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Richard   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: October 2023 Reviewed: Oct 30, 2023

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

Well prepared and knowledgable safari team! Recommended!

We booked the 10 day Kenya and Tanzania safari tour stopping in Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Seregeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Amboseli.

All accommodation was either 3-4 star and all had buffet dinners and often prepared lunches for the longer day drives. All accommodation was really nice and food was quite good.

The trucks were comfortable and the drivers were super nice guys in each country.

Everything was easy and we had no issue entering parks or going through Boarder control. Please remember your Yellow Fever certificate for Tanzania.

We saw soo many animals on our 10-12 half day game drives. It was an amazing experience and I would thoroughly recommend it. We only wish that we had tacked on a trip to the beach to relax afterwards. Be prepared for lots of driving and incredibly animal experiences!

Roberto Buil   –  
Spain ES
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Oct 26, 2023

Email Roberto Buil  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Patrick made our first safari unforgettable and suited both our expectations and our budget.

Communication with Shanjoy Tours and Safaris was very good from the first quote. We made a multitude of changes both because of their advice and because of our interests. He always advised us and looked for the best solutions to fit our budget. Patrick accompanied us in Masai Mara, the 4x4 is very good and perfectly adapted with plugs (US, UK, EU compatible) to charge phones and cameras. It has an ideal tray to organize all our electronic devices. With it we were able to see Lions mating, several leopards with their prey in the tree, Cheetahs eating their prey and the harassment of Vultures. Lioness eating a buffalo, we even found a Serval that is the most difficult to see due to its size. Multitudes of elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles. A magical moment was being able to enjoy the crossing of the Mara River. In the Tanzanian part, we changed drivers and guides and we were accompanied by Mudy, a young guide who spoke Spanish, and Hasam, a great driver with a lot of experience and knowledge of animals. We had some problem with the 4x4 that was heating up and not starting but it was resolved. In Tanzania we were lucky enough to see a lioness hunt. The accommodations were perfectly adapted to our needs and Patrick even upgraded us to the latest Hotel in Ngorongoro. I must highlight that the airline lost our suitcases and Patrick did everything possible to help us recover them. Thank you, it has been a pleasure to enjoy this adventure with you.

Taylor   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Oct 17, 2023

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

Once in a lifetime trip -- incredible tour!

Patrick answered all of my questions (and I had a lot of questions) before booking. He was detailed and helpful and gave great advice! They were also helpful and responsive during our trip for anything we needed. We did a safari at the Masai Mara and a trip to Diani Beach. Patrick picked us up personally with a driver from our hotel in Nairobi for airport transfer - it was very nice to meet him! We did flights between locations and they were smooth, easy and quick transport. We absolutely LOVED the Losokwan camp in the Lemek Conservancy. We were concerned staying outside of the Masai Mara, but we actually loved our drives in the conservancy. Such an incredible trip and we'd recommend to anyone!

Stefano Miccoli   –  
Germany DE
Visited: October 2023 Reviewed: Oct 16, 2023

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

Great communication and value for money, even better experience

My 10 days solo safari in Kenya with Shanjoy was a blast!
Not only great value for money, but a tailormade itinerary and ton and ton of support from the whole Shanjoy team.
Since the first day, Patrick helped me to put together a great itinerary with and endless back and forth of emails in the previous month and several last minute changes to best suit my travel plans. In the end the tour consisted of Nairobi NB, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Ol Pejeta and Aberdare. in hindsight Aberdare could be left out and maybe dedicate one more day to masai mara, but this is mostly due to the very poor experience delivered by The Ark staff, Shanjoy could not do much about that.

As soon as the safari started, it was the time for Joseph to shine. I wasnt sure what to expect as this was my first solo safari this long, but we connected immediately and we had a wonderful time together, felt like a vacation with a good old friend. He's was so kind and talkative that even the long transfers between the parks passed quickly chatting about everything with him. Then it came to the game drives and you can definitely tell he has 15+ years of experience. The Mara felt like his home. Not only for spotting the animals or coordinating with the drivers from the other cars, but also to choose the right place to park the car. Always respectful of the animals and many times predicting their movements and behaviours to get the best angle possible. Thanks to his knowledge (and the amazing landscapes and animals of the kenyan parks), I managed to take hundreds of great photos, probably the best of my life.

I hope to come back soon

Julianna Canavan   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Sep 21, 2023

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

Exceeded expectations in every regard; responsive, high-value, incredible experience.

We had an amazing experience from start to finish with Shanjoy!! Patrick was super responsive during the checkin process and during the trip, and the itinerary itself was a great value - prompt hotel pickup, smooth checkin and flights (flying saves time and is great for people like me who may experience motion sickness driving from Nairobi), and gorgeous, comfortable accommodations. The best part was our patient and flexible driver Joseph who was so determined to ensure every game drive was a dream come true. He seemed to have a sixth sense for getting us close to the most majestic wildlife, not to mention his skill driving the vehicle and his obvious passion for his work. Patrick was very helpful with communication with Ashnil Mara (beautiful! Great food! Hippo sightings!). Finally, Shanjoy booked a hot-air balloon ride as part of our itinerary and we highly recommend this unforgettable experience. I would call the whole thing ‘once in a lifetime’ except I can’t wait to come back and do it again. We highly recommend this company!!

Mr Javier M.   –  
Spain ES
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Sep 19, 2023

Email Mr Javier M.  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Unforgettable holidays

Shanjoy Tours managed our visit to Kenya and Tanzania in August 2023, Patrick took care of everything from the first day, we saw incredible places and documentary scenes that we will never forget. Totally recommended.

Madam Eva   –  
Spain ES
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Aug 27, 2023

Email Madam Eva

Patrick is a great guide, always willing to help and make the safari unique

The experience with Shanjoy tours has been incredible. We have traveled the Masai Mara for two days and we have seen all the animals that can be seen but also a lioness hunting a gazelle, the migration passing through the Mara river and the crocodiles stalking their prey, a cheetah eating and while the jackals and the vultures waiting their turn, a lion or a lioness mating... it has been a spectacle and Patrick made it possible! He explained many things about life in the Masai Mara and helped us a lot with a problem we had with our luggage.
With Shanjoy you have the possibility to also visit parks in Tanzania such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire. There are few operators that will organize a safari outside of Kenya for you.
I totally recommend this safari with Shanjoy! It has been a great adventure!!

Mr Ashutosh Godbole   –  
Germany DE
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Aug 22, 2023

Email Mr Ashutosh Godbole  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Patrick, our tour guide was very proactive, professional, full of information and fun to be with

We had a wonderful Kenya and Tanzania customised safari experience. We visited Amboseli, Masai Mara and Serengeti national park. Patrick, our tour guide and the owner of Shanjoy Tours and Safaris, was very responsive right from the beginning. He was always accessible via email and WhatsApp. He sent us a detailed itinerary as a reply to my enquiry, and patiently changed it multiple times, because of the changes that I kept requesting. In the end, we had a great safari experience. Patrick organised the whole trip very well. He is also an excellent safari guide himself and gave us a lot of information about birds and animals in Amboseli. We also had a great experience at Masai Mara and Serengeti. A big thank you to Patrick, Beth, Joseph and the entire team. We highly recommend Shanjoy Tours and Safaris for your next safari experience in Kenya and Tanzania.

RW   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Aug 17, 2023

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

The Shanjoy team was friendly, on time and always tried to make the experience a memorable one.

From the time we got through customs to the minute we were dropped back off at the airport the Shanjoy team managed our entire trip. They checked us into our hotels, drove us everywhere, took us to fun little souvenir shops and showed us all the major animals (Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Etc...). One day while we were watching a pride of lions our driver was trying to reposition our Land Cruiser and hit a fairly large rock that severed the driver side rear shock off the car. He never panicked but rather got us back to our base camp and went back to where the lions were to find the shock!! Unfortunately it was too badly damaged so he drove into town that afternoon, had a new shock put on and was back at camp for an early evening game drive. I was amazed at how professional he was and what an amazing vehicle that Land Cruiser is. Be forewarned, these guys want to show you all the animals and sometimes in order to get there you have to go through some pretty rough terrain. Personally, the off-roading part was some of my favorite times on the trip. We got to cross rivers, four wheel through dirt and mud and climb over small rock outcroppings all of which definitely tested the Land Cruiser and our driver's capabilities and skills. Ultimately, I would definitely recommend using the Shanjoy team!!

Lucy Connor   –  
Ireland IE
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Jul 23, 2023

Email Lucy Connor

Easy communication to develop a memorable safari adventure

We researched safari options on Safari and got three quotes. We decided to go with Shanjoy Tours as they were always quick to respond and sent a very nice proposed itinerary. Payment was easy online and any questions we had were dealt with very quickly.

On arrival we were met at Nairobi Airport and we were picked up from our hotel to start our safari. We did the 5 night/6 day safari in Kenya and Tanzania and it all went really well. We adored all the animals and Peter (Kenya) and Nelson (Tanzania) were great guides. All five of the big five were seen as well as lots of other birds and animals.

We did have a couple of issues on the trip (jeep broke down once and accommodation changed in Tanzania) and we did consider giving only 4 stars but the issues were dealt with fast and we were upgraded in our accommodation on our last stop to ensure we didn’t leave in any way disappointed. We certainly have not - we have made family memories for life and we would have no issues using Shanjoy Tours again.

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