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Travel reviews by Lazza from Richmond

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

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Lodges stayed in

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Brilliantly organised last minute

Kenya between 6 Mar 2021 and 10 Mar 2021

Trip rating: Excellent
"This was a last minute safari holiday which suddenly became an option when South Africa was put on the UK's Red List of banned countries and we wanted to fly back to the UK without going into hotel quarantine.

We were already about to fly to Kenya when we contacted Olivia and gave her a list of our requirements, including quite detailed covid concerns. She did an absolutely brilliant job organising a trip to Hemingways Ol Seki which delivered everything that we had requested despite having next to no time to arrange it. We travel a lot and regularly go to Africa.

This was our first experience of using Expert Africa and they absolutely lived up to their name and we will be in contact before our next trip."

Hemingways Ol Seki Mara

Hemingways Ol Seki Mara

"It's all about the wildlife"

4 nights Arrived 6 Mar 2021
"This is a very comfortable safari lodge within the Naboisho conservancy which borders the Masai Mara. There is an abundance of game here - a man on a motorbike is employed to keep wildebeest and zebra off the airstrip! The lodge comprises single and family tented accommodation and each large tent has a large shower, bathroom area and balcony overlooking the reserve . Furnishings are fairly basic, there are no tea or coffee making facilities or hairdryers although one is available to borrow. Laundry is free (except for ladies’ underwear which the Masai won’t wash!) I wouldn’t class this as a luxury lodge, despite the Hemingways name, it feels more like a 3*. There is a small lounge with leather chesterfields overlooking the reserve and another tented dining room but no bar or social area.

The food was OK but there is no choice, although i understand you can pre-order vegetarian or pescatarian options.The lunches were the best meal, tending towards lighter salads. Dinner was a four-course affair with starter, soup, main course (mostly consisting of some sort of meat in gravy with potatoes and veg) plus pudding. It felt like nothing had changed in fifty years from a culinary point of view! The closest comparison i can imagine is a skiing chalet holiday. There was no choice of alcohol and no ability to pay extra to upgrade so it was basic white or red wine or beer.

Service was pleasant and fairly friendly and David, the manager, was very visible and helpful.

The game drives were very good, the jeeps are quite new and comfortable and Patrick, our guide, was excellent. There is so much game here. We had numerous close sightings of lions, cheetahs, leopards, herds of elephants, giraffes, hyenas, jackals, warthogs etc.

What I felt was missing were the little extras which we have usually enjoyed on safari although, to be fair, this might be down to COVID as there were only 4 or 5 of us in camp so they must be struggling financially. Bush breakfasts and dinners cost extra, as did the bush walk we enjoyed and there was no tea and coffee on the morning game drives and in the evening drive there was little choice and only crisps and Bombay mix on offer. However, this was also our first Kenyan safari so maybe things are different here.

Bottom line, a safari is all about the animals and Ol Seki delivers this in spades."
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Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Average
Facilities
Average

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