Freedom Africa Safari Review
by Sandy Greenwood
I left a little of my heart in Kenya, you can't help it. I feel like I was part of it and you are loved there not only by the people but by the animals. It's the absolute best and I am definitely going again next year. If I could I would go next week.
Safari Operator Performance
Freedom Africa (guides Rhino Safari). I did the Kenya Highlights tour.
They were most excellent; great itinerary and great performance, no delays, no hiccups and everything went as planned with prompt pick-ups at airports and intensive and outstanding assistance.
We stayed one night freetime at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi and even went out alone for a meal and a drink - no problems, the Kenyans were wonderful.
Lake Naivasha Lodge - outstanding, absolutely beautiful.
When we opened our curtains all we could see was giraffes, Thompson gazelle and Zebras... now that's a view you don't get anywhere else.
Mara Simba Lodge Masai Mara - absolutely gorgeous.
Hippos galore up close and personal. Even spent one of the nights on the balcony watching and listening to them swimming and walking about OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW under the porch.
Accommodation brilliant, truly beautiful and with a true essence of Kenya. Didn't want to leave, would even have set up a tent there ... amazing.
We did that for 5 days on safari, then on to Mombassa and stayed at the Papillion Lagoon Reef on Diani Beach for the last 4 days of sun, sea and good food - lobster as big as my table... yum.
The staff was brilliant and very attentive; lots to do and see. We went to Ali Baba and the Forty Thief Restaurant about 10 mins up the road - it was lush dinner on the beach and then watched the sun go down and the hundreds of crabs rushing for the cool clear water and we ran with them (being careful not to tread on any).
Wildlife and Masai People
We saw all of the big five and more - cheetahs, leopards and hyena. We saw leopards on two consecutive days which was outstanding.
We got kissed by giraffes at the Karen Blixen centre - it was wonderful. I even stroke a rhino and tickled his ear; what an experience. Also followed around by a wild boar and saw the rescued baby elephants at David Sheldrick foundation.
The Masai tribes dancing and jumping up and down, even got an invite to stay the night in the village - definitely will stay overnight next year. I even got a bracelet from a Masai chief. He was wonderful but very tall so we would have looked like little and large LOL.
Tips and Advice
Don't bother - let the experts do it for you. Tell them what you want and they will assist especially Freedom Africa - they adhere to your every wish and fulfil this to the max and to be honest by the time you did organise all your different safaris it would cost a fortune why bother.
The Masai Mara is the best and an absolute must. When you have done this nothing compares.
Please visit the Karen Blixen centre and David Sheldrick centre just outside Nairobi. It's around KS700 which is approximately 7 quid for a day to remember.
Don't take too many clothes
. Take shorts T-shirts and maybe something nice and cool for the evening.
Just relax and enjoy the weather - it's hot.
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