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In This Issue

Amazing Travel Deals

Maui Wedding

About Namibia

Comments from my escorted group

LTA consortia

 

Links

WinWinVacations

Kristina Safari

Kristina's Blog

Kristina on Facebook 

 Photo Albums

About Kristina

Testimonials

email Kristina

 

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 Safari Enthusiast,

 

Fall is here and winter is looming with cold winds and some snow in the air. I can smell it here in Seattle now. 

 

Time to go to Africa again!

 

Lucky for us, Tom's birthday is co-operating! This year it's a lucky even 60! I know, he doesn't look that old, but his passport is speaking the truth and is crying out to go somewhere warm.  

 

It was either Fiji, India or Namibia. Namibia won out.

 

I will be away from my office from November 19 - December 12, 2009.

 

Click on my blog for the itinerary and a brief description.

 

Sossusvlei Dunes 

Sossusvlei Dunes from a small plane

taken in May 2008 by Kristina

 

If you need help with airline reservations while I'm gone

please contact Bob Kerr at Travel House 206-248-0900

I will check emails at Kristina.Trowbridge@gmail.com

when/if we have access to the internet.

 

Sincerely,

Kristina Trowbridge
206-297-7179

 

Eric and Angie

Eric and Angie

October 19, 2009

Maui, Hawaii

   

 It was such a beautiful ceremony!

 

My son Eric, the pilot got married in Maui on October 19.

 

I now have two lovely daughters-in-law! Yippee!  

 

My youngest son Leslie also got married this year in March to his long-time sweetheart from high-school, Leslie.

 

Leslie & Leslie

 

 A Gorgeous Sunset with Leslie & Leslie.

The sun exploded from behind the clouds over Molokini just after Eric & Angie's ceremony. 

  

Etosha Pans

 About Namibia

 

Namibia is located in southwest Africa. It is a large and mainly arid country sharing borders with Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, South Africa to the south and, in the Caprivi Strip, a narrow panhandle of Namibian territory jutting from the northeast corner of the country, with Zambia and Zimbabwe.  

In the far northwest, the 25,500 sq miles of the Kaokoland mountains run along the coast, while further inland lies the Etosha Pan, a dried-out saline lake, (my picture above) surrounded by grasslands and bush which support a large and varied wildlife. The Etosha National Park & Game Reserve is one of the finest in Africa, in that it remains, to a large extent, free of human influence. 

 

This giraffe is drinking at one of the many waterholes in the park. 

 

Giraffe at Etosha waterhole 

 

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. 

 

To the west is 795 miles of some of the most desolate and lonely coastline in the world. The port of Walvis Bay, situated roughly halfway down Namibia's coast, was returned by South Africa to Namibian jurisdiction in February 1994. 

 

Walvis Bay

 Walvis Bay with mile high fog rolling in from the cold Atlantic Ocean

 

Along its entire length, the vast shifting sand dunes of the Namib Desert spread inland for 50 to 80 miles. In the interior, the escarpment of a north-south plateau slopes away to the east and north into the vast interior sand basin of the Kalahari.

Desert Ellie at sunset

A desert isn't the obvious place to look for game, but this rare desert-adapted elephant along with desert-adapted rhino, oryx, kudu and springbok live in Damaraland; even lion and cheetah visit occasionally. The animals can travel huge distances in the vast 445,000-acre conservancy area seeking food and water. Damaraland Camp, in the middle of the park, boasts large, comfortable tents, a natural rock pool for cooling dips and a great restaurant.

 

 Namibia is a land of contrasts!

 

Sossusvlei

Sunset over Sossusvlei

 

Sunrise over Wolvedans

 

Wolvedans at sunrise 


  

 

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 to hold your family re-union or friends get-together.  
 
Here are some comments from my last group

that I escorted to East Africa

 

 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


 

warthogs


    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.

  Haji and Robert

Milinga and Bibi 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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