We arranged an overland 16 night Kenyan Safari through Bernard of Lion Trails Safaris and had a fantastic experience as a result.
Lion Trails put together an itinerary based upon the sites we wished to visit. We hoped to see the Mara Migration in full swing but also wanted to see both species of rhino and all three of the big cats as well as experiencing the arid lands of Samburu and Shaba. We were supplied with our own vehicle and had a most excellent driver/guide called Ben Gitari. Lion Trails arranged our accommodation which was excellent throughout and was clearly chosen to maximise on our wildlife viewing experience without compromising on comfort.
Our guide was excellent and had an almost uncanny sixth sense when it came to finding quality wildlife sightings. We saw all three species of big cat up close including numerous superb cheetah sightings. We witnessed a successful lion hunt up close and also witnessed a leopard capture a young oryx. We had amazing views of the Mara migration including some spectacular river crossings complete with hunting crocodiles; yet this safari was so much more. Ben was able to find interesting birds and other supporting cast to the big five but also delivered the goods in abundance with respect to elephant, buffalo and rhino sightings.
Whilst quality of food and accommodation are of vital importance the main reason to come on safari is to see a wide range of interesting wildlife and see it well. With Lion Trails it really is possible to achieve excellent wildlife sightings without compromising on quality accommodation or comfort as clearly they put great care into the planning and organisation of your safari based on your needs, wants and hopes.
Lion Trails put together an excellent itinerary for us using a range of very good camps and lodges. We had a most personable and excellent driver/guide who was able to provide all the wildlife sightings we could wish for and more as well as being a font of information regarding birds, animal behaviour and local culture. We were met by Bernard of Lion Trails on our arrival at the airport and Bernard was also present to assist us in negotiating the airport on our overnight departure flight at the end of our safari. The services of Lion Trails were of the highest quality yet were provided at a very competitive price.
I have no qualms in thoroughly recommending this small company for their five star service and I will most certainly use them again in the future.