Bamba Experience vs Elite Luxury Kenya - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 3.5
Value — 3.4
Guide — 3.4
Activities — 3.4
Lodging — 3.4
Transportation — 3.4
Meals — 3.4
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Great tour, not so greeat operator

5.0 December 2017
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour itself is super cool. Yes, it is a whirlwind, you are constantly on the go, moving from one place to another and you get to see only a small portion of the local wonders but if you are time constrained – this is a great way to see many places in a short time. The salt flats were probably my favourite...
The physical challenge is moderate but the high altitudes and dry/dusty/salty air could present challenges.
A word of caution regarding booking it with Bamba Experience: be ready for screw-ups. I was not picked up in an airport in the middle of the night contrarily to the confirmed plan, twice not picked up for a local activity.
I managed to arrange for the alternatives myself (the phone number and the online contacts they provide for *urgent* contacts are of no use – all you get is a voicemail and/or reply many hours later when it would be too late anyways as there is no slack in the schedule). Bamba reimbursed me for the extra expenses I incurred in some of these cases but not in all.
The instructions Bamba provided were incomplete; they have not mentioned some important details that would have put me in trouble if it weren't for my fellow travellers who booked same activities through other agencies (and these agencies specifically instructed them what to prepare).
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Tour Bamba Experience Company Reviews

Dont book

1.0 April 2017
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
We did a 18 day tour through Belize/Mexico and Guatemala. Heaps of mistakes on the vouchers. ( wrong times, prices, confirmation numbers and durations) No availability on 1 of the busses so we had to arrange our own transport. And the big suprise in the end they booked us on a transfer from Palenque to Guatemala which nearly costs our lives.

We were involved in a bus accident and Bamba did simply nothing. We emailed a couple of questions and there was no serieus answer you will expect from a company like this.

After more than a week and a 3 page letter I got their attention and they offered a refund. Good to receive a little refund of the huge amount we paid for a ruined holiday... think twice to book
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Tour Bamba Experience Company Reviews

Best way to discover a country

5.0 August 2015
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Bamba is just the best way to discover a country individually. While not worrying about the stress of buying your next bus/plane ticket or trip you can just relax and enjoy those unforgettable moments of travelling, which will stay in your mind forever.
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Tour Bamba Experience Company Reviews

Tours 4 Trips 5 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 128 $ 442
Operator Type Independent / Self-Guided Packager Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
Service Level Budget Luxury
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Africa
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Luxury
Headquarters Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico Nairobi, Kenya
Year Established 2005 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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    About Bamba Experience
    About Elite Luxury Kenya

    Also called “Kenya Safaris” this company is very locally minded, offering boutique travel experiences including honeymoon, and fully customized travel.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Elite Luxury Kenya provides a travel experience in Kenya that will introduce travelers to another side of the African safari. No frills, yet comfortable, the travel options seem to distinctly be designed to showcase traveling beyond the safari. Though this is not to say safari’s are not a focus. Rather for them, a safari holiday with them means you’ll get a very diverse tour in terms of activities, excursions, and accommodations.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Those seeking an affordable Kenya, Tanzania, and / or Uganda experience. Their tours are private and completely customizable. As a smaller company travelers may find that accommodations are less luxury in feel than an established luxury safari brand, however you will be very comfortable and well taken care of. And if local touches are important to you, these will make your trip especially enjoyable.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Despite what the name suggests, Elite Luxury Kenya also provides tours in Tanzania and Uganda. Part of their mission is to introduce travelers to Kenya and these other destinations beyond the typical safari. To that end you may enjoy a beach holiday, gorilla trek, or hike up Mount Kenya.

    Why Travel With Them?

    Kenya based and small, traveling with them is a way to support local business and in return have a fully local experience. You will get a sense of the “real” Kenya, while also experiencing all the classic safari moments.

    Tours are led by local knowledgeable guides, and your trip is designed by experts for a personalized touch - this helps ensure your trip to Kenya fulfills everything you want to see.

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