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Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari

7 day Kenya lodge safari to Samburu, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru & Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This is a Private Safari departing with a minimum of 2 persons, perfect for photographers.

star rating Trip rating 5/5 from 25 reviews
Operator rating 5/5 from 79 reviews
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21.
Client: Luigi Perini - from Italy
Trip: This Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: The safari was really good.

Our driver (Ben) was very expert and we had very good time. Also the quality of hotels including food and hospitality was good.

Thanks again
22.
Client: Gail Grublak - from Canada
Trip: This Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Had a wonderful safari. The operator was great at organizing our whole trip.

Having your own private minibus and driver/guide makes all the difference, you control the pace, when you want to stop, what you want to see, etc.

We never thought we'd get so close to animals, seeing a baby wilderbeast trying to stand, only minutes old, what an experience! The ballon safari over the Mara is a must, also walking alone amoung Giraffe on Crescent Island, my husband was in heaven.

Our driver was really good and very informative. Navigating 'roads' in Africa takes an expert.

I would highly recommend this company you're taken care of from the moment you arrive until, sadly, you step back on the plane for home.

Thank-you Sereh, Chris, Ruth, Ben for a wonderful vacation.
23.
Client: Debbie, Fat boy, Phyllis, Canny & Heidi - from Hong Kong
Trip: This Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We are finished our safari trip in September 2005 and it was absolutely wonderful. Serah, made the necessary arrangements and managed to get us into the required Lodges. Many thanks for her help. She is a sweet lady and patience in answering all our questions. We were able to meet her on the way out.

Julius, our guide/driver was great. We cannot say enough good things about him. He was very helpful, courteous and very professional. Although the drives/distances between some of the parks were long, he was quite competent during the game drives and an extremely safe and attentive driver on the roads.

Moreover, we particularly appreciated his ability to spot animals from miles away that we're not sure anyone else could see. He was able to show us more than just the “big five”. Especially we could see the Cheetah in the Masai Mara NR at the last moment of our game drive. Just a fine gentleman and perfect guide…. bravo!

We can’t imagine this experience could be any better than the one we had. Rest assured that we will recommend, without hesitation, to any friends wishing to go to Kenya that they make their arrangements through this operator. And, if at all possible, they should request Julius as guide/driver.

Again, our sincerest appreciation for making our dream come true.
24.
Client: Jane Hughes - from United Kingdom
Trip: This Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: We enjoyed the safari and saw lots of animals. The guide David and our cook Francis were very knowledgable and helpful.

However we were not very impressed with the Mara Springs Camp it was a bit of a way from the Park, had the most uncomfortable beds I have ever come across and had problems with their generator and water supply on the last day.

Having said that we still enjoyed it and the camp was not the fault of the tour operator
Thanks for your help
 
Trip Operators Response:

We took note, with regret, the issues brought up and which were confirmed by our staff too, and have since taken it up with the management of the camp.

I am happy to say that we have been promised that something is being done about the beds and the generator too. We will certainly be following this up, as we use the camp a lot for our camping safaris.
25.
Client: Doreen - - from United States
Trip: This Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I am not the traveler, I am the booking Agent who arranged the vacation through this operator.

I will tell you that they had an awesome experience from the get-go. I will use and highly reccomend their safari's any day of the year.

The personalized service from the meet and greet at the airport to the ever-so-knowledgeable safari guide ... who could see things 2 miles in front of him, it seemed to my clients, made for a truly unforgettable experience.

thank you for following up.

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26.
Client: A. Deacon-Morey - from United States
Trip: Tanzania - Serengeti Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 4/5
Comment: Communication with them was fluid, they were accommodating to our requests and put together a complex trip for us (private Safari, including Arusha and Zanzibar). Their tour operator in Tanzania was professional and reliable, offered very good service during our trip. The guide/driver assigned to our group (Edwin Ntuku) was very knowledgeable and provided excellent service during our Safari. We had a wonderful trip.

We would like to thank The Africa Guide team for offering us this operators as a reliable and professional tour operator for our recent trip to Tanzania (June 2015)
27.
Client: Margaret Zhang - from China
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: I had a fantastic experience in Kenya.
28.
Client: Tina Gergova - from United States
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: On the scale that you suggest, I'd rate our experience at 10 pts. in terms of services provided.

That was also our honeymoon trip and our guide made it very special and memorable for us. The guide was extremely polite and flexible with our timing. The camps that were offered to us also contributed to our best possible experience. They were clean, welcoming, and supplied with great food.
29.
Client: Nadine & Richard - from New Zealand
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Thankyou for your email and the opportunity to provide some feedback...after our time in Africa, we continued our honeymoon in Europe so we have only just 2 days ago returned home to New Zealand.

We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVED our time in Africa!! We were nervous booking our trip through a company offshore but we were so pleased we did! EVERYTHING was perfect! The attention to detail and effort Siema put into organising our itinerary for us was beyond superb. We felt completely looked after from the moment Siema met us at the airport, throughout our entire trip, and even when we were transferred to the airport at 1am for our departing flight!

Our driver/guide Amos was fantastic! He was helpful, caring and full of so much knowledge that he willingly shared with us. We never felt we were asking too many questions which is such a nice feeling when you are immersed into a new culture you want to learn so much about.

Our transition to your sister company for our trip through Tanzania was smooth and without hassle, again we were so well looked after. All our accommodations along the way knew we were on our honeymoon and each did something of their own choice to make our stay romantic or that little more memorable - we felt so special!

We will never forget our time in Africa, nor the new friends we have made in Siema and Amos. If we ever return to Africa or have friends and family wanting to visit Africa, we know exactly which company we will be contacting!

Thanks so much for the trip of a lifetime -definitely a top score of 10 from us!
30.
Client: Aniko Keri - from Australia
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: The tour operator was very professional and the trip went 100% smoothly.

Our luggage weight was too heavy and they took 1 suitcase back to their office for us.
By the time we discovered that we left all our papers e.g.(itinerary) they were gone.
After a quick phone call, they assured us that they will call ahead to each lodge, telling them that we DO have vouchers, but not with us.True to their word we were expected everywhere.

I found this operator on the internet,and to tell the truth I was a bit worried as one never knows.... They proved fantastic above all expectations.
31.
Client: Bob Demchick - from United States
Trip: Family Wildlife Safari in Kenya
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: As an overall response I must say that our tour was extremely rewarding and that the services provided by the operator were excellent - until the last day.

Our guide was both knowledgeable and skillful. He was particularly considerate of our ages and physical limitations. Our respect for the beauty of Kenya and the friendliness of its citizens has increased beyond description. Despite the depressing poverty that we saw I admire the positive attitude of the people.

The only negative was our last day and that was a very disappointing and costly one. Our itinerary was for us to return to Nairobi after an early morning game drive and to overnight at the same hotel in which we had begun the safari. But then it was suggested that we consider changing the plan to stay in the Maasai Mara instead. The idea was to afford us additional opportunities to view the wildlife. Both hotels are part of the same chain. However, the operator said that because we had booked the Nairobi hotel through a US agent she couldn't help so we dealt with the Sarova Mara Tented Camp ourselves. With the amount of business given to the Sarova chain by the operator it seems that they should have pushed harder. In addition to paying a hefty premium for the reservation change that was made and for an added day of safari we found out, after the fact, that we had to pay an additional day's park fees. All that we got in return was a short morning safari ride. We didn't even get the promised "early morning game drive" on our day that we returned to Nairobi.
32.
Client: Elaine & Darrell - from Canada
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our safari went far beyond our expectations. The team were very personal and professional at the same time.

Whenever we had questions they were addressed immediately before we traveled and during the trip our sales consultant, Bernard Muchiri, phoned and asked how our trip was going and could they be of any help in any way. Bernard also came to the hotel and introduced himself at the beginning of our trip.

Our guide was superb, exhibiting a great deal of knowledge about his country and getting us to a place where we were able to see and photograph the animals. He did everything in his power to make our trip memorable and enjoyable.

We highly recommend this company because it is doing everything right in showing off the country. On the Tanzanian part of our tour we also had a most memorable experience. Our guide was a veteran driver/guide who knew where to find animals and birds. He was very considerate of our personal well being. He was proud to be showing us his country and also gave us background on its history and people.

Both of these tour groups were just excellent.
33.
Client: Yen-ti Verg-in - from Micronesia
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our trip with was wonderful.

The consultant and tour guides were very informative and helpful. We had an enjoyable and memorable trip.

thank you for the good service.
34.
Client: Steve Garvie - from United Kingdom
Trip: Family Wildlife Safari in Kenya
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: On behalf of myself and my family I would like to thank, Ben and all the staff for creating our excellent customised Kenyan safari holiday which exceeded all expectations.

Our itinerary was initially conceived through internet research and as a result of TV wildlife documentary viewing. As such many of our requests were, on the face of it seemingly impractical but through the knowledge and pragmatism of the staff a sensible and feasible itinerary was put together which exactly matched our needs.

I found it very easy to communicate with staffwith all Email requests being answered the same or next working day. I was initially apprehensive at having to send a not inconsiderable sum of money to a company on another continent with which I have had no previous dealings with but prompt confirmation of all payments and subsequent full delivery of all promised services (and much more) I can confirm the absolute reliability and professionalism of your company. Indeed shortly after arranging our itinerary and paying the deposit, European flight restrictions created by the erupting Icelandic volcano became a potential problem but the operator was able to reassure me by offering a guarantee of alternative later-date arrangements or refund should we be prevented from flying out to Kenya.

All arrangements/bookings went smoothly without mishap and when the Samburu “floods” effectively closed down the majority of lodges in that area your timely intervention ensured we had alternate accommodation which still allowed us to fully experience the Samburu/Buffalo Springs area.

The accommodation suggested was of a consistently high standard and our only grievance was that Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Lodge did not have accommodation for our driver who having spent a long and tiring day driving then had to make the wearisome drive back into Nakuru to find himself a room for that night.

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to express our great appreciation for and admiration of our driver/guide Mr Ben Gitari. I specifically mentioned that I would appreciate a guide who had good knowledge of Kenyan birdlife and so it was our great fortune to receive Ben as our guide. Ben’s knowledge of Kenyan Natural History is extensive and his field skills are considerable. We repeatedly found ourselves in the right place at the right time! We witnessed four separate Mara river crossings during our 4 night stay in the Mara including one massive crossing involving a never-ending herd of Wildebeeste, huge Crocs and carnage exceeding anything we have previously seen on wildlife documentaries! The “big five” we saw many times over including numerous lions at Samburu, Buffalo Springs, Nakuru and the Mara. We saw a total of five different leopards -at Mount Kenya (2), Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Nakuru. We saw Black Rhino at Sweetwaters, Nakuru and a mother and calf in the southern Mara; whilst elephant and buffalo were frequent at most of our venues. The wealth of supporting cast was also extensive with highlights being Spotted Hyena, Cheetah, Kudu, Beisa Oryx, Eland, Hunter’s Hartebeeste, Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra and grazing hippos on the lawn outside our room at Baringo.
Though this was a vehicle-based safari the birds were also numerous and spectacular with too many to mention though the raptors (especially the Verreaux’s Eagles), bustards, flamingo and nesting waterbirds at Baringo (during a fantastic and highly recommended boat trip) particularly spring to mind.

Most of what we saw was down to the skills and experience of Ben. His expertise does not however end with wildlife viewing and birdwatching as he clearly has a considerable knowledge of the people and the land itself whilst also holding expert driving skills. Furthermore he is humorous and affable company with a wide repertoire of entertaining stories, anecdotes and experiences all of which helped to ease the burden of some of our longer journeys. Finally, Ben was clearly widely known and respected by fellow-guides being one of the more senior figures in the East African Safari circuit.

Based on our experience of the professionalism, organisational ability and integrity of the operator and the quality and competence of their guides, we have no reservation in thoroughly recommending this company to anyone contemplating an East African vacation; be it a few days reprieve from a beach-holiday or an extensive all-embracing multi-centre safari.
35.
Client: Stephanie Battles - from United States
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We've just returned from our custom safari we put together with the help of this operator.

It was the trip of a lifetime! Siema was very helpful. He answered all our questions as we made the arragements and even met us of the day we were picked up in Nairobi for a trip to Lake Nakuru and then on to the Masa Mara.

Our driver and guide, David, has over 15 years of experience and was very knowledgeable. We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and David made it fun and interesting for them as well. From the transportation, to the lodging, to the game drives we had a perfect trip!

I would recommend them to anyone planning an African Safari!
36.
Client: Richard Sander - from United States
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: My wife, daughter and I had the adventure of a lifetime in only one short week, thanks to the planning and arrangements made by the operator.

They worked with us patiently over the Internet to tailor the itinerary so that it accommodated our dreams of what an African safari should be, while fitting it into our travel and budget constraints.

Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant, drove safely and became our trusted friend. The Masai Mara safari was magnificent! We saw the "Big Five" in their natural environment, and came home with some awesome pictures. We went on to see the pink flamingos at Lake Nakuru, and walked amidst giraffes and zebras on Crescent Island. The accommodations were all first-rate and safe.

We highly recommend them.
37.
Client: Ray Noble - from United States
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Michelle and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip and both the travel and accommodations were well organized.

We also had an excellent driver/guide and enjoyed our trip. There were no hidden surprises and we felt there was good open communication between the operator and us.

I would recommend the tour company in the future. Thanks for asking and look forward to a future visit.
38.
Client: Mary Want - from United Kingdom
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Have just returned from this safari and have been exceedingly happy with the arrangements, from Siema's pre-trip organisation, to the accommodation arranged in both Kenya and Tanzania.

Both our driver/guides - George in Kenya and Nuru in Tanzania - were excellent, careful drivers and very knowledgeable about the areas, animals and birds.
39.
Client: Christoforos Socratous - from Cyprus
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 4/5
Comment: In general, the Safari was very well organised in both Kenya and Tanzania according with our requests.

The drivers were very good and friendly and willing to accommodate us and the hotels during the Safari were very good.

The only issues we have relate to the last day and relate to two things. Firstly, the shuttle bus from Arusha to Nairobi took about 7 hours in horrible roads (all under construction) instead of 4.5 that we were told and also the accommodation arranged the last night in Nairobi was of a very low standard and it cost $120 for 4 hours we spent there. While we understand that both the above points are not the direct responsibility of the operator and we took these options mainly for not increasing the cost of the overall trip unnecessarily, they should have warned us about the conditions we would have to face both during the shuttle bus journey and the stay in the Nairobi hotel. If we have been informed we would not mind at all spending a bit more to fly back to Nairobi and stay in a decent hotel for the last afternoon/night.

As a final comment, we are quite satisfied with our Safari trip and the tour operators organisation. We just feel that we should have been warned of the conditions we faced in the last day so that to avoid all the unnecessary inconvenience for some extra cost
40.
Client: Cecilie and Kristian - from Norway
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I had the vacation of my life!

I travelled with my son(12), and we both had a fantastic time. The animals were so close(you would want to get out and pet them), and the people were absolutely great!

The accomodation were super: Mara Sopa Lodge" was beautiful, very clean, good food and the staff was so friendly and took good care of us.
"The Flamingo Hill Tented Camp" was also nice, with good food and friendly staff.The walls were tents, so you would listen to the sounds at night.You had everything you needed with your own bathroom and electrisity. The staff followed us to our tents at night and showed us the way.

Our guide took us to all the best places to view the wild animals, and told us patiently their names many times.

We felt so good taken care of in every way, that I would recommend this to everybody!
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