User Reviews – Kenya
Email Mark Hale | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
It was an easy flight from Addis to Nairobi where I caught an afternoon ride to the Sankara Hotel. I had a pleasant evening and was met promptly at 7:00am as promised. The 5 hour ride to the camp just outside the Masai Mara Reserve went smoothly and included vistas of the Rift Valley and a couple of opportunities to do some shopping.
The camp was welcoming and the room generous and comfortable. The only surprise was the hot water bottle at the foot of my bed, which I thought was a small animal!
The afternoon included a stop at a Masai village where, for $30, you could get a tour of their homes and see some dancing. It was a fine experience, but I would have preferred not to have been given a tour of their wares with the expectation of a purchase at the end.
The ride to the game park was only interrupted by a gaggle of women animatedly selling their wares with calls of “Jambo, Hello! All for $10!” As I awaited my driver paying the entrance fee.
The park was amazing! I was able to see Zebra, Giraffes, and Water Buffalo within minutes of entering. The next two days were equally exciting as we saw Cheetah, lions, Hippos, Topi, Hyenas, Impala, Elephants, a Leopard, and many birds. The only one of the Big Five I didn’t see was a Rhino.
Overall, it was a great trip and made even greater by my guide, with his eagle eyes and kind demeanor, Charles.
Email Elizabeth | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Gaps in infrastructure, but beautiful wildlife
More than anything, a good guide and driver makes all the difference! We went to Maasai Mara through Perfect Wilderness Tours and Safaris, and Khalifa absolutely made our trip. He was knowledgeable, insightful, funny, and a good driver (despite the extremely rough terrain). More than that, he's fostered good relationships with everyone in and around the park, from rangers to locals to other guides, which gave him an extra edge in creating a memorable experience. If you book with Perfect Wilderness, ask to have him as a guide!
With accommodations, I would recommend skipping the luxury spots and sticking with a basic option. Lenchada Tourist Camp wasn't cushy, but had everything we needed. When you're only going to be there to sleep and have breakfast, it's not worth it to spend the extra money.
One thing I can't recommend is the Maasai cultural experience. If you want to support the tribe beyond your park fees, I would donate to a community fund and skip the show.
Email Florencia | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Good travel destination
I consider Kenya was a good travel destination, I had the chane to go on safari, see the Kilimanjaro, visit a Maasai community and fly a hot air ballon. While all the activities where great and I had the chance to see/do things I haven't done in other places, I must say it is the 4th African country I visit and this is not my favourite destination for safaris. But overall, it is a good place and destination.
Email Lin Taylor | 65+ years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Great wildlife, great people, great country
Travelling in mid-May we expected to see some rain. Not a drop!! The grass was high in places in the Masai but this did not deter our game viewing. Fantastic sightings from the moment of entry. Amboseli has no long grass as is mainly swamplands so the wildlife and birdlife are prolific. Even Mount Kilimanjaro made an appearance.. Be aware there is a lot of travelling between parks..we did Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli over 6 days. They are some distance apart so you do clock up the miles over the days. I would definitely go back and spend longer at each place. Nairobi is a typical large city and the traffic was manic at times. But we were not driving. We hired a taxi for the day to visit Sheldrick orphanage, Giraffe Centre and various local places which cost $100 (4 passengers) which is the ideal way to travel
Email Luis Alberto Arribas Castelao | 65+ years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
A fantastic country full of contrasts
Kenya is a country that, with virtues and defects, is worth visiting. The organization of the safaris is excellent and the guides make an effort to see many animals, especially the big five.
Email Georg | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Extremly friendly people, fascinating wildlife, beautiful scenery
We had our Safari in early May. So the number of tourists was low, which created a very relaxed atmosphere with a superb service. All facilities were open and well staffed. Beacon Tours had selected top level lodges. The peak temperature in Nairobi, Masai Mara and Nakuru Park was 25 degrees which was very comfortable. In four days we watched the fig four (only leopards kept hiding) from short distance. About 30 lions, 50 buffalos, 50 girafes, 30 elephants,hundreds of antilopes, impalas, zebras, white and dark rhinos, hippos, cheetas, monkeys, ostrichs, others birds....
ALL people were very friendly and helpful. We had the impression that a whole country was working on giving us the best vacation experience of our lifes.
Email Mosharraf Hussain | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Beautiful country of Africa which can be compared to any beautiful country in the world
We, a party of 3 adults travelled to Kenya on 01 May 2023 and returned on 10 May 2023. We principally had 2 main plans - a 4-day safari in Masai Mara and a 4-day trip to Diani beach near Mombasa.
Safari day 1 was spent in Nakuru lakeside in Sarova Lionhill Game Lodge which was is of the best resorts ever for us. Nestled on a mountain overlooking the lake Nakuru it had the most scenic views. Game drive from the resort was fantastic with white rhinos, buffalos, gazelles, flamingos, baboons, etc.
Masai Mara savannah is a place to visit at least once everyone's lifetime. Although we were in a lean season (which is better as less tourists) the number of animals were fewer than peak season from July to September but it worked better for us as we could more spend more time at key places. We saw all the big five including lion kill, leopard kill and more...
Our tour guide Solomon from Explorer Kenya Safaris was very courteous, knowledgeable, knew Masai Mara like the back of his hand so he could take us to all the happening places with ease.
Email Cristina Panizo | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
100% recommended trip. Kenya is an amazing destination for wildlife sightseeing. Our experience with the tour operator was very nice, especially thanks to the guide, Kikitu
Email Thibaud Jouin | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Amazing landscape, animals!
We enjoy it, the organization was good
Email Yehuda | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
beautiful country, great variety of flora and faunx
We enjoyed very much the safari, thanks to an excellent guide. People were very nice but insisting too much to sell you their merchandise.