Lights on Africa Destinations & Safaris è un Tour e Safari Company in Tanzania , siamo specializzati in programmi che offrono confortevoli alberghi Safari impostato su siti panoramici e permanenti Tented Camps per coloro che preferiscono lusso . Organizziamo anche Budget Camping Safari
BRITTANY KLOETSTRA (17.07.2017 17:58)
This was my husband and I’s dream honeymoon and about a year and a half in the making. Right away we knew that Peniel Lazier (the owner and operator of Lights On Africa) was our guy… He was professional & responded back super fast to all emails sent. He answered every one of our questions clearly and was more than happy to tailor our dream trip exactly as we wanted.
Peniel helped planned our trip from June 22-July 7 including a hike up Marangu route on Kilimanjaro followed by 7 days of safari and then on to Zanzibar to rest and relax.
We arrived at Kilimanjaro airport and were greeted by our driver. My luggage had been lost during the flight so we let our driver know and immediately he was on the phone with Peniel to help sort our situation out. Peniel made sure to stay on top of this and by the third day my luggage came and he made sure to get it to us ASAP that which was greatly appreciated!
Our first day we hiked up the Marangu Route of Kilimanjaro and here we had a picnic lunch – be warned the size of the lunches (and all meals) are huge, you definitely will not go hungry! Our guide later told us we should have expanded our stomachs before coming!
We were picked up by Lawrence our guide the next day to begin the adventure of a lifetime not knowing that our expectations were about to be blown out of the water!
Over the next week we travelled through Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and ended with Ngorongoro. Each park was so special, diverse, and beautiful in it’s own way – none of them disappointed. The amount of time spent at each park was perfect allowing us to see an incredibly wide variety of all the animals Tanzania has to offer. Each of the tented camps or lodges we stayed at were wonderful. Peniel had gone above and beyond making sure that all camps knew it was our honeymoon. Each place welcomed us with flowers on the bed, or fresh fruit & drinks, to a song with a large group and torches to wish us well!
Back to our guide Lawrence… By the time we had reached Tarangire on the first day we already knew we hit the jackpot with Lawrence. Aside from being super friendly this guy is filled with soo much knowledge it will blow your mind! Every time we would pass something new Lawrence would tell us everything about it. Literally any question we asked he had the answer to it and would describe in detail!
We learned to trust his instinct early on; it was like he was one with the animals. We were always a step ahead of the animal as he knew what they would be doing next; from how they were hunting to something as simple as ‘have your camera ready this Lion is about to yawn’ (like I can’t stress enough how well he knows his animals) Lawrence never went with or followed the pack of safari jeeps as his intuition was far superior. At one point we witnessed a large pride of about 20 lioness on a hunt towards a large herd of zebra. Instead of trying to cram the vehicle in with 50 others (all trying to get a look at the lions) he instead went way up river away from the group. He told us the lions would use the river to hide themselves and their scent as they moved closer, he told us that they would then come up out of the river and pass in front of us for the kill. We waited for about an hour and half watching the lioness track up river just as Lawrence predicted and then come up in front of us just like he said (by this time more vehicles had gathered by us) unfortunately do to sheer ignorance or driving force of tourists giving tips a bunch of other guides started to drive up and around us blocking the path of the lions to finish the hunt (hunt ended there). We were
So upset to have missed out on seeing such a spectacular event , but also upset for the lions that had been working on that hunt for at least a couple hours only to miss out because of other guides. Although disappointed it only reaffirmed how lucky and blessed we were to get someone as knowledgeable as Lawrence for our guide. He is incredibly passionate about his country, his work, the animals, and truly cares about their well-being. It was a sad day when we had to say goodbye to him as he had become our good friend!
Many tears were shed on this trip out of sheer gratitude and awe of this incredible country and it’s animals. It was nothing short of magical!
We finished our safari and again met with Peniel so he could make sure we enjoyed ourselves. We talked for a long time as he described how the company came to be which was truly an inspiring story of ambition and drive! Peniel’s humbleness and compassion for others is beyond touching. We found out most of his profits go towards helping orphans and kids getting education. He left us with beautiful hand beaded jewelry from the Masai as a thank you gift and we parted ways with a new friend and headed to Zanzibar.
Tanzania now holds a very special place in our hearts. My husband and I cannot express how profoundly grateful we are to have booked with Lights on Africa, have the experience that we did, and meet the most truly genuine, kind, and friendly people. We have so much love & gratitude for you Peniel & Lawrence, thank you for making our dreams come true!!!