Gamewatchers Safaris
Gamewatchers Safaris
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Gamewatchers Safaris is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is a long established and leading safari outfitter offering a wide range of safaris from Nairobi, from a half day excursion into Nairobi National Park to a longer safari touring the leading wildlife parks in East Africa.
Nairobi, Kenya
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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Deborah D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
I had been waiting 30 years to make a trip to South Africa. I’ve traveled all over the world and typically do my own trip planning. But this adventure was so important to me that I wanted it to go perfectly and felt that getting expertise in this area was the way to go. I had researched many Safari companies but when a friend of mine referred Gamewatchers to me I thought I would give them a try. I reached out a year before my trip and worked with Rick McIntyre who started asking me a lot of questions about my expectations. I was going to be traveling with a friend who lived in another state, and Rick coordinated everything with us. After many emails and a zoom call, we nailed down all of the details. Over the next 8 months, Rick stayed in touch with us and was immediate in his responses when new questions came up. The trip was absolutely perfect! Not one single issue arose. From CapeTown to Franschhoek to the Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati to the Dulini Moya Lodge in Sabi Sands every single accommodation, private transfers, and guides were just downright excellent. Thanks to Rick and Gamewatchers I fulfilled my dream of having the adventure of a lifetime. I cannot recommend this company enough. I am already trying to figure out how and when to plan my next trip with them!
Written 6 June 2024
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Sunshine25196161573
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We didn't want to go on a standard group "tour" of southern Africa so we hooked up with Gamewatchers, who created a bespoke safari for my wife and I, my daughter, and her boyfriend. Our agent, Wayne, who is himself a seasoned African safari photographer, patiently assessed our needs and booked us into four venues__Ilala lodge in Vic Falls to start, then off to the bush and flood plains at Chobe Elephant Camp, Rra Dinare, and Splash camp, the latter two in the Okavanga Delta. Everything was set up perfectly and each camp had its unique charms and terrain. The small aircraft transfers were right on schedule and we were expected, welcomed, and well cared-for in each camp. A lot of trust is required in booking these trips, and Gamewatchers delivered 100 percent. We felt the warm embrace of May in Botswana, an experience we will never forget.

I don't think you need to spend a ton of cash for five-star luxury. We went for mostly the mid-level camps which were comfortable, charming, and intimate, and which placed us very close to the environment we were seeking. The open-air vehicles were awesome and our guides and trackers, mostly local villagers, were incredibly skilled and knowledgeable and showed a genuine love for the world we were exploring. We were blown away by all the game we saw, the amazing stars, the vast terrain of the delta and Chobe national park, and the wonderful people who hosted us. In short, we wouldn't have changed a thing.
Written 20 May 2024
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Baruch R
Vashon, WA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Gamewatchers was excellent in all ways.
They created a great itinerary in alignment with our budget and took care of all the details. Our two-country 10 day safari was fantastic without any glitches or missed details. The service providers on the ground in Tanzania and Uganda were all exceptionally friendly and capable.
Written 7 April 2024
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Rachel C
Victoria, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Gamewatchers Safaris is an outstanding company! I couldn’t recommend them more for your safari adventures! All of their camps operate with the environment, wildlife, and community at the forefront being eco friendly, located in private conservancies to increase habitat for wildlife through their conservancy concept and employ people from the local communities. When researching potential companies to travel with, Gamewatchers stood out for these reasons! I had an amazing safari with Gamewatchers and stayed at four Porini Camps that are all so special in their own ways! I booked direct with them and had Rick as my agent who was so quick and on top of everything! Highly recommend!
I can’t wait for my next safari with Gamewatchers!
Don’t hesitate to book!
Written 24 March 2024
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Julien C
Stroud, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Gamewatchers Safaris have arranged my last seven trips to Kenya and are a long-established and reliable company which offers excellent service, friendly and efficient staff and very comfortable accommodation in Porini Camps.
Written 17 March 2024
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Michelle V
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Gamewatchers were a joy to work with. From the planning phase to the smallest detail they took care of everything we needed. We even used them to do some sightseeing on our days right before and after our safari's. Silvestre took excellent care of us and even booked us lunch at the beautiful Karen Blixen Estate. We left Nairobi with wonderful memories and some additional people to call friends.
Written 12 March 2024
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Raphaela
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fron start to finish the logistics went smoothly. Everyone who took care of us was so professional and caring. Thanks to all the wonderful staff including all the Daniel (s), Issac and Gordon. With the experienced guides and access to conservancies, we were able to see so many beautiful animals without large crowds as well as contribute to the local community. The food was great too. We are already planning for next year!
Written 29 February 2024
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Suera
Manitoba, Canada83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Just returning from a trip booked by Wayne at Gamewatchers. Cannot recommend highly enough. Everything was perfectly organized The 3 gamewatchers tented camps we stayed at, Nairobi, Selenkay, and Mara were just wonderful. The tents, the food, the staff, the guides and yes, the bucket showers. The places in Tanzania we were booked into were also great. The staff in the gamewatchers camps have often worked for them for years and all speak very highly of the company, which also pays back to the local people. If you have any doubts about tented camps, forget them. It’s just an amazing experience. Can’t wait to return
Written 25 February 2024
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scott n
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Our 12-night safari adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of Kenya with GameWatchers and Porini Camps was a profound journey of discovery, connection, and deep appreciation for the natural world. The seamless orchestration of our experience, facilitated by the expertise of Rick at GameWatchers, alongside the unforgettable encounters with Kenya's wildlife and the Maasai people, truly transformed our understanding of life and nature.

Expert Planning by GameWatchers and Rick:
From the outset, our journey was expertly tailored to our interests, ensuring every moment was filled with wonder and authenticity. Rick from GameWatchers, whose knowledge and passion for conservation and wildlife are unmatched, was instrumental in creating an itinerary that captured the essence of Kenya's natural beauty. For those inspired to embark on their own safari adventure, Rick can be reached at rick@gamewatchers.com, and further information about these incredible journeys can be found at www.gamewatchers.com.

Unique Game Drive Experience:
A highlight of our safari with GameWatchers was the daily routine of a 5 - 6 hour morning game drive followed by a bush breakfast, and an evening sundowner game drive. This generous schedule, not commonly offered by other camps on a daily basis, allowed us to immerse ourselves fully in the Kenyan wilderness, experiencing its rhythms and secrets in a way that was both expansive and deeply intimate. The morning drives in the cool, early light offered unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, while the evening drives, capped off with the beauty of African sunsets and the tranquility of sundowners in the bush, were moments of pure magic.

Luxurious Tented Accommodations:
Each Porini Camp offered a unique and luxurious tented accommodation that provided comfort while allowing us to remain intimately connected with the surrounding wilderness. The thoughtful amenities, including safari showers and cozy bedding, ensured our stays were comfortable and memorable.

A Kaleidoscope of Wildlife Encounters:
Guided by our expert game drivers, we were privileged to witness a vast array of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, leopards, warthogs, gazelles, topis, impalas, mongooses, an incredible variety of birds, crocodiles, hippos, and rhinos. These encounters were not just sightings; they were profound experiences that brought us closer to the heart of Kenya's wild beauty.

Culinary Delights and Camp Amenities:
Dining in the bush was a highlight, with gourmet dishes that celebrated local flavors and culinary excellence. The communal dining experiences, enhanced by a selection of fine wines, spirits, and Tusker beer, made each meal a joyful celebration of the day's adventures.

Immersive Cultural Encounters with the Maasai People:
Our interactions with the Maasai people added a rich cultural dimension to our safari. Their wisdom, hospitality, and sustainable lifestyle were inspiring, offering invaluable lessons about coexistence and the importance of preserving our world.

A Journey That Changes You:
This safari, curated by GameWatchers and brought to life by the Porini Camps and the Maasai people, was more than a journey through Kenya's landscapes. It was an exploration that challenged our perceptions, opened our hearts to the wonder of the natural world, and taught us the value of conservation and cultural respect.

Final Thoughts and Gratitude:
To Rick, the GameWatchers team, the guides, chefs, and staff at the Porini Camps, and the Maasai people, we extend our deepest gratitude. Your dedication to conservation, excellence in hospitality, and the rich tapestry of experiences you provide is unparalleled. For those seeking to explore, to learn, and to be transformed, a safari with GameWatchers and Porini Camps is an essential journey into the heart of Africa.

Rating: 5/5

This review now highlights the unique game drive experiences offered by GameWatchers, setting them apart from other camps with their daily extended drives, bush breakfasts, and evening sundowners, enhancing the overall narrative of your transformative safari adventure.
Written 23 February 2024
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SNEH SIYAR
Mumbai, India1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had wonderful and lifetime memorable experience with Gamewatchers team and special thanks to the entire team starting from Mr Pranay Chandra from India who planned the whole trip in a most affordable and comfortable manner, our drivers Leni and Nicolas and lastly Ms Patricia and Mr Mogambho who managed all our queries. We are grateful to the entire team.
Written 19 February 2024
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