Ngorongoro Crater took my breath away, right from the start. I met Beata, amongst many other wonderful staff that made it their job to treat us like gold and help us treasure our stay with them. Tree Lodge was amazing, very private and away from the rest of the camp. The views from the deck were amazing. Our drive into the crater was also exciting with some excellent Hyena sightings.
I still can’t decide what knocked my socks off more at Serengeti under Canvas. The charming all male team headed by the ever so charming Didas or the glamorous safari vehicles and the truly out of Africa camping experience. In short under Canvas is a must for every guest that passes through our hands, it’s a phenomenal camp and if I may say truly unique experience. KK’s cooking is to die for and I left with a bag full of recipes.
I also fell in love with the resident hippos at Grumeti. Being out in the “bundus” really applies to Grumeti; this camp is just a fabulous splash of color admits all the browns, greens and colonial influences one tend to experience in Africa. E-Rasta tried so hard to track a Columbus monkey for me, his dedication and passion for the bush and guests alike was simply electrifying.
Klein’s Camp was excitingly different to all our other lodges in East Africa. Patita is a brilliant teacher on the Masai and his great sense of humor added such nice warmth to this touching cultural experience. Everyone I spoke to were so charismatic and friendly and very proud of Klein’s Camp. It was also nice meeting Mike & Sarah whilst they were helping out at Klein’s.
Lake Manyara left me speechless for the first time in my life. I can’t describe to you how the beauty of this place touched me, it was incredibly over welcoming coming though the thick of the forest and then this lake opens up like a diamond in the palm of your hand. The staff were fantastic, Abdullah with his ever so caring nature and Veronica with her big friendly smile. After many years with andBeyond, Casmir were the one that finally pointed a leopard in a tree out to me, it was a phenomenal sighting to say the least.
Last but not least…
…Kichwa Tembo, Milke completely blew me away with her endless energy and passion for our guests. She deserves the best hostess award over and over again. The bush dinner and Masai show will always be a fond memory for me and I can see how transfixed the guests were. My safari could not have ended on a more glamorous way. The food at exceptional no doubt compliments of chef George and their own ‘shamba’.
I find East Africa to be such a culture and game rich destination, which makes it not only educational but incredible romantic too! It’s a once in a life time must.