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Hilda Tashjian, Safari Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1936 | E-mail: hildat@africantravelinc.com

Marking her 16th anniversary with the company, Hilda loves creating family safaris almost as much as she loves being a mother. Groups are Hilda’s specialty and she is skilled at custom-designing programs incorporating themes such as ‘cuisine’, ‘wine’, ‘culture’ and, of course, ‘children’!

By

Robert & Alba

February 23rd, 2016

My wife and I were on safari in Tanzania from January 22nd to February 1st. I wanted to take this opportunity to expand upon my comments.

Everything was wonderful: from Ramadan and Eugene, who drove us from and to Kilimanjaro Airport; to Charles, who gave us our initial orientation briefing.  The hotels and lodges were magnificent, the food was delicious, and – of course – the Tanzanian people, landscapes, and animals were unforgettable.

But best of all was our safari tour guide, driver, and (now) friend: Lothi Mathias‎.  He is incredibly knowledgeable, reliable, and personable, and a tremendous credit to to the tour.  Our trip exceeded our (lofty) expectations in large measure because of Lothi’s hard work, dedication, and love of his people, his country, and of his chosen profession.

Sincerely,

Robert and Alba

  

Robert and Alba went on our Tanzanian Odyssey Safari Vacation Package, 

By

Eric & Colleen W.

November 1st, 2015

We wanted to thank you for all your help with our Honeymoon.  Your ability to provide us with knowledgeable information regarding the many places and activities we wanted to experience was remarkable.  This trip is one that we will never forget.  The safari camps and activities were beyond our imagination.  It was wonderful having a detailed itinerary and staff meeting us to assist with all transport and transitions.  We did not have to worry about a thing!!!   Seeing all of the Big Five exceeded our expectations.   The location of Sand River Camp in Masai Mara made all that possible. I’m not sure we would have had the same experience if you had not recommended the change, thank you. We cannot even begin to put into words how amazing the trip was, from the games drives to the Balloon Safari to the Microlight over Victoria Falls to Cape Town. Seeing the animals up close was breathtaking.  Never imaged we’d be that close to lions, elephants, zebra, cape buffalo, giraffe, and African penguins in their natural environment.

Our most memorable time will be Masai Mara at Sand River Camp as we were able to see the Big Five.  Newton, our guide, was absolutely the best.  He really listened to what our interests were and seemed to be able to predict were the animals were heading.  He was able get us in the perfect spot for amazing photo’s.  We were lucky enough to see wildebeest crossing a crocodile infested river.  We also were able to witness the migration from a Hot Air Balloon!! Thousands of wildebeest and zebra in every direction. 

Seeing lions and elephants on the landing strips in Botswana was definitely a new and exciting experience for us.  As was seeing an elephant feeding on the tree by our deck at Tubu Tree Camp.  We liked the butter dishes so much we bought one to bring home.

We are very thankful for your ability to coordinate all the activities that we wanted to accomplish while in Victoria Falls. Viewing the Falls, a horseback safari, an elephant safari, and a zipline, As well as a trip over to Zambia to experience a microlight ride over the falls and having lunch on Livingston Island where we took a dip in Devils Pool.

By

Babs & Larry Jackson

October 21st, 2015

Jambo!

And ASANTE SANA for creating a once-in-a-lifetime adventure  for us and our friends.  Our two week trip to Kenya and Tanzania were truly  amazing. Special thanks to Hilda for listening to us and fashioning a trip that was exactly what we were looking for.  As an overall assessment,we were delighted  with  everything. We particularly appreciated  the attention to every detail so that each step of the journey  was hassle free. We were greeted by warm, welcoming people wherever we went, the service was outstanding, and the sights amazing. What a great wealth of resources we observed everywhere. A few comments  on specific places we visited:

Nairobi – The House of Waine was lovely and comfortable. Staff was very accommodating. We asked  them to prepare  a typical African dinner for us on our last night in country and they outdid  themselves. We loved visiting the Sheldrick Center to see our foster elephants, as well as the Giraffe Center and the bead factory.

Samburu- The Elephant Bedroom Camp was terrific. We particularly loved having to lock the zippers on the tent to keep out the facile monkeys who were always waiting for us when we returned to our tent. Sitting in front of the tent watching the river with all its wildlife was a delight.  Julian, our guide, was outstanding, and the first full day ended with our getting to watch a leopard for about 20 minutes.  It was a profound experience.  The food was delicious,with many choices and the staff was most gracious.

Tanazania – Unlike our experience  in Kenya where our guides worked for the specific camps, in Tanzania we had the same guide, Moudy, from our arrival at the Coffee Lodge until we arrived back there for our return to Nairobi. We felt that the Kenya model provided more local (site specific) knowledge and information and that our guides were more relaxed.  

Arusha – The Arusha Coffee Lodge was beautiful, and the food delicious.  We understand that the reason for the one night stop there was so that we could visit Lake Manyara on the way to Ngorongoro the next day. 

Ngorongoro Crater, the scenery and the wildlife were well worth the time it took to get there and  follow the road all through the crater.  Amazing views, certainly wonderful photo ops. Given the size of the crater, it is hard to imagine the mountain that existed before the volcano blew the top off.

Exploreans Lodge – WOW!  We were quite ready to luxuriate in a beautiful setting.  Everything about the lodge was perfectly done.  We loved it and would have been very happy with an extra day there to just relax and enjoy the accommodations.

Tarangire – The Treetops was probably our favorite of all the places we stayed. It was a perfect combination of a sort of “tent” experience with lodge amenities. What a joy to sit at the lodge overlooking the swimming pool and watch the elephants and other animals come right up to the water hole in the late afternoon. The evening meals in the bomas, complete with bonfires, were delicious and great fun.  We did an evening game drive one night after dinner, led by a Treetops guide, who took us all around the area of the camp.  It reinforced our feeling that camp/lodge guides are preferable to one person over several locations.  The Treetop managers, Johan & Lori van Eeden, were delightful and welcoming. We loved getting to visit with them.  Again, we would have liked to have had an extra night at this fabulous place.

It will take weeks for us to sort out all the pictures,but we certainly have a lifetime of memories from this amazing trip.  We are dedicated to telling everyone that these countries are fabulous, safe and welcoming places to visit. Consider us part of the Africa Ambassadors. And we would highly recommend African Travel to anyone considering a trip.

Babs & Larry Jackson

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