User Reviews – Kenya
Kenya is good, but the best place for a safari in Tanzania.
Email Martijn | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
I don't have anything to compare to, but I would definitely want to go back to Kenya sometime to go on another safari!
all was perfect. Just the price was often too high for the average traveller.
20-35 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
This is somewhat difficult to assess as it was our first safari.
Ok - the road to Masai Mara camp can get upgraded as that's a road that so many big vehicles use.
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.
Kenya offers a wide range of national parks, each with specific highlights
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.
Email KitingYan | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Kenya is a great safari destination varied parks both operated by the Kenya Wildlife Services and also private game conservancy.
Great coastline - superb beaches.
Email Christopher Haslett | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
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.