Because the trips and safaris at the hotel were very expensive and we wanted our money to go to the locals rather than the European hotel we shopped around. The Wildebeest office is situated next to the Safari Inn, opposite the Intercontinental Hotel at Shanzu. The staff were very friendly and helpful and prices quoted for trips and safaris are negotiable (as is everything in Kenya!)
We dealt with Alex who went the extra mile to ensure we had great trips and saw everything we wanted - email firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the trips was the bush tour which entailed visits to three totally different villages (all within 15 miles of the hotel). We were taken by taxi with Alex as guide. Both Alex and the driver were very informative and knowledgeable. The first village was Shanzu and we were shown around Shanzu Village school - mainly a series of huts with holes in the walls for windows as there was no electricity. The teachers are all volunteers and the headmaster explained the difficulties children from poor families face within the education system in Kenya. We were treated to a song from each of the classrooms on our tour!
The second village was Vipingo, a very green and almost self sufficient one where the various medicinal plants were explained to us, and we tasted the local coconut wine (not really to our taste!) We were then shown the vast sisal plantations surrounding the village.
The final village was Mtwapa where most of the hotel staff live. Here we were treated to a traditional dance, and were invited to join in. The whole trip was excellent and I would highly recommend Alex and Wildebeest for value and an unforgettable experience.
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