Thank you very much for organising a really excellent safari during our 3-week safari in Kenya. I expect you have already heard from Raphael that all went well. And thanks very much for organising the return of the coat which was inadvertently left at Mara Sarova Camp.
What attracted us to Eastern and Southern Safaris, both in 2005 when we travelled with you and this year when we travelled in August/September, was the fact that you seem to be the only mid-range company prepared to be flexible and customise safaris to suit their clients. My husband and I having lived in Nairobi from 1980-1984 and our son having lived in Kericho in 2011, we had very specific areas of the country which we wanted to include on our itinerary. I contacted various companies, but Eastern and Southern Safaris was the only one which rose to the occasion. Nothing was too much trouble and our emails were answered promptly (I was frustrated by other companies which either did not reply at all or took several days to respond). We greatly appreciated being able to hire a vehicle and driver at a daily rate after having completed your standard packages to Tsavo/Amboseli and the Maasai Mara (having seen the amount of traffic in Nairobi these days, there’s no way we would want to drive in Kenya again!. We were with Raphael for 18 days in total so were able to build up a very good rapport and enjoyed hearing about Kenyan life.
Of your standard packages that we went on, we were all agreed that Kilaguni Lodge in Tsavo West was our favourite. I think Tsavo tends not to be so popular as the Mara, but ignore it at your peril! The park is very beautiful and Kilaguni Lodge certainly has the “Wow!” factor. As soon as you arrive, you are amazed at the wonderful setting by the waterhole. You could spend all day there just watching the animals coming and going. And then, if you’re lucky, Kilimanjaro might reveal itself in the early evening or morning as it did for us. We had said in our pre-booking conversations that we would very much like rooms at Tsavo and Amboseli with the opportunity of seeing Kilimanjaro, as all three of us have been up the mountain so it is very special to us. So thanks, Boaz, for organising this, as our rooms at Kilaguni overlooked both the waterhole and Kilimanjaro. At Kibo Camp, Amboseli, our tents were the furthest away from the main camp which was great as there was nothing between us and Kilimanjaro when it appeared in all its majesty.
Our safari through the western part of Kenya, the itinerary for which we organised ourselves, worked very well. Raphael has a great knowledge of the area so nothing seemed to faze him, though we did manage to go to some places which even he had not been to (eg Ruma). From the Maasai Mara, we took the back road to Migori and then to Ruma National Park near Homa Bay. This is a delightful park, little visited, and so peaceful after the plethora of vehicles in the Mara. We stayed at Oribi Guesthouse run by Kenya Wildlife Service. Then on to Kiboko Bay Resort, Kisumu, and Rondo Retreat, Kakamega Forest (a little bit of heaven in the middle of the rain-forest – quite a contrast to all the game lodges). I know that Raphael came away clutching a leaflet for Rondo, so perhaps you might consider this for the future? We stayed in Kericho for three days in a private guesthouse and visited the school where our son had been teaching. Then on to Sleeping Warrior Camp at Lake Elementaita (a very nice place but the road is not good to get there) and finishing with a night at Dea’s Gardens, Lake Naivasha, another delightful location and a relaxing place to finish our safari.
Thanks again, Boaz, for your professionalism and excellent service.
With best wishes