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Both the Kilimanjaro trek and Safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater (caldera actually) were literally dreams come true for me. I'm an environmental scientist and started my career as a field research biologist. As a child, I was already reading books about African wildlife and would watch nature shows on TV of the Tanzanian plains and forests with my Dad every week. I read an article about Mt. Kilimanjaro in a National Geographic magazine as a young adult and made it my goal to climb it. Later, I learned about the disappearance of the glaciers due to climate change and felt even more of an urgency. In 2006, I spent four months in Southern Africa as a research assistant then traveling through seven countries but Tanzania was still "calling". So, my initial goals were made decades ago, and for various "life" reasons, pursuing them was postponed, but they were accomplished, the dreams realized, this past October (2016) at age 49!
7-Day Group Machame Route Kilimanjaro Trek + 5-Day Group Safari, October 2016
10 doesn't even begin to share the number I would give to the staff from the Adventures Within Reach. The staff at Endoro [Lodge] were very kind and considerate especially given the late hour [of my arrival]. [M]y guide Rama . . . made my safari an amazing experience. I tell everyone how he could spot a dot in the ground and know that it was a rhino. He did that all during our safari. He was always willing to explain things to us even when he must have been exhausted. I loved every minute. [I] ended up loving [Serengeti Halisi Camp]. I loved looking out on my balcony [at Rhino Lodge] and seeing Water Buffalo and Waterbuck.
5-Day Safari, July 2016
Meghan and I had such an incredible journey through Africa! I want to thank Adventures Within Reach for making it possible. All of our drivers and guides are every special individuals that enormously contributed to our experience. They are professional, kind, informative, and above all extremely interested in our well being and safety. Everything was very well organized and designed. Thank you again for all your attentiveness to our bookings. I will be a customer of Adventures Within Reach again as well as recommend this company to our friends.
4-Day Rwanda Gorilla Trek+ 6-Day Rongai Route + 5-Day Safari, June 2016
The tours were very good. The hotels were in great locations.
Frank & Kim S., USA
Machu Picchu Tour by Train, 1/2 Day-Cusco City Tour, 1-Day Sacred Valley Tour
Train to Machu Picchu: Nice ride! Nice views! Good snacks and drinks.
Palomino Boat Tour: Fantastic! Loved it! Water was freezing and the island really stunk, but still a great experience, for everybody I think.
Cusco City Tour: My tour guide was great. I enjoyed seeing the cathedral, the Sexy Woman (Sascaywaman) and the others.
Sacred Valley and Maras/Moray Tour: Was great. [T]the archaological site at Moray was really interesting. The salt mines at Maras were awesome! Also wished we had just a little bit more time here to explore, but still felt good about what I got to experience. There is a lot to see between the mines and the market. Not to mention all the food they sold there (mainly chocolate, corns and chicha).
Amazon Rainforest at Muyuna Lodge: The food was SO FANTASTIC at Muyuna! I loved it! And the staff was so friendly and personable. I loved every minute of it. The other guests were great as well. They were all very participative and interested in getting to know each other.
My guide was really good. He knew his way around the jungle and found us three species of monkeys on our day hike. He found us seven sloths on my first outing. On our night outing, he caught us an adorable little Caiman and we were able to take turns holding it for photos, and for fun :).
The accommodations there were fantastic. Plenty of warm water. Great bed. Very simple, yet had exactly what you needed when on a trip to the Amazon. Hammocks on the bungalow porch, as well as rocking chairs and a little table. There was plenty to do in case you had downtime as well---that being a foosball table, pingpong, volleyball, guitar, jungle to hike right behind the place, as well as plenty of books to read. They also left little puzzles to do in the rooms, which I took advantage of.
Kyle B., Texas, USA
20 Days in Peru: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Iquitos' Amazon
October - November 2016
[Our favorite part of the trip was] the variety of the three experiences - Caribbean Coast, Northern volcano area, Pacific beach.
Barb C., CO, USA
10-Day Costa Rica Adventure with the Pacuare River, October-November 2016
It was a great trip to take my 9 year old daughter on. Our favorite things were all the scenery, and animals. White water rafting and zip lining were our 2 favorite activities.
We would absolutely recommend Adventures Within Reach!
9-Day Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure, August 2016
Southeast Asia (Cambodia/Myanmar/Sri Lanka/Thailand/Vietnam)
[T]his was a well organized, fantastic trip! Exceeded our expectations! Highlights for us were the motorbike food tour, the Halong Bay cruise and the cooking class in Chiang Mai. These were full of pleasant surprises!!!
This was our first organized trip; as indicated by my friends, I would definitively deal with you and AWR in the future to plan our trips. Hopefully, this will be in a very near future! Many thanks to you and your team!!
16-Day Southeast Asia Explorer, December 2016 -January 2017
[I] was an awesome trip. We have done a lot of international travel and this one ranks right at the top. Thanks again for your patience with us as we juggled things right to the end. We WILL be using AWR again because of the consistent, positive experiences we have had with your team.
16-Day Southeast Asia Explorer, December 2016 -January 2017
Of course I would recommend you to others. There is someone already who has asked me for information about the trip.
My favorite part? Oh my. The snorkeling, the blue-footed boobies and the Nemo III and its crew. Our guide was marvelous. Oswaldo. The boat was perfect and so special.
5-Day Galapagos Cruise, March 2016
I doubt that one could find a better, more comprehensive, multi-faceted, responsive travel agency ANYWHERE!!!
Treasure of the Galapagos 5-Day Cruise, December 2015