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Wendy Tucker

How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent
Comment: No problems at all-everything was smooth. Loved the accommodations you referred us to.
What was the most important reason for choosing AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Referral
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How many safari companies did you consider before selecting AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? None
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Comment: Our guide and Brian at the airport were very friendly and professional. The driver and “guide” who picked us up on the last day were fine-I do wish the guide had explained to us that he would not be going into the airport with us. We ended up in line completely unprepared with our documents and boarding passes as it did not explain what we needed to have ready. Not a big deal but a little stressful.
What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive prior to your departure from home? None, all the information provided was spot on and super helpful. We packed appropriately (the only item we wished we had was a warm hat for mornings and evenings in Maasai Mara).   The tips we had were perfect. All details thought of and perfect.
How would you describe your accommodation, facilities and meals? Please provide the name of the hotel, lodge or camp you are describing. The accommodations were great. Hemingways is beautiful. Breakfast is very good.  I don’t specifically recall dinner. I think it was good as well. Lovely grounds. Room is lovely. Tortilis was fun and nice beginning glamping. Food is good not great. Kifaru cottage is lovely-if there was a deck like we had at Mahali Mzuri it would be an 11 out of 10.  The food is extraordinary. I told the chef if he was in Los Angeles I would eat at his restaurant every day. SO GOOD!!! Mahali Mzuri was disappointing with the food-it was average and for that price it should be excellent. The staff was friendly particularly our butler but the manager Wilson was not as attentive and present as Kifaru House who was over the top present, warm and welcoming.
What and where was your favorite meal of the trip? Absolutely loved the food at Kifaru House. It was amazing.
How would you evaluate your safari guides and staff? Please provide the name of the person you are describing. Dickson at Tortilis and Soloman at Kifaru House were both excellent. The staff at both properties were wonderful. The staff at Kifaru was so kind and attentive.  Our guide at Mahali Mzuri-Levy was good but not at the level of the Elewana guides.
Was there anything you would have liked more of, less of, or done differently? The only thing I may have done differently is gone with accommodations you may have referred us to that may be different than Mahali Mzuri- we loved the place itself but the guides were not as good as the Elewana properties. Also I would have gone to see the people a bit more…you can become so immersed in seeing animals you forget to see how people live. We loved our visit to a school in Maasai Mara and just getting out of the conservancy in Lewa to see a village.
What was your most memorable moment in Africa? When the vehicle was turned off when we were on safari and we heard the sounds of Kenya.
If you could give future travelers one word of advice, what would it be? Use your company as their travel agent!!

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