Kathleen and Dan
Guided Safaris® in Lamai
We spent four nights in the Lamai, the first of the three lodges we visited. When we look back it was the most fun – and the simplest in accommodations and location. It was also the best in ease of access to the game drives, which is what it is all about. Food is first class, service staff – first class (especially John Michael), and the game drives are spectacular. Kevin’s management skills will add to the advanced training of his team. All in all we had a great time and saw three of the Big Five. We saw the other two at the second & third locations.
Guided Safaris® in Grumeti Reserve
All we could say was – No Way!…By far the great lodge, five star restaurant, and a Zen spot we couldn’t dream of. Imagine sitting in your huge room, after an outdoor shower looking out your glass wall / window at elephants in the watering hole and monkeys in the trees. It goes on with a health club, spa, massage, brunch for twelve in the jungle and so on. The attentive staff is reassuring in as distant a spot as Tanzania. They have a great sense of humor and you can tell that the staff is selected not only for their service skills but also their interpersonal skills as well. You will enjoy all aspects of it. You have to do it.
Guided Safaris® in Lebombo
I could tell you about all the amenities of the lodges but one experience stood out: We were packing to leave the camp later that day, so we were relaxing and had planned a quiet day. Having seen the “Big Five” a couple times over during our trip, as well as so many other animals, we felt we deserved the time off! The night before we had been talking with Yolanda, our camp manager about all the animals we saw. The only thing we missed was the male lion here. Not a disappointment, but it would be a nice finish. The phone rang that morning and Yolanda told us that the guides found three male lions who had just moved into the neighborhood. They had a Land Rover standing by if we were interested. We were on board in less than five minutes! After a twenty minute drive we came upon the male lions in the middle of dinner. We parked about thirty feet from the oldest of the three. He had one eye and puncture holes in his coat from numerous battles with Rhinos and Cape Buffalos. What a sight. Just another day on safari…