I have been trying to send you a note on a couple of occasions but my computer was having none of it so i gave up. Anyway........
...without question our trip was the best family holiday we have ever had. The boys loved it as did Andrew and myself and just wish that we could do it all again.
All the lodges, guides and everyone we met were just brilliant. Swala camp was my favourite lodge, it was just beautiful and waking up to see what was going on at the watering hole was just wonderful. Liz and Garth were just so friendly and i would definitely have sacrificed treetops for another day there. Thomas and Joe both loved Treetops. Boys and trees! Tarangire was great, first predator we saw was a leopard and cub so i could have gone home then! Ammy was our guide in Tarangire, he was such a friendly knowledgable man, as were all or guides; Albert in the Serengeti and Alfred at Ngorogoro.
The Serengeti was just amazing. The Wildebeest were starting to mass and we were lucky enough to watch 3 river crossings even though i would have liked to have seen the mass crossing, i think we were a week early. Thomas was desperate to see a croc attack but by the end he was so happy that they all got across safely, even though there were a few who looked like they were either going to get swept away or taken by the croc who was bearing down on them.
Sayari Camp was great, everyone was very friendly and helpful. Whilst there i had an allergic reaction to Malarone and they were very good about looking up symptoms and giving me so cream and antihystermine.
Ngorogoro is just something else. It's like the land that time forgot. So beautiful and lush on the outside then once your in it could be a different planet.
In hindsight i think we should have done Tarangire, then the crater and left the Serengeti until last . It was just so amazing and the numbers of animals we saw anything after was just never going to live up to it.
Kilindi and Zanzibar was a honeymooners paradise but fortunately they all kept away from us and i don't think our children annoyed them very much. The villa was perfect and we were very well looked after. The hotel arranged for a quide to take thomas and i around stone town which was really great. We managed to avoid the meat market but he loved the fruit and vegetable market and loved hearing about the Slave trade. He was pretty upset as he just couldn't fathom people were bought and sold but he loves history and some aspects of history just don't give us that warm proud feeling.
Thank you so much Nick for organising our holiday. We loved every minute of it. Everything was just brilliant. Even the very small details were taken care of. We saw everything we wanted to. The big five and just about everything else. Still going through my photos, down to 600 but don't want to cull anymore. I could ramble on for ever about what we saw on what day but there is just too much to tell.
The boys are already asking when we can go back but i quite fancy the gorillas next time and i think the boys need to be older so we'll have to wait for that one. Also there's been chat amongst a few of my friends to climb Kilimanjaro. Saw it through the clouds on a couple of flights..........maybe but it's very high!!!
If there is anything in particular that you would like to know don't hesitate to ask.
Thanks again Nick