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2012

2012

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S. Ansbaugh, 2012 (USA)

Hi Edward ,

Thank you and thanks to Africa Odyssey for another incredible trip of a lifetime! We are officially hooked. Our recent trip to Rwanda and Uganda was truly life changing. We met some of the most incredible and inspiring people on our trip and saw some of the best sights of our lives visiting our ‘distant relatives’ the mountain gorillas of Uganda’s Impenetrable Forest. We stayed at the Bwindi Safari Lodge in pure paradise bliss looking out at the beautiful birds and dense forest complete with black and white colobus monkeys. The staff at the lodge treated us with the highest level of service. It was pure bliss and heaven on earth.

Our guide was incredible and very knowledgeable and taught us so much about the history of the two countries, the flora and fauna, and truly has become a dear friend. We were extremely moved by the kindness and spirit of the people we met. It would be a dream to travel again with Africa Odyssey. Hmmm…Botswana and the wild dogs???

Perhaps you’d like to add some of the photos or video to your site to showcase these amazing locations.

Oh, I should also add that Africa Odyssey was extremely helpful when we had to make some last minute adjustments to our travel itinerary. We were so pleased with the high level of service that we received and the quick, helpful, and efficient way this was handled. We felt so relieved that we had booked our trip through such a superb and reputable company!

Thanks,

S. Ansbaugh, 2012, (USA)

Winter, 2012, USA

Hi Ted!

I’ve been meaning to send you guys a note as I definitely have lots of great feedback, but in short, until then, I had an absolutely amazing, life-changingly wonderful time. Jongomero was by far the highlight of the trip for me, although I can see how it might not be everyone’s cup of tea given it’s so remote, but for the more adventerous types, I’d even go so far as to suggest spending more time there first, then only a night or two at Selous – but I’ll send you more detailed notes shortly.

The entire staff at Jongomero was top notch – sophisticated and classy, without being pretentious. The food was great, and the guides were incredible. Modest was my game drive guide, and I absolutely loved him – he had a great sense of humor and made sure he indulged everyone’s requests to “follow that bird” or whatever critter or piece of landscape we were after.

The only true negative was the one place you weren’t sure about recommending, which was Jafirji House in Stone Town. The place itself was beautiful, but the service was lacking, and there were bedbugs, so I probably wouldn’t give a thumbs up for that place again for a little while, just as you guys suggested.

Also, for Ras Nungwi – it was definitely a beautiful location, and the staff was wonderful, but I would maybe steer single travelers away from it, as it really had a “family” feel to it. I upgraded my room when I arrived, and ended up having a stunning view, so I’d definitely suggest you recommend specific room numbers when making reservations – I think I had #1, and my view was incredible.

E. Fleming and J. Ledyard, UK (2012)

Dear Africa Odyssey,

[I have lost my email Contacts so if this can be passed on to the man who planned our trip, we’d very much appreciate it.]

This is a belated note of thanks for our trip to Selous Safari Camp in Tanzania last July 21-25. You may recall, my husband was very excited about the trip, but I was quite nervous. I want to thank you for your prompt and reassuring replies to my questions. As a result, I embarked on the trip with enthusiasm, which made the trip an exciting adventure, not a fearful one!

Ironically, thing I feared most, the ride in the prop plane, was beautiful — not a single bump, just a feeling of serenity, surrounded by blue sky, looking down at the African landscape. We were greeted so graciously and cordially by Emil and staff with cool drinks, escorted to our exquisite rooms to freshen up and meet up for a boat ride, where our adventure began–and didn’t end until we left.

We saw every animal we had hoped to see, and many more. Giraffes, elephants, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, lions and cubs a few feet from our Jeep, chimpanzees with babies riding on their parent’s backs, even a large turtle walking along by itself. All agreed the high point was a sighting of Wild Dogs. Our driver was determined that we would see these rare animals. He did, and we saw them —and their cubs— migrate from one area to another. We never expected to see them, and treasure the video and photos we were able to get.

My favorite experience, was the day I took a nap while everyone went on the boat one more time. When I woke up, I sat at the antique desk on the veranda where I wrote postcards with a giraffe a few yard away, elegantly nibbling leaves . As if on cue, the man who took care of us, appeared with a tray of tea and freshly baked apple cakes. He was so gracious. As I enjoyed these delicacies, a baby elephant ambled slowly across our land. What a memorable afternoon.

I could go on and on. Altho I approached this trip with ‘fear and trembling,’ I would love to return. It goes without saying my husband, John Ledyard, was utterly thrilled with this trip: the quality of every detail, the experience itself, and becoming acquainted with Emil and all the lovely people at Selous, including the Maasai warriors.

With much appreciation and joy,
Elaine Fleming and John Ledyard

S. Broeker, 2012 (UK)

Hi Ed,

Thanks for your mail. The trip was absolutely marvellous.

Ras Nungwi
Ras Nungwi on Sanzibar was the perfect place to start our honey moon. Great service and a fantastic atmosphere. The food is great and the scenery is stunning. Also not too expensive.
We strongly recommend this place to everyone!

Selous Safari (private camp)
I don’t believe it gets any better than this. At Selou you get your own buttler and maid. The food is amazing. The staff is extremely friendly without being too on you. As honeyooners they gave us extra attention and organised the most amazing surprise dinner. In general -without giving away too much- these guys are good at surprises.
The game drives are wonderful, too. We saw more animals than we hoped for. The guides were absolute pro. We cried when we had to leave.

Ras Kutani
The setting though is extremely beautiful. On your arrival you’ll be rowed over a little lagoon to the hotel. Very romantic! If you do decide to stay at Ras Kutani you should stay in the villas on top of the hill or in one of the bungolows at the beach.

Overall we had a great time. Everything worked out perfectly!

CHEERS

S. Broeker, 2012 (UK)

L. Wattiau, 2012 (Belgium)

Hi Edward,

We want to thank you very much for the great organization of our honeymoon. Our expectations were high but they were definitely matched and even surpassed. Not only was Tanzania a superb destination, each part of the trip (mountain, safari, Zanzibar) as well as each hotel added value to this unique experience. In each hotel, we were very happy with the room we got (ex: nice terrace with breathtaking view on Mt Meru and surrounding hills in Onsea, bungalow facing the see in Ras Nungwi, room with roof top bathroom in Zanzibar Palace, …)

Climbing up to the top of Mt Meru was certainly not an easy walk (for us) but how rewarding it was to see the sun rising above Mt Kili and the surrounding see of clouds. Definitely worth it…and one of my highlights! (also because it provides the opportunity to walk in the nature vs. sitting in a car most of the time during the safaris )

Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater were amazing but, in our opinion, could not compete with Serengeti where nature is somehow ‘wilder’ and all around you at all time. Also because Serian is just unrivalled…definitely our favorite place during the trip.

With regards to the guides, they were both great in Manyara/Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

We also liked our stay in Zanzibar, very relaxing. We also scuba dived and went on a dolphin trip. This was definitely one of Nathalie’s highlights on Zanzibar. We went to Kizimkazi in the afternoon (instead of the morning as usually done by tourists). Besides two fishermen’s boats, our private boat was the only one out at that time. We actually saw several groups of dolphins and came back to Kizimkazi at sunset.

We are extremely happy of our honeymoon, you really made it a unique experience! All the organization was just perfect (as already mentioned above)…thank you again for that!

Kind regards,

L. Wattiau, 2012

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