Review by: Matthew Murphy

Overall Impressions

The most unbelievable trip that we've ever taken. We had so many incredible experiences, especially the gorilla trekking, game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and the Maasai village visit. We met a lot of amazing people throughout the trip, including our guides, and the detailed planning made the trip stress free.

Countries Visited

Rwanda

Visiting the mountain gorillas was the highlight of our trip, but the rest of Rwanda was amazing as well. The genocide memorial was very moving and our guide was incredible. He brought us to great restaurants and made small stops throughout the day that added to our experience. It's an incredible country and just going there made the long flight worth it.

Tanzania

Tanzania was amazing as well. The safari camps balanced a luxurious feel while being in the middle of the wild. We had many memorable experiences on the game drives and saw nearly every animal that we wanted to see. The day trip to Arusha was great as well, especially going with our guide to a Swahili barbecue restaurant.

Accommodation Visited

Kigali Serena Hotel

Please see above.

Virunga Lodge

A beautiful property with amazing views everywhere you look. The Banda that we stayed in had a classic feel and we were pleasantly surprised with champagne and a cake when we arrived there. We watched the sunset on our terrace and enjoyed sitting by the fire at night. We were also very happy with the complimentary massage at the spa. The staff was extremely accommodating and we were able to fit in an informative village walk as well.

Serengeti Safari Camp

For a camp that moves frequently, it had all the comforts of a luxurious experience. We cannot say enough great things about the staff! They were extremely attentive and informative. Everything from the morning hot chocolate to the private game rides and happy hours around the fire place were magical. The room had all the comforts of home, but with the astonishing addition of zebras and giraffes right outside on a daily basis.

Lemala Ngorongoro

Very cool aesthetic, especially the common area. We spent our nights playing board games with the other guests. The Maasai village visit was incredible. We packed so much into that one day including a game ride. Lodgings were unbelievable for being at the top of the crater - very cool! Staff were so helpful and always available when we needed something.

Staff Review

Nicki was great to work with. She was very attentive and helped us pivot multiple times due to the pandemic. Even with all of the restrictions the trip was stress free due to Nicki's planning. We were prepared with a detailed itinerary and knew exactly what to expect. When we did have a question before a flight in Rwanda, Nicki actually got on the phone with us to help answer our question even though it was outside of her hours. Thank you for such a great trip!