Where do I begin?
I was recommended to use Lomo when I was planning my first safari trip for my family of four and my father too.
We had specific requirements, due to the varying ages of the group from 5 up to 72 so we really needed someone who would understand the importance of everyone's comfort, time requirements, relaxing places to stay and to manage the expectations of such a diverse group.... Not an easy task.
Dealing with Erasto from the beginning I felt completely at ease, like speaking to a friend who took the time to ask the right questions and determine what was needed to provide the best possible itinerary for the group.
Several options for itinerary were offered, with plenty of discussion and "tweaking" to get all factors right. Erasto was always polite, gracious and able to offer solutions to any details that needed to be altered.
We took a six night trip, slowly taking in three national parks ; Arusha NP, Tarangire NP and Ngorongoro Crater.
Accommodation was carefully chosen and we stayed at the best possible accommodation that more than met our expectations.
We were met at the airport by Rahim who was our guide for the entire trip, with almost 20 years of experience we were in very safe hands. Not only his impressive knowledge and ability to spot a species from an incredible distance (none other than a trained eye could know) but his careful driving and consideration for his passengers and his incredible warm personality made him instantly become part of "the family".
We were also blessed to be accompanied by Abisae, Lomo's very own professional photographer. Very skilled and professional, he made a welcome addition to the team. By the end of our week together, we felt we had made lifelong friends.
Having spotted more species than we could have expected, all expectations of what we would feel from our first safari trip were completely exceeded.
Also we felt like royalty when we arrived at the "perfect backdrop" picnic sites, alongside many others tourist eating packed lunches as we dined on freshly made hot foods off plates and cutlery, fresh fruits and salads, wine, beer, juice, fresh coffee, tea and hot chocolate and biscuits!!
It's easy for anyone to put together standard itinerary for basic requirements, but with Lomo you are truly experiencing the difference between "off the peg" and "tailor made".
The relationships between the Erasto and his staff, along with the partnerships with the hotels and lodge owners are also commendable, like a family working together to provide a five star service for a mid range budget.
Can you get your safari for cheaper?... Sure you can! But you risk compromising on what should be most memorable experience in your life as was the case for us.
Please let me advise you that I know how difficult it is when planning to make the perfect trip, you can't see into the future to know if you have made the right choice and decision when investing your time and money... But I wholeheartedly recommend that in this company you can trust. Read more