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2019, Clients on Safari
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First Place Clients on Safari: The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya is the most magical place particularly for animal lovers like Lewis and Holly Quinn. ‘We love the conservation program here with the Rothschild giraffes.’Second Place Clients on Safari: In Mana Pools with guide Nick Murray, Ray and Barb Arvay have had many fantastic experiences. ‘This picture was taken after we had walked away and encountered the elephant standing on its hind legs to get a tree limb.’Third Place Clients on Safari: Our last evening at Somalisa Camp and sundowners. The ‘portrait’ says it all in terms of the success of the Wahlquist Family adventure. Egannia, who is on the right, was spectacular with the kids and they adored her.
How close do you get? While on a game drive in Botswana, Ray Arvay spotted a pair of male lions checking their territory. His wife Barb wife perfectly captured him, the lion in my view finder, and the lion. That's how close you get!Our group toasting the wondrous beauty of South Africa at sunset during our ‘sundowner’ with new friends and guide, Ranger Reggi. Joanne and Chuck Bevins are pictured in the back row.Talia Gottlieb has a special moment with children from the Laghangareri Primary School where they spent the day volunteering.
Talia Gottlieb joins young and old with the planting of new crops at the Laghangareri Primary School garden.Nathan Chernof had fun meeting children from the Laghangareri Primary School, Lake Eyasi, Tanzania.Stephen Chernof planned the family’s multi-generational Tanzania safari. ‘Our day at the Laghangareri Primary School was the best experience of the trip.’
Max Chernof shows Tanzanian school children how to solve a rubik’s cube. Laghangareri Primary School, Lake EyasiThis youngster was fascinated by Jason Gottlieb’s glasses. Laghangareri Primary School, Lake EyasiAntonio Estefan takes a family photo at their favorite safari camp on their Tanzanian adventure.
As soon as Becky and Richard Douglas walked into the Himba village this little child came right up to Richard and took his hand which he held through out their entire tour.The most important part of the Egsgard trip was our guide Wilson. Extremely knowledgeable, kind and professional, he really made the trip extra special by teaching us so much about Tanzania’s wildlife, people, politics and history.Special sundowners for the Egsgard family from one of our favorite camps, Siringit Serengeti. The location looking over the plains toward the sunset and any number of animals was breathtaking, and the tents were more comfortable than our house I think!
A special moment on the Egsgard family safari as our two young sons watched giraffe feeding on the leaves and twigs of acacia trees.The Eisenberg family heading out on an afternoon game drive at MalaMala Camp with guide ‘Mighty Dan Bailey’. You can tell by the smiles that we knew this would be a rewarding adventure. Have you ever seen a happier group of people?Bruce and Lisa Gould experience the thrill of gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
Carla and Gregory Volturo and Bruce and Lisa Gould enjoy a picnic lunch in the Northern Serengeti, Tanzania.One great moment – Nancy Gubman ran into her guide from Sayari in the Serengeti from 3 years ago at a leopard viewing! ‘I saw him again at the airport in Ruaha - quite a moment.’Taken in Ngorongoro Crater, Lalo Gutierrez Gilling is amazed by the beauty. ‘We could not believe how close we got to the game.’
‘Picnic at Ngorongoro Crater’. One of their favorite places in the world, Lalo Gutierrez Gilling and Marisa Hernandez enjoy a fancy lunch right next to a little lake filled with hippopotamus.Marisa Hernadez joins the tribe in their normal dancing and rituals, ‘They made us feel a part of them.’Cara and Andrew Hobson meet Sebakwe at the elephant interaction at Jabulani Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park.
Deborah James canoeing on the Zambezi with guide Nick Murray. ‘We came across this small group of elephants wading out to one of the islands and were able to get very close to them. The matriarch was not too happy with us.’The Joseph James group enjoying sundowners on the banks of the Zambezi River after an afternoon of canoeing. ‘This was our final evening with Nick Murray and his team at Vundu Camp.’On Christmas Day Alex Kostich and Stephen Childers found themselves in the wide open expanse of the Okavango Delta. ‘It felt like we had Botswana all to ourselves. The photo captures the beauty and serenity of Christmas morning, one we will never forget.’
The Kris boys, ages 14 and 17, play alongside and against local soccer players in the Lake Eyasi area. Their father also joined in the fun. The language and cultural barriers didn't matter once they were playing.Sundowners on the rooftop of the Ziwani Lodge for the Kris Family. After a day full of adventures it was a great moment to relax and enjoy the beautiful view and the amazing hospitality of the entire Ziwani Lodge staff. Lake Eyasi, Tanzania.Jessica Loding video tapes an elephant encounter during a game drive at MalaMala. ‘This photo doesn’t show how huge this bull elephant really was.’ MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
The lucky 'bride and groom', John and Dawn Lotshaw, reenacting a native wedding ceremony and dance. Near Gibb's Farm, Tanzania.John and Dawn Lotshaw make friends with Jock, the 35 year old male elephant, at the Elephant Sanctuary & Orphanage in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Make sure you watch where he steps!!Friendship and respect between guests and guides form the backbone to any African safari as evidenced by Chris and Barbara Lyndrup sharing a moment with rangers from Sand Rivers Camp in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania.
The Meyers Family (Erik, Marianne, Sara and Michelle) are all smiles at the Ngoitokitok Springs Ngorongoro Crater. Another wonderful day on safari!Even though the Erik Meyers Family only stayed 2 nights Ehlane Plains Camp in the Serengeti, Asange and his staff made them feel like family. ‘We were sorry to say farewell to them.’The Erik Meyers Family did a lot of ‘binocing’ in Africa. ‘We always were ready with our binoculars. We were going for a stroll to see the hot springs when we spotted some hippos out in the lake.’ Lake Manyara hot springs Tanzania.
Name withheld – We loved that we got to see three distinct regions in Africa including Kenya’s Samburu National Park. Here the team at Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp bid us farewell.During an elephant interaction at Thanda Game Reserve Bill and Fran Powell met ‘Rambo’. He enjoys his daily ritual of meeting new people. One of the most amazing and interesting experiences we have had during any of our 15 safaris.Lewis and Holly Quinn found gorilla trekking steep and exhausting climb well worth it! Best advice from AAC Safari Consultant Elena, ‘Always get the porter even if you think you don’t need one.’ Bwindi Forest, Uganda.
Afternoon snack time at Giraffe Manor is enjoyed by both the giraffe and the Rhine Family.The bush breakfasts with Mara Expedition Camp were everything the Rhine family imagined a bush meal would be. Maasai Mara, Kenya.During a game drive in Amboseli there was a brief, but tense moment while the matriarch stopped the herd and faced the Michael Rhine Family to assess their presence. After deeming them to not be a threat, the herd continued on their way.
During their Elephant Encounter in Zimbabwe, Dara Schopp Helitzer and Jeff Helitzer met and fed several different elephants. ‘Such a cool experience to feel the strength of their trunk.’Dara Schopp Helitzer hangs over the edge at Victoria Falls in Zambia. ‘It was our dream to go in the Devil's Pool and experience the falls up close and personal! Looking over the falls was incredible.’We did it! After a strenuous climb to the top of Lions Head, Dara Schopp Helitzer and Jeff Helitzer made it to the top. ‘We took in the incredible sights of Camps Bay and the city below while catching our breath!’
One of Jennifer Steck’s favorite travel photos ever. ‘I loved spending time with the Hadzi Bushmen. From accompanying the women as they searched for food to shooting bow and arrows with the men, it was an incredible experience.’ Lake Eyasi, Tanzania.Our amazing guide Nic Polenakis engaging and teaching our three children about the ‘Little 5.’ Here they were searching for antlion. Hwange National Park, ZimbabweThis photo was taken by 7-year-old Abigail who loved to sit up front in the safari vehicle on games drives to help spot animals. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
After an amazing morning watching a pack of African wild dogs battle over a kill with hyena, the David Walquist Family stopped for morning tea and a group picture. Khwai Concession, BotswanaWhile the adults went on a walking safari, our children had their own private game drive in the safari vehicle. The kids were thrilled to have had their own, separate adventure and were hoping to become our new safari guides!Drew Thomas on a fishing excursion while staying in Victoria Falls. The fish was a tiger fish. For Drew, going tiger fishing was one of his ‘must do’ events on his safari.
Our first night in Arusha, Tanzania at Legendary Lodge. Three generations of the Tweed family celebrating the Holidays. ‘It was the beginning of a fabulous experience for all! Kudos once again to Africa Adventure Company!’Grandchildren Riley, 10, Evan 9, and Abby, 6 dashed off and engaged with the Dance Troupe performing nearby. They were so comfortable everywhere we went that they joined in the dance and music. A moment of joy!Our ‘sous-chefs’ helped make the most delicious wood-fired pizza at Somalisa Acacia Camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Such an incredible camp and a fun, memorable meal! Photo taken by proud Aunt, Michelle Wahlquist.
The kids loved every second of our time on safari, especially this lesson by expert guide Nic Polenakis on how termites eat elephant dung! Khwai Concession, Botswana. Photo taken by Michelle Wahlquist.Mary and Richard Walker awaiting a memorable time of the day -Sundowners in the bush. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.A hike at Victoria Falls started in the late afternoon where the sun was perfect for this shot of Aloise and Earl Zuchelli by their excellent guide Precious.