Virtuoso Traveler - April/May 2012 - (Page 4)
VIP : WHY DO IT YOURSELF?
Stephanie and Jeremy Ball, a 30-something couple from Seattle
How one Virtuoso travel advisor crafted a month-long honeymoon that checked off all the boxes of her clients’ lengthy wish list.
The Balls wanted an over-the-top honeymoon in Africa that incorporated adventure, wildlife, cultural exchange, and even beach time.
“My clients dreamed of an African safari,” says Alnoor Dossa, a Washington–based travel advisor, “but weren’t exactly sure where to go. They also felt daunted by planning a month-long trip at the level of luxury they desired.” The Balls add: “We waited two years after getting married to take our honeymoon, so we wanted it to be perfect.”
“My clients initially discussed a South Africa adventure blending wildlife with a beach experience in Zanzibar,” says Dossa, “but they were open to alternatives.” He presented three:
Kenya and Tanzania safari with beach time in Zanzibar
“Alnoor assured us we could have exceptional safari experiences and avoid the lengthy travel from South Africa to Zanzibar. That he could secure special perks at posh and socially conscious properties only sweetened the deal.”
“Alnoor has extensive connections and relationships in the region who made us feel like their most important clients,” say the Balls. “He also made himself available 24/7 in the event that anything went wrong. Of course, nothing did.”
Other southern Africa destinations such as Zambia and Mozambique
2 Uganda gorilla safari 3 Kenya and Tanzania
safari with Zanzibar getaway
“They also wanted to include cultural interaction, along with locations that prioritize environmentally and socially responsible travel.”
From left: An African elephant struts its stuff, Zanzibar bliss, and a giraffe stands tall.
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