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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.

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Gail and Robert R

October 27th, 2015

Hi Jennifer,

Gail and I returned from our safari in Tanzania last evening, and as you predicted we had an unbelievable time. It truly was an experience of a lifetime – and with your help and guidance everything went exactly as planned.

Some highlights: 

  • Ranger Safaris were outstanding. They were attentive to our needs, and very willing to accommodate all requests. Our private driver/guide – Phillip Chami – was one of the nicest, most personable – and particularly knowable persons that we have met in a touring/guiding situation. With his knowledge of big game habits and the local environment  every day was an exciting, new adventure – with abundant game sightings. Before he left us – we had seen all big five animals and dozens of others. We were only sorry that he was not with us during our stay up in the Serengeti. (If you have the opportunity when speaking with Ranger Safari management in the future you might let them know how pleased we were). Of particular note was that while on a game drive in Ngorongoro, Phillip received a phone call on his international cell from Ranger Headquarters in the UK. A member of the management team wanted to speak with us to learn about our experience to date and how things were going. Very Impressive!!!!
  • Sanctuary Swala is a very special place. Chris and Mina (the Operations leaders) were very warm and friendly hosts, and the location and accommodations could not be beat. Lions, zebras and elephants at the watering hole just 100 feet from our porch was something we never expected. Meals, both onsite and in the bush were beyond expectation.
  •  Explorians is  a beautiful lodge, the accommodations and the grounds were unbelievable. The ride to the main entrance of the Conservation area is just a few minutes away, and while the ride to the caldera is about 45 minutes away, it is not an issue at all – monkeys all around.
  •  The hand-off from Ranger Safari’s to Klein’s was flawless. A first for me was the landing at Lobo field with zebras on the runway!!!
  •  Kleins Camp. An hour’s drive from Lobo airstrip is at the northern edge of Tanzania. The mountainside location is breathtaking. The Operations Manager – Taiwanda – was always there to make certain  that we were being appropriately cared for. Here too the continental food preparation was dining at its best. As the short rains had begun about two weeks earlier we were able to view the ending of migration. No small event. We viewed 5 different wildebeest and zebra migration streams totaling about 40-50,000 animals.A highlight while on a game drive was to witness a leopard that had just killed a large wildebeest.  The kill occurred about 2-3 minutes  prior to  our arrival.

As planned, we joined others for several of the drives while here. A thought for future consideration – pairing guests who have had similar prior game drive experiences would be beneficial. The combination of “first animal sighting” guests with those looking for particular animals to complete their experience is not always productive.

  • The Coffee Lodge was a great choice as a arrival and departure location.

 There is so much more – but I hope that this gives you the sense of our experience.

 Thanks so  much for all your efforts – we will always remember this as a most wonderful experience!!

Best Regards,

Bob & Gail 

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Kent B

October 21st, 2015

The trip really could not have been better. Trip of a lifetime, although I hope you schedule more trips of a lifetime for us in the future. I am sure that you are dying to see 800 pictures or so. Thanks so much for putting this together for us; it was absolutely spectacular!!

 

 

 

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