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Kai   –  
Malaysia MY
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Feb 2, 2024

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

Reliable and Trustworthy
5/5

It was my first safari and I was looking forward to it. As I was travelling solo into foreign territory, Silas’s helpfulness and commitment to customer service helped me navigate the choices in customising an adventure I’ll never forget. I was expecting a guide but got a guardian brother in Michael, who had taken great care of me , attending to my needs and most importantly, managed to deliver the Big 5 sightings in my first safari. Truly remarkable and reliable. Thank you for the adventure of a lifetime. Couldn’t recommend highly enough.

Stefan Thordersen   –  
Iceland IS
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Jan 31, 2024

Email Stefan Thordersen  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Prefect from A to Z. Very concerned to deliver.
5/5

We were a group of 4 that did a 13-day wildlife and beach holiday tour through Apodiformes Adventures.

Prior to our journey we had been in contact with Silas, that replied promptly to all our questions.

We arrived in Nairobi in the evening of the 13th of Jan. On arrival there was a long queue at immigrations with only 3 out of 14 desks open for service. It took us around 45 minutes to clear through. Not a good impression for first timers visiting Kenya.

We had opted to stay 3 nights in Nairobi, prior to our safari and decided for a driver from the hotel to pick-up us up at the airport. It took some time to spot the driver as all the drivers are waiting outside the terminal for their pick-ups. A good thing to have in mind for future arrivals.

After 3 days or on 16th we were promptly picked up at our hotel by our driver/guide, Nelson, that remained with us throughout our journey.
Off we went to a mall and met with Silas and paid the remainder of the fee for the trip.

Next there was quite a drive to our first stop Enkorok Mara Camp, adjacent to Maasai Mara.
The accommodation and food were ok.
Maasi Mara park was just fantastic and being able to see all those animals close up was quite an experience.

Our next stop was Lake Nakuru Lodge, that was excellent accommodation and good food.
There we did the Lake Nakuru park that was ok, seeing rhinos and other animals close up.

Off we went and to Amboseli National Park were stayed in Kibo Safari Camp. The stay food there was the best out the three camps we had stayed in.

As for animal sightings Maasai Mara stood out in comparison to the 3 parks visited.

Our last on the safari our driver/guide Nelson, took us to Emali train station were embarked to Mombasa via Pinewood Beach Resort, were we stayed for 6 nights.
The stay there was outstanding in all aspects.

On our last day at Pinewood we were met a driver that took us to Mombasa train station were we took the train to Nairobi via home.

We give Apodiformes Adventures our highest rating because.

• Communication throughout the planning stage was excellent.
• All questions were answered promptly.
• Time schedules were spot on and all that had been scheduled was there.
• All accommodations were good even though some was better than others.
• Our driver/guide Nelson was outstanding and did the utmost to deliver.
• We were in good hands throughout the journey.

In a nutshell we highly recommend Apodiformes Adventures.

Matt G   –  
Canada CA
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Jan 21, 2024

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

Professional, Friendly, and Highly Experienced
5/5

We booked a 6 day private safari with Apodiformes Adventures and would highly recommend them! Both the tour consultant, Silas, and our tour guide, Isaiah, were professional and made sure our trip was comfortable and memorable. We visited Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli which was quite a bit of driving but enjoyable getting to see the diverse landscape of Kenya. We really enjoyed eating our meals with our tour guide where we could plan out the day ahead and get to know them personally. Our guide recommended we get to the Maasai Mara park gate right when it opens which meant a very early wake up. We listen to their advice, which resulted in us seeing big five on our first day on safari which was incredibly lucky!

Massoud   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Jan 20, 2024

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

Great holiday. Good value.
5/5

Silas responds to queries very quickly no matter what time of the day or night. He has a great team of drivers and guides. They did their outmost to make sure we had an amazing holiday. Silas planned the best itinerary for us with comfortable camps and nice hotels at a very good price. Our safari driver Loi was the most punctual and knowledgeable. Likewise, Joseph in Mombasa was very professional. They made our family holiday special.

Robert Ellents   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 11, 2024

Email Robert Ellents  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Great organisation, good hotels/locations and a very good driver /guide. Good car e
4/5

Good value for money, hotels exceeded our expectations- also they listened to our wishes (quiet rooms). Also good driving by our guide. Always on time, friendly.

Herman   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 10, 2024

Email Herman  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

The review below is the personal opinion of Herman and not that of SafariBookings.
Good accommodation, unmotivated guide
2/5

We did Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli and Tsavo.
Contact with Silas was good before the trip. Accommodation was good and we had a wonderful Christmas at Lake Naivasha. I would give 4 stars for this, but we went to Kenya for the safaris.
On arrival in Masai Mara we would have a late afternoon safari. However, because of too many and ong stops, a lot of traffic and bad road conditions we arrived too late. We were disappointed we missed our first safari. Our guide/driver Isaiah promised we would get a long game drive the next day in Masai Mara till closing time 6.30pm. However, after a good day game driving we arrived at the gate at 5pm. I said Isaiah this is not what he promised us and then he got mad. He first did not want to go back into the park, but when I asked it again he turned around, clearly demotivated and driving very slowly. He also spoke ill over us against other drivers.
After this, all safaris were very disappointing. Isaiah did not even try to look for wildlife anymore. He kept on driving very slowly, did not communicate wit us at all and followed roads in the park were no other driver went.
In tsavo we really had it and I contacted Silas through Whatsapp. He said sorry to hear and he would talk to Isaiah soon. Our last day was a little better, although we did not see much game.
I did not get any response from Silas after this. We really feel it was a very poor trip thanks to isaiah. I did 22 trips in Africa before, but I never experienced such a terrible guide.
Our trip could have been much better

Leigh   –  
United Arab Emirates AE
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 30, 2023

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

Great driver/guide (Sebastian) office organisation could be better
4/5

We booked a 6 night Kenya safari for a family of 5 with three teenagers.

Our guide/driver, Sebastian, was amazing. A kind a gentle man, we were all instantly at ease with him. He made the effort to learn all of our names quickly and conversed with the kids, answered our questions and shared knowledge of his country readily, and with excellent English. Whenever we wanted to stop to take a photo or go to use the bathroom he was more than happy to oblige. When he didn't know something, such as the name of a bird, he didn't pretend and would find out later for us. Most importantly, the roads in Kenya are pretty wild with dodgy drivers and even dodgier roads, Sebastian drove expertly and safely the whole time while negotiating animals, huge trucks and long days behind the wheel. He made sure he took regular breaks to remain alert while behind the wheel. We could not recommend a tour with Sebastian highly enough.

The only disappointments we had were with the organisation from the company. We booked a Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli tour (in that order) so that our family could spend Christmas day on safari and enjoy the amazing animals within the park. When we arrived we found our tour had been flipped with us travelling to Amboseli first and Maasai Mara last. This wouldn't normally be an issue, except that we had especially organised the tour to avoid a day of travel on Christmas. Our flight arrival time had been shared, everything had been agreed and sorted. To find out upon our arrival that we would be spending Chrissy travelling for 7 hours was disappointing to say the least. If we had been informed that this was not possible or our flight had been delayed we would have understood. We then realised that our accommodation had never been booked in the order we requested and this was not communicated prior to our arrival.

Once again, Sebastian is awesome, ask for him to be your driver. Book with Apodiformes for a great safari. We saw all the animals, we had an amazing time, the teenagers and adults loved it.

Michael Hood   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Dec 13, 2023

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

Authentic, dedicated, and professional Tour Operator knows how to do all the details
5/5

We'd highly recommend Apodiformes Adventures for your safari to Kenya! Our tour guide and driver, Loi, was dedicated to every detail of the experience for us. He ensured we had everything that we needed, communicated really well about the details of the day, changes in plans, what we were doing, where we were going, details as they emerged, plans for the next day, etc. During game drives, he was constantly monitoring the radio and making absolutely sure that we could see all the big 5 and other animals during our entire trip. He always positioned the vehicle in the best spots and made sure that we could get good angles for photos and viewing. Loi was awesome and we'd highly recommend him for your safari. At the end of the trip, we stayed in Diani Beach at the Pinewood Resort and have to say that this was one of the best resort experiences we've had in our lives. It was half-board and had really well-made food, attentive staff, was clean, had animals on the property (monkeys, tortoises, weaver birds, crabs walking around, bush babies, etc.) it was such a beautiful end to the trip and we'll treasure all of our memories from this safari.

Shalini   –  
India IN
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Nov 21, 2023

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

Best Experience, Fantastic and Smooth Service, Amazing Tour Guide
5/5

I was travelling from India with my sister and we were concerned about our safety. They assured us that it is going to be very safe and very reliable. They gave us the best rates and also helped us customize our tour as per our requirements. The communication was crystal clear and Silas was patient as we were asking questions. The service was fantastic. Our tour guide was Sebastian and he took care of us very well. This gentleman made sure that we did everything on our itinerary and also made sure that we got enough time to relax. We got so much local information about the tribes, local customs and the birds/animals in the safari. He took care of our dietary restrictions and made sure that we are always happy. I also noticed other operators as I was there and I believe none of the others got the kind of service that we got. This was truly my best trip and I would totally encourage you to go with them.

Hetal   –  
India IN
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Nov 20, 2023

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

Travelling to Africa made super easy. Absolutely loved my trip. Value for money, for sure!
5/5

Planning a trip to an African country was not easy for me as I had never been out of Asia. However, Apodiformes and Sebastian (+254 794 332694) made it so easy.

Following are some of the things that made this trip extremely safe and wonderful for me
1. Sebastian knows the local people and the national parks really well and that helped us to spot more wildlife. We spotted almost all animals and even spotted a few endangered bird species.
2. I'd never seen a rainbow before. So I was very excited to see three rainbows in a day. Sebastian is really empathetic and understood by excitement for it, and waited for as long as I wanted. He is very patient.
3. Very professionally and kind service. They provide the cheapest rate with great service. I don't think anything negative comes to mind when I think about the trip. When we ran out of KES, he paid for us, made sure we didn't feel a slight bit of inconvenience and later helped us to get our USD converted.

I'm super happy with Sebastian's and Apodiformes' service! Keep up the good work

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