It was the trip of a lifetime with Mar Tours & Safaris. Truly a quintessential African experience.
It was a blessing that our highly respected group leader, after extensive research, wisely selected Mar Tours & Safaris for our 12-day trip, which turned into a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the African Safari, leaving little to regret.
Our experience was wonderful. The car was in great shape and all the hotels and food prepared for the tour were perfect. Our expectations have been consistently exceeded.
The 12 days trip was well designed, comprehensively covering the Big Five. Wildlife was frequently within close proximity, needless to say, wildebeest crossing Mara river. Although that was partially attributed to luck, the excellent service, dedication, and willingness to go the extra mile attitude of Mar Tours team and its flexible schedule, was critical for game drive.
Tarangire was a great start - we saw lots of elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, zebra, and even some lions. We stayed at Simba Lodge, which has a watering hole nearby that had visits from elephants and zebras. Simba Lodge was great - nice bar area, cool huts, a pool, and good food.
On the second day we drove through Ngorongoro crater and on to the serengeti. Ngorongoro is really good for seeing everything! We saw lions, rhino, buffalo, hippo, warthog, and lots of other animals. We even saw a group of lions briefly attempt a hunt. In central Serengeti we stayed at thorn tree camp. This is a nice tented lodge and felt very natural. We even had to scare off hyena when we went to bed one night! The staff at all the lodges were so nice and friendly! And the food was also good again.
We had 4 days in serengeti and saw everything! Its an amazing place with diverse landscapes and feels truly wild. There were lots of lions, including cubs and huge males right next to our jeep. We saw cheetah, rhino, giraffe, secretary bird, ostrich, bat eared fox, buffalo, eland, hyena, baboon, monkey, and many more animals. The highlight was a mother and baby leopard playing on a fallen tree. Unbelievable experience and all thanks to Amedee's expert knowledge and spotting skills!
We were so fortunate to have Amedee as our guide. He took every opportunity to share his abundant knowledge about the animals, plants, environment and local community life. He had a talent for finding the best angles, allowing for up-close and personal experiences with the animals. He is a skilled and safe driver, in addition to being patient, approachable, and caring always stopping anytime we asked to take photos. As we changed hotels daily, he always arranged heavy luggage neatly and started with clean vehicles.
We wish we could have guide like him for our future travels.
The review could be much longer, but with limited space, we would like to say that we can validate and relate to the good reviews of others in trip adviser for Mar Tours & Safaris.