I can strongly recommend Ali and Vumbi Jeep safaris. Ali works tirelessly, and one of his drivers picked us up from Mombasa airport and drove us up to Lions Bluff in Tsavo West which was very convenient (he also re-arranged hi time for us especially, as our flight times changed at the last minute). His jeep was very comfortable, large and spacious with an opening roof for viewing. Ali is very knowledgeable about animals and birds, and also a very entertaining and considerate host - he specialises in 'private' safaris (e.g. for groups of family and friends). Lions Bluff is a very special place with a stupendous view, and we stayed for 3 nights without any particular desire for a change of scenery (see Lions Bluff reviews). Ali arranged breakfast in the bush for us with the lodge without being asked, which was particularly good. A private safari is great as you can pretty much run things your own way without fear of disagreement with other parties (as with mixed safaris) - one morning we were out for a 6 hour game drive, including the bush breakfast. Viewing highlights include excellent lions, and I also enjoyed seeing antelopes such as Eland and Oryx. We also did a day trip to Lake Jipe - without seeing another safari vehicle for the entire day - where we took a boat trip to see hippos and some birds. All excellent, if a long drive, but nevertheless interesting and game to see en route.
Vumbi means dust - which is worth mentioning as a 3 day safari is a pretty dusty experience ! Ali finally delivered us in the jeep back to the Mnarani Club at Kilifi (see reviews) which is a long journey. We took a back route for part of the way and passed through some interesting villages and countryside. Again - really great service and very considerate. Top notch.
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