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Top Trip Memories

  • Witnessing the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles across the swift-flowing Mara River, where hungry predators lie in wait.
  • Searching for big game in Amboseli National Park, with Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, rising majestically in the background.
  • Waking to the rising sun in a game lodge with views of giraffes, zebras and wildebeests sipping water at an oasis just outside your window.
  • Encountering Maasai tribesmen in Maasai Mara dressed in traditional red cloaks herding their cattle as wildlife roam nearby.
  • Watching a leopard in Samburu Game Reserve resting on a tree branch after killing an impala – whose carcass has been stashed on a lower branch.
  • Gliding in a hot air balloon over the Rift Valley, home to a series of lakes that attract a wealth of large mammals.
  • Snapping the perfect photo of a lion springing after a warthog in the savannah.
  • Birding at Lake Nakuru National Park, home to a million flamingos, among 450 bird species.
  • Exploring the bustling city of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean, then relaxing on one of its nearby white sand beaches overlooking turquoise waters.
  • Taking a dhow ride through the mangrove swamps on the exotic Indian Ocean island of Lamu, an enclave of Islamic Swahili culture.
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Tour Tips

  • Amboseli and Maasai Mara are perhaps the two most accessible game parks in Kenya, relatively small, near to each other, and loaded with wildlife.
  • For tours to Great Migration in Maasai Mara, July-September is the time to go -- but expect lots of other visitors then, so book well in advance.
  • For fewer crowds, look for tours going to Meru National Park or Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, or the huge Tsavo East and West national parks..
  • The dry season (January and February into March) is an excellent time to view wildlife because that’s when animals gather at watering holes.
  • While high season in Kenya runs from January through September, springtime can bring heavy rains, occasionally making roads impassable and forcing some lodges to close.
  • When choosing a tour operator, consider the types of lodging offered, which can range from luxurious lodges to tent camping.
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Kenya Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

419 Reviews

  • Excellent 332
  • Great 69
  • Average 10
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 1

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

Kenya - Tanzania & Zanzibar

Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A truly memorable experience with some long journeys along some very bumpy and dusty roads but the rewards of close encounters with so much of East Africa's wildlife made it all worth while. Our group was 17 strong with 4 crew who worked tirelessly to ensure that we were able to enjoy our trip to the full and the truck had plenty of room for all of us to be able to enjoy the wildlife and catch some magic moments on camera. Camping is a great way to enjoy and experience the wildlife and although some of the camp sites are very basic the location more than makes up for it together with the fact that often we were the only campers.
Camping in the serengetti and on leaving our camp for the early morning game drive coming across a pride of 8 lions just 300 metres from camp. The early morning sunlight shining on the old male lion with a beautiful golden hew was just magic.
Seeing more than 24 lions in one day with cubs of varying ages and managing to see 'the big five' although the leopard sighting was difficult as it was high in a tree shrouded by foliage, but at least we saw it.

Lelei was a fantastic guide/group leader who together with our driver 'Bonnie' really made our trip. At one stage in the Mara our truck developed a leaky radiator, but Bonnie kept topping it up so that we could continue our journey and together with Lelei managed to get a replacement shipped out which Bonnie fitted in camp. Lelei imparted much local knowledge and was a good game spotter and together with Bonnie was able to put us in the right place at the right time to see so much wildlife without putting pressure on any of the animals and respecting the rules of the parks.

If you are only thinking about this trip, stop thinking and go and do it, you will enjoy it. Take heed of the advice regarding the temperature at Ngorongoro crater as it DOES get cold at night! Make sure you take a good torch as many of the camps are unlit.

The trip notes are accurate and there are some long journeys which are along unmade roads and the camping is basic but the rewards are worth every bit of it.

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WYY Gorillas and Gameparks

Gorillas & Masai Mara (2017)

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
We had an amazing list of sightings, nearly had all the big five in one day on the Mara but Rhino were there for us the next day, but the Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda were fabulous. Accommodation varied, some excellent service some lacking, similarly with food quality.
Gorilla trekking both in Rwanda (which was easier) and Uganda (for which you needed to be fit), when no one had told the gorillas about the 7M rule - up close and personal to say the least. Not forgetting seeing Cheetah in wild for first time (this was my 8th safari in Africa) and one had a kill.

David was good at spotting animals, as were all three of our drivers which enhanced the experience. Sadly David didn't take charge of the 'tip kitty' which meant it cost more than advised as he 'guided' what tips we should give.

Be prepared for steep climbs in hills, you need more than moderate level of fitness. Not very high altitude but enough to make things more difficult and temperature drops at night in the hills.
I would recommend the reverse trip we did, you would hate it if taken ill on route and were not allowed to see the gorillas; our colds/tummy problems occurred after second gorilla trek fortunately.

If you get Francis as a driver be warned he is an excellent spotter but does not give the same attention to his vehicle; dirty, squeaking breaks (scared the animals) and engine not starting if switched off (after breaking down once he left it on so I got shaky video footage). He is also a man of few words.
Great that water was provided on the vehicles for us.

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A rewarding experience.

Gorillas & Masai Mara (2017)

4.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This was not the trip I had planned to take over Christmas, but it turned out to be truly rewarding, overall, although a little more of a heads-up regarding the gorilla trek would not go amiss. The whole trip may be rated as "2" - leisurely - and, for the most part you are travelling in a truck and this describes it well, but the mountain trek is definitely a "4", minimum (and I've been on a "3" and it was more demanding than that!). After 3-and-a-half hours up and down the mountain, mostly in pouring rain and hail, exhaustion was setting in when we reached our gorilla family - but the encounter really made the effort worthwhile.
Looking back, however, most of my photos were shot long before we arrived in Rwanda - the game drives through the Masai Mara were very successful! In all of the drive, the only thing we missed was a leopard, but we did get to see rarities like the serval and jackel, so that was very satisfying.
Some of the so-called "comfortable" camps were a bit of a let down, with poor washrooms and very elderly tents, badly in need of replacement, but the Exodus camps were great, as was our superb team lead by Peter Kiptoo, driver Boniface, cook Esther and assistant Amos. They really helped to make the experience all the more memorable by looking after us all so well.
This is a trip to be recommended!
Being able to climb the mountain to see the gorillas unaided!

Excellent. Knowledgeable and prepared to respond to (our only occaisional) demands!

Ignore all the ramblings in the trip notes concerning registering online for visas and just follow the spoken advice and purchase an East African visa for all three countries on arrival.
Not really sure it is necessary to pack a mosquito net, since the tents are mosquito-proof and most of the other stops feature mosquito nets.

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Loved our Safari with G Adventures

Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience

5.0
January 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
We've traveled with G several times before and have always been impressed with the quality of the guiding and with the value for money, and this trip was no exception. For half the price of many other safaris, we had a guide and a driver for our maximum group size of 6 people - and for the Tanzania portion, my significant other and I were the only ones on the tour, so we essentially had a private safari. We stayed in comfortable tented camps close to the action, and our guides were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our Tanzanian guide was a former wildlife ecologist, and our driver had been a park ranger in Serengeti, so we really felt we had an insider's experience. I can't recommend G highly enough.
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East Africa Adventure for Gorillas and Wildlife

Gorillas & Chimps In Depth

5.0
January 2017
Intrepid
Recommend: Yes
This overland tour is inspired by the diversity of wildlife East Africa has to offer. The tour gave me the incredible opportunity to experience Rhinos and Gorillas in a peaceful and calm environment in their natural habitat. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Ruhengeri National Park serve as wonderful surroundings to see these stunning animals up close and personal without crowds. I also got see Elephants, Lions, Zebras, Hyenas and various birds in Murchison National Park. They're optional activities the tour allows for in Uganda. Their is canoeing and village walks to a school in Lake Bunyoni and many adrenaline activities in Jinja.

Intrepid provides a driver, tour leader and chef that were very professional and helpful. The Overland Truck never broke down and the tents were good quality and easy to put up. I had the option to upgrade to a room most nights. This tour is an easy way to travel between three countries without the hassle of flying or public buses and witnessing plenty of sights and wildlife along the way.
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Kenya Trips & Tour Advice

Kenya, the heart of the former British East Africa, was the setting for the books and films “Born Free,” “Out of Africa” and many others that have inspired countless Westerners to want to visit Africa and experience a safari for themselves. If you’re one of them, Kenya may be the right country for you.

Its modern capital, Nairobi, provides a good transition when flying in and out, but the real action is in the savannahs and valleys of the south, the semi-arid deserts of the north, and the 300-mile-long Indian Ocean coast to the east, with its lovely beaches and intriguing Swahili culture.

Masai and Merchants

Kenya is diverse: scattered among the most populous native tribespeople (such as Kikuyu, Luo, Meru, Samburu), you’ll find red-robed Masai warriors in the far south, black-robed Muslim women on Lamu Island, merchants from China and east India along the coast, British expats in Nairobi, global archaeologists and anthropologists out in the field, and, nearly everywhere, visitors from around the world who come to view and photograph some of the most remarkable wildlife on earth.

If you book with an experienced safari operator, you can expect to see all or most of these creatures in their natural settings: lions, elephants, giraffes, Cape buffalo, rhinos (both white and black), hippos, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, warthogs, ostriches, flamingos, and many more.

While it’s not necessary to visit a half-dozen different game parks to see most of the animals you want to see, tours that take you to several distinct parts of this fascinating country have the advantage of allowing you to drink in views of some of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth. The volcanic, lake-pocked Rift Valley, the vast sprawling savannahs, the red-tinged soils and desert sands of the interior, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean – all combine to create magical backdrops that are doubly enhanced by glimpses of giraffes loping by the roadway or the sounds of elephants marching and trumpeting in the distance.

The Great Migration

While most everyone would like to be in Kenya in late summer and early fall for the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebras and Thomson’s gazelles racing north from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains into Maasai Mara National Reserve, don’t overlook the quieter pleasures of game-viewing at Meru National Park or Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, or the wide-open spaces of vast Tsavo East and West national parks to the south.

The January-February dry season is ideal for these parks, but even during the spring rainy season game viewing can be productive and rewarding, especially in the hands of expert guides. To help you find those guides, Stride offers an ever-expanding list of reputable safari tour operators who respect the environment and know how to find the animals and the best angles for photographing them.

With a wide selection available, you’re sure to find the right Kenyan safari to suit your level of adventurousness and budget. And before you know it, you’ll be starring in your own production of “Into Africa.”

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