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Joan Dunbar

How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent
Comment: I went with the hope of having a spectacular experience . . .it was much more than I could imagine . . .thank you.
What was the most important reason for choosing AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Referral
Please Specify Kathy Lorentzen
Comment: Going with someone who has been there before allowed me to trust her decision about who, what, when and where.  I was not disappointed.  There are so many companies out there, that making a decision about who to go with is overwhelming.
How many safari companies did you consider before selecting AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? One or Two
Comment: Excellent guides . . . all 3 were awesome.
What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive prior to your departure from home? I don’t believe there is any additional information that I needed . . .was pretty complete and good communications.
How would you describe your accommodation, facilities and meals? Please provide the name of the hotel, lodge or camp you are describing. Arusha Coffe House nice accomodations but expensive meals and alcohol.
Tarangire TreeTops Fun and well appointed, excellent food
Kitela Lodge.  Beautiful grounds and rooms and excellent food
Lake Masek Tented Camp. We didn’t get to stay in a tent but a lodge type room. Was not impressed with the accommodations there.  The others stayed in a tent and after looking at their accommodations, ours was below the standard.The food was very good.
Pioneer Camp . .my favorite.  Fun and beautiful tents and the views and food were amazing.
What and where was your favorite meal of the trip? Oh gosh . . can’t say I had a bad meal.  Can’t pick a favorite 🙂
How would you evaluate your safari guides and staff? Please provide the name of the person you are describing. Armani ended up with all the single women.  Pretty funny but he loved it and we loved him.  So knowledgeable and enjoyable.  Kept us all happy and laughing.  Pretty hard with a jeep full of women!  He was always there to help and answer questions. One exception were the jeeps . . . their charging stations didn’t work so glad we brought along a cigarette lighter type charger.  We all had to use it.
Was there anything you would have liked more of, less of, or done differently? The jeeps rattled, of course, and if you sat in the back, you had a rather difficult time hearing Armani in the front . . perhaps some sort of speaker system so he didn’t have to yell . . . we all decided to rotate on a half day so the ones in the back got to move up front and the ones in front rotated to the back . . seemed to be fair.
What was your most memorable moment in Africa? Mine was finding a huge herd . . 100+ or so, elephants at the river in Tarangire. . all bathing and engaging in water play.  Could have watched them for hours. Finding the Lions and Cheetahs was a close second.
If you could give future travelers one word of advice, what would it be? Come in a day earlier and get on the time schedule change . . . helped tremendously.  We got in around midnight on Tuesday and met up with the group arriving Wednesday might . . . be we got to sleep in on Wed and got on the local time schedule.

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