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August 2014

Ngorongoro Crater

Posts Tagged ‘ Ngorongoro Crater

Smith, USA, 2014

We really enjoyed our safari. Everything went so smoothly – we were really impressed how seemless our transitions were between airports/hotels/camps, etc. We loved Ngorogoro Crater and staying at the tent camp in western serengenti and would not have changed 1 thing about our itineary.
We enjoyed both Plantation Lodge and Ubuntu camp. For those interested in visiting the western serengeti, we highly recommend travelling at the end of May. Plenty of wildebeest but not a lot of tourists. We were the only people at Ubuntu and just one of 2-3 bookings at Plantation. Because of that, we had a private safari the entire week.

Powers, USA, 2014

Ok so a review of the Big Daddy. It was really a great trip (you and I did a great job).  After experiencing a private game reserve and Singita properties I would skip the National parks and fly straight to Grumeti. Being able to go off road get so close to the animals with a 3 vehicle limit made such a difference. There was just no comparison.  Our guide Aloyce was excellent as were all the Singita guides. To be fair, when we visited the Crater it was raining and the viewing wasn’t great.  But when we did see something we were with 30 other vehicles.  Our guide was nice but after experiencing the A+ Singita guides he gets a B-

THE LODGES:

Plantation-beautiful. Rooms were great, food pretty good, service excellent. Really liked this place.

Sabora- my favorite! If I did it again I would just stay there rather than move to Faru. Looking out to the plains every morning was wonderful.

Faru -loved the rooms and pool and gym but prefer the views from Sabora

Loved the chef and our surprise breakfast in the wild.

Mara River Camp-so cool. Great camp. Service was great, food okay, tents were great, views fantastic.  Loved the remote part of the Serengeti. Only disappointment is they switched our guide from the cool Masai guide, Mathew, to this other guy who wasn’t nearly as personable.

GAME VIEWING

Lake Manyara -lots of Baboons! Nice park but we saw everything there times 100 in Grumeti

Crater- definitely worth the view from above. Great to see the local Masai who live there. As mentioned it was rainy. According to our guide the animals weren’t active.

Grumeti-fantastic.

Mara River Awesome! We were so disappointed to hear the migration had come and gone a month earlier at Sabora. So glad we booked Mara as a back up because the wildebeest started arriving the day we got there. On our evening drive we saw an endless line of wildebeest running across the plains toward the river.  The next afternoon we were fortunate enough to see several successful and unsuccessful 🙁 crossings.

A few minor details.

Charters. The pilot told me since we were the only ones on the flight from Lami to Kenya we could have called the airline to pick us up a couple hours later. Would have been nicer to hang out at the camp versus 6 hours inn Nairobi airport. Good to know.

Length of stay. Ideally I’d stay 4/5 days at Sabora. By the sixth day I felt we were covering the same ground and looked forward to the Mara. If it is migration time Mara warrants a third day.

So Ed that’s it for this review. Thanks for putting it all together. It was really a pleasure working with you.

Ron. C, 2013, USA

Dear Ed,

Our African Safari was absolutely spectacular!  The wild life was amazing, way beyond expectations.  All the camps were great, the food was delicious, and the guides were incredibly knowledgeable.  Our guides were Kevin at Oliver’s Camp and Ngorongoro Crater and Pastory on the Serengeti.

Ron. C, 2013, USA

R, Cohen, UK, 2013

Hi Ted and Ed

Sorry for the late reply. We had an absolutely amazing time it was a really incredible trip and thanks very much for all your help organising it.

Particular highlights included:

–       Having an outdoor bubble bath with champagne at Olivers watching elephants graze right in front of us.

–       River crossings at Serengetti under canvas, they were incredible as was our guide Godson. We loved Serengeti under Canvas and the food was amazing there so compliments to the chef.

–       Mnemba despite the astronomical price was incredible, one of the most beautiful places we’ve been and with brilliant food and service, our butler Rajab was brilliant, we absolutely loved it and would love to go back. Probably in about 20 years when we’ve saved up enough again.

There weren’t many minus points we thought the whole thing was wonderful and it went very smoothly, thanks again for all your time and help. We would definitely use Africa Odyssey for future African trips.

Cheers

Ri. Cohen, 2013

 

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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