A couple of years ago we decided to splash out on, what for us was to be, that "once in a lifetime" safari holiday.
Not the cheapest option for a holiday in the sun! Neither did we choose the cheapest way to safari. But if you're only doing it once, "who wants to be in a convoy of minibuses?" We can sit in traffic at home!
We did much research so; when we contacted agencies specialising in safari holidays; we had a good idea what we wanted to do and where. We had identified tented camps and the post-Safari beach break to suit our aspirations. Of the four agencies contacted; we selected the only one whose initial proposition reflected our financial guideline as well as the destinations indicated.
It's so much easier to deal with people with whom you strike up an immediate rapport; feel you can trust - don't you think? All telephone and emails; a virtual friend you might say! So it was in our many discussions with Rob (Yes, that Rob); who made all of our arrangements; offering friendly advice, guidance and personal expertise; and assuring us of the wonderful time to be had.
All preparations completed with ease and confidence; we set off to visit Kwihala in the Ruaha; Impala Camp in Selous; and The Tides in Pangani.
We knew it was to be an "exciting" adventure when the pilot of our first internal flight; a craft no bigger than a Ford Transit, said, "in the event of an emergency landing (pause for effect) follow me out through this window". To be, fair he did introduce himself first. Funny though, I cannot remember his name.
There were so many moments, people, creatures and incidents to describe; too many to put into a summary; you had to be there; really, you must go and be there! But for example, Rob had asked what I would most like to see.
Leopard said I!
The safari camps, in particular, were great, how do they do that in the middle of nowhere? The guides were fantastic and determined that our once in a lifetime visit would be the best they could achieve for us. This was the best ever; truly moving; and most certainly, the experience of a lifetime.
In fact, it was so memorable that's why we persuaded ourselves (quite easily done) to make a "SECOND IN A LIFETIME SAFARI"
Thank you to the authors of this blog, our wonderful clients John & Nikki Satchwell, for sharing their wonderful experience