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Kairi Tours and Safaris

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Marysvale, Utah
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Kairi Tours and Safaris

I have always used a local travel agency to book all of my international travel. I wanted to visit Kenya and Ethiopia this year but neither of the agencies I have used before would book the trip for me. They would only book with world wide companies such as Globus, Gate 1 and such. So I started my search for local companies that could deal direct with me. I contacted more than twenty companies in both Kenya and Ethiopia. It was kind of scary doing it on my own since there was so much expense involved in just getting to Africa. Some Safari companies tried to pressure me and intimidate me into booking with them. It was NOT a lot of fun. And I almost decided to do something easy, like visit China instead. But then I found Kairi Tours and right away started to feel at ease.

Paul Mugeke, the senior tour consultant at Kairi, worked with me extensively to decide just what kind of a safari we wanted. I had originally wanted to just visit the Masai Mara. They had a safari listed on their web site, www.kairi.co.ke , that combined The Mara with Lake Nakuru. I inquired about that trip and he explained it in detail to me but suggested that I might be happier if they also included a stopover at Lake Naivasha as well, with NO increase in price!. That was not even listed on their web site but in the end we decided on that trip. All email communications with Paul were both friendly and businesslike at the same time. I would stay up late at night to email him during his business hours and his responses to my inquiries were always immediate. I even commented in one of my emails that this was as good as talking to him on the telephone.

If any of you are troubled as to what company, and there are very many, to book with I assure you that Kairi Tours and Safaris will make it easy for you. They will treat you as their equal and be nothing but fair with you. I can't know exactly what Paul thinks of me, but even never having met him, I can honestly think of him as more a friend than a travel agent!! I am happy that I didn't change my mind and go to China instead. That can wait till next year. When we return the end of July, I will post a report on how the actual safari went.

Johannesburg, South...
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they sound like real professionals

Singapore
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That sounds really good. I am a bit apprehensive about booking my Masai Mara trip with them. I've been to Kenya before and hence wouldn't like to visit the other NPs anymore but head straight for the migration at Masai Mara. The safari package offered by Kairi Tours is really attractive, but the company isn't part of the KATO... But I figured I'd just go ahead with the booking.

Glad to know another delighted client of Kairi Tours!

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Moscow, Russia
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Hello! Ratbone, write more about you trip with Kairi, please. I'm planning to have safari in September with them.

Singapore
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Just returned from a safari with them, and I can highly recommend their services! There's a booth at the airport, and the main office is along Kenyatta avenue. Paul Mugeke, the senior consultant, replies emails really quickly and was attentive to my SMS sent in Kenya as well.

Cheshire, United...
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Recently returned from a a safari with Kairi Tours and Safari's, it was ok but I wasn't that impressed and I think there is better out there. Free pick up/drop off at airport is good, do NOT stay in their guesthouse which they offer free of charge for your first night in Nairobi......it shouldn't even be allowed to be described as a guest house.....more of a squat and although yes they do advise you that it's basic accommodation beforehand, this is most definitely not basic and I can rough it with the best of them......I couldn't even bring myself to use the shower it was that bad.....it's also in a terrible location and the bar opposite has music playing all night long and even early morning, pay the extra and book a hotel. Safari itself was ok, we seen the animals but our driver drove like a madman I felt like I was on a formula one safari......he wasn't that informative and it felt like he was there just because it was his job and not for the love of the wildlife and the masai mara......the minibus already had 7 people which meant we didn't all get window seats and on the last day they crammed in an additional two which made nine.......this may cut costs for them but I felt at my/our expense. Trying To stand up with 9 others and take photos.....I often had pictures of other peoples arms and heads, not good and quite uncomfortable especially with the speed of the driver. I know I booked a budget safari, but I still feel you can get a better deal than the one I got with Kairi. The price was fine but product, not so much......Safari's there are in abundance so shop around and ask questions before you go ahead and pick one.....for example....how many passengers per vehicle.....I feel this is really important. I came back from my safari feeling a little disappointed I have to say.......a good enthusiastic knowledgable guide also I think would make a hug difference. Try and find someone who has already been and get their recommendations. Hope this helps!

Rome
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Could you tell me if the package price included meals & transfers? Thanks for the info.

Cheshire, United...
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Yes the total price includes your meals and transfers.

London, United...
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did any of you do the Kilimanjaro hike with kairi.co.ke? Any feedback?

Lowell, Oregon
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Thanks for the info on Kairi. We'll be using them later this month. Where did you stay while in Nairobi? Any suggestions?