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AAC Helps Woman to Realize her Childhood Dream!

November 19, 2018 AAC Events

Dear Szilvia, Yejide and everyone at the Africa Adventure Company,

Thank you so much for planning such an amazing trip to Kenya (an understatement, really).  I can’t put into words how the experiences I had affected me.  You took the dream of a 12 year old girl and made it into a reality.  For that, I am forever grateful.  It was everything and so much more.  From the people to the wildlife, the cultures and languages, the landscapes and cities; humbling and breath-taking, I now understand why Kenya is considered a place of magic.

I can’t tell you what a relief it was to have someone guiding me from the moment I landed in Nairobi.  For 3.5 weeks, I was guided place to place and treated like family by all.  As for going on this trip as a solo traveler?  I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  I feel the guides and staff really looked out for me because of that!  On a side note, I HIGHLY recommend other travelers to learn as much of the language of the country they are traveling to as they can.  People really respond to and appreciate it and I loved seeing the surprise on their faces when I starting talking to them in Swahili!

My guides were great!  John was very knowledgeable of the wildlife and the surrounding areas.  He is an all around great person and we had some great conversations about Africa and life in general.  By the end of the trip, he was like my big brother!  Jonathon, who guided me in Nairobi, was awesome!  Between him and the other drivers, I felt like I was hanging out with my best friends! 

 The lodges I stayed at were top notch!  My favorites were Sweetwaters Tented Camp in Ol Pejeta and Macushla House in Nairobi.  Giraffe Manor is, of course, in a class all its own!  There is absolutely nothing else like it in the world and when I look back at the pictures, I can’t believe I was actually there!  Nothing short of magic!

As for the wildlife, activities, and other sights?  Oh my, where to begin?  Everyone has asked me what my favorite part of the trip was.  How can I choose between seeing the sunrises over Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya, standing outside for hours on a night drive with my guides/friends watching a lunar eclipse, or seeing a rainbow after a thunderstorm?  Or the laughing faces of school children as they received their new school supplies, hiking the gorges at Hell’s Gate, or just simply sitting in my car watching elephants graze peacefully 10 feet away.  How can you describe what it’s like to have zebras, giraffes, hippos, and monkeys in your backyard rather than squirrels or deer, or to be up in a hot air balloon gazing at a view that can bring you to tears?  Or even the countless new friends I have made from all over the world?  I could easily go on and on and change my answer (if I really had one!) each time.

I had planned a lot of time in Nairobi and I’m really glad that I did.  Kissing giraffes, spending time with baby elephants, going back in time at Karen Blixen’s home, and watching tribal dances was a real treat!  Even the walking tour of Nairobi was fun and interesting as I got to see first-hand the diversity of such a unique city.  The Kiambethu Tea Farm was one I did not expect to like as much as I did and would definitely do again!  On the day when I had no activities plan, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take an Uber to the National Museum.  Such a beautiful museum with something for everyone to enjoy.

Finally, I just want to thank everyone who I had been in contact with at the AAC who helped plan this trip.  You guys are AMAZING!!  I tell everyone who is thinking about a trip to Africa to use AAC for an amazing trip!

Thank you so much again and I can’t wait to plan my next trip!

Lauren Zimmerman