After much research and contemplation, we booked our safari with All Seasons Safaris in Kenya and will be departing in only a few weeks. We were originally going to book with a 3rd party company in Canada, but decided instead to use All Seasons who was quick to reply to our inquiry via the KATO website. Meshack and Alex have been very helpful with answering our questions by email. We made our final payment last month, have all our vaccinations, and should be ready to go! We decided to include the hot air balloon ride after initially counting it out (to keep to a budget) since we will be travelling during the annual migration and have read feedback from past travellers that it's a sight to behold.
We have put our trust in Alex and Meshack and we believe they have arranged a great 8-day safari itinerary (exclusive to Kenya) that will certainly be the classic East Africa trip of a lifetime! All Seasons is able to offer a slightly lower price because by booking direct with them, you avoid the extra fees for the 3rd party company who will take a sum of money and then contract the business out to a ground operator in Kenya.
I will be sure to post photos and a trip summary upon my arrival back home!