I was in Kenya for a work visit and so our family contacted 5 high-rated safari companies to organise a 3 - 4 day safari trip from Nairobi. Bernard from Lion Trails Safaris provided a tailored itinerary for our family which was why we chose them - and we had a great trip.
Our driver was Martin Waweru who took us to Lake Naivasha and then on to the Maasai Mara. We had a great trip - the animals were spectacular, and the general scenery of the Mara was beautiful. Martin had a very broad knowledge about animals and plants that we saw, including a large variety of birds. There had been heavy rain on the day before we arrived in the Maasai Mara and so Martin's driving skills were also tested. He took the 4WD Toyota Hiace through some challenging track conditions without getting bogged - unlike the Land Cruiser that was behind us on one of the tracks. Martin also prudently avoided some places that looked too risky.
During the safari trip we stayed at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge and Keekorok Lodge; both were excellent standard. The road into the Maasai Mara was quite bad at the moment - apparently it wasn't graded at the start of this year, presumably because tourist numbers are down a lot after last year's Westfield Mall tragedy.
We're really glad that we had a chance to see some of Kenya's spectacular landscape and wildlife, and to experience Kenyan hospitality. Hopefully I'll line up some more work trips to Kenya so that we can bring the family to explore more of Kenya's national parks. We highly recommend doing a Kenyan safari trip for those who are considering it - and Lion Trails are an excellent organisation to do this with.
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