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“Great trip to the Masai Mara with wonderful guide”
Review of Explorer Kenya

Explorer Kenya
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Whilst Explorer Kenya's package was one of the pricier ones we looked at, it was worth every cent. To start with, their vehicle is comfortable and clean. Our driver Moses was fantastic - friendly, courteous, helpful. He has a clear passion for his job, and for animals. On the first day, he noticed my wife going into the breakfast area at our hotel, so rather than rushing us, he waited for us to finish before collecting us. The six hour drive did not feel long at all, because conversation with him is easy, and entertaining.
The lodge we stayed at was very comfortable, and food was excellent. It is literally a few meters from the gate, and hippos can be seen in the river from the restaurant (don't believe the claim that you can see the river from your room - while it may be true for some rooms, we certainly could not see anything).
Animal viewing was easy. Being from South Africa, my reference is Kruger National Park. Masai Mara is nothing like Kruger. I particularly dislike the radio messages between cars, which means that as soon as someone sees something, dozens of cars are racing to it. However, we also benefitted from this system, so it's a bit of a catch 22. Also, unlike Kruger, the cars can go offroad to follow animals - Moses was courteous enough to respect my wish NOT to do this, as I feel it unnecessarily harasses the animals. Of course, catering to American and European visitors, this behaviour is purely designed to satisfy them.
A hint - the Masai village, whilst interesting, is a bit of a con (this is NOT the fault of Ex Kenya - it's how the Masai operate). The Masai will give you a staff, and at the end of the tour ask if you want it - then tell you it costs $20. They will also show you how to make a fire using a stick - then give it to you, and basically force you to buy it. Be prepared to say "NO". They are actually rather annoying, and simply want to make a buck off EVERYTHING. One guy tried selling me his own knife, for $20. I really disliked the pushy sales nature of the visit - the actual cultural part seemed to just be thrown in to justify the sales pitch. Rather save the 20 bucks and watch a documentary.
If you want curios, it's actually cheaper to buy at the lodge rather than from the Masai directly.
All in all, I would highly recommend Explorer Kenya, and ask for Moses if possible.

Thank Yahya A
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

My son and I went on a 6 day safari to Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, and Amboseli in 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser. Our driver, Martin, was very friendly and thoughtful. He answered many questions we had with his depth in knowledge about wildlife. He also introduced us to a Masai village in Amboseli. It was an experience I shall remember for a long time. I believe we had the best driver in Kenya. The accommodations were also excellent at Simba Lodge in Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha Sopa, Kebo Camps. I highly recommend Explorer Kenya.

Thank Grace H
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

When we started planning our trip to Africa, we had enquired with quite a few operators - but Explorer Kenya stood out from the very beginning with quick responses, direct answers, ideas and suggestions. We worked with Robert to plan our trip, and he was very accomodating, adjusting to every one of our needs. All our requests was satisfied - they even accomodated our specific requests by talking to hotel/camps to arrange rooms close to dinning area as we were travelling with older people. Our trip was tailored to perfection.

On the ground we were assigned Simon as our guide/driver. He is a great person, very amicable, with a smile always on his face. His knowledge of the game, layout of Mara reserve, tracking and spotting are top notch. Games drives were excellent - and ofcourse we spotted the Big five. Above all that, with his personality he put our entire family at ease with his friendly nature and helpful attitude. Needless to say, one of the best hosts we have experienced in our travels anywhere.

I strongly recommed Explorer Kenya for your trip to Kenya. Every single moment on the trip was memorable, and I would not hesitate to use them again should we return.

Keep up the great work Robert, Simon and rest of Explorer Kenya team. Thanks for the memories!!!

Thank karte10
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

To start off with the review, we traveled from India and was received in Nairobi by explorer Kenya team, our flight got delayed and we had another flight to catch from another airport to mara triangle. Team explorer Kenya made sure we didn't miss the flight. kuddos to them. We were received in Mara serena airstrip by Mr. SIMON KAGIRI, our guide and driver for the next three days. We had a wonderful time with him, his knowledge and spotting skills are something apart, a good person by nature, he showed us the ways of the maasai, the wildlife and shared with us an immense knowledge about the wildlife of the african savaanah. With him, we got to see 16 lions, a leopard and 3 cheetahs. A wonderful experience and a trip to remember for a life time, everything was spot on with the organisation and planning and execution. hats off Explorer Kenya. Can't wait to travel with you guys again. Thank you.

Thank 197pradeepe
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

We just completed an immensely satisfying and comfortable 7-day tour of Kenya’s national parks with Explorer Kenya. Our guide Silas Limpensha made the tour even better with his knowledge and expertise.

We were a family of 6 adults and 2 children aged 6 and 2. We had my partners who are senior citizens with us.

We visited Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara.

Explorer Kenya arranged everything for us and gave us a fully end to end service right from picking and dropping at the Nairobi airport.

Silas was very experienced and helped us throughout the tour telling us about Kenya’s varied wildlife and the country in general. Under his watch we were able to spot the rare hunting dog, and were able to see a live hunt of an impala by a cheetah. We also saw many prides of lions hunting a buffallo and undergoing the mating ritual.

The company and Silas truly made sure we had an experience to remember.

If we come back to Kenya, we will surely pick them again.

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