​User Reviews – Kenya

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HN   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2024 Reviewed: Jul 7, 2024

Email HN  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Do not miss travel destination
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Safari in Kenya was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. My friend and I went on a 4 day safari from Nairobi to Masai Mara and Nakuru. Masai Mara is a huge African savannah full of wildlife. On our first day in the park we saw 4 of the Big 5 within just a few hours. Nakuru is a smaller park centered around a lake home to over 300 species of bird. It is also one of the best places in the world to see rhinos. We saw several black and white rhinos during our day in the park. In between both parks we also made a stopover at a different lake where we took a boat ride to see hippos in the water and take a walking safari on the lake's peninsula. The walking safari was one of my favorite moments from the trip. We were within 15 ft of zebra and giraffes. I highly recommend not to miss the incredible wildlife this destination has to offer.

Michelle Crivella   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2024 Reviewed: Jul 5, 2024

Email Michelle Crivella  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

People are friendly and gracious in Kenya
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We were picked up at our hotel in Nairobi (Kozi Suites, which is an acceptable place to sleep), and had a safari to Amboseli, Naivasha, Lake Nakura, and Masai Mara. The parks are beautiful and well maintained. Animals were plentiful (except leopards, we were not able to find any) and they did not seem to mind the Land Rovers. The flamingos which are usually at Lake Nakura have migrated to another lake, so we did not see too many.

There are many safari companies to choose from, we chose well, Ramja Safaris. Our guide was excellent and had private education as well as over 20 years experience, he knew what he was doing and where all the best picture taking spots were. The lodges were excellent and the staff were gracious. Remember to tip as this is a poor country and a tip goes a long way. .

Grayson   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2024 Reviewed: Jul 5, 2024

Email Grayson  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Life Changing
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I recently went on a four day safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru as well as a half day tour of Nairobi National Park. Kenya is exactly how I imagined Africa to be and better. There is nothing like being next to a herd of two dozen elephants roaming and feeding, having a male lion look you in the eye, seeing a leopard pop out of a bush or unexpectedly seeing a serval with kittens. Kenya has great tourism infrastructure and the guides are incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated. The landscape is magnificent from the open plains to the mountains and lakes of the Great Rift Valley. Go here- it will change your life.

Here is a list of the species we saw:

African Elephant
Maasai Giraffe/Rothschilds Giraffe
African Lion
African Leopard
White Rhinoceros
African Buffalo
River Hippopotamus
Plains Zebra
Blue Wildebeest
Spotted Hyena
Black Backed Jackal
Olive Baboon
Vervet Monkey
Banded Mongoose
Rock Hyrax
Bush Hyrax
Common Eland
Defassa Waterbuck
Thomson’s Gazelle
Grants Gazelle
Coke’s Hartebeest
Greater Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Secretary Bird
White Backed Vulture
Kori Bustard
Fishing Eagle
Created Roller
East African Crowned Crane
Saddle Billed Stork
Guinea Fowl
Hadada Ibis
Marabou Stork
Yellow Billed Stork
Nile Crocodile

Lina   –  
Finland FI
Visited: June 2024 Reviewed: Jul 5, 2024

Email Lina  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Amazing experience!
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We contacted Balu Travel for a 3 day safari in Masai Mara in June. We had an amazing experience as we also had an amazing guide, Steve, who was very knowledgeable and went the extra mile to offer us the most on each day. We saw the Big Four (as we couldn’t see the rhino this time ;) ), a beautiful sunrise and sunset and mesmerising landscapes. The accommodation at Mara Olodare was good, clean, spacious, the beds were comfortable and the food was also good. On the last day we visited a Maasai village and it was also a great experience.

Eric Wéry   –  
Belgium BE
Visited: June 2024 Reviewed: Jul 4, 2024

Email Eric Wéry  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Live the dream
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Spending time in the Maasai Mara is like being in a documentary, there's always something happening around you. The sheer grandeur of the landscapes is breathtaking. I also had the opportunity to spend some time in Amboseli to contemplate the splendid Kilimandjaro, also a highlight of my 2 weeks Kenyan trip. Treat yourself to this slice of paradise.

Shirley Rogers   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: June 2024 Reviewed: Jul 3, 2024

Email Shirley Rogers  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Absolutely stunning country with incredible variety of wildlife and which does NOT permit hunting!
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I have now visited Kenya as a tourist nine times! I have been to many different national parks more than once - Samburu, Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Nairobi and Tsavo East - and other areas such as Laikipia Plateau and Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha including Elsamere. Every time there is something new to experience! We have seen prides of lions with cubs, a bachelor group of elephants systematically dismantling an electric fence to reach more attractive trees to eat and a hyena den to name but a few experiences. We have even seen a leopard with two cubs crossing the road in broad daylight - almost unheard of! Kenya is the cradle of mankind and it's certainly become my spiritual home. We used to book with international travel companies but a few years ago we decided to find a Kenyan company so that the profit goes to Kenyans and we fortuitously found Right Choice Tours and Safaris who have been excellent and are now our operator of choice. Kenyans we have met have all been welcoming and we have made a lot of friends. The fact that Kenya does not allow any hunting was the reason we chose Kenya as our African destination in the first place and we have never regretted it for a moment. Visitors are armed with cameras, not guns. Perfect destination!

Norma   –  
United States US
Visited: May 2024 Reviewed: Jul 3, 2024

Email Norma  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Fabulous Experience
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I traveled to Kenya in May. The weather was slightly cooler than I had expected, especially in the evening. It was the rainy season so there were downpours (and some muddy roads) but only for short periods of time. I went to Nairobi National Park which was really terrific as you were close to the city but could still see quite a bit of wildlife. I also visited the Giraffe Sanctuary in Nairobi. It was wonderful being so close to the giraffes and feeding them. The restaurants in Nairobi were fabulous and the hotel (Fairmont at Norfolk) was excellent.
I went on a three day safari in Masai Mara with Savannah Woods Safaris. Lucy did a terrific job organizing everything and Mr Joseph, our driver, was very knowledgable. I stayed at the Mara Ololade (tent with a bathroom). The safari itself was amazing and I saw some amazing animals and beautiful scenery.
I definitely recommend a trip to Kenya and going on a safari at the Masai Mara.

Lisa J Donabedian   –  
United States US
Visited: May 2024 Reviewed: Jul 2, 2024

Email Lisa J Donabedian  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Massai MARA a 10 out of 10
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One of the best trips Iv'e ever taken--Saw everything imaginable AND UP CLOSE--Photos look fake they are so beautiful
great guide and compfortable safari ride
I highly recommend the bush planes if you are flying into Nairobi as its a 6 hr rough ride to the marsh
We rode to Lake Nokuru and Massai MAra and then took a bush plane back MUCH easier and quicker not too mention FUN!! However luggel nededs to be light--our guide was kind enough to drive our luggage back to Nairobi to meet us for lunch before our flight

Joseph Drexler   –  
United States US
Visited: May 2024 Reviewed: Jul 1, 2024

Email Joseph Drexler  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Excellent Value for Price and Great Guide
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This was a great trip, and Peter was an excellent guide who was very informed and went out of his way to find animals. The roads were in bad shape due to the flooding and the vehicle was not the best. Suggest guests pay more for land cruiser. I was a solo traveler and having a guide for me and not being crowded into the van was part of the value. The accomodations were great. Don't forget to visit the Heminingway house in Amboselin.


Pardeep Dhak   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: June 2024 Reviewed: Jul 1, 2024

Email Pardeep Dhak  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Mesmerising! Beautiful Country with abundance of greenery and wildlife.
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Kenya is full of surprises and has a great vibe. The people are lovely and very friendly. The wildlife is insane and you can see them at close proximity. Kenya has alot of history and this is evident in Nairobi.

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