Zebra on dusty savanna in Amboseli National Park in Kenya at dusk

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When you think of the words “African safari,” Kenya may quickly spring to mind. Its outstanding game parks include Masai Mara National Reserve, where the annual Great Migration of wildebeest ends in the Rift Valley just north of the Serengeti. Kenya also has a sparkling Indian Ocean coast lined with white-sand beaches.

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Kenya Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 289 Great 75 Average 5 Disappointing 2 Terrible 1
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Kicheche Bush Camp August 2018

5.0

Photographic Safari

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Absolutely brilliant safari.

Paul Goldstein and the local guides went out of their way to ensure we had
the best experience.
The camp itself was superb and the food was the best we've had on any trip.
The camp managers, Darren & Emma, were very friendly and welcoming and added
to the overall experience.
We would happily go back tomorrow.
The number of big cat sightings, which was due to the spotting skills and
patience of the guides.


Paul Goldstein is a legend. Inspirational and great fun, you learn so much
just from being with him.


Get on the next plane out. You won't regret it.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Leopards, leopards and yet more leopards - with cubs August 2018

5.0

Photographic Safari

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Another amazing week in the Masai Mara. Don't be afraid to go during the
"rainy season". We had so many top quality sightings of leopards with cubs,
lions with cubs, a cheetah kill and a new born elephant. Of course this
cannot be guaranteed but we had very good fortune as well as maxing the time
out searching for photographic opportunities. The guides were excellent and
worked hard to get us into the best position for photos, whilst respecting
the animals and ensuring they weren't disturbed by our presence. Lovely food
and comfy tents - hot water bottles in our beds and in the jeeps were
well-received.
Spending quality time with a new-born elephant who was learning to walk and
suckle and very playful leopard cubs


Paul Goldstein - you can read all about him in other reviews.

Without doubt, you won't find a more hardworking guide, determined to
maximise your experience


Brace yourself for getting up around 5am and not returning to camp until
19.30 - every day. This safari isn't for wimps.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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A truly excellent adventure August 2018

5.0

Mt Kenya Ascent

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It's understandable that people want to say they've climbed the highest
mountain somewhere - but having climbed both Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya in
the past year, I strongly recommend anyone considering the former to
seriously think about Mount Kenya instead. No, it's not as high and summit
night is not as long - but if anything, the overall trek is more challenging,
given consecutive days of steep ascents and a far more difficult descent. The
scenery is truly stunning and, best of all, crowds are non-existent. A
fantastic local team ensured that everyone reached the summit.
Admiring the glorious landscapes throughout. Reaching the summit after a
tough, slow climb on a dazzling morning.


Peter was friendly and low-key, and set a "pole pole" pace that kept the
group close together until summit night, when slower walkers like myself were
guided separately to ensure we all succeeded. He was well assisted by Cyrus,
who has been climbing Mount Kenya for over 30 years. The chefs deserve a
special mention for the excellent meals they produced throughout.


My group was a highly experienced one, with most having done Kilimanjaro,
Everest base camp or both, and we conceded we may have been a little
complacent about Mount Kenya. It's a shorter trek, but in no way an easier
one, so if you are looking for a good challenge, do consider this. Mount
Kenya deserves to be far more popular than it is.


Because of the small matter of a World Cup semi-final, our group opted to
complete the trek on summit day. This added 5-6 hours of walking after a
short break at Shipton, making for quite a long day. The benefit, however,
was hot showers and comfortable beds on our last night in Kenya, followed by
an extremely pleasant, lazy half-day at Mountain Rock Lodge before the long
drive to the airport. In my view, this worked really well; perhaps future
itineraries should also consider this option.


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A trip of a lifetime August 2018

5.0

Gorillas & Masai Mara - Camping Reverse

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I believe there is nothing better than seeing animals in their natural
habitat and this trip gave me the privilege of seeing a family of 10 gorillas
in their home. It was a hard trek through the mountain forest (don’t
underestimate the difficulty, my trek was 6 hours!) but spending time
watching them was awe inspiring and will stay with me forever. The tour is
full on with each day adding yet another highlight as we travelled through
Ugandan and Kenyan game parks via Lake Victoria. The tour started with
gorillas and ended with the migration in the Masai Mara which I saw from a
sunrise balloon trip. The tour leader, driver, cook and assistant were
fantastic; I have never travelled with such a fun, kind, efficient and
professional team.
There were several; spending time in the company of gorillas, seeing lions,
leopards and cheetahs in the Masai Mara and seeing elephants and hippos in
the Queen Elizabeth National Pearl but perhaps the most thought provoking was
visiting the genocide museum in Kigali.


Jacob was excellent. He was calm, funny and had a very good ‘bush
telegraph’ for spotting animals.


Just go!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Truly wonderful trip August 2018

5.0

Gorillas & Masai Mara - Camping Reverse

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our third camping trip with Exodus and this is almost becoming our
preferred trip type - being cheaper doesn't hurt either. We were amazed at
the shear number of animals we saw in Kenya and Uganda long before we got to
the Gorilla area. We saw the big five, and mostly with babies!, great
scenery, wonderful lakes and rivers. Game drives were varied not only in the
nature of the country visited but also sometimes in the 'bus' sometimes in
4X4s and sometimes by boat. There were some longish drives but with lots to
look at, stops for snacks and toilets, and time to charge cameras etc for the
next stop. We felt very well looked after the whole time, and guided through
formalities of border crossings etc. We were a smallish group of nine which
meant we had lots of space, and we got on well.
I guess it has to be the gorillas - being so close and watching while they
just got on with their lives. The babies were adorable and the silverback
huge, but they seemed very peaceful.


Jacob was really great, as were the other members of the team - KFC,
Stonecold & Dolly. They looked after us really well and bought great calm and
humour to the whole trip. In many ways they made it possible for us to have
the great time we had.


I considered taking my walking gaiters but decided against it - almost the
first thing Jacob said was "I hope you all brought you gaiters for the
gorilla trek"! In fact we did well using two pairs of socks with the long
pair on the outside and trousers tucked into them. It worked out fine. Do use
a porter for the gorilla trek, it makes life a lot easier just having your
bag carried, and the occasional hand up, but it also brings much needed
employment to the local community.


We would highly recommend this trip - Go prepared for some early mornings,
some laughs, some drives but mostly some amazing sightings.


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Operator Exodus Travels

Kenya Tours and Travel Guide


Kenya Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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. As a result, countless Westerners have been inspired to experience a Kenyan 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 Masai warriors in their red tribal garments the far south, black-robed Muslim women on Lamu Island, merchants from China and east India along the coast, British expats in Nairobi, and global archaeologists and anthropologists out in the field. The only thing excluded from that list are the visitors from around the world who come to view and photograph some of the most remarkable wildlife on earth -- they can be found nearly everywhere.

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 galloping 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. Other great spots can be found in 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.”

Related Categories

Continent:

Africa

Local  Attractions:      

Masai Mara National Park, Swahili cultures, Meru National Park, Samburu National Park & many more.

Top Activities:

SafariHikingWildlife Viewing, Game Drive & Photography

Similar Destinations: 

TanzaniaBotswanaNamibiaZimbabweZambiaUganda & South Africa

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