​User Reviews – Kenya

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Naomi Visited: May 2014 Reviewed: Apr 23, 2015

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Ok - the road to Masai Mara camp can get upgraded as that's a road that so many big vehicles use.

Kristine Visited: May 2014 Reviewed: Apr 16, 2015

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I thought it was great but have nothing to compare it to. I've never been anywhere else in Africa. I suppose there may be other starting point cities better than Nairobi.

Hans Visited: September 2014 Reviewed: Apr 16, 2015

Kenya offers a wide range of national parks, each with specific highlights
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In September 2014 I visited the national parks (or game reserves) Samburu, Nakuru, Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsave E and Tsavo W. Samburu is very dry, but offers quite different wildlife (eg giraffe gazelle or Grevy's zebra). Nakuru is nice for Flamingos, but in 2014 it rained too much so there were only few. Masai Mara is clearly the highlight, but also very crowded. Amboseli offers big herds of elephants and postcard shots with Mt Kili. Tsavo W is too bushy to spot wildlife. Tsavo E has big elephants.

KitingYan   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2011 Reviewed: Jun 1, 2012

Email KitingYan  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Kenya is a great safari destination varied parks both operated by the Kenya Wildlife Services and also private game conservancy.
Abundant wildlife.
Friendly people.
Great coastline - superb beaches.

Christopher Haslett   –  
Canada CA
Visited: November 2011 Reviewed: May 13, 2012

Email Christopher Haslett  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

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Kenya can still pull it off, at least when it comes to safaris. But I have to subtract one star because of the seemingly unstoppable loss of habitat, especially forest, and the poaching of elephants and rhinos. I also feel less hospitality from the people these days, though this may be inevitable given the steady decline in living conditions and the fed-up mood of Kenyans toward their leaders and institutions.

The police never used to be a problem for foreign visitors, but I have noticed them getting bolder with their schemes to extract money. If you are male, ignore any young women who try to talk you up in a big town - they are undercover cops and you could be stopped and hassled even if you appear to merely notice her. Do not speak to a plain-clothes cop unless picture ID is shown. You are not obliged to have your passport with you if you are running short errands. They cannot arrest you for that.

As part of "terrorism prevention", hotels and even supermarkets are searching people coming in. It seems like a thoughtful measure until you have to endure it a dozen times in a day.

Kenyan safaris are still cheaper than those in Uganda and Tanzania, and you will experience less problems getting to the parks. Roads can be dodgy in places, but they are still better than in the rest of East Africa.

A special advisory: Kenya has experienced heavy rain and serious flooding in April-May 2012, and some land routes may be affected. Be particularly mindful of this in the north, where road repairs get the least priority.

Wim   –  
Kenya KE
Visited: March 2009 Reviewed: May 7, 2012

50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Lovely wildlife in great scenery. And great beaches, incl. off the beaten track. Unfortunately the more popular place are becoming very expensive.

hollisa   –  
Germany DE
Visited: December 2009 Reviewed: May 7, 2012

50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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The scenic beauty of the different areas is fantastic and unique, the people are very friendly! But increase of population and prosperity cause the decrease of nature and wildlife!

Ian Macfadyen   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2010 Reviewed: Apr 30, 2012

50-65 years of age

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I've been to Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia in the past. Areas such as the Masai Mara in Kenya rival anything the other destinations can offer, and there's simply nothing to beat the visual experience of the 2 million flamingo at Lake Nakuru or Lake Bogoria, when numbers are high, (the number does fluctuate with the weather, time of year and level of water in the lake). On the other hand it's often argued that Kenya is more "touristy", that it's less "wild" than say, the Luangua Valley in Zambia, - well probably true, but then it's more accessible, the infra-structure is better and it's less expensive. I'd also suggest the game-viewing is perhaps better, as the open plains are condusive to seeing animals from afar (in Chobe N.P., Botswana, and Hwange N.P. , Zimbabwe, I found animals were only visible when they emerged from the bush to cross the road). They are also more used to tourist disturbance, - not so skittish. So it gets a good rating in my book!

konowalownn   –  
Russia RU
Visited: August 2010 Reviewed: Apr 22, 2012

Email konowalownn  |  20-35 years of age

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not very expensive, relatively safe, a lot of new

messersteve Visited: July 2009 Reviewed: Apr 11, 2012

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Even if Kenya as not the monopoly of the African wild life, but it offer it for a reasonnable price in a wide variety of places compare to other countries. You can have a safari for a couple of days.. or more and spend some days in one of the beach hotel to heal your back... Rich in animal, it's parks are well kept and safe.

Average User Rating

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