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East Africa Adventure Tours and Safaris - Day Tours
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Owner description: Looking for an affordable but quality and safe SAFARI, but you do not want to do all the arranging on your own? Calm down and relax, let our friendly staff do your itinerary to your custom needs. Let our well experienced tour guides and professional safari car drivers take you on an unforgettable experience for a true taste of wilderness. We cater from backpacking to a high end luxury Safari experience. Day trips in Nairobi or Mombasa with the best staff and well seasoned tour guides in Kenya's Urban Communities. We will make sure you get an unforgettable experience in East Africa. The team at East Africa Adventure Tours and Safaris, a taste of wilderness.
Reviewed December 9, 2012

We were a group of 7 and we booked our 12-day August 2012 trip to Tanzania and Kenya with East Adventure Tours & Safaris. Our overall experience was excellent and there were few surprises in our arrangements. Fred was excellent in designing the itinerary to our needs and was very prompt in his email responses, hotels were very good and as expected, the guides (Simon in Tanzania and Leonard in Kenya) were very knowledgeable, and the whole trip was well-organized.

Things we liked:
1. The hotels were nice. We are very happy to have got exactly what we had agreed with the travel agency. The travel agency sorted out any miscommunications (e.g., one hotel didnt have us down for lunch though our itinerary said so, and the travel agency sorted it out). We stayed at the following hotels: Kibo Palace in Arusha (Very Good), Wildlife Lodge in Ngorogoro (Excellent), Simba Lodge in Serengeti (Good), Ol Tukai Lodge in Amboseli (Excellent), Simba Lodge in Naivasha (Average), Ashnil Mara in Masai Mara (Excellent), Mara Fig Tree (Good).
2. Guides were well informed. Guides knew where to go, and anticipated when there is likely to be action by the animals - Leonard in Kenya anticipated there could be Cheetah action when he spotted a gazelle near the mother/baby Cheetah; Simon anticipated there could be action when he saw the leopard stand up on the tree and spotted a gazelle nearby. This proved to be invaluable and cheetah/gazelle chase/kill turned out to be the highlight of our 12-day trip.
3. There were no issues with paying the travel agency in advance.

Things that we didn't like:
1. The van in Kenya was too crowded for a group of 7 with not enough space for luggage (though it seems that is how Kenya works). Tanzania vehicle was excellent and very comfortable.
2. Van rides were excessively long (much longer than quoted by the travel agency and that became a pet peeve for us).
3. Hot air balloon ride was over-hyped (the travel agency should have advised us accordingly).
4. The driver in Kenya was not often well prepared (e.g., we spent an hour waiting while the drive got photocopies of the vouchers the travel agency to give to the hotels upon arrival, which could/should have been done earlier).

3  Thank WildZebra
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

My wife and I went on a 12 day Safari with East Africa Adventure Tours on November 2012. We agree with most of their past clients opinions posted here on TripAdvisor. During the planning phase Fred was extraordinarily helpful: most emails were replied within 24hrs, the itinerary was modified many times to meet our desires and we payed the entire trip in advance via two money transfers to the company's bank in Mombasa. As for most travellers, this was also our first experience with this kind of payment and indeed it is somewhat unsettling to transfer large sums to a foreign country, but I can safely say that this went on smoothly. Fred needed the deposits in advance to secure the reservations at the various lodges we planned to stay, and during the trip we noticed that in each destination we were given the best rooms and best tables at the restaurants (we noticed this early in our safari and it became clear that Fred had a hand in our "special treatment", even in the most luxurious lodges). Our Safari had the following itinerary (I will name the parks together with the names of the lodges we stayed): we arrived in Nairobi by plane and spent one night at the Ole Sereni Hotel to rest (very good, extremely safe, on the road to the airport, great staff). We met our driver/guide Leonard the next morning (we were happy to be guided by Leonard, based on previous comments posted on TripAdvisor) and proceeded as follows: 2 nights at Amboseli Serena (the park is great due to large herds of elephants and the Kilimanjaro snows - the lodge was very good), 1 night at Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill (beautiful, flamingos are not there anymore, rhinos are easily spotted, beautiful vegetation - the hotel was very very good), 1 night at Lake Bogoria Spa Resort (very few safaris stop here, it is "flamingo paradise" as they flew years ago from Nakuru, and the geisers are impressive - the hotel looks like it has been forgotten since the 1980's, it is a far cry compared to all others we stayed in every aspect, but we were aware of that in advance and if you want to go to Bogoria, this is the best place to stay - just dont expect anything different), 2 nights at Ashnil Samburu (the park is a "must" destination as some species are only found there [like the reticulated giraffe, gravys zebra, etc] and if you can't afford the time to travel the long distance from the Mara region, consider flying there [since it was raining on the days prior to our arrival, the big cats were hiding in the hills, but this is a good place to see lions, cheetas and leopards, besides the Mara] - the lodge was very very good and our first "tented" experience), 1 night at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (the best part are the hippos grazing at night right in front of the balconies, inside the hotel complex, the lake itself has fewer attractions compared to all other destinations, and the boat ride, although interesting, is not a "must" after all we had seen so far - the hotel is impressive due to its size, it is a popular destination for meetings of Kenyan companies and even celebrations, it is a very good place to rest in the middle of the safari, we were glad that Fred had us there between Samburu and the Mara), 4 nights at the Masai Mara reserve (I will not try to describe the "Mara", just say that this is what you dream about when you imagine what the African savana is, and although we studied books and documentaries about the Mara and the Seregeti for months prior to our trip, what we experienced during the 4 days we spent at the Mara surpassed by far our expectations - the Mara stands out above every other destination, and will leave you with memories for a lifetime) being 2 nights at the Mara Leisure Camp (this is a "ok" place, but it is not a luxurious lodge and although the staff is extremelly friendly, it was somewhat bellow par in other aspects compared to other places we stayed - the camp is located near the Talek Gate to the Sekenani region of the Mara, were wildlife is abundant but beware that this is the most crowded region within the large Mara reservation, and you will be accompanied by many other minibuses and jeeps - and, for some reason that we were not able to find out, by flies [like the Housefly], harmeless, but sometimes very annoying... on the second day we did the "ballon safari", a very expensive experience, but we can say that it was worth the 900+ dollars investment - also beware that the departure points for the ballons are fixed and if you book one, be sure that your lodge is close by, otherwise you will be waking up at 3am... Fred was aware of this and we had to drive only 15 minutes to get there) and 2 nights at the Exploreans Mara Rianta (this is, by far, the best place we stayed during the entire trip, the lodge holds a "SLH - small luxury hotel" certificate and it was fantastic in every aspect, we would compare it to a luxurious hotel we stayed a few years ago in the Swiss Alps - however, this is located in the remote Mara North Conservancy Area, a place were minibuses are not allowed [we were not aware of this, but thankfully the lodge had it's own guided safaris and this was included in our stay - lot's of lions there!] and think twice before deciding to drive there, as most guests will arrive by plane in a nearby airstrip). It was great to end our 12 day safari at the Mara Rianta, and in this aspect we congratulate Fred: the sequence of places we visited and lodges we stayed was perfectly planned. Upon returning to Nairobi we had time to visit the David Sheldrick "Elephant Orphanage", an experience that we also highly recommend (we skipped lunch and went there prior to going to the airport). In all, Leonard, our guide, made us feel safe during the entire trip and was very knowledgeable about most everything, and we could see that he had friends in every destination. We believe this is a very important aspect when deciding to hire this company: we felt very safe under the supervision of Leonard and Fred (who were in constant contact by cell phone on all days - Kenya has mobile cellular coverage even in the most remote areas, which is great) and I imagine that had not this been the case, our safari experience would have been very different. Finally, we would like to convey the idea to readers of this post that our time in Kenya was indeed an "adventure": driving from one park to the other took on most occasions 6 to 7 hours and road traffic in Kenya is not an easy experience if you are used to roads in Europe or in the US (or, in our case, in Brazil). If you are not willing to be on a bumpy, dusty, and sometimes scary road enviroment, consider flying between parks. We were very grateful to have been "on the ground" in Kenya, as we were willing to see also the human side of the country, and this will also leave you with long lasting memories. We heard that Fred is planning to acquire 4x4 Jeeps, and this will also be on the plus side for their company in the future. The only animal we did not see during our safari was the Leopard, known to be shy to safari vehicles... this will be our excuse to go back to Africa, maybe to the Serengeti, and we look forward to it!

5  Thank Lu_De_Travel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 10, 2012

We visited Kenya with East Africa Adventure tours in August 2012 having seen the many recommendations on Trip Advisor. We found Fred extremely knowledgeable, reasssuring and fast on email response. We travelled as a family with daughters in teens and early 20's and mum in law of 80. Or itinerary and the care we recieved met everyones needs. Our guide Adean was particulary courteous and helpful with Mum. The company offers good value for money, I took up a number of references for the company and spoke, skyped or had emails all of which were complimentary on the companies services. There were no difficulties with money transfer or payment which we made directly when Fred met us in Nairobi. Our safari was well organsed, good itinerary to Lake Nakuru, Mara, Naivasha, Amboseli and we were delivered to our rental home on Galu beach. We flew back to Nairobi from Mobasa, flights booked by Fred and we were collected by the company in time for the flights. Fabulous safari, wonderful guide -Aden, safe driver, kind, compassionate and knowledgeable about animals/birds/ flora and everything in Kenya! He was an adept animal spotter and we were very close. Wonderful memories and photos of lions and cubs, cheetah and 4 cubs, elephant playing in the Mara river, wildebeest crossing the Mara river, Kilimanjaro and all the lovely people we met. Fred also put a boat trip on Lake Naivasha, a walk on Crescent Island and a meal at the Carnivore restaurant into the itineray which we all enjoyed. We would recommend hiring a 4x4 vehicle as the roads can be very bumpy! Happy to highly recommend this company.

2  Thank MargaretBucks
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I booked this safari based on Trip Advisor reviews and wasn't disappointed. We spent 8 days travelling from Nairobi to Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater and back to Nairobi. Fred replied immediately to my emails. I was worried about sending the money transfer but there weren't any issues. The safari ran smoothly despite the border crossings and the accommodations were all good to excellent. The Serengeti Simba lodge was amazing while the L'Oasis hotel in Arusha was below what we were used to. The drivers (Leonard and Saba) were safe and knowlegable and worked hard for us to see all the incredible wildlife. Fred also called us most days to check in which I thought was a nice gesture. I have already told my friends to book a safari with Fred!

Thank adrian w
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I recently returned from a trip to Kenya. All the arrangements were made by Fred (East Africa Adventure Tours and Safaris). He was so patient in addressing all my concerns and managing my constantly changing needs. We had exchanged over 30 mails over a period of 1 week. This response was swift and to the point.

The main concern that I have every time I travel abroad is vegetarian food, more so while travelling to Africa. We were provided vegetarian everywhere. That too not some random dish but an entire vegetarian layout!! loved it.

2  Thank RachitaSaurabh
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