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suegj14
San Luis Obispo County, CA73 contributions
Jun 2022
Wow. So hard to find the words to describe the magic and wonder of our week with Gordie in Kenya! Three years ago, I went on Safaris Unlimited's equestrian safari on the Mara for a magical trip with my daughter. When I began to plan a second trip to Africa, I reached out to Gordie and Safaris Unlimited, For the second time, Gordie planned out our week perfectly. Every connection was met, every accommodation lovely, every detail covered. Going on safari with a private guide is a game-changer, provides more opportunities than traveling with a group, and is worth every penny. We spent three days in Laikipia at Ol'Malo, then five days on the Mara at Alex Walker's Ngare Serian Camp. In both locations, we felt like part of the family. The food and experiences were stellar. Ol Malo included visits to the Samburu market and village, camel rides, outdoor bbq, horseback safari, a night sleeping in a treehouse, and a helicopter ride over the Great Rift Valley. As a sustainable farm, all food is grown and prepared on site and is simply amazing. Our stay at Serian Camp was also wonderful, complete with a truly welcoming staff, great food, and of course, fabulous game drives and a walking safari with Gordie. Our game drives with Gorie were personalized and were spectacular! We fell asleep each night to the sound of the Mara River and it's resident hippos. We felt pampered the entire week, but it was truly Gordie's personal touches that made the difference. Thank you, Safaris Unlimited, for an epic adventure! @Ol'Malo
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Written July 11, 2022
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Sep 2020
If i need to give this review a title it would be "Attention to Detail". From beginning to end, Gordie and Felicia have thought of everything. From our pick up at the airport, to our transfers to and from our hotels before and after safari, to safety measures for traveling in the time of Covid 19, is unparalleled. To give my praise context, i have been on multiple horseback safaris throughout southern and east Africa over the last 15 years, and this safari surpassed all my expectations. Our Hemingway style tents and camp locations were perfect. From the high quality linens, shampoo, soap, and body lotion, to fresh flowers at our bedside were welcome comforts. For a horseback mobile safari it was the most luxurious i have experienced. Of course the reason you go on a horseback safari is to experience great riding out in the bush amongst the African wildlife. First, i must complement Felicia on the quality of her horses and beautifully maintained tack. She took great care in pairing horse to rider and made adjustments when necessary. You can tell she is a skilled horsewoman and her four legged charges are treated like family. It is not easy running any stable but to do it in the middle of the Mara, well the challenges are endless and she does it with great care and skill. Second, riding out on the Mara with Gordie, seeing lion on horseback, galloping with giraffe, it was always exciting and exhilarating, yet you never felt unsafe. The other reason to go on an African safari is to witness mother nature, and with Gordie as your guide you will not be disappointed. You an tell this is his life blood and his enthusiasm is infectious. This review would not be complete with out commenting on the food. It was as good as any 5 star restaurant. From fresh baked breads, cookies, and pastries, to the most amazing fresh produce. Lastly the entire team at camp staff, from the grooms, to kitchen, mechanics, housekeeping, etc. were top notched. They were all so welcoming and kind and it was obvious how much they love their jobs. Though one of the more expensive safaris i have been on it is worth every penny!! i am definitely going back for a second time.
Written November 27, 2020
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ebosshard1
Cleveland, OH6 contributions
Oct 2020
My wife and I have been blessed to travel the world, checking a number of bucket list spots for both luxury (St Barts, Blackberry Farm, Wolgan Valley) and adventure (night diving the Great Barrier Reef, hiking the fjords of Iceland). Our time with Gordie and his amazing wife Felicia is now at the top of this list. The covid protocols to get to/into Kenya were quite manageable, and 8 days with Safari Unlimited felt like a trip to a time forgotten on so many levels. The serenity of time in nature, the adventure of riding our world class horses across the Mara river, the companionship with our hosts during perfect lunch siestas in the bush, a friendly “jambo” wake up with hot coffee and cookies each morning in our so comfortable tents all reflect what this team has to offer: generations of experience refining the most spectacular way to take in this most exceptional place on earth. What was surprising for us was pretty much everything, including feeling part of the Church family with Gordie, Felicia, and their staff who are really their (and now our) friends. When Gordie met us on the airstrip, and discovered this was our first safari, he said “well, after this trip you will be spoiled to see the Mara in any other way.” And over the next 8 days, this crew effortlessly made this promise more than come true. If you are reading this post in order to determine if this is a trip for you, you can stop reading now, just get in touch with Gordie and start counting the days until what will be the greatest travel experience of your life.
Written December 1, 2020
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A Champion
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Feb 2022
We arrived to the warmest of welcomes! From the moment we met this magical family (that are Safaris Unlimited), we knew that our time in Africa was going to be amazing!
I travelled to Africa with my daughter Tess Champion and didn't know what was in store. We could not have been more impressed. We love horses and so it was especially heart-warming to see the care and devotion which is given to each individual animal. They are all in excellent condition and there are different stamps of horse to suit different rider capabilities and weights etc. Their health and happiness is of utmost importance to Gordie, Felicia and their loyal and hardworking team. The team are the nicest people too - nothing is too much trouble and there is a happy vibe and an incredible loyalty to Gordie & Felicia.
The hospitality is second to none! Food, drinks and comfortable surroundings are top notch!
I think I am right in saying that Gordie is 4th generation Kenyan and is the most knowledgeable and interesting guide/conservationist. He & Felicia have an instinctive ability to predict the movements of the game which gives you the greatest chance of viewings and their knowledge of each species is incredible. It was beyond our wildest dreams to spend time with these people in such beautiful surroundings and I can recommend Safaris Unlimited as one of the best times of my life!
Written March 28, 2022
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Rose G
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Jan 2020
I cannot recommend Safaris Unlimited highly enough. The most unforgettable experience, where every little detail has be thought of. The horses were second to none, beautiful cared for and a pleasure to ride. Delicious fresh food and drinks, every member of the team was outstanding. Thank you Gordie, Felicia and the whole team for a safari experience better than I could ever have imagined!
Written March 12, 2020
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Robin C
Lexington, KY56 contributions
Jan 2020
There are really no words to describe the magic of the 8 day Masai Mara ride. The horses are perfectly trained and cared for, all meals of the highest quality made fresh each day and the staff couldn't be anymore perfect! Riders and non riders alike will have the trip of a lifetime. I can't wait to go back. Sleeping under canvas along the Mara River was absolute heaven on earth - I could have sat and watched and listened to the hippos and other wildlife endlessly. Gordie, Felicia and their staff will make this one of the best experiences of your life! Don't put it off.
Written March 2, 2020
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Sam W
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Feb 2022 • Solo
Just did our second Kenyan safari with Gordie Church and Safaris Unlimited. As with the first, it was an incredible, wholly fulfilling trip and adventure. We could not recommend them more highly. The logistics were 100% seamless from our arrival in Nairobi to our departure two weeks later. Everything went down exactly as planned without a hitch. Low Stress!! And the accommodations were superb at all three of our stops. Beyond expectations and beyond fantastic. The game viewing was phenomenal with Gordie as our guide. Gordie knows his stuff and is a terrific guy too. We seriously could not have asked for a better trip or better planning, execution, and service.

We are looking forward to a return for one of their horseback safaris in the not too distant future.
Written March 14, 2022
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Abigail M
1 contribution
Jul 2022
I joined the Masi Mara ride this July and had pretty high expectations, all of which were exceeded. This is more than a safari, it is a journey and an adventure. Every member of the team was wonderful and if I could I would go every year. The horses are amazing and are cared for impeccably. The trip is all about your experience with your horse and it is that connection that creates the magic. Thank you to Gordie, Felicia and their amazing team for creating an experience of a lifetime.
Written November 8, 2022
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Sally Z
4 contributions
Jul 2022
When you say Safari it even sounds exciting. When you say Safari on horseback, more so yet. This trip far exceeded what I could even imagine. The sights, the sounds of Africa, the amazing service and kindness of the staff family made this a lifetime trip for my husband & I. So many memories for one excursion.
Written September 26, 2022
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JBTurner
Prospect, Kentucky16 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Gordie and Felicia Church are experienced guides for your Horseback and Photo Safaris on the Masai Mara game preserve. Safaris Unlimited is a third generation Kenyan family owned company; they also employ other professional guides to fill your days with incredible wildlife and scenic landscape viewing opportunities whether riding on your personally selected and responsive horse or in a well appointed Land Rover. Their well trained and attentive staff will anticipate and accommodate your every need. There were eight of us from Kentucky, all experienced horsemen and women and we all agreed that the trek across the Mara was unforgettable. The four camps we visited over our nine day safari were chosen for their unique settings and wildlife. The weather on the savannah (between 5,000 and 6,500 ft. above sea level) was much cooler than expected with crisp dry air in the morning and evening. It was pleasant the entire eight nights and nine days on Safari, even when we experienced some late afternoon and evening rain. There was always a variety of food and drink, all of the highest quality, expertly presented, flavorful and hearty. Gordie and Felicia planned the itinerary carefully and provided the opportunity to view a diverse collection of wildlife and scenery. Their knowledge of the Mara and the wildlife allowed us to approach and photograph a variety of species. It seemed like there was something new and unique each day. Words are inadequate to describe the experience which was literally a feast for the senses. There is a special energy in the Mara, a blend of the wild, the sophisticated and the spiritual. There is always the possibility of the unexpected and unique on the Mara, particularly with a team like Gordie and Felicia Church leading the way. None of us were disappointed by any aspect of the Safari. In fact, we all agreed that the experience had far exceeded our expectations. The staff was remarkably warm and attentive throughout. Our accommodations (safari style tents complete with beds, storage area, private bath and wash area) were first rate and comfortable, The hot water bottles awaiting in the Egyptian Cotton sheets every night was just one example of the attention to detail and genuine concern for the comfort and well being of the guests. Laundry was done every other day. Coffee and tea were available with the wake up greeting, "Jambo" from a cheerful staff member or two. Breakfast in camp, or a sit down brunch or a mid day meal on the trail, were always a pleasant surprise. Dinners were extraordinary. The literature provided by the outfitter in preparation for the safari was accurate and instructive. If the recommendations are followed, you will be prepared for a wonderful, lifetime impacting experience.
Written September 28, 2014
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