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Tracy Goble and her family enjoying lunch on a sandbar of the Zambezi River, Zambia.

Tracy Goble and family enjoying lunch on a sandbar of the Zambezi River.

WOW!! We just returned from Zambia and had a fabulous experience, planned by Daniel Saperstein! We normally travel to Zambia for work with a university in Ndola, but this year we brought our oldest kids and grandkids with us and wanted a special safari experience. Daniel found an amazing safari camp and arranged a seamless trip for us! First, we did our work in Ndola. We had a great deal of luggage, and knew before we left it would be a problem for the small plane we were on for safari. Daniel went to work in a WOW way, and found a tour group in Lusaka that could store our hard-sided bags for 4 days!! I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but he found a way to get us to safari and still be able to carry everything we needed for our trip.

On to safari in the Lower Zambezi…we arrived in Sausage Tree Camp and had an absolutely fantastic experience!! Henry met us at the Jeki airport on the dirt air strip. We climbed into the open jeep for our transport to camp, but Henry asked a question. “Would you like to get settled in your rooms, or would you prefer we go find the wild dogs we just had spotted in the park?” We knew how hard it was to see wild dogs, so we said, “Let’s go!” and off we went on safari!! Henry was amazing, and my grandchildren were so happy they could understand him since many who speak English in Zambia have accents that are hard for Americans to understand. Our time at Sausage Tree Camp was definitely special, with surprise lunches on a sandbar with our feet in the water, unexpected sundown cocktail parties set up on the river bank, and dinner under the stars one night! The resort is staffed with amazing people who cared for us like family!! I would never have found this safari camp by myself, but Daniel knew all about it.

When we left the camp (after seeing so many amazing things, like lionesses eating a water buck, a leopard retrieving a kill out of a tree, fishing on the Zambezi River, 2-week-old elephants surrounded by protective parents, and so much more), we headed to Livingstone to experience Victoria Falls! We stayed at the Royal Livingstone Resort, which is an experience every traveler needs in their lifetime!! My favorite place in the world is sitting on the deck by the river at sunset, listening to the nearby Falls thundering with hippos calling in the distance. The breakfast at the Royal Livingstone is an epic buffet, and most likely you will see zebras and giraffes walking by on the grass. Daniel also arranged for us to visit the nearby park to see White Rhinos. They are heavily protected, but you still get to drive near them, and then get out of the jeep to walk near them for photo ops!! What a wild experience!! Our trip as a family was a dream come true, and we cannot thank Daniel and his team enough for this great adventure!!

Travelers taking photo with the rainbow behind them at the safari in Masa Mara Conservancy, Kenya.

Martha and James Issokson saw not just wildlife but a rainbow on their safari in the Masa Mara Conservancy.

We just returned from a wonderful stay in Kenya. We started planning this trip with Daniel over one year ago. His guidance enabled us to narrow down the many possibilities for a trip to Aftrica. He was helpful in selecting the time of year, the locations, and also the type of resort experience we wished to have. We stayed at two of the Kicheche resorts from February 4th-February 12th. The selection of camps in the Masa Mara Conservatory and the Old Pejeta Conservancy provided a wonderful variety of terrain and wildlife to view. The camps were exactly the type of accommodation we described for Daniel. The location, food and level of service were above and beyond our expectations. The staff made us feel at home and were very eager to accommodate our every need. Experiences like viewing elephants, buffalo and gazelles from our tent at the Old Pejeta camp and watching a pride of lions feast on a freshly killed hippo at the Mara Conservancy made our trip one we will not soon forget. We hope to return to Africa someday soon and will certainly call Daniel to assist us once again.

Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Photo: Traveler Edy Netter

Our 12/16-12/25 trip to Uganda + Rwanda, organized by Dan Saperstein, was amazing! Each safari camp (there were 3) offered a different set of experiences, all of which were fantastic. At Lemala Wildwaters (Uganda, at the source of the Nile) we stayed in a beautiful cabin surrounded by whitewater as dramatic as any I’ve seen. I especially liked that most guests were from Uganda. The food was terrific. One caveat: The white water rafting is not for the faint-hearted. Amakoro Songa Kinigi Lodge (Rwanda, Volcano National Park) offered entertainment, a community walk (I highly recommend doing this, but my husband had trouble getting back because the sun was going down + the path was rocky). Gorilla-trekking was beyond amazing. I was glad I did it twice! Our focus at Wilderness Magashi (Akagera National Park) — a tented camp, where we had a Christmas dinner which was sublime — was animal sightings. We traversed Wilderness’s beautiful private reserve with Leo, our terrific guide by safari van + the lake where the camp sits, by boat. The most thrilling: black + white rhinos + their babies + an attempted kill by a leopard. The baby impala he hoped would be his dinner, escaped. Every place we went, the people — the staff, our guides — were terrific. At Amakoro + Wilderness there were little surprises, but I’d spoil the fun if I disclosed them. The logistics + our drivers were perfect — with one exception: the drive from Entebbe to Jinga (Lemala) was awful. Our van was not air-conditioned. The smells (dust + pollution) were overwhelming. It was not pleasant. All in all, Dan’s team planned a trip we’ll remember forever. We’ve travelled for many years. This trip was special.

We just returned from an amazing trip and safari in South Africa planned by Daniel Saperstein. Daniel listened to our likes, dislikes, and goals for the trip and planned an outstanding vacation for us. The hotels in the Royal Portfolio collection are by far the best accommodations and customer service we have EVER experienced. The safari at the Royal Malanwane was exceptional with our incredible guide, Nigel, and tracker, Lawrence. The Royal Malanwane goes above and beyond from arrival to departure to create a memorable experience. We saw all of the Big 5 and then some! We can’t wait to return with our family. We had some changes during the trip due to flooding in the Franchook region, but with the help of Daniel we were able to successfully adjust and spend time in Hermanus enjoying the whale watching. Transfers were well planned and we were well taken care of for the entire time in South Africa. This trip was an experience of a lifetime. Cape Town is beautiful and Table Mountain affords views like no other. The Silo Hotel in Cape Town was amazing and they welcomed us back after we had to make another change to plans with a suite that was beyond our expectations. The complete trip was spectacular.

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