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Kenya and Tanzania Lodge Safari

16 days Kenya / Tanzania private lodge safari featuring the best game viewing opportunities of the two countries. Discounts for groups

star rating Trip rating 5/5 from 28 reviews
Operator rating 5/5 from 79 reviews
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Client: Brighid Blake - from United States
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I am so grateful to you for referring us to this operator. I can’t say enough good things about them.

From the very start, our tour consultant Siema Edward was prompt and courteous in responding to my emails. He devised an itinerary that was exactly what we wanted, and was very flexible in revising it many times to accommodate the changes that we wished to make as we learned more about our destinations.

Once we arrived in Africa, every possible detail was seen to at each stage. We were always met or picked up on time (or early) by friendly and courteous drivers, our accommodations were of a high quality in beautiful settings, and always with excellent food.

We had a wonderful driver/guide in Rafael for our Safari who made sure we saw all that was possible to see in our time in Masai Mara. The organization of our visits to Lamu and Mombasa and back to Nairobi was perfect – flights, drivers, hotels, etc. And when at the last minute we realized that our hotel in Nairobi was not as centrally located we like in a city, we were reassigned and upgraded to the Stanley in downtown Nairobi without extra charge.

I would recommend them to anyone going to East Africa, and will not hesitate to use them again.
42.
Client: Sue & Owen Williams - from Qatar
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our trip was just wonderful, the operator was so professional and every aspect of the safari far exceeded our expectations.

We have not stopped talking about our trip, and have already passed on the company's name to our friends, who will be contacting them in the near future to book their own safari. We just never dreamed we would see so many animals, and so close, and Patricks knowledge was amazing.

Thank you again so much we had the best holiday we could ever imagine!!
43.
Client: B V Venkatesh - from India
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Six of us (Self, My wife, Son, Daughter-in -law, two grand sons(11 and8 Years) went on a Safari trip in Kenya,from Sept 4 to October3,2009.
We went to Samburu National park, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara and Lake Naivasha.

We had a wonderful Trip for the entire duration.We sighted a Lot of Animals including the Big5.The Flamingos in Lake Nakuru was fantastic. At lake Naivasha the Nature walk was fabulous. Mount Kenya was a lovely stay, though we were not lucky to sight any animals. Samburu was a very good experience as it was our first visit to any safari park in Kenya.
We sighted alot of animals. Masai Mara was the ULTIMATE as we were there for 3 days and had 5 outings including one full day in the Park. It was great as we could see lots of animals, specially the Lions, cheetas, Elephants, Giraffes and Wildebeests. We took lot of Photographs throughout our trip.

Mr Bernard had made Lovely arrangements. From the time we arrived in Nairobi Airport till the time we finished our trip and came back to Nairobi Airport,we were taken care of Fully without any hitch.

We had an excellent Driver and Guide, Rafael,who was outstanding in taking care of us.

We were more than satisfied and got more than our Money's value.On a scale of 10,I would rate our trip in Excess of nine,as there is nothing equivalent to PERFECT10.

Please Continue your high Quality of Services through your Network
44.
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!
45.
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.
46.
Client: Imari McDermott - from United States
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I am happy to give you some feedback!

I recently had the lucky experience of going on a week long safari and it changed my life! Everything was amazing starting as soon as we were picked up from our wonderful guide Rafael.

It is hard to put into words what one experiences while on safari in Kenya, but I can say that it was the most mind blowing experience I've had to date.

My mother and I were beyond pleased with the services provided us with and were treated so well at all of the lodges and at each stop. We saw the most beautiful landscapes and were face to face with animals one can only dream of seeing in their natural environment. The lodges were all wonderful with very pleasant staff and clean accommodations. The sites were breathtaking and each place had something different than the last.

Overall - this was the best trip we have been on and I highly recommend it to anyone considering it.
47.
Client: Pooja - from India
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: "An African Safari was on my mind since many years, just had to choose between Kenya,Kruger,Tanzania. Kruger was way beyond my budget and so was Tanzania.

Eventually finalised on Kenya. The tour operator made it possible for me. I had a completely off-track personalised itinerary- had my own cook - Easton and my driver - Rafeal.

My Tour Manager, Boaz was extremely patient with my doubts and helped me choose the best places. The Safari van was well maintained and the resorts we chose were 100% comfort.

I opted to use a conbination of a 5 star resort, forest lodges & executive tents inside the sanctuary too ! Easton cooked a lot of variety and served us HOT food everyday and Rafeal never showed a sign of fatigue.

So, we landed at Nairobi on 23rd Oct 08, and set off for Samburu-Mt Kenya-Nakuru- Naivasha-Masai mara. 10 Days of Wild life bonanza and 19 GB of some astonishing animal pictures/sunsets/tribal potraits and mara landscapes...Ofcourse we saw the Big 5 and loads of others too..

Tipping is important in Kenya, also because the Country is not so rich especially porters/Dirvers/your cook etc, and also because these people take care of you and your precious luggage all the time. I felt obliged and gave them tips out of love and not out of any pity...

You must use this tour operator - they are professional and clean in their transactions."
48.
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
49.
Client: Nigel Smith - from United Arab Emirates
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We are just back form a safari in Kenya... and I can say that it will not be the last time..!!! It was really an experinece that will last a lifetime...

our guide Francis Wathika was just faboulous... he made sure we saw the best in the time we had... and I must say that the arrangements made by Boaz were great... so much so that he even arranged for me to have a Kenya SIM card (telephone) before I arraived so that I could be in touch with my office and people back in Dubai even before I left for the safari. The hotels that we stayed in were exceptional... the quality of food food was great.. the staff very warm.. all in all a wonderful experience...

I would recommed my friends to visit Kenya and use this Safari Operator for Sure..!!!
50.
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
51.
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.
52.
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.
53.
Client: Debbie Neilson - from United Arab Emirates
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Having returned from our safari we are totally convinced that this was was absolutely the best choice in tour operators.

Bernard was wonderful to work with; the itinerary he put together for us was magnificent. We were grateful to have Raphael as our tour guide. His knowledge, experience and humor everyday was a joy. The animals well-being always came first which we truly admired and repected.

The whole safari they provided had a "family run" feel but with price and luxury you assume only large operators could provide.

We will use only them when we safari again, and will recommend only them to anyone who asks.
54.
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.
55.
Client: Michelle Moon - from New Zealand
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 4/5
Comment: We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip! We took a 7 night lodge safariand it was fabulous.

The service was outstanding, right through from booking over email, being picked up from the airport, the driving between each park, the game drives and being returned safely to our flight.

Our guide Ben was excellent. He had a great eye for spotting the wildlife, was very knowledgeable and informative, and he was also very patient and willing to accommodate our personal preferences in terms of extra activities, times of drives etc. We felt very safe with Ben and would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone else.

We saw all of the big 5 and so much more. We took away some incredible photos and memories of being so close to the beautiful animals.

On the downside, our van had some electrical problems that caused it to break down on several occasions. Having said this, our driver was able to fix this each time within just 5-10 minutes.

Also, we felt we were ill-informed about the terrible road to the Masia Mara. Had we known, we would have opted for a flight from Samburu to the Masai Mara, as we felt the 6-7 hour journey on very uncomfortable roads was a bit of a waste out of our precious 7 day safari. I would highly recommend others to opt for the flight.

Overall we rate the tour as excellent and highly recommended. We found the operator to be very good value and offered a very professional, trustworthy service. All the best for the future - we hope to send some more people from NZ to see you soon!
56.
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.
57.
Client: Jairo Platin - from Colombia
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: In reference to my safari, I have to say that was wonderfull, every thing they offer was received and our guide was so diligent to get the big five, we were group of four and all will recomend them to our friends and relatives.

We learned to bargain in the markets and enjoy to do this but some times that is to much.

The hotels in general were good and the people was always so kind, smiling and alert to solve anything.
58.
Client: Jodine Sarkinen - from Finland
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: My daughters and I completed a 1-week safari in Kenya a week and a half ago.

We thoroughly enjoyed the safari and Kenya (our first visit toAfrica). The schedule and itinerary was difficult at times for the girls (ages 8 and 9) but they appreciated opportunity to see such an amazing array of animals in their natural habitat and children from the Samburu and Massai tribes.

My highlight was when we were in the middle of a herd of 20 elephants in Samburu. Our driver, Joe, was most dependable and pleasant to have in our group.
59.
Client: Maria Hidrowoh - from Libya
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We had a memorable experience on our Safari.

The Children enjoyed every single day. The hotels were wonderful, and the driver-guide very nice as well.

I will recomend this operator to my friends since I felt they were all the time taking care of all the details for the Safari.
60.
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.

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