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“The incredible Masai Mara!”

Duncan was a great driver and very informative about the Masai Mara and Kenya overall. Paul was very helpful also with getting me in country. A once in a lifetime experience. Saw the "Big 5" the first afternoon. I would highly recommend booking with KETS.
 
Date of Posting: 11 December 2014
Posted By: AtlJimK
Atlanta, Georgia
“PHENOMENAL SAFARI WITH KETS!!”

We became acquainted with Kenya Expresso Tours and Safaris (KETS) 1 ½ years ago when we began looking for a 1 day safari in Kenya. Originally, we were only going to spend 1 day in Kenya before flying to Rwanda to trek after the mountain gorillas.

As we researched KETS 1 day safaris, we became captivated with them. They offered a variety of 1 day safaris, their price was unbelievably great, and they had phenomenal reviews on TripAdvisor. Also, we would be the only people on their 1 day safaris with our own private driver/guide. It soon became apparent to us, that we wanted to spend more than 1 day on the traditional safari offered by KETS. We wanted to see so much more since we were flying all the way to Kenya from Chicago. We wanted to have the best possible chance to see the Big 5, and to see the Great Migration of the wildebeast, and their river crossing. So, we emailed Paul, the tour consultant of KETS, and asked his advice. Paul answered all of our emails within 24 hours, and was very helpful in helping us customize an itinerary.

Paul recommended visiting Kenya in September. This would give us the best chance of observing the Big 5 and the migration. He also recommended visiting Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, and the Masai Mara. Paul must be a phenomenal prognostigator!!! We followed his recommendations and were able to see the Big 5 and the wildebeasts crossing the Mara River during their migration.

We were awed, astounded, amazed, and just overwhelmed with the beauty and wildness of Amboseli, Masai Mara, and Lake Nakura. Our accomodations were spacious and restful, with satisfying meals, mostly served buffet style. Dishes included familiar foods as well as a few native dishes. All these appetizing dishes were offered in delicious large quantities.

Due to the expertise planning of Kenya Expresso Tours and Safaris, we experienced the unparalleled wilderness of this fascinating country and had the privilege of being escorted by Philip, a very able driver and knowledgeable guide. My husband and I were the only visitors in the roomy Toyota Land Cruiser, and we found Philip to be a reliable driver and a bold, intelligent guide who often surprised us with unexpected sightings. He found the big 5 for us to observe and photograph during the first 26 hours of our visit, including both the black and white rhinos! Philip would position the vehicle as close as possible to the animals so that we had the best possible views and locations for our photos. He took us to an excellent vantage point overlooking the Mara River to watch the wildebeasts cross. After one hour of waiting unsuccessfully for the wildebeasts to cross, we left to explore other areas. Shortly, we came across a pride of lions, and stopped to observe and photograph them. After several minutes, the male started to court one of the females, and then started to mate with her right in front of us!! While watching the lions mate, Philip heard on his radio that the wildebeasts started to cross the river. So, he told us to buckle-up, turned the Land Cruiser around, and put the pedal to the metal. He got us to the river safely in time to watch the wildebeasts!!! All of our wishes for our Kenya safari had come to fruition. Unbelievable!!! We could not have wished for a better experience than the one we had with KETS, Paul, and Philip.

Paul even assisted us when the airlines lost our luggage, and he was instrumental in tracking down our bags when we had no luck in finding them.

So, book a wonderful never-to-be-forgotten journey with Kenya Express Tours and Safaris. You will find that for the money spent, this trip will be a significant value. Paul and Philip will be waiting for you.

Visited September 2014
 
Date of Posting: 02 December 2014
Posted By: Ruth1948
Chicago, Illinois
“Perfekt, alles super geklappt”

Wir haben lange gesucht um eine vernünftigen Safariveranstalter zu finden. Da wir schon mal vor 7 Jahren in Kenia waren (TSVASO, Ambuseli, Nairobi, Masai Mara) wollten wir dieses Mal eine etwas andere Route buchen. Auch war es sehr schwer (da wir mit 3 Personen reisten) einen guten Preis für das Einzelzimmer zu bekommen (Neckermann angeblich ausgebucht – es gab aber noch 3 Doppelzimmer, TUI 700 € Aufpreis für das EZ und Rundreise sollte 2500 € p.Pers im DZ kosten). Gefunden haben wir dann einen sehr guten Örtlichen Veranstalter KETS.

Zunächst waren wir etwas kritisch, auch vorab schon eine größere Anzahlung nach Kenia zu überweisen, aber auf Grund der sehr guten Bewertung bei TRIPADVISOR.de haben wir es dann gewagt. Es hat alles perfekt geklappt, eine Toyota Bus für uns alleine (3 Personen und nicht wie Neckermann mit 6 Personen), Übernachtung in 4-5 Sterne Lodges wie beschrieben, der Eigentümer Paul hat uns am Flughafen empfangen und mit dem Fahrer dann zum Bus gebracht, alles perfekt organisiert und wunderschöne Unterkünfte. Die Woche Safari hat dann ab Nairobi pro Person 1.400 € gekostet (kein Einzelzimmerzuschlag). Wenn Ihr also auch eine Safari machen wollt, schaut auf jeden Fall mal bei KETS vorbei, Ihr werdet es nicht bereuen.

Visited July 2013
 
Date of Posting: 25 November 2014
Posted By: Reiseloewe
Duisburg, Germany
“Bellissima esperienza”

Con Ket ci siamo trovati davvero bene, lodges molto belli e la nostra guida, Jackson, uomo concreto e di poche parole, è stata bravissima, abbiamo visto i big five, anche da vicino. L'unica cosa che ti dico è che se alloggiate nel Masai Mara potreste essere messi nel Sopa Lodge, che è sicuramente bello, ma non bellissimo come gli altri in cui siamo stati e come l'alternativa che ci aveva posto nel Masai Mara, il Sentrium Luxury tents (il preventivo non cambiava).
Siamo stati asamburu, Sweetwaters, Nakuru, naivasha, Masai Mara.
Altra cosa che mi sento di dirti: la visita al villaggio Masai a mio parere è evitabile, trattasi di una cosa molto commerciale, non vale il prezzo che costa (circa 40 dollari a testa).
Lo consiglio.
 
Date of Posting: 25 November 2014
Posted By: nymonica
ilano
I booked this safari after doing a lot of research, using the same premise: 3 day, 4 night safari. Paul Mwendwa at KET was very responsive in booking from the US. This by far was not the most expensive or the cheapest. The value was priceless. I was greeted promptly at my hotel in Nairobi by Lucky, my driver. He had to be the happiest person I've ever met. We were due to have 3 people on this tour, which was the minimum, but 2 cancelled, but he made sure that I still was able to have the tour though I was the only passenger. He grew up in the bush and it was evident in the information and expertise he provided. The first day was at Lion Hill Lodge at Lake Nakuru. The 2nd and 3rd day was at the Masa Lodge in Maasai Mara. My objective was to get to see The Big 5, though most tours I have found don't quite meet that objective, because they are the hardest to find. Lucky was very knowledgeable about his surrounding and after 3 days we found all 5. He was very good at not talking when we came across animals, because he felt one needed to have a visual experience, not just somebody that sat at the drivers seat and talked about animal history. If I asked a question he would answer. We also visited a Maasai indigenous family village.
At the end of the tour, he gave me a beautifully crafted hand-made beaded belt with my name and flags of US and Kenya. Seems he estimated my waist size our first day and he must have made it at night after our day was finished. I was deliver safely back to my hotel and given a big bear hug by this guy. I could talk for hours about my trip but it would spoil it for the next visitor. Want customer service at a good price? KET is your choice for a safari.
Visited November 2014
 
Date of Posting: 18 November 2014
Posted By: Dleestep
Sperry, Oklahoma
We organized a 5 day/4night safari and the Nairobi day trip (including Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixen Museum) via email with the own Paul. Paul replies very quickly to emails and it was a pleasure dealing with him. Initially we were a bit skeptical when Paul asked us to wire transfer a US dollar deposit for the safari to a Kenyan bank - but if you google KET safaris it is all safe - just make sure you are transferring to a company name and check the details. You can pay the remainder by credit card when you get there (3% surcharge).

Comparing other companies the tour was actually of excellent value. The cost differs depending on the accommodation provided. Please note that these tours are private - so we booked for 2 and go the whole van to ourselves. We say many vans with 7-8 people tightly packed. At one camp we saw APT tours and their 3 Jeeps were fully packed.

The 3 lodges we stayed (Ol Tukai-Amboselli, Lake Nakuru Lodge-Lake Nakuru and Sarova Mara Camp-Masi Mara) at were all very good to excellent so don't fear KET does look after you. All these camps are full board - nearly all buffets so there is lots of food choices. All the camps have mosquito nets covering the bed.

Our driver Lucky for both tours was great, experienced at spotting wildlife and answering all the questions we had. He has a good sense of humour. Lucky was also an incredibly safe driver considering how bad the roads are and is very considerate having breaks every 2 hours or so. Also note that you are not permitted to get out of the van inside the parks. The road trips between national parks are long and bumpy (especially off road).

We managed to see nearly all the big 5 (except the Leopard - we did see Cheetahs). The Masai Mara was probably the pick of the parks, being the largest with the greatest variety and quantity of wildlife. However, each park has their own uniqueness and we saw Flamingos and Rhinos in Lake Nakuru that we did not see elsewhere. The major highlight was seeing the wildebeest crossing the Mara? river - apparently very rare.

There are plenty of opportunities to buy souvenirs - from the numerous curios (gift) shops and from the Masai people who come up to the van at the national park entrances.


Overall, I would highly recommend KET safaris as your tour organizer. Tourism has taken a hit due to the Ebola outbreak, but there was not much hype at all inside the country (they have already banned flights from at risk countries entering Kenya). Come on guys go and support the tourism industry and I assure you that you wont be disappointed
 
Date of Posting: 28 October 2014
Posted By: prozerran
Perth, Australia
We just came back from a 4-day safari in the Masai Mara reserve with Kenya Expresso Tour and Safari and what a great experience! Paul was always very quick to answer all our questions prior booking with them and everything that he said actually happened. Our guide, Francis, was right on time to pick us up at our hotel in Nairobi and Paul met us as well shortly after. Everything was booked in advance by the team, which made our experience very smooth and pleasant. Francis was great and answered all our questions, although we didn't find the mighty leopard :o) , we saw so many animals that we are coming back with more than a thousand pictures! We are definitely recommending this company, which you can trust for your next safari! Well done KETS and a special thanks to Francis!
 
Date of Posting: 17 October 2014
Posted By: Elmot
Montreal, Canada
I just came back from a 4 days 3 nights safari trip to Kenya. The whole experience was amazing, Thanks to KET.

I knew about KET from trip advisor and dropped an email to Mr. Paul among other companies. He was the 1st to respond with all details. He was very responsive and helpful.

My friend and I, visited Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara including one of the Maasai villages . From day one, we were very impressed with everything, the nature and weather were fantastic., the trip organization was flawless , the hotels were stunning and service was impeccable.Everything was just PERFECT!

Our driver, Francis, was very polite, knowledgeable and friendly .Thanks to him, we saw the big five and lot of other animals. He taught us view Swahili words.. Nashukuru sana Francis
 
Date of Posting: 08 October 2014
Posted By: Maisa M
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The best word for this trip is 'amazing'. If you don't mind a bit of effort to get to places, then make sure you go on safari in Kenya. KET safaris were fabulous. Paul was extremely responsive, his prices were very competitive and service was impeccable. I travelled alone and my guide, Clide, was A+. He treated me like family, was professional, experienced and everyone we met knew & loved him. I did the five day/four night tour and spent a bit more to go on a balloon ride over Maasai Mara (followed by a champagne breakfast) - really worth doing. As mentioned by other reviewers the roads aren't great and some trips take nearly all day, but once you get there all that is quickly forgotten. I went to Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Maasai Mara. I was very lucky and got to see nearly every animal/bird (the leopard was elusive). I even witnessed a lion eating his dinner up very close and also saw a cheetah with her five cubs. A tip for photographers, make sure you take a few SD cards, as they fill up quickly! Asante sana Clide and Paul - my trip was absolutely unforgettable! Tracy, Australia
 
Date of Posting: 08 October 2014
Posted By: TracyACT
Canberra, Australia
We visited Kenya last year and did a 10 day Safari with KET which included the Masai Mara.
It was easy to arrange as Paul responded to my emails immediately and took time to answer all of our questions. Paul was there for us by phone all during our trip.
The drivers are great and certainly could find the animals. It surprised us that for the reasonably priced Safari our accommodation was beautiful and the food terrific.
When we were out on the Mara with many other tourists in their separate vehicles I got the feeling that many of them were paying a lot more to do and see the same things as we were doing and seeing.
We came back with wonderful memories. KET was reliable and tried very hard to make our experience special. Thank you to all of them.
 
Date of Posting: 08 October 2014
Posted By: Ourlabradoodles
British Columbia

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