"My wife and I went on the M&M Photo Tours Safari to Tanzania, in Jan. 2017. Like many others we had long wanted to go to Africa. As an avid photographer, I did not want to go on a regular tour and return home with more missed than captured images. My wife, a non-photographer, just wanted the experience of being on safari in Africa and therefore approached the trip with a more frugal attitude. Hence we had discussion over spending the extra money to go on an M&M tour.
Right from the first day it was evident that M&M Photo Tours was a cut above. First, Mike Gulbraa is pleasant, calm and highly organized. The lodges were selected thoughtfully both in terms of their proximity to the parks and the standard of their accommodations. The comfort level, service and food were all very good. Most of all, being lulled to sleep with the sounds of Africa all around you was an unforgettable experience. Mikes’ choice of staff was superb. Jeff Cable was an excellent photo pro with an affable demeanor and broad fund of knowledge. The driver/guides were knowledgeable about the wildlife and helped us better appreciate the behaviors of specific animals. Most importantly they were all friendly and personable. Getting to know each of them and learn about their culture enhanced the total experience immensely.
Then there were the photographic aspects of the trip. Where and when to look for wildlife and specific animals was discussed daily between Mike and guides. With a little luck, they always seemed to find ways to get us to the right place at the right time. Everyone got great shots. My wife was not the only non-photographer spouse. With Jeff’s’ easy encouragement, by the end of the trip, everyone was taking shots and having fun doing so. Not only did we photograph wildlife but there were quality opportunities to interact and photograph people in different settings. I thought this provided a very nice balance to the trip as a whole.
While Mike is the man in charge, he is soft-spoken, easy going and responds to requests and needs of the participants. What I found personally appealing was that every detail was taken care of. That made it easier to just relax, go with the flow of the safari, relish taking photographs and sharing these experiences with our fellow travellers. The congenial group made for lots of enjoyable moments with shared good humor.
With all of memorable aspects of the trip, I feel that M&M Photo Tours more than lived up to their motto “You don’t just take a photograph, you experience it!” It was a pleasure from start to finish, worth every penny and would highly recommend them.
Dennis T., NY, NY USA"
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