User Reviews – Kenya
Email Elene | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Out of Africa Wildlife beauty
Going to Kenya on Safari is a must if you love to see animals in the wild. I visited the Masai Mara which to me was worth it- I was able to see most animals except for the Rhino and the Lion. I saw several Lionesses but not a Lion. Seeing the animals in the vast expansion of the park was priceless. We also drove to the border of Tanzania and along the Mara river where we saw Hippos and Crocs just hanging out. The final visit was Lake Nakuru where I was lucky to see both the white and black Rhino but I do not recommend this stop. It feels more like a drive-in Zoo, its a much smaller park and you do not get the sense of vastness as in Masai Mara. You can still see many giraffes, Zebras and war hogs but in comparison to Masai Mara not worth it. The lake is also far and the flamingos you don't really see. On safari the packed lunches and picnics are disappointing, wether low or mid-range budget. This is for sure an aspect they need to improve. We had some vehicles problems that delayer our trip considerably but the tour operator managed to get us to our destination by hopping on other tours.
The people in the country were very nice and welcoming. There is a good food scene in Nairobi with lots of modern fusions and foodie places to explore. I particularly enjoyed visiting the Karen Blixen museum having read the book and seeing the movie I wanted to visit the site. There are many areas in Nairobi where you can shop and mingle with the locals, we did not feel unsafe at any moment and found everyone very kind.
Email Seong Ho | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
incredible wildlife in Kenya
I visited several national parks to enjoy wildlife which was incredible. They all had precious resources of wildlife which may be important properties of Kenya. Regarding tourism, the accommodation and access to the tourist attractive spots are very important. The quality of accommodation inside the parks should be improved as good as the one in Southeast Asian countries. The roads near the parks should be paved. I suppose there will be more and more tourists visiting Kenya, so we as the citizens of the world should keep these pearls of nature as one of the best parks in the world.
Email Sean W Ryan | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
This was a fascinating experience, both in terms of nature and in culture!
The trip to Masai Mara was incredible, filled with amazing animals and wondrous scenery, especially at sunrise. The guide was conscientious about keeping us in the vehicle for our safety, but there were times when he would go off the trails, which did raise some objections among our group. I took the five day tour, but I would recommend a three-day safari instead. The only real bad part of it was the camp, and really only when we tried to sleep--the mosquito nets were ineffective, and on the second night, the power was out (I use a CPAP when I sleep, so this was a real problem for me), and as a result, I did not sleep well until the third night when we got to stay in a hotel.
I and other members of our group found the meeting in the Masai tribe very interesting but a bit problematic: When we were offered a chance to visit their village, we were charged a fee, which they told us was to support the village. We accepted this, but then we were confronted with peddlers in the village and railroaded into making a donation to the school we visited. This can strike a western tourist as dishonest, and it may help avoid awkward confrontations if these things are also mentioned upfront instead of sprung on us at different stages of the visit.
Email Miguel António Soares de Oliveira Maia | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Email SLUSE Group | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
5 day budget safari
We booked a private tour as a group of 7 students for five days with the following itinerary:
Day 1: Nairobi -> Masai Mara Stay at Goshen Camp
+ Great Rift Valley overlook
+ Best accommodation, though rustic
Day 2: Full day game drive Masai Mara
+ 10/10 game drive
+ Picnic lunch at Mara river (expect to tip park ranger who gives tour)
Day 3: Lake Nakuru stay at Metfam resort
+ Fanciest accommodation with pool
- Masai Mara Village is a tourist trap where you pay admittance. Not our idea of a safari experience
+Completed our big 5
Day 4: Lake Naivasha
+ Boat ride to see hippos is very exciting, but negotiate the rate.
- Crescent Island is a total rip off. No animals to be seen on the island. Had to fight for a refund.
- Both the boat ride and walk on the island are operated by two separate tour companies NOT Hyrax tours. Be warned! Hyrax will not hold any responsibility for these third-party operators.
Day 5: Hell's Gate stay at Taphe Guest Resort
+ Excellent biking experience, though don't expect to see more than Zebras, Gazelles and Wildebeests.
- Gorge hike will cost you an additional fee (starting at 3000 KSH) tours are guided by local crooks who try to scam tourists by saying the gorge is closed unless you pay entrance. There is even a stop at their local market on your hike.
+ That being said, the hike is exceptional and impossible to complete without a guide.
- Worst accommodation, half built hotel and food was questionable.
Our guide Ben was an outstanding driver and always working to make sure we saw all of the animals we wanted to see up close. He had over 19 years of experience. He was a pro driver on the backroads and we always felt safe with him watching our belongings. Most of all Ben was charismatic and loved to have fun and interact with the group! Although, don't expect to have in depth conversation or extra info about the animals or Kenya.
The food on the trip was average by Kenyan standards and always a buffet style. Accommodations were definitely budget, but you get what you pay for. In all we got to see the same exact animals and have a more unique and adventurous experience, we wouldn't change a thing!
Many thanks to Emmah for helping organize the tour and aiding us with our visa paperwork. Hyrax safari was very communicative and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to a friend or budget conscious traveler.
Email Jagat Joshi | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Email Guagenti Anna Paola | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Email Ilona C | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
A unique experience with the wild
It started with the beautiful weather sunshine during the day with a light breeze around 20 deg celcius.. cold in the night but it was ok in the tent and enjoyed the campfire in the common areas at the camp.
The masai mara safari in a 4x4 Land Cruiser and stay in a camp in this beautiful natural reserve is not to be missed..we stayed for 2 nights in Ashnil Mara camp; overall the service was nice, pleasant staff and food was good .. we really enjoyed the game drives and the whole experience in the wild with our tour guide Martin from Earthwings Tours and Safaris.
We didn’t have much time to explore Nairobi but we enjoyed our tree house stay in Ngong and Talisman restaurant is not to be missed for its decoration, ambiance, food, service; enjoyed a super delightful lunch and the art exhibition across the restaurant..
we definitely recommend the trip to Kenya!
Email Alan Willoner | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Email Roberto Dramis | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris