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Travel reviews by Ms R from Leicester

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

0

Lovely

Kenya between 23 Feb 2016 and 9 Mar 2016

Trip rating: Excellent
"It was exactly what I hoped for; great wildlife viewing away from other people in small camps where a single traveller would feel welcome. From our telephone conversations Richard combined all the different elements (flights, camps, transfers) into a seamless trip. Lovely !

Btw quite a few people asked me to pass on their regards to Richard; Sonja and Andy want to know when he's taking the family to Kicheche, Edward from Southern Cross told me that Richard knows more about Kenya than he does !"

Arranged By Richard Trillo


Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor

"A lovely treat"

1 night Arrived 24 Feb 2016
"I arrived at Giraffe Manor at breakfast time and there was a short delay whilst the previous occupants checked-out and my room (Betty's) was prepared. The manager showed me around and explained about the giraffe-feeding.

After unpacking and a reviving shower I was escorted to the Giraffe Centre where one of the volunteers introduced me to Betty the giraffe and showed me how to feed her. At 5pm the Centre closes and the giraffes drift up to the Manor to be fed from the Terrace. Even if you're not staying at the Manor, you can arrange to have afternoon tea on the terrace and join in the feeding.

Later I had a beautifully-cooked dinner followed by coffee on the terrace by the light of the full moon. Magical ! Early the following morning I had giraffes at my bedroom window and fed them again through the breakfast-room windows. Overall a lovely treat and fantastic start to my holiday."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Laikipia Wilderness

Laikipia Wilderness

"Everything I had hoped for"

5 nights Arrived 25 Feb 2016
"My two main priorities when arranging this trip were to have excellent guides and to get away from other safari vehicles. I cannot rate Laikipia Wilderness Camp highly enough on both counts.

Byront is a fantastic knowledgeable guide; as well as game drives he led a couple of morning walks before it got too hot when he showed us plants, spiders, animal tracks, etc that we wouldn't otherwise have seen. A special highlight was watching the pack of Wild Dogs including 11 puppies not long out of the den for 1.5hrs one evening. Aside from a few vehicles on the public road we saw nobody else the whole time I was there.

Don't go to Laikipia if you want 5 star luxury tents, a pool or 'fine dining'. The tents are spacious, comfortable, mine had a lovely view over the bush from the veranda. The bathrooms have good showers with lots of hot water. The food is plentiful and beautifully-cooked. And the people are lovely, really welcoming in an informal relaxed style. Just perfect !"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Kicheche Laikipia

Kicheche Laikipia

"Wonderful stay at Kicheche"

5 nights Arrived 1 Mar 2016
"The food at Kicheche is absolutely superb but I had to move to half portions and still ended up skipping one or two meals. Sonja's reputation as a cook is well-deserved but I couldn't do the food justice. The tents are huge and nicely decorated. All the staff were friendly and anxious to be of service and there were one or two lovely unexpected touches such as the hot water bottles when we went on a night game drive.

Also excellent is the resident guide Andrew (silver-qualified and thinking about gold). He added immeasurably to my safari experience; he was so knowledgeable about the birds and animals we saw. He was able to explain why an animal was behaving in a particular manner.

There were so many special moments; feeding the 3-month-old baby rhino, being surrounded by a pack of very curious Spotted Hyenas (including one who tried to eat the spare tyre cover), watching a pair of lions stalk and fail to kill a warthog."
Excellent
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Macushla House

Macushla House

"Very comfortable"

2 nights Arrived 6 Mar 2016
"I stayed at Macushla House for a couple of days at the end of my trip as I wanted to see more of Nairobi before flying home. My room (No 5), although a little dark as the windows were either high up and shaded by garden plants and trees, was otherwise large, clean and very comfortable. A few more coat-hangers would have been useful; there were only 2 available.

The public rooms, terrace, gardens and pool at Macushla are lovely especially if the local troop of Black-Faced Vervet Monkeys are passing through the area. I was very well looked after by the staff. There weren't really any activities as such offered by Macushla House; it is a small, comfortable, quirkily-decorated boutique hotel in the quiet area of Karen which is close to many tourist attractions such as DSWT, Karen Blixen Museum, etc

I had a vehicle and driver from Southern Cross on both days (Edward asked me to say Hello to Richard !) to take me to the various places I wanted to see in Nairobi and this worked very well."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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