We went on safari at the beginning of November.
After reading multiple reviews regarding safari tours from Nairobi and deciding we wanted to spend our money locally rather than give it to the travel agents, I decided to email the two companies offering budget safaris from Nairobi. One of these was Maasai Trails East Africa Safaris. Rose was able to answer my queries in as few emails as possible (as opposed to the other company I contacted who could not seem to give me a straight answer). Once we arrived in Nairobi we telephoned Rose to arrange a meeting to discuss our plans. We found Rose both friendly and knowledgeable and was keen to help us in anyway he could. We decided to do two excursions with Maasai Trails East Africa Safari: a 5 day safari to Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru and a Nairobi day trip.
For the safari we were picked up from the hotel Boulivard which was booked by Rose at at 7am. Our driver James, a very friendly fellow briefed us on what we were to expect over the next few days then we set off on our trip to the Mara National reserve.
Whilst my wife and I haven’t been on any other safari tours to compare but all in all we were very impressed. Our guide James was extremely focussed on his job i.e. finding the animals. He must have eagle eyes because his spotting skills were uncanny. He also knew so much about their habit and was always happy to answer questions. He really did put a lot of effort into scouting for animals. We managed to see four of the big five.
Please also make sure you tip. We went on the advice that it was 1,000 Kenyan Shillings per person on the tour, per day.
We would highly recommend Maasai Trails East Africa Safari. I am sure Rose would offer you a much better deal than your holiday rep, plus you wouldn’t be squashed into a bus like a sardine!