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Ket Safaris
“Amazing 4-day experience in Amboseli, Taita Hills, and Tsavo East!”

I returned back to the States from my first African just one week ago, and I must say KETS is a great company! The company manager, Paul, was very open with his communication. I felt comfortable with having to send a large bank transfer and planning our pick up. Our safari guide, Kennedy, was phenomenal. He was very punctual and extremely knowledgeable. He answered all of our questions, and was excited to see us snap pictures of every major animal. You can tell he loves his job and is well experienced.

Visited July 2016
 
Date of Posting: 12 November 2016
Posted By: Angel V
U.S.A
“Amazing experience with Kenya Expresso”

We contacted Paul and organized a custom tripİ the communication was excellent. Everything was perfectly detailed from the first to the last date. We visited Aberdare, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara and our guide/driver was amazing and helped us to see the Big 5, plus several other animals in their natural living space. Highly recommended!
 
Date of Posting: 11 November 2016
Posted By: L a B e
Istanbul
“Perfect 6 Nights in Kenya and Tanzania with KETS”

As an initial matter, Paul (who I believe is the owner and operator of KETS) is one of the most responsive people on e-mail I've met - which is saying a lot given that I'm an attorney in NYC. This was very much appreciated as my wife and I planned our honeymoon and constantly changed the accommodation and route we wanted to take. KETS is very flexible in that respect as well. We spent two nights in Maasai Mara in Kenya (at Ashnil Mara Lodge), two nights in the Serengeti in Tanzania (Mbalageti Lodge), one night in Ngorongoro (the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge) and one night in Amboseli back in Kenya (at the Ol Tukai Lodge).

In Maasai Mara, we had Daniel as our private driver/guide. He was very easy to speak with, knew the animals and where to find them, and was generally a great guide. Maasai Mara is significantly smaller than the Serengeti, but is beautiful and less regulated than the Tanzania parks - allowing us to get closer looks at the animals. That's not to say that KETS did any offroading or anything, just that there are more off-trail roads that get you closer to the animals. We saw a cheetah with a young one, a leopard with a young one, a lion pride resting after a kill, hyenas and jackals finishing the kill, another attempted kill by a lion at sunset, and huge numbers of elephants. We didn't see tons of wildebeests or zebras, but that came later. And Ashnil Mara lodge was beautiful. A perfect view over the river where you could watch hippos as you ate/drank. And the staff was beyond generous. The food left something to be desired, but not a whole lot KETS can do about that one. One note, and this will be common throughout this review - the drives are long. So be prepared. From Nairobi to Ashnil Mara took us about 6-7 hours. But the last 2-3 hours there is at least animal viewing. There are also a couple of stops where you can look at some African crafts if you're so inclined.

The drive from Ashnil Mara to the Mbalageti lodge in Serengeti was the longest drive. It was a full day. Although we stopped for lunch across the Tanzania border that was probably unnecessary (and I think KETS recognized it too, as Paul mentioned that for future tours they would not be making that stop). Without that two hour stop, we would have been in the park much earlier. Also of note, Kenyan drivers are not allowed to drive in Tanzania (well, they can, but it's a ridiculously expensive process). So we switched from Dan to Oswald (Ozzie) at the border. Ozzie was phenomenal. Very personable and again very good with the animals and working with the numerous other safari cars to do everything they can to show you the animals you want to see most. For us, that was cheetahs and Ozzie went out of his way to find them for us (four of them in fact...). The Mbalageti lodge is the most beautiful one we stayed in with views that can't be matched. And the western part of the Serengeti park is really beautiful with thousands of wildebeests and zebras. Can't say enough about that lodge and well worth the long drive from Maasai Mara. Even with the drives, we would strongly, strongly recommend seeing both Maasai Mara and the Serengeti.

After our second night at Mbalageti, we had a long drive to Ngorongoro (probably another 5 hour drive). But this one is the easiest drive as it's all in the park. And the central part of the Serengeti is a great chance to see leopards (we were lucky enough to see two). The arrival at Ngorongoro is incredibly impressive. And the crater offers your best chance to see the elusive rhino. The Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge left quite a bit to be desired, but I'm not sure what KETS can do about that. There are only a couple of lodges there and it does have an incredible view - the rooms are just very outdated and not the most comfortable. That might be an area where you look to fork up a bit more money for a four-star lodge if that's the kind of trip you're looking for.

Amboseli could probably be skipped. Ol Tukai is a gorgeous lodge, but if that's your last stop, you'll have already seen most everything that Amboseli has to offer except views of Kilimanjaro. It breaks up the drive a bit from Ngorongoro, but I think if we did it all over again, we might have skipped that stop. Ol Tukai is gorgeous though - so definitely not a bad place to just relax after a long safari. We switched drivers again at the border (from Ozzie to Duncan). We didn't have much time with Duncan since we were winding down and largely chose to relax instead of go on game drives in Amboseli. But he certainly seemed knowledgeable of the animals/area and fell in line with the other KETS drivers we had.

Long winded, I know. So to summarize, KETS was everything we had hoped for and could have expected. We would strongly, strongly recommend KETS to those of you looking for a Kenya and Tanzania safari!

Visited May 2016
 
Date of Posting: 11 October 2016
Posted By: lsoder3
New York City, New York
“Awesome Safari”

We had a great time from start to finish. The owner Paul responded to all my emails and phone calls for any queries regarding our safari. Duncan who was our driver/guide thru our 4 days at Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Massai Mara was very accommodation and took care of us very well. I highly recommend them to our friends and anyone out there who is looking for a great experience. Thank you again KET Safari.

Visited March 2016
 
Date of Posting: 16 August 2016
Posted By: Ninong K
U.S.A
“Exceeds Expectations, Beyond Anything Imaginable”

Excellent communication with KET team and a big thank you to Paul and Lucky, our invaluable guide. From arrival in Nairobi airport to return they took great care of us. We were a family of four and did the 6night, 7 day package tour. Lucky was polite, helpful, knowledgeable and we managed to see the big 5 which was incredible. The various accommodation were of good standard and all meals included. Very affordable. The only criticism if there is one was of the hotel Meltonia we stayed in Nairobi which was included in the package, it was terrible, so don't stay there otherwise we would use KET again if we go on Safari again.

Visited December 2015
 
Date of Posting: 27 June 2016
Posted By: EADXB
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
“Highly Recommended Tour Company”

KET owner/manager Paul is the best! He is very responsive to all emails helping us arrange for a two day safari to Masai Mara. Everything was executed according to plan. Joseph our driver and tour guide is an amazing person. He has been doing these tours for over 20 years and is very familiar with the landscape and all animals and birds. He is very passionate about his job which makes it special having him with us throughout the Safari. The lodge was first class right in the center of the Masai Mara. Food and lodge exceeded our expectations.

Bottom line talk to Paul and everything will go very smoothly.


Visited February 2016
 
Date of Posting: 18 May 2016
Posted By: Troy_MichiganJimmy
Troy, Michigan
Amazing weekend in the Maasai Mara”

I booked a 3D/2N weekend in the Maasai Mara in January 2016 together with a colleague. The lead up to the trip was good. Paul the owner, was very responsive in answering all questions which was the same experience of many reviewers. We were met at Nairobi airport by our driver Daniel. We were really pleased with Daniel who is not only very experienced but also constantly worked hard in communicating with the other drivers to track the animals. Aside from the elusive Rhino, we saw all the animals. The accommodation at the Sarova Mara game lodge was very comfortable with good service.

Some advice.
1) The last 2 hrs to the Maasai Mara is on a very bad road. It might be better taking the more expensive Land cruiser option vs the bone shaking experience we had in the cheaper 4x4 minivan.
2) The Maasai village optional side tour is interesting at $30/ head but be prepared for a lot of hard selling of trinkets and souvenirs. I would pass. The lodge sometimes has a nice Maasai cultural show which is free and good.
3) Traffic getting out of Nairobi during rush hour can be a nightmare. Avoid as far as possible

Visited January 2016
 
Date of Posting: 12 March 2016
Posted By: Paul K
U.S.A
“Amazing Safari and great driver!”

I arranged the trip via emailing Paul who was very quick to respond and provided a lot of detail. We did a 2 night trip to Maasai Mara staying at the Savora Mara Camp. The lodge was lovely, facilities were great and all arranged through KETS. Our driver Francis collected us from our hotel in Nairobi and drove us to Maasai Mara via the picturesque Rift Valley. While at Maasai Mara we went on 3 game drives managing to see 4 of the big fun and loads more animals. Francis was great knowing all the routes on the back of hand and provided us with great knowledge about the park and the animals. On the final day he drove us to the Carnival restaurant for lunch and then back to the airport. 5* company!

Visited January 2016
 
Date of Posting: 09 March 2016
Posted By: Christina2190
18-24 woman from London, United Kingdom
“Memorable Safari Experience with KET Safaries”

I enjoyed one week awesome Safari with KETS in December 2015. I found KETS through TripAdvisor reviews and selected KETS among other operates due to their itinerary which covers many parks, best accommodation facilities offered and the reasonable price.
I established communication with Paul four months prior to the trip and he promptly and professionally answered number of clarifications i asked.
As he confirmed, the Safari vehicle was at my hotel on time and has arranged everything as i requested. Further, KETS was very flexible on payment method and i paid through the Visa card.
My very special thank goes to Mr. Danial, the Tracker/ Driver.
He displayed high professionalism on driving during entire one week, operating in parks and locating and explaining wildlife.
He was very courteous and punctual. Danial is a wildlife naturalist with three decades of experience and with his natural sense and talent of locating animals, i was lucky to see all BIG 5 which includes both White and Black Rhinos, 3 leopards, number of Lions Etc;. One of the main highlights were observing a Cheetah mother and cub for hours.
I sincerely thank Paul, Danial and entire KETS team for this memorable safari experience and i will be delighted to recommend KETS for all my friends who are planing to go for safaris this year, TripAdvisor members and any people read these revives.

Visited December 2015
 
Date of Posting: 27 February 2016
Posted By: Sanjaya A
Colombo, Sri Lanka
“Excellent experience with KETS”

We have just returned from our trip to Kenya, which was made unforgettable by excellent service provided by KETS. Special thanks to Paul, who has provided us with an excellent selection of accommodation and made booking process fast and easy and to our driver/guide Daniel, who spent a week with us on the road. Daniel is a very knowledgeable guide, careful driver and very polite and hard working person. We can highly recommend him. We have seen the big 5 within just two days!

In the beginning I've been a bit skeptical about the trip but we have returned full of positive emotions and once in a life time experiences.

We can highly recommend KETS to anyone who is planning to go for safari tour in Kenya for their professionalism and client's attitude. So our next trip to Kenya will be definitely with KETS!

Visited December 2015
 
Date of Posting: 17 February 2016
Posted By: Katep1972
Tivat, Montenegro

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