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September 2015

selous

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Bertram, USA, 2015

It was truly the trip of a lifetime.  It met all of our expectations and in fact exceeded them.  We wanted an atypical safari trip without a large number of people and safari vehicles everywhere and that is exactly what we experienced.  It was just the three of us all day on safari and boating trips and it was very rare to see even one other safari vehicle.  It was perfect!  Our stay in Zanzibar was equally rewarding.  All of the arrangments and accomodations were excellent and we were met and transported from every flight to our safari camps and hotels like clockwork.  Words cannot really describe our experiences on this adventure.  As a former wildlife biologist and an avid photographer it was nothing short of an dream come true and an incredible trip for me.  My wife and daughter thoroughly enjoyed it too.  It will be very hard to top this adventure.  We plan to continue taking adventure trips and are thinking about taking a trip to Borneo, the Philippines or South America.  I plan to check into you sister companies soon.

You did a great job helping us plan this adventure!  Thank you!

Sincerely,

T Bertram & family

Rutherford, UK, 2015

We saw all the main species (huge number of animals in total) in the Serengeti except leopard and rhino. One of the best experiences was seeing a cheetah with her 2 cubs resting under a tree then we saw her recent kill (small gazelle, not eaten at all) about 50 mtrs away which one of the cubs wandered over to try to eat, soon to be helped by the mother to break into it. We were perhaps 10 mtrs from them. Plenty of the remains of other ‘kills’ in the food chain.

2 of 3 of us who went to Selous saw a leopard plus cub on the day of arrival. There were lots of giraffe and a nice family of lions including an amorous couple, cubs and more on the way etc. Once again no rhino. Of course in Siwandu we got out on the water a couple of times, very near to crocs and saw lots of hippo but if I had to chose one location it would be the Serengeti where there were just more animals in larger numbers and of course the ‘crossings’.

Both park camps were 5 star. Kimondo, being semi mobile was a little less luxurious (bucket shower etc) but very comfortable. Siwandu was more like having a large 4 star hotel room with canvas sides and a fabulous location. Staff in both were excellent. Nice surprise in Kimondo was the sunset drinks and in Siwandu the lunch on the boat and the complementary wine from Africa Odyssey (THANK YOU). I would rate Ras Nungui 4.5 stars – the lack of sea swimming and a rather tired bathroom (in our cottage) plus a small problem with room towels causing the slight downgrade.

Thank you once again for a very memorable holiday.

Best regards,

C.Rutherford

Gruselle, UK, 2015

We had an excellent trip – all went well on our arrival in Dar es Salaam; there is a Coastal office just outside International arrivals who were happy to transport us to the Domestic departures. I should perhaps mention that other groups on our flight from NBO were expected (the Coastal rep had a sign up for them!).

Good flight into Sand Rivers camp where we were met by the deputy manager. Camp just as wonderful as when we were last there in 2004! Great food and our 2 Guides – Joel and Hamza – were great. Did a morning walking safari with Hamza which was interesting although Game was sparse!

We knew before we left the UK that poaching had been rife in the Selous – particularly of Elephant – but we were shocked to discover that Hunting Licences are still issued by the Government – even for Ellies! We only saw them once – a small herd of 8 which rushed into dense bush as soon as our vehicle came into view. We did spot Leopard, Lion and Lioness, Warthog etc but the highlight of one game drive was WILD DOGS!!! Having spent 2 whole days chasing around Botswana looking for them a year ago we were delighted to find them on this trip.

While in Nairobi we visited the Elephant Orphanage which really is a must if your clients have a spare hour – 11am to 12 noon daily!!

White, Singapore, 2014

We had an absolutely terrific time, thank you.  Everything went very smoothly – all the internal flights worked well and the three places we stayed were all great.  Beho Beho especially was incredible – everything there was so well organised, the place was beautiful and the food was delicious and very plentiful!  The guides there were great and very knowledgeable.  It was definitely the highlight of our trip.  Kilindi was very good – we actually rather liked the beach there, which we had been warned wasn’t very good.  The manager of Kilindi is rather creepy, but everything else was perfect – including our amazingly nice and helpful butler, Deo.  Ras Kutani wasn’t super exciting but it was a good stop over for a few days while we unwound post-wedding.  I wouldn’t rush back there, though.

All in all we had a great time and we didn’t have any problems with any of the arrangements you had made – thanks very much indeed.

Shirtcliffe, UK, 2014

We had a fantastic time on our honeymoon thankyou! The lodges that Edward recommended in the Ruaha and Selous national parks were wonderful, and such a more private and personal experience then the busy northern parks. This was highlighted to us by fellow guests that had been to the northern parks (i.e. serengeti) previously, and were amazed by how personal it was. The few nights in Ras Kutani at the end were also a lovely way to relax for the final few days. Apart from not managing to spot a lepoard, we would not have changed a thing!

Pls pass on our thanks to Edward and will definitely consider you for our next adventure (which may well be Argentina) near the end of this year.

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