TruTravels vs Elite Luxury Kenya - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
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2.0 June 2017
Does Not Recommend
Sadly, this was the most underwhelming tours I've ever booked. Despite it being one of the most expensive tours in Cambodia, the accommodations and activities were not in line with the price.Read more
Dave, our main guide, is an awesome dude and I'm sure he'll do well given a bit of time. However, he had never been to Cambodia!
The tubing and wakeboarding, as well as other activities were not included as advertised, nor was there an option to pay extra to do them. The tour makes it appear a lot more food is included than it is and the suggested places to eat were overpriced for the most part, probably due to the lack of experience of our guides.
No one picked me up from the airport and the tour seemed very disorganized. We only met our guides on the 2nd stop for instance. Luckily I did have a good time. The other people on the tour were great, although many do share my opinions of TruTravels. As said, the guides were good guys and this should not be reflective of them.
My expectations were higher due to this being one of the more expensive trips in Cambodia. I feel ripped off. No exaggeration: I spent less per day in New Zealand than I did in Cambodia. I emailed the company these opinions prior to leaving this review and I found the response very dismissive.
If the tour interests you, you can do it on your own way cheaper: Book 2 nights at each Mad Monkey hostel (that's all the tour is) and find your own transportation to each place. It's cheap and easy to do. You'll save at least half the cost of this tour and probably find better activities for cheaper on your own. It's a pretty easy country to navigate.
I question the legitimacy of some of their reviews online. Most people on my tour have also been in contact with the company to share their disappointment.
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5.0 July 2016
Can't decide which part was the best part of the journey; the sleeper train adventure (better than The Darjeeling Limited), the amazing tour guides --all American, Canadian, and British, the Khao Sok National Park (water so blue, and so secret, it felt like The Beach), or the hookups at the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan. Everyone had a great time! Thanks Joe Fallon! You run a really tight ship!Read more
5.0 February 2017
Had an absolutely incredible trip on the 13 day Full Moon tour! So much fun getting to meet a ton of amazing people from all over the world and getting to experience some really unbelievable sights, activities, cities, and parties!Read more
Trutravels did an awesome job and our tour leader Mickey was the absolute man! Happiest person on earth and so fun to be around.
Highly recommend it and would love to come back for another trip in the future!
Tour TruTravels Company Reviews
|Tours||3 Trips||5 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 74||$ 442|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Lewes East Sussex, United Kingdom; Koh Phangan, Suratthan, Thailand||Nairobi, 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.