“Everything was so perfectly planned and thought out. Ending with the tented camps was such a good idea! We ended feeling even closer to nature and that was just right. And all the guides were warm and knowledgeable and funny. Susan and Annie, you really couldn't have done a better job. I feel so grateful to have been one of the group. It was such fun to make new friends and spend time with old friends. The experiences we shared have created a very special bond. Like Linda, people I talked to who had visited Africa all said the experiences I would have there would change me forever. They were right.”
— Martha Madden, Florida, USA (travelled February 2017)
“We haven’t stopped talking about our trip to everyone and how wonderfully organised it was by you both. I don’t think any trip I have ever done would surpass our African experience. Thanks again for a wonderful itinerary; it would be great to travel back to Africa in the near future.”
— Brenda & Rae, Sydney, Australia (travelled August, 2015)
“Stupendous trip! I continue to dream of baby elephants, lions and miles of wildebeest careening across the land. To return all I need to do is get out my trekking shoes, which from now on will always have the aroma as well as brown silt. Not only a super trip but what a great group of interesting people!”
— Cam Nielsen, Wisconsin, USA (travelled February 2017)
"This has been the vacation of all vacations, SO wonderful, everything I hoped for. Nothing can top it, I might as well stay home forevermore. . . You are so lucky to be going back to the Serengeti, say hello to it all for me".
— Louise & Charlie, New York, NY (travelled January, 2012)
“Thank you Annie and Susan for making it possible. We loved our trip...our group, our guides and our organizers!”
— Araceli Bosch, Spain and Florida, USA (travelled February 2017)
"I was lucky to find Annie Birch and Susan Wahlen of Aurora Africa, who not only met me on arrival, arranged for multiple car transports, but also gave me a pre-safari briefing, a list of what to pack, advice on what animals I might see, and also made sure to offer me options for camps that were committed to reducing their ecological impact, while still offering great food and comfortable sleeping. Because they’ve both lived in Tanzania for over 10 years, they know everyone and give back to local orphanages, schools and hospitals. They believe in IMPACT: Imagine Many People Acting Compassionately Together."
— Barb Dehn, Los Altos, California (travelled January, 2016)
“I am a frequent traveler to Africa, and was determined to arrange our adventure in Tanzania by myself. I had Aurora Africa handle only a portion of our trip in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Karatu, and in hindsight, I wish they’d organized our entire stay. Thanks to Annie and Susan, we had two of our very best experiences. The first was driving directly through the middle of the great wildebeest migration—they knew exactly where to send us, and it was more awesome than we could have imagined. Second, they organized a smart and delightful Maasai guide to accompany us on our hike down Empaakai Crater. Having grown up in the area, he knew of a large Maasai village, and arranged for us to camp there. It was one of the most memorable nights of our lives. Not only was it a rare experience to be among the Maasai, but the landscape was majestic and soul-stirring. Next time around, I’m going to have Annie and Susan create our full itinerary.”
— Melanie Doherty, San Francisco (travelled December 2015)
"Planning safaris for the past three years with Aurora has been a dream! Travelling with a large group is never easy, but Annie and Susan have made our holidays as seamless as possible. They provide efficient, friendly, flexible and THOROUGH service every time, not sacrificing any detail. We have enjoyed top-notch safari guides, impeccable accommodations at the Country Lodge and above-and-beyond organization from Annie and Susan. They are more than just a travel service to us: they are friends in Africa. We trust them and look forward to working with them again on creating yet another trip of a lifetime."
— Hilary Pickles, Communication Liaison, Lush Cosmetics
"Without much lead time, Annie, at Aurora Africa was able to give us an itinerary to fit our budget, the needs of our large family of 10 ranging in age from 11-74 years, and get us room reservations at the perfect lodges for the exact dates we needed. That’s a tall order! After being met at the airport, they also sent us off on safari in the capable hands of our wonderful guides who looked after us with great care, humour, and knowledge for the whole trip. We also received very detailed pre-departure information for everything including vaccines, travel insurance, packing lists, tipping guidelines etc so we could plan well for the trip. The whole trip was organized with so much personal attention we felt very confident that our needs would be met at every stage. Our expectations of service were surpassed. I would recommend Aurora Africa to anyone wanting a personalized planning of their safari."
— Nina Rao, Brooklyn, NY July 2016 (travelled July, 2016)
“Everything lived up to all my expectations and more. I personally thank you for everything you both did to make this an amazing adventure and all your work around every detail."
— Sandy M. Illinois, USA (travelled February 2017)
“Again — thank you SO MUCH for an amazing trip. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. We had a few “small bumps” along the way, but I think they made us come together even more. Plus you handled the details so well for us it made our lives a little easier. My hat is off to the both of you for your amazing gift of doing things so effortlessly even though I know it isn’t or wasn’t always easy. We all sang your praises, along with all our amazing guides and places we stayed, not to mention the incredible array of animals we saw, to all who are ready to hear our stories. We even experienced some of the migration at the end. People told me the trip would be “life changing”. I know now what they were speaking of. Thank you for the sharing the information regarding the organizations you support and that we saw, so we can make a contribution."
— Linda D. Florida, USA (travelled February 2017)