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Donna Dettmer

How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent
Comment: warm welcome, friendliness, attentiveness, hospitality great at all 3 camps, including all staff workers, always accommodating  . . . excellent food quality and variety of choices . . . lodges exceptional, inviting in appearance and décor  . . .HoyaHoya has permanent water hole off deck for great viewing of animals coming to drink. . . great birding at Pafuri camp . . . saw lots of elephants and buffalo . . white and black rhino siting a few times . . . after previous trips to a few African countries, finally saw wild dogs (close up and twice) . . . happy to have seen hyena up close few times . . . few giraffe . . . few crocodiles and hippos . . . mostly trees in all 3 locations versus open plains (no cheetah seen) . . . wildebeest, lots impala (they had just had their babies), kudu, and more . . . . even though start of summer, it was dry – riverbeds completely dried . . . . saw black mamba snake which quickly went into its hole . . . At Lukimbi, our guide, James, was remarkable in his efforts to get us close up in our animal viewing
What was the most important reason for choosing AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Repeat Client
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How many safari companies did you consider before selecting AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? None
What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive prior to your departure from home? n/a
How would you describe your accommodation, facilities and meals? Please provide the name of the hotel, lodge or camp you are describing. Pafuri Camp, HoyaHoya, Lukimbi:
all excellent in all categories
Lukimbi being the most upscale of all
HoyaHoya has beautiful huts
Pafuri had fans, but at 98.6 degrees, was tough (but understand it’s a tent)
What and where was your favorite meal of the trip? Lukimbi had the most variety, most unique foods, with exquisite presentation
but quality was excellent at each camp
How would you evaluate your safari guides and staff? Please provide the name of the person you are describing. exceptional, accommodating guides and all staff workers, with Lukimbi rated first, Pafuri second, HoyaHoya third
James, at Lukimbi, excellent guide – makes the effort in finding animals
Was there anything you would have liked more of, less of, or done differently? no
What was your most memorable moment in Africa? the elephant outside my tent in Pafuri, breaking the tree branches and limbs, attached to deck, very loud, sounded like last year’s Florida hurricane when it snapped trees in our yard.
happy, after previous Africa trips, to see wild dogs.
water hole at HoyaHoya, great viewing from deck, and close up
If you could give future travelers one word of advice, what would it be? do not wear bright colors

layer clothes, as weather can be very cool and very warm, always changing within hours

consider different camps based on landscape (e.g. forest vs. open plains vs. water) to view a variety of animals

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