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As regards the safaris, then we experienced all we could have hoped for, we saw several river crossings by Wildebeest, one on a tributary of the Mara that was interrupted by a lion kill mid-crossing, but we will never forget the best crossing of all, as after 8 hours of tracking the herd on the opposite side of the Mara, with several false-alert crossings, and with each passing hour the herd increasing in size, until it likely reached 250,000 in number, we were then treated at the end of the day by the most spectacular crossing imaginable, absolutely stunning, and even highly experienced guides said they had never seen such a spectacle.
We also saw all three big cats, including our best leopard moment ever on the first night safari, and many great lion moments, and saw a solitary and very pregnant and lazy cheetah out on the plain, also wonderful elephant and hyena moments, and so much more to pleasure the senses.
We had two different guides over 5 ½ days of game drives, and both were excellent, though quite different personalities, and the two managers, Clyde and Helen, were simply great, and we even met their predecessors who were great people too, plus Julian and me so enjoyed our contact with certain guests
So Nomad, you get 11 out of 10 from Julian and me.
Therefore if we undertake another East African safari, we will be coming back to Nomad, and likely wanting to visit Katavi and Mahale.
I feel absolutely compelled to write this email to you and to the Nomad management team to express how fabulous your entire Lamai Serengeti and Serengeti Safari Camp staffs were during our recent stay at each. In addition to the wonderful camp staffs, our guides with whom we shared 6 glorious days were fantastic and deserve recognition that a simple email will not adequately convey – Joseph, Festo and Vickie (more on these 3 shortly).
My family and I (15 of us + Richard Knocker) were fortunate enough to enjoy 3 unforgettable nights at Lamai and 2 fantastic nights at the Safari camp. Mark, Madeline, Jana, and Nick, along with everyone at Lamai could not have more enjoyable, professional, and simply wonderful to be around. The camp is obviously lovely with its breathtaking views. But it was the people who made our stay there so enjoyable, and I truly mean everyone, as we made it a point to meet the entire Lamai staff since each had a hand in making our 3 days so memorable.
While we did not think it was possible for your Safari Camp staff to meet the incredibly high bar set for us by the Lamai staff, they did. Again the camp itself was spectacular, however it was the amazing people that staffed it who made our stay so very memorable. Each person was more pleasant the next (an impossible feat) and each was so very interesting. I will forever recall not only John’s everlasting smile from dawn until dark, but also just how much we all enjoyed speaking with him about a multitude of topics. Being in the hospitality business, I can only wish that I had 1 staff member like John.
Now back to our guides – Joseph, Festo and Vickie. Spending 6 days with anyone in close quarters, or in this case jeeps, can either make the experience a very good one or can kill it. These 3 incredible persons helped make our time in Tanzania much more memorable than it would have been without them. Yes, each proved to be a very skilled guide and great teacher of plant and animal life along with the symbiotic relationships between them, but perhaps more importantly they became our friend. None in our group can adequately express how much we enjoyed spending time with Joseph, Festo and Vickie.
As I alluded to earlier, these written words cannot properly convey our sincere gratitude to each member of the Lamai and Safari Camp staffs, as well as to our new friends (Joseph, Festo and Vickie), for making our trip “the trip of a lifetime”. It is we who are the fortunate ones to have had the opportunity to meet these wonderfully talented people and spend 6 unforgettable days with them. I would greatly appreciate you passing on my (and our group’s) tremendous gratitude to the camps staffs, as well as to Joseph, Festo and Vickie.
Our trip was indescribable. Every single detail was perfect...Everyone made us feel special. Africa is an extraordinary place. I know I have only seen a small part but when someone asks me what I loved the most, I have to say it was the people. They were interesting, driven, kind, bright, engaging…I can’t say enough. Of course the animals were spectacular, as was the scenery, but what made that so special was the knowledge of the guides and trackers, their patience, and kindness. I learned so much.
...The ground crew, Nomad, never missed a trick. We wanted for absolutely nothing. They seemed to be sincerely concerned about us and our experience in their country. Our guide Massa John from Nomad was a brilliant young man who taught so much about the animals and the terrain. He taught us how to really watch the movement and actions of the animals to understand them better...We were sure they had never done so many special things for any guest, which of course they had, but that was their special gift.
I recently stayed at Nomad’s Lamai and Serengeti Safari camps and I just wanted to say a big thank you to Nomad, and also wondered if you could pass on my thanks to Jana and Nick and Raj and their teams? I was with my mother and we absolutely loved both camps.
At Lamai, Jana and Nick were so friendly and welcoming, even though they had plenty of other guests to look after as well. Our room was completely beautiful, I wish the shop had been open because I can imagine I would have wanted to buy everything in it if the interiors of the camp are anything to go by! It was my mother’s first night and we had sundowners whilst watching mating lions following a leopard sighting. And then we had the honeymooning lions serenading us all night and woke up to an amazing sun rise with our bed tea – so her first 24 hours in Tanzania were pretty amazing.
Raj was doing a fantastic job at Serengeti Safari Camp. We were allowed to relax undisturbed all afternoon in the mess tent, having had a lovely lunch with him and learnt all about the camp. He did a great job at making everyone feel at ease at drinks and supper time. We also felt really lucky to have Ali as our guide, he gave us a fascinating insight into Tanzanian politics, geography, culture, wildlife etc etc and on top of that found us a Leopard!
So many thanks to everybody, and I truly hope I get the chance to return one day...
Chedi our driver was superb - amazing eyes, instinctively interpreting the bush and all its clues, great company, the perfect guide...A long day of driving the next day, with scattered wildlife, and a delightful welcome at Nduara for two nights. We loved it here, and elected to do the "cultural experience" (village visit/goat slaughter/blood-glugging warriors/DIY butchery) which was our Highlight #2 – brilliantly well done by Nomad and much more full-on and altogether "Bruce Parry" than we would normally expect (though the manager did warn us). So un-artificial and sensitively handled – have to give Nomad and the Nduara crew 10 out of 10 for handling this just perfectly.
Wow, what an amazing time we had! Everyone I talked to before our trip who had been on safari said that we were in for a special experience, but I still never imagined how unique it would be. And the trip would not have been what it was without your passion, knowledge, patience, enthusiasm, attentiveness, conversation and good humor. It’s easy to read your “Professional Safari Guide living the good life in Tanzania's wilder places” Twitter description and think, “What could be better than that?” But I know that dealing with all the issues you deal with on a regular basis (personalities, varied levels of interest, logistical issues, etc.) is extremely challenging. Yet you made us feel like each new bird or animal sighting was as special for you as it (truly) was for us, and that our cheetah kill was just about the most exciting thing you’d ever seen.
All of our guides and camp staff were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and gracious. Our “Gang of 24” has a safari bond that will always be special. Thanks so much for helping make it so.
Many, many thanks to you and your colleagues at Nomad for a terrific experience.
This was my very first safari camp, and I couldn't imagine a more wonderful experience. The service and staff was professional, courteous, friendly and timely. I would love to come again. The food was delicious! Thank you for a memorable two nights.
Totally unique - including the bucket showers! Wildlife was stunning, plentiful and varied. This is a part of the safari camping experience that is a must do.
This was by far and away, the best trip we have ever taken! Tanzania is a beautiful and varied country - we had no idea. Aardvark Safaris and Nomad did an excellent job putting this together and then executing to plan. Very professionally run.
Greystoke Mahale, our personal favorite! I wish we had spent more time here (we were only there 3 days). The setting on Lake Tanganyika is very unusual and totally different from they other places we visited. Wildlife is plentiful and in the camp itself. The staff is phenomenally knowledgeable and proud about their capabilities and the stars of the events are the numerous chimps who, at times, visit the encampment. Seeing these phenomenal creatures in the wild, up close and personal brings a "special bond" to the safari experience. Also - how many times do you get to interact with a huge pet pelican called "Big Bird"?
One of our favorite locations. Nomad runs an excellent series of camps and this is certainly one of them. Uniquely eco-friendly and nestled into the Serengeti hillsides, you'd hardly know this camp existed. Wonderful accommodations, very private, beautiful views, excellent food. Lamai is a simply stunning location - a bit out of the mainstream but you'll definitely remember this one.