Mim and Bruce wanted a safari with a mix of wildlife and cultural experiences so we combined a custom Itinerary to Tanzania and Kenya for them. Here are their highlights:
"A personal highlight was the visits and interaction with the tribes. There were so many experiences like laughing and dancing with the Masaai and the time with Hadzabe and the Datoga tribes. A Datoga woman asked me, "if wives were free in the US, how come my husband had only one?" Bruce made an arrowhead with the Datoga and then the tribesman he was working with brought the finished arrow head, and another as a gift, to us at the market. It was great seeing the excitement and joy when the Hadzabe killed a dikdik, talking to staff at the lodges, and seeing the kids in the school. It was a comfortable experience and more intimate than I had expected; the warmth and openness of the people was amazing. I was afraid it would be totally "touristy" but it felt very authentic."
"Nairobi game park was a wonderful surprise. We saw so many animals and I fell in love with giraffes. The hot-air balloon ride over the Serengeti was also wonderful. To get such an overview and experience the sounds and sights of thousands of animals was overwhelming."
The Highlands - Tanzania
"All of the accommodations were good, I would stay at any of them again, but the standouts were The Highlands, Serengeti Under Canvas, Kisima Ngeda, and Maramboi Camp. The Highlands was great but the staff was what made it stand out even more. They had great food and we especially enjoyed the surprise picnic lunch - it was a highlight of the trip."
"Our main guide, Haji, was very knowledgeable, made sure we saw what we wanted, stopped whenever we saw something we wanted more info about and spoke openly about his family, culture, nature, wildlife, etc. Sadi, the local guide from Lake Eyasi area, who took us to the tribes, was wonderful. I really enjoyed him and his sense of humor and of course his knowledge about the tribes, including translating. I give Sadi five stars!" Mim T.
Photos courtesy of The Highlands