai Village.

Day 6,7,8 - Central Serengeti/Dunia Camp. This was our overall favorite camp. We had both a regular guide (Harry) and a trainee (Thompson). Both were outstanding and perhaps the most knowledgeable guides of any of our camps on either of our safaris. They were as much wildlife educators as they were outstanding guides. The camp was cozy and friendly, the staf f was outstanding, the food was excellent and the setting panoramic. After a day, we all felt right at home in the daily routine. The atmosphere seemed to be catching with all the visitors and we had even more interchange around the evening fire than at O liver's Camp.

Day 9,10,11 - Northern Serengeti/Sayari Camp. The game viewing in this area was spectacular. The wildebeest crossing of the Mara was the highlight, but we had sightings of a lion pride with cubs, cheetah, leopard, hippo, croc's, etc. If we had been able to stop in only one area for game viewing, this would probably be the winner. Our guide ,Frank, was excellent, but not our favorite.

Sayari Camp was our 'most beautiful camp and setting' with a wonderful panoramic view from our tent. The tents were beautiful, with a great shower and bathtub and outside sitting area. The 'tent', however, had a wooden floor that, although it initially looked great, I believe the gaps in the floorboards were the primary access point for the 'critters', that b it us each night. Also our 'tents' were at least 400 yds from the common areas making for long daily 'hike'. There also seemed to be either very few visitors or everyone keep to themselves since few people used the common areas or attended the evening fir e. Probably a good camp for a honeymoon couple.

Day 12 - Kia Lodge ....this place needs some renovation, but the air conditioning made up for the 'tired' décor.

All our transfers went off without a hitch and overall Asilia did an excellent job. Thanks again for another wonderful trip filled with great memories of Africa.
Yours truly, The Hallden and Bass Families.
P.S. The fleece jackets were perfect for the trip...we wore them daily in the morning and evening.

Al Hallden, Jun 2010

Private Safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti

Dear Alison, Ian, and Irene:
Thank you for creating an absolutely spectacular safari for us. It is clear to us that all of you understood exactly what we hoped for in such a journey, and we ha ve congratulated ourselves on selecting The Africa Adventure Company from among the companies we initially contacted. (In fact, someone behind us in the security line at the airport in Boston said his fabulous honeymoon on the Zambezi River had been plan ned by Mark Nolting in 1993--he had recognized our duffel bags!)
Ephata Lotashu was a perfect match for us --we're so grateful that you encouraged us to have a private guide. His level of knowledge, articulateness, personality, friendliness, energy, and prodigious spotting skills impressed us throughout our trip. He so clearly loves his work; his professionalism was impeccable. We saw cheetahs, leopards, and black rhino (with baby), every other possible mammal in gorgeous settings, hundreds of birds, and incredibly, got right into the wildebeest migration.
The food and accommodations were consistently wonderful. Gibbs Farm was lovely! Our visit to the Maasai village gave us much to think about; what a complex and beautiful culture.
Throughout my trip I felt absolutely thrilled, joyful, awed, and really moved. I could not have imagined that our long-awaited "trip of a lifetime" would so far exceed my sky -high expectations.
Thank you again for all of your work, and Ian, for the African music, whic h we are enjoying. I am sorting through the 1700+ pictures we took and promise not to send more than 15 -20--
Sincerely,

Polly Herz, Jul 2010

Private Kenyan Safari to Samburu/Laikipia/Lake Nakuru/Maasai Mara

Hello Africa Adventure team,
We are writing to report on our trip to Kenya which is no easy task because it was all fantastic! People keep asking our kids what their favorite part of the trip was and they can't answer because every part of it was a favorite.
Upon arrival, we were exhausted fro m the flight and a little overwhelmed by our new surroundings, but Lydia and Lazarus were there to greet us and we felt taken care of as they got us settled into our fun hotel. The next morning, there was a small mixup regarding our Church service (Origin s did not know we wanted to go to a specific Church, but after some help from the concierge, Stanley was able to get us to our meeting.) and we appreciated all of the work done to get us to the right one. The Church meeting was a very positive experience for our whole family and we enjoyed meeting the people.
The rest of our trip was just one highlight after another. We feel like we had the BEST guide who was suited perfectly for our family. Stanley would tell us stories about gr owing up without school shoes, African animal tales and different adventures he experienced through his work. He taught us Swahili words and a song. He made everyone feel at ease and comfortable to ask any questions. He arranged picnic breakfasts so we could go on longer game drives. He also always seemed to find the best stopping point so that an animal would walk
right in front of our truck. Our kids adored him. On our last day, after we had said good -bye to him, we were eating lunch in a restaurant and our 8 yr old son burst into tears and just kept sobbing. When asked what was
wrong, he said that he missed Stanley.
We had requested from you that we see different topographical areas. You did an excellent job. It was really fun to see the different animals in the differe nt regions and we were amazed with all the animals we got to see. We thought, date-wise, we would be ahead of the wildebeest migration, but we were delighted to find out it
had already begun and were able to see them cross the river. (We even saw a crocod ile catch one of them.) We were amazed with how close we could get to the animals and never got tired of game drives. The kids were
also just constantly intrigued with the idea that they got to stand on the seats while driving --better than
Disneyland!!!--and then pull up right beside an elephant!
We loved visiting the villages. We enjoyed singing and dancing with the village people, being invited into their homes, taking pictures with them and asking them questions. We enjoyed buying crafts in the Sambu ru village, but were quite overwhelmed and unprepared for the assertiveness of the Maasai vendors. Wow! They surrounded us individually and decorated our arms with bracelets and put things in our hands. As we tried to take them off, they would put more o n, pull on our arms and push on our backs to get us to go to their table. It was hard to walk away because we were surrounded and being pulled on. We finally got out, glad that we had the experience, but not sure if we want to do that kind of shopping again. :)
We loved all of the places we stayed! Our youngest, a boy, made friends with one of the Samburu warriors who worked at the lodge keeping monkeys out of the restaurant. The warrior gave our son a slingshot and our son gave him an American bracelet. He also gave our son an email address and we are looking forward to hearing back from him. I commented on how I loved this one dish, so at the end of the meal, the chef came out and gave me the recipe. On our final morning, Stanley and the hotel sta ff completely surprised us with an outdoor "bush" breakfast. (We thought we were going on a river walk with the staff to see a hippo!) We had numerous offers from people who wanted us to leave our youngest child with them. One Maasai warrior wanted to raise him as a Maasai warrior and then we could come back. :)
It was a fabulous trip and we appreciate all of the work you put into it to make it so incredible. THANK YOU--

The Sean and Joanne Murphy Family , Jun 2010

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes Nati onal ParkSafari in Tanzania to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire

Mark:
Thank you for a fantastic trip. It was everything that was advertised and more. Seeing the mountain gorillas is magical experience we will never forget. The sunsets in the Serengeti and baobab trees in Tarangire were stunning. We saw the migration, the big five, cheetah, lions stalking prey, lions in trees, lions mating, lions feasting on a kill, and much more.
Our guides were outstanding. Both Theo and Rasul were experts in the art of flexibility with meals, game drives, sightseeing, etc, taking the best advantage of the situations on the ground. Both were also great ambassadors for their countries and their people. Rasul lived up to his reputation as guide of the year. He knew when and where to find the animals and reacted quickly to sightings by other guides. He was helpful in steering us to reliable shops for souvenirs. We also appreciated his concern for the environment and for the animals as shown by his actions and often expressed in comments about other guides and drivers.
The Bushtops camp was over -the-top luxury. Soaking in the outdoor hot tub after a game drive was sublime. There was only one other family in camp for most of the time that we were there, so we practically had the camp and staff to ourselves. The food was the best of the trip. The camp had only been in operation for 6 weeks, so the staff was still learning, but that should shake out quickly. Deus, our guide at Bushtops, is a real gem. The managers were warm, welcoming, and attentive. The Sayari camp appears to have a better location, closer to the Mara River, but Bushto ps is a great alternative when Sayari is full.
'¦After Mark's honeymoon and now this experience, it's clear why the Africa Adventure Company is
regarded as the best in the field.
Thank you for the 'trip of a lifetime'.

Mike and Mark Nickelsburg - July/August 2010

Family Wildlife and Wilderness Safari to Tarangire/Lake Eyasi/Ngorongoro/Serengeti

Hi Kyle,
I am not sure how to thank you and T he Africa Adventure Company for the most amazing trip ever! What I
am most amazed about was that there was not one single glitch during the entire vacation. Everything went as smoothly as possible and according to plan. From the moment someone met as at the airport to the time we were dropped back off for our returning flight we were completely taken care of!
Thank you for providing us with a guide who had to endure my son's countless (and repetitive) questions. Ephata rocks! Beyond being extremely knowledgeable, he is a kind, patient, wonderful man. My kids simply adored him! My only complaint was that he laughed at all of my husband Steve's jokes which unfortunately has given Steve the impression that he is funnier than he actually is!
Of course the animals were amazing! I expected them to be! My only problem was with the g azelles. There were so many of them that I dreamed about them in my sleep! However, when we really needed them (like when a Cheetah or Lion was on the prowl) they were nowhere in sight!
What I guess I didn't expect was how much of an impact the cultural aspect of the trip wo uld make upon myself and my family. The experience reinforced to me that you don't need much to be happy and in fact all the stuff that we have just adds more chaos and stress to our lives in many ways.
I have to admit that I thought the 'day with th e Bushmen' was going to be hokey and yet it ended up being the most memorable aspect of the trip. (I would not kiss my son for days after he ate the dove they killed on the hunt). We were blown away by how they live! The experience still seems surreal. Other visits were just as memorable. With the Toga tribe, we will always remember the husband's offer of 50 cows in exchange for Lindsay becoming his fourth wife! The vision of the kids running to the truck wherever we went and the shouts when my kids handed out candy will always be with us.
One of the most sobering experiences was visiting the Kakoyi Primary School at Tarangire. It is one thing to intellectually know that the schools are in bad shape and it is another thing to see it firsthand. 5 teachers for
600 students was staggering! It was so discouraging to see that these kids have nothing , yet listening to them
sing and welcome us was such an uplifting, wonderful experience. The excitement and the gratefulness for the soccer balls we left at the school brought me to tears. (Our family is looking into raising money to get new desks for the school.)
As far as the accommodations went I was really pleasantly surprised. The view at the Tarangire Safari Lodge was like no other. We sat there for countless hours watching all types of animals. Kisima Ngeda Camp was paradise! (Kyle, I remember calling you asking why I would want to stay on a lake when there was no water and you assured me it was worth it -thank you!) Chris and Nani were the most welcoming, gracious hosts and the place and food were amazing! The Ngorongoro Farm house was beautiful and my son fell in love with the four security guards dogs the roam around the premises. Finally the Serengeti Shared camp was an experience , and it was great meeting and talking to all of your other clients! Every night my son would help the staff get the fire going while we enjoyed the most incredible sunset. The service and staff everywhere was excellent.
Kyle, I am so grateful to find you and your wonderful company. You really understood probably more than I did what I was looking for. As a result, my family had the most incredible experience. I have a feeling that this is the first of many trips we will be booking with you.
Thanks,

Julie Reich, Aug 2010

Group Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai ClimbSafari to Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Tarangire

While I have 166 emails to respond to in my inbox, I wanted to FIRST take the time to stop and say THANK YOU for an amazing, life -changing adventure. Our trip was so much more than we expected. We were touched by the beauty of the country, the people, the history, the wildlife and the welcome we received.
Everyone was truly professional, and I would like to send a detailed feedback, b ut before I do anything else, I
have to single out two incredible people.
First, William was Christopher's guide on the climb. He was an amazing person with an expansive English vocabulary and knowledge base. He was kind and caring and patient. Beyond feeling safe and cared for, we felt we were actually in the hands of people who loved us. Wow! Please keep him in mind for work with anyone and everyone. He was exceptional.
Also, Emmanuel Mkenda, our safari guide was an absolutely amazing person. He knows EVERYTHING. He taught us about the wildlife, the history of the parks, the history of Tanzania, evolution, conservation, and a million other topics. He was unbelievably professional and patient at all hours of the day and night. We LOVED him.
Our trip was absolutely magical and more than we could ever have imagined. I want you to know how much I appreciate your planning all the details and your encouragement, and I want you to know that you have some very special people helping you out in Tanz ania. Please let me know if I can be a reference for you in any
way.
All the best,

Lisa Schroeder, Jul-Aug 2010

Private Safari to Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro

We have been home about a week or so and I have been so delinquent in writing to you. Thank you to your staff (especially Sylvi a).
We absolutely LOVED every moment of our safari. Our guide (Rasul) was amazing --his keen knowledge of the animals, birds, and flora was awesome. He has a wonderful sense of humor and never once seemed impatient with our questions (which were never -ending). If I could recommend him to absolutely everyone who visits Tanzania, I would do just that!!!
I think we enjoyed the mobile campsite the most --the other lodges were fine (don't get me wrong) but the staff at the campsite (led by Jackson) was even more special. We met other wonderful people there and especially enjoyed our breakfasts and dinners at the site. We opted for box lunches (so much good food!) in order to spend more time out looking for amazing an imals. We felt especially well cared for.
I cannot say enough good things about the way we were treated and how memorable the trip was for my son, daughter, and myself. Thank you for putting together this once -in-a-lifetime adventure for us.
If you have specific questions you'd like us to answer, please do not hesitate to send them to me.

Laurie Stark, Jul 2010

Group Lodge safari to Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro/TarangireGorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Pre-Trip Information: E-mail, written, telephone information/contact with the African Adventure Company was first class.

African Adventure Travel Bag: What a beautiful bag! However, it was too small for all of our shipping items and too heavy for a carry on bag, since we had a weight limit for carry on and shipping luggage. We will use it at home.

Africa Adventure Hat: We both wore the hat the entire trip. The quality, like the bag mentioned above, is excellent.

African Safari Journal: A superior, informative book ...

Airline Reservations: Africa Adventure did a wonderful job fulfilling our seat requests.

Connections: We were met at every venue and hand held throughout the transfers from place to place.

Exit Taxes: We put money aside for Visas and Exit Taxes but there were no exit taxe s in Tanzania or Kenya. Visas were as stated in our travel information.

CDC Information: Never asked for this information but it was good to be prepared.

Extra Passport Pictures: They were not needed. But, again, we were happy to be prepared just in case.

Tanzania Lodges: All lodges/hotels were nice and comfortable. The staff at each were very pleasant and willing to assist us in any way. The food was as expected and there was plenty. In the future, we will request the upper floors of multiple dwellings. T his will give us a better view of surrounding areas and no one walking over our head during the night '¦

Tanzania Parks: Each had their own magic. We saw the BIG FIVE and so many other mammals/birds/reptiles/insects/trees/flowers and a variety of new born babies.

Tanzania Guide: EMMANUEL MKENDA from Ranger Safaris was SUPERIOR. I would recommend

that future clients try to request his services. How he could spot animals in the distance (while driving at the same time and then track their path so they would w alk right in front of our jeep) was amazing. He
has excellent historical knowledge of the different reserves and animals. He knew all the bird varieties and
animal habits.
Many of the other guides would follow his lead and maneuver their vehicles around o urs and/or follow our paths. He had a good sense of humour and was very energetic. We had him all to ourselves the first day and
then we added 3 more people. The jeep was not crowded so we could move around for better pictures. He did
his best to attend to all 5 passenger requests.

Maasai Village: A 5 minute visit was stretched into over an hour. It was a waste of time for us. The Maasai only wanted to sell us their crafts.

Richard Leakey's Museum and Archeological Site: This museum was not really up to da te. There were many things that were proved to be incorrect in the scheme of the world. We could have skipped this, too.

Hot Air Balloon Ride: This was so much fun. The breakfast was grand. The landing was an adventure in itself

- a crash one like we were told. We happened to be on the bottom seat.

Rwanda Guide: KAMUGISHA KIRENGA from RANGER SAFARIS WAS EXCELLENT. There were only the 2 of us in the Land Rover, which was perfect. His superior driving skills got us through a pouring rain

storm with a mud and rock slide on the way back to Kigali. A very scary situation especially for Ronni. Some
guests at the lodge recommended a particular Gorilla Trekking Guide and a specific Gorilla Group. We asked
Kirenga if he could arrange this for us and he did. The seco nd day we requested an easier trek and he arranged that for us also. He gave us a nice Kigali city tour and let us keep our pace on the rest of the trip with him. Gorilla Guides: Mr. Felix was the guide that was recommended. He was
truly OUTSTANDING and seemed to have been very pleased to be requested. I hope other trekkers can ask to be in his group. Our other guide was very good, too.

Porters: The porters were a tremendous help getting us up and down the slippery mountain paths. Our backpacks were very light so we really didn't need to have them carried, but we did need their help on the trek

up and down. It was worth paying them for their assistance.

Money: Your recommendation of many ones, fives, and tens was excellent. We used about 50 ones.

Thank you again for a wonderful adventure/experience. Larry got to see his lion walk up a tree and pose for him which was a bonus. Now we have to go through our 2,000 + pictures and relive our journey plus show all of our friends.

Ronni and Larry Weinberg, Sep 201 0

SOUTHERN AFRICAVisit to LivingstoneSafari in the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi

Dear Alison:
Rather than take up your time on the phone, I've decided to send you a short-ish e-mail about our vacation in Africa. I could go on and on and fear that I've been non-stop with my friends I'm so enervated and thrilled by the experience. First of all, everything was first class. It was sort of a shock to one's system to be in the
bush, occasionally glared at by an elephant or followed by lions ("Quick! Down your drinks and get in the jeep, lions are coming!") and then return to camp to be offered warm washcloths to clean up and then sherry served from a silver tray and a mini -home-baked quiche. An absolute delight!
We all fell in love with the hippos. They seem to have a great sense of humor when they are not scaring the bejesus out of you popping up a couple of yards from the canoe. However, I always had 100% confidence in our guides and they always knew how to handle any situation to the bene fit of our safety as well as the animals.
The guides as well as our camp hosts were all extremely personable and couldn't do enough to make our experience as pleasant and educational as possible. As much as the animals and birds were an amazement, so was the geography and all of nature. Oh! And the food was outstanding.
Our visit to the local village in Tafika was a highlight. We were so pleased that we'd asked to do that. Michael is now known as "The white magic man" in the village as he did lots of magic tricks with the children. He was like the pied piper. I'm sure he and Karen will tell you much more.
We all took many, many photos which I don't think any of us have put onto our computers yet as it's a daunting task to edit, but will get to it soon. Still haven't unpacked my check in bag.
If I were to rate this vacation it would get an A++++. Thank you and Ian for having taken care of all the details so thoroughly and professionally. I would recommend your company to anyone interested in such a vacation. BTW we were the only guests at Tafika which made it even more special although each place we staid was unique and had much to offer. From the first day we wondered how the next place would hold up to this one, but we were never disappointed .
If there is anything in particular you'd like to ask about, please do so. Regards,

Jane Assimacopoulos, Aug 2010


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Safari to Private Game Reserve near Kruger/MpumalangaSafari to Chobe Game Park and the Moremi ReserveVisit to Victoria Falls

Dear Lynne,
I just wanted to tell you that Peggy and I had a TERRIFIC time on our recent safari to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. We couldn't have asked for a better trip and we are already planning a return adventure. We were really impressed with the lo dges where we stayed: Cheetah Plains, Muchenje, and Chitabe. All three were superlative. The people were incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife.
We were also just blown away by the diversity of the terrains we saw and the diversity of wildlife. I have been home for a week now and am still trying to process in my mind all that we saw. It was so overwhelming and so different than anything that I have ever seen that it will take me a while to fully comprehend just how much we saw and how much we learned about the countries we saw, the wildlife we encountered and the people we met.
I was also very impressed with the logistics of the trip. Everywhere we went, we were met by the people who were supposed to meet us when they were supposed to meet us and got us to where we were supposed to be on time. I have never experienced a vacation where there wasn't some small travel snafu, but that is exactly what happened with us - no mix ups, no problems, no issues. Everything we nt very smoothly and the staff that we met were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
The accommodations were also far superior to what we expected. Cheetah Plains was fantastic. I know it has recently changed hands, but we absolutely loved it there and will be going back. The facilities were amazing. We loved the new general managers, Brian and Chantel Rode, and our guide Abel mKansi. Muchenje was very nice as well and was very comfortable. Looking out from our front porch onto the river plains was an am azing sight we will never forget. Chitable was also fantastic. We loved the staff, the layout of the camp, walking around on the catwalks and the variety of terrain and wildlife. The Okavango Delta will always be a special place for me and I really want to go back and explore that area in more depth. We also really liked the Rissington Inn and the Ilala Lodge. They were great respites from being in the bush and we loved staying at each place. By the way, Victoria Falls was breathtaking, even if we were ther e during the dry season and didn't get to see the full rush of water going over the falls.
Thank you for all you and the African Adventure staff did to make our vacation a dream come true. We will never forget it and will always treasure the pictures an d memories we have of our vacation. We will also be sure to contact you when we are ready to go back to Africa. I can't wait to get back and experience it all over again.

Mike Bean, Sep 2010

Kafue and Safari walking trails along the South Luangwa RiverVisit to Livingstone and Lower Zambezi

Hello Kyle -
We have returned! Our Zambian safari was another wonderful trip full of new experiences, and great bird and animal sightings. New animals for us - puku, oribi, white rhino, 2 different mongoose, and c ivet. I can't remember all the new bird sightings - but one of them was the beautiful violet-backed starling.
We did many fun things - the balloon ride over Busanga Plains was superb; canoeing and motor boating on the Zambezi was delightful; we experien ced a fun micro-light flight over Luangwa Valley; the helicopter rides in Kafue were also fun; our visit to Simonga Village was most interesting; viewing Vic Falls from the Zambian
side as well as Livingstone Island (in addition to our prior Zimbabwe visit ) has given us a great perspective; game drives and birding on the river was wonderful; fishing on the Zambezi was lots of fun; and sundowners anywhere in Africa are always a special time for us!
As far as camps, all of them were great accommodations. I think our absolute favorite was Old Mondoro - small and very comfortable, next to the river, and great game viewing in the area. Chiawa was also very nice but a bit "too too" for us. Camps in South Luangwa were good - Tafika was very comfortable and accommodating, and our favorite of the 3 bush camps; Chikoko was fun; and Crocodile was also very comfortable and more of a favorite than Chikoko. Kapinga was a lovely camp and we really enjoyed our time there. And Toka Leya - what a nice place to begin and end our safari!
Our African experiences are always enhanced by the many relationships we have with camp managers as well as all staff personnel. We love the exchanges we have with the staff at any camp as we can learn so much more about local customs f rom them.
'¦.All in all, it was a great trip. We met many people who have safaried multiple times and who keep returning for new experiences. Guess we are not the only ones who have been captured by our Africa experiences.
What else can I say.... Thank you

Gail and Bob Boyd, Sep 2010

Flying safari to Okavango Delta/SelindaFlying safari to Private Game Reserves near Kruger

Aloha All,
Once again, our safari is over, and we are re -living all the wonderful moments we experienced ----and thinking about where and how to spend our next safari!
Chitabe and Selinda were wonderful camps. In both, the managers and staff were very accom modating, the camp well-run and comfortable, and the game viewing great. Who thought we'd see leopards (sometimes multiple) on every game drive in Botswana, including a kill on our first night! I especially appreciated the environmental efforts at Selinda with no plastic water bottles, water purification, solar panels, etc. Our
lasting memory was being chased by the matriarch of a breeding elephant herd --not a mock charge, but a full on gallop!
Jabulani was everything we'd hoped it would be ---and more. The accom modations and service and food were extremely luxurious, but still in keeping with the spirit of Africa. Feeling a p art of the Africa environment and culture is a significant part of the safari experience, and we were not disappointed. And I will never forget the elephant encounters. We loved meeting and playing with the elephants in their stable and at sundowners, and seeing the bush from the elephants' backs was so peaceful and quiet --so unlike the vehicles. Here too we saw leopards --every game drive by vehicle.
Londolozi was just as we remembered it, and we had a wonderful time. Terrific game viewing and a wonderful guide, Adam, and experienced tracker, Solly. We saw leopard every drive, including a fascinating interaction between mother and grown son. We toured the other camps, but agree that Founders has the most homey atmosphere. Founders does need some refurbishm ent, however, as the rooms' furnishings were a bit shabby, but I understand that is being planned.
Our lasting memory here was being within 4 feet of a full grown male lion, one of four --all sitting up, alert and staring right at us --but thankfully full! I won't say I was frightened, I have a great deal of confidence in the guides, but it was definitely intimidating!
All in all we had another terrific safari and we appreciate all of your arrangements to make that worry -free. I gave out all of the cards f rom the back of the Safari Journal (what a great idea!), and I hope you get some calls. By the way, I think you are working with a family, the Winston's, on their safari? They are children/grandchildren of our good friends.
Thanks again for everything. Lo ok forward to contacting you early in 2011 about a 2012 safari, but keep in touch in the meantime and we will do the same.
Best,

Ronnie Cantor and David Deutsch, Aug 2010

Flying Safari to Chobe in BotswanaFlying Safari to Victoria Falls and Hwange in Zimbabwe

Dear Kyle (and members of The Africa Adventure Company) ,
'¦We had dreamed for years about taking a safari, and the trip succeeded our expectations! Everything went smoothly. I don't know how Wilderness Safaris effortlessly has drivers and tour guides, but they do it beautifully.
We had hoped to see animals --we didn't really have any idea about how many or the variety. We couldn't believe how we could just watch animals in the bush. It was amazing!...Kyle, you had mentioned that we could take basic supplies to the school we visited in Vic Falls, so we took about 100 spiral notebooks in one duffel (about 48 pounds worth) and then another duffel full of toothbrushes, hundreds of pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, colors, markers, etc. The second day we were at Vic Falls, our lovely guide, Esther, came to get us. We asked if she would like any of the supplies for her grandchildren before we gave them to the school. She replied that she would love to have toothbrushes for her six grandchildren a nd would be happy to have some school supplies. As she put it, "Now I will have treasures for when my grandchildren come." That kind of makes you reassess your priorities when you hear there school has 1800 primary children, a ratio of 50 students to one teacher, and one computer which is shared between the administrators! We were certainly glad to have included a school in our itinerary in Zimbabwe.
Concerning our stay at the Safari Lodge in Vic Falls, both my husband and I appreciated the five minutes away from town. We were greeted with wash clothes and a cool juice drink. Our balcony faced the waterhole so we enjoyed just looking out at the elephants, cape buffalo, maribou storks, vultures, monkeys, etc. It was very convenient to already have the br eakfast and dinner included in our rates. The Boma was touristy, but there
was a nice warm environment and we enjoyed trying different meats and even sampled the mopani worms! Drumming and dancing was fun, too. I'm glad we went there. Dining in the hotel restaurant is about the
perfect setting, and breakfast buffet is especially good '¦
Next we were off to Muchenje, which we absolutely loved. We had a driver to the Botswana border, a driver to Kasane, and then Muchenje picked us up at the airport. We were lucky enough to have Lips as our guide, and he was wonderful. The food was excellent, the other guests were warm and interesting. Rod and Kathy and JJ were wonderful managers. The day of our full day safari, we thought we were so fortunate to spot a leopard, have it cross right in front of our vehicle, and settle down not to far from us. When we were driving through the park to go to the Chobe River, we spotted three more leopards together. Lips called our boat and told them we would be a little lat e because we were watching leopards. (One of the joys of doing things in a
small, small group!) We had a wonderful boat trip, watched hippos, elephants with their young, and saw a huge variety of birds. This was, my husband and I said, one of the best da ys of our lives!
Also, Lips took us to Mabele School and Mabele Village which was an interesting side trip. He was wonderful at answering our questions since he grew up in this area. One of my most prized momentos is a basket his mother made!
After three days at Muchenje, we went back to Vic Falls. We were heading out at noon to Little Ma kalolo. Some how, that flight got cancelled, and we ended up going at 3:30 in the afternoon instead. Without missing a beat, Reason, our Wilderness Safari guide, t ook us to the Victoria Falls Hotel and we had a complimentary lunch on the terrace overlooking the mist of the falls. Reason arranged for our luggage to be stored until he picked us up at 2:15. The late flight ended up being just great!
Oh my goodness! Little Makalolo is magic, isn't it? We had Charles for a guide, and he was wonderful! Actually, he greeted us wearing an Africa Adventure hat because he had shown Mark Nolting and his family around. We went to the hide to see elephants, spent one whol e morning tracking rhinos on foot, and saw so many different animals. Some special moments were seeing a baby giraffe with the umbilical cord still attached, and having sundowners one night while we watched over three hundred buffalo kick up dust on their way to the water hole. Probably the funniest thing that happened was that we were getting ready for sundowners another night. We had heard reports of lions, but did not have much luck. As Charles poured a gin and tonic for the other guest, we saw two l ionesses walking down the road. He quickly had everyone back in the vehicle. My husband held the meatballs and dip, I had the wine, and another woman had her G & T.
We watched those two lionesses until they disappeared. Then, heading back to Little Ma k, we saw another lioness and male lion and they passed right in back of the Land Rover. (We were still holding wine and
appetizers!) We watched them until it was dark, then pulled by another water hole and had our drinks. We kidded about that being a mo on-upper instead of a sundowner!
We did have a hyena come into camp and eat the leather seat cushion of one of the sofas in the lounge. Then, the last night, one couple had their 31st anniversa ry and were eating by the pool. Suddenly, they looked up an d there was a mother elephant and her baby drinking from the pool. One of the guards went over immediately, and the elephants moved off. Also that night, we had three elephants on the path to our room, so we waited for them to move before a guard took us back. We have so many great memories and the trip was truly something we had been hoping to do for the last several years. Best yet, you listened to what we wanted to do, and this
was exactly it! Thank you for working around our free miles to Africa, w hich probably made the whole trip one we felt we could afford. We felt very safe, things were organized really well, and everyone was kind and
friendly. My husband, a wonderful cook, even got a shortbread recipe from our cook at Little Ma k.
Coming back to Johannesburg, we had our two Africa Adventure bags and were getting our boarding passes. A gentleman asked if we'd had a good time, and it was Mark Nolting! We got to meet his family and hear about their trip too. How nice of him to take the time to d o that. Also, we did very much appreciate the passes to the lounge at Jo Burg. We probably wouldn't have even known about that. Both my husband and I said that planning with your company was definitely the way to go. We had talked about this as being t he "trip of our dreams." It certainly was that, but know we're saying, "If we go again, I'd like to......."
Thanks so much for working with us and making the safari just what we'd hoped it would be! Sincerely,

Luann and Bill Moth, Aug 2010

Flying safari to Matobo Hills/Hwange/Mana Pools/Victoria Falls

Wow! Where do I begin? As you know, we traveled to Zimbabwe to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.
We have been home for only 10 days, and are already dreaming of going back someday. This truly was the trip of a lifetime and one that we will be talking about for years to come.
Kyle Witten was our safari consultant. He was so patient with me. He really paid attention to the type of adventure that I was looking for and helped me to plan the per fect trip for me and my husband. We began our journey in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we were met by our driver at the airport and taken to a wonderful little hotel about 5 minutes away. The hotel had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us in t he room for our anniversary which was a very nice surprise. Our driver for the evening was so pleasant to talk to and eager to share stories and facts about Jo'burg and South Africa in general.
We left Jo'burg the next morning for our first camp which was Camp Amalinda in the Matopos Hills. Billy and Priscilla truly have a little piece of heaven. Our only regret was not having more time to just enjoy the camp itself. It is so beautifully designed the way it is built into the rocky outcrop. Our guide at camp was Paul, and he was like a walking encyclopedia. He was a wealth of information and so enthusiastic about everything we saw. We hiked to a cave to see old bushmen paintings, we took a drive through the Matopos Hills where we were lucky enough to get to walk up to 4 white rhinos, and visited a local village and a local children's home. The food was fantastic! The camp staff was so friendly and such a joy to have around. We never wanted for anything and every little detail was taken care of for us. They truly made you feel at home.
Our next camp was Little Makalolo at Hwange. Kim was our host and she was so much fun. Everyone at
camp had such a wonderful personality and we truly enjoyed the entire group. We got to know all of the guides while we were there and really enjoyed visiting with all of them at meals and around the campfire at night
(Bully, Charles, Sibs and Luis). Our guide was Charles and he was wonderful! He was quite knowledgeable about photography and always did his best to get us on the right side of the animals, in the right light, to help us
get the best shots. This was a true benefit that I did not expect.
It's hard to even pick one favorite thing at each camp. But some of our favorite memories might be watching some giraffes that had their eyes on something for about 20 minutes until slowly one at a time, a pride of 6 lions came out of the bush into the open; visiting a local school and having the 6th grade class perform some songs and dances for us; visiting a local villag e and bringing home curios made by the people we met; stories, music and dancing around the campfire at night; the beautiful, huge herds of elephants with lots of really cute little ones; watching the baboons play; the watering hole often full of animals r ight in front of our camp; and the food!
They literally fed us every 2 hours and everything was soooo good. It was also quite exciting having to be walked to our tent each night by a guide with a loaded rifle. Oh, and the noises at night and in the mor ning. I loved hearing the sounds of the animals. I could truly write several pages about all of the wonderful memories.
Our next camp was Ruckomechi at Mana Pools. All of our camps were decorated so beautifully and each was so comfortable. This last camp was situated on the Zambezi River with an amazing view and had elephants constantly just walking through camp! What an experience. We had to wait on elephants to get to or from our room a few times while we were there. Chris an d I cooled off in the pool a few different days surrounded by elephants eating acacia pods and drinking from the Zambezi. Again the staff was wonderful. We had different guides throughout our stay at this camp because of the different activities that we did. We did a walking safari one morning, a canoe ride on the Zambezi, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, and of course several game drives.
They surprised us with a truly wonderful sundowner the afternoon of the sunset cruise. They had a fire lit on a little beach area in the middl e of the Zambezi with snacks and champagne as a surprise for our anniversary.
The food again was amazing. They did a BBQ one night and some of the camp staff performed songs and dances for us which was a real treat.
Oh, I almost forgot, we were welcomed our first day driving into the camp by a Cheetah with her kill sitting right next to the road in the middle of the day. Also, we were lucky enough to see a group of about 25 wild
dogs on 2 occasions at Mana Pools. The birds were amazing with brilliant co lors, baboons, impala, zebra, wart hogs, sable, kudu, and the hippos! I loved hearing the hippos in the river. And we got to see a baby elephant
that our guide said was definitely less than a week old. It could hardly walk yet and was still pink around th e ears. Sooooo cute!!
After Mana Pools, we spent one night in Vic Falls. We had a tour of the Falls with our guide Esther (who was a true gem and a wealth of knowledge.....like all of the guides we came across in Zimbabwe). The falls were really beautiful and the rainbows were mesmerizing. I can only imagine what it must be like in the rainy
season.
Our whole trip was truly an awesome experience. Our flights, transfers, getting through customs, etc... were all handled so smoothly and efficiently. We never felt as if we were in any danger at any time. And everyone we met was so pleasant and friendly. The Wilderness Camps and staff were top notch, as well as Camp Amalinda and their staff. We were so impressed by the use of solar power and natural reso urces in all of the camps. The improvements that had been made at the school we visited in Hwange just since 2007 was inspiring.
Zimbabwe definitely holds a special place in our hearts now and we hope to be able to return someday. We took 2000 pictures, so I am still trying to get through them all. I will definitely send over an album of some of
our favorites as soon as I can.
Thank you to Kyle and The Africa Adventure Company for helping us to plan the Trip of a Lifetime!!

Alicia and Chris Putnam, Sep 2010

Private Game Reserves near KrugerVisit to Cape Town

Dear Kyle,
Thank you so much for setting up our trip to South Africa. It was fantastic -- as all the trips you all have planned for us.
Tanda Tula was absolutely the best. Don and Nina Scott along with Dale and Halley (camp managers) have done a spectacular job of reviving this tented camp. The accommodations were like a 5 star hotel. The attention to detail in the 'tents', to the food, to the safari drives was incredible. The family style dining
was every elegant and the menu was superb. They also had vegetarian meals for our daughter even though she was the only vegetarian in camp during our stay. The guides and trackers were the best. After arriving and
getting settled in, we went on the afternoon game drive and the first thing we saw were the 3 territorial lions
feasting on a newly killed cape buffalo. The next day, our morning safari saw these 3 huge lions laying across the trail so full they could hardly move. An incredible sight for these kings of the area. We saw families of elephant, rhino's cheetahs, leopards and herds of C ape buffalo.
The Starry Bed experience of sleeping under the stars was fantastic and we would do it again. I would highly recommend it. We went on our afternoon drive, came back to camp for a delicious dinner. After dinner and the ability to get our belongings together, Dale, our guide, took us out to the "camp" site. I use the word "camp" loosely as it was a small cabin. Tanda Tula had cots, but made up to be a very comfortable bed -- warm and cozy for the winter's evening. They had Amarula liqueur and snacks, a bathroom facility, lanterns all set up for our arrival. The setting is a "blind" they have refurbished and covered to keep the rain out if needed.
It is 2 1/2 stories high and sits on the edge of the major watering hole for the animals in the area. They left their spot light for us so we could look for animals. It was a beautiful evening, the stars and moon were breathtaking. The sunrise was awesome. Dale was our guide and he along with our tracker, Phillip, greeted us at 6am with tea, coffee and rusks before starting our morning safari. The site fit the 5 of us very comfortably.
If you get the chance to recommend this in the future -- encourage people to do this -- it was so much fun.
Tanda Tula does a great meal in the evening. Each night two staff members sit with the guests. Their interaction was such a great idea. You get to know the owners, the managers, the guides, along wit h the office staff that run things behind the scenes. We all had a marvelous time and if given the chance would return here often.
Reluctantly we left and went onto Cape Town. Kensington Place was a beautiful hotel. Although not on the beaten path, they were very happy to always call a taxi and arrange for them to bring us back to the hotel. Again the attention to detail was just incredible. As we arrived around 6pm, they had thoughtfully made reservations at a restaurant for us in case we wanted to eat out. They had tentatively proposed and made
reservations for us throughout our stay and were happy to accommodate and change restaurants for us based on our needs. The view of Cape Town and Table Mountain from each room was breath taking. Each evening
they had appetizers and drinks ready for their guests. (We were on the second floor and climbed steps. Not
sure if they have an elevator to accommodate those that couldn't climb steps.)
Lucia our guide for our time in Cape Town was the best. She was so willing and open to do whatever we wanted and made suggestions based on our schedule and weather conditions. We fit in everything we wanted to do. Our "free" day that we had left, was the calmest day for the seas, so we went whale watching. Lucia arranged all this for us.
At Pierre Jordan winery, she coaxed the owner into opening a bottle of sparkling wine with a saber == which is usually only done on formal tours. She was so open and warm, knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her again.
As we go through our photos we'll send some along especially of the Starry Bed experience.
Again thank you so much. As always, you all plan a spectacular trip -- down to the last detail. We are so grateful to you for making our trip to South Africa a n unforgettable experience. All five of us again, left our hearts in Africa.

Kathy, Bill, Kristine, Will and Katie Rose , Jul-Aug 2010

Flying Safari to the Okavango Delta and Selinda ReserveShared Mobile Tented Safari to Moremi and the Khwai Concession

Dear Mark,
Thank you, to you and your staff at The Africa Adventure Company, for making our recent trip to Botswana (May 25th through June 13th) such a big success! It was truly a wonderful adventure --we saw everything that we had hoped to see (and much more), our guides were outstanding, and the lodges and our tented camping worked out just great. Many of the wildlife viewings that we experienced were our best of any trip.
Despite the threat of strikes by the British Airways cabin crews, all of our four long-distance flights--both outbound and return--went smoothly and were on schedule. Within Botswana, it was quite exceptional to have so much high water, and this was a factor that the lodges and guides had to contend with at all locations
we visited. For example, for getting to our first camp, Vumbura Plains, we had to be helicoptered in from
Duma Hills Camp.
Vumbura Plains Camp was a wonderfully -beautiful setting, with great accommodations set along the length of the wetland. It was quite a surprise to see the quality of the rooms there. Game drives at Vumbura had to contend with quite deep water levels at times. Our camp guide, Obi (who we found out was the head guide) often had to open the door of his vehicle to let the water drain out. At Vumbura we saw everything: lions walking through water, great elephants, leopards, wild dogs, cheetah.
After Vumbura, we helicoptered out to Mombo Camp, then flew to Xachanacha in the Moremi area where we met our professional guide, Nic Polenakis for our six days of mobile tented camping. Nic was just outstanding throughout our time together. Early our first morning with Nic, he put us in position to witness a pride of
nine lions (two big males and seven lionesses) take down a cape buffalo right in front of our vehicle! Needless to say, we spent a number of hours observing and listening to this rare spectacle as it unfolded through the
morning. I know it was challenging for Nic to navigate the many flooded roads (and to bypass other roads that were closed) in both the Moremi and K hwai Concession areas, but he did manage it all somehow so that the
difficulties were hardly apparent. We did a wonderful game walk one morning. The tented camps were a great experience, once again. We had a great time toget her....thank you Nic!
Flying on to Selinda Camp, we had more good experiences --both enjoying the beautiful lodge and accommodations, dining out under the stars each night, and great game drives with another very good camp guide (Mots). Here, too, we saw everything--great elephant, several up-close viewings of a pair of cheetah brothers, a lioness with two young cubs, wonderful giraffe, wonderful male lions (calling each night). It was very interesting to learn about Derek and Beverly Joubert at Selinda Camp, their passion for African wildlife, and to see Beverly's beautiful photographs.
In all, we saw about 160 bird species during our two weeks in Botswana. Best regards,

Gary Smith/Kathleen Kemper, May -Jun 2010

Flying safari to a Private Game Res erve near KrugerVisit to Victoria FallsFlying safari to Okavango Delta and Chobe

Dear Alison,
I wanted to send you an e -mail to let you know that Alan and I have both returned home after an amazing trip to Djuma, Victoria Falls, Muchenje, and Jao. I have been awake in bed since 4 AM, hopelessly jetlagged and wishing that I were instead still looking out over the Okavango Delta from the deck hammock at Jao.
We both had an amazing vacation, and I wanted to thank you for organizing such a flawless trip. I have traveled a fair bit in other parts of Africa, and I have found that delays, cancellations and other mishaps are often unavoidable. Alan and I were amazed by how well this trip was arranged; all the moving pieces (road transfers, chartered flights, inter-country flights, etc) were seamless and 100% stress -free. The combination of Sabi Sands, Chobe, and the delta also provided us with fantastic variety. We saw an incredible variety of animals at Djuma Bush Lodge (rhinos, leopards, lions, etc), and at Chobe, we enjoyed the large numbers of elephants, hippos, and giraffes as well as our boat ride on the Chobe River. Although we saw fewer animals at Jao because of the high water levels, it was a perfect way to end our safari.
We really were impressed with the staff at Djuma Bush Lodge (now called 'Cheetah Plains') . Also, the staff at Jao were AMAZING, and Alan and I both really loved our guide, Cruise. He was knowledgeable, mellow, and had a terrific sense of humor. He really was fantastic, and I would highly recommend him to other
visitors to Jao. The Jao lodge was gorgeous and felt a bit indulgent, but we loved it! Unfortunately, however, it may have spoiled us a bit for future travel. We were both glad that our trip concluded in Jao rather th an started
there.
I know I expressed concern about safety issues in Zimbabwe during our initial planning discussions, and I wanted to let you know that Alan and I felt very safe in Victoria Falls. The folks we met there were perhaps some of the most helpful and friendly that we met during our travels.
I also wanted to let you know, in case you have other same -sex couples booking travel to this part of the world, that both Alan and I felt totally comfortable throughout the trip. The staff at all of these places were professional, and neither of us ever felt uncomfortable.
Again, thank you for your help and support planning our safari. Best,

Jonathan Volk & Alan Le, May -Jun 2010

Safari in Botswana to Okavango Delta and SelindaSafari in Zimbabwe to Mana Pools Visit to Victoria Falls and Cape Town Hello,

Just emailing to report on our recent trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Cape Town. Thank you all for your help in booking and choosing the places we visited. We had a marvelous time and really loved it a ll. The highlight was our time in Botswana at both Selinda and Vumbura, and getting to know our guide, Brooks, what a lovely man.
We also had a wonderful time in the Mana Pools at Vundu with Nick and Desiree. What a surprise to run into Mark and Alison Nolting upon arriving! We really loved Nick's adventurous style and saw the animals in a new light when approaching them on foot. Great fun was had by all.
Vic Falls and Cape Town were both nice, but in our experience, paled in comparison to our times in the bush. Having said that, our guides in both places, Esther and Andrew Brinks, were both superb.
The weather in Cape Town was not conducive to shark diving, which was a disappointment. We did manage a whale watch on our last day though. Also really lov ed the Cape Grace, service was excellent '¦
Really loved the trip! '¦we are definitely planning another trip soon. Thanks to all,

Jill Wattles, Jul 2010

EASTERN AFRICAJanuary-May 2010Group Lodge safari to Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Tarangire

* Please note - this trip report was posted by our client on Trip Advisor ~

I recently booked a Tanzania safari through the Africa Adventure Company. My agent Szilvia was extremely knowledgeable and no matter how many questions I had, she was happy to assist. She properly set my expectations and provided me with so much information that the others in my group consistently
sought me out to answer their que stions. The group consisted of 6 people and everyone got along very well, despite coming from diverse backgrounds and 3 different countries. The guide was also wonderful.
Despite being extremely well -travelled and having high expectations and standards, t his trip was the most amazing experience of my life.
As our journey was coming to an end, the unexpected occurred: we found ourselves stranded due to the volcano in Iceland. While the team at Africa Adventure worked tirelessly around the clock to get its clients home, some of the people who booked through other companies were not so lucky. In fact, one couple who was celebrating their honeymoon was routed to Nairobi and found themselves stuck in a substandard hotel for 2 weeks because their agent just wan ted to get them on their way. Other travellers had to beg their agents to do anything. I experienced problems with my credit card issuer not authorizing charges and was
extremely concerned about my situation, but the Africa Adventure team was more than acc ommodating and we worked out a solution so that I could depart at the earliest opportunity.
This company books the Tanzania trips through Ranger Safaris and they are very customer -oriented. There are 2 options when booking the land package and I selected the Serena option. Overall, the properties are simply gorgeous and the staff is caring and eager to please. As is sometimes the case when travelling abroad, things did not always go as planned and I did experience a couple of disappointments, however, Szilvia and the General Manager of the Serena chain worked with me to achieve a prompt and satisfactory
resolution. It is my opinion that how a company handles consumer concerns is often more impactful than the initial concern itself. I am quite pleased that t hey realized that the issues were very valid and upsetting to me
and wanted to make things right.
If you are contemplating a safari, I would highly recommend this trip. While I travelled during rainy season, we experienced a minimal amount of rain (approx imately 20-30 minutes on the days that it actually rained) and, as a bonus, we saw a number of baby animals, as the timing coincided with calving season. This is slow season which means that parks and hotels are less crowded. This also worked in our favor when the volcano erupted. The savings that I realized by booking off season provided me with a good amount of spending money and allowed me to book the exact trip that I had always wanted, without having to cut any corners.
I would recommend this compa ny to anyone interested in an African safari and believe that you will not only get the best bang for your buck but you may just find yourself with some of the best memories of your life.

Beth Auerbach, April 2010

Private Safari to Tarangire/Serengeti/ Ngorongoro

Where to begin......
That was without question the best trip Debbie and I have ever taken. (If you could just somehow shorten the long flights). Tanzania is a beautiful country and Millinga was an excellent representative for his
country.
EVERY day had awe inspiring moments with beautiful scenery and magnificent animals up close and personal. Thanks to Millinga's diligence and expertise as a professional guide, we found all animals we wanted to see, most with young. There was nothing we wan ted to see that we missed. His tracking ability and his instincts led us to some amazing observations. Millinga was professional, courteous, knowledgeable and thoughtful (he even provided a cake and bottle of wine for our anniversary)
He also has some stamina as we endured long days in dust but he had to drive literally hundreds of miles all the while maintaining his typical positive attitude and interesting commentary. Be sure to motivate Millinga to stay with your AAC group. He's worth every cent you pay him.
The tents were just fine, definitely better than I had imagined. In my opinion, Oliver 's wasn't much different than the mobile tents in the Serengeti. Food similar, beds similar, tents similar. The road (last 1 - 2 KM) to Oliver's was terrible very full of swampy potholes / Tse -Tse flies. I'll have to say the social time at Oliver 's was better in that the guests intermingled leading to very interesting conversation.
At the mobile camp we sat with the same people that we had just spent 12 hours on t he road with and subsequently, the conversation at Ranger could idle. The Sopa Hotel at Ngorongoro had beautiful views and we loved the location. However after the tents maybe we expected too much but that was just a hotel, nothing special. Food was OK and not really better than the tents cooking.
Overall, this trip receives an A++ grade as it definitely exceeded expectations in almost every area. I am recommending AAC to my friends and Tanzania specifically. We will strongly consider your group for future travel.
Thanks to you personally for the agenda. The time spen t in tents (2) then a hotel followed by tents (4 ni ghts) was thoughtful. We asked for animals and nothing else and we got ANIMALS and excellent accompanying comments & direction from Millin ga. Thanks to you Andre' and your assigning us Millinga as our guide,
this was literally a perfect vacation.
Thanks again

Mike Deets, Feb 2010

Group Lodge safari to Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Tarangire

Lynne,
I am writing to express my complete and overwhelming satisfaction with my recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania. I had a fantastic time and it was a far better trip than I could have imagined. I met some travelers from UK, Ireland, and Botswana who all were impressed (as well as myself) with the caliber of guides, transfers, and lodges. It was great to know that I paid less than they did for the same trip!
I have been on safari 6 times in India, Australia, and several countries in Africa. I can say without a doubt that Mellinga with Ranger Safaris is the best guide I have ever had. I was on my own for the first few days of my trip and with him for 2 trips into Tarangire N ational Park. We met up with a group for the remainder of my time in Tanzania. We all agreed he is the best! I encourage you to continue working with his company. Everyone I met from Ranger Safaris was great and made my trip a breeze. In addition, the Serena Lodges were excellent. The food was wonderful; the staff was great; and the views/locations were
spectacular. I was so pleased, considering I have stayed in quite rustic accommodations and tented camps in other countries.
Finally, I would like to thank you for answering all my questions and ensuring my trip went so smoothly. You handled everything well w ith such short notice (3 weeks!) and I appreciate that (and know how hard it is to do). I have already given your email/website to a coworker and 2 friends planning a wedding who want an adventurous honeymoon. I will continue to refer you to everyone I k now. I can't wait to take my next trip with your company! Thank you again and please contact me with any questions.
PS--The rainy season was not an issue. I would go back this same time of year again. We had no crowds in the parks, saw every animal imaginable (including big 5 and the great migration), and had fantastic weather (one day of rain en route to the crater). Fantastic!

Eric Gassaway, May 2010

Visit ZanzibarPrivate Safari to Lake Eyasi/Ngorongoro/SerengetiGorilla trekking in Volcanoes National ParkExtension to Shompole

Dear Mark and Elena,
We've made it back in one piece, and want to thank you for planning a wonderful trip for us. Every portion of the trip was slightly different from the others, and we all had different favorites. The trip was a perfect blend of game -viewing, cultural experiences, and relaxation. Everywhere we stayed, service was exceptional, and people were friendly and eager to please. It didn't hurt that Matt delighted (and frequently surprised) staff members by speaking to them in Swahili --they were particularly solicitous of him thereafter, and he entertained them and us with some pretty hilarious stories of his travel and work experiences'¦
Elena, you were absolutely right that we loved our safari guide , Jabshir. He was pleasant, friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and worked hard to meet our every wish. He managed most of them, too. We got the hoped-for mating experience in the Serengeti when he found us two lions who mated 5 times in
the 50 minutes we watched--while the defeated male watched from nearby. .. We had never seen a rhino
(except 12 years ago when a group of lions were devouring a dead and nauseatingly stinking one) but Jabshir found us 14 --including a couple of babies --in one day, beating his own one-day rhino-sighting record by six. Thank goodness for digital cameras --we collectively returned home with literally thousands of photos. And we will have to return again, because we have yet to witness a cat kill, and we would also like to see the elephant mourning circle some day.
The favorite lodging for most of us was probably the Governor's Silverback Lodge, though the Sopa Lodge on the crater isn't far behind, and my p ersonal favorite was Shompole'¦ we loved the hunts with the Hadzabe and the visit to the Mangati (I think I have that right) compound where we did a fascinating Q&A session with the three wives of one family, sitting on makeshift "stools" in the "room" of one wife and watching, while we talked, a toddler licking out a bowl o f something that minutes before a dog had been licking out. We asked each other questions about how we lived, and the women could not understand and did not like the concept of monogamy. They were doubtful that women could like living alone with their hu sbands. They also clearly disapproved of the single and childless status of our three
20-somethings.
Everyone had different game -viewing favorite places. In the Crater, we loved the beauty and the manageability and the abundance of game. One morning we asked for an early start, earlier, definitely, than Jabshir would have liked --but as always, he accommodated our wishes --and therefore had a couple of hours with almost no other vehicles in sight and we were able to catch animals in early -morning activity. We enjoyed the drive from the Crater to the Serengeti, too; despite the uncertainty because of rain, Jabshir was able to take us to see Shifting Sands, a special experience.
In the Serengeti, we enjoyed being right there in the middle of it all a t the mobile camp, which was visited on our second day by an elephant and a giraffe (and where we wallowed in mud that was as plentiful as in Rwanda), we enjoyed the campfires and getting to know the other guests at the camp and exploring the areas near the camp. The only complaint anyone had about the Serengeti was the number of vehicles in
the main areas--at one lion site we were competing with nearly 20. But the sheer number of animals was mind-blowing.
In Shompole, the game was sparser, but it was so beautiful and we were one of, at the most, two vehicles in this huge area. It was so peaceful and we loved being able to get out of the vehicle periodically '¦
Again, thank you for providing us with an exciting, fulfilling, memorable and environment ally responsible trip. We compliment you on the quality of your product.

Sue Schaffer, Mike Rogan and family, Jan 2010

Private Safari to Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro/Serengeti in Tanzania Gorilla trekking extension in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda Visit to Zanzibar

Alison, our trip that you and The Africa Adventure Company organized for us was WONDERFUL! Our
guides, Masha in Tanzania and Alex in Rwanda were soooo good and so interesting!!! Cannot say enough good about these two people!!! Everyone else that we were connected to were excellent too - Rosemary in Nairobi, just great! The places we stayed - wonderful!
We,( Miranda, George, Gail and Lara) just had a wonderful trip to Africa - first to Tanzania; Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. which was green, not brown - and full of animals everywhere. Had a Serengeti Safari from a Balloon - it was great! Then it was off to Rwanda - Gorillas and the country. (I LOVE
Rwanda - more below). Then it was off to Zanzibar, (only place that doesn't need a repe at trip, but interesting...) and then to Nairobi to see more. Everywhere else could use many repeats...
Was such an interesting trip - Moose would have LOVED it..... Bugger....
You and your company did a wonderful job. Everything; all connections and logistics went smoothly and all was excellent!...The first morning that we were all in Arusha, Evans, who was so good and so nice, gave us a talk about what to expect with our trip logistics, etc. He was excellent! He was told about the first night at the hotel when George and Gail arrived and seemed to follow up on that. That truly was the only thing that did not go perfectly.) What nice people everywhere!!!
ESPECIALLY INTERESTING - RWANDA! What a country. IT WAS SUCH A FANTASTIC SURPRISE. What they have done sense their Genocide War! The country is a jewel. The Rwandan president Paul Kagame - he is too good to be true!!!
I took an email that Kim Simon, who works for the Shoah Foundation, had sent to me - so I would remember Stephen Smith's name - he works for the Shoah Foundation, which is now working with the Rwandan Memorial Center (Genocide Museum). When I went into the Genocide Museum, I told them of my awareness of him and the Shoah Foundation and they all said "yes yes". Anyway, because of this introduction, a young man connected with the museum showed me some special things too. He was a (Tutsi) survivor, had been a young boy when the genocide had happened, his family was killed, but a Hutu had hidden him. Because of a foundation set up for survivor s like him, he had his school paid for and he is now a lawyer and works at the Memorial Center. A lot of Rwandans were in the museum looking - not just "outside" tourists.
Seeing the gorillas was very interesting; but also wonderful was seeing the country side and Kigali and learning about what had happened - before, during and after the genocide. Our guide/driver was a Tutsi whose family escaped to Uganda - who grew up in a refuge camp there, then came back. He knew a lot. President Paul Kagame - he has a wonderful people's reconciliation program - The Genocide Museum playing a very important part, explaining how such a thing did happen - how people in Rwanda are now Rwandans - not Hutus, and Tutsis and Twas (pigmies) - RWANDANS!
The country is spotless! The president had the people pick up ALL trash - and once a month, 4 hours are set aside for all to find and pick up trash. Can't imagine what they do for four hours - there is NO trash anywhere.... It is against the law to throw trash on the ground. Pla stic bags in Rwanda are against the law
- even signs at the airport saying this. (Had to keep my suitcase locked - or I would have been looking out between bars.)
President Kagame had everyone in the country turn in their guns - against the law for peopl e to have them. Considering what guns are for, great law... He seems like a wonderful and kind and very smart president!
I can't say enough about how impressive this country is - and especially concerning what happened there so very recently....
Alison and Ian, and everyone at Africa Adventure - THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Kathy Kusner, Jan 2010

SOUTHERN AFRICAJanuary-May 2010Linyanti/Okavango Delta/Makgadikgadi Pans

Hello Kyle,
The memories from my safari in Botswana are unforgettable. I would like to provide some feedback and to enter the photo competition'¦
InterContinental Hotel at Johannesburg Airport was very comfortable for my one -night stay.
Sefofane's airplanes, ground staff, and pilots were excellent. I felt safe and the flights were on -time. Their ground staff at Maun airport was very helpful.
DumaTau Camp was the first and best camp among the four camps I visited. My tent was comfortable. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The game drives were fantastic due to the guide's expert knowledge. Wildlife sightings were numerous and diverse.
Duba Plains Camp was the second camp. My tent was comfortable. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The game drives were thrilling due to the deep water that the Land Rover had to traverse. Guiding was excellent. Naturally, the lions were the main attraction, but I saw plenty of wildlife.
Kwetsani Camp was the third camp. My tent was comfortable. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I decided not to ride the mokoro, because I thought the game drive would see more wildlife. Water was very deep, so I had to take a boat to Jao or Hunda for the game drive. Guiding was adequate. Wildlife was difficult to spot because the grass was very high.
Camp Kalahari was the fourth camp. I was the only guest during my visit. Its facilities and amenities were rustic and offered a more rugged safari experience than the previous three camps. Daytime temperature was hot (93 F in the tent). The camp had minimal electricity. Mosquitoes were a serious problem due to April's rain that left a lot of water in the pan. I had the right mental attitude about these discomforts. Not everyone can handle them.
My tent was comfortable during the cool night. The food was fine and the service was excellent. Guiding was excellent. The variety of landscape was spectacular and the meerkats were lovely '¦
Thank you,

Evan Chu, May 2010

Flying Safari to Botswana's Jao Concession and Moremi Reserve

Hello Kyle.
I want to let you know that we had an absolutely fabulous time on our safari - again! I couldn't have been
more pleased.
Foster was an excellent guide at Selinda camp; a true professional and wonderful person. He made sure that we saw as much as poss ible (including two brother cheetah) and spoiled us with his attention.
And, I LOVED being back at JAO Camp. We were re-united with several of the same staff people who made our first trip so memorable (Tara & Chris, Kiddi, Joann & Mipa) who made u s feel truly at home. The new managers, Andrew and Lauren, were so much fun and so hospitable. Joann gave me one of the
best massage's that I've ever had anywhere (again). We even got to meet and spend some time with David
Kays who is an excellent host. They were all working so hard to try to keep flooding at bay but always treated us with exceptional consideration. I just can't even offer words that would adequately describe my
appreciation to all of the people at JAO and I hope that you can pass that message on to them. I hope to
return to JAO Camp often (in 2012, in fact ).
The game at Mombo was all that it's touted to be. I saw lion's eating a baby giraffe for breakfast ( a baby that we had just seen with it's mom the day before ) and rhino and just about every animal that I could have imagined - and some that I couldn't imagine ( e.g. , a female lion with a mane )'¦
So, please know that you did an excellent job for us again and we appreciate it. We look forward to returning to Botswana in 2012 - and many times after that.
Thank you,

Denise Dockendorf, May 2010

Mobile Tented Safari to Kalahari Desert, Moremi and the Okavango DeltaHouseboat fishing excursion on the Okavango River

I'm sorry for the delay in getting back to you --- the excitement of our trip is just now beginning to subside so I can hold a steady pen. In a nutshell we had a wonderful safari, unforgettable really with all the sights and sounds and smells. And we were so pampered by Nic and the Capture Africa staff that we are now so spoiled and unfit for functioning in normal society.
The trip over to Johannesburg, dinner in the Quills, and overnight was easy and uneventful. Good connections the next morning to Maun and then to dirt airstrip where Nic Polenakis was waiting. It's a good thing we were rested because Nic was raring to go and his enthusiasm is infectious. I don't think we could have arrived at Deception Valley camp at a better time, just after some nice rains, weather cool in
the mornings and evenings, not too hot mid day. Everything was green with oryx and springbok by the hundreds, plus Steenbok and Hartebeest. We had an unforgettable encounter with Larry the leopard who
wanted to follow us back to camp, and a great meeting with a big male Kalahari lion. We got a first good
look at a crimson breasted shrike, plus lots of other birds, and an African wildcat. In short the game viewing was fabulous, the weather and scenic vistas close to perfect.
Then an overnight in Meno a Kwena camp, a very interesting place on the now flowing Boteti River. David was an engaging and intriguing host and we could have spent a lot of time in his library. We were there just one night, weather was too hot, food and conversation were excellent.
We continued on to Nxai Pan and luckily found the weather excellent for game drives. Everything was green with water standing and zebra and springbok everywhere.
We saw cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, giraffe, jackal, along with birds and baobabs. Wonderful! And I
was a little worried beforehand that we may find it dried up and devoid of game.
We had a nice flight over the Delta to Shakawe and the Kubu Queen. Which reminds me, high marks to Mack Air for prompt , efficient, courteous, and professional flight service. Greg Thompson took us Tigerfishing on the Okavango River for two days. We loved our stay with Greg even tho ugh the fishing wasn't great for us amateurs. We had some on -- what a thrill! But most of the catching was by Greg and Nic. The river was so pretty and peaceful, mesmerizingly tranquil might be a good description. The weather was too hot for sleep in the small lower cabins, up stairs would have been better but the ladies wanted to be near the bathroom. We had excellent food, good fishing equipment, and there is no doubt Greg is a superlative fisherman.
Another beautiful flight back over the Delta for our next mobile camps at Bodamatu, Xakanaxa, and finally Khwai. With the recent rains everything was lush and green, tall g rass, visually stunning. We will have forever a visual picture of a peaceful elephant family, with babies, serenely feeding through a luxuriant green garden of eden, a beautiful park like setting bordered by trees with birds calling and twittering about. Wow!
We were in almost continual sight of game animals of one sort or another, and without trying to make an exhaustive list we saw impala, lechwe, reedbuck ,waterbuck, kudu, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, warthog, zebra, hippo, and many wonderful birds including carmine bee-eater, woodland kingfisher, and
African whoopoe. A particular hippo we called Hot Rod was a source of much amusement and pleasure as she demonstrated for us at every opportunity with gaping mouth and tremendous water splashing. She
wouldn't let the camp staff down to the water to wash the vehicle -- it was her pond! We had two good
encounters with cheetah and another great big male lion, coming right to us through the grass with the morning sun high- lighting his magnificent mane . Later that day we were astounded by this lion's roars at close quarters.
Khwai, our last camp, was beautifully situated on water and altho ugh the weather was excessively hot it was a wonderful headquarters to hear lions calling all night. Right away Nic was on the trail and we spent much of two days watching and photographing two big male lions mating with a huge female. This was a unique situation which we greatly appreciated'¦

Quick overall summary:

Guide Nic Polenakis. An awesome people-person, I marvel at his skills shepherding us old tourists through the African wilderness. He has the wonderful knack to relate his great knowledge of the flora and fauna in an interesting and enthusiastic manner. And he has that feel for his clients' wants and needs. Any problem
he makes small. What a joy to be guided by someone so upbeat, positive, and knowledgeable. Someone we can call our friend. Nic is reason enough to go on safari.
Mobile camping in Botswana . Excellent food and service, friendly an d caring staff. Special people, we got to know and enjoy. Some minor equipment glitches were promptly attended to --- like when the front wheel bearing of the big camp truck went out. Brian's father drove out to camp from Maun with spare parts and a mechanic, it was fixed without adversely affecting our safari in the least. Admirable! We especially liked our chef Florence and helper Madu, but all the staff were obviously hand -picked and excellent.
We enjoyed all the game reserves and parks, they w ere beautiful and unspoiled, except for the before mentioned crowding in Khwai, which definitely depreciates the experience.
I apologize for this tedious tirade, thank you for wading through it, hopefully it has been of some small interest. And THANK YOU AGAIN, for your careful and accurate arrangements. We really did experience a safari of a lifetime.
Respectfully,

Fred and Karen Peters, Feb 2010

Visit to two Private Game Reserves near Kruger/MpumalangaSafari to Chobe Game ParkVisit to Victoria Falls

Hi Lynne!
Well, where can I begin? Thanks you so much for arranging this fantastic trip --I have fallen in love with Africa--the trip exceeded our expectations in so many ways --the sights were so incredible --we actually took over 2200 pictures and I don't feel like I missed looking at things in order to take pictures either.
Starting with the things I totally loved --Simbambili--so glad we upgraded to this beautiful lodge --the rooms were fantastic, food was creative and delicious and we had the best guide of the whole trip -- Lazarus--I call him the Fabrizio of the bush as Fabrizio was a wine connoisseur in Tuscany who gave us a wine tasting 4 years ago and his enthusiasm and joy about wine got me to begin drinking wine and
learning about it. Lazarus is like that. He clearly loves his job and the bush and the animals --Simbambili has a treasure in him. We actually met people who had him as guide 2 years earlier and still talked about
him. I will not forget him.
We had great variety in game vie wing--at Simbambili it was necessary to track the animals to find them -- but we saw everything except lions --including wild dogs (just after before and after the kill --not during, thank goodness because that's something I would rather not witness!). We also saw cheetahs there --we had no idea the animals would be right next to our landrover!! We thought we would need binoculars to see them.
Mala Mala did not need trackers because all of the animals were right there --right away when we got there we saw a pr ide of lions--the next day a male came up and pee'd on the wheel of our landrover and went to sleep in the shade of the vehicle. The only animal we didn't see at Mala Mala was the cheetah which this other couple in our truck really wanted to see --but we already had at Simbambili. If I were going to do Mala Mala again --I would have upgraded to Rattray's on Mala Mala because although the room was spacious and beautiful, the bathrooms really needed an upgrade --I had read that about Mala Mala on line and it i s true. The food was good and plentiful but not as imaginative as at other places.
I have to say that for the total experience --I loved Chobe Chilwero and I have to say I am glad we had the best for last--the lodge was beautiful, the rooms were gorgeous, beautiful bathrooms, attentive staff like at Simbambili where they met us with wet hand towels after the drives --the scenery looking out over the Chobe River was incredible --and I actually loved the game drives the best there --they did not drive through the bush and the animals seemed much calmer --because my favorite animals are not among the "big 5"--I felt I really got to see them doing their natural thins at Chobe --we got right up next to 30 to 40 giraffes who were at a salt lick and bent to drink, tota lly disregarding us --the impala and warthogs also were not spooked by us in our vehicles. To me it seemed a gentler kinder way to look at the animals --and
we saw more interesting animal behaviors there --2 male elephants fighting, male kudu trying to mate with a female right next to our car, etc. And Chobe Chilwero is an eco -friendly lodge--I would definitely stay
at another Sanctuary lodge if I get up the nerve to fly in a small plane to the Ok avango Delta.
I neglected to mention Highgrove House --which was lovely and just a perfect rest for an afternoon! The food was fantastic --and although we got there after lunch Rienie made us the best grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches I ever had.
I thought Victoria Falls was awesome and Esther was a very good kno wledgeable guide --other than that, about the only thing I really liked about Zimbabwe was the beautiful visa stamp'¦.
I will definitely have you arrange our next trip to Africa if we are lucky enough to be able to go again! In the meantime--I am already singing your praises to people I know --and one of the marketing consultants
at my hospital asked for your email. We will definitely forward some pictures for your competition --
although I really can't take credit for the beauty of the sunset pictures in Bo tswana--that's just the way it looked!
Anyway--sorry this was so long --but thank you thank you thank you for a fabulous trip --

Michelle and Ed Ross, May 2010

Okavango Delta/Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Hi Mark,
My wife and I want to personally than k you for the outstanding Photo Safari you and your staff arranged for us in Botswana at Okavango Delta and The Kalahari Desert this past January 2010.
A few comments:
-Even though you get a little rain during this time period, the animal and bird life i s very active and very visible. When it is not so hot, there is less "animal downtime" all of which is very good for photography!
-We were at Wilderness Camps for this trip and they all were excellent experiences. Your good judgment for us in this regard was much appreciated.
-We had the privilege of seeing leopard, a pack of 10 wild dog shortly after a kill at Little Vumbura as well as a 6 hour experience following a lengthy hu nt by lioness's at Duba Plains. All this amid non stop bird and aquatic life including monitor lizards and crocs. In all instances we were often only feet away from the action which made for great shooting.
-Our private guides really knew their stuff. They knew what areas to check for the species we had indeified wanting to see and were very good a positioning for photography. At Duba, we had Carlton, one of the best guides ever and also Sevara at Little Vumbura who worked tirelessly to find Wild Dogs!
-The desert is more than worth a trip this time of year as it is lush and full . We saw black mane lions, cheetah a few feet from the vehicle and honey badgers which can be hard to locate.
I could continue but shall close off by saying that the time of year was very good to be in Botswana and all arrangements were very well done. T his was our 8th trip to Africa. Our expectations were high and they were exceeded!
Thanks! Regards,

Bruce and Patti Schadow, Jan 2010

Flying safari to Selinda Reserve/Okavango Delta/Moremi

Alison and Mark,
First, Chris was excellent in Cape Town. Do n't know what we would have done without him. Excellent knowledge and know just what do to in terms of weather appropriate activities.
What a piece of heaven we experienced. I could write a book on just our visit to Botswana between the animals, the high water (not a problem except for the staff and guides), and each camp being more spectacular than the last. The "Living with the Elephants", we all felt was an experience no one should miss. Brooks for the first 6 days was a treasure...great sense of humor, serious when he needed to be, and excellent guide skills to get us to the game we wanted to see. Reuben at Duba, Carter at Stanley were also very, very good. Pete at Mombo was another excellent guide with excellent skills and information. We have so many stories and unfortunately not enough time to tell. We are putting all our pictures together, best of the best,
and hopefully putting them into a book...
Can't thank you all enough for such a terrific "trip of a lifetime" Fondly,

Anne Vallotton, May 201 0

SOUTHERN AFRICAVisit to LivingstoneSafari in the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi

Dear Alison:
Rather than take up your time on the phone, I've decided to send you a short-ish e-mail about our vacation in Africa. I could go on and on and fear that I've been non-stop with my friends I'm so enervated and thrilled by the experience. First of all, everything was first class. It was sort of a shock to one's system to be in the
bush, occasionally glared at by an elephant or followed by lions ("Quick! Down your drinks and get in the jeep, lions are coming!") and then return to camp to be offered warm washcloths to clean up and then sherry served from a silver tray and a mini -home-baked quiche. An absolute delight!
We all fell in love with the hippos. They seem to have a great sense of humor when they are not scaring the bejesus out of you popping up a couple of yards from the canoe. However, I always had 100% confidence in our guides and they always knew how to handle any situation to the bene fit of our safety as well as the animals.
The guides as well as our camp hosts were all extremely personable and couldn't do enough to make our experience as pleasant and educational as possible. As much as the animals and birds were an amazement, so was the geography and all of nature. Oh! And the food was outstanding.
Our visit to the local village in Tafika was a highlight. We were so pleased that we'd asked to do that. Michael is now known as "The white magic man" in the village as he did lots of magic tricks with the children. He was like the pied piper. I'm sure he and Karen will tell you much more.
We all took many, many photos which I don't think any of us have put onto our computers yet as it's a daunting task to edit, but will get to it soon. Still haven't unpacked my check in bag.
If I were to rate this vacation it would get an A++++. Thank you and Ian for having taken care of all the details so thoroughly and professionally. I would recommend your company to anyone interested in such a vacation. BTW we were the only guests at Tafika which made it even more special although each place we staid was unique and had much to offer. From the first day we wondered how the next place would hold up to this one, but we were never disappointed .
If there is anything in particular you'd like to ask about, please do so. Regards,

Jane Assimacopoulos, Aug 2010


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Safari to Private Game Reserve near Kruger/MpumalangaSafari to Chobe Game Park and the Moremi ReserveVisit to Victoria Falls

Dear Lynne,
I just wanted to tell you that Peggy and I had a TERRIFIC time on our recent safari to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. We couldn't have asked for a better trip and we are already planning a return adventure. We were really impressed with the lo dges where we stayed: Cheetah Plains, Muchenje, and Chitabe. All three were superlative. The people were incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife.
We were also just blown away by the diversity of the terrains we saw and the diversity of wildlife. I have been home for a week now and am still trying to process in my mind all that we saw. It was so overwhelming and so different than anything that I have ever seen that it will take me a while to fully comprehend just how much we saw and how much we learned about the countries we saw, the wildlife we encountered and the people we met.
I was also very impressed with the logistics of the trip. Everywhere we went, we were met by the people who were supposed to meet us when they were supposed to meet us and got us to where we were supposed to be on time. I have never experienced a vacation where there wasn't some small travel snafu, but that is exactly what happened with us - no mix ups, no problems, no issues. Everything we nt very smoothly and the staff that we met were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
The accommodations were also far superior to what we expected. Cheetah Plains was fantastic. I know it has recently changed hands, but we absolutely loved it there and will be going back. The facilities were amazing. We loved the new general managers, Brian and Chantel Rode, and our guide Abel mKansi. Muchenje was very nice as well and was very comfortable. Looking out from our front porch onto the river plains was an am azing sight we will never forget. Chitable was also fantastic. We loved the staff, the layout of the camp, walking around on the catwalks and the variety of terrain and wildlife. The Okavango Delta will always be a special place for me and I really want to go back and explore that area in more depth. We also really liked the Rissington Inn and the Ilala Lodge. They were great respites from being in the bush and we loved staying at each place. By the way, Victoria Falls was breathtaking, even if we were ther e during the dry season and didn't get to see the full rush of water going over the falls.
Thank you for all you and the African Adventure staff did to make our vacation a dream come true. We will never forget it and will always treasure the pictures an d memories we have of our vacation. We will also be sure to contact you when we are ready to go back to Africa. I can't wait to get back and experience it all over again.

Mike Bean, Sep 2010

Kafue and Safari walking trails along the South Luangwa RiverVisit to Livingstone and Lower Zambezi

Hello Kyle -
We have returned! Our Zambian safari was another wonderful trip full of new experiences, and great bird and animal sightings. New animals for us - puku, oribi, white rhino, 2 different mongoose, and c ivet. I can't remember all the new bird sightings - but one of them was the beautiful violet-backed starling.
We did many fun things - the balloon ride over Busanga Plains was superb; canoeing and motor boating on the Zambezi was delightful; we experien ced a fun micro-light flight over Luangwa Valley; the helicopter rides in Kafue were also fun; our visit to Simonga Village was most interesting; viewing Vic Falls from the Zambian
side as well as Livingstone Island (in addition to our prior Zimbabwe visit ) has given us a great perspective; game drives and birding on the river was wonderful; fishing on the Zambezi was lots of fun; and sundowners anywhere in Africa are always a special time for us!
As far as camps, all of them were great accommodations. I think our absolute favorite was Old Mondoro - small and very comfortable, next to the river, and great game viewing in the area. Chiawa was also very nice but a bit "too too" for us. Camps in South Luangwa were good - Tafika was very comfortable and accommodating, and our favorite of the 3 bush camps; Chikoko was fun; and Crocodile was also very comfortable and more of a favorite than Chikoko. Kapinga was a lovely camp and we really enjoyed our time there. And Toka Leya - what a nice place to begin and end our safari!
Our African experiences are always enhanced by the many relationships we have with camp managers as well as all staff personnel. We love the exchanges we have with the staff at any camp as we can learn so much more about local customs f rom them.
'¦.All in all, it was a great trip. We met many people who have safaried multiple times and who keep returning for new experiences. Guess we are not the only ones who have been captured by our Africa experiences.
What else can I say.... Thank you

Gail and Bob Boyd, Sep 2010

Flying safari to Okavango Delta/SelindaFlying safari to Private Game Reserves near Kruger

Aloha All,
Once again, our safari is over, and we are re -living all the wonderful moments we experienced ----and thinking about where and how to spend our next safari!
Chitabe and Selinda were wonderful camps. In both, the managers and staff were very accom modating, the camp well-run and comfortable, and the game viewing great. Who thought we'd see leopards (sometimes multiple) on every game drive in Botswana, including a kill on our first night! I especially appreciated the environmental efforts at Selinda with no plastic water bottles, water purification, solar panels, etc. Our
lasting memory was being chased by the matriarch of a breeding elephant herd --not a mock charge, but a full on gallop!
Jabulani was everything we'd hoped it would be ---and more. The accom modations and service and food were extremely luxurious, but still in keeping with the spirit of Africa. Feeling a p art of the Africa environment and culture is a significant part of the safari experience, and we were not disappointed. And I will never forget the elephant encounters. We loved meeting and playing with the elephants in their stable and at sundowners, and seeing the bush from the elephants' backs was so peaceful and quiet --so unlike the vehicles. Here too we saw leopards --every game drive by vehicle.
Londolozi was just as we remembered it, and we had a wonderful time. Terrific game viewing and a wonderful guide, Adam, and experienced tracker, Solly. We saw leopard every drive, including a fascinating interaction between mother and grown son. We toured the other camps, but agree that Founders has the most homey atmosphere. Founders does need some refurbishm ent, however, as the rooms' furnishings were a bit shabby, but I understand that is being planned.
Our lasting memory here was being within 4 feet of a full grown male lion, one of four --all sitting up, alert and staring right at us --but thankfully full! I won't say I was frightened, I have a great deal of confidence in the guides, but it was definitely intimidating!
All in all we had another terrific safari and we appreciate all of your arrangements to make that worry -free. I gave out all of the cards f rom the back of the Safari Journal (what a great idea!), and I hope you get some calls. By the way, I think you are working with a family, the Winston's, on their safari? They are children/grandchildren of our good friends.
Thanks again for everything. Lo ok forward to contacting you early in 2011 about a 2012 safari, but keep in touch in the meantime and we will do the same.
Best,

Ronnie Cantor and David Deutsch, Aug 2010

Flying Safari to Chobe in BotswanaFlying Safari to Victoria Falls and Hwange in Zimbabwe

Dear Kyle (and members of The Africa Adventure Company) ,
'¦We had dreamed for years about taking a safari, and the trip succeeded our expectations! Everything went smoothly. I don't know how Wilderness Safaris effortlessly has drivers and tour guides, but they do it beautifully.
We had hoped to see animals --we didn't really have any idea about how many or the variety. We couldn't believe how we could just watch animals in the bush. It was amazing!...Kyle, you had mentioned that we could take basic supplies to the school we visited in Vic Falls, so we took about 100 spiral notebooks in one duffel (about 48 pounds worth) and then another duffel full of toothbrushes, hundreds of pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, colors, markers, etc. The second day we were at Vic Falls, our lovely guide, Esther, came to get us. We asked if she would like any of the supplies for her grandchildren before we gave them to the school. She replied that she would love to have toothbrushes for her six grandchildren a nd would be happy to have some school supplies. As she put it, "Now I will have treasures for when my grandchildren come." That kind of makes you reassess your priorities when you hear there school has 1800 primary children, a ratio of 50 students to one teacher, and one computer which is shared between the administrators! We were certainly glad to have included a school in our itinerary in Zimbabwe.
Concerning our stay at the Safari Lodge in Vic Falls, both my husband and I appreciated the five minutes away from town. We were greeted with wash clothes and a cool juice drink. Our balcony faced the waterhole so we enjoyed just looking out at the elephants, cape buffalo, maribou storks, vultures, monkeys, etc. It was very convenient to already have the br eakfast and dinner included in our rates. The Boma was touristy, but there
was a nice warm environment and we enjoyed trying different meats and even sampled the mopani worms! Drumming and dancing was fun, too. I'm glad we went there. Dining in the hotel restaurant is about the
perfect setting, and breakfast buffet is especially good '¦
Next we were off to Muchenje, which we absolutely loved. We had a driver to the Botswana border, a driver to Kasane, and then Muchenje picked us up at the airport. We were lucky enough to have Lips as our guide, and he was wonderful. The food was excellent, the other guests were warm and interesting. Rod and Kathy and JJ were wonderful managers. The day of our full day safari, we thought we were so fortunate to spot a leopard, have it cross right in front of our vehicle, and settle down not to far from us. When we were driving through the park to go to the Chobe River, we spotted three more leopards together. Lips called our boat and told them we would be a little lat e because we were watching leopards. (One of the joys of doing things in a
small, small group!) We had a wonderful boat trip, watched hippos, elephants with their young, and saw a huge variety of birds. This was, my husband and I said, one of the best da ys of our lives!
Also, Lips took us to Mabele School and Mabele Village which was an interesting side trip. He was wonderful at answering our questions since he grew up in this area. One of my most prized momentos is a basket his mother made!
After three days at Muchenje, we went back to Vic Falls. We were heading out at noon to Little Ma kalolo. Some how, that flight got cancelled, and we ended up going at 3:30 in the afternoon instead. Without missing a beat, Reason, our Wilderness Safari guide, t ook us to the Victoria Falls Hotel and we had a complimentary lunch on the terrace overlooking the mist of the falls. Reason arranged for our luggage to be stored until he picked us up at 2:15. The late flight ended up being just great!
Oh my goodness! Little Makalolo is magic, isn't it? We had Charles for a guide, and he was wonderful! Actually, he greeted us wearing an Africa Adventure hat because he had shown Mark Nolting and his family around. We went to the hide to see elephants, spent one whol e morning tracking rhinos on foot, and saw so many different animals. Some special moments were seeing a baby giraffe with the umbilical cord still attached, and having sundowners one night while we watched over three hundred buffalo kick up dust on their way to the water hole. Probably the funniest thing that happened was that we were getting ready for sundowners another night. We had heard reports of lions, but did not have much luck. As Charles poured a gin and tonic for the other guest, we saw two l ionesses walking down the road. He quickly had everyone back in the vehicle. My husband held the meatballs and dip, I had the wine, and another woman had her G & T.
We watched those two lionesses until they disappeared. Then, heading back to Little Ma k, we saw another lioness and male lion and they passed right in back of the Land Rover. (We were still holding wine and
appetizers!) We watched them until it was dark, then pulled by another water hole and had our drinks. We kidded about that being a mo on-upper instead of a sundowner!
We did have a hyena come into camp and eat the leather seat cushion of one of the sofas in the lounge. Then, the last night, one couple had their 31st anniversa ry and were eating by the pool. Suddenly, they looked up an d there was a mother elephant and her baby drinking from the pool. One of the guards went over immediately, and the elephants moved off. Also that night, we had three elephants on the path to our room, so we waited for them to move before a guard took us back. We have so many great memories and the trip was truly something we had been hoping to do for the last several years. Best yet, you listened to what we wanted to do, and this
was exactly it! Thank you for working around our free miles to Africa, w hich probably made the whole trip one we felt we could afford. We felt very safe, things were organized really well, and everyone was kind and
friendly. My husband, a wonderful cook, even got a shortbread recipe from our cook at Little Ma k.
Coming back to Johannesburg, we had our two Africa Adventure bags and were getting our boarding passes. A gentleman asked if we'd had a good time, and it was Mark Nolting! We got to meet his family and hear about their trip too. How nice of him to take the time to d o that. Also, we did very much appreciate the passes to the lounge at Jo Burg. We probably wouldn't have even known about that. Both my husband and I said that planning with your company was definitely the way to go. We had talked about this as being t he "trip of our dreams." It certainly was that, but know we're saying, "If we go again, I'd like to......."
Thanks so much for working with us and making the safari just what we'd hoped it would be! Sincerely,

Luann and Bill Moth, Aug 2010

Flying safari to Matobo Hills/Hwange/Mana Pools/Victoria Falls

Wow! Where do I begin? As you know, we traveled to Zimbabwe to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.
We have been home for only 10 days, and are already dreaming of going back someday. This truly was the trip of a lifetime and one that we will be talking about for years to come.
Kyle Witten was our safari consultant. He was so patient with me. He really paid attention to the type of adventure that I was looking for and helped me to plan the per fect trip for me and my husband. We began our journey in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we were met by our driver at the airport and taken to a wonderful little hotel about 5 minutes away. The hotel had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us in t he room for our anniversary which was a very nice surprise. Our driver for the evening was so pleasant to talk to and eager to share stories and facts about Jo'burg and South Africa in general.
We left Jo'burg the next morning for our first camp which was Camp Amalinda in the Matopos Hills. Billy and Priscilla truly have a little piece of heaven. Our only regret was not having more time to just enjoy the camp itself. It is so beautifully designed the way it is built into the rocky outcrop. Our guide at camp was Paul, and he was like a walking encyclopedia. He was a wealth of information and so enthusiastic about everything we saw. We hiked to a cave to see old bushmen paintings, we took a drive through the Matopos Hills where we were lucky enough to get to walk up to 4 white rhinos, and visited a local village and a local children's home. The food was fantastic! The camp staff was so friendly and such a joy to have around. We never wanted for anything and every little detail was taken care of for us. They truly made you feel at home.
Our next camp was Little Makalolo at Hwange. Kim was our host and she was so much fun. Everyone at
camp had such a wonderful personality and we truly enjoyed the entire group. We got to know all of the guides while we were there and really enjoyed visiting with all of them at meals and around the campfire at night
(Bully, Charles, Sibs and Luis). Our guide was Charles and he was wonderful! He was quite knowledgeable about photography and always did his best to get us on the right side of the animals, in the right light, to help us
get the best shots. This was a true benefit that I did not expect.
It's hard to even pick one favorite thing at each camp. But some of our favorite memories might be watching some giraffes that had their eyes on something for about 20 minutes until slowly one at a time, a pride of 6 lions came out of the bush into the open; visiting a local school and having the 6th grade class perform some songs and dances for us; visiting a local villag e and bringing home curios made by the people we met; stories, music and dancing around the campfire at night; the beautiful, huge herds of elephants with lots of really cute little ones; watching the baboons play; the watering hole often full of animals r ight in front of our camp; and the food!
They literally fed us every 2 hours and everything was soooo good. It was also quite exciting having to be walked to our tent each night by a guide with a loaded rifle. Oh, and the noises at night and in the mor ning. I loved hearing the sounds of the animals. I could truly write several pages about all of the wonderful memories.
Our next camp was Ruckomechi at Mana Pools. All of our camps were decorated so beautifully and each was so comfortable. This last camp was situated on the Zambezi River with an amazing view and had elephants constantly just walking through camp! What an experience. We had to wait on elephants to get to or from our room a few times while we were there. Chris an d I cooled off in the pool a few different days surrounded by elephants eating acacia pods and drinking from the Zambezi. Again the staff was wonderful. We had different guides throughout our stay at this camp because of the different activities that we did. We did a walking safari one morning, a canoe ride on the Zambezi, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, and of course several game drives.
They surprised us with a truly wonderful sundowner the afternoon of the sunset cruise. They had a fire lit on a little beach area in the middl e of the Zambezi with snacks and champagne as a surprise for our anniversary.
The food again was amazing. They did a BBQ one night and some of the camp staff performed songs and dances for us which was a real treat.
Oh, I almost forgot, we were welcomed our first day driving into the camp by a Cheetah with her kill sitting right next to the road in the middle of the day. Also, we were lucky enough to see a group of about 25 wild
dogs on 2 occasions at Mana Pools. The birds were amazing with brilliant co lors, baboons, impala, zebra, wart hogs, sable, kudu, and the hippos! I loved hearing the hippos in the river. And we got to see a baby elephant
that our guide said was definitely less than a week old. It could hardly walk yet and was still pink around th e ears. Sooooo cute!!
After Mana Pools, we spent one night in Vic Falls. We had a tour of the Falls with our guide Esther (who was a true gem and a wealth of knowledge.....like all of the guides we came across in Zimbabwe). The falls were really beautiful and the rainbows were mesmerizing. I can only imagine what it must be like in the rainy
season.
Our whole trip was truly an awesome experience. Our flights, transfers, getting through customs, etc... were all handled so smoothly and efficiently. We never felt as if we were in any danger at any time. And everyone we met was so pleasant and friendly. The Wilderness Camps and staff were top notch, as well as Camp Amalinda and their staff. We were so impressed by the use of solar power and natural reso urces in all of the camps. The improvements that had been made at the school we visited in Hwange just since 2007 was inspiring.
Zimbabwe definitely holds a special place in our hearts now and we hope to be able to return someday. We took 2000 pictures, so I am still trying to get through them all. I will definitely send over an album of some of
our favorites as soon as I can.
Thank you to Kyle and The Africa Adventure Company for helping us to plan the Trip of a Lifetime!!

Alicia and Chris Putnam, Sep 2010

Private Game Reserves near KrugerVisit to Cape Town

Dear Kyle,
Thank you so much for setting up our trip to South Africa. It was fantastic -- as all the trips you all have planned for us.
Tanda Tula was absolutely the best. Don and Nina Scott along with Dale and Halley (camp managers) have done a spectacular job of reviving this tented camp. The accommodations were like a 5 star hotel. The attention to detail in the 'tents', to the food, to the safari drives was incredible. The family style dining
was every elegant and the menu was superb. They also had vegetarian meals for our daughter even though she was the only vegetarian in camp during our stay. The guides and trackers were the best. After arriving and
getting settled in, we went on the afternoon game drive and the first thing we saw were the 3 territorial lions
feasting on a newly killed cape buffalo. The next day, our morning safari saw these 3 huge lions laying across the trail so full they could hardly move. An incredible sight for these kings of the area. We saw families of elephant, rhino's cheetahs, leopards and herds of C ape buffalo.
The Starry Bed experience of sleeping under the stars was fantastic and we would do it again. I would highly recommend it. We went on our afternoon drive, came back to camp for a delicious dinner. After dinner and the ability to get our belongings together, Dale, our guide, took us out to the "camp" site. I use the word "camp" loosely as it was a small cabin. Tanda Tula had cots, but made up to be a very comfortable bed -- warm and cozy for the winter's evening. They had Amarula liqueur and snacks, a bathroom facility, lanterns all set up for our arrival. The setting is a "blind" they have refurbished and covered to keep the rain out if needed.
It is 2 1/2 stories high and sits on the edge of the major watering hole for the animals in the area. They left their spot light for us so we could look for animals. It was a beautiful evening, the stars and moon were breathtaking. The sunrise was awesome. Dale was our guide and he along with our tracker, Phillip, greeted us at 6am with tea, coffee and rusks before starting our morning safari. The site fit the 5 of us very comfortably.
If you get the chance to recommend this in the future -- encourage people to do this -- it was so much fun.
Tanda Tula does a great meal in the evening. Each night two staff members sit with the guests. Their interaction was such a great idea. You get to know the owners, the managers, the guides, along wit h the office staff that run things behind the scenes. We all had a marvelous time and if given the chance would return here often.
Reluctantly we left and went onto Cape Town. Kensington Place was a beautiful hotel. Although not on the beaten path, they were very happy to always call a taxi and arrange for them to bring us back to the hotel. Again the attention to detail was just incredible. As we arrived around 6pm, they had thoughtfully made reservations at a restaurant for us in case we wanted to eat out. They had tentatively proposed and made
reservations for us throughout our stay and were happy to accommodate and change restaurants for us based on our needs. The view of Cape Town and Table Mountain from each room was breath taking. Each evening
they had appetizers and drinks ready for their guests. (We were on the second floor and climbed steps. Not
sure if they have an elevator to accommodate those that couldn't climb steps.)
Lucia our guide for our time in Cape Town was the best. She was so willing and open to do whatever we wanted and made suggestions based on our schedule and weather conditions. We fit in everything we wanted to do. Our "free" day that we had left, was the calmest day for the seas, so we went whale watching. Lucia arranged all this for us.
At Pierre Jordan winery, she coaxed the owner into opening a bottle of sparkling wine with a saber == which is usually only done on formal tours. She was so open and warm, knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her again.
As we go through our photos we'll send some along especially of the Starry Bed experience.
Again thank you so much. As always, you all plan a spectacular trip -- down to the last detail. We are so grateful to you for making our trip to South Africa a n unforgettable experience. All five of us again, left our hearts in Africa.

Kathy, Bill, Kristine, Will and Katie Rose , Jul-Aug 2010

Flying Safari to the Okavango Delta and Selinda ReserveShared Mobile Tented Safari to Moremi and the Khwai Concession

Dear Mark,
Thank you, to you and your staff at The Africa Adventure Company, for making our recent trip to Botswana (May 25th through June 13th) such a big success! It was truly a wonderful adventure --we saw everything that we had hoped to see (and much more), our guides were outstanding, and the lodges and our tented camping worked out just great. Many of the wildlife viewings that we experienced were our best of any trip.
Despite the threat of strikes by the British Airways cabin crews, all of our four long-distance flights--both outbound and return--went smoothly and were on schedule. Within Botswana, it was quite exceptional to have so much high water, and this was a factor that the lodges and guides had to contend with at all locations
we visited. For example, for getting to our first camp, Vumbura Plains, we had to be helicoptered in from
Duma Hills Camp.
Vumbura Plains Camp was a wonderfully -beautiful setting, with great accommodations set along the length of the wetland. It was quite a surprise to see the quality of the rooms there. Game drives at Vumbura had to contend with quite deep water levels at times. Our camp guide, Obi (who we found out was the head guide) often had to open the door of his vehicle to let the water drain out. At Vumbura we saw everything: lions walking through water, great elephants, leopards, wild dogs, cheetah.
After Vumbura, we helicoptered out to Mombo Camp, then flew to Xachanacha in the Moremi area where we met our professional guide, Nic Polenakis for our six days of mobile tented camping. Nic was just outstanding throughout our time together. Early our first morning with Nic, he put us in position to witness a pride of
nine lions (two big males and seven lionesses) take down a cape buffalo right in front of our vehicle! Needless to say, we spent a number of hours observing and listening to this rare spectacle as it unfolded through the
morning. I know it was challenging for Nic to navigate the many flooded roads (and to bypass other roads that were closed) in both the Moremi and K hwai Concession areas, but he did manage it all somehow so that the
difficulties were hardly apparent. We did a wonderful game walk one morning. The tented camps were a great experience, once again. We had a great time toget her....thank you Nic!
Flying on to Selinda Camp, we had more good experiences --both enjoying the beautiful lodge and accommodations, dining out under the stars each night, and great game drives with another very good camp guide (Mots). Here, too, we saw everything--great elephant, several up-close viewings of a pair of cheetah brothers, a lioness with two young cubs, wonderful giraffe, wonderful male lions (calling each night). It was very interesting to learn about Derek and Beverly Joubert at Selinda Camp, their passion for African wildlife, and to see Beverly's beautiful photographs.
In all, we saw about 160 bird species during our two weeks in Botswana. Best regards,

Gary Smith/Kathleen Kemper, May -Jun 2010

Flying safari to a Private Game Res erve near KrugerVisit to Victoria FallsFlying safari to Okavango Delta and Chobe

Dear Alison,
I wanted to send you an e -mail to let you know that Alan and I have both returned home after an amazing trip to Djuma, Victoria Falls, Muchenje, and Jao. I have been awake in bed since 4 AM, hopelessly jetlagged and wishing that I were instead still looking out over the Okavango Delta from the deck hammock at Jao.
We both had an amazing vacation, and I wanted to thank you for organizing such a flawless trip. I have traveled a fair bit in other parts of Africa, and I have found that delays, cancellations and other mishaps are often unavoidable. Alan and I were amazed by how well this trip was arranged; all the moving pieces (road transfers, chartered flights, inter-country flights, etc) were seamless and 100% stress -free. The combination of Sabi Sands, Chobe, and the delta also provided us with fantastic variety. We saw an incredible variety of animals at Djuma Bush Lodge (rhinos, leopards, lions, etc), and at Chobe, we enjoyed the large numbers of elephants, hippos, and giraffes as well as our boat ride on the Chobe River. Although we saw fewer animals at Jao because of the high water levels, it was a perfect way to end our safari.
We really were impressed with the staff at Djuma Bush Lodge (now called 'Cheetah Plains') . Also, the staff at Jao were AMAZING, and Alan and I both really loved our guide, Cruise. He was knowledgeable, mellow, and had a terrific sense of humor. He really was fantastic, and I would highly recommend him to other
visitors to Jao. The Jao lodge was gorgeous and felt a bit indulgent, but we loved it! Unfortunately, however, it may have spoiled us a bit for future travel. We were both glad that our trip concluded in Jao rather th an started
there.
I know I expressed concern about safety issues in Zimbabwe during our initial planning discussions, and I wanted to let you know that Alan and I felt very safe in Victoria Falls. The folks we met there were perhaps some of the most helpful and friendly that we met during our travels.
I also wanted to let you know, in case you have other same -sex couples booking travel to this part of the world, that both Alan and I felt totally comfortable throughout the trip. The staff at all of these places were professional, and neither of us ever felt uncomfortable.
Again, thank you for your help and support planning our safari. Best,

Jonathan Volk & Alan Le, May -Jun 2010

Safari in Botswana to Okavango Delta and SelindaSafari in Zimbabwe to Mana Pools Visit to Victoria Falls and Cape Town Hello,

Just emailing to report on our recent trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Cape Town. Thank you all for your help in booking and choosing the places we visited. We had a marvelous time and really loved it a ll. The highlight was our time in Botswana at both Selinda and Vumbura, and getting to know our guide, Brooks, what a lovely man.
We also had a wonderful time in the Mana Pools at Vundu with Nick and Desiree. What a surprise to run into Mark and Alison Nolting upon arriving! We really loved Nick's adventurous style and saw the animals in a new light when approaching them on foot. Great fun was had by all.
Vic Falls and Cape Town were both nice, but in our experience, paled in comparison to our times in the bush. Having said that, our guides in both places, Esther and Andrew Brinks, were both superb.
The weather in Cape Town was not conducive to shark diving, which was a disappointment. We did manage a whale watch on our last day though. Also really lov ed the Cape Grace, service was excellent '¦
Really loved the trip! '¦we are definitely planning another trip soon. Thanks to all,

Jill Wattles, Jul 2010

EAST AFRICAGroup Lodge Safari in Kenya to Maasai Mara/Nakuru/Amboseli

To whom it may concern,
Scott and I just got back from Kenya, Africa on September 9. I just want to say that we had a wonderful time. It was definitely a wonderful experience!! The lodges were very nice, the food was good, and the safari leader, Alex, was top notch. I want to say that he took the time and effort to make sure we had the best safari experience possible.
We had the opportunity to visit a Maas ai tribe, which was interesting. We took a boat ride at one of the lakes near Lake Nakuru, while there we were able to see a ton of hippos and different birds. We then had the opportunity to get out of the boat and walk around in the area where part of "Out of Africa" was filmed and walk near the animals that had been left there after the film was completed (of course the animals were the offspring of those animals original to the movie).
The hot air balloon safari was an exceptional experience in the Massai Mara, anyone who goes to Kenya should do this. Overall it was a great experience '¦
It's hard to believe that we planned this trip was planned last December and how quick it came and went!!! Again thank you for arranging this trip for us. I will recommend your comp any to anyone who is interested in a safari in the future.
Sincerely,

Jeff Adkins and Scott Crist, S ep 2010

Flying safari to Amboseli/Samburu/Maasai MaraPrivate Safari to Tarangire/Ngorongoro/Serengeti

Our second safari trip planned by Africa Adven ture was just as exciting as our first to Botswana'¦perhaps
even better! Everything went according to schedule. We spent all nights (except at Ngorongoro) in tent camps of various sizes and amenities from no running water with bucket showers to a luxurious tent as nice as any resort hotel. At all the camps we stayed, the staff was very gracious and helpful and the food delicious. Staying in these camps made us feel we really were experiencing East Africa.
We saw huge numbers of elephants in two of the National Parks, many giraffe, plus 100,000 wildebeest in the Serengeti, zebras galore, many more lions than we had expected, special sightings of cheetah and leopard, antelopes of all sizes from the little dikdik to the handsome eland, large herds of Afri can buffalo, gazelles, three rhinos, etc.

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Tortilis Camp in Amboseli was a great way to start our safari. Our guide LePeres was very good at introducing us to the enormous numbers of elephants, many walking single file across the horizon with Mount Kilima njaro in the background. We also visited a Maasai village that proved to be very informative about the Maasai and helped us understand them as we encountered them along our whole trip. A visit to a Maasai government school in Tanzania also enriched our k nowledge of these people.
Seeing the reticulated giraffe, Grevy's Zebra and the gerenuks were the highlights of Samburu where we stayed at Larsen's Tented Camp on the banks of Ewaso Nigiro River. The Samburu staff serenaded me at my birthday dinner.
In the Maasai Mara, a dozen elephants wandered through the camp as we attempted to eat our first lunch at
Little Governor's Camp. On our balloon ride, we saw three rhino.
We feel fortunate to have had Hillary as our guide/driver in Tanzania. He not only spotted the animals for us -
Andy took their photos while Hillary told me about the behaviors of the animal - but also was willing to discuss politics, history, religion, etc of his home country Tanzania. We feel we learned so much about the country of Tanzania unlike Kenya where we only saw and learned about the animals and not much about the country. Hillary was always polite, on time, and ready to find animal sightings 'off the beaten track' where we often had fantastic views of the marvelous animal s of East Africa all to ourselves. The variety of scenery was astounding as we drove across the northern part of the country stopping at Tarangire where elephants abound, the Ngorongoro Crater which was surreal, and finally into the Serengeti for our last 5 days. While driving to our final camp Sayari, we spotted a leopard lying on the ground about 30 yards from us. We were able to very slowly approach and to take some fantastic photos of this most beautiful cat. On our final game drive, we arrived at the killing by two lionesses of a wildebeest that was still kicking and saw the male lion come on the scene to take command.
Thanks to Africa Adventure for another fantastic trip.

Andy and Irene Bailey, Sep 2010

Private Safari to Tarangire/Lake Manyara/S erengeti/Ngorongoro

Hi Kyle,
It's hard to believe we've been home for over two weeks already. I'm still pouring over pictures and editing my safari journal'¦Everything went very smoothly, starting with being picked up at Kilimanjaro by the Ranger Safaris rep and our guide, Milinga.
Milinga was a perfect match for our family. He was extremely knowledgeable, energetic, good natured, and had great instincts about spotting game. He went the extra mile in coordinating wonderful picnic lunches so that we could spend the entire day out and about and go on extensive drives. For example, one day we drove up to the Mara River and saw some of the migration! Many times, his instincts and patience in waiting for "action" enabled us to see things that others didn 't, as they did not stick around. Except for rhino, we saw it all
-- and then some! He clearly had our best interests in mind and always went out of his way to provide exceptional experiences for us.
I think my favorite park was Tarangire but perhaps t hat is because we saw it first and everything there was new and for the first time! My favorite accommodations were Kirurumu and Gibbs. I liked Kirurumu very much,
the tents, dining, and the nature walk with the M aasai guide. And it goes without saying t hat Gibbs Farm was
spectacular. My daughter and I did the garden tour and my husband and son did the hike to the waterfall and caves. The cottages were wonderful and I think Gibbs is a perfect end to safari.
The hot air balloon ride and subsequent brea kfast were great and since we had about a 1 -1/2 hour drive to
Seronera and left camp at 4:45am, in effect we had an evening game drive and saw some nocturnal animals.
'¦On the Serengeti we were at Explorer Camp 3 nights and for the second and third nights we were the only clients there, and the camp staff told us that they were closing after we departed. So it was just a bit odd being the only ones there. But we were totally pleased with the camp and the staff there. In fact, I think the food there was some of the best we had on safari. And on the morning of our departure, we were given a tour of the camp's kitchen facilities, which was awesome.
We were struck by the friendliness of everyone we came in contact with in Tanzania. Everyone seemed genuinely interested in getting to know us, asked our names and remembered them throughout our stays.
Thank you so much for everything, Kyle, I felt comfortable and secure with you and The Africa Adventure Company from our first contact. The initial packets of information were thorough and beautifully presented. Responses to my emails and calls were immediate and that is so important. You tweaked the itinerary to our requests and the end product was a trip of a lifetime for me and my family!
Most sincerely,

Linda Baker, Sep 2010

Private Safari to Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Lake Manyara/TarangireSafari in Kenya to Amboseli/Maasai Mara

Dear Lynne,
We have just returned from the safari that you had planned for us. We had a fabulous time.
Your ground operator in Tanzania (Ranger Safaris), the transfers they arranged, and the briefings they gave us before and after their part of the safari were excellent. Our Ranger Safari guide, Jabshir, exceeded all of our expectations. Pollmans Safaris also did an excellent job.
The choice of lodgings you arranged gave us a diverse experience of the different types of accommodations possible. Our favorite accommodations in order were:
1. Tarangire Treetops
2. Little Governors Camp
3. Amboseli Porini Camp
We truly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with other guests at the Amboseli Porini Camp. They had nightly cocktails around a campfire, and communal dining. '¦This camp was quite a distance from the park, and we spent over one hour going to Amboseli NP, and again over an hour returning. Sometimes we felt that the traveling time was excessive.
The locations we visited were excellent. Our favorites were the Serengeti, the Crater, and Masai Mara. We were lucky enough to see the Bi g Five, and we witnessed over 3,000 wildebeests and zebra crossing a tributary of the Mara River. At Little Governors Camp, a herd of nine elephants visited the campground on several occasions. They came right up to the edges of the tents '¦.
We felt that you did an excellent job. We had an exceptional trip, and would highly recommend African
Adventures to our relatives and friends. Sincerely,

Ray and Anne Belz, Sep 2010

Group Lodge safari to Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro/TarangireGroup Mt. Kilima njaro Climb - Rongai ClimbVisit to Zanzibar

To say this trip put together by The Africa Adventure Company was truly amazing is a harsh understatement. I
asked them to put together a three week trip to Tanzania/Zanzibar with a week of safari in the beginn ing, a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb in the second week, and a hop to Zanzibar for the third. Everything and I mean everything was handled with the complete and total professionalism, patience/understanding, and attention to detail to be expected from a top tier travel company.
The safari they put together was amazing! To start it off, they grouped me with an outstanding guide in Millinga. His knowledge and understanding of Tanzanian culture, wildlife, geology, and geography were astounding. He demonstrated f irst rate tracking skills which directly led to our group having one of the best week long safaris of his career in terms of the vast amount of animals and action seen! My safari included a Lake Manyara trek, an expedition through the legendary Serengeti, a stop and lecture at the famous Oldupai Gorge, a once in a life time experience in the Maasai village, a colorful adventure in and around the Ngorongoro Crater, and ending with a beautiful sunset in Tarangire National Park. We saw approx. 40+ lions (Eating, dragging prey, in trees, brushing against our vehicle), 6 -7 Cheetah (stalking, sprinting, and resting), 2
Leopards (trees and climbing), tons of elephant (charging and protecting), hippo, Black Rhino, and tons more! In the Maasai village, our guide a sked the villagers to show us something different than the normal show they
display for the groups, so they performed their blood letting ritual for us and what a show! To know that we were privy to see something so few outsiders are allowed to witness was truly special and a blessing!
The second week, The Africa Adventure Company teamed up with the African Walking Company to provide one of the most beautifully spiritual experiences in my life, climbing the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro. The guides for this journey, Charles and Damas, were completely incredible in their infinite patience during the climb. I had not prepared for the climb as I should have and thus struggled on certain parts of the climb. Charles and Damas were amazing with their experience and motivation. I was also grouped with a married couple, who I believe are now life long friends. When we reached Uhuru's Peak, I cried. It came on suddenly and the emotion of the beauty, the hard work, and the pain of making it to the top hit me very har d.
The Africa Adventure Company made this possible and as this experience made me a more complete being, I
have them to thank for helping me achieve newer heights.

Chris Boney, Jun 2010

Flying safari to Amboseli, Samburu, Maasai Mara

Dear Alison,
Krissy and I are back home and I am pleased to report the trip was even better than I imagined it would be! Everything went well. Even minor changes to our in Kenya travel was handled very well by Pollmans and the airline. We saw more animals than I thou ght would be possible and were very impressed by the professionalism and true warmth of the Kenyan people. We enjoyed all three of our camps although the small size and closeness to the wildlife at Elephant Pepper was our favorite.
I am so glad I had many discussions with your staff while we planned the trip. Even though a lodge is more affordable it would have ruined it for me. It suits some people I'm sure but I wanted to get away from people so the camps were more my style. My only complaint, if you can call it one, was the food was so good everywhere that I ate way more than I'm used to. I have no self control on vacation '¦.
'¦While at Larsen's we requested going to the Uaso Cultural Center. Our guide said it was quite a long drive but suggested instead a drive to Archer's Post to the Nangida Women's Group. It was about a 20 minute ride
and well worth going. It is a village of about 15 women who all got permission to divorce their husbands. We were told the Samburu for whatever reason can be quite violent with wives and all of the adult women in the camp had experienced female circumcision. I had no idea of what a brutal and dangerou s procedure this is for women'¦I am sure that you are already aware of all this Alison, but it is quite an eye o pener for us. I try to not put my values on other cultures. I admired the people at the Maasai village we went to. My problem is if a cultural practice routinely inflicts severe pain and suffering on half of it's population, I was glad to see some very brave women trying to change it. It reminds me of the practice of binding women's feet in China. I was glad to see that fall out of favor too.
The good news is the women are safe in their new village, they have a school and have great skills at barteri ng for their crafts. I swear, American used car salesmen could learn from the Maasai and Samburu! I know I paid too much for the stuff I bought but so what? They sang, danced, shared their village and their warmth and that
it was worth it'¦
As far as my favorite moments Alison, I would be hard pressed to decide. It was fascinating to be surrounded by 40 or more munching elephants in Amboseli, having a sundowner on top of a hill overlooking the plains and swamp, all with a dust -shrouded Kilimanjaro in the background. Or was it at Larsen's when I watched elephants play in the river and later in the mud? Maybe it was in the Mara watching multitudes of gnu try to decide if they were going to cross the river? Night time in the tent was even wonderful, bei ng tucked into a very comfy bed listening to a lion proclaim his territory?
Thank you again Alison for the trip of a life time for myself and my daughter. I will go again but do not know when.
Sincerely ,

Lynne Calero, SEP 2010

Tanzania Flying Safari to Tarangire/Ngorongoro/Serengeti

Once again we all had a fabulous trip to Africa with our recent safari to Tanzania. The Wildebeest crossing of the Mara River was the highlight, but it was a trip filled with many other memorable moments. Your ground
operator, Asilia did an excellent job with all the arrangements and we enjoyed all the accommodations.

Day 1 - Onsea House ....very nice, charming place though our stop was only overnight.

Day 2, 3 - Tarangire /Oliver's Camp. A great park with a good va riety of animals. Our guide, Alex, was outstanding and renewed our recognition and understanding of the diversity of animals and birds in Africa. The setting for the camp was not the most scenic, but the staff and facility was excellent and it was a great introduction for those family members who had not been on Safari before. Overall, a great 'kickoff' for our trip.

Day 4, 5 - Lake Manyara/Maasai Village/Ngorongoro/Plantation House. Although Lake Manyara was interesting, it did not match any of the su bsequent safari'¦Plantation House was beautiful. The food and staff were excellent, but it did feel more like a hotel than an outdoor adventure. We had a wonderful house to ourselves with four bedrooms...a delight for one daughter.

The Maasai Village visit was well worthwhile. We were warmly greeted and got a full tour, including one of
the 'houses' and the school. We brought books, pens, pencils, etc to distribute to the school.
The Ngorongoro Crater was spectacular, both in vista and the quantity and variety of game. We did not see any rhino, but we heard from subsequent visitors at another camp that they had seen several rhino there.
Due to the stop at the Maasai Village, we only had about 5 hours in the park, which unfortunately could have warranted a full day or two. In retrospect, we could have skipped Lake Manyara and spent the two days at Ngorongoro including a stop at the Ma asai Village.

Day 6,7,8 - Central Serengeti/Dunia Camp. This was our overall favorite camp. We had both a regular guide (Harry) and a trainee (Thompson). Both were outstanding and perhaps the most knowledgeable guides of any of our camps on either of our safaris. They were as much wildlife educators as they were outstanding guides. The camp was cozy and friendly, the staf f was outstanding, the food was excellent and the setting panoramic. After a day, we all felt right at home in the daily routine. The atmosphere seemed to be catching with all the visitors and we had even more interchange around the evening fire than at O liver's Camp.

Day 9,10,11 - Northern Serengeti/Sayari Camp. The game viewing in this area was spectacular. The wildebeest crossing of the Mara was the highlight, but we had sightings of a lion pride with cubs, cheetah, leopard, hippo, croc's, etc. If we had been able to stop in only one area for game viewing, this would probably be the winner. Our guide ,Frank, was excellent, but not our favorite.

Sayari Camp was our 'most beautiful camp and setting' with a wonderful panoramic view from our tent. The tents were beautiful, with a great shower and bathtub and outside sitting area. The 'tent', however, had a wooden floor that, although it initially looked great, I believe the gaps in the floorboards were the primary access point for the 'critters', that b it us each night. Also our 'tents' were at least 400 yds from the common areas making for long daily 'hike'. There also seemed to be either very few visitors or everyone keep to themselves since few people used the common areas or attended the evening fir e. Probably a good camp for a honeymoon couple.

Day 12 - Kia Lodge ....this place needs some renovation, but the air conditioning made up for the 'tired' décor.

All our transfers went off without a hitch and overall Asilia did an excellent job. Thanks again for another wonderful trip filled with great memories of Africa.
Yours truly, The Hallden and Bass Families.
P.S. The fleece jackets were perfect for the trip...we wore them daily in the morning and evening.

Al Hallden, Jun 2010

Private Safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti

Dear Alison, Ian, and Irene:
Thank you for creating an absolutely spectacular safari for us. It is clear to us that all of you understood exactly what we hoped for in such a journey, and we ha ve congratulated ourselves on selecting The Africa Adventure Company from among the companies we initially contacted. (In fact, someone behind us in the security line at the airport in Boston said his fabulous honeymoon on the Zambezi River had been plan ned by Mark Nolting in 1993--he had recognized our duffel bags!)
Ephata Lotashu was a perfect match for us --we're so grateful that you encouraged us to have a private guide. His level of knowledge, articulateness, personality, friendliness, energy, and prodigious spotting skills impressed us throughout our trip. He so clearly loves his work; his professionalism was impeccable. We saw cheetahs, leopards, and black rhino (with baby), every other possible mammal in gorgeous settings, hundreds of birds, and incredibly, got right into the wildebeest migration.
The food and accommodations were consistently wonderful. Gibbs Farm was lovely! Our visit to the Maasai village gave us much to think about; what a complex and beautiful culture.
Throughout my trip I felt absolutely thrilled, joyful, awed, and really moved. I could not have imagined that our long-awaited "trip of a lifetime" would so far exceed my sky -high expectations.
Thank you again for all of your work, and Ian, for the African music, whic h we are enjoying. I am sorting through the 1700+ pictures we took and promise not to send more than 15 -20--
Sincerely,

Polly Herz, Jul 2010

Private Kenyan Safari to Samburu/Laikipia/Lake Nakuru/Maasai Mara

Hello Africa Adventure team,
We are writing to report on our trip to Kenya which is no easy task because it was all fantastic! People keep asking our kids what their favorite part of the trip was and they can't answer because every part of it was a favorite.
Upon arrival, we were exhausted fro m the flight and a little overwhelmed by our new surroundings, but Lydia and Lazarus were there to greet us and we felt taken care of as they got us settled into our fun hotel. The next morning, there was a small mixup regarding our Church service (Origin s did not know we wanted to go to a specific Church, but after some help from the concierge, Stanley was able to get us to our meeting.) and we appreciated all of the work done to get us to the right one. The Church meeting was a very positive experience for our whole family and we enjoyed meeting the people.
The rest of our trip was just one highlight after another. We feel like we had the BEST guide who was suited perfectly for our family. Stanley would tell us stories about gr owing up without school shoes, African animal tales and different adventures he experienced through his work. He taught us Swahili words and a song. He made everyone feel at ease and comfortable to ask any questions. He arranged picnic breakfasts so we could go on longer game drives. He also always seemed to find the best stopping point so that an animal would walk
right in front of our truck. Our kids adored him. On our last day, after we had said good -bye to him, we were eating lunch in a restaurant and our 8 yr old son burst into tears and just kept sobbing. When asked what was
wrong, he said that he missed Stanley.
We had requested from you that we see different topographical areas. You did an excellent job. It was really fun to see the different animals in the differe nt regions and we were amazed with all the animals we got to see. We thought, date-wise, we would be ahead of the wildebeest migration, but we were delighted to find out it
had already begun and were able to see them cross the river. (We even saw a crocod ile catch one of them.) We were amazed with how close we could get to the animals and never got tired of game drives. The kids were
also just constantly intrigued with the idea that they got to stand on the seats while driving --better than
Disneyland!!!--and then pull up right beside an elephant!
We loved visiting the villages. We enjoyed singing and dancing with the village people, being invited into their homes, taking pictures with them and asking them questions. We enjoyed buying crafts in the Sambu ru village, but were quite overwhelmed and unprepared for the assertiveness of the Maasai vendors. Wow! They surrounded us individually and decorated our arms with bracelets and put things in our hands. As we tried to take them off, they would put more o n, pull on our arms and push on our backs to get us to go to their table. It was hard to walk away because we were surrounded and being pulled on. We finally got out, glad that we had the experience, but not sure if we want to do that kind of shopping again. :)
We loved all of the places we stayed! Our youngest, a boy, made friends with one of the Samburu warriors who worked at the lodge keeping monkeys out of the restaurant. The warrior gave our son a slingshot and our son gave him an American bracelet. He also gave our son an email address and we are looking forward to hearing back from him. I commented on how I loved this one dish, so at the end of the meal, the chef came out and gave me the recipe. On our final morning, Stanley and the hotel sta ff completely surprised us with an outdoor "bush" breakfast. (We thought we were going on a river walk with the staff to see a hippo!) We had numerous offers from people who wanted us to leave our youngest child with them. One Maasai warrior wanted to raise him as a Maasai warrior and then we could come back. :)
It was a fabulous trip and we appreciate all of the work you put into it to make it so incredible. THANK YOU--

The Sean and Joanne Murphy Family , Jun 2010

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes Nati onal ParkSafari in Tanzania to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire

Mark:
Thank you for a fantastic trip. It was everything that was advertised and more. Seeing the mountain gorillas is magical experience we will never forget. The sunsets in the Serengeti and baobab trees in Tarangire were stunning. We saw the migration, the big five, cheetah, lions stalking prey, lions in trees, lions mating, lions feasting on a kill, and much more.
Our guides were outstanding. Both Theo and Rasul were experts in the art of flexibility with meals, game drives, sightseeing, etc, taking the best advantage of the situations on the ground. Both were also great ambassadors for their countries and their people. Rasul lived up to his reputation as guide of the year. He knew when and where to find the animals and reacted quickly to sightings by other guides. He was helpful in steering us to reliable shops for souvenirs. We also appreciated his concern for the environment and for the animals as shown by his actions and often expressed in comments about other guides and drivers.
The Bushtops camp was over -the-top luxury. Soaking in the outdoor hot tub after a game drive was sublime. There was only one other family in camp for most of the time that we were there, so we practically had the camp and staff to ourselves. The food was the best of the trip. The camp had only been in operation for 6 weeks, so the staff was still learning, but that should shake out quickly. Deus, our guide at Bushtops, is a real gem. The managers were warm, welcoming, and attentive. The Sayari camp appears to have a better location, closer to the Mara River, but Bushto ps is a great alternative when Sayari is full.
'¦After Mark's honeymoon and now this experience, it's clear why the Africa Adventure Company is
regarded as the best in the field.
Thank you for the 'trip of a lifetime'.

Mike and Mark Nickelsburg - July/August 2010

Family Wildlife and Wilderness Safari to Tarangire/Lake Eyasi/Ngorongoro/Serengeti

Hi Kyle,
I am not sure how to thank you and T he Africa Adventure Company for the most amazing trip ever! What I
am most amazed about was that there was not one single glitch during the entire vacation. Everything went as smoothly as possible and according to plan. From the moment someone met as at the airport to the time we were dropped back off for our returning flight we were completely taken care of!
Thank you for providing us with a guide who had to endure my son's countless (and repetitive) questions. Ephata rocks! Beyond being extremely knowledgeable, he is a kind, patient, wonderful man. My kids simply adored him! My only complaint was that he laughed at all of my husband Steve's jokes which unfortunately has given Steve the impression that he is funnier than he actually is!
Of course the animals were amazing! I expected them to be! My only problem was with the g azelles. There were so many of them that I dreamed about them in my sleep! However, when we really needed them (like when a Cheetah or Lion was on the prowl) they were nowhere in sight!
What I guess I didn't expect was how much of an impact the cultural aspect of the trip wo uld make upon myself and my family. The experience reinforced to me that you don't need much to be happy and in fact all the stuff that we have just adds more chaos and stress to our lives in many ways.
I have to admit that I thought the 'day with th e Bushmen' was going to be hokey and yet it ended up being the most memorable aspect of the trip. (I would not kiss my son for days after he ate the dove they killed on the hunt). We were blown away by how they live! The experience still seems surreal. Other visits were just as memorable. With the Toga tribe, we will always remember the husband's offer of 50 cows in exchange for Lindsay becoming his fourth wife! The vision of the kids running to the truck wherever we went and the shouts when my kids handed out candy will always be with us.
One of the most sobering experiences was visiting the Kakoyi Primary School at Tarangire. It is one thing to intellectually know that the schools are in bad shape and it is another thing to see it firsthand. 5 teachers for
600 students was staggering! It was so discouraging to see that these kids have nothing , yet listening to them
sing and welcome us was such an uplifting, wonderful experience. The excitement and the gratefulness for the soccer balls we left at the school brought me to tears. (Our family is looking into raising money to get new desks for the school.)
As far as the accommodations went I was really pleasantly surprised. The view at the Tarangire Safari Lodge was like no other. We sat there for countless hours watching all types of animals. Kisima Ngeda Camp was paradise! (Kyle, I remember calling you asking why I would want to stay on a lake when there was no water and you assured me it was worth it -thank you!) Chris and Nani were the most welcoming, gracious hosts and the place and food were amazing! The Ngorongoro Farm house was beautiful and my son fell in love with the four security guards dogs the roam around the premises. Finally the Serengeti Shared camp was an experience , and it was great meeting and talking to all of your other clients! Every night my son would help the staff get the fire going while we enjoyed the most incredible sunset. The service and staff everywhere was excellent.
Kyle, I am so grateful to find you and your wonderful company. You really understood probably more than I did what I was looking for. As a result, my family had the most incredible experience. I have a feeling that this is the first of many trips we will be booking with you.
Thanks,

Julie Reich, Aug 2010

Group Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai ClimbSafari to Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Tarangire

While I have 166 emails to respond to in my inbox, I wanted to FIRST take the time to stop and say THANK YOU for an amazing, life -changing adventure. Our trip was so much more than we expected. We were touched by the beauty of the country, the people, the history, the wildlife and the welcome we received.
Everyone was truly professional, and I would like to send a detailed feedback, b ut before I do anything else, I
have to single out two incredible people.
First, William was Christopher's guide on the climb. He was an amazing person with an expansive English vocabulary and knowledge base. He was kind and caring and patient. Beyond feeling safe and cared for, we felt we were actually in the hands of people who loved us. Wow! Please keep him in mind for work with anyone and everyone. He was exceptional.
Also, Emmanuel Mkenda, our safari guide was an absolutely amazing person. He knows EVERYTHING. He taught us about the wildlife, the history of the parks, the history of Tanzania, evolution, conservation, and a million other topics. He was unbelievably professional and patient at all hours of the day and night. We LOVED him.
Our trip was absolutely magical and more than we could ever have imagined. I want you to know how much I appreciate your planning all the details and your encouragement, and I want you to know that you have some very special people helping you out in Tanz ania. Please let me know if I can be a reference for you in any
way.
All the best,

Lisa Schroeder, Jul-Aug 2010

Private Safari to Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro

We have been home about a week or so and I have been so delinquent in writing to you. Thank you to your staff (especially Sylvi a).
We absolutely LOVED every moment of our safari. Our guide (Rasul) was amazing --his keen knowledge of the animals, birds, and flora was awesome. He has a wonderful sense of humor and never once seemed impatient with our questions (which were never -ending). If I could recommend him to absolutely everyone who visits Tanzania, I would do just that!!!
I think we enjoyed the mobile campsite the most --the other lodges were fine (don't get me wrong) but the staff at the campsite (led by Jackson) was even more special. We met other wonderful people there and especially enjoyed our breakfasts and dinners at the site. We opted for box lunches (so much good food!) in order to spend more time out looking for amazing an imals. We felt especially well cared for.
I cannot say enough good things about the way we were treated and how memorable the trip was for my son, daughter, and myself. Thank you for putting together this once -in-a-lifetime adventure for us.
If you have specific questions you'd like us to answer, please do not hesitate to send them to me.

Laurie Stark, Jul 2010

Group Lodge safari to Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro/TarangireGorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Pre-Trip Information: E-mail, written, telephone information/contact with the African Adventure Company was first class.

African Adventure Travel Bag: What a beautiful bag! However, it was too small for all of our shipping items and too heavy for a carry on bag, since we had a weight limit for carry on and shipping luggage. We will use it at home.

Africa Adventure Hat: We both wore the hat the entire trip. The quality, like the bag mentioned above, is excellent.

African Safari Journal: A superior, informative book ...

Airline Reservations: Africa Adventure did a wonderful job fulfilling our seat requests.

Connections: We were met at every venue and hand held throughout the transfers from place to place.

Exit Taxes: We put money aside for Visas and Exit Taxes but there were no exit taxe s in Tanzania or Kenya. Visas were as stated in our travel information.

CDC Information: Never asked for this information but it was good to be prepared.

Extra Passport Pictures: They were not needed. But, again, we were happy to be prepared just in case.

Tanzania Lodges: All lodges/hotels were nice and comfortable. The staff at each were very pleasant and willing to assist us in any way. The food was as expected and there was plenty. In the future, we will request the upper floors of multiple dwellings. T his will give us a better view of surrounding areas and no one walking over our head during the night '¦

Tanzania Parks: Each had their own magic. We saw the BIG FIVE and so many other mammals/birds/reptiles/insects/trees/flowers and a variety of new born babies.

Tanzania Guide: EMMANUEL MKENDA from Ranger Safaris was SUPERIOR. I would recommend

that future clients try to request his services. How he could spot animals in the distance (while driving at the same time and then track their path so they would w alk right in front of our jeep) was amazing. He
has excellent historical knowledge of the different reserves and animals. He knew all the bird varieties and
animal habits.
Many of the other guides would follow his lead and maneuver their vehicles around o urs and/or follow our paths. He had a good sense of humour and was very energetic. We had him all to ourselves the first day and
then we added 3 more people. The jeep was not crowded so we could move around for better pictures. He did
his best to attend to all 5 passenger requests.

Maasai Village: A 5 minute visit was stretched into over an hour. It was a waste of time for us. The Maasai only wanted to sell us their crafts.

Richard Leakey's Museum and Archeological Site: This museum was not really up to da te. There were many things that were proved to be incorrect in the scheme of the world. We could have skipped this, too.

Hot Air Balloon Ride: This was so much fun. The breakfast was grand. The landing was an adventure in itself

- a crash one like we were told. We happened to be on the bottom seat.

Rwanda Guide: KAMUGISHA KIRENGA from RANGER SAFARIS WAS EXCELLENT. There were only the 2 of us in the Land Rover, which was perfect. His superior driving skills got us through a pouring rain

storm with a mud and rock slide on the way back to Kigali. A very scary situation especially for Ronni. Some
guests at the lodge recommended a particular Gorilla Trekking Guide and a specific Gorilla Group. We asked
Kirenga if he could arrange this for us and he did. The seco nd day we requested an easier trek and he arranged that for us also. He gave us a nice Kigali city tour and let us keep our pace on the rest of the trip with him. Gorilla Guides: Mr. Felix was the guide that was recommended. He was
truly OUTSTANDING and seemed to have been very pleased to be requested. I hope other trekkers can ask to be in his group. Our other guide was very good, too.

Porters: The porters were a tremendous help getting us up and down the slippery mountain paths. Our backpacks were very light so we really didn't need to have them carried, but we did need their help on the trek

up and down. It was worth paying them for their assistance.

Money: Your recommendation of many ones, fives, and tens was excellent. We used about 50 ones.

Thank you again for a wonderful adventure/experience. Larry got to see his lion walk up a tree and pose for him which was a bonus. Now we have to go through our 2,000 + pictures and relive our journey plus show all of our friends.

Ronni and Larry Weinberg, Sep 201 0

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Flying Safari to Hwange and Mana Pools

Visit Victoria Falls

Elena,
Thanks for the card. We had the best trip ever!
Esther was great...met us at the airport. Did not have to pay Visa fees for Robert (16yrs). The Falls were beautiful. The Ilala Lodge was perfect. Flight to Hwange in the morning was smooth. No air sickness for me!
Loved our stay at Little Mak. Very organized. Buli was our family's exclusive guide every day. Sleeping tent was very nice. Highlights...
Day 1) Roan antelope, Lion pride including 5 cubs came right up to our vehicle and layed down and played. Beautiful male, Cecil, was also up close. Many other animals and lots of birds...the korhaan suicide dive.
Day 2) Hyena pups, 13 giraffes in one place!
Day 3) Wild cat in the AM...and the PM drive was outstanding. Lions eating a zebra and a cheetah kill! We arrived when he was still strangling the wildebeest! And a painted dog! And the prettiest sunset all year!
I'm lucky, what can I say? The area by Linkwas ha was teeming with animals and birds for all 3 afternoon
drives. We went other directions for the AM drives, so saw lots of scenery, birds, animals. During siesta, a line of elephants walked right by our tent! And a line of Sable antelope soon after!
Only hiccup...we arrived at the air strip for 8:00AM flight and no plane. We went on an unscheduled drive with another driver and saw the cheetah resting with his prey and saw bat eared foxes. Then back to camp for brunch, and flew out at 1:30....
At Mana Pools - Nick, Des, and Tanya (guide in training) treated us like part of the family. Amazing time we had. We were the last guests of the season, so we had the place to ourselves for 2 and 1/2 days plus the day we left!
Day 1) we saw a civet, had dinn er with a famous Zim guide , Gavin Ford. Met Peter Blinston, British painted dog researcher, and his sponsor from Netherlands who were at Vundu for the first time and were hoping to dart and collar a painted dog.
Day 2) Darted and collared a painted dog! Nick got to dart it, I got to draw blood, since I'm a dog and cat vet...which they were pleasantly surprised about, and which I didn't tell them til Peter was preparing the
dart. How funny to see the look on their faces. The pack just hung out close to us. 23 in all! What a morning! And it was the researchers last morning, so they left. Afternoon canoeing...so fun. Hippos, crocs, birds and more birds. I felt 100% safe with the 3 guides for the 3 of us.
Day 3) Close up elephant encounters on foot. Carmine bee-eaters during the afternoon canoe.
Day 4) Went to take Tanya for her elephant hunt (part of her training) hoping to see the hunt, but national parks said no, so we took a drive...saw 4 bachelor lions up close, 3 cheetahs looking for food, an d did a
walking safari with elephants. Then all day canoe trip..."swam" with 3 elephants by chasing close behind in
the canoes. VERY CLOSE. Many swims in the river at shallow sandy sandbars '¦

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Muizenberg, Cape Town was very fun, too. AIMS let us stay with Rob and gave Robert his own room. They fed us, too. We went on a tour to wineries and were able to pet cheetahs at one that had a cheetah rescue project. We saw the penguins and the beautiful park and peninsula all the way to cape point. We did
a township tour to Kayelitsha, which we all found very interesting. We went into Cape Town twice. Went to the top of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch gardens. Beautiful. Flew all the way home first class on our free ticket....amazing.
Thanks for all your help,

Pat Dorsey, Nov 2010

Safari to Tuli-Mashatu

Safari in Hwange

Flying safari in Botswana to Linyanti/Central Kalahari and Okavango Delta

Dear Kyle -
Home 2 weeks now and still trying to get back in to the day to day groove. Our time in Africa is still very much with us. We miss the sounds of hyenas, elephants, and distant roars and rumblings of the lions as we sleep. I have been blessed to travel many places thus far in my 42 years, and I can say in truth that the soul of Africa, or at least Botswana a nd the taste of Zimbabwe we had, will remain etched deeply within me like few other places have done. My current life and work as a '˜modern day shaman' means that I am always striving to connect with people, animals, and nature in a deeply spiritual manner , and Africa is a land of so many things. Big, rich, and so so special. I can't thank you enough, both Kyle individually and The Africa
Adventure Company collectively for helping make this trip happen for us. Though in one way this was a trip of a lifetime for us, we hope to find a way to return.
Kyle, we loved each and every one of the camps you arranged for us. They were beyond our expectations in so many ways. We chuckled on many occasions that they are called '˜tent camps' only because as a someone who has done much mountaineering, they were like no other tent I've experienced. We were completely spoiled and I told Scott numerous times that I could easily adapt to this kind of camping if only we could afford to do so. Unfortunately, I think we'll be stuc k with the way I've known far more often than not, ha! Anyway, I thought I'd highlight what we loved about each one and give some feedback.
Mashatu Tented Camp was our favorite overall and in a general sense. This is perhaps due to the fact that is was our very first camp on our very first safari experience, but it blew the others away in wildlife experience over the course of the 4 days we were there. Within our first 2 hours of the very first drive we saw a cheetah, elephants, impala, kudu and eland. We loved the rocky outcrops and the landscapes. In those 4 days we sighted amazing birdlife, leopards on 3 different occasions (a few hours with Andrei the cat specialist which was well worth it even though our guide Richard had already found both lions and l eopards before our time with Andrei), lions, zebras, giraffes, mongoose, hyena and pups, warthogs, jackals, etc etc. Honestly, Mashatu offered us so much wildlife that if I had to pick only one camp I could go to Mashatu would be it. This is from a wildlife perspective. It does help that because it was a private game reserve we could drive
off road to get close to the wildlife. I understand why many places this cannot be done but from a visitor's
standpoint, I am glad we could do so in several of the camps. All of our guides were fantastic, but I would say that Richard was one of the best with 25 years of experience and it was the one camp we also had a
spotter which was great for the night drives. Food and staff all excellent. I would like to see them get rid of
their bottled water like Wilderness Camps have done.
Ok, Little Makalolo Tented Camp. Loved it's small, quiet, and simpler feel although the tents were quite luxurious. Perfect for us. Lewis our guide was the most amazing tracker we had and he had a wonderful sense of humor. He was like a little kid with his excitement of things he must have seen a thousand times. Actually, most of our guides were like this. Passionate about what they do and sharing it with guests. ..
We loved that we chose Dec. to travel because at every camp we had at least one night where we were the only guests and on other nights, there were so few people. Because Little Mak is small, I wouldn't mind visiting at other times of year as well. Couldn't say the same for Kwetsani or Kalahari Plains if they were full. It would have been a bit busy for us. We loved the feel of being remote and having the area to ourselves for the most part. This came as quite a pleasant surprise for us. We wouldn't want to stay at any larger sized of camps or more luxurious. Kyle, you did a perfect job in setting us up with accom modation that was so nice and fit within our budget and our wants. I honestly would not have wanted anything higher end. If we
do get to return, we'd want the same or to be able to do a mobile tented safari but know the tradeoff is coming at a busier time of year.
Again, Dec. with its few guests and greenery was outstanding - Scott took over 7000 photos, so from a photography standpoint it was great. Too, we were surprised at our interest in all of the birds- we aren't birders by any means but thoroughly enjoyed the hundreds of varieties we saw and because it was summer, we got to see many that were migrating or not from the immediate area. Nice bonus. It was from Little Mak that we got to visit a local village and I am so glad we did this. Next time I would want to schedule in a bit more time with visiting and meeting with the villagers who can share more of their local and traditional ways, especially medicinally and spiritually since this is where my life work is. (Again, the walking safari at Kwetsani with Maipa was fantastic and right up my ally in this respect. Could easily have done more
walking safari and sad that we didn' t take the opportunity with the San Bushmen in the Ka lahri- we'd had a
day and a half of hard rain which pushed Scott to want to look for wildlife rather than do the walk - that was our mistake).
Savuti was probably the nicest camp but the least exciting for wildlife in Dec. I say this but it was here that we got to see the wild dogs so we are so happy we came. Loved being right on the water and getting to see the young bull elephants play in a way we didn't see anywhere else. Staff was fantastic here and our guide Grant really made it special for Scott. We h ad Grant to ourselves and Grant picked up right away that Scott has an interest in photography and went out of his way to help Scott with tips and share his expertise. We couldn't have done this had other guests been present or if Grant simply hadn't taken Scott in. One evening when Scott and I were the only two guests, Grant took Scott aside and helped him for several hours with post editing stuff while Helena and staff set up a DVD show and discussion on the Kids in the Wilderness program just for me. I was touched that regardless of being the only guests, the staff never slacked and still went out of their way to treat us like kings and queens. This was true at every camp and I have to say I was way impressed. I've been places in the offtime where staff t end to slow down or not provide full treatment because the pace has slowed- this simply did not happen anywhere! The hospitality was stunning to me.
The Kalahari was my favorite of landscapes, especially Deception Valley. Next time, I would love to arrange camping out for 2 nights in Deception. We had an amazing experience getting caught up in torrential rain while in the Valley. Scott I had laughed and laughed because never in our wildest dreams had we envisioned the rain that came down in the Kalahari. We even joked that they must have gotten 90% of their annual rainfall in that one day. We felt that Wilderness had done a great job of getting the camp to fit
into the natural surroundings. Our guide Ona worked tirelessly to find the black maned lions but it wasn't in
the cards- the rain put so much of the wildlife into hiding. However, we got caught up in finding bullfrogs, honeybadgers, and the myriads of other wildlife that were available. I know I'm not done with the Kalahari - need to return for many reasons but the lions and the Bushmen are high on the list.
Ok, so we loved Kwetsani Camp being in the trees. Way cool and glad we were up 20 feet when Scott spotted a black mamba on the forest floor (until I learned that the mamba can climb trees - I actually love snakes but was ever watchful in the trees after that!). Like Savuti, I think this camp would be better in the winter season and with high water. Wildlife was tougher to find but we still got to have a Delta experience in a mokoro and fishing on the boat, that was really fun! The walking safari was a highlight for certain and for someone like me who has a big interest in the '˜small stuff,' this is a must.
So, for Dec. we would go back to Mashatu, Little Mak, and Kalahari Plains in a heartbeat. In n o way were we disappointed with the others b ecause we saw and did things there that we got nowhere else, but these were the best for this time of year.
On a personal note, I think I would do fewer camps next time - maybe 3 and throw in more time for a vill age stay, camping (weather permitting and seasonal), and a day layover in Johannesburg coming and going, or a side visit to Cape Town. Coming from MT and heading straight into safari was hard. When we left Atlanta we'd already been travelling 14 hours so t hat flight seemed extra long to Jburg. Coming back was really tough- 45 hours from camp in Botswana to finish since we had air travel problems in Minneapolis. So, a day upon arrival to catch up would be good and Kyle this was my doing. I remember you and I talking about this and it was me that didn't want to waste time. I'm not as young as I used to be, ha!
Really believe in supporting Wilderness Camps and what they are doing environmentally and community wise. So glad that all but Masahtu were run or part nered with Wilderness. Please keep pushing your guests this way if budgets will allow.
Oh, we spent time with the headmaster of the Ziga school outside of Hwange. Kids were out for the holiday but we got to see firsthand the school and hear about the need s. Buildings were being repainted and the headmaster expressed incredible gratitude for the lunch program thru AAC. A water well was being drilled for while we were there- amazing the toil and means they were doing this by, wow! This sidetrip was invaluable for us and inspiring. Sounds like many guests don't know about it though and camp staff doesn't really seem to bring it up. Our guide said he'd like to see more guests make the side trip and I forgot to share this with the camp manager so they can make s ure guests know about it as an option.
I could write on and on about our experiences but will end it here for now. Once Scott has done some
editing we'll send some photo highlights.
Kyle, you were superb and I am beyond impressed with how smoothly all we nt down to the smallest of details. Thanks to all staff and the AAC!!!!!!!!!
In gratitude!

DeeDee McMillan, Dec 2010

Visit to Cape Town/Safari to Private Game Reserve near Kruger

Safari to Okavango Delta and Linyanti

Visit to Victoria Falls

Hi Alison,
Still editing our pictures and thought if I waited till completed, I would never get this letter off to you!
People are all the time asking us 'what was the highlight of your trip.' The only answer we could give them was that each day brought a new and exciting adventure - so - I would say the anticipation of the next day and the next day,
Cape Town: Welgelegen. You could not have picked a better place for the three (3) of us to stay. Without a doubt, the perfect choice. The hospitality, character, friendliness and attitude of all involved at the Welgelegen were exceptional and their ability to make you comfortable was effortless. What a wonderful way to have started our first day in South Africa. To experience the flavor of South Africa and Cape T own
- this was the place to have started at. Needless to say Fiona, Danielle and Anine were outstanding. It seemed that Danielle was always nearby to offer help or take our pictures!
Tours: We were very fortunate that you were able to have Charlie Ratc liffe for our guide. He was fabulous. We did the full day Peninsula tour and the full day Hermanus & Dyer Island Cruise Tour and Charlie with his knowledge, warmth and humor made it a perfect tour.
Cheetah Plains: This was exciting. Our first time in the 'Bush' and again, that same eagerness to provide a wonderful first time experience was evident from all the staff at the camp site. And had it been our first trip, I know they would have shown the same attitude. Andrew was our guide and he made sure t hat we saw the 'Big 5'!
Vic Fall: The falls were impressive, but, Esther was without a doubt the highlight of the day in Victoria Falls. She is a Gem. Her personality and knowledge of the area was exciting and fun. She is wonderful. We did not find the same friendliness in Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls as we did in all the other parts of our trip. I had originally mentioned to you that I thought that the day we arrived at Victoria Falls and did the sightseeing we could leave the next day. You had disagreed'¦'¦.That would have been the only change we would have made. We no longer Bungee Jump or Zip Line -so this day was not necessary.
Jao Camp: Good camp. Again the staff and accommodations were wonderful. Our guide - Mai Pah (sp)
was good. Naturally the height of this camp was our kids joining us!
Duma Tau: Great Camp. Our Guide - Ron - warm friendly (as the others) again was super. One night after dinner we were held up at the dinning room - elephants in front of the room and we could not get out to go to our room- ah, the life in the 'Bush'!! ...
'¦Your selection of areas and camps was perfect. Each one offered a slightly different flavor of Africa that helped make this trip special. We would not hesitate to recommend our itinerary for 'first timer s'.
We met other couples that had on their 'Africa Adventure' caps! One was from North Carolina ( a
Dermatologic) and his friend was also a Dermatologic - nice people.
Sandy had no reason to expect anything to be done for her birthday '¦'¦wron g '¦'¦that was just another beautiful touch to this outstanding trip. Both camps, Jao and Duma Tau both helped her celebrate 'her day'! Again, thanx for your follow thru.
So Alison, what else can I say - this was one trip that not one of us was ready to l eave and come home. You, Ian, Janet and the rest of your organization made possible for us to enjoy the 'very best' trip ever!
David (our son) said it was his best ever and this is one kid that is hard to please!
Best regards from the three of us, Sandy Judy and Ira'¦'¦'¦.Happy and Healthy Holidays to all'¦'¦

Ira Smith, Nov 2010

Okavango Delta and Linyanti Visit Cape Town and Winelands HI Elena,

Thanks for all of your help in planning our trip. We had a terrific time and I would not have done anythin g differently. Both the Safari Camps were great (Little Vumbura and Kings Pool), the staff was excellent and we had great guides that I would definitely recommend to other travelers (Rain in Little Vumbura and ND in Kings Pool). It was a nice time of year to go because it was not very crowded but there were plenty of animals to see. We also got lucky with the weather as it was not very hot the week we were there.
The Cape Grace was also exceptional as was The Country House in Fransch hoek. Our guide there
(Graham) was also terrific and we would certainly use him again.
Thanks again and we look forward to planning our next trip with you (hopefully, we will not wait 10 years to go back).
Sincerely,

Rick and Noreen, Nov 2010

EAST AFRICA

Safari to Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro

Kyle
Our African Adventure safari to Tanzania was an absolutely wonderful experience.
We were picked up right on time at Arusha airport and the representative from Ranger safaris whisked through immigration and customs with ease. Then we meet our guide, Rausul. I think that was the start of a most pleasant relationship
Lodgings at Serena Mountain Village were very good and the Ranger Safari man gave us a good intro and summary of our trip. We next travelled to Lake Manyara. Rausul proved to be a very competent guide, great sense of humor, and concerned always about our comfort and safety. We were especially impressed with his ability to mimic bird and animal calls. He also gave us a great deal of interesting information on each species of animal we saw. Rausul, of course, saw animals where we only saw bushes. My wife, who is a birder, added 30 birds to her life list courtesy of Rausul. The Lake Manyara Serena lodge was very good - nice room a, great view and good food.
We next travelled to Ngorogoro Crater where we had the experience of a lifetime. We saw a small pride of lions set up a kill on three Cape Buffaloes. We watched as the lions stealthfully surrounded the buffaloes, charge, and complete the kill on the smallest buffalo of the three. We enjoyed watching the lions have lunch as it was 1215 in the afternoon '”a couple of males joined the feast but didn't participate in the kill.
We found the room at Sopa lodge at Ngorogoro to be on the shab by and the heater didn't work, though hot
water bottles were provided to warm our bed.
Travelled to Serengeti-pleasant flight. As a pilot myself, I was pleased to see the captain of our Twin Otter was a young Tanzanian woman. I'd say that Sayari Camp was the best place we stayed. From the caring managers, Joe and Barbara, gourmet meals, and excellent service. The Serengeti was the most wonderful environment I've seen in Africa (I had previously worked and travelled in Africa, albeit many years ago). I found the green grassy country side dotted with a few trees and wonderful rounded granite outcrops to be beautiful. The wildlife was great '¦.
All in all, the trip was a wonderful -once-in a lifetime experience. And all arrangements in control of Africa
Adventure Company were excellent

Jim and June Cappa, Oct-Nov 2010

Ngamba Island/Kibale/Queen Elizabeth Park/Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Uganda

Musanze - Volcanoes National Park - Rwanda

Alison,
AMAZING!!!!!! What a great trip. Will write you more details la ter but just wanted to thank you and your staff for putting together such a fantastic trip...
'¦Sula was a wonderful guide and we loved having him with us. He was delightful to have around. I
always felt safe and secure with him and he did a wonderful job driving us, and navigating some of the

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worst roads I've ever been on. Lydia from Classic Africa was on top of everything. I was sorry we did not see her again on our way back. She was in touch with us via phone when we arrived back in Entebbe and her contact at the airport greeted us on arrival. We were so happy to have done one trek in Uganda and one in Rwanda - what a difference in experiences. Can't wait for you to see some of our photos.
Our favorite camp was Gorilla Forest Camp. Ian and his staff were fantastic'¦ the trek in Rwanda was so different than Uganda trek in terms of difficulty.
All in all, we had so much fun. Can't wait to start planning next trip back - Namibia? Egypt? Botswana again?
Thanks again.

Betty Comerford, Dec 2010

Private Safari to Ndarakwai/Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro

Good morning Kyle,
Just a note to tell you our safari was everything I expected, dreamed of, and booked. You can be assured I am one happy customer. My family was delighted, repeatedly. The order of our itinerary worked beautifully, and the way our accommodations progressively upgraded was magic to my daughter in law .
We all agreed that our guide, Hillary Mandia was a MAJOR asset in the experience. You were so right about his bird ID ability, but there was so much more. The man is a treasure. My 11 year old grandson tried our patience, but never seemed to get to Hillary. I assure you the evaluations we filed with Ranger Safari were glowing in regards to Hillary in particular.
Our time at Ndarakwai Ranch was made all the more wonderful by the guide Thomas. To visit the Maasai village with an elder is so special. Thomas is a renaissance man in the truest sense. While I rode a horse and had an exciting surprise encounter with an elep hant, the rest of the family did the walking tour with Thomas'¦
Thank you again for your fine work on this project. Sincerely,

Suzi Cope, Dec 2010

Group Lodge safari to Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Group Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai Climb Hello!

Well I am happy to finally have arrived back home in San Fran after the east coast delays... but well worth it for sure. I had an amazing two weeks in Tanzania thanks to African Adventure, Ranger Safaris, and African Walking Company. I will break down my reviews based on each!
1. Tanzania Safari
Wow... what a fantastic organization, top notch guides and customer service. You probably recall that my bag with all of my Kili climbing and other apparel never arrived in Kili contrary to all of the assistance and
support I received from RS. Clemence, my guide, worked very hard in contact with their office relaying updates for me and gathering information... while also providing an amazing safari experience! His
knowledge of the area, animals, vegetation and history w as amazing. I am sure his background in biology and teaching helps! He answered all of my questions whether it be about the safari, the country and the people. Having a private safari also allowed him to cater to my requests, times, and personality... w e had a great time together, he is also so friendly and most of all FUN!!! Great sense of humor on top of everything. I could not have imagined a better guide and experience had it not been for Clemence. Operationally, he
was always on time if not a bit early! Oh, and how could I forget... on my last day in route back to Arusha he made sure we stopped at a few stores to find where I can purchase missing apparel I needed for the Kili
climb finally finding a small trekking shop to help! Of course it had limited options but a large men's clothing is better than nothing! And I was happy to leave it and donate it to the guides upon my
completion.
2. Kili climb
Again, a great organization. The preparation team was very friendly, knowledgeable and well org anized with our group. The guide team and staff were amazing on top of it. Our entire guide team consisting of
Niman (Lead) and his three assistance guides supported us and me every step of the way, literally.
Everything was beyond my expectations from food, support to answering all of our many questions and just being pals along the way. I would specifically like to call out Robinson, the assistant guide, who supported me as I had to turn around at Gillman's Point just shy of Uhuru peak. I was very sick from the altitude and he was caring and supportive of me the entire descent (as well as during the ascent and entire week). You could tell that the entire team was hoping we would all make it however supportive and genuinely caring of each of the group. I think that genuine compassion sets AWC apart from the other organizations. In addition, Williams was helpful in finding the remaining apparel for me to rent that I was not able to find for purchase prior to my climb.
3. AAC - Overall organization of trip
Thank you!!! Lynne was great in assisting me to not only select the appropriate trip based on my interests, availability and budget but with me along the way answering my many questions. In addition, when Lynne
was not available it was helpful that others were responding to my emails, specifically during my luggage fiasco. Luckily, the bag was still sitting in Nairobi when I returned through on my way home '¦ I was so
impressed with all of the lodges ... they were all sooo nice, so much more than I ha d expected, food was amazing (I was hoping to lose weight not gain it on this trip : -) !!!! ) and all of the staff were so friendly and courteous.
I think that covers it!!! Thank you again for as amazing adventure. Traveling alone was a bit concerning but AAC made it the greatest holiday of my life!!!
Best,

Kara Teklinski, Dec 2010