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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
“A weekend in Amboseli”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015
I only had a weekend and didnt want to miss out on a Safari whilst in Kenya. George picked me up at my hotel at the appointed time and we drove to Amboseli. Nairobi traffic and trucks on Northern corridor were a nerve racking experience however George drove skillfully. The stay at Kibo luxury tented camp was delightful and the food simple but fresh and varied. Amboseli was a fabulous experience and the sight of the elephants wading through the swamps is one that will stay with me for a long time to come.

Visited November 2015
 
Date of Posting: 07 February 2016
Posted By: MOdjaji
Johannesburg, South Africa
“KETS was awsome”

We started planning our Safari by contacting Paul via email. He answered so quickly. We wanted to do 3 nights 4 days in Tsavo East, Amboselli, Taita Hills. We wanted to make some changes to the accomodation andnothing was a problem with Paul. Everything worked as planned with our driver Francis who did everything so that we could see many animals. He is the most kind and professional man. He was all the time there to help others and was respected by other drivers. There was some very heavy rains and we had a few hiccups due to that but nothing related to KETS.
I csn warmly recommend KETS to anybody coming to Kenya for Safaris. Thank you Paul and Francis!

Visited November 2015
 
Date of Posting: 11 December 2015
Posted By: jason125
Helsinki
“SAFARI MADE AWESOME BY KETS”

We searched for a reliable tour operator for our SAFARI and Trip advisor reviews helped us select KETS. We realised how our choice was good when we were greeted with smiling Francis of KETS at the airport. From that time to our drop off back at airport, we were taken care of in a 5 Star manner and environment. Sarova Stanley and Sarova Mara camp were of top quality. We got much more when with Francis's effort we were able to see all big 5 and migration of wilder beast across the river. I will recommend KETS to my family and friends and hope KETS maintain same standard.

Visited September 2015
 
Date of Posting: 08 October 2015
Posted By: RASTOGITRAVELLER
Toronto, Canada
“Very professional”

First they are very professional,we knew about KETS through tripadvisor , we were planing 4 days safari we talked to many agencies we got many offers KEtS was the best (best lodges with the best price) Paul was really helpful he replied fast to all our concerns.
First we have transferred 40% of the safari cost and we have paid the rest upon arrival by credit card with an extra 3% since we are paying by card (Paul already mentioned this extra fees).
Felix the driver was really nice he answered all our questions,we were the first to find all the animals.

Visited August 2015
 
Date of Posting: 09 September 2015
Posted By: Elie f
“Very honest and knowledgeable company!”

Ok, so this review is a long time coming since we did a safari tour in 2013. But please read on because our experience was a bit unique and might provide some insight! Yes, we saw the big 5 and our tour guide, Richard, was absolutely amazing. He was funny, knowledgeable and so personable. You can tell he is genuinely passionate about the animals in the park.

While these are all awesome reasons to books with KETS, another great reason is the unwavering honesty and perseverance they showed during a mishap during our trip. Five hours into the middle of our travels from one park to another, we realized my husband had left his passport and a lot of cash in the safety deposit box of our last hotel. Oups! We had gone too far to back track, but Richard quickly sprung into action. I will spare you the details, but Richard and Paul really went to the moon and back to retrieve it all - and we got everything back. Not only did we continue our wonderful journey and see more animals, but we were able to do while the KETS staff worked so hard to correct our mistake. And let me tell you, it wasn't easy!

Asante sana, Paul and Richard! You were both amazing and we will never forget your kindness!

Visited September 2014
 
Date of Posting: 29 August 2015
Posted By: Denise D
Vancouver, Canada
To all viewers – Do not hesitate to USE THIS COMPANY. We researched for almost 2 years before our trip. We looked at American tour companies and several operators
in Africa. We chose Kenya Expresso Tours and Safaris after several months of correspondence by e-mail and a couple of phone conversations. Paul spent a lot of
time answering our questions and arranged our itinerary the way we wanted.

Our dream safari totaled 11 days and 10 nights - 2 in Nairobi, 2 in Masai Mara; 3 in Serengeti, and one night each at the Crater in Ngorongoro; Lake Manyara, and
Amboseli. Crossing the border from Kenya to Tanzania was not a problem at all. You will need a Visa for both and we feel visiting both countries is a must if you
have never been as they are both unique. Some tour operators do not operate in both which was another reason for choosing KETS. Paul was willing and able to plan our trip based on our itinerary- we told him what we wanted he gave us

what we wanted, simple. Several other companies we looked into want you to choose from the list of packages they offer and have trouble customizing your trip for you to include both countries.
On our first day in Nairobi, we met Paul who told us that we were in the best hands to see the Big 5. Not only did we see the Big 5 and countless other
animals, Paul and his drivers, Frances in Kenya and Joseph in Tanzania, provided for us an experience of a lifetime. We went on our safari from June 17-28th and
we were able to get "shoulder season" rates. The weather was perfect and not as
many tourists. The plains still had color and had not turned brown as yet. Our
pricing included a Toyota 4X4, (pay the little extra) lodging and full board at
the safari lodging sites, and a driver/guide for a private tour of just 2 people.
Stay away from mini-vans, they have a tendency to get stuck, and the 4X4's have to
pull them out. We saved a significant amount by going directly with KETS; less expensive than American based companies because you are going directly to the
operator there, and we had our own vehicle, and were not in a group tour - all those people. Our accommodations were excellent. We had looked up all the lodges and
there was only one night where we wanted to stay at a different place than what was initially quoted and Paul accommodated us with this request.

We will honestly say that we were skeptical and unsure about going directly to a company in Nairobi without prior experience. We contacted Trip Advisor, Better
Business, US Embassy State Dept. and any other resource we could find to check on the legitimacy of this company. We had some fear - what if they don't show up;
what if we don't get what we paid for - let's face it, your entire trip relies on
your tour operator. Everything was EXACTLY what we asked for, paid for, and was
told what we would get. KETS clearly states on their home page that they charge an additional 3% to your total if you pay your safari by credit card this is not
the 3% imposed from your credit card company which you can also avoid if you travel with an international credit card you will not pay this fee. So, if you
want to save 3%, give Paul a certified check or cash, we missed this item. Also be very aware of the exchange rates for currency and do not get taken by street
people offering exchanges - you will be taken. Gifts and souvenirs, also do your homework, we purchased some items too soon in our trip, Francis did tell us to
barter and compare but the baseline place we went to as our first place was so outrageously priced we thought prices were good after that. Every park you go to
will have tribe people approach you with items, beads, jewelry carvings, blankets any of these items you will get for a very good price.

We cannot say enough about how precise and smoothly all the arrangements went. Our guides/drivers - Francis in Kenya and Joseph in Tanzania, were professional,
courteous and dependable. Everywhere we went, we were escorted and guided, and they were always at our meeting point before us. We never felt unsafe or uneasy,
even when the drive was long and difficult. They have to navigate between animals, people, washed out road conditions and traffic can be tedious. We tried not to
distract with questions too many times , and a traveler needs to understand there is some down quiet time that is needed and we cannot fault your guide for conditions or places that we chose to go. Both drivers put our safety and comfort in the highest regard. We told them that we met as strangers and left as friends, you can enjoy your experience immensely with the hours you will spend together on a trip like this by really appreciating all you can take away from it.

We can honestly say that this was a life changing event and choosing your tour operator is an essential part of the process.
The places, the people, and the things we got to see and do were magnificent - the culture and the country is beautiful. This is a must see for anyone who is
fortunate enough to travel there. We learned more than we thought possible from Francis and Joseph and the camaraderie was comfortable. We were both given a
personalized gift as we left which Paul had Francis pick up for us. Joseph also gave us a gift from his heart and shared his story and reasons for becoming a tour
guide and his passion for his country and the wildlife in it. Both are very meaningful to us. Bottom line – our dream is to return next time without the
worries that we had that turned out to be unnecessary stress on our part prior to our trip. The livelihood of these companies depends on tourism and it shows in the
quality of the experience we had. Will we book again with KETS - absolutely.
To Paul, Francis, Joseph, and Purity - Asante Sana, and until we meet again. Ron
and Diane Florida, USA
 
Date of Posting: 18 July 2015
Posted By: Ron and Diane
Diane Florida, USA

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