Kenya

Kenya customer reviews

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On safari in the Masai Mara

Painter Family (with children aged 11 and 15)

Travelled Summer 2019
Hi Liddy – We had an absolutely amazing trip, which met all of our expectations.  The itinerary was brilliantly engineered to meet our diverse interests and ages. Particular highlights and positives include: the contrast between the areas that we visited – Masai Mara, Naivaisha, Laikipia and then Diani were so contrasting, and it felt like we got a real sense of Kenya’s diverse character; all of the activities – the variety was brilliant.

– The accommodation  – the places that we stayed were all characterised by great locations and brilliant hospitality.  At Deas Gardens our youngest daughter M was invited to go and play touch rugby at the park with the family – she loved it.  It is the only park she has been to where she could play and see Zebra at the same time!  Olepangi Farm introduced us to fascinating people, both in terms of hosts and guests – and the setting was beautiful.

– Our driver Joseph was so enthusiastic about the wildlife – and was tenacious about pursuing reported spots!  We only missed out on a leopard, we saw all of the other Big 5 in abundance.  He clearly wanted us to get the best experience that we could out of Kenya and we really appreciated his kindness, experience, and good driving skills!

– Diani Beach was beautiful – my teenage daughter was in absolute heaven!

Perhaps some advice re the costs attached to non-itinerary activities would help with planning.

Other than that, it was our much anticipated trip of a lifetime – thank you! Definitely the worst holiday blues I’ve ever had!

Bowden Family (with children aged 6, 9 and 11)

Travelled Summer 2018
Dear Liddy – We had an absolutely fabulous holiday in East Africa – everything went very smoothly, nobody got sick and we saw so much. I must say that our whole trip was very well organised, all drivers turned up on time, the flights worked roughly according to schedule (!) and there was never a hassle.

Kenya
Laikipia was a highlight – we loved the wilderness camp there and the kids had so much fun. It was really family-orientated and particularly memories include jumping into and swimming in the river, rafting, tracking a lioness and a bush dinner followed by sleeping out under the stars (on E’s 12th birthday). I would so recommend this place to others – everything was just really nicely done from the high grade G&Ts for sundowners, to afternoon tea and cake to the communal meals. I was particularly pleased that we went here first as it was a great introduction to safari – the wildlife in terms of big cats is less abundant but this is more than made up by all the activities on offer.

The Masai Mara was completely different – loads and loads of lions which was fantastic! We also see cheetah there as well as lots of other smaller animals. One comment I would make was that Eagle Lodge was a long, long way from the Mara River, which meant that our opportunity to see the wildebeest crossing the Mara River as part of the Great Migration was limited to one day. If I could change one thing about our trip it would have been where we stayed in the Masai Mara – Eagle Lodge itself was lovely but it was in its own conservancy area and not in the “main part” of the Masai Mara.

Tanzania
And then on to Tanzania where is was good to have a break from safari, have some downtime and do some more cultural activities. We particularly enjoyed going early morning hunting with the Bushmen and the boys loved practising their bow and arrow skills!

Then back to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti where we finally saw leopard and the elusive black rhino – well worth the long wait and hours of bumping around in the jeep! Kubu Kubu lodge was wonderful, although we enjoyed the more basic Angata Camp too. Perhaps it would have been nice to stay in a lodge with a view of the crater itself but I suspect that would have added considerably to the price! We also arranged a hot air balloon ride whilst in the Serengeti – an expensive but unforgettable experience.

Zanzibar
Finally, onto Zanzibar! Glad we stayed in Stone Town for a couple of nights before heading to the beach. Seyidda Hotel was charming and well-located although on arrival the family room we were given was a little strange as it only had two very small double beds in it for the five of us!! The hotel did put an extra bed into the room for us but it is worth noting as perhaps not all kids would be happy to share a bed with their siblings! Hideaway Hotel was lovely – it had just the right level of luxury and the beach was beautiful.

I could of course go on and on about the trip and all the amazing things we saw! I haven’t yet had an opportunity to go through our photos properly – needless to say we have hundreds and hundreds! When I do, I will send you some.

A really big thank you to you and the team for organising such a wonderful trip for us – we have so many amazing memories and being away together for 30 days was (in the main) such a happy time – wish we could do it all again!

All the best – until the next time!

Traub Family (with children aged 4, 6 and 8)

Travelled Easter 2018
Hi Liddy – Our trip to Kenya was absolutely out of this world. I had to call as soon as we got back as I knew we were all on the Kenyan ‘high’ and I hope that came across to Helene! So firstly the Safari week… We were really impressed with how smoothly everything happened from the moment we met Norman and Joseph. Norman was very patient and kind and his depth of  knowledge of all things Kenyan was fantastic.

The vehicle we travelled in was spot-on allowing us as a family to be together, stretch out and watch the world go by, without worrying about where to go and what the children were arguing about in the back! Testament to this fact is that our three girls would happily snooze, chat or look out the window for the long journeys and we didn’t have to break out the screens until the last day (a long drive back to Nairobi)!

The safaris in Ol Pejeta, Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara were very all different and wonderful.  We loved the varied nature of the trip, the beautiful highland region of Mount Kenya, Lake Naivsha with it’s bustling town and the Masai Mara with it’s stretching plains and long vistas.  Everyone we met was so friendly and happy that we were visiting their country. The programme of events was perfect, the trip to the elephant orphanage and giraffe sanctuary on the first day was great for getting a taste of what was to come, the children loved getting up close, the giraffe’s were a particular hit.

Similarly the trip to see the chimpanzee and rhinos in Ol Pejeta was great, my highlight was feeding a blind, black rhino and I will always remember his slobbery kiss as he took the greenery from my hand!  We could have stayed in the Masai Mara for much longer, on reflection I think an additional night here would have been our only change, we loved just looking out across the plains.  The girls really felt like they were in Lion King land. The animals were fantastic to see, having done safari before I knew the magic of it but my husband admitted he didn’t think he’d enjoy watching the animals as much as he did!

To be honest the accommodation blew us away.  Maybe you under sell yourselves but we really didn’t expect it to be so good!!!  The family cottage at Ol Pejeta Lodge was just amazing, huge and beautiful.  We loved the open fire and the big beds. We could have stayed for a week. The welcome we got was as if we had returned home from a long journey, perhaps it was a taste of colonial Africa.

We all fell in love with Dea’s Guesthouse too, the gardens were simply beautiful and we felt we’d arrived at our grandmother’s house with the care and hospitality we received.  The family loft room was perfect and the girls loved their first experience of sleeping under a mosquito net!  The home cooked food was delicious and they had clearly considered the children.

Then the Ashnil Mara Camp, again mind-blowing!  The level of luxury and service given its location in the middle of the Mara was just amazing. And again the space we had as a family was perfect.

Onto our last week in Malindi at Temple Point, we were certainly all ready for some relaxing time and being in one place. There was a slight problem when we arrived as they had given us three rooms, which weren’t connected and our children (being of an age) were not comfortable sleeping alone after one night the hotel managed to find us a family room, this was all dealt with very well and in a friendly manner so nothing that bothered us too much. The hotel was perfect for the children, over the Easter weekend it had a full schedule of entertainment.  We all loved the evening shows and then the open-air movie. There was plenty to do during the day, from darts, to Easter Egg hunts and water balloon fights, the kids loved it (as did we!)  We also did a fantastic beach walk and the children got to hold sea cucumbers, star fish and feed a rather ugly moray eel.  We did a dolphin-watching excursion with snorkelling, our 4 year old was so excited about swimming with all the fish and seeing Dory!

All in all Liddy it was just perfect, exactly what we wanted and actually a whole lot extra.  Thank you so much.

Hickley Clarkson Family (with children aged 6 and 8)

Travelled Christmas 2017
We had an absolutely wonderful time and thank you for organising everything. The holiday went really smoothly. Do pass our gratitude on to the ground handler (Jeff) who was also lovely and friendly and looked after us really well.

Hobbs Family (with kids aged 12 and 15)

Travelled Summer 2017
We wanted to send you a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our time in Kenya. Laikipia was a particular highlight for the kids as they loved the camp here and the fact that we could do lots of activities on foot rather than in the car all the time. The food was amazing and big thanks to Andrew (the chef) for making special dishes for our fussy daughter!

The Masai Mara was as wonderful as we hoped and we were very lucky with our wildlife viewing – masses of lions and cheetah as well as huge herds of plains game. Some lovely baby elephants too which the children enjoyed. Our guide here (Roger) was particularly good and what we don’t know about African game isn’t worth knowing! We were worried that the novelty of game drives would wear off on the kids but Roger managed to keep their interest going throughout. Highly recommended.

Then the beach was gorgeous and we loved Medina Palms. All very luxurious and exactly what we needed after the safari. Our rooms were AMAZING. And the food was superb here, so we all ate far too much of it.

Thanks for arranging such a great trip.

Elliott Family (with two kids aged 6 and 8)

Travelled Summer 2016
The best holiday we have ever had, and that’s from the kids as well!

Neilson Family (with three children aged 13, 15 and 17)

Travelled Summer 2016
We just got back last night and are all exhausted but I just wanted to send you a quick message to say how much we have enjoyed the last couple of weeks in Kenya. It really was the most fantastic trip and we are very sad to come home, particularly to this rain! From the moment we arrived in Nairobi everything went really smoothly.

We were very pleased to have taken your advice and got straight out of Nairobi as from what we saw it was a dump. It didn’t take long to get to Sweetwaters and was so lovely to get there. The kids were straight in the pool and M and I sat down with a cool beer and felt that the holiday had truly arrived!

We saw a lioness with her cubs on our first morning drive which set the bar high, but we continued to be very lucky throughout the trip and ticked off the big-5 several times over. I also loved the birds but the kids were not remotely interested and all did exaggerated yawns the minute I pulled out the binoculars. However, Stephen, our excellent guide, was brilliant and somehow managed to point out enough birds to keep me happy, whilst also spotting plenty of bigger animals for the rest of the brood.

Of all the hotels, our favourite was probably Epiya Chapeyu. Amazing food, lovely staff and we saw elephants just nearby, down at the river.

The Sonrisa was also perfect for us. We saw lots of the big charter resorts and they looked awful so we were greatly relieved to turn up at the Sonrisa. It was really comfortable and just what we needed at the end of the safari.

Anyway, sorry this is brief. I’ll try to send more details soon but I just wanted to say thank you. Do also pass on to your local agent that Stephen was brilliant as he really went above and beyond. The kids adored him. Cambodia is next so we’ll be in touch!

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