Book with Freddy's Safaris. Diificult for us in UK to trust sending money abroad for deposit without abta/atol bond, I would say live dangerously and cut out the major players that rack up the price and use the same jeeps etc anyway! Go for a private jeep 3/4 max as we did. Jackson our driver was brilliant and nothing was too much trouble. He had so much enthusiasm for us to see as much as possible and was always ready to go to where the lions etc were spotted. We did a full 11.5h safari in the masai mara, long day but fabulous. Didn't see Rhino we could have went to a diiferent park 45mins from to Ambroseli where more chance! We flew to NBO stayed overnight at Fairview Hotel (Old colonial!)then were met by Freddy 0730 to pay balance in cash US$ then were off. Went to Mara Sopa 2nights/ Navaisha Serena 1 night/ Tsavo West Sopa 1 night and Ambroseli Oi Tukai 1 night (not as good a lodge as others) Dropped directly at Apt for night flight back to Dubai for UK. Don't miss Masai Mara! Give Tsavo a miss as disappointing after Masai. Take plenty of small bills both US$ and KES for tips (Google the rec rates!) as everyone depends on them to make up poor wages. Be prepared for lots travelling. 1200 miles during our trip! Pay the extra and have the private jeep, the vans are toyota hi ace! Jeep can get to rough tracks vans can't!During the long travel between parks the small number of people in jeep means more space to stretch out. Once again can't praise Jackson our driver enough! He knows loads of people and we had a great laugh exchanging the cultural difference of our two countries. Be prepared to see the poverty at the roadside! Barter for souvenirs they say 13000 KES you say 1000! Think would you would be prepared to pay, not happy walk! Roadside toilets vary!! Take T Roll, handwipes alcohol gel etc!! Don't forget Diahorrea tabs! Be prepared for injection and Malaria tabs expense before you go. (Malarone cheap at superdrug!!) A thoroughly brilliant holiday, we were knackered for days after returning!! Thanks Freddy!! You are thoroughly recommended!!
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