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Tanzania was a fantastic country. Mt.Meru experience exceeded our expectations for scenery, accommodation in base camps, wildlife, quality and friendliness of our guides. On safari, we saw over 50 species of wildlife for the first time including Africa's Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinocerus and Cape buffalo). Pongwe Beach Resort was nicest beach and best service that we have experienced anywhere in the world. All bookings were ready for us and we were met and escorted at every airport.
British Columbia, Canada
4-day Mt. Meru Trek + 5-day Safari, October 2013
We saw tons and tons of wildlife!! More than my husband and I had seen on our 2005 trip to Namibia and we thought we'd done well on that front. I would heartily recommend not missing Tarangire Park to anyone because of the elephants! On our second day there, I am sure we saw close to 60. And between Tarangire and the Serengeti, we saw all the good stuff: lions, giraffes, hippos, a leopard, assorted ungulates and what-have-you. My Mom was totally blown away and it was beyond her expectations for sure.
6-day Safari + Zanzibar, July 2013
It was a wonderful trip. Peru is such an interesting country, with so much variety in geography and culture within relatively short travel times and distances, so even though it was my third trip there I thoroughly enjoyed being reacquainted with some things I had seen before and found countless sights and experiences that were new and exciting. For Anne it was all new and fascinating.
You deserve high marks for organization, communication and vetting your resources in Peru. We'll happily recommend AWR!
Steve M. and Anne C.
OMG....so so fun. It was an incredible trip. The rainforest excursion was amazing, and the 5 day Inca trail hike was SO incredible...just beautiful everywhere. The whole trip went very smoothly, everything was great. Thank you so much for everything you did, I'm grateful!!
We had a magical time! It was wonderful and amazing! Everything went smoothly. It was great to see a variety of places to see the different ecosystems, plants, climates and animals in Costa Rica. Staying in the jungle with Rios Tropicales was a highlight! One of the best things I've ever done. Our guide Albert was fantastic!
This is one of the best trips I've ever had! I fell in love with Costa Rica! AWR did a great job with everything! I even recommended the company to a fellow traveler who looked into you guys the next day, hopefully he books something. This is the second trip I have done with AWR and I'm sure I will do more in the future. All of the hotels, drivers and guides were top notch!
I can't thank you enough for creating such a wonderful experience!
Our safari exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived in Nairobi. Welcomed everywhere we went, friendly people who couldn't do enough to make sure you were happy, beautiful weather and an abundance of every type of animal we could think of. Truly an amazing experience! Eric, our guide in Kenya and Godlisten in Tanzania were awesome! Friendly, funny guys with lots of knowledge of the parks and country. Lodges were really nice and our tented camps in Tanzania were awesome!
7-day Safari, February 2012
It was wonderful. I had very high expectations prior to the trip, and I am happy to say that all of my expectations were exceeded. The staff, accommodations, and food at the camp were fantastic. The wildlife was amazing. We saw the "big five" and were fortunate to experience the great migration of wilder beast and zebras into the park.
Thank you for helping with the arrangements!
Brad and Stacey E.
Thank you for helping make our visit of India, Nepal, and Bhutan very memorable. Everything was well organized from start to finish. (...) We had a great time visiting many wonderful places in India. We grew quite fond of our driver Manohar over the nine days we spent there. Our guides in each of the cities were very good and knowledgeable, and we did see a Bengal tiger on our first safari.
We were very happy with our Everest Base Camp Trek guide Nawong, and Tul our porter. In Kathmandu we enjoyed our guide Dickshya's enthusiasm and commentary, and Surya the driver with his calm and kind disposition. The sights were incredible (...).
Our Bhutan tour was excellent with lots of interesting sights to see and again a good driver (Sam), and a great guide called Dorgi. Throughout the trip our hotels were very good without being stuffy or pretentious. We were happy with the choices. All were clean and most had a local flavour. All the included breakfasts were quite good as well. If we were to do it again, we would plan to spend an extra night or two in the Neemrana Fort hotel. We were sorry to have to leave so soon. (...)
Overall, it was a very interesting trip. Thanks again for helping make it all possible.
India, Nepal Everest Base Camp, & Bhutan May 2013
We had a wonderful time and was probably one of the best trips we have ever taken.
The people were amazing! My wife and I have been to several places around the world and we can honestly say our tour guide, Tashi Dorji, was by far the best tour guide we have ever had. On our second day we had "traveler's sickness" and was confined to our room for almost a day. Tashi tended to us like we were in a hospital. He went into town and got us banana's and drinks to get rehydrate us.
The destinations that we went to were perfect for the 7 days we were there. I would not have changed anything. The festival was just amazing.
Bhutan, March 2011
The Galapagos is best experienced aboard a larger boat (100-person), and while I took the three night version I recommend the four- or seven-night. Of course, the three night/four day left me wanting more which is the best sign of a great vacation. While you may think a larger boat creates crowded situations with lines and congestion, this was not the case at all. The boat is organized, and there are two trips a day to the islands providing extensive time viewing the animals and feeling Darwinesque. Yes, the blue footed boobies do have blue feet, and yes, the iguanas do actually swim. Words do not describe the experience, and pictures do the booby’s feet an injustice. Do not leave this earth without the experience!
Washington D.C., USA
Galapagos and Ecuador, January 2009
We had an incredible trip and have only positive things to say... We couldn't believe how close we got to the whales - both in our kayaks and on shore. The sea lions were another highlight, we felt like we had a bunch of friends following us. The trekking was an added bonus, we didn't realize there would be so much of it and that it would be so beautiful. We can't say enough about Pablo and Sofia! He was so knowledgeable in history, marine life, the peninsula and provided so many interesting facts. He was also a pleasure to travel with and as a guide. His ability to whip up delicious meals with only 2 pans and a camp stove was incredible. He was also very proficient in packing 5 days worth of supplies in 4 kayaks - with room to spare.
From the time that Sofia picked us up at the Trelew airport to the time that Pablo dropped us off ..., we felt like we were in very good hands and that we were among friends. Pablo and Sofia truly made it a very special experience and a trip of a lifetime.
Argentina, Peninsula Valdes Sea Kayaking
The trip was outstanding! I honestly can't think of anything I would change! The guides and people we interacted with were outstanding!
Being able to see the Antarctic wildlife was also just stunning. Where else can you kayak and have schools of 30 penguins (or so) cruising and jumping out of the water next to you? Everything is just so beautiful!
One of the many highlights of our trip to Antarctica was the opportunity to go camping on the continent. Being able to have light 24 hours a day eliminated the need for flashlights and the scenery of being able to see the mountains named Snow White and the seven dwarfs was tough to beat anywhere. The double sleeping bags with a bivy cover along with pads kept you plenty warm. And besides where else in the world can you go camping and have penguins strutting up to you and checking you out. If the penguins could talk, what would they say?
Thanks for helping us set up the trip. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime!
12-day Antarctica on the Plancius
We loved Botswana, the National Parks, and our Safaris. Camp Linyanti was special because we were the only visitors. So, we had private safari’s for 3 days with Moses. He was a great guide and host. It was a little remote which is why tourists may not go there and it was more rustic (with the shower outside). There were no electric fences, so animals (elephants, hippos, wart hogs, and baboons) roamed our camp at night which was very authentic. The food was very good and the service is fantastic. On the last night, the 5 hosts entertained us with singing and dancing, but we quickly joined in the merriment. We only saw 1 other jeep each day. We saw elephants, hippos, crocodiles, wart hogs, giraffes, kudu, baboons, etc.
Camp Moremi and Camp Xugana were owned by the same company and are run very well. It is a more elegant experience than Camp Linyanti but not necessarily better. Just slicker with nicer accommodations. Again, we only saw one or two of the camp’s jeeps or boats each day. So, there are never crowded situations. Since we went on numerous jeep safaris, it was nice to do the boat and walking safaris at Camp Xugana. They had the best Boma.
In Moremi, we saw lions, wildebeest, and all of the others from camp linyanti. In Xugana, we saw elephants and hippos from the boat which is a better way to see water animals. Also, we tracked and saw wild dogs. We did not see Rhinos or Leopards since they are in dryer areas (maybe Kalahari desert).
The luggage we took was perfect for the small planes. We bought Duffel bags on wheels from LL Bean measuring 22”x12”x12”.
The entire trip was very smooth. The guides, the pilots, the hosts are very pleasant and the service is excellent.
11-day Botswana + Vic Falls
Just back from a very successful trip to Rwanda. What a stunning country, beautiful people and of course the gorillas! We visited Hirwa group which included a 2 day old baby. I'd have to say this will be in the top 5 experiences of a lifetime.
Rwanda, February 2012
OH...MY...GOODNESS!!! WHAT a wonderful trip!!!!!! Glenn and I had an absolutely fantastic visit to Rwanda. Everything went perfectly smoothly. It couldn't have been better. You know, we went there to see gorillas, but the conversations and time spent with our guide Mussa were the most memorable. Mussa should be the next Minister of Tourism. He was so welcoming, fun, charming, had a great sense of humor, an easy smile, and was quick to tease and laugh. We absolutely loved him...
Of course, the gorillas were fantastic. Our group, the Agaysha group, decided to spend a lot of time on the move, so it took a couple hours to find them. That was just what we wanted, a true tracking experience where we (well, the trackers) had to work a little find them in the wild. We would definitely encourage you to promote the golden monkeys. We felt that they were just as enjoyable as the gorillas. We could get so close and they were so beautiful.
Rwanda, July 2012