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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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61.
Client: Richard and Dusty - from United States
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I chose to safari with you for three reasons. They were endorsed by the Kenya Travel Bureau. They provided a private safari for what others charged for packaged tours with 6-18 strangers. Everything that they did was done professionally.

I was not disappointed in my selection. Ben as our driver/guide because Dusty is an avid bird-watcher. He was well versed in his bird knowledge and had a keen eye for the most obscure birds. He also seemed to have an excellent insight on just how and where to find any animal on request. I would just mention an animal, like the reticulated giraffe, and he would make a few turns and find one. We saw everything that we hoped to see with one exception. We did not see a Somali ostrich.

We did see a vervet monkey, baboon, black and white colobus, jackal, slender mongoose, spotted hyena, lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, elephant, plains zebra, Grevy's zebra, white rhino, black rhino, warthog, hippo, masai giraffe, reticulated giraffe, Rothschild's giraffe, wildebeest, hartbeest, topi, impala, Grant's gazelle, Thomson's gazelle, gerenuk, buffalo, bushbuck, oryx, dik-dik, waterbuck, squirrel, mouse, cape hare, agama lizard, and Nile crocodile. Then there were the birds we saw. For that you can ask my wife.

Ben was responsible for more than just driving and showing us the animals. He also had to change flat tires two times and have the grill welded once on his down time. This is not a reflection on the quality of your equipment, but an indication of just how rough it is on the roads and trails in Kenya. The safari van was excellent. A new Nissan with space for eight people that had only 3000 km on the odometer when we started (but much more by the end). And I do hope that insurance paid for the window that was broken when another vehicle knocked a rock into it.

The rough roads and the hawkers trying to sell us bananas and bracelets were a little uncomfortable, but that is part of traveling. This was Kenya, not Disneyland. I appreciate the hardships as much as the incredible beauty. For someone who cannot take the long drives on rough roads I would recommend a flying safari. My wife and I did this when we were young because we knew it was not for sissies.

Short story:
Last day of safari in Massai Mara. A group of vans and jeeps is surrounding a ravine. Ben says that there is a lion going after a cheetah. We see a female cheetah walking out of the ravine looking back over her shoulder. The male lion is in the ravine. Ben says that lions kill baby cheetahs. Sad. Later another guide drives out of the ravine with a small bundle in a towel. He drops it in a field behind the cheetah. It makes small chirping sounds. It is a baby cheetah! Mother does not respond. After a while another guide picks it up (again in a towel to avoid scent) and drops it 30-meters in front of the mother. Ben says she may reject the baby. Mother goes over and sniffs the baby. She looks around. She sniffs. She looks. Long 1-2 minute pause. She picks up baby in her mouth and trots away. Tears fill eyes around the field. Happy ending.

Thank you for our happy ending.
62.
Client: D.Whitfield Chisholm - from United States
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We enjoyed our trip very much.

Africa is a marvellous place, it's people were very welcoming, the animals beautiful and our driver, Jamal very competent and knowledgeable.

Would like to repeat it all again.
63.
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.
64.
Client: Louise Maynard - from Australia
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our safari was just wonderful. I loved every minute of it. Serah made all the arrangements and she did a wonderful job as I added a couple of add ons to the itinerary. I added Amboseli National Park and I am glad I did as this was just breath-taking.

All the lodges and staff were just brilliant. Our guide David collected us from the airport and was with us for the entire trip. He had a great sense of humour and I have never laughed so much in my entire life. Great guy. David could spot an animal a mile away therefor we got to see just about everything. (The big five anyway)

We also added the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - the orphaned baby elephants. This sanctuary is amazing. I must when in Nairobi. Also the Giraffe manor is heaps of fun and I also loved Karen Blixen museum. Definately do all three as you can do it in one day.

I would highly recommend this company and will use them again. I am now planning a trip to Tanzania which David gave me a few tips.

Thankyou to Serah, David and all the staff at all the lodges. We had an amazing time and look forward to going again some time soon.
65.
Client: Andrew Tascione - from United States
Trip: Kenya Maasai Mara Safari 3 days
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: From the moment the Africa Guide website set us up with the contact information all the way to the end of the safari, it was a good enjoyable experience.

The tour operator was very professional and reliable and were very helpful in helping us find the most suitable safari package. When we arrived in kenya 4 days prior to the safari we wanted to change our driving arrangements to flying arrangements and without any sort of hassel the operator changed our itinerary to exactly what we wanted.

The safari was a great experience and was made much more enjoyable by making it easy on us to plan it. If I ever do a safari again, this operaotr is definately the company I'm going to use to plan it.
66.
Client: Judy Wilson - from Australia
Trip: Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We were provided with a great service from the time our guide met us at the airport until we returned to Nairobi to fly out.

We had an incredible adventure over 10 days on a lodge safari in Kenya visiting Samburu, Lake Baringo, Mt. Kenya, Nakuru and finally in the Masaii Mara. We saw the Big 5 and were absolutely blown away with the amount of animals we saw and the ability to get so close to them in their natural habitat.

It was a most memorable vacation thanks to the tour operator and their competence in arranging everything we wanted and needed to make it great!
67.
Client: Wendell Phillips - from Canada
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: The safari operator conducted it'self in a professional manner and the staff was competent.

What particularly surprised me was how good the food was and the attention to detail. I also appreciated the respect paid to punctuality when daily schedules and times were established.

I was satisfied with the level of service and would recomend them to others on the basis of service while on Safari.
68.
Client: Rev. Lynn Renne - from United States
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I am very happy to write a paragraph summing up our awesome, amazing trip to Kenya!

In January I began the planning for leading a group of 10 on a trip to Kenya this summer.
None of us had ever been to Africa before, and had many concerns about health, safety, food, etc!

I did some web searching, and made some general inquiries of many websites.
The Africa Guide website turned out to be so very helpful!

Serah responded with the most complete itinerary suggestions, plus detailed estimates of costs and seemed to be very professional, so I selected her company to work with us.

I cannot tell you what a delight it was to work with Serah and her team! She answered all our questions, was quick to answer e-mails, made some adjustments and changes efficiently and with never a complaint!

The personal service was unexpected and gave me a real sense of confidence that all would be well! The trip went flawlessly; the safari experience was unbelievable in the numbers of animals seen; our drivers George and David were absolutely wonderful, and now I am planning another trip in July 2007 with the help of my new friends. I would encourage everyone to put aside any fears and experience the wonderful, kind people and incredible landscape of Kenya, with the help of this outstanding travel company.
69.
Client: Omar Valdimarsson - from Kenya
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Just a quick note to let you know that we were very happy with the whole thing (except the disgraceful road from Nairobi to Narok, of course). Everything else was as excellent as could be expected - and George is the nicest and most knowledgeable game driver we have met! We'll certainly be recommending your services to others.
70.
Client: Luigi Perini - from Italy
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
71.
Client: Kelly - from Canada
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We had a fabulous trip. There was an initial mix-up on picking us up at our hotel but Serah, at the main office, and all her staff were very good at resolving the problem and and getting everything back on track.

We had a terrific guide who was very attentive to our needs and very knowledgable about the Masai Mara and all the animals. We would recommend the company to anyone.
72.
Client: Gail Grublak - from Canada
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.
73.
Client: Joost Kos - from Netherlands
Trip: Family Wildlife Safari in Kenya
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We had a great time during the safari. It was very well organised by Serah. She was very helpfull and arranged a pick-up from the airport for free.

During the safari we were overwhelmed by our helpfull driver Chris. We stayed at the Mara Sopa lodge which had very good facilities and food. Our children remember the special evening 31th Dec and the attention of the guide.

We have seen very much wildlife and were excited by the scenery. Chris showed us around and was a part of our family that time. We visited also a masai village with all kind of ceremonies. Really nice for the children.

We enjoyed this safari very much. We really recommend this safari and company!

kind regards,

Joost
74.
Client: Kelly Swingler - from United States
Trip: Family Wildlife Safari in Kenya
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: We had a wonderful trip in Kenya. Serah, whom we dealt with via email for the arrangements, was very helpful and responsive.

Their itinerary was clear and we stuck to it throughout the trip. The guide, David was cheerful and knowledgeable and a pleasure to travel with. Peter, the cook, was friendly and accommodating as well as a good cook.

Our trip was exactly as we had requested and had all the elements of the profile that I filled out. We were very pleased and would use your service again if we traveled to Kenya in the future.

The only comment I would add for future travelers is that perhaps a list of possible items to bring oneself should be supplied by the safari organizers for example - all additional drinks and road snacks are the traveler's responsibility for a trip such as we planed. A list of
necessary items like toilet paper, hand wipes, etc would be very helpful for the first time Kenyan traveler.
75.
Client: Debbie, Fat boy, Phyllis, Canny & Heidi - from Hong Kong
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.
76.
Client: Jane Hughes - from United Kingdom
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.
77.
Client: Doreen - - from United States
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.
78.
Client: Lesley Beech - from United Kingdom
Trip: Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: Our trip went like clockwork. We did a 3 week trip and visited Nairobi,Amboseli, Masai Mara,Aberdare Country Club and the Ark, Lake Nakuru, Sweetwaters and spent our final week at Mombasa from where we went to Shimba Hills overnight.

We travelled by both air and road and Serah put together an excellent itinerary for us which was customised for the two of us. We were really looked after by all the staff. All the hotels and lodges were outstanding, and the food was first class.

The only hotel we didn't like was Tree Hotel at Shimba but we gave feedback to the Mombassa rep who took it up with the hotel. It was my Birthday whilst on Safari and a cake and presents were arranged by the tour operator!

Ours was an intensive trip with an extensive programme which exceeded our expectations. I can honestly recommend this operator and hope to use them next year when we go to Tanzania.
79.
Client: Robert Mitchell - from Australia
Trip: Tanzania - Serengeti Lodge Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Yes, we had a wonderful time and all the arrangements made by the tour operator went exactly as they were planned.

I would happily provide a personal recommendation to any Australian thinking of a holiday
such as ours.

Many thanks for asking.
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