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“my first time in kenya” 5 of 5 stars
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milano
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“my first time in kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2010

I was this January in Kenya with my boyfriend Marco.
The trip was tailed from my local Travel Agency Pori Tour (www.poritours.com). We had a wonderful exeperience.
The first day we were supposed to start immediately with the safari, but our flight was late, so John took us at the airport and we spent the afternoon in Mombasa (I have to say, the sea is not that bad even in Mombasa).
The second day we left early in the morning for Tsavo East. It was great. We saw many animals in the savana, it was exiting. And the lodge was great (Voi Safari). The second day we had an early morning game drive, than we left for Tsavo West. That was great as well. We also had game drive to look for the Rino....he didn't appear....but once we were relaxing in our lodge (Ngulia), he appear to drink in the little like just in front of us!!! Unvelivable!!!! The secon day we left for Amboseli Park (Oltukai Lodge). Each Park has its own characteristics, they have differente landscape. We saw lots of animals, not only the big five but many many others. Our guide (Juma...thank you so much) had very good eyes, he was able to chatch animals like you cannot imagine, he could even understand the movements of antilopes and other animal to understand if there was a lion.... We had a van all for us.....that was really great!!!!!
We end our holyday with a two day relax in Watamu......
Kenya was an experience I will never forget!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Magical Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2010

KENYA lies across the equator on the east coast of Africa. It is surrounded by Somalia in the north east, Ethiopia and Sudan in the north, Uganda in the west and Tanzania to the south.
The south east of the country is the coastal belt, with white sandy beaches, palm trees and year-round hot weather next to the Indian Ocean.
The altitude gradually increases as you move inland towards Africa’s largest fresh water lake, Lake Victoria. The Great Rift Valley then separates the highlands into east and west. The eastern highlands, is where you will find the capital city Nairobi and the continents’ second highest snow capped mountain, Mt. Kenya. The western highlands, towards the Ugandan border, is where you will find lush rainforests and the famous tea plantations.
Moving south and gradually east, the landscape becomes more arid as you reach the Mara and the concentration of wildlife.
The little-visited northern part of KENYA bordering Somalia and Ethiopia is a vast, semi-desert area.

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wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Gamewatchers safaris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

Just returned,10/07/09, and I absolutely loved every minute that Gamewatchers arranged. If you are looking for a true African experience ,this it! We had wonderful, knowledgable Maasai warriors as guides who knew where the animals were. We were literally 1-10 ft. from prides of lions, zebras, wildebeasts, cheetahs-incredible!!Superior food and luxury tents with plenty of hot water bucket showers. Why go to Africa and stay in a hotel? This was the best! Gamewatchers is Kenyan, employs Kenyans, and supports a Kenyan grade school in the middle of one of the worst slums in the world-They provide life changing experiences for very many

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Galway, Ireland
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Kenya - Diani, Watamu, Malindi, Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2009

Kenya Review July 2009,

VISA
- Upto January, adult visa is $25
and children under 16 are FREE

INTERNAL FLIGHTS
-kenya airways was offering more competitive rates
than others, for NBO to MBA flights

WEATHER / POWER / MOSQUITOS
-showered most days in mombasa,
-but diani, watamu, malindi was sunny,
-nairobi cool
-power cuts in diani, sometimes all day
-weather in july this year was abit of everything,
i hope august is wonderfully cool & breezy
-usually no mosquitos in july / august, but there colud be few,
so don't ignore and apply spray protection on children

TAXIS
nbo airport to town 1.3k to 1.5k
nbo to thika day trip 3k,
mba airport to bamburi 1k to 1.5k
mba to diani one way 2.5k or 4k day trip,
mba to watamu oneway 4.5k to 6k,
watamu to malindi daytrip 2.3k,
mba to malindi one way or daytrip 6k to 7k,

MBA - BAMBURI
showers but still good holiday,
nice takeaway outside nakumat in nyali,
pirates beach in bamburi always fun,
most welcoming hotels are many, prefer papweza,
wildwaters closed on mondays except bank holidays.

DIANI
rented bahati villa for few days near neptune,
quite & comfy, except on windy nights the airflow
through the roof created some noise iside the thatched roof villa.
i suppose you get used to it on the second night. there were matatus but never needed because we planned trips and shopping together. most welcoming places for day visitors and for lunch included leopard beach, pinewood village, nomads, corel beach, visited public area near indian ocean hotel but it was empty on a weekday, diani supermarked was excellent for variety. i think diani is wonderful anytime of the year.

SHIMBA HILLS
its was short journey from diani to shimba hills and so hired a minibus taxi from leopard beach, paid at the gates ourselves, @$20 each, it was nice day at shimba along with quite a few school busses and mini buses and small cars strolling along to see the herds of buffalos, herds of antelopes - some black antelope, the antelopes run away too quickly, ther are also elephants, giraffes, there are leopards but not at day time i heard, thera are turtles on the road, the sight from view top was fascinating and it was worth visiting shimba. the roads in shimba are good.

SHIMONI / WASINI
it was 45min journey from Diani to SHIMONI VILLAGE near TZ border, we organised it thro Robert's tour company near neptune in diani, he provided brandnew minibus with AC and a wonderful driver & guide, in the minibus were other tourists like russian and german and also a beachboy, all were really good fun. from wasini village you board the DHOW for a 1hr journey in the sea heading for kisite marine reserve, which is in the middle of the sea, next to it is a beach in in the middle of the sea where you can relax and sunbathe away from the dhow. its a bit stoney area so keep your shoes on while walking in the water or take swimming shoes which are very common among swimmers in diani. after 1 hr of fun in the kisite marine reserve, its off to see the DOLPHINS, yes we were the lucky ones on this day, plenty of dolphins and it was an interesting scenerio with about four DHOWS following and circling around the DOLPHINS. after dolphins its back halfway to WASINI ISLAND Restaurant for seafood, vege soup in coconut or plain chicken and chips if requested. all drinks availableat extra but reasobale anyway.
after lunch its back to shimoni village and back to Diani.

WATAMU
stayed few nights here, there are many places to rent easily from 2k to 4k for a family of four, there are beachboys near the supermarked who can be too helpful indeed, just tell them what kind of place you want. we stayed at TURTLE VILLAS, its opposite turtle bay hotel. there are seven brandnew villas built 3yrs ago, each has four ensuite bedrooms with ac and fans and all villas have solar powered hot water. the most welcoming hotel for day visitor and for lunch was HEMINGWAYS, you can relax & lunch & observe some expert tourist's bring in the catch of the day from sea, one of the popular fish from the sea is the MARLIN with long sword like beak, and the largest was 72KG, it was around seven feet long and took four people to put it on the scale. most reasturants open 7pm in watamu, but we found a 24hr restaurant and apartment called NYAMA CHOMA VILLAGE, indeeed its very welcoming and they serve very nice barbecue. you can easily make a trip in TUKTUK it has 3 to 4 seating. malindi is only 23 km matatus are very frequent, but we hired a taxi fro 2.5k for a day trip.

MALINDI
spent a day in MALINDI on a friday, very busy indeed and visited EDEN ROCK HOTEL, a very welcoming hotel for day visitors, a hotel with unusually large land and had a long walk to the beach, only to realise there was a long walk to the sea itself, but the sand was soft and shiny in malindi and sea was beautiful, i would say malindi is a romantic place to be. there is an indian restaurant behind barclays, and its next to Burhani School, they serve nice meal.

NAIROBI
stayed at PROGRESSIVE PARK HOTEL, well furnisehd and equipped with 24Hr TV, Fridge Freezer, cooker, fitted kitchen, phone, free gym, bed and breakfast, very popular and always busy so book in advance. hotel is within walking distance to shopping centers, many restaurants, nakumat westgate shopping center, sarit center, cinema, and many other facilities.

NAIROBI - THIKA,
about 1hr journey to see the thika falls which is now dry, but still very romantic place to see. the hotel in thika has new features in the garden like large pond, a small village and playground with rides.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Travel agency recommendation ...Adventure Trippin Tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2008

For Christmas, we took our grown young adult children on the trip of a lifetime to Kenya. After much searching I found Simon of Adventure Trippin Tours. A find indeed! He customized our adventure to suit our desires. We went white water rafting, bungee jumping, safari with ballooning on Christmas morning and dinner in the bush! ,and finally the beach. We had our own guide, Kris who fit in perfectly with my kids. He saw to every detail. Adventure Trippin Tours are not limited to Kenya. The website is worth a visit.

http://www.adventuretrippintours.com

If you are looking for an adventure of any type , talk to Simon.

simon.coward@adventuretrippin.com

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