It is with great pleasure that I
give my utmost recommendation for Philip Massonda. Philip is an excellent
guide and brings with him a wealth of knowledge on African wildlife, tradition,
and culture. Philip succeeded in making our safari a memorable experience
and added his personal touch whenever possible. His love for the native
birds, as well as, animals was contagious. Philip is highly skilled in
seeking and sighting African wildlife and takes personal pride in doing
so. I would recommend him as a guide without reservation for your upcoming
East African Expeditions. Once again thank you for giving me the
opportunity to share my experience with others.
- E. Sevush
During the summer of 2001, I toured Tanzania on a wildlife safari for
several weeks under the guidance of driver/guide Philip Massonda. Although
I have toured the world extensively, there is no doubt that this was one
of the finest experiences of my life. The thousands of animals we encountered,
and the unbelievable close proximity to them were way beyond expectations.
Philip is very much at home with these animals, and has great admiration
and respect for their well being. His knowledge of their habits is exceptional.
He makes each client feel that it is their own, personal tour. And it
is very important to him that you experience the excitement and awe of
being in the midst of all of these wild creatures in a serene moment caught
in time, while never sacrificing your personal safety. Philip has made
many new friends for his homeland. A safari taken with Philip as a guide
is a never to be forgotten adventure and a kaleidoscope of thrills!
- Robert Wilkie
Clearwater Beach, Florida
In January 2002, my brother Bill
and I took the trip of a lifetime to East Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
and go on Safari in Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti Plains. Having
traveled extensively all over the world as a young man it was a pleasure
to return to Africa for the second time after a hiatus of more than 20
years. All the memories I remembered from my last trip came back to me
over the two weeks. My greatest surprise was how much more enjoyable this
trip was then my fondly remembered travels from so many years ago. The
biggest, and best, improvement was the wonderful ability of our safari
guide, Philip Massonda. What would have been a very nice adventure and
trip was turned into something more memorable due to the ability, friendship
and experience of Philip. He has the rare ability to determine what it
is that people enjoy and customizes the trip accordingly.
- Richard Christiano
My husband and I had the pleasure of touring with Philip in July 2001 in Tanzania. He is such a wonderful ambassador for his country! His knowledge has such a range from history to wildlife. Philip not only encouraged our questions and answered with promptness and energy, but would quiz us later to ensure that he was educating us as much as possible. He is a fabulous guide with much more to offer than textbook information. His personality and charm has made him a friend. We sincerely hope to one day get the chance to not only tour with him again, but to give him a tour of our home town. Anyone who is lucky enough to tour with Philip will soon appreciate him as a guide, a teacher, and a friend.
- Jen and Chris Dion
Philip Massonda was one of the guides for our group tour in Tanzania in the summer of
2001. Although it was his first time to guide such an extensive safari, he handled his responsibilities as if he had done it many times before. His knowledge of birds and animals was excelling, and he could spot and identify them at a great distance. Philip was sensitive to those of us who are avid photographers and would try to get to the best possible positions from which to take pictures. All in all, he was an excellent guide - knowledgeable, helpful, and pleasant.
- Helen B. Frye, Ph.D.
In what I call the trip of a lifetime
and one that my family and I will never forget, our Safari was marked
by sightings of practically every East African bird and animal, of which
they had a wealth of information. The lodgings, food and guides were all
exceptional. Beautiful sunrises and memorable sunsets by the fire punctuated each day's adventure. We will never forget our great friends
- Bob Knasas and family
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