Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs LN - London


Kenya again - Sept-Oct 2015

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 30-Sep-2015 and 11-Oct-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Richard delivered again! After looking to book with various companies I am so glad we came back to Expert Africa. Richard's in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for Kenya is a refreshing change from those companies whose 'expert' did a flying trip of a few camps but actually know nothing about the actual country. Keep up the research and the actual trips to Kenya Richard as your knowledge is invaluable.

My husband and I lived in Kenya previously and have visited regularly but this time I took my Canadian 24 year old nephew on a safari that he had been promised since he was a child. It could not have been a more successful nor enjoyable trip!

We stayed for 2 nights at Macushla House (Nairobi), 1 night Aero-Club (Nairobi), 2 nights Elephant Bedroom (Samburu), 3 nights Governors (Masai Mara), 2 nights Encounter Mara (Naibosho Conservancy - Mara).

Nairobi traffic jams are crazy and are only going to get worse. Choosing your hotel and what you want to do needs to take this into account. We wanted to visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (please go there), the Giraffe Sanctuary (good fun) and Nairobi Game Park (much underrated) and a few shopping areas. Staying at Macushla House meant this was possible without having to deal with much traffic which suited us. We decided to use taxis for one day and then a driver for the second. In hindsight having a driver means you can really please yourselves and change your plans if you want to and I would do this in the future rather than taxis. If you want to go into the city and experience the restaurants and city life then possibly a more central hotel would suit you better.

We had a very early flight out the next morning so rather than chance the traffic and have a ridiculously early start we stayed at the Aero Club which is on Wilson Airport. This is a Nairobi institution and the bar (where we also ate our dinner) was welcoming and interesting and, best of all, was a 5 minute trip from the terminal. The accommodation is very basic but it worked for us. I do not think it would not suit most people.

Elephant Bedroom in Samburu was fantastic in every way. My only complaint is that we did not have time to spend 3 nights here as we usually do. It is one of my favorite Reserves and very different from other locations. This was my second stay at Elephant Bedroom and all of the tiny problems have been dealt with now and the welcoming and efficient staff were fantastic. The animals have the right of way through camp and that makes for wonderful experiences especially with elephants. My nephew's many questions were answered with accurate information delivered with enthusiasm from the guards through to James our guide. Because it is usually so dry you do not get the quantity of game here you get in the Mara but you get varieties of animals you can not see elsewhere and the elephant sightings are incredible. The scenery is also fantastic.

We mixed our time in the Mara between Governors (in the Reserve and a large camp) and Encounter Mara (in Naibosho Conservancy and a small camp). This was the best mixture and each offered us something different and special. If you want to see animals you can not beat the Mara and boy, did we see animals in both places. It should have been the end of the migration but there were still lots of wildebeast and we actually saw a crossing. Where there is food there are predators and we saw lots of them as well. The Mara was still busy so going to Encounter Mara meant we saw wonderful cat sightings with very few vehicles. Encounter Mara also allowed us walking safaris, night drives and a (non-commercial!) boma visit. With their lovely guides and staff we will go back there and I hope others do too as it deserves to do well.

I think the balance of Nairobi Game Park, Samburu Reserve and the two locations in the Masai Mara gave my nephew a varied glimpse of Kenyan wildlife and countryside. He has not stopped talking about it. He absolutely loved the trip but confessed that he did not realise that sitting in a vehicle and looking for animals could be so exhausting! As for me, Kenya has so much to offer that I will return again (and again and again)!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Macushla House, Kenya
30-Sep-2015 review: Macushla House review
GoodGood
Aero Club of East Africa, Kenya
2-Oct-2015 review: Aero Club of East Africa review
GoodGood
Elephant Bedroom, Kenya
3-Oct-2015 review: Elephant Bedroom review
ExcellentExcellent
Governors Camp, Kenya
5-Oct-2015 review: Governors Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Encounter Mara, Kenya
8-Oct-2015 review: Encounter Mara review
ExcellentExcellent

Unexpected

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 9-Sep-2011 and 3-Oct-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This trip was one of surprises and unexpected discoveries. We loved it!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
River Crossing, Namibia
10-Sep-2011 review: Has potential
AverageAverage
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, Namibia
11-Sep-2011 review: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
14-Sep-2011 review: Sossus Dune Lodge review
GoodGood
The Stiltz, Namibia
16-Sep-2011 review: The Stiltz review
ExcellentExcellent
Cape Cross Lodge, Namibia
19-Sep-2011 review: Cape Cross Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
20-Sep-2011 review: Camp Kipwe review
ExcellentExcellent
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
23-Sep-2011 review: Etendeka Mountain Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
25-Sep-2011 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
27-Sep-2011 review: Halali Camp review
AverageAverage
Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia
28-Sep-2011 review: Onguma Tented Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Olive Grove, Namibia
1-Oct-2011 review: Olive Grove review
ExcellentExcellent