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Michele   –  
Kenya KE
Visited: June 2024 Reviewed: Jun 19, 2024

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

The review below is the personal opinion of Michele and not that of SafariBookings.
great trip,but be careful when reserving
3/5

Tough to provide a review for this one - on the one hand the actual trip went really well, and we had a fantastic experience with Paxton (our driver). Would really recommend him, he’s great company and really knowledgeable.

On the other hand the organization was a bit trickier - they were responsive, 24/7 but also sneaky. When organizing an addition to the safari, we were given quotes that included park entry fees that were double the official ones. When confronted about this they did not back down, and tried to justify them with bogus “late booking fees”. I ended up booking that part with another operator.

Similarly, on a separate safari organised by my partner, they tried to sell “driving out of the park” as a morning safari.

Would very much recommend doing your own research and asking questions when booking

Reply from Kevic Tours and Travel
Reply from Kevic Tours and Travel
Posted on Jun 22, 2024

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

We are delighted you had a fantastic experience with Paxton and found him knowledgeable and great company. We will certainly pass along your commendations to him. As our reviews show, customer-oriented service is a core value at Kevic Tours and Travel, shared across the board with our employees.

We deeply regret the issues you faced in organizing your safari. We want to assure you that we take transparency and fairness seriously, and we are actively working to address these concerns.
We want to clarify that Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) issued new park fee directives to take effect on 1st January 2024., available at this link: https://kws.go.ke/content/draft-rules-and-regulations-conservation-fees-period-2023-2025.

There are ongoing negotiations in court to oppose the increased rates. Still, we must use the official rates at the time of costing to avoid inconveniencing clients during travel. Based on your request to visit Nairobi National Park, we shared the 2024 rates of $100 per adult. We apologize for the miscommunication that might have occurred because of this.

Regarding the morning safari in Masai Mara, the park entry fee increased from $80 per person per 24 hours to $100 per 12 hours, effective January 2024. On checkout day, your friend, Clemence Moinier, requested an extra game drive with the pop-up roof open for better game viewing. This deviated from the agreed-upon enroute game drive with the pop-up roof closed while exiting the park within the transit window up to 10:00 am, as outlined in the package and as per standard park policies.

The designated driver guide, and the office both made every effort to communicate the situation to your friend. To ensure her satisfaction, we absorbed the additional fuel and driver’s allowance costs and provided an extra game drive (morning-afternoon) at no additional charge.

Additionally, we regret any confusion regarding the "morning safari" and will review our communications to prevent such misunderstandings. A 12-hour validity ticket means that the game drive is valid for the day you enter the park, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In cases where the client is staying at a property located inside the game park, the regulations allow a park exit window of up to 10:00 a.m. on the following day. We usually utilize this window to offer an en-route game drive, during which the pop-up roof must remain closed. Otherwise, the authorities will treat it as a game drive and demand payment for that day, and in some cases, impose fines to both the clients and the tour operator.
We also wish to observe that Paxton took your travel party on an extra morning game drive in Amboseli National Park without additional charges.

As a matter of policy, we strictly adhere to using the official, published park entry fees. We do not mark up these fees. Your feedback is of utmost importance to us as we continuously strive to enhance our services. We value your understanding and look forward to the opportunity to serve you better in the future.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further concerns or questions. We have also emailed you to discuss this further and reach a satisfactory conclusion for both parties.

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