April 29, 2010
When we arrived, Justo picked us up at the airport. We were tired and I must have seemed concerned because Justo said, “relax Helen, Thomson will do everything for you.” Indeed, it was true. I am unaccustomed to such service, perhaps that is because I soon began to view the staff as friends. The folks you employ in Tanzania are the crown jewels of your business.
To be able to go on such nature walks, and truly “feel” the place is an experience I will never forget. I had concerns about meeting the Maasai because I did not wish to be involved in objectification of anyone and an experience I had a while ago in Mexico gave me such concerns. Instead, I felt like I met real individuals and that they gained something out of meeting us as well. I now see that you would not be involved in the kind of treatment that I feared.
Sadly, it is often the case that things anticipated for so long can never measure up to the years of imagined joy. While my expectations were not specific in terms of particular events, they were indeed high. But I could never have imagined that we would have had such a wonderful time. We simply loved all of it.
My very best regards,
Explorer’s Safari, September 2009
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