We recently returned from a 11 day Dream Safari in Kenya. Our journey started in Nairobi where we received a very warm welcome by the company organizing our safari. We are now retired so we travel 3-4 times a year now. I must admit that I was a little apprehensive to book my safari through a website but my son insisted and I highly recommend anyone traveling to Kenya work with www.maasai.co.ke
We were given a great Maasai Welcome! I was wrapped in a Maasai Warrior Shuka (blanket) upon arrival and asked to protect my family from the Man-eating lions! A great start!
Our journey started from the airport in our own private air-conditioned coach to the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi. Since we were traveling with my children and grand children, a total of 14 of us we requested a 25 seater coach. The Tribe is a very modern hotel and I am told has made it into the Conde Nast top 50. We were very impressed with interior design, architecture, rooms and the facilities however the service could have been a little better. The great thing about this hotel is that it is located right next door to a shopping complex with cinemas and water slides. My grandkids loved this!
On day 3 we were transported to Wilson airport for our flight to Maasai Mara at the Fairmont Mara Safari club. The next 3 days were spent in the Mara and I must say it was a true delight to stay in their tented camp! We really felt like we were on Safari. The food, service, game drives were all exceptional. We saw a cheetah kill from start to finish on the second day, an experience I personally will never forget!
On day 6 we flew back to Nairobi where I our trusted driver David was awaiting us at the airport. He drove us to Mount Kenya Safari club where we spent the next 4 nights. This is an amazing property with spectacular gardens and views of the snow capped mountain. Our rooms were just gorgeous each with their own lounge, fire places and sunken tubs. I think my wife and I fell in love all over again.
On the 10th day David brought us back to Nairobi for another night at the Tribe. What was amazing was that we had mentioned to the booking staff at Maasai.co.ke before we traveled that we wanted to visit an authentic Maasai Market to buy crafts and art made by authentic Maasai craftsmen and women and they made this happen on the last day! We were reluctant to buy from the big tourist stores that are usually over priced and where the revenue is not fairly distributed. My wife and I bought a lovely hand carved wooden table that we absolutely adore. Its the focal point of of our family room.
Its quite refreshing when you deal with a tour company that simply listens and delivers. The next day we were transferred to the the airport to end our remarkable Safari in Kenya!
My wife and I loved Mt.Kenya Safari club! we highly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience Nature at its best. I would have to say that my kids and grand kids had the best time in the Maasai Mara. The cheetah kill was a very nice touch that we all will treasure for the rest of our lives.
Lastly, we want to say a big Thank you to our Tour company at maasai.co.ke who were truly exceptional in every way. The staff were all very warm and hospitable, the drivers very knowledgeable and the booking staff ensured that all our requests were fulfilled beyond our expectations. We loved our time in Kenya despite what you hear or read about Kenya the people are very friendly and we generally felt very safe! The Maasai Mara is a must see at least once in a lifetime! God took his time here!