Connie and Peter R.
How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent
Comment: This trip far exceeded our expectations.
What was the most important reason for choosing AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Expertise
Comment: I checked several vendors online and spoke with several. Anouk seemed very competent. After confirming that African Portfolio is well respected in the field (on several top ten lists) I went with African Portfolio.
How many safari companies did you consider before selecting AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Five or More
How would you rate AFRICAN PORTFOLIO’S representatives in Africa? Tanzania – Excellent
Comment: Our experience with Fisherman Tours And Travel was quite good. Our experience with Ranger Safaris was EXCELLENT!
What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive prior to your departure from home?
It would have been good to know that we would be dealing with Ranger Safaris in Tanzania, and Fisherman Tours and Travel in Zanzibar.
What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive from our representatives in Africa while on safari?
We brought reusable water bottles to refill but almost everywhere we were given plastic water bottles anyway so our reusable ones became a bit redundant.
How would you describe your accommodation, facilities and meals?
The accommodations, facilities and meals at the African Tulip Hotel, Maramboi Tented Camp, Ngorongoro Farm House, Mbuze Mawe, and Breezes Beach Club were all very nice. At Mbuze Mawe, however, we were not allowed to eat meals with our guide. We preferred the places where we could all eat together. All the staff were especially friendly.
What and where was your favorite meal of the trip?
They were all good. Perhaps the food at Breezes was the best. The box lunches from Mbuzi Mawe were better than the box lunches prepared at Maramboi or the Ngorongoro Farm House.
How would you evaluate your safari guides and staff?
Wilfred Lebris Mollel is a fantastic tour guide ! ! ! His ability to find animals is astounding! He can not only identify all the plants, mammals, birds and reptiles, he also is able to share fascinating information about them. He is professional, genuinely friendly, and demonstrated the highest personal integrity.
Was there anything you would have like more of, less of, or done differently?
When we arrived in Zanzibar we had to wait quite a while (~45 min) before we were picked up at the airport. Our plane arrived early because it went straight to Zanzibar from Seronera. We did not know that Fisherman Tours and Travel were going to pick us up and so it was a bit confused for some time until the driver arrived.
What was your most memorable moment in Africa?
SO MANY ! ! ! Perhaps the best was seeing a mother and baby leopard. Another was watching at very close range while 7 lions from a pride lined up to attack a small group of cape buffalo.
If you could give future travelers one word of advice, what would it be?
Be open to whatever unfolds.