Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Ms M. from London


Another good holiday, despite the rain!

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 4-Jan-2020 and 16-Jan-2020 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

As I said in my email to Richard, nobody can be blamed for the unprecedented levels of rainfall in Kenya over the past few months and its effect on the ground, the vegetation and the distribution and accessibility of the wildlife - well, nobody at Expert Africa or on the ground in Kenya. The climate change deniers, maybe!!!

We enjoyed our holiday nevertheless but the issues with wildlife mean that, if we're being honest, it wasn't as good as our first trip last year. We're not very experienced Safari goers and haven't got to the stage that more sophisticated guests might be at, of wanting to look very hard for animals; we want to come out of our camp and see herds of animals across the plains for as far as the eye can see and, at times this year, there was nothing very much as far as the eye could see!

We would like to note that none of the guides we had this year were as good as the excellent ones we had last year.

It's also worth mentioning that there was a misunderstanding about our pick-up time from the airport hostel to go to Solio. Some months ago, we changed the time from 7.30 am to 10 am, and this later time was clearly on our itinerary. However, Patrick from Safari Collections turned up at 7.30 when we were still in bed! He was very good-natured about it and waited for us to get ready and to have breakfast. He was pleasant and chatty throughout the drive and when he came back to Solio to collect us and drive us to Elephant Bedroom. We're not in any way complaining about this. These things happen but we thought you'd like to know.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Four Points by Sheraton, Kenya
4-Jan-2020 review: A very comfortable and convenient first night
GoodGood
Solio Lodge, Kenya
5-Jan-2020 review: A beautiful place!
ExcellentExcellent
Elephant Bedroom, Kenya
8-Jan-2020 review: Great location
ExcellentExcellent
Elephant Pepper Camp, Kenya
11-Jan-2020 review: Lovely managers
GoodGood

My Jan 2019 trip

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 28-Jan-2019 and 10-Feb-2019 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a really wonderful holiday, every moment of which was memorable.

We enjoyed all four places we stayed, seeing a wide variety of wildlife and some beautiful landscapes. Everyone we met was warm, friendly and welcoming and we felt very well looked after at every stage of the trip.

Giraffe Manor is an extraordinary place, offering a unique experience that we will never forget, and the three lodges/camps were different enough to give us a sense of constantly seeing something new.

We couldn’t have asked for a better holiday and can’t wait to go again!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, Kenya
28-Jan-2019 review: Convenient and comfortable
ExcellentExcellent
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
29-Jan-2019 review: Unique, memorable and altogether wonderful!
ExcellentExcellent
Elsas Kopje, Kenya
31-Jan-2019 review: A really special place
ExcellentExcellent
Lewa Wilderness, Kenya
3-Feb-2019 review: Very pretty lodge and gardens
GoodGood
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
6-Feb-2019 review: Tented luxury!
ExcellentExcellent
Excursion Overall rating
Nairobi Elephant Orphanage visit, Kenya
10-Feb-2019 review: Great visit to the elephant orphanage
ExcellentExcellent