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Nomad - superb all the way round

Nomads was superb all the way round.  The camps were fantastic and the mix of mobile tents and small permanent camps was perfect for our family.


We loved the game in the Western corridor - and the camp, staff and food was outstanding.  It really set the tone for what was to come.


Lamai was an unexpected treat!  What an amazing location tucked into the kopje.  We were really pampered with the beautiful suites, sundowners looking over the Mara plains and dinner under the stars.  Oh, and the pool!  Truly decadent… Susanne and Bas were wonderful hosts.       


Katavi was an adventure!  Hippos in camp on the way to dinner the first night, only to be repeated each of our four nights there (along with many elephants) and a few hyenas. Game viewing was awesome (crocs, hippos, leopard, lion and tons of birds).  Claus and Jill made us feel like family.  Although we had Chediel as our private guide, the Nomad guides were great as well.  Special thanks to Gabriel, Mohammad (Moody) and Paul.  Top notch, all of them.


Mahale was like no place on earth.  The setting is spectacular.  Lake Tanganyika was an oasis.  Wonderful swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.  The camp and facilities were world class – there could not be a finer location for a sundowner bar in Africa than Mahale!  We saw plenty of chimps, hiked to the waterfall for a refreshing late afternoon swim, took the dhow for a sunset cruise and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Paul and Lala were fantastic.  They were great hosts and their local knowledge of the chimps, birds and Africa in general added so much to our visit.  Special thanks to Robert who was our Nomads guide.  He was great.


Chediel (“Chedi”), the private guide arranged for us, was a huge contribution to our overall experience.  Chedi was so knowledgeable about everything from animals to birds to local culture to geology.  We spent 12 days with him (from early morning game drives, to flights across Tanzania, to sundowner time and dinner).  He was simply outstanding.  We learned so much from him and truly enjoyed his company every day.  All the Nomads guides looked up to him as a legend.  He was really great.