My husband & I went for Kenya safari in Mid july organized by EAATS. Fred was quick in responding to emails and the payment process was also swift.
It was wonderful 7 days with few glitches. Our pick up at the airport was on time, but after that there was some time taken for petrol refill at the gas station, around 20 mins. We thought this could have been done before we started our trip, but that is alright.
Our guide/driver was Pattrick. We started our journey to Masai Mara directly from the airport. On the way, I asked for water and it was not there. There were no shops around, so that I could just buy it. We had to wait for it till we stopped for lunch. I think this can be avoided in future and they should be ready before the trip.
Keeping all this aside, Pattrick was very jovial and we had some lovely conversations with him. He was very knowledgeable about game reserves and animals. We traveled in safari van, never ever we felt uncomfortable, he drove really well, even on bad roads.
Masai mara was beautiful, Pattrick ensured that we see the great wildebeest migration and as they say, it was wonderful. We saw Big 3 in Masai Mara. We wanted to see leopard, but he told us that he will break the itinerary in two days, 1st day, migration, elephants, lion, cheetah and other herbivores etc and 2nd day rhino and leopard. We know how hard it is to spot a rhino and leopard, but then we thought we lost one day without even trying to spot a leopard. And on the 2nd day also, we could not spot it, so we were disappointed. But Masai mara is such a beautiful jungle, that on every day, it was exceptional.
Then We visited Lake nakuru. We stayed in Tumaini cottage, which 20 KMs from the national park. We had asked Fred in the emails, which one is better Tumaini/Flamingo hill. He said flamingo will cost more, ensured us that Tumaini is very nice. Also we asked him, can we get pre-morning GD before we start for other destination, he said yes. But when we reached nakuru, we did an evening GD and then went out of the national park. When we asked about the next day morning GD, Pattrick informed us that the entry fee covers only one entry. We could have done morning GD, if we stayed inside the national park (i.e. flamingo). We were angry, as we had specifically asked about flamingo resort and early morning GD. Had Fred informed us this before, that if we stay in flamingo, we get two GDs, else we get one, it would have been much professional. Plainly saying yes, just to get the customers, is not good.
Though it was not a big deal, but considering that we are in Kenya just for safaris and we have spent alot on this holiday, these things did matter to us.
Then we went to amboseli, it was very nice. We stayed in Kibo lodge and got their best tent, where we can directly see Kili.
The game drives in amboseli were good, we spotted cheetahs, hynes, lions along with lots of elephants.
Overall, it was a very nice trip, nicely arranged. Pattrick was excellent as a driver and also as a guide. EAATS definately needs some improvement, but overall excellent trip.
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