1 independent reviews for Kenya small group safari, 7 days
Reviews for Kenya small group safari, 7 days
Amanda Kemp review 4 Feb 2023
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?Very difficult to choose, as it was such a great experience all round, but the game drives were particularly exciting and the elephant orphanage was a highlight for us too.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?Be prepared to spend lots of money when there, on tips, extra activities and purchases. Don’t wear pale clothing in the red dust areas, the red mud from the Sheldrick Trust pool doesn’t come out - but is a nice reminder. Factor 50 sun cream is advised as the sun is so powerful there even when cloudy. We didn’t enjoy the large roadside tourist shops, as prices were high and negotiation difficult, but preferred to buy from individuals.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?We certainly feel that us being there has helped the economy, we enjoyed supporting local projects, like the Kobe bead workshop, which we could have done more of. We were able to support a chef training programme for unschooled people at Eagle View, which was great. We know that our tips and purchases will make a real difference to people and their families given the levels of poverty we saw. We saw a lot of very poor people in the parched area between Amboseli and Tsavo who we would have liked to help, but couldn’t really at the time, which made us feel bad in our private vehicle. Environmentally, we’re glad we drove rather than flying (and got to see a lot more of real Kenya) and we’re pleased with the levels of care taken at all our stops and in the vehicles to reduce waste and single use plastics. Eagle View in the Mara and the Sands at Chale were particularly impressive on that front. Clearly something drastic needs to happen in the more densely populated parts of the Mara which were litter filled. We hope to support a charity which will tackle that. Again we feel that we were able to support the many conservation efforts by visiting Kenya and were impressed by how seriously the country takes its conservation.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?Overall our vacation was truly excellent and we are so glad we chose to go through yourselves and the tour operator to make sure gave as much as possible back to Kenya in a sustainable way.
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