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Weather/ Animals / Snakes

My fiance and i are thinking about taking our honeymoon in Kenya. Could anybody advise me what the`weather`is like`in June.

We are looking at booking through Virgin and ahve a seen a number of Safari options - are these the best ones to book - can any one recommend other safari's.

Also is there a lot of snakes in Kenya - my finance is worried that they might be slithering around the hotels/lodges? I have spoken to other people who have travelled to Africa and they never saw a snake. Just wandered what other people's experience was.

Hope someone can help


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I have been to four counties in Africa and never seen a snake in one of them other than a show put on at a hotel! Try looking up Somak holidays or even cheaper i'ts sister company Gatway holidays they specialise in Kenya and may well be cheaper than Virgin. A lot of people including myself have used DM Tours based at the diani shopping centre,email them for idea's and prices.

Have you decided north or south coast?

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We are thinking of staying in one of the Mombassa beach hotels and adding a safari on. Thanks for the reply regarding the snakes, that has re-assured my boyfriend a great deal.

Thanks for the advice - i will check out those suggestions.

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There are so many tour operators who can get you a good deal once you get to Kenya or even before you get to Kenya. Try to find in this forum comments for those who have used virgin in the past, sorry i have to say it didn't sound good since they were just moved about from one tour operator to another.My suggestions www.kato.org has all the links of the licensed tour operators in Kenya. So get yourself an operator from there and get hooked up. I booked my 1 week safari with www.ultimatesafarisntours.com starting from 14th Feb. Other operators that i have found out to be popular are DM tours and Somak.

About the snakes, there might be some snakes in Kenya but am 99.999% sure that you will not even come in contact with any of them when in the hotels and the safaris.



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I have never used Virgin myself for travelling to Kenya but have known people who have and the service has been appalling. They sub contract their safaris to Rhino Safaris who just don’t deliver.

I once travelled with a company who also used rhino safaris and the rep at the airport was trying to deal with us along with Virgin clients and clients from another UK tour operator. On the way to Kenya we had lost our bags and the rep was no help at all, just left us at the airport as she had to escort another party to their Nairobi hotel to brief them prior to their safari. Lucky I have travelled to Kenya before as we were left in the airport to sort out our missing luggage along with trying to arrange our onward flight to Mombasa which we missed due to our lost luggage. Our Safari with Rhino was the worst ever but that’s another story. On returning to UK we flew from Mombasa to Nairobi where we were due to overnight before our flight to London. We travelled from Mombasa to Nairobi with a French girl who had booked with Virgin and her luggage was also lost in Nairobi. Again the rep just left us along with the French girl at the airport while she went to deal with clients from another tour company. She arrived back at the airport over three hours later. Book with someone else such as Somak or Kuoni.

As for the snakes don’t worry I have been travelling to Kenya for over ten years and have only seen three.

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I went on holiday to Kenya way back in 2003 we were on Safari for a bumpy two weeks and i can hand on heart say that i only saw two snakes.... One out in the bush in Tsavo West on our first day game viewing (he was posionous) and our second, a spitting cobra, on our last full day at Keekorok Lodge in the Masai Mara outside the front door of lodge 16 (i think thats the right number). The only thing that you might have in your room are little gheko type lizards but they eat the insects so they are a good thing to have.

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Dear nessy1

we just got back from 2 weeks in Kenya...we saw 26 mammal species, about 30 bird species, 7 reptiles....but not a single snake...except at the bio-ken snake farm in Watamu...a very interesting place...

also I very much second the recommendation of DM tours...in particular one of their driver guides...Abdul ...his ability to spot animals in the bush is astonishing...we negotated with 5 safari agencies and DM tours was willing to set up our trip just as we wanted and at a price about 20% less than anyone else


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Hi On my two trips to kenya i have seen 2 snakes. One a green tree snake, i am told harmless, fell out of the tree near me on the beach. made me just and thats all.

The second was a puff adder found in the beach restaurant. The staff told everyone straight away and removed it. I stayed at turtle bay beach club. On all my trips into the villages and bush not one was seen. I don't think you will have a problem

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