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In This Issue

Amazing Travel Deals

Gone to Maui

Year of the Gorilla

Gone to Namibia

Comments from my escorted group

LTA consortia


Quick Links


Amazing Travel Deals are everywhere 

This is the perfect time to take advantage of the great offers for travel in 2010.

Many cruiselines are offering 2 for 1 pricing, free airfare plus shipboard credit.


Safari camps and exotic vacation destination hotels and lodges are offering pay 3 stay 4 nights.


Call me for more information on where you want to go. The deals are too numerous to list here.  


Amazing Airline News: Yes, my predictions have come true! The time has come!


British Airways on Oct 7, will start charging for pre-assigned seats. The charges vary and emergency rows will cost more. For more information, click here.

Dear Tom,


I hope you have had a long, hot summer!


Fall arrived in Seattle this week with cool, crisp days. OK, maybe a few raindrops too!


My escorted family safari was a great success. Everyone had a great time and for me, every safari is as if I was going for the very first time.


No two game drives or village visits are ever the same. I never tire of going on safari.


Click on my blog for the itinerary and a brief description with pictures and comments from this family's safari.


Ostrich in car


Let me know if you have a few family members and friends, who are looking to spend time together. A safari is the perfect answer as to where to hold your family re-union or friends get-together.  



Kristina Trowbridge


Eric & Angie

October 9-26, '09

I'm in Hawaii


 I'm so excited!


My son, the pilot is getting married in Maui on October 19. I will have another lovely daughter-in-law! Yippee!  

I will bring my laptop and stay in touch, but my response time may not be as fast as you're used to. That is because, I will be busy keeping people happy and attending to my son's wedding. Isn't it nice of them to get married in Maui? My mother and sister are coming from Sweden and also our exchange student from 12 years ago! Everyone is very excited.


October 23 - 25, I will actually be in Portland for my first ever Silverwings re-union of former TWA flight attendants and pursers. This too will be exciting for me.

This is the Year of the Gorilla

The biggest challenge to the Mountain Gorilla is human encroachment. Gorillas can only live in the forrests where there's food for them to eat. They cannot live in zoos and die in captivity. Only 750 are left on this earth. Most live in the Virunga Mountains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC.


If you like to vote for their survival and help save their habitat* in the DRC, you may like to participate in the World Challenge 2009 and vote for the Jiko Rescue in the Democratic Republic of Congo "Stoves for Survival" Project.
   * The communities around the Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are highly reliant on firewood and charcoal for cooking and heating. The "Stoves for Survival" project aims to reduce reliance on local natural resources through the production and distribution of fuel-efficient, 'Jiko' stoves, which reduce the consumption of firewood and charcoal by at least 55%. The project also reduces the time locals (often children) spend collecting wood and the amount of money spent on charcoal.

To vote - Go to:   

Some Year of the Gorilla Special Offers are still running if you book and pay before Dec 31, 2009 and with a new gorilla group at Bwindi Impenetrable forest it's an ideal time to come on a gorilla safari. To book your gorilla trek, give me a call. 




Gone to Namibia November 19 - December 11, 2009

Tom's 60th Birthday! WOW!!! That is special, right? What to do for him? I've always wanted to show him Fiji. I love Fiji "My Little Africa up-side-down" as I call it, but December can be very hot and humid in Fiji. And it's the rainy season. The good thing is that it's the off-season, so availability is good. Tom has also not been to Namibia, so that ended up being his choice this time. 


If you would like to join me in Namibia celebrating Tom, Please contact me. It's off-season in Namibia but a lovely time to go. It may be a bit hot, but it's not humid as Namibia is mostly desert.


This is flying safari, so it's definitely expensive, but it's very exclusive and well worth every penny.

We will visit the dunes at Sossusvlei and and Dead Vlei too while staying at Kulala Desert Lodge for 2 night. Here we will do the balloon safari above the dunes.  


We'll spend one night at the Stiltz Lodge in Swakopmund, then 2 night in Damaraland Camp, where we're likely to see the rare desert elephants and Black Rhino. Nearby are the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings.


The next adventure begins with flying over the Skeleton Coast to the far north on the Kunene River, where we'll stay at Serra Cafema for 2 nights. Here we will visit a Himba village, some of the last true nomadic people of Africa. The quad biking here on the dunes is a blast!  


Then we fly to Etosha and stay at Ongava for 3 nights. Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier wildlife destination and at almost the size of Switzerland it is certainly one of Africa's largest game parks. Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, whilst the summer month's sporadic rainfall produces a profusion of life.  

I saved the best for last, as I'm so fond of cheetahs. We will stay 2 nights at Okonjima and visit the AfriCat Foundation.  This is a dream come true for me.  

Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge, but it is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards.


The AfriCat cheetahs are also a finalist in The World Challenge 2009: NO BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH. To vote for them go to:



Comments from my last group to East Africa

escorted from July 17-Aug 1st, 2009

Mimi's group at Migration Camp

     The thoroughness and caring at WinWin Vacations is extremely efficient and well executed. Thank You also for a splendid "last evening". I'm in love with our destination memories of our trip with Kristina (and Tom). Kim


     Our African Safari was absolutely phenomenal. All aspects from lodging, food, daily safari schedules, our wonderful guides, the many and varied activities were all top notch. Kristina is extremely knowledgeable about Africa and all it has to offer. She handpicks the outstanding guides and therefore provides spectacular safari experiences. She therefore provides fantastic activities and related trips. She provided the trip of a lifetime for our family and we recommend her 100% for an outstanding safari to anyone. She's an outstanding woman! No-one can top her efforts, expertise and PERSONALITY! This was our third African safari and absolutely THE BEST because of Kristina. She is SUPERB! Asante Sana Kristina - We love you! Shelley

     Thank you for everything; overall our safari was very nice. Kory


Canoeing on Lake Victoria

     This was the most memorable trip of my life! I cannot think of anything that could have made it more enjoyable. The wildlife that we saw, the people that we met, and the experiences that were made will stay with me always. I look forward to the possibility of reliving this trip again some day because I am sure it would be first time experiences all over again ... Thank you so much, Katie

     An incredible journey with every detail thought of and not a thing overlooked. So much more than I ever expected and very lucky to be with such an experienced guide, who knew just how to make our vacation perfect. We were lead through Africa by very experienced and skilled, wonderful guides thanks to Kristina's research and previous experiences. The best trip and the journey of a lifetime. Hopefully replicated, but never duplicated, Kristen
     Kristina did a wonderful job before, during and after the trip. We had lots of inquires beforehand. Having you (and Tom), who added a lot, on our safari made everything go smoothly. You know so much and so many people and all the accommodations. I thank you for your knowledge in planning the perfect safari for all of us. Carol

      I came home from Africa this time with a heart full of joy. Seeing all that I did with my five grandchildren made this safari the very best. For thirty years, I had hoped to be able to take them with me to see the wonders of a safari and I finally made it. All five loved it as much as I always have. Kristina, I thank you for making all this possible. You are truly a fulfiller of dreams.


Bibi's balloon


Each day was well planned and we had a favourite pack - animals, people, customs, countryside, and marvellous drivers and guides. Keep doing what you're doing! You are the best! Mimi

          Kristina, the DVDs arrived today with your note.  Our daughter is visiting and we will be having a premier showing later this afternoon.  Nancy and I want you and Tom to know how much we appreciated your attention to detail to insure we all had the trip of our lifetime.  Please stay in touch and we wish you and Tom all the best of what life has to offer. Kim and Nancy

     Jambo Kristina and Tom, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the 2 DVD's and the Maasai necklace.  We just finished watching the DVD's and they ARE GREAT!!!  What a wonderful souvenir of our trip.  Thank you again.  It is a treasure.  Carol and Bruce

     Dear Kristina, thanks so much for sending out those DVD's.  We know that we will love them. The trip was fantastic and we know that everyone had a ball.  You and Tom were the best and thankfully, you fit right in.  You never know who or what you are getting with an escort and partner and we got the BEST of both.  We love you guys and thanks for an unforgettable trip. Come visit us and let us know about your next trip to Africa otherwise, we will do it again in 2 years. Hakuna Matata!!!! Love, Safari Shell and Ranger Reg


Giraffes on a hill

     Everyone has been thrilled with my stories of our safari. Most cannot even begin to fathom how great it was. Such a wonderful trip and so many great memories with my kids. Can't thank you enough for making it all so grand!  Just one big thank you can't even do it as the trip was so wonderful. We all have been raving about it since returning, and, most of us wish we were right back in the thick of it all.  I shall always consider this my very best as I had my kids with me and they loved it so and were most appreciative of it all. It had been my dream for thirty years and it did come true. You and Tom made everything so easy. So glad you stuck him in your suitcase. We sure had a great time with you both. Thanks again for all your efforts and making our safari so wonderful. My young friends were excited to hear about the wonders of Africa and are looking forward to doing it someday. Mimi



    Dear Kristina, Even though I spoke to you yesterday I just had to enclose this note to tell you I played both DVD's twice. They were terrific! Loved seeing those warthogs running down the road. I remember thinking "when are those dummies going to get over?" I almost went into a trance watching the kill. Couldn't believe we had seen such a sight. And the leopard in the tree!  It was all so fantastic and you made every moment so worthwhile. I could go on forever, but I think you get what I mean. Winning a million dollar jackpot could never equal this trip. Taking my grandkids was A Dream Come True. Asante Sana, Mimi 

    Carol and I want to thank you for such a wonderful trip to Africa; you really made it happen every day! Other than jetlag, we're safe at home and catching up on many chores. We hope our paths will cross again for another great trip sometime in the future. Best Regards, Bruce

    Dear Kristina, we hope you made it home safely. Thank you for the wonderful trip. Many memories will be cherished for a long time. It took a few days to get back to our schedule, but we're getting there. Thank you for the birthday party. I didn't expect - hoping no one would notice! Thank you again, fondly, Carol 

     Dear Kristina, It doesn't seem possible that we have been back for almost two weeks already. Don't know where the days have gone but it surely didn't take long to get back in the swing of life here at home. Received your email from Mt. Meru Game Lodge and your wonderful Thank You card with the group picture at sunset on the sundowner deck at Migration Camp and with the kids' picture inside at the Lake Manyara Serena pool. 


Kids in pool


How wonderful to be so talented and to be able to produce such gorgeous photos and professional cards. It was great and of course brought back such warm memories of our terrific trip. Can't tell you how wonderful it was to have you and Tom join our group. You are both so gifted in your fields and it was a pleasure to be able to know you better. You added so much to the safari and we shall always treasure warm memories of you. We can't believe all we did, saw and experienced. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. We also thank you so much for the farewell party. It was so lovely and certainly one of the highlights of the trip - can see the twinkling lights now. What a wonderful way to end a perfect trip. We wish you well. You are certainly a great safari expert and planner. Very fondly, Nancy & Kim

     I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful experience you brought to our entire family. I never truly could understand the way people (Mimi in particular) felt about Africa until I too experienced it. It is the most incredible and beautiful place in the world and somewhat of a life-changing atmosphere. I surely have been bit by the "African Bug" and cannot wait to return. Knowing how special the trip was for Mimi made it all the more wonderful. Hopefully, in two years, I'll be able to join you again!! Thank you again, it was truly remarkable. Kristen

     Dear Kristina, Many thanks by sending me further updates of Tom's Picasa Web Albums. Yesterday, at night, I sat down at 11.00 pm to brows the photos of your TZ safari. I was up till 1.30 am looking at all those fantastic photos. What a safari you guys head? The big five, the kill, giant crocks, all kinds of birds, and Birth Days. I think next time you guys come, I will have to try to make an excuse of joining your group. You had a wonderful safari because you are a good captain and a good planner. All our driver guides were talking very highly about you. I have had a short report of your safari from Robert, Haji & Milinga. Cordially ABBA Moledina, Owner of Ranger Safaris in Arusha Tanzania 


Tom's Picassa web sites: click here for  Album 1 and click here for Album 2

   Jambo Kristina, Greetings from dusty and cool Arusha.  The guides had really a great time with you and the clients and their time with this group remains on their minds.  Please find the attached report. Have a great day and we look forward to being of service to you and your clients again, Kind regards, Evans


Our Guides also chime in: This report has been prepared by all 3 of us namely Haji, Robert and Millinga.

















This group consisted of 14 passengers including 2 Trip Organizers as well as escorts namely Kristina & Tom.  The group arrived in Tanzania on 17th July 2009 but we did not meet the clients until morning of 19th July 2009 when they flew from Arusha to Serengeti on Regional Air Scheduled flight.  We missed out on the group's arrival and their excursion to Arusha National Park as this was done by other guides.   We had traveled to Serengeti for overnight before heading off to Kirawira to meet the group.  The safari was really fantastic; our game drives in West Serengeti were full of excitement.  We saw big crocodiles, lions, lots of wildebeests etc.  Besides that we explored Serengeti Central and North where we saw big five plus a few kills.  Kristina was a very fantastic Escort.  We always planned together a day in advance what we were going to do the next day.  This made our work easier and more enjoyable.  We had a great teamwork.  We worked very hard to ensure that the group had an  unforgettable safari.  Kristina was full of enthusiasm and she made the safari even more fun.  She distributed literature on the big five, small five and the green five.  We learned a lot from her.  We dispersed our skills and knowledge and we found that the whole group had a very good interaction with us.  They were very pro-active which truly added a fantastic experience to all of us.  We were sorry to see the group depart on their last day and we will remember them for along time.  We look forward to working with Kristina again in the near future as her leadership was exceptional.  Yours faithfully, Robert, Millinga and Haji 

       Dear Mimi, Many thanks for having taken time to write to me of your wonderful Safari experience with Ranger Safaris. First of all the biggest bonus you had was that you were travelling with Kristina & Tom. They have been in this part of the world so many times that I don't know the proper count. Kristina also is fussy regarding the Driver Guides she has. So you can be rest assured that they are the best and very organized. We at Ranger Safaris are also blessed with a very good team of Guides. We certainly are very proud of their performance. We look forward to have you back in near future. Please keep in touch with Kristina as she often plans the trips with us. Right now she is busy supporting our Rotary Club with our Polio Fund Raiser. Best wishes, ABBA 
    I also received several phone calls with loads of praise and gratitude! Everyone is so happy. That is my reward and I want to share with everyone who made it possible for me to accomplish it all. Asante Sana .... Kabisa!!! 


Kalli, the leopard


Excuuuuse me! That was a lot of good reading!

Lala Salama!



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