This Tour Is Offered By
Big Time Safaris Ltd
- Office In:
- 5-10 employees (Founded in 2002)
- Tour Types:
- Small & medium group tours (Budget & mid-range)
We are a Tour and company based in Kenya we deal with both Budget Camping Safari Tours. Luxury Tented camps Safaris, Lodge Safaris, for Individuals, Groups and Family Holiday in East Africa, we are also specialize with Mountain Climbing in Kenya and Tanzania. We also do Domestic Flight's Train booking and Hotel bookings in Nairobi, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Arusha and Tanzania.
Steve in the office was great to work with. I emailed him a billion times and he was always quick to respond to any question I had. He made the booking process user friendly. I travel a lot on my own and for work and so I know a bit about how to go about things, but just having that extra help and info about a place I had never been to from Steve made my experience that much better.
Our guide Gibson was awesome. He made sure we saw everything, the Big 5...well technically I spotted one of the five. LOL. It was easy going from place to place. It felt like I had a knowledgeable bodyguard with me the whole time as he is over 6ft tall. Not that we needed a bodyguard, everyone was pretty nice.
There were a few things that I personally didn't really like doing, but I am sure for some they would enjoy it. Those things were the little shops when you stop to use the washroom, I didn't want to buy any trinkets and I felt rude if I didn't. Or the ladies trying to sell you things at the gate into the reserves,
The other was the boat ride in Lake Naivasha. It just wasn't my thing, so to pay the extra money for it wasn't worth it for me. But again some people might love it. I am glad I experienced it, but I probably wouldn't do it again (the boat ride, not the safari, I would definitely do the safari again).
The things I listed above are such a small like 3% of the 97% awesomeness of the trip. I would recommend Bigtime Safaris Ltd to my friends. I hope you have a great experience and get to enjoy Kenya.
Thank you again to Steve and Gibson for a memorable trip.
Great tour operator, made the best life time experience for us
We chose 7-days budget safari trip from this company. From the first email with manager called Steve I understood it will be great service. Steve helped me a lot by providing information and answering all my questions which were not always even related to this tour. He used to reply me fast even in late evenings. Also, he organized our COVID tests to enter Tanzania and dropping us in Namanga border to Tanzania. We had some problems there as officers didn’t want to let us to the country as they probably wanted money from us. We just called Steve, gave the phone to the officer and Steve made things clear. Thanks a lot, Steve!!!
No about the trip. We got an amazing tour guide Mansur. He went above and beyond to make this trip amazing for us and worth of money. He was very professional, also he is very bright and smart person, open minded and told us many interesting and real things about Kenya, wild animals and processes happening in nature. He did all his best and we saw Big 5 because of him! He also managed to show us the great migration of wildebeest crossing the river, it was a lifetime experience.
Just few advices for the people planning to take this trip:
First, if you are picky or spoiled don’t take budget trip. Food is always the same: rice, beans and cow or mutton stew. This is not about this particular trip, this is about Kenya all in all. We are not picky people and that food is okay for us. But do not expect burger or spaghetti bolognese here :)
Second, trust your tour guide completely once he is not blindly following written program. The brochures about safari trips were written many years ago, even some lakes are already gone which are mentioned in tour description. Your guide always wants you to have the best experience and sometime it is needed to modify a plan slightly. Experience is the best if you trust your guide and let him do his job.
What is more, do not expect animals to behave like in documentary movies. People who are making these movies are hiding in the bushes for days just to catch a hunting lion. In the real world true happiness is just to see them, even see them walking and not just lying already is a big achieve! Some of them is really hard to find. Be happy just to see them in real life.
Also, be ready to spend many hours on the road. Kenya’s roads system is not well developed. It will take many hours get from one national park to another, once it took whole day for us. The only option to skip this is take a planes but it will be very expensive. For us spending time in the road wasn’t terrible as we enjoyed the view through the windows, you cannot see true Africa if you take planes. We saw local people life, beautiful African nature. Mansur used to stop for a sunset for us, African sunset is one of the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
One more advice is specially for the girls. If you choose budget safari tour have in mind that two nights you will spend in hotels and four night in tents. My advice is to wash your hairs once you are in hotel :) although tents are really nice and there is a toilet and shower in it, water is not hot. It is okay to wash yourself but not so nice once washing your hair, a little bit cold. So use opportunity to do it once you have a night in hotel.
Big Thank You for Big Time Safari from me and my husband Justin. We really appreciate all your help and the service you provided. It was definitely worth of money adventure.
Best trip of my life! The people! The animals! The culture! Fantastic!
From start to finish- amazing! Martha answered all my questions and was always available. Everything was outstanding. Service was great!!! The value for the money was excellent. The tour was fantastic. Every person I encountered went out of their way to make my time in Kenya excellent. Words cannot describe how fantastic the trip was. Eric,our guide, made our time together so much fun and he worked so hard to make sure we got the most out of our time together. I booked the 7 day tour and loved each place we went to. I am so glad I picked this company and have the pleasure meeting these new friends!
Magical week in Kenya
7-day budget safari was an experience of a life time for animal lovers. I've seen the big 5 and many more species. Guide Richard was very well experienced. Communication with BTS was great. I have a lot of diet restricrions but there was no trouble with my food.
Thank you guys a lot.
Good Company, Best Guide
We have done a tour of 14 day around Kenya. We just rent the van for a cheep price. The guide/driver and the fueil were included. The best part of this company is the people. The boss, John, is a humble and funny guy. Albert also made it easy for us, and helped us to find the best offer for us.
But the best one, it was our guide. So if you can, ask for Mansoor. He knows everything, he is a very good driver, and he can explains you everything about wildlife and Kenya, any topic. We are happy with this company bescause of the people.
So thank you, and we will recomend you in Spain.
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