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Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs BP from Surrey

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

0

Nostalgic trip to Kenya 2017

Kenya between 25 Aug 2017 and 4 Sep 2017

Trip rating: Excellent
"This was a carefully planned holiday to Kenya where we have visited many times before.
Our 3 favourite places are Samburu, Masai Mara and Diani Beach.

We had already decided on Little Governors Camp as this is a family favourite. Richard helped us choose Saruni and Kinondo Kwetu.

The entire trip was a fantastic success. The lodges/hotel complimented each other perfectly.

They were all different but the overall trip included 2 different, both fabulous, safari locations and a wonderfully relaxing beach location.

I can't fault it, its a trip we all loved and will remember for a long time.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No, I really can't think of anything!"

Arranged By Richard Trillo


Eka Hotel

Eka Hotel

"Stopover night in Nairobi"

1 night Arrived 25 Aug 2017
"This was a perfect stopover hotel. we arrived at 10.30pm from JKIA, the restaurant was open until 11 and they were very happy to serve us a good evening meal.

The staff were friendly and helpful.

The rooms were very good.

Breakfast was excellent.

The swimming pool and gym looked good but unfortunately we didn't have time to use them."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu

"A truly special place!"

2 nights Arrived 26 Aug 2017
"I chose Saruni specifically for the location but got so much more. The elevated position gives magnificent vistas extending hundreds of miles across the northern plains. An aspect of northern Kenya that I particularly love.

I was completely blown away by the lodge, the design and size of the rooms left me speechless. The use of local wood and furnishings gave a warmth and luxury to the rooms.

The rooms all built on the hillside with completely open fronts give unfettered views over the open plains. Unforgettable from the outdoor shower! The rooms are spread out so that no room overlooks another. You get the feeling you are the only guests.

There are 2 lovely infinity swimming pools, a welcome extra which again give that amazing feeling of space. Complimentary massages were also a unexpected bonus!

Around the lodge we saw Klipspringer, DikDik Dassies and lots of birdlife.

We were collected from the airstrip by our friendly guide, Sambara. He was an excellent guide with an extensive knowledge of the animals and birds of the Samburu region. He was very proud of his Samburu roots and happy to answer all our questions. Of which there were many!

We had a warm welcome from Zoe and Johan on arrival and they were very attentive throughout our stay. They were there when we went on a game run, there when we returned and present at every meal.

I enjoyed eating at a communal table with the other guests, sharing their experiences. The food was excellent. As a vegetarian there was always a special meal for me. A lot of thought went into the menus both at lunch and dinner.

We specifically chose Saruni for its remote location but it is important to be aware of the distance form Samburu National Park. It takes an hour to get into the park where most of the game drives will take place.

Saruni Samburu is not just a safari lodge, it is a beautiful, peaceful place to spend time just relaxing.

Very difficult to leave!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Little Governors' Camp

Little Governors' Camp

"Wonderful return to this lovely camp."

3 nights Arrived 28 Aug 2017
"This is our 3rd visit to Little Governors. We first came with the family in 1995 - very little has changed, we loved it then and we love it now. It is a real tented camp in an amazing location right in the heart of the Mara. This position makes for a fantastic safari experience.

The marsh outside the tents is teaming with game. No fences mean the animals frequently come into the camp. Usually warthog and zebra but elephant are never far away and hippo are frequent night visitors.

The tents are well equipped with large comfy beds and excellent hot showers. The electric light is an addition since we first came!

Tables are placed outside in the shade of trees for breakfast and lunch. There is no formality but the food is good and the staff very attentive. The tables are moved under cover for dinner but the sides of the dining tent are open so that you can hear the night sounds. We were well looked after in camp by 2 Stanleys, one was our waiter, the other took care of our tent.

We were collected from the plane by our guide Robert who stayed with us throughout our stay. Initially a little quiet, it soon became obvious that he was a warm and friendly guy and an excellent guide.

Our morning game drive began at 6.30, being in the heart of the Reserve we were seeing game from the moment we left camp. The time of year means an abundance of wildlife. Large numbers of Elephant, Hippo, Giraffe and Buffalo. Vast herds of Wildebeest, Zebra and Antelope providing ample food for Lion, Cheetah and Leopard.

Just a fantastic safari experience and being able to start early meant we had some special moments to ourselves. On our last day Robert took us into the Mara Triangle in search of Rhino. Astonishingly we were lucky enough to see one. A great end to our safari!

In this camp you are seriously close to wild animals. It can get very noisy at night, lion and hyena sound closer than they are but you do have to expect the snuffling of hippo eating just the other side of your tent wall! It is a fantastic experience as long as you are comfortable with it.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Kinondo Kwetu

Kinondo Kwetu

"perfect place to relax after safari"

3 nights Arrived 31 Aug 2017
"This hotel is a little gem! After a great safari it is lovely to take time to relax completely.

We were warmly welcomed by Ana who explained everything to us and took us to our cottages. The staff were delightful and always available but not intrusive.

All round the grounds there are numerous chairs and benches beautifully decorated with colourful cushions. All placed in a little corner of peace. Some in the shade, most with fabulous views of the Indian Ocean.

It seems you can always find a little place to be alone and take in the view.

I loved that everything was out for us to help ourselves, drinks by the pool, towels by pool and sea, tea and coffee stations at various points in the grounds. Kayaks and snorkel equipment on the beach.

There is a yoga station and some morning classes, also some rather outdated gym equipment on a cliff giving it a fantastic view out to sea. Very therapeutic!

The food was good, there was a set menu for both lunch and dinner but other things were available on request. The best meal was the Sunday curry lunch!

In the same spirit of informality lunch and dinner is taken in different places throughout your stay.

This was a perfect end to our holiday but guests should realise it is not suitable for trips to Mombasa, the Marine Park, or safaris in Tsavo. It is a good one and half hours drive to Mombasa on slow roads. Also there are no local shops, bars or restaurants.

The beach is beautiful but there is a wide stretch of coral beyond the beach which means you need shoes. The owners have made a concrete causeway below waterline so that it is possible to walk beyond the coral to swim."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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