Tanzania Trip Diary

Jan 31, 2012 Leaving this evening at 6:20 PM to Newark on Continental. Hopefully left no hanging chads behind- we started packing 10 days ago and hopefully all last minute stuff was anticipated and dealt with. Too late now. Stayed at Fairfield Inn at Newark Airport. Nice room, lousy bed. Feb 1 8 AM flight to Heathrow on Virgin- our first (virgin?) Virgin trip. Booked premium economy which is about half the cost of business. Seats are definitely bigger, pretty comfortable although they don’t retract much. Food was ...

Diary Of An Adventure

Trip to Africa - January of 2012. January 22, Sunday Flight to Kilimanjaro was smooth except for first 10 seconds after liftoff. Quick dip of right wing was explained by pilot later as caused by strong cross wind. Rest of flight was uneventful except could not get TVs in our row to operate. After several visits by the Purser, he apologized and said he had never seen that happen before. Shortly before landing, a flight attendant delivered to each of us in our row of seats a KLM ...

Ron, Pam, Don & Angie

Our safari certainly was an African Dream Safari. The preparation we received from ADS ensured our visit would be comfortable and worry free. We were impressed by the guidance we received with regard, how to pack, what to bring, tipping advice, emergency contacts, and a "did you remember to . . ." checklist just before our departure day. " The staff at ADS was always easily accessible and available to answer any questions we had regarding our trip. All of the ADS staff from planning ...

Sandy & David Mazur

The trip was wonderful! David and I had such an experience, we'll never forget it. All the camps were great and the people at the Private Luxury Camp were unbelievable. Michael (our driver) was simply amazing! I loved just listening to his endless knowledge and the animals he spotted was just a giant bonus. Our favorite day was having breakfast on the hood of our car while a herd of elephants strolled behind us! ADS is a great organization and we'll recommend them to anyone who ...

FAME Medical in Tanzania

Catherine Duwe and Safi Mwambo spent their school break working at FAME Medical in Karatu, Tanzania.  They both are in their final year of Nursing School in Tanzania, and we look so forward to them joining the FAME Team when they graduate next September. These two lovely young women are fulfilling their dreams. Catherine is from a very poor family in Karatu.  She began her time at FAME Medical as a Housekeeper.  Safi was studying to be a Clinical Officer but had to drop out when ...

Seronera Sametu Camp

Seronera Sametu Camp just launched a brand new website that highlights its unique features as a Central Serengeti bush camp location. Undisturbed by the mass tourism that now pervades the park, this place offers a unique opportunity for an authentic african safari with unsurpassed wildlife viewing.

Dawn’s Reading List

Okay, so many clients ask me what books to read before embarking on their safari adventure.  Some people want to learn more about Tanzania, and others just want a great story relating to the area.  Well there are MANY great books out there, and many of them are already listed on the ADS reading list.  I’ve read most of these books myself, but the truth is I do have my favorites!  If I had to pick a *TOP 3* favorite all time African Safari books, ...

African Safari Photo of the Day

A special thanks to Ted William for sending in this beautiful african safari photo taken on January 21, 2012 in Tanzania, East Africa. The photo shows a Thomson's Gazelle giving birth, which is a very dangerous time for mother and baby.

The Great Migration Has Arrived!

The Great Migration has arrived just in time to celebrate the grand opening of Seronera Sametu Camp. It has been an exciting month last couple of weeks with finishing construction and we finally hosted our first real guests. Needless to say they were delighted to have huge herds of wildebeest and zebra literally right in camp. You can see and hear them from just about any spot on the property but the view from the fire pit is superb as it looks out over an ...

Local Lions in the Dry Season

If the last couple weeks have been any indication, the highlight of the dry season here at Sametu Camp is going to be the local lions. Just about every night you can hear lions calling out in the distance and some nights multiple roaring from different directions. Hyenas have also been very vocal at night. Our guests are seeing lions on most mornings within a few minutes of leaving camp. The wildebeest and zebra have pushed further north but we still have a lot ...