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Mark J   –  
Rwanda RW
Visited: October 2015 Reviewed: Nov 3, 2015

Email Mark J  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Affordable yet memorable safari

Back of Africa Adventure offered an exciting and memorable experience for me and my wife. It was was an affordable and amazing safari. They took us on a one week tour at the Maasai Mara and the driver cum guide were very friendly and knowledgeable. We did not experience any hitch on the way; we left on time; arrived on time and we were on time to catch our flight back to Rwanda.

Don from Tyler, Texas   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2015 Reviewed: Sep 18, 2015

Email Don from Tyler, Texas  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Getting first class treatment for 2 while on guided safari to 4 parks in Kenya and Tanzania.

First off, I would give a rating closer to 4.5 Stars but that was not an option. Please read all of this.
Excellent communication and responsiveness via pre-travel emails. Elected to pre-pay for most of the trip but had to cover the PayPal charges as credit cards were not accepted. Costs were generally as expected except for short notice on upcharge due to stated increase in park fees. Tour operator must have included a small service charge on the balloon ride as other passengers stated their rate was a bit lower than ours. Despite the high cost, the Masai Mara balloon ride was one of the highlights of our trip. It might have been even better in the Serengheti with all the herds below. My emails led me to believe that our contact person, Allan, would be our guide. While we only met Allan briefly in Nairobi, the tour guides he set up for us were each very knowlegible of the wildlife and helped us log down the various species we observed. Each took time to find the animals we wanted to see the most and were patient while our cameras clicked away. After having the private group trip for me and my wife, I am not sure I would ever be happy with a larger group might be OK with 4 people if all are family. Our guides were required to change as we crossed the border and our desire to do Masai Mara as well as the Tanzania parks resulted in a long transit day over some fairly rough roads. Tanzania park roads and highways were smoother but there were more restrictions on venturing off road. We had a Toyota Land Cruiser for the Kenya safari and an older Land Rover for Tanzania. The drivers knew the limitations of each 4-wheel drive vehicle which for the Land Rover meant knowing how to restart it - including a push start from another vehicle at one point. While boldly driving us to key photo ops, they were careful not to get us stuck. Lodgings were top notch and dinner options plentiful. Lunches packed for day-long safaris included plenty of food. Right after corssing into Tanzania, we stopped at a hotel restaurant for lunch. Because of the length of travel that day, I would suggest a box lunch for that trip to save an hour or so of travel time. In general, the people of both countries were friendly, overly so in the case of the Masai women reaching their crafted wares into the vehicle window as we waiting to pass through the gate into the lodge, and smiled as the foreigner passed by. There were a few that seemed less than thrilled woth our presence but we never felt threatened. Security and protection for dangerous animals was given high priority for all our lodging. Mandatory escorts were required when returning to our room from dinner after dark as African buffalo are known to approach to drink from the swimming pools. As the title of this review reads, it was first class, especially the level of accomodations. The wildlife viewing was fantastic and we were blessed to see the Big Five before we got out of our first park. Despite my deet insect repellent, I still received a couple of Tse Tse fly bites through my socks at my ankles. Overall, we didn't have an issue with mosquitos and had protective netting around our beds. Hearing the animal noises (monkeys mostly) as we nodded off the sleep was quite an experience.
This was definitely the trip of a lifetime and I hope many others get to experience it. While I am sure there are many other trustworthy tour operators out there, I can highly recommend Back of Africa to assure you a great safari experience.

Babra   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: August 2015 Reviewed: Sep 16, 2015

Email Babra  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Reliable Allan (owner)

Just returned from another safari organized by Allan of Back Of Africa Adventure, we have been to Kenya many times since my mom is working with UK embassy here in Kenya, I thought it wise to share my experience to fellow travelers opting to take safaris to Kenya since we were very pleased with the service we receive with Allan. In contact prior to the trip he responds to email rapidly, during the trip he stays in contact with your driver guide and you as guests just to ensure that all are in place. Making sure you have the safari experience you were hoping for. In our case he was not satisfied with the service of one of our booked tented camps, he changed the booking (upgrade) to mara serena lodge that was more than great for the wildlife view. Thanks again Allan, I will leaving Kenya at the end of October 2015 and I will book with your company again in the near future when I happen to visit my mom who is working here. “Keep the candle burning” even to other travelers

Mariusz P.   –  
Poland PL
Visited: January 2015 Reviewed: Jan 29, 2015

Email Mariusz P.  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Fantastic Safari experience! Highly Recommend!

The expierence with Africa Adventure ltd was great. I visited Masai Mara and had wonderful days with lot of animals. Our guide was nice, skilful and had broad knowledge about the animals. The meal and camping accomodation was perfect. Milambo Allan from Africa Adventure ltd was very helpful and gave me perfect service. I can really recommend this company.

Julian   –  
Poland PL
Visited: January 2013 Reviewed: Oct 11, 2014

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

the best moments on safari

That was the best tour in Kenya. We had excellent accomodation, service and security on safari in Masai Mara. Big car only for us and the driver was excellent tour guide, he fullfilled every our wish. The office took a good care of us in Nairobi and also helped us after safari with accomodation and travelling.
These are very helpful and good people. I highly recommend this office!

Arnold   –  
China CN
Visited: August 2014 Reviewed: Sep 19, 2014

20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

The Most amazing safari ever

Amazing safari in Maasai mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro
We had booked our 7 days safari with Back Of Africa Adventure about a year in advance and they took care of everything for us. Allison was always there to help us plan out our safari because our dates were not flexible, reaching Back Of Africa Adventure by email, telephone or skype was very simple and the staffs are really helpful.

Our port of arrival and departure was Nairobi airport in Kenya and Back Of Africa Adventure were so kind to arrange for our transportation to the national parks and our safari guide Gordon was a careful driver guide who understands the African roads very well.
We visited Maasai mara, Serengeti, Ngoro Ngoro and Lake Manyara all the Sopa Lodges booked and suggested by our contact person Ms. Allison were exclusive and gorgeous hotels, with wifi services.

Gordon, our tour guide was very keen on our experience within the Serengeti and was well informed about the animals, plants, and birds and very enthusiastic to show us the beauty of the plains of Africa.

After 7days of an unforgettable experience, I must say that Back Of Africa Adventure left us with a very good taste of Kenya and Tanzania and with an appetite for coming back to the maasais mara , Serengeti and Ngorongoro for another nourishing adventure.

I recommend Back Of Africa Adventure to anyone wanting to visit Kenaya and Tanzania.

GB   –  
New Zealand NZ
Visited: January 2012 Reviewed: Sep 16, 2014

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

A family freedom safari without the rigid confines of a set schedule.

This was a family holiday with the option of altering the proposed schedule as we saw fit so that if we decided that we needed extra days in any one place or took our driver's advice or changed our minds as to where we wanted to visit next then we were free to do so.
Communication was excellent both in the planning of the trip and during the tour and what we were promised was delivered. We were met at the airport late at night and delivered to our hotel. The vehicle we were promised was what we expected - so often you hear stories of arriving to be met with anything but the vehicle that has been promised but that was not the case. Our driver (guide) was both personable and knowledgeable about the tour and what we might expect and also had the reference books in case we needed confirmation of what we were seeing. The tented accommodation was comfortable and clean with excellent toilet facilities. The roads are an experience in themselves ranging from the basic to State Highways so in that respect if you travel to the Maasai Mara by road then be aware that the rainy season could prove challenging. That however is not a reflection of the tour company or guide but just a fact of the system and its priorities.
All in all it was a trip to remember with many unsurpassed highlights. So if you want to experience a side of life at its most beautiful yet also at its most vulnerable then by all means take a tour. However, if on the other hand you want to luxuriate in the trappings of modernity and over the top opulence then consider a tour to anywhere else but don't go to Africa - the continent doesn't need you.

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