We enjoyed a very nice safari through a variety of lovely landscapes with a large number of animals. Doing the safari with East Africa Tours & Adventures was a good decision since we enjoyed the close and individual support we got thanks to the organisation's size.
Overall, we would make the following two recommendations to the organisation:
- if you want to offer luxury tours, then not only the lodges should be different. Landrovers would be nice in both Kenya and Tansania.
- since you are aware of the roads' state, you shouldn't plan so tightly (or make the guests aware that the itinerary is quite packed). An extra day in the Serengeti would have been nice.
+ it was very easy and convenient to organise everything with Fred who quickly responded to e-mails
+ the safari could be tailored to our requests without problems
- the amount of driving (excluding safaris) was a bit too much at times. There was barely time to enjoy the resorts and rest and relax. Choosing the luxury version did not really pay off, therefore.
- (related to the above point) staying one more night in Serengeti would have been nice. There is so much to see but with the safari as planned, we pretty much had to rush to the next park.
- the cars in Kenya (minibus) are simply not made for the bumpy roads both in and outside the parks. Driving long distances in those cars was not really enjoyable.
- Since the roads are in quite a bad state, we had one breakdown (differential), the car got stuck in a park and we had to push it, and a total of 3 (almost 4) punctures. Had the cars been better suited for the roads (Kenya) or of a newer generation, we are confident that less breakdowns would have occurred. As a result of the numerous breakdowns, we lost quite a bit of time and had even less time to enjoy the lodges or the game drives.
- It was planned to visit Olduvai on a day when it was closed (public holiday).
drivers + guides
Gordon (guide in Kenya):
Nice, amicable person who was interested in our wishes and wellbeing and was able to tell us a lot about the animals.
Julian (driver in Kenya):
Since the minibus was simply not made for the bumpy roads and the schedule was quite tight, Julian seemed to be under some pressure and drove quite fast at times which lead to us hitting our heads on the bus' roof (large bumps, hard breaks, bad suspension). He was, however, responsive to our requests.
Saba (guide and driver in Kenya):
Without Saba, we would have been lost. The many problems with the car were quite unfortunate and put him under a lot of pressure but thanks to his good connections and far-sighted planning, it all turned out fine. He, for example, pre-ordered food for us after to border to save time, he organised extra spare tires, he got his brother to help out with a large car to get us from Arusha to the border, and he called the parks' personnel when we were late to ensure that we could enter the park and make it to the resorts.
Having him as a guide was simply great. He has a good sense of humour and a unique way of feeling everyone included. When we think back to our safari, we will inevitably remember Saba and his infectious laugh.
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