The trip was excellent. There is nothing I would have improved. The staff was professional and caring. Even with our complicated schedule it all went like clockwork. Our guide (Saif) was phenomenal. He related well to all of us and shared his vast wealth of knowledge easily. He was able to spot game in difficult cover. We never felt rushed, in fact, it seemed that he took extra time with us. The accommodations were great. Mt. Meru was luxurious and Kirurumu was the highlight. We especially like the Masai guards escorting us from the tents to the restaurant and back. Meals were delicious.
As for the game drives themselves we were able to see all of the “big five”. At Manyara we had an extended viewing of a female leopard within the first 10 minutes and was the highlight of the day. In Ngorogoro, we saw all but the rhino from within 300 meters. We did not see the rhino from within the crater, and Saif was doing all he could to locate one. It is a testimony to him that he stopped at the overlook on the way out and spotted one through is binos. If was way off the path that day. We were able to get decent pics of it from above the crater and about a mile out.
Thank you again for all your help. You made things so easy, and I will definitely recommend you to others and will be bringing my family back in a couple of years.