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We can't really express how great a time we had. The safari was excellent, Nomad's camps were unbelievable and we loved our guide, Festo. We feel really lucky that he was the one showing us around Tanzania and the Serengeti, as he seemed able to spot wildlife from remarkable distances and had encyclopedic knowledge about everything we were seeing. He was also just a really fun and nice man. I hope Nomad realizes how valuable he is to them.
More broadly, the staff at Nomad were really remarkable in their service, and in making us feel at home. Really can't recommend all of them enough — particularly Ben at Camp Etamanu. We also joked when we arrived in Amsterdam that we were on our own because we no longer had Vanessa setting up car rides and hotels for us. Every driver was on time and every hotel went off without a hitch.
They say this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but we hope that's not the case for us.
We fell equally in love with Nomad's Lamai Serengeti. Spectacular...As you know, I was very concerned that this time of year would be too quiet without any animals. And we saw the Big 5 in less than 12 hours. We saw 7 leopards in total, there was a pride of lions that lived within minutes from the lodge, and a tree full of baboons directly below our room. We would regularly see giraffes, zebras and elephants from our room's private deck. I can't imagine there being a place so densely packed with animals, where every game drive you would see different ones, but always SO MANY. And yet, it never felt crowded with cars or touristy.
Our A++ guide Lazaro was amazing. Please tell Nomad he is the best of the best and we love him..we heard from the other guides that he was the legend, and had been doing it for 23 years.
We were also spoiled by what a spectacular lodge the Lamai Serengeti is...We loved this lodge so much because it was so connected to nature, with each room built into the rocks, no phones, little-to-no internet, and a hike to and from our room...And yet, it was simultaneously so elegant and high-end; the rooms were gorgeously designed, mostly-mesh to give you the full experience of being in the Serengeti, with sweeping views. The food was incredible. And every morning, we were awoken by Daniel softly knocking on our door and sliding our coffee order into a box in our room at whatever wake-up time we had requested the previous night. Each game drive, a stunning, decadent and delicious buffet of a breakfast was set up at one spectacular view or another...And again, it was the people who made it so special - we loved all of the staff who gamely tried to teach us Swahili every time we asked them, we loved our bodyguard Mr. P, and we LOVED Lazaro. We only wish we had spent more nights there, and plan to when we go back.
I wanted to express sincerest thanks on behalf of my partner Georgina and myself to you and all at Nomad for providing us with the opportunity to return to Tanzania and experience two more of your wonderful camps. We had a fantastic time and were looked after so well by your incomparable staff. Everybody was superb but special thanks to Filbert and Joseph at Serengeti Migration Camp and Baraka, Lawrence (a wonderful man) and Robert at Lamai. It was obvious from talking to your staff how much pride they take in their work and how much they value working for Nomad. This is clearly reflected in the experience they provide for guests. It was lovely to meet a couple of members of staff that we had met last year, it almost felt like meeting old friends again. We have been very fortunate to have travelled a great deal but I can't remember us being so sad to leave anywhere as much as when we had to leave Lamai. There is clearly a huge amount of hard work that goes into providing such a great experience for your guests, we can fully appreciate how much effort that goes on behind the scenes. We hope very much to return to experience Nomad camps again in the future.
We just returned from a spectacular trip to Tanzania organized by Nomad. Everything about this trip was wonderful — the accommodations and the warm and professional staff that worked in our lodgings, the guides (special thanks to our excellent guides Godwin and Amos), the sites we visited, the attention to countless details that made the trip effortless and enjoyable, and the friendliness of all the folks we met. Nomad hires only the best and is a top notch organization. The Mkombe House in the Serengeti and the Zawadi Hotel in Zanzibar and the delightful staff that worked in both locales provided an unforgettable experience in comfort and warmth. Many thanks to Pieter Carst Travel and Nomad for organizing such a special trip.
The combination of tranquility in the bush with the luxury of all creature comforts is exquisite. Once again, the staff is unbelievably gracious and attentive. Molell runs a flawless operation. And of course, the elephants are spectacular here.
So differernt to what I expected and so different to our stay in the Serengeti but equally incredible. It was the Nomad staff, especially Jairo and Mollel that made this so extraordinary. The best part was talking with Mollel around the campfire or meals and the biggest highlight of the trip was sharing a meal with the entire staff. Truly unforgettable.
We recently spent 4 glorious days in the secluded wilderness that is the Nomad camp in Katavi as part of our honeymoon. Firstly, we will, from now on, always choose a Nomad camp. The staff, food, accommodation and service are out of this world - we could not have asked for better...Our final night in Katavi will stay with me forever when around 15 elephants wandered quietly through the camp and surrounded our tent (we spent 10 minutes in our outside shower only feet away from wild elephants). One of the most humbling experiences of our lives.
If you get the chance to go fly-camping - take it. A night under the stars in a simple netted tent, (complete with waiter, chef, guide and park ranger!) was wonderful - a dream for any star-gazers or those wanting to do time-lapse photography.
A wonderful place, a wonderful experience, we will return.
What were your best bits?
Our guide Festo, but all of your staff - their friendliness and professionalism. You made our stay very special.
How could we improve?
Nothing! You have a great balance between part of the surroundings and being extremely well looked after.
The food was amazing, and the variety and portions were perfect. Also, Philips expertise, leading us to various animals and sights, finding and explaining various behaviours made our game drives truly spectacular. The House (Mkombe's) is exceptional and ALL of the staff were so thoughtful and attentive. We were taken care of with warmth and incredible attention to detail. This is truly the most amazing family trip and the most beautiful and well staffed place we have ever stayed in, or could ever imagine. Asante Sana!
Our guide Hamza was the best! The service was the best we have ever had, the staff were so friendly and welcoming. The food was fabulous. It just couldn't have been any better.