Island Routes vs Elite Luxury Kenya - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4
Value — 4.1
Guide — 4.1
Activities — 4.1
Lodging — 4.1
Transportation — 4.1
Meals — 4.1
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Had a great day

5.0 January 2017
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from St Lucia and wanted to put in a review for Smiley, our tour guide and Tony our driver on a Piton excursion we took while out there. Had a great day with them. Tony was a very good driver negotiating some very sharp bends on the skinny mountain roads, and Smiley great fun and very informative. Thanks guys
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5.0 January 2017
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A group of us from work #Vista print went on the Catamaran cruise as a team engagement. We LOVED it. The experience was grand and the customer service was amazing. We're planning to do one of their other cruises soon. I'd recommend Island Routes to anyone
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Only refunded $50 out of $250

1.0 December 2016
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I would HIGHLY discourage anyone from booking with this company. At the very least, read all of the one star reviews on this page before doing so.
We booked a catamaran tour while staying at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall resort. We ended up paying around $250 (for two) to spend the day on the catamaran which included 1.5 hours of snorkelling, drop off at the Dunn's River Falls, and a return trip with food and drinks. About half way to the pick-up point, the Island Routes' shuttle driver informed us that the water was too choppy for the tour and that we would be turning back. Fine.
He then receives another call saying we can continue on to the Falls, if we'd like. He ensures us that we'll be refunded for only having done the Falls hike, and that we could deal with that once we returned to the resort. The group, looking to salvage the day, decided to carry on. We get to the Falls, do our thing (takes about 35 minutes to hike up and down), and return. At this point everyone is starving since we didn't receive any food or drinks and everyone pays for their own lunch at a place recommended by a fellow tourist. At the resort, we thank and tip our driver and head over to deal with our refund. After some hours dealing with a mixed crew of Island Routes' employees, we are told we will only be refunded $50.
We did not spend the day on a boat, we did not go snorkelling, we did not receive food and drinks. We spent four hours in a sweaty bus to go hiking, pay for our own shoe rentals/lunch, and then return. None of what we did is even advertised on the brochure we were sold on.
This company is sketchy and apparently not concerned about their reputation. I'm shocked that so many hotels, including the Hyatt, do business with them. Save your money and look elsewhere.
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Tour Island Routes Company Reviews

Tours 0 Trip 5 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 442
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
Service Level Luxury Luxury
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • Africa
Known For
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Luxury
Headquarters Montego Bay, Jamaica Nairobi, Kenya
Year Established N/A N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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        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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