Meektrails Safaris
Meektrails Safaris
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Safari and photography experts, Meektrails safaris is a family owned tour operator offering unique bespoke safari ideas to the hidden gems of Kenya and East Africa.
Nairobi, Kenya
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Travelers' Choice
2023
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Becky F
London, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Overall our experience was incredible and that was down to Daniel and Anthony. Fast and helpful communications, a tailored and packed itinerary and a knowledgeable and friendly guide. See below for more detail!

1. Booking experience and value for money:
My partner and I decided to take a last minute holiday to Kenya and we were worried about leaving the booking last minute in case safaris were booked or the prices even higher. I had scoured the internet for 4 day safari experiences that were within budget but allowed us to stay in lodges and hotels instead of camping (avoiding tents due to a fear of snakes). Daniel was the first company to come back to us and we were incredibly impressed with how much he had listened to what we had asked and added even more into the itinerary without pushing us out of budget. Every other safari company that responded was well out of our price range.

2. Our unforgettable experience:
We were met at the airport by Daniel and our guide Anthony. From here we were driven to our first lodge (AA lodge). It was far better than we had expected, and all the staff were very friendly. Anthony then took us out for our first game drive that evening where we saw cheaters hunting, and more animals than we had expected to see on the whole trip! Day 2 was a full day in Maasai Mara which surpassed any expectations I had. Day 3 we drove to Lake Nakuru and stayed in a really nice hotel, we went on an evening game drive and completed our big five checklist. Our final day consisted of driving to lake Naivasha for a boat ride and walking safari. This last day was added to the itinerary and was what made me really happy as other companies use the last day just to drive back. The boat ride allowed us to see hippos playing in the water and walk with giraffes. After this we were driven to our accommodation in Nairobi where Daniel and Anthony ensured we were dropped at our door safely.

3. Our first class guide Anthony:
It was evident from our safari that a guide can make or break your trip. Anthony definitely made our safari the best experience we could possibly have. He was polite, personable, friendly and ready to listen to what we wanted and adapt the days to suit. He made sure to check which animals we were most keen to see and did everything he could to ensure we found those animals. He really went above and beyond to get us the best sightings. He was also clearly one of the most experienced guides in the park with many other guides stopping to ask him for directions and advice on finding the animals. He was also well connected which seemed really important as the guides will share sighting tips with each other. His connections meant we were always one of the first to spot the animals before the other vans all turned up. We are very thankful to Anthony and how much he did for us over those 4 days and couldn’t recommend him enough as a guide.
Written September 19, 2022
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Wardah
Lahore, Pakistan15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
At the start of the trip, we coordinated with Daniel, the owner of Meektrails, to customize our itinerary. He was very extremely flexible and was communicative throughout the process. We wanted a 5-day tour for Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara, and Lake Nakuru within a reasonable budget, and Meektrails was the most responsive and flexible from all the safari tour companies we contacted! They booked really great hotels (including Sopa Lodge – the best safari hotel!) for the same price that other safari companies offer low-budget hotels. Daniel was available to answer all our questions about traveling to Kenya (even those unrelated to the safari) via WhatsApp before we arrived which was a comfort to us, since traveling to a new country can be stressful!
At the start of the trip, Phyllis, the manager, came to pick us from the hotel with our tour guide where we coordinated the payment. From that point onward we were with Jasan, our tour guide. One thing to mention was that our safari van was very clean, with an unlimited supply of drinking water – super necessary since drives are long!
We had an amazing time with Jasan – he was an incredible tour guide and we cannot recommend him enough. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single animal – from birds to mammals, he knew them all! He also carried with him pocket guides on animals which turned out to be great since we were able to read about the animals as we spotted them. He carried binoculars as well which was convenient – since sometimes animals would be far away in the safari. He was really great at navigating in the safari, he made sure that we spotted all the Big 5. And if there was any specific animal that we wanted to see, he made sure to keep a lookout for those as well. One thing that really stood out about Jasan was that he cared about the park’s cleanliness as well – we actually stopped to pick up a fallen hat in the middle of the track in Lake Naivasha. He also spent some time guiding some lost safari drivers – that’s how you knew he had a gem of a heart!
We highly recommend Jasan and Meektrails Safari! It was our first time in Kenya – and they made sure we had the best time ever!
Written February 5, 2022
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Alex
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Meektrails Safaris and our guide, Ben, in particular went ABOVE AND BEYOND what we could have hoped for our safari in Kenya!

The planning stage with Daniel was convenient, informative, accommodating and professional. He was so easy to communicate with, answered all of our questions, and accommodated all of our specific requests to truly create a unique private safari experience for us. All of the lodges selected for our safari were great. Additionally, the price was very affordable and reasonable when compared to other tour operators.

On the tour, our guide Ben was GREAT!! He was incredibly knowledgeable and attentive and responsive to our needs. Game drives and birdwatching in the Mara were such a treat thanks to Ben’s ability to spot animals and birds while driving! Thanks to him, we were able to experience way more than originally advertised in our itinerary, all the while learning about Maasai and Kenyan culture, landscapes, and wildlife. On a personal level, Ben is so kind, and was a pleasure to be with over the course of the four days. Would highly recommend Ben and Meektrails Safaris for any trip to Kenya!!
Written August 9, 2022
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e_shunkov
Quito, Ecuador218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
We took a private tour for 14 days with a visit (Ambosely, Tsavo, Masay Mara, lakes, Sweet waters). We had a long choice between a jeep and a minibus, we settled on the second one. Despite the bad roads, the minibus was a good option with a profesional driver. Nice, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable guide was with us all the way. The hoteles were chosen according to our requirements and better than we expected. The itinerary was competently designed, with the necessary breaks in good hotels, allowed us to see the big five and did not get bored in 14 days. If desired on the way the guide will help buy fruit, souvenirs or furniture.
Written May 2, 2022
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Ronnie
Colorado Springs, CO11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Daniel, the owner of the company helped us plan an excellent customized safari tour with short notice. Quick responses to queries from Daniel and flexibility of dates and payment made it easy to choose Meektrails. My wife and I went on a 7 day safari tour visiting the top safari destinations across Kenya. Many thanks to experienced guides Daniel and James for not only seeing the big 5 but many many more animals and birds than I ever thought we would have seen. Meektrails, being a newer company shouldn’t be overlooked as the knowledgeable safari guides have about 15 years experience each guide and try so hard to find the animals and birds desired to find. Also the selected accommodations were a really great value and included 3 buffet meals every day. We never eat so much wonderful food! We had the most wonderful time during our safari and will forever be grateful for having such great guides to complement the experience.
Written January 23, 2022
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Jan S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We went on a 4-day safari trip with Meektrails and we've had a fantastic time. Our guide Peter was a great companion and thanks to him and his almost two decades of experience, we have been able to see what Kenya's nature and wildlife has to offer while having a lot of fun. Owner of the company Daniel is also great and he was very helpful during our whole stay in Kenya, the planning of our trip went very smoothly and everything was profesionally managed and organized.

Our experience was truly unforgettable and I would definetely recommend Meektrails Safaris to anyone who is planning their trip to Kenya's beautiful parks and reserves.
Written October 30, 2021
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Ulan Shabynov
Sudan2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Highly recommend this company! For our family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children (7 and 10 y.o.), this was a trip of a lifetime thanks to our caring and professional guide Daniel. We spent 4 days and 3 nights in Masai Mara with a long stop at lake Naivasha on the way back to Nairobi. Daniel is exceptional, he is a very experienced guide, attentive to details, punctual, responsive to your needs and just a pleasant person. He is also an excellent driver who made us feel relaxed, comfortable and safe throughout the entire trip. All we needed to do is to enjoy our time. The car was very reliable and clean with lots of water to keep us all hydrated. He made sure that we saw all animals and shared his knowledge. He arranged an excellent accommodation at AA Lodge and took us to Masai village to experience local culture on our last day. At the lake Naivasha, Daniel arranged one hour boat ride, where we saw lots of birds (pelicans were impressive) and watched hippos. He also organized a nice walk at the animal sanctuary to learned some specifics about giraffes, waterbucks, antelopes and zebras. The prices were reasonable, which we appreciated. All in all, we had a blast and returned home with lots of delightful memories. As our kids say, we felt like we were in a fairy tale! Thanks, Meektrails Safaris, this trip was unforgettable!
Written November 4, 2021
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James W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I went on an 8 day, 7 night safari with Meektrails in Jan 2024. From start to finish, the experience was brilliant.

Booking with a safari company from afar (the UK) was a bewildering experience. There are so many to choose from and it's hard to differentiate between quality of service. Pauline from the booking side was extremely responsive from the off helping coordinate and schedule a customised version of one of their itineraries.

After some negotiation, we settled on an itinerary and price and they asked me to put down a partial deposit so they could finalise hotel bookings. I was originally a bit nervous to do so, but paid the deposit by card for added security (at the cost of 3%). After this, however, Pauline continued to communicate which put me at ease I hadn't been taken for a ride!

Once my partner and I arrived in Kenya, Daniel, Pauline and our guide (Sammy) greeted us at our hotel in a brand new Meektrails 4x4. We paid the remainder of the fee then and were on our way.

Sammy was fantastic. He is extremely knowledgeable, went repeatedly out of his way to ensure we were comfortable, and is all round a lovely person. Make sure to request him and if you're lucky, he might be available!

Having now been on safari, I am confident the quality of the guide you're with really influences the experience you have. It impacts the animals you see (i.e. how experienced they are in knowing where they'll be), the view you'll have of the animals, and feeling of ease and comfort in a foreign environment. Whilst Meektrails wasn't the absolute cheapest organisation we were quoted by, this is more than made up for by the quality of their guides.

I couldn't recommend Meektrails (and Sammy!) highly enough.
Written February 2, 2024
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Lara B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Highly recommended!!!

Last week we went on an outstanding 4-day family trip with Meektrails Safaris in Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. Daniel is the owner of Meektrails Safaris and is a very nice, professional and reliable guide. He responded as quickly as possible to every question and requirement we had. Thus we had a completely costumized safari including very nice accomodations chosen by Daniel. Based on the targeted communication and Daniels longterm safari experience the negotiation of the payment and the trip planning were very easy and resulted in the best safari trip we could imagine for us with diverse wildlife sanctuaries.

During the Safari Daniel provided an optimal care for the whole time, e.g. sufficient water supplies and toilet breaks. He also offered us the possibility to visit a Masai village, which we also enjoyed a lot. Moreover Daniel was very entertaining and provided us lots of information as he is very interested in nature and animal welfare by himself. He always found the best spots for the animal observations and we were very lucky to see a big variety of animals and superb natural spectacles.

It was a breathtaking experience for all of us.

We would always suggest to make travels with Meektrails safaris as one wants to have a stunning experience!
Written April 7, 2022
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Jihyec
Seoul, South Korea23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
This was our family’s one of the favorite trip in our life! We stayed at Mara Simba lodge in Masai Mara, and had 2 days safari game and visit Masai village. Have three small kids and had found 4 out of 5 in our game drive. We even watched amazing scenes of fighting of lions and buffalos! our Guide James was very experienced so knew very well when and where to look. Lodge was very clean and nice. There is small river right by the lodge and there you can find hippos and crocodiles so kids really like watching them when we eat at the restaurant. I didn’t like the food though. Food was plain as well as the service. After Masai Mara, we went to Lake Nakuru to see Rhinos and flamingos and it was amazing! It was just a short visit on the way to Lake Naivasha and the entrance fee was very expensive but worth it. And best part of our trip was Lake Naivasha. We stayed in Sopa lodge, it was very nice, well kept very eco friendly. Food was great, service was perfect, and I would really like to visit again if I come back. Overall, Daniel organized our trip very well and comfortable! I really liked it!
Written May 15, 2022
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