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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.

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Operator rating 5/5 from 79 reviews
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Client: Joseph Bartolome - from United States
Trip: Tanzania - Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: Our Tanzania safari package was a private lodge safari for two to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti plains and Ngorongoro Conservation area and caldera.

We had limited time and the tour company was flexible and tailored our package to include these aforementioned sites within a short 4 day/3 night trip. Our package also included a one-way flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro and one-way return from Arusha to Nairobi via Impala shuttle.

We were very satisfied with our experience including the lodging, food and service provided by the Serena Lodges, game drives in a 4x4 Landcruiser vehicle, and interaction with our knowledgable and professional driver/guide.

Within a relatively short time frame, we were also able to see many animals, had some time for shopping, visited Olduvai Gorge and museum, as well as visited a Masai village, all with the help and suggestions of our wonderful driver/guide. For example, our guide suggested we saved time by packing lunch rather than returning to the hotels for lunch, which we were glad we did since we wanted to spend more time on game drives. The tour company was also helpful and professional throughout the booking process, replied to e-mails in a timely manner, and we had no problems with the money transfer for payment of the tour.

The only aspect of the safari that we would have changed would be to take a return flight to Nairobi rather than take the shuttle. The shuttle was advertised as taking approx. 3 and 1/2 hours from Arusha to Nairobi. Instead, it took us nearly 8 hours to get to our hotel in Nairobi. This may have been due to current roadwork being done on the route from Arusha to Nairobi, and the shuttle having to slowly traverse bumpy unpaved roads. We wish the tour company could have advised us of how long the shuttle would really take, so that we could have made a different decision about our return transportation to Nairobi.

Overall, we would highly recommend booking a tour with this company as well as staying at the Serena Lodges. On a side note, we found visiting Tanzania in late May to be a wonderful time of year in terms of weather, which was mostly mild and sunny.
42.
Client: Roy & Helen Clayton - from United Kingdom
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: Sorry for delay in responding its been a bit hectic after returning from our wonderful holiday in Kenya, Tanzania & the Seychelles.

Apart from a small hiccup when we arrived in Nairobi ie; no one there to meet us from our flight (that was on time). That was soon sorted by a phone call to a mobile number we had by a very kind chap from a booth in the airport. Our driver Michael had been given the wrong arrival time 2hrs late! he was apologetic and welcomed us to Kenya and Africa (it was a bit worrying at the time as we had parted with a lot of dollars) we can laugh about it now though!!

We found the tour operator & their team & their Tanzania tour partners to be fantastic without exception! from our first e-mails with Bernard the tour consultant to our safari tour guide Fuhanael Kileo to Juileus who took us to & met us at the airport with our safari bags that had been looked after whilst we were away on our holiday in the Seychelles.

It was all just GREAT their whole team looked after us very well the service exceeded our expectations, our safari guide Fuhanael was great company & very knowledgeable who actually made the safari a trip to remember, we would certainly recommend them to anyone looking to safari in Kenya or Tanzania they were very professional and accommodating sorting the whole safari just as we asked fantastic accommodation Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Mbuzi Mawi Tented camp & Kiruruma Tented Lodge all different but all very good. Score 9.5 out of 10 would have 10 but for the hiccup at the airport.
Asante sana to tour oerator & their team & The Africa Guide for the recommendation.
We are looking forward to another safari once we have saved up!
43.
Client: Kathy and Keith Caddy - from United Kingdom
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our holiday in both Kenya and Tanzania can only be described as undescribably incredible - no words are sufficient for describing the beauty of the place. Everything was well organised, our guides,

Julius in Kenya and Silva in Tanzania were both outstanding - they had great knowledge and were always full of enthusiasm. The animals, the bird life, the scenery, and the Masai village visit (well worth doing), have all left us with wonderful memories.

Please could you feedback to our guides how wonderful we thought they were.
44.
Client: Val Smith - from Australia
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Not long back from a 3 week safari to Kenya/Tanzania including 4 relaxing days in Zanzibar, all organised the this tour operator

From the day we arrived in Nairobi where Ben, our guide/driver for the Kenya leg, was waiting for us until 3 weeks later when a driver saw us off at Dar Es Salam Airport, everything went without a hitch.

The accomodation was well above what we expected.

Driver/guides very informative on wildlife, local history , flora and customs. Always on time with a smile.

It is hard to choose highlights from a trip where every day brings something exciting and special, be it a leopard sitting under a tree watching us watch him or a lioness with her cubs walking right beside our 4x4. The following are highlights for me from a trip that I would repeat

Night Game Drive at Sweetwaters Tented Camp – We witnessed a lioness kill a gazelle, 2 lions roaring at each other before sitting down to enjoy the meal. The sight and sounds will stay with me forever.

Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Mara – Well worth the early morning call. Watching the sun rise as you drift across the river, seeing an abundance of wildlife from above. Followed by champagne breakfast out in the bush.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp – All our accommodation was great but this one we found exceptional.

Imagine sitting out front of your luxury tent or floating in the swimming pool watching a rhino and two giraffe drinking from the waterhole 500 metres away.

The management and staff, including the driver/guides all said they enjoy working here, it certainly shows in the happy atmosphere. Best camping I have ever done.

Ngoongoro Crater- Breathtaking, both for the wildlife and the sunrise.

Tarangire National Park – Beautiful park and the place to go for elephants in great numbers.

I would have no hesitation recommending them to anyone thinking of travelling through East Africa
45.
Client: Majed Ali - from Kuwait
Trip: Tanzania - Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: i would like to send a big thx for the tour operator because we enjoy a great time with them. Everything was great and very smooth with out great driver we did not miss any thing of the big five. Alll the lodges was fantastic and the schedule was prepared carefully and amazing i cant write my feeling in these small paragraph but I hope to return and try the same trip again and again
46.
Client: Yvonne and Mark Elkin - from United States
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We have nothing but positive feedback for this safari package and tour operator. Serah, the Head of Sales and Marketing worked closely with us to plan and prepare for our trip. She sent us lists on what to bring with us, tips for travelling in Africa and even provided information on bringing gifts for bartering and giving to the children in the tribal schools.

Upon arrival, we were given a comprehensive briefing before setting off on our adventure. During our flight to Nairobi, I had lost a bottle of our malaria medicine while going through security in London. Serah and our driver/guide, Ben canvassed local chemists and doctors to help us replace the pills that I lost. Anything we needed they were there to help us find.

The package itself was excellent. The accommodations are mostly at Serena Lodges, and they are beautiful places to stay, with more than excellent service. The staff at all of the lodges couldn't have been more welcoming and hospitable, the food was good and the settings/views gorgeous. My only semi-negative comment for the package is that for us 16 days may have been a little longer than we needed and the one night stay-over in Nairobi between Massai Mara and Amboseli seemed to serve no purpose in the itinerary. However, since you can never predict where or when you might see the animals most of us go to Africa to see, 16 days could be just right.

And saving the best for last. Ben our driver/guide in Kenya was absolutely the best. He was extremely knowledgeable about the people, the country, the birds, plants and animals. We learned so much spending 11 days with him and in the course of the trip made a new and dear friend. We went to see the animals of Kenya and take some great photographs and ended up with an in-depth education about the culture, the history and the ecology of a pretty amazing country. He is an awesome ambassador for his country and made us feel like part of the family. And, by the way we saw everything we expected to see. Got the "big five" in the first 5 days and Ben was as excited as we were.

So, we would absolutely recommend this package and this operator to anyone traveling to Kenya or Tanzania. We will return, but next time customize our package to see a few new places and to focus on learning more about some places we have already been. And you can bet we will request Ben be our guide.

Traveled September 2008
Yvonne and Mark Elkin
47.
Client: Peter & Meg Scholefield - from Australia
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I could not recommend this operator more highly, their response was prompt, their safari was well organised and went without a hitch, their driver/guide especially in Kenya was just great and the whole three weeks they organised for us was superb.

We would have no problem recommending them to anyone wanting a Safari in Kenya/ Uganda/Tanzania, they proved themselves to be efficient, honest and trusworthy,
48.
Client: S&JM Goerens - from Portugal
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 4/5
Comment: we had an excellent trip...
the guide was very good and competent
the car as well just tyres could have been more recent in mud and dust
carnivore restaurant is finally a tourist trap
we were not informed, in spite of our special request, that 15 kg for 2 persons were the max charge on the Lamu flight so we had to leave 1 luggage at airport (it was still there at our return)

our appreciation is very favorable
49.
Client: Sue Thrift - from Australia
Trip: Tanzania - Serengeti Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We had a fantastic safari all arrangements made by the tour operator were great.

We saw heaps of animals and the accommodation was unique. Our absolute highlight was mountain gorilla trekking, it was a real priviledge to see those rare animals in the wild.
50.
Client: Patricia Donovan - from United States
Trip: Kenya Maasai Mara Safari 3 days
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our safari was wonderful. They did everything they said they would do, plus more.

We were very well taken care of, the camp we stayed at in the Mara was excellent, our driver George was the best, all of our connections to and from airports went smoothly, we loved our stay in Mombasa, and all of the drivers and staff we came in contact with were friendly and helpful.

Yared in the Nairobi office was great, helping us with our planning both before and after we got to Kenya. Boaz was also very helpful and was great in making last minute changes for us.

I would definitely use this company again, and would highly recommend it to anyone.
51.
Client: Toni Thompson - from United States
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We had a perfect safari vacation. They arranged all the details based on what we wanted to do and arranged the Tanzania leg with their agent and we had the same quality experience there.

The guides were fabulous, very focused on our safety at all times, and very knowledgable about the wildlife. They geared each drive to what we wanted to do and see. We spent a lot of time just watching and photographing the animals. We spent a long time at the Maasai village. The guides were very patient and seemed to be proud that we enjoyed Kenya and Tanzania so much.

The Serena hotels were magnificent. The food, a combination of African, Indian, and international foods allowed us to venture out to try something new and we could always find something familiar, too. Local entertainment in the evenings allowed to learn more.

Our hot air balloon driver stressed safety and cancelled our first flight attempt due to wind. We did get to do the balloon adventure the next day--awesome!

I took my son for his university graduation gift. We have memories of the trip of a lifetime!
We met so many kind, friendly people!

Thanks for a wonderful trip!
52.
Client: David Rocha - from United States
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We (my father, sister, and son) had an absolutely incredible time and were totally satisifed with the service we received. Would like to especially thank Mr. Bernard Muchiri who was utmost professional in all of his correspondences and made us feel immediately welcome upon being greeted by him prior to the start of our safari.

We would also like to thank Michael, our guide and driver, who was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of safari tracking as well as the myriad of species we saw. He was prompt, professional, and courteous the entire time and made the safari well worth our time and effort.

The hospitality of the Savora hotels in Maasi Mara and Lake Nakuru were most accommodating - and we very impressed with the tent lodgings at the Savora Maasi Mara - it was top notched.

Have recommended your travel agency, and that of the operator to many of my colleagues as we truly were delighted from beginning to end.

My continued best to you and all the terrific folks at African Guide.
53.
Client: Kevin Hojem - from South Africa
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: I found the operator to be utterly reliable, knowledgeable staff and they delivered what I contracted for to the letter and more.

Particular thanks to our Kenyan driver/guide George and on the Tanzanian leg James Ringo – both these gentlemen were polite, knowledgeable and looked after our every need.

The Kenyan roads however are a nightmare so the Toyota 4X4 taxi had a suspension that was not suited to the daily slog of moving from lodge to lodge over some fairly long distances on atrocious roads.

It was however a superb game viewing vehicle but without the off road capabilities of the Toyota Land Cruiser we had in Tanzania. The Land Cruiser however was superb on the bad roads but for me an atrocious game viewer when seated because all I could see was the roof canopy unless I stood up through the pop up roof. I am 1.84m tall and when seated had no view of the road ahead or a side view unless I sat next to the driver but then had no access for filming through the pop up roof. I would imagine the new Land Cruiser 70 series station wagon would be the best upgrade.

We had a bad experience balloon ride at the Masai Serena Lodge. Hit the deck at 40km per hour and dragged for 179 meters – luckily but for a few bruises no one was badly hurt but we were all badly shaken ( as was the Pilot).

The short answer to your question however is that I would use the safari operator time and time again and would highly recommend them to anyone planning a similar safari. They responded promptly to all my e mails and queries and their planning and logistics were superb and they employ staff/guides of the highest calibre.
54.
Client: Paulina Larsson - from Norway
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: The safari operator made our journey and vaccation a memory for life and an excellent experience! I don't think we could have gotten a better guide or better follow up from the company.

Our guide, Peter, was competent, friendly and listened to all our requests. He really made an effort to make our journey a good one! And Siema at the office handled everything around the trip in a most splendid way. He was friendly, informative and easy to contact and get answers from, both from home and in place in Nairobi.

All in all, we believe that this journey was one of the best we'd ever did. Much thanks to them all.
55.
Client: Roberto Madrid - from United States
Trip: customised itinerary
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: The whole trip was magnificent. I will go into specifics for each part:

Nairobi- The people were cordial, friendly, and attentive. There was an unexpected delay in my flight schedule and they were able to accommodate that change seamlessly. I was a bit disappointed with the hotel. It was not what I expected but in the end it was ok.

Arusha/ Mt. Kilimanjaro- The guide and porters were great. I am concerned though that they maybe misinformed about what to expect as far as tips. Especially when the trip only involves one person. They were friendly and very helpful.

Kenya safari- The guide/ driver was great. He was very informative and friendly. I had lost a credit card and he went out of his way to help me. I greatly appreciated it. Too bad the roads are so bad. But he was an excellent driver.

Zanzibar- The hotel was fabulous. I really enjoyed the rest. The staff was friendly and really nice. Even though I was alone I did not feel like that because the staff was really welcoming.

All in all it was a magnificent trip. I have recommended it to my friends.
56.
Client: James - from United States
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: They exceeded our expectations as a tour operator.

Serah was very professional, well organized,? and reachable during our stay. Raphael, our guide, was knowledgeable, personable and had a great sense of humor.

I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a Kenyan safari.?
57.
Client: Ying-Liang Shen - from Taiwan
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our safari was 14 days tour visited Kenya & Tanzania.

We all had a wonderful time .I would highly recommend this safari operator and their guides.They did a great job.
58.
Client: Paul Lennen - from Australia
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our safari through Kenya and Tanzania was terrific, the game parks exceeded our expectations, the accomodation blended in with the scenery, the people we encountered continually echoed Acoona matata. As you can tell we had a terrific time.

The safari operator is very professional and provided a memorable expereince. The service is quite tailored to your needs, so you get to see and expereince everything that adds up to making a great safari expereince. Both Sahra and Julious (our guide) made our trip very memorable. For people considering travelling, look into the diversity of offers out there, you can mix a trip up between camping in very nice tents (which include toilets etc), basic camping through to some very nice lodges with game viewing from your front window. Knowing you have a lot of options will allow you to customise your tour to suits your travel style.

The local people look for your trade, but remember you can trade more than your currency, pens and paper are very common requests. Don't forget your binoculars and if you ever wanted to upgrade your camera, nows the time.
59.
Client: Sue Griffiths - from Australia
Trip: customised itinerary
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We had a fantastic holiday.

The safari operator is a very efficient and a well run company.

The itinerary which was put together was excellent. We travelled in 3 countries and had a different guide for each country. All the guides were waiting to meet us at the appropriate place, and were courteous, very knowledgeable and caring for our well being. The vehicles used were comfortable and reliable (no break down in 23 days over very rough roads.) The accommodation over all was very good, (the one which we considered not up to scratch and informed the office about, was being replaced whilst we were on the next leg of our safari.)

I would recommend using the company for any travel/safari in East Africa.
60.
Client: Anita and Roar - from Norway
Trip: Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Time flies but it has never flown as fast as it did in Africa for us. We wanted to prolong each day in Africa, but our almost 20 days there seemed like a moment in our lives. A moment to cherish forever -- or at least until our next trip!

Thank you for the fabulous arrangements the operator made for us. As far as we are concerned nothing went wrong and everything was just perfect. If we had been impressed by what we read about them before we came to Kenya, we were even more so after we met them. Congratulations to the operator and their staff for taking such good care of their clients. We certainly appreciate it and are grateful.

The game drives were superb, the driver-guides knowledgeable and friendly, the hotels comfortable, the food good, and though the famous potholes on the roads were destroyed even further by the long 'short rains', they were almost imperceptible to us, so lost we were in savouring the beauty around us. Even though Samburu was greener than expected, Aberdares drier, Masai Mara wetter and Serengeti and other northern circuit parks in Tanzania more insect infested than expected, our joy at the large number of animals our guides managed to show us was unbounded.

We hesitate to put down the numbers or names of animals we saw, just as we hesitate to describe the beauty of Kenya and Tanzania -- the nature and the people -- for no words could do justice. The pictures are etched in our memories and we hesitate at the moment even to look at the pictures we took or the moments we recorded for fear of spoiling the beauty of what we experienced.

Our only regret is that we were the intruders

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