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Hi Gemma,

Sorry for the slow reply - we got engaged on the holiday, so you can imagine how hectic it's been since we got back!

Just wanted to say thank you very much for organising it all!

Despite arranging at incredibly last minute, it was the perfect holiday, exactly what we wanted and so much more. We especially appreciate how smoothly it all ran, from the moment we left the UK until the we arrived home, everything linked up perfectly and was zero stress for us.

Again thank you very much for organising it all!

Cheers,
Paul and Helen

Paul and Helen

Hi Gemma,

Thanks for checking up on me. The trip went exceedingly well.

I really enjoyed Mwagusi camp and Ruaha in general. The area was beautiful and the guiding was excellent. My highlights was the many leopard sightings which I did not expect.

Selous was also very good. The only minor inconvenience was the unexpected very heavy rains (for the season) which greatly limited the exploration around lake Manze due to the mud but the lodge manager was very accommodating trying to let me have a vehicle (boat or car) on my own as much as possible. The only minor downside was the guiding which did not appear a strong as in Mwagusi.

Having said that, I got a very successful photographic trip. I’ll share some pictures.

Best,

Sebastien

Sebastien

Good morning Gemma

I just posted our review. Apologies it took so long, we have been trying to plan for a Halloween party and get back into the swing of life after marriage.

We had an amazing time in Africa and the places you selected were perfect. We loved our guide at mwagusi (Baldon) he knew everything and was a great person.

We got to see a lot of animals including leopards, honey badgers, and a couple packs of lions. We absolutely loved fly camping in Selous. It rained on us about an hour in, so we definitely have to go back to have the full experience. We are already trying to save up so we can come back to Africa and do trekking with chimpanzee’s.

It will, unfortunately, probably be another few years of saving! We will definitely reach out to you again in the future!

A very special thank you for helping us plan our honeymoon. We had an amazing time!

James and caroline.

James and Caroline

Hi Gemma,

Lucky for us we are not yet home having stopped off in Dubai for a few days.

We had such a lovely time and will let you know more about it when we get back.

Thanks

Alan and Liz

Alan and Liz

Hi Gemma/Nick,

Here are my thoughts on Katavi!

This park is amazing and this camp is simply fabulous! Apart from the French film crew of 3, there were only 4 of us staying there and 3 at Chada so we had the park to ourselves. The camp is quite small so provides a really personal and friendly service. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Fabulous views over the plains, super food and being woken up at night by the lions, the hippos, the nightjars or a combination of all three was all part of a wonderful experience. Although finding a scorpion in my bathroom on the last morning was a bit unusual!

Our guide and driver were incredibly knowledgeable and had quite ridiculous eyesight! Spotting a giant eagle owl hidden away in a tree 200 metres away was extraordinary! It took me a a bit of time to find it even with binoculars! The camp is also really well located for the game drives. Most days we came across the people staying at Chada Camp who had a bit of a drive down to areas closer to us for their viewing.

I honestly can’t think of anything negative to say about the 4 nights I spent here other than it wasn’t long enough!

It is a bit of a trek to get to Katavi but so worth it. Stopping off for a few days in Ruaha breaks the journey up nicely. The journey back to Dar was long and pretty tiring. Six flights in all, including 3 stops in Selous. On the last leg from Saadani to Dar, with only two of us left on board, the pilot let me sit next to him and once we were up he switched off the auto pilot and handed controls over to me for 10 minutes!! Not sure who was more scared - the other passenger or me but quite a cool experience!

The highlight for me was certainly the leopard sightings in Katavi. I don’t go out with a wish list of animals I want to see but if I did then leopard would have been top of the list. I feel very fortunate to have spent such a long time with the male. Once you had gout used to the smell, the hippo pools were also quite a special sight and sound. As they were so densely packed together, there was a lot of of aggressive behaviour to watch and listen to. My guide for one day in Ruaha and our guide in Katavi were both brilliant at identifying the birds. I now have a list of 94 birds that were identified (a few only by their call) which is only a fraction of the total number of species there but it adds another level of interest.

I think that’s all from me. I hope some of this is helpful. If there is anything you would like to discuss then please give me a call.

Next stop Botswana!

Kind regards

Gurth

Gurth

Hi Gemma

We enjoyed the safari a lot. The location you proposed was excellent. Extremely friendly staff, lot's of fun and incredible service (the food is unbelievable for such a place).

I can really recommend Olakira as a destination.

The trip highlight in Olakira was a river crossing of thousands of Wildebeest. We waited for 7 hours until they finally started the crossing. The previous week's highlight was clearly the Nyiragongo volcano in Congo. An unforgettable experience.

Best regards,

Frank

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Frank

Hi Gemma,

Thanks for your message, we had the most amazing time, it was very special and many thanks for all your help with putting it together and speedy response to all our questions.

Your suggestion of selous park was perfect for the time we had as it was very private and so varied, we loved it. There are so many highlights it is hard to pick but particularly memorable was seeing an elephant family on our last day and spending an hour watching them drink and cool themselves down and a special honeymoon meal the camp set up for us in the evening.

We were very impressed with Asilia safari company the people were lovely and accommodation was fantastic. It was also great to hear about their values, conservation and community work.

Zanzibar was also beautiful, despite a bit of stormy weather, we had a wonderful time there and were treated like royalty. The Palms is very characterful and so comfortable with the most spectacular views. We also spend a day at the zawadi, the views from there are really something else! I will fill in the review and send some pics separately. Unfortunately it's back to earth with a bump going back to work!

Thanks again Gemma!

Sandra and Steve

Sandra and Steve

Hi Gemma,

Thank you and yes we had an amazing time.

and the Livingston museum. Whilst most people are rightly in awe of the animals the entire reason for the trip was to visit this place.

Iknow my son was really keen on the chimps in Gombe, although his very close encounter with a feeding lioness with cubs may keep him awake for a while yet :)

And whilst both of these were in the last part of the trip it would be unfair to ignore the excellent organisation and hospitality of the Foxes camps. In particular our first guide at Stanley who was excellent and knowledgeable, Humphrey seems to have a fan base from others who’d been to Stanley and met him! Food was very good and the campsites comfortable and more than we expected when considering where they are, especially Katavi.

The organisation was excellent throughout the trip and please don’t apologies about the Air Tanzania part it wasn’t your or the agents fault. As frustrating as it was it got sorted out eventually and Nick and the Mbali Mbali guys sorted it out. No need to follow up from our side as it’s done and we got home on time.

Happy to Trust Pilot for you!

Regards
Gary

Gary

Hi Gemma

We had a truly amazing time. Our expectations before we left were unrealistically high - and the trip absolutely smashed our expectations. It was stunning.

We have so much information and experiences that we can share with you that a separate and more detailed email is probably needed, so I'll keep this one to the bare minimum and just give you the highlights.

Arrangements overall were perfect!! EVERYTHING went 100% to plan. Not even a slight cock-up.

The safari blew us away from arrival! Great reception from Wilson & his team, great Banda, couldn't get our heads around how much we got. Bigger than expected.

Banda at Mwagusi was out of this world. Bonkers. Even had a family of bats living inside the banda with us. Akuna matata - we didn't scare them once :)

Had difficulty getting back to our banda on our final night because of an elephant infestation in the camp. They blocked all the normal ways to our banda and we had to scramble up the big rocks and go around the back. Then two adults and a baby woke us up eating directly at the side of our banda at 00:30. We got up and watched them for an hour until they tootled off. Missed the lion that came in around 03:00. Slept through it !!!!

Spent quite a bit of time with Chris Fox. Had lunch in his banda and a dinner with him (and 3 more guests) on another night.

Fanjove Island was another place that's completely bonkers. Off the scale. Unlike anything we've experienced before and that we are likely to experience in the future (unless we go back (which is a genuine possibility).

We successfully hunted down FOUR dolphin pods that were all playing and spinning together in the same area. Guides reckon there were between 200 and 250 dolphins. Absolutely cracking.

John & Alzaan were perfect hosts. John's enthusiasm for Africa and the bush is boundless, and he's one of the best raconteurs I've ever met. He paints pictures with his words and transports you into his world. Better than TV.

That's the abbreviated highlights!!! Only just started processing my photos, so hardly any to share with you at this stage.

Thank you so much Gemma, it was perfect

Cheers,

Dave

Dave and Lorraine

Hi Gemma,

Back home, jet lag just wok up after a late afternoon nonconsensual nap. I expect a week of this.

Overall, we were pretty thrilled with our trip. Rwanda was totally wonderful. Interacting with the gorillas is a lifetime experience. The way they look at you, that they see you and you them, and you all realize how similar you all are. At least, that was my sense. A deeply moving experience. The lodge was fine. The food wasn’t totally great, and they did a bit of upsell on things we didn’t really need, like gloves, but they also rented things we really did need, like gator pants and shoe guards, and after each trek they cleaned shoes to like new. I would say I was overall happy with the lodge.

Lucky, our driver for our time in Rwanda, was truly excellent. We have traveled far and wide, have gone all over the world with the strategy of getting a car and a driver. We’ve had a good dozen of them at least, and we agree that Lucky is the best we’ve ever experienced. He’s full of knowledge and can answer almost all questions, but he doesn’t just rattle off all the time. He’s clearly an open, kind person who genuinely cares about his culture and his people, but he doesn’t try to push any specific agenda. He got a good sense of the kind of people we are, and suggested things he surmised we would like. He was solicitous without overdoing it, totally efficient and a great driver. He’s a real gem. Meeting him was one of our highlights.

The Sanctuary Camp was also excellent. The food was good, the service impeccable. The guys were sweet, funny, engaged, and they really pushed us to learn at least a little Swahili, which I admired. They made a wonderful celebration for our anniversary. Our guide, Filbert, was another who knew when to be telling us stories and when to be quiet to let us have experiences. His stories were amazing! Also, his knowledge felt really extensive. I learned a lot, came away with whole new edifices of understanding, which is one of my favorite things. I love absorbing new bodies of knowledge.He did a great job of teaching without seeming overly didactic.

The only thing I would say was less than great involves the driver we have for most of our days in Arusha, Andre. For our four days in Arusha, we had Andre for three and then, on the day we went through Arusha National Park, we had Gerard. As we’d mostly experienced, Gerard was excellent. Funny. smart, accessible. We loved him, and learned a lot going through the park with him.

The overall operation for whom Andre worked seemed fine.They did end up charging us another additional $20 after we paid what they, through you, had asked us to agree to pay for Arusha National Park. They said they had experienced an unexpected fee. If we weren’t already uncomfortable with Andre, though, we wouldn’t even have noticed. But like I said, Gerard, from the same outfit, was excellent. I realize our last minute booking on that last leg probably didn’t work to our advantage. And really, we’re pretty thrilled with everything you arranged.

We did have a great time in Arusha. We visited some Masai places, a village, a Masai run tourist spot, a couple Masai markets, and we feel like we learned a lot about that culture in conversation with people there. We really enjoyed that experience.

Overall, we are extremely satisfied customers. We didn’t expect to like Africa as much as we did, and now we feel we’re very likely to return. And when we do, we will most definitely use your services again. You did a really great job, Gemma, of suggesting strategies for us and putting us together with outfits that really fit our aesthetic. I’m truly impressed, and also have great gratitude, by and for your excellent work. Thanks again!

I tried to write a review but it seems I have to sign up for the service that posts the reviews, which I’m always hesitant to do since they tend to send follow-up emails. Let me know if that’s truly useful for you to have or whether what I’ve written here suffices. I know I’m really wordy. Thanks for your patience with my long email!

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