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Kristen and John Banks

How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent
Comment: Vanessa did a fantastic job planning this trip for us, answering all our questions quickly, and making this the honeymoon of our dreams
What was the most important reason for choosing AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Other
Please Specify Ability to completely customize our trip and stay within our budget
Comment: It was also important to us to fly between camps as opposed to driving for hours
How many safari companies did you consider before selecting AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Five or More
What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive prior to your departure from home? When we spoke on the phone prior to the trip, we were under the impression that everything was paid for in advance, and the only thing we would need to bring money for was tips and souvenirs. We went to the giraffe center in Nairobi and had to pay for our entrance- we hadn’t planned on this, and were lucky that we found a leftover $20 in one of Johns pockets. Otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to get in because we didn’t know we would have to pay! We recommend giving people in the future a heads up.
How would you describe your accommodation, facilities and meals? Please provide the name of the hotel, lodge or camp you are describing. Everything was fantastic at all of the places that we stayed: the Emakoko, Sand River, Pioneer Camp, the Manor, and Kilindi.

The accommodations at Sand River, the Manor, and Kilindi were extraordinary.

The meals at The Manor in particular were delicious. The 5 course menus really stood out.

What and where was your favorite meal of the trip? There are too many to even mention!

The bush breakfast where they surprised us and the chef met us at a private location by the river at Sand River was so special. We also really enjoyed the sundowners and camp fires in the bush here.

The bush breakfast out on the big rock overlooking the sunrise at Pioneer Camp was really special.

All the food at the Manor was delicious, and the five course menus stood out.

The dinner on the beach watching the sunset at Kilindi on our last night was also fantastic.

How would you evaluate your safari guides and staff? Please provide the name of the person you are describing. The staff and guides were one of the best parts of the trip.

Our guide at Sand River, named Dixon, was our favorite. He was so knowledgable and friendly.

All of the staff far exceeded our expectations at all the locations.

Was there anything you would have liked more of, less of, or done differently? We would have liked an additional day at the Manor. After a full day game drive we were a bit tired and had to rush a bit to squeeze in horse back riding.
What was your most memorable moment in Africa? The days in the Masai Mara stood out. The best moment may have been the interaction between two cheetahs that we saw here. The staff at Sand River was also phenomenal.
If you could give future travelers one word of advice, what would it be? Pack less than you think you’ll need since they do laundry at all the locations

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