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“Amazing Safari! Highly Recommend Game Trek!”

African Game Trek Safaris - Day Tours
Ranked #32 of 273 Tours in Nairobi
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

My husband and I traveled to Kenya in late Feb-early March 2014. We booked a 6 day/5 night safari with African Game Trek Safaris. We HIGHLY recommend this company to everyone. After making a number of inquiries with different companies, we settled on African Game Trek Safaris because of price and their positive reviews. We were not disappointed!!

To start with, Erick is very easy to deal with. He responds to your emails in a timely manner, and even booked a hotel for us for our first night in Nairobi before the safari. He met us at the airport when we arrived, and everything was taken care of, just as he said it would be. Erick was very professional and enjoyable to work with before and during our trip.

The first park we traveled to was Masai Mara. It was INCREDIBLE! Be prepared for an extremely bumpy ride to get there, and please don’t be one of those annoying tourists who complains about it on the way there. There is only one way to get there, and as our guide Moses said, “this is the way to one of the wonders of the world”, so don’t expect a paved highway on the way there- you’re heading out into the wilderness! Masai Mara was my favorite park, because it had a large population of lions, my favorite animal. Our guide, Moses, was great at spotting animals all over the park, and was extremely patient in dealing with some of the more fussy travelers in our van. We had 3 different drives total: an afternoon game drive the day we arrived, all day in the park the following day, and a morning game drive on our last day. The Masai Mara is one of the great wildernesses left in our world, so savor every moment of it! Also, don’t expect bathrooms in the park.

Our next stop was Lake Nakuru. This park used to be famous for flamingos, but due to climate change, many of them have moved on to other parks. Lake Nakuru doesn’t have the dense population of wildlife that Masai Mara has, and you can’t drive off of the road. However, this park is famous for Rhinos. We saw about 5 rhinos, a couple of them really close to our van! It was a thrilling experience; viewing these animals up-close, they look almost pre-historic. We saw a couple of lions, but could not get as close to them as we did in Masai Mara. We only had a half a day in Lake Nakuru. We opted to take a boat ride (an additional $20/person) at Lake Navisha, a lake on the way to our final destination. The boat ride was fun, it was about 45 minutes and it was nice not to be in a van for a change- we saw a lot of hippos and lots of birds.

Our guide for Lake Nakuru and Amboseli was Gibson, who works with African GameTrek Safaris. I cannot recommend him enough! If you request a guide, you should request Gibson!!! He was funny, personable, accommodating, knowledgeable, and it was fun to get to know him. He hung out with us at dinner and had a couple beers with us. It was great getting to know him, and he taught us a lot about the wildlife we were seeing as well as Kenyan culture in general. He never tired of our constant questions, and without a doubt was one of the reasons our experience was so wonderful!

After our boat ride, we headed to Amboseli National Park- famous for elephants and spectacular views of Kilimanjaro, if you’re lucky. We were not disappointed. The ride from Nakuru to Amboseli was extremely long due to heavy traffic and the fact that we had to stop first in Nairobi to drop off other passengers and pick up our cook, Ken. We were not prepared for such a long day of driving, but it was fine overall. We arrived at Amboseli around 8pm and had dinner, then went straight to bed.

Amboseli was beautiful. Like Nakuru, it did not have as dense of a wildlife population, and you could also not drive off the road. Maintained by Kenya Wildlife Service, Amboseli had bathrooms in the park that were very nice! We saw a ton of large African elephants, and took many pictures of Kilimanjaro. You could see the mountain from your breakfast table both mornings. At Amboseli, we were also fortunate enough to watch a family of cheetahs devouring a gazelle for about an hour. It was an incredible experience!

When we returned to Nairobi, we had a full day of excursions on our last day before we headed to the airport. We booked the excursions through GameTrek Safaris as well. I was not expecting the cost to be so high per excursion, but the cost was well worth it. Otis and Erick took us to Derrick Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center, Karen Blixen Museum, and the Masai Market, then dropped as at the airport. The whole experience was headache-free. We didn’t have to worry about taxis, and we could leave all of our luggage in the vans. It is worth the money to book with GameTrek if you want to do something like this! Our hotel would have charged us a lot to leave our luggage at the hotel for the day, and there were not cabs lined up at each place, so you couldn’t have just hopped in one when you were finished with one excursion. I’d highly recommend booking your day excursions with GameTrek.

Overall, it was an amazing experience, and I’d highly recommend going with GameTrek safaris. Yes, it will be different than you may expect, but you should be flexible, and everything will be fine. Book with GameTrek Safaris and you will NOT be disappointed!

Thank sunibeth
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

We had an awesome experience while on our safari in Kenya and Tanzania, we arranged our entire safari package through Africa Game Trek Safaris and Erick Otieno was our main contact for the arrangements.

Erick did an excellent job of developing a customized tour for my family and I and we had a great experience in both countries. He paired us up with Odis, our driver in Kenya who has years of experience and was the best safari guide and driver that we could ever have. He took really good care of us and ensured that we were well taken care of in terms of our dietary requirements and our objectives from the safari. I would strong suggest that if you're visiting Kenya, you should get your arrangements done through Africa Game Trek Safaris and Erick. Also request Odis as your driver/guide for the safari as well.

As far as Tanzania is concerned, would definitely suggest visiting Ngoro Ngoro and Serengeti for sure, again we had the best experience on our safari at both locations. Our driver Anwar had 16 years of experience and again took such good care of us throughout the entire safari. We also had our own cook Osman who did a fabulous job of keeping us well fed :)

Overall, a once in a lifetime experience and we thorougly enjoyed it. Strongly suggest going to Africa Game Safaris to put together your customized Holiday for you, you won't regret it!


1  Thank Binoy S
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

We booked through African Game Trek Safaris, but since we did the 11-day Kenya/Tanzania safari, it also included a portion that was taken care of by Arunga Expeditions. We went with African Game Trek because the price/reviews were good, the itinerary online was more detailed than other companies, they advertised full-day game drives, and they responded quickly and professionally to our emails.

Needless to say, we were not disappointed! On both sides, the representatives (Erick in Kenya, Benjamin in Tanzania) were professional, helpful, and laid everything out for the whole trip.

All pick-ups were on time, and transportation was comfortable (except on the gravel road into Masai Mara – ouch!) Our guide in Kenya (Odhis) was very amiable, and knew the terrain well. He shared a lot of information about the culture, politics, way of life, etc. In Tanzania, our guide (Elli) was very knowledgeable about the animals and the terrain.

The safaris were amazing – my biggest worry was not spending enough time on safari, but that was no problem with this itinerary. I truly feel like both of these companies make an effort to maximize your chances of seeing animals, and we saw more than we thought we would.

One thing to note: With this specific tour, the meals that are provided as part of the package (all meals while “on safari”) do not include a few meals (I think 3 total) while you are “in transit” between Kenya and Tanzania. However, we were informed of this by Erick and it really wasn’t a problem since the hotels had places to eat and the food is very cheap.

PROS: Three full-day game drives and multiple early morning/later afternoon drives, maximum of six total people (for us, anywhere from 0-4 other people), great guides and chefs, accommodated vegetarian diet well, easy transport across border (both ways) and great customer service, fair price, free airport pick-up, appointments on time.

CONS: We did not do the evening game drive in Nakuru as the itinerary stated, Visit to Masai village near Masai Mara felt forced and contrived.

FYI, here is some info on the differences b/w Kenya and Tanzania:
Kenya: Lodging was permanent safari tents with attached bathrooms while on safari (except one night in standard hotel in Nakuru). Half of meals were buffet (provided by lodging) and other half made by a cook (Jackson) provided by GameTrek. Vehicle was van with pop-up top for viewing. Loud communications over radio while on safari (annoying, but helps to alert to animal sightings).

Tanzania: Lodging was standard camping tents (not permanent) and group bathrooms while on safari, and standard hotel in Arusha. Meals were all made by a cook (Isaac) provided by Arunga. Vehicle was Land Rover with pop-up top. No radio.

1  Thank rainydays1985
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

We did a 5 day Safari with African Game Trek Safaris, it was amazing! Amboseli, Tsavo West and Tsavo East. Our driver and guide "Odhis" is a really friendly guy and a excellent guide. We saw many animals and had a great time! We can gladely recommend African Game Trek Safaris. Niklas & Rahel.

Thank Niklas80
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

To book a tour to Masai Mara in Kenya with African Game Trek Safaris was just a great decision! I am 100 percent confident with the service the company offered! Why? Just two days before I planned to do the safari I contacted the company via email. I got - it was Sunday - a prompt reply of the senior consultant Erick. He confirmed the booking and was immediately willing to meet me in the evening - after his office closed already – at the bus station or at the hotel to do the payment. Erik did much more than he has to do, for instance gave me first orientation in Nairobi. Concerning the safari: everything was as promised. They met me at the hotel and organized after the excursion to Masai Mara a transfer back to the hotel without any additional costs. Safari by itself: also everything as promised. It is very likely to see on the 3-day-safari at least the big four plus the cheetah. We where on our tour lucky and we saw lions hunting buffaloes and other wild animals. The accommodation close to the entry of the safari park is absolutely fine: A mixture of bungalow and tent with washing rooms and electricity inside. Cosy mattresses guarantees good sleep. As I heard from other visitors: the accommodations close to Masai Mara that are more expansive are almost the same. Summering up: service plus price of African Game Trek Safaris guarantees a great travel and nature experience in Kenya. I don't like to make internet based decisions without any personal contact. But in this case I can only recommend without any doubts to make a booking with the reliable company African Game Trek Safaris.

Thank Steve B
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