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- African Home Adventure Safaris
3 night’s trip to Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Sep 12, 2009 02:42 pm
I have gone on the 3 night’s trip to Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru with African Home Advenutres in August 2009. The experience was very good overall and I wanted to send my thanks to Nickson and Odis who worked hard to make it as pleasant as possible. The staff were quite professional and as a single female traveller it was important for me to feel safe and be given my space. The trip cost around $510 dollars (for a single traveller) plus tips of about $5 a day.
The booking process was good, but when I arrived at the camp in Masai Mara it turned out they didn't have a tent for me as it was overbooked. The said I should stay with 2 guys who were also in my group and we had to explain that this was not going to work. I have been given a very basic tent with no facilities for 1 of the 2 nights there and I was not offered any discount in the price for not receiving the accommodation I was promised. Needless to say I wasn't happy about that. The 2nd night accommodation was much better - a comfy tent with bathroom and electricity called Mount Kenya. The staff at the camp were helpful. The driver who brought us from Nairobi was also our guide for the time in Masai Mara and was very nice and accommodating to our needs.
Lake Nakuru was nice too, but I would have preferred to go to Lake Bogoria, as it had both the flamingos and hot springs which were amazing. Plus you got to cross the equator and take photos there! I arranged for the trip to Lake Bogoria to be organised later. The hotel we stayed not far from Lake Nakuru was of low standard. Windows facing the restaurant courtyard and you couldn't keep the window open as the smells and noises from the kitchen would disturb you till late at night. But it was nice to have a proper toilet again!
Generally I would recommend the company but only if they stop overbooking tents in the camps.
The Masai Mara was heaven on earth - so peaceful and it gives you an incredible sense of belonging. You never get tired of the drives and they go out at various times of the day so that you get a different light for the photos.
I would rate the experience as 10/10, a trip of a lifetime, but the company only 6/10 because of the overbooking and the low quality of hotel near Nakuru.
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