We’d never done a Safari, our first one with Katuta was an awesome experience. One of those things which it’s difficult to do justice in a short review; you have to do yourself to appreciate. Our holiday was based on Diani beach to the south of Mombasa, and we did three days in Tsavo East and West staying in Voi then Ngulia lodges.
We booked the safari with Big Joseph who’s working with Katuta. On the safari was Katuta, Joseph, my girlfriend and I, and two English women. So there was plenty of room in the van and everyone had a good view. Basically the guys were organized, punctual and looked after us very well. Everything went smoothly. We were safe to leave two cameras and a laptop with them in the van. We saw elephants, zebra, giraffes, monkeys, water buffalo, 2 lions, 2 leopards, wildebeest, hippos, crocodiles and more types of gazelle, antelope and bird than there’s space to mention. Unfortunately we didn’t see any rhino, not even in the rhino sanctuary in Tsavo West.
Three days left us with many lasting memories … at sunset on the balcony at Ngulia watching the elephants spraying themselves down in the watering holes … the excitement of Katuta driving the safari van like a crazed rally driver when he heard of a lion sighting on the CB radio (when he found the lioness there was a deserved round of applause and shouts of bravo)… the pure relaxation of the early morning game drive with the cool breeze and some tunes … Clearly three days in Tsavo is not the most adventurous trip, but it has whet our appetite to do a bigger tour with Katuta in the future.
Katuta has 21 years of experience doing safaris in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda so he knows the rules, the parks, the animals and the lodges. His passion for safari comes across, maybe not so obviously as our frequent, child-like excitement.
I thoroughly recommend booking with Katuta and Big Joseph. At our hotel the rep for the tour operator was selling tours and trips, and knocking some of the locals in their sales pitch. The rep was completely wrong. We ended up with just as good a trip, for a much more competitive price, and were happy to pay local people directly for their work and expertise.
I hope you will have as much fun as we did.
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