Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr V from Texas


It Rains in Kenya

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 23-Jan-2020 and 8-Feb-2020 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The short rainy season extended right through our trip in January-February (2020), which is ordinarily the height of the short dry season. Interestingly, this is no way dampened (pun intended) our enjoyment of the trip.

I’m interested in photography, and the lush green foliage, moody skies, and sometimes dramatic sunrises/sunsets all enhanced my efforts. The animals were all healthy and happy, with plenty of vegetation for the herbivores and well-fed herbivores for the predators. Luckily, in spite of the presence of rain on each except our last day, we only experienced one 45-minute delay on a single game drive, so we weren’t particularly impacted by the rains, other than by the presence of lots of mud (the camps supplied Wellington boots) and some insects in Meru.

The hard work of the staffs at each of our camps contributed tremendously to our enjoyment of the trip.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Four Points by Sheraton, Kenya
24-Jan-2020 review: Four Points by Sheraton review
ExcellentExcellent
The Emakoko, Kenya
25-Jan-2020 review: The Emakoko review
ExcellentExcellent
Elsas Kopje, Kenya
26-Jan-2020 review: Surprising Meru; Elsa’s Kopje review
ExcellentExcellent
Kicheche Mara, Kenya
30-Jan-2020 review: Kicheche Mara review
ExcellentExcellent
Kicheche Bush Camp, Kenya
3-Feb-2020 review: Kicheche Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent

Kenya: Laikipia and Mara Conservancies 2018

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 27-Jan-2018 and 11-Feb-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was a wonderful safari, with smooth connections, the right kind of lodges and camps that met all of our needs, top-notch guiding, and plenty of wildlife (including a number of first-time sightings for us, as this was our first safari to East Africa).

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
The Emakoko, Kenya
27-Jan-2018 review: Two Nights at the Emakoko to Start
ExcellentExcellent
Kicheche Laikipia, Kenya
29-Jan-2018 review: Kicheche Laikipia review
ExcellentExcellent
Kicheche Mara, Kenya
2-Feb-2018 review: Kicheche Mara review
ExcellentExcellent
Kicheche Bush Camp, Kenya
6-Feb-2018 review: Kicheche Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent

My Jul 2017 trip

On this trip, I visited Rwanda between 1-Jul-2017 and 14-Jul-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our trip to Rwanda was a dream come true.

We were really glad to have gone to the expense to book 3 gorilla treks -- an extraordinary experience I will never forget.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kigali Serena Hotel, Rwanda
1-Jul-2017 review: Kigali Serena Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Rwanda
3-Jul-2017 review: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge review
GoodGood
Cormoran Lodge, Rwanda
8-Jul-2017 review: Cormoran Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Rwanda
9-Jul-2017 review: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel review
AverageAverage