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Travel reviews by Mrs S from Kansas

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

5

Excursions taken

0

All that I Expected and More

Kenya between 2 Sep 2014 and 14 Sep 2014

Trip rating: Excellent
"The trip as a whole was wonderful, thanks to the great planning of Richard Trillo and anyone else who made this trip so easy and yet exciting.

My only negative comment was the lack of internet access. We had WiFi at Macushla House, which was great. My husband was happy to hear that I had arrived safetly. When we got to Offbeat Meru, I was told the the internet was "down" temporarily. I assumed this could not be avoided, but was concerned because I had not expected this.

We had WIFI and Sosian so I was once again in touch with my family. But at Offbeat Mara I could not contact my husband. I just wish I had been told this ahead of time so I would know what to expect."

Feedback response

We're sorry to hear that Mrs S was under the impression that Wi-fi would be available at Offbeat Mara and Offbeat Meru as we do indicate on the camp reports that Wi-fi isn't available at these camps. In many camps, especially those in more remote areas, Wi-fi is still the exception rather than the rule. Offbeat have responded to say that Offbeat Mara has no mobile phone signal in camp, but in the manager’s office there is limited Wi-fi for those who really need it, and it can be accessed mainly in the evenings. Offbeat Meru has good mobile signal in camp so guests can use their smartphones to get internet access. Again, limited W-fi is available on special request in the manager’s office in the evenings, but this isn't for casual browsing.

Arranged By Richard Trillo


Macushla House

Macushla House

"Macushla House review"

2 nights Arrived 2 Sep 2014
"Macushla House was just as it was described; a boutique hotel in the middle of a lovely residential area. Our hosts and accommodations were wonderful. We arrived fairly late in the evening but were still offered dinner. We chose to have a glass of wine and retire to our rooms. My room was lovely including a sitting room, bedroom, and bath.

The rooms were located in a separate, new building a short walk from the main house. This was very acceptable.

Our guide took us anywhere we wanted to go the next day. We went to a bead factory, a glass factory, and bought some keepsakes to take home. My only issue was the ride to the glass factory. It was too long and very bumpy. The guide had never been there, but he was willing to take us. A noe should be made that the trip is very long and difficult but worth it."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Offbeat Meru

Offbeat Meru

"The animal sightings were wonderful"

3 nights Arrived 4 Sep 2014
"We were met at the landing strip by our guide, Stanley. All the guides on the safari were exceptional, but Stanley was the best. I think we listed 35 different mammal species during our 3 day stay.

The accommodations were good. Not having any expectation of what a tent would be like, I was pleased. However, the bucket shower situation was not ideal. I had a cold shower the first two evenings, and then the last evening the shower was hot, but there was something wrong with the mechanism to spill the water so I ran out of water.

The host was wonderful. He was present at mealtimes and around the campfire. The setting of the camp was really beautiful. The most amazing part was the fact that the animals, including baboons, warthogs, and elephants were so close.

My only issue was the water in the showers. I know that Offbeat Mara and Offbeat Meru are owned by the same group of people. I recommend that some effort is made to upgrade the tents at Offbeat Meru. The setting and the guide were so wonderful, it seems a shame to not have the facility as great as it could be."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Average
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Sosian

Sosian

"Wonderful Lodge; pure luxury"

3 nights Arrived 7 Sep 2014
"This setting was outstanding. The rooms were beautiful and the food and service were the best of the trip. Our hosts were very attentive. One morning after we had been out on safari for several hour, we drove into a little valley where there was a wonderful brunch set up for us. We at by a river eating food that had been prepared on the spot.

This same day we saw the wild dogs. Our guides made such an effor to be sure we got to see them. I am so impressed that all the guides took their jobs so serioulsy and were alway more than willing to search out the special animals for that area.

I visited a school and read a book to a group of children; one of the highlights of my entire trip. I encourage anyone who makes this stop to include a school visit. We also visited a village; another must.

The setting of Sosian was superb. The hosts and food were the best we had."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Offbeat Mara

Offbeat Mara

"Here we saw The Crossing and the Leopard"

3 nights Arrived 10 Sep 2014
"This tent camp was great. The tents were very well appointed, the food was wonderful as were the hosts and guides.

Here we took a night safari, which I thought was outstanding. We also were lucky enough to see the crossing to the wildebeasts. Amazing. The leopard in the tree was awesome. Our guides were so helpful in making sure we saw these rare amimals. They really went out of their way to see that we had an exceptional experience.

One day as we arrived back at camp, there was a herd of zebras just outside our tents. Friends and family really can't believe that we were that close to the animals."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Hemingways Nairobi

Hemingways Nairobi

"Hemingways Nairobi review"

0 night Arrived 13 Sep 2014
"Thid hotel was just as it was advertised; fabulous. We had lunch, a spa treatment, and I finally got some of the news happening around the world on CNN.

I only wish we had stayed a day longer."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent

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