Herd of Gnus
It has been a busy year for the staff at AAC! Our team continues to travel throughout Africa to bring you unparalleled insight in the game reserves, national parks, camps and lodges! Bill Rivard, V.P. of Operations is traveling in Namibia this March! Be sure to check out our full trip reports on our website at “AAC Blog”.
We would like to welcome Kerry Purcell to our “herd”. Happy news to Safari Consultant Saskia de Gouveia who is expecting twin girls which are due May 11th! To learn more about our fantastic staff read “About Us” on the website. And we continue to implement a brand new travel software system which allows us to service our clients even faster!
By Lynne Glasgow
Although I have traveled many times to southern Africa, nothing had prepared me for the vast splendor of the Serengeti. Most visitors tend to venture into the western corridor or the central area, but for me, the beauty of the Serengeti is really to be found up in the northern area. Here there is a landscape of differing habitats including grassy plains, rolling wooded hills, acacia-lin ed watercourses and dramatic granite kopjes. Visit in the autumn, and you may possibly see the largest herds of migrating animals anywhere on the planet.
AAC recommend traveling with your own driver/guide and private safari vehicle, which means that you have complete control over how you spend your days. My guide Omar Seiff was outstanding!
By Sarah Taylor
It all fell into place so quickly. Over a couple glasses of wine, a plan was hatched – “Let’s go to Africa!” First it was just me and a friend and then we invited another and the next thing we knew, the group had grown to seven people. We were very selective on who we invited because two weeks traveling in the African bush, you wanted to make sure you are friends and have things in common.
Escorting a group is so rewarding! Seeing my friends’ expression the first time they saw a lion, a herd of elephants, enjoying dinner in the boma or the stars at night, it was all m agical. You don’t have to be a safari expert to escort a group of friends because AAC does all the work for you.
By Saskia de Gouveia
Being a South African native, it would have been unnatural to me to honeymoon anywhere else but in my beautiful home country. The variety of destinations is an understatement – from the Cape Winelands to enjoying Luxury in the Bush in Kruger. One of the many highlights of my honeymoon was being awakened amidst nature’s beauty along the Indian Ocean at Zimbali Lodge.
By Kyle Witten
A tough economy presents many challenges to all of us. We cut here, save a little there to make ends meet and yet we continue to dream about a safari vacation. Africa has never been a better bargain than right now.
By Joanna Price
When visiting Kirkman’s Kamp and Rattray’s on MalaMala in the Kruger area, it was a great pleasure to see the enthusiasm and fun that all guests were having. As I assist larger family parties and special interest groups with arranging their safaris, it was a joy to feel first hand the excitement and fascination of our guides and the staff during my visit.
When taking multigenerational and/or multiple families on safari it is important to make sure that the ages and interests are taken into consideration. We work carefully on choosing destinations and accommodations that engage younger children and keep teenagers interested.
Special interest groups – typically photography as well as research, cultural, marine and religious groups have also arranged their trips with us. The destinations, activities, guiding and schedule are tailored to your interests with our attention going into every detail.
By Alison Nolting
This past July my son Miles and I spent some spectacular safari days in Botswana with wildlife viewing at Vumbura and Mombo as a prelude before going onto Victoria Falls. The timing of our trip was to arrive after the second round of elections in Zimbabwe.
At 15, Miles takes a keen interest in global politics and he was able to see African relations first hand. He noticed that there was no violence, lots of people walking around unemployed, very nice and friendly hotel staff, and tourists still traveling.
At the two schools we visited, Miles’ impressions were that the kids have been affected by the downturn as teachers were not getting paid. At the second school some children prou dly showed us where the election results were posted as they had been a polling station. Even when they said Mugabe had won – Tsvangarai had more votes on the election results!
By Mark Nolting
I gathered at Volcanoes Park Headquarters at dawn with my fellow trekkers, all eager to get started on our first gorilla trek. There are seven gorilla family groups visited by eight tourists daily (56 permits allowed per day), and seven other families dedicated to researchers.
me within one meter, curious about my camera, but our guide kept him a safe distance as gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. The whole experience was exhilarating.
By Andre Steynberg
I was invited on the trip of the year, traveling by helicopter (and airplane) throughout Botswana for two and a half weeks visiting a wide spectrum of properties totaling 35 camps.