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“Safari Over Christmas”

East Africa Adventure Tours and Safaris - Day Tours
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Owner description: Looking for an affordable but quality and safe SAFARI, but you do not want to do all the arranging on your own? Calm down and relax, let our friendly staff do your itinerary to your custom needs. Let our well experienced tour guides and professional safari car drivers take you on an unforgettable experience for a true taste of wilderness. We cater from backpacking to a high end luxury Safari experience. Day trips in Nairobi or Mombasa with the best staff and well seasoned tour guides in Kenya's Urban Communities. We will make sure you get an unforgettable experience in East Africa. The team at East Africa Adventure Tours and Safaris, a taste of wilderness.
Reviewed 2 July 2014

overall
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.
organisation
+ 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.

2  Thank KAweilWe
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We had a very good time in our trip to the Maasai Mara with East Africa Adventures. Though we didn't get to meet him, Fred was very helpful in planning our 3 day Safari and very flexible all the time. We were a group of 8 and he managed to organize everything for a very convenient price. We stayed at the Sarova Mara Game Camp which is absolutely stunning and has an amazing service.

Leonard, the driver who was with us for the whole trip, is incredibly experienced, skilled, respectful and patient. With him we got to see lions, elephants, giraffes, hienas, zebras.... and much more.

1  Thank Amadorosuna
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

My husband and I visited Africa for our honeymoon, and we wanted to incorporate Kenya and Tanzania into our adventures. We didn't know too many people who had been, so we mainly relied on reviews to pick our vendors. East Africa Adventure Tours & Safaris had some of the best reviews around for the type of trip we wanted, so I e-mailed them for a quote. Fred responded right away and was extremely informative, helpful and professional. He also told us that since it's our honeymoon he'd make sure we got special treatment wherever possible with fresh flowers in our room and accommodation upgrades. And WOW, did he come through!!

We truly had the trip of a lifetime. First of all, we were extremely pleased that our trip would be private, i.e. just the two of us and a guide, which couldn't be more perfect for a honeymoon. Most other vendors I looked into would have either been a group tour, or they were more expensive for private tours. Also, Fred was very flexible and when we wanted to customize our trip by extending our stay in the Serengeti, substituting some locations for others, spending a bit more time in Nairobi, etc. - he said "no problem!" to everything and kept revising our itinerary until we got exactly the type of trip we wanted.

From the moment we arrived in Nairobi and were met by our driver, everything was extremely organized and Fred checked in with our drivers constantly to make sure things were going smoothly. In Kenya our driver was PATRICK (he also goes by KIOKO), who we specifically asked for because we read amazing reviews about him, and he was fantastic!!!!!! He made sure we saw not only the Big 5, but also much, much more wildlife. He's very experienced at spotting game, and very knowledgeable about animals, plants, birds, even insects. We learned a lot, saw a lot more than we'd ever imagined, and had a fabulous time!

In Tanzania our driver was SABA and he was great as well!!! Also on par with Patrick in terms of knowledge, ability to spot game, and a fun, easy-going personality. I would highly recommend both of these drivers!!!

Our overall trip was Nairobi- Masai Mara- Lake Nakuru- Amboseli- Ngorongoro- Serengeti. We wouldn't change a thing!!! All the accommodations were fantastic (particularly Amboseli Sopa, Ganako Luxury Lodge near Ngrorongoro and Serengeti Sopa Lodge). The food, which we were unsure about, surpassed all our expectations everywhere!!! Seriously, every meal tasted amazing and we were blown away by the flavors and the variety.

Overall my husband and I are thrilled that we picked EAATT for our honeymoon and would highly recommend it to anyone!

Zoya & Jason

3  Thank J Z
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We had a wonderful time and seen all the big 5. Fred was very helpful and accommodated all our requests. The driver, Leonard, did a great job in finding the animals. The accommodations and food were first class.

1  Thank Joemo098
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We booked a 5 day safari to Samburu, Lake Nakura and Masai Mara (two nights at Masai Mara). We had an amazing time, and saw cheetahs, lions, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, elephants, zebras and more. Our driver Leonard was keen to always get us the best views of the animals, and was a great driver to have on the trip. Fred was extremely helpful while we were looking to book and helped us choose the best tour to see the most animals in our five days. He was also extremely flexible and helpful when our flight was delayed, creating issues with our safari bookings.

The lodges and resorts we stayed at were amazing. My only recommendation would be to visit less places in short amount of time, because it's a lot of driving from park to park. Our final two days in Masai Mara were our favourite because we had more time to relax and take everything in, instead of hopping back in the van to drive seven hours to the next location. Also be aware there's very few flamingoes in Nakuru in wet season.. So don't get your hopes up.

3  Thank Jhews
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