Apologies, a bit of a long story, but I need to get some information to weigh up some risks!
We are looking to travel to Kenya next April. Originally it was just myself, my husband and our 2 teenage children. However, my mum and my sister (+ her family) are now interested in coming with us. We (me and hubby) have always booked our holidays independently and saved a fortune along the way. Mum and sister have always used travel agents and tour operators.
We have created an itinerary, flying direct from London to Nairobi with Kenya Airways, being picked up at the airport by Safari operator, doing a 4 night safari and finishing up in Mombasa, where we would spend 7 nights at the beach.
As is our usual way, we have researched it all and read internet reviews, made what we consider to be the best choices and come up with a great quote. We would book airfairs through one of the major internet companies (eg expedia or opodo), hotel through Virgin and we are edging towards Glorious Safaris for the safari.
Mum has spoken with a travel agent who has pretty much shot our idea down in flames! He has said he would only use BA for flights, would not use Kenya Airways (I'm not sure why), and that Virgin no longer go to Kenya. I know Virgin no longer fly there but they do use Kenya Airways for their holiday packages so I'm not sure what his point is about this. Anyone know of any potential problems about using Kenya Airways?
He also said it is a volatile country and he would only use Kuoni as a tour operator. (incidentally I have discovered that Kuoni also use Kenya Airways!). I'm not sure what the advantage would be of using Kuoni, but I do know that the disadvantage would be cost.
He has then gone on to say how insurance would not cover every scenario if it was not safe to travel there.
We weren't aware of any specific risks in Kenya at present. Government advice shows nothing that worries us unduly.
Are we booking too early? Are things likely to change in Kenya? We just need to be able to discuss the risks with the rest of the family as they are more cautious than we are!