I booked a trip with Wildlife Sun Safaris after reading consistently good reviews on Trip Advisor. We had booked our holiday through Virgin and the safari privately so I felt a little apprehensive on arrival as the hotel receptionist and the driver that had picked us had not seemed to have heard about Sun Safaris and responded to news of our booking with relatively negative body language. Combining this with James' low prices and relaxed informal approach I began to worry that perhaps I had made a mistake. How wrong I was.
James arrived promptly at 5am just to introduce us to our driver and ensure we were happy with the day ahead. Our driver, Mr Toya, was not only extremely knowledgeable about the many animals and birds in Tsavo East but after realising we were interested, explained many things about Kenyan history and politics.
We were the only people in the van that day so were spoilt with space and time to stop and start as many times and as pointlessly as we liked. The view from where we had lunch was breathtaking.
Wildlife Sun Safaris is by far the cheapest company and I do not feel we could have had a better day if we had spent any more money.
To ensure this review is balanced I will also comment on the negatives: we stopped just outside the park gates for "coffee and the loo" however I feel it was in order for us to buy something from the shop there. In fairness the woodwork was beautiful but the salesman told me it was wholesale and it would be far more expensive to buy it from outside the gates where everyone was selling things. There were no people selling things outside the park gates. However since that is the only negative I can think of is what Kenya bases most of its income around, I think that is pretty good!
Going back to my apprehension at the beginning of the review, I realise now that the driver picking us up from the airport worked for Rhino safaris and that Virgin Holidays and the Hotel we stayed at all recommended Rhino safaris, hence their negative response to a competitor....
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