Kenya Wildlife Safari with NOC Global Education13 days
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On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 45 minutes daily across mostly flat terrain, including some paved roads, unpaved trails and dirt paths.
Overnight Flight 1 night
Day 1: Travel day
Board your overnight flight to Nairobi today.
Nairobi 2 nights Hotel info
Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi
Welcome to Kenya! Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel.
Day 3: Giraffe Center & Karen Blixen Estate
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Climb into 4x4 land cruisers and set out to tour the Karen Blixen Estate and visit the Giraffe Center, a preserve dedicated to raising rare giraffes.
• Climb to the tree house deck and feed giraffes by hand
• Learn about preservation efforts put in place to increase the giraffe population
• Tour the Karen Blixen Estate, a former coffee plantation where the author lived for several years, as described in her novel “Out of Africa”
Tonight, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Aberdare National Park 1 night Hotel info
Day 4: Transfer to Aberdare National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Take in sweeping views of the countryside and pass pineapple and coffee plantations as you journey to the forested foothills of Mount Kenya. On the way, stop at Aberdare Country Club for lunch. After, enjoy wildlife viewing at your lodge near Aberdare National Park.
Great Rift Valley 2 nights Hotel info
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Naivasha
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
En route to the Great Rift Valley region, stop at the Equator to experience the famed Coriolis effect. Then, head on to Lake Naivasha for lunch and an optional nature walk.
Day 6: Lake Nakuru
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel to Lake Nakuru, one of the "soda lakes" of the Rift Valley where flamingoes make their home.
• Take game drives in 4x4 land cruisers through Lake Nakuru National Park
• Keep an eye out for wildlife like zebras, monkeys and rhinos, both the elusive black and white varieties
Masai Mara 2 nights Hotel info
Day 7: Transfer to Masai Mara
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue through the Great Rift Valley as you travel to the land of the Masai warriors, the Masai Mara, for a series of game drives.
• Watch for the famous Big Five of African safaris —leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo, lions and elephants
• Admire the rolling hills, waving savanna grasses and acacia trees
Day 8: Game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Head out at both early morning and sunset on game drives in hopes of spotting lions, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, impalas, elephants, warthogs, cheetahs and wildebeest.
Nairobi 1 night Hotel info
Day 9: Transfer to Nairobi
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy a free morning in Masai Mara, then enjoy the incredible scenery as you travel through the Great Rift Valley back to Nairobi.
Amboseli 2 nights Hotel info
Day 10: Transfer to Amboseli
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel south to Amboseli National Park, which sits against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then, set out on an afternoon game drive keeping an eye out for lions, baboons, cheetahs, hippos, wildebeest and elephants.
Day 11: Game drives
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Head out on a day of game drives and marvel at the park’s huge herds of elephants, as well as ostriches, leopards, lions and rhinos.
Later, celebrate your adventure at a farewell dinner in Amboseli.
Day 12: Travel to Nairobi & departure
Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to Nairobi for your flight home, or extend your stay to explore Tanzania.
Overnight Flight 1 night
Day 13: Travel day
Arrive home after your overnight flight.
Passport & visa requirements
- In order to enter Kenya (and Tanzania on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
- We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
- U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Kenya. While it is possible to obtain a visa at the airport, we strongly recommend purchasing your visa in advance as wait times upon arrival can exceed 2 hours. You may purchase an e-visa online through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (https://www.ecitizen.go.ke/) or submit a request for a paper visa by visiting your local embassy. (Please note: The consulates in the U.S. and Canada have no jurisdiction over the e-visa process). You can also purchase your visa by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral. You will need to have your visa receipt with you upon arrival in Kenya.
- U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Tanzania on the tour extension. While it is possible to obtain a visa at the border, we strongly recommend purchasing your visa in advance as wait times upon arrival can exceed 2 hours. You may submit a request for a paper visa by visiting your local embassy. You can also purchase your visa in advance by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral. You will need to have your visa receipt with you upon arrival in Tanzania.
- If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
- You will walk for about 45 minutes daily across mostly flat terrain, including some paved roads, unpaved trails, and dirt paths.
- Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
- You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times. This tour also includes long bumpy rides in safari vehicles.
- If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
- Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Nairobi. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
- Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
- During your game drives, you’ll travel in a specially equipped 4x4 safari land cruiser. The vehicle is open, allowing for panoramic views. Window seats are guaranteed for all travelers. Transfers between parks are long and cross bumpy terrain, so we recommend bringing a small pillow to ease the ride.
- Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
- Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on safari vehicles.
- You’ll need one overnight bag, such as a backpack or small collapsible duffle bag.
- One small carry-on bag is also permitted (which can double as your overnight bag).
- Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Safari luggage restrictions are strict and strongly enforced. It’s essential that your luggage meet the following requirements:
- A soft, flexible duffel bag (absolutely no hard suitcases or bags with hard sides are permitted)
- Your bags can be no larger than 34” W by 17” H by 15” L
- The total weight cannot exceed 44 pounds (including your camera equipment and carry-on bag)
Clothing & packing tips
- Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. Quick-dry material is best for hot days outside and a warmer layer may be needed for chilly evenings and early mornings.
- For game drives, wear muted colors, as bright clothing may scare animals away.
- Comfortable closed-toes shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for walking during the day.
- Pack a swimsuit as many of the hotels have pools that you are free to use at your leisure.
- Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
- Occasional rain showers are common during certain seasons, so lightweight rainwear may be necessary depending on the timing of your trip.
- Mosquito repellent, binoculars, and a flashlight are highly recommended.
- A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
- The Kenyan government has a strict ban on plastic bags. It is illegal to use, sell, or carry plastic bags anywhere in the country under the new law, and violators will face charges including high fines or imprisonment. Please bring reusable cloth bags if you plan to go shopping on tour, and do not pack any plastic bags, including small resealable bags.
- At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
- Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada). Visit cdc.gov/yellowfever for more information.
- If you’re traveling on the tour extension to Tanzania you’re required to provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine.
- Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
- Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
- Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry on luggage.
- If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
- If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
- Cuisine in your game lodges reflects the region’s British colonial influence—you may find that many locals pause for afternoon tea. Most restaurants offer curries and other South Asian cuisine brought over by the many Indian immigrants. Maize, sweet potatoes, and pineapple were brought over by the Portuguese, and beef has been a staple since the 1600s.
Electricity & air conditioning
- Kenya operates on the British standard 240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
- Tanzania (on the tour extension) operates on 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
- We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
- Not all of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
- Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
- Power outages are common. In some of the camps, power is turned off in the late afternoon as well as in the early morning.
- Wi-Fi is available in some hotels, though charges may apply.
- There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches or safari vehicles.
- Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
- Kenya (and Tanzania on the tour extension) is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and eight hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (ET).
- When it’s noon in New York, it’s 8pm in Nairobi.
- The currency you’ll be using on your tour is the Kenyan shilling (and the Tanzanian shilling on the tour extension).
- You may be able to purchase Kenyan shillings in advance from your local bank or a foreign currency exchange retailer, such as Travelex. There is no limit on importing currency into Kenya, but please note travelers are restricted from carrying more than $100,000 in Kenyan shillings out of the country (and cannot export more than $5,000 in Tanzanian shillings from Tanzania on the tour extension).
- We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible as well as small amounts of U.S. dollars (only crisp bills printed in 2004 or later).
- ATMs are most readily available in Nairobi; while there, we recommend taking out cash in small bills to have on safari.
- Major North American credit cards are accepted but can be difficult to use in remote locations (Visa is the most widely accepted).
- International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
- We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
- At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your driver/guide a gratuity in USD. We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day.
- If applicable, we also recommend $2USD per local guide.
- Tips can only be paid in cash.
- You can also expect to be solicited for tips from the hospitality and restaurant staff that you encounter. Leaving as little as the equivalent of $1USD is greatly appreciated, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.
- Your guide for this tour will be different than a typical Tour Director. You will be met by a representative from Go Ahead Tours upon arrival and will then meet your guide the morning of your first full day on tour. He or she will act as both your tour guide and driver for the duration of your tour.
- You will have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts, such as wood carvings and textiles, at outdoor markets and roadside stalls. Some lodges will have boutiques on the premises as well.
- Prices at most markets are negotiable, so don't be afraid to bargain—it's a great way to strike up a conversation with a local.
International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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This was a great but long and rugged trip. We saw a tremendous amount of animals in the wild including lions, elephants, zebra, giraffes, hippos, monkeys, a rare rhino and leopard. Guide/drivers were great and knowledgeable about the country, animals and birds. Accommodations were beautiful but you are limited (that's why meals are included ) because you are in the middle of the bush! Electricity was limited as were hot showers. Many of the meals were buffet so the few occasions when there was a menu were really a treat and served beautifully. I would strongly recommend taking the add on to Tanzania after Kenya. The contrast from dry Kenya to lush, green Tanzania is striking (although animals are nearly the same). Also the add on balloon ride was worth it for the great view and the formal got breakfast with champagne in the middle of the bush! The negative is that you spend your days in a Land Rover sitting for 3 to 4 hours over very rough roads (drivers rarely go slow) with few breaks. If you suffer from back or knee pain,as I do, it can exasperate that pain. So despite the limited walking, as mentioned in the trip description - it was a difficult trip - but worth going! It is a place to be experienced!
Hi Maxine! Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful review! We're glad that you enjoyed getting to see the amazing wildlife both Kenya and Tanzania have to offer. It’s also helpful for other travelers to get to hear from someone who has experienced the realities of adventuring in a safari vehicle! Kenya and Tanzania are truly once in a lifetime destinations, and we are very thankful that you chose Go Ahead to be your partner in this experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | April 05, 2017
best trip ever
From the moment we touched down in Nairobi and met our Guide James we felt safe, welcome and not just in good hands but great hands. The accomodations throughout our travel in Kenya exceeded our highest expectations. Our guides, hotels, meals and adventures were unparalleled. I have never been on a long trip whereby towards the end of the trip I was ready to go home. However, on this trip I was sad to leave. It will probably be the most memorable trip of our life and we travel extensively. My husband and I will definitely be going back again some day.
Hi Jacqueline! We’re very touched by your review! Kenya is certainly an incredible, memorable place – and we’re glad you feel that way about this itinerary, too! Let us know when you and your husband are ready to return. We look forward to having you both on tour again.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 20, 2017
KENYA WILDLIFE SAFARI
Hello, this review is on Mary's e-mail address, but written by her husband Jim. Overall the trip was excellent. The itinerary of each days plans were very useful. The vehicles were very solid and well maintained. Frequent washing by our guides added to the prestige of your company. We had one day that the timing was not ideal. On our Day 8, we had an early morning game drive. Breakfast was at 9:00, then we had time to pack, but lunch was then scheduled for 11:30. Most people were not still full from breakfast and could not appreciate the meal. Our return trip to Nairobi took 7-1/2 hours. This would have been a time to consider a Picnic Lunch mid-afternoon instead of the 11:30 meal. I give almost all of our rooms a 4-5 star rating. The only drawback was that we had very little leisure time to enjoy them. True we were on this trip to view the wildlife, but several of our traveling companions also commented about wanting, even 1-2 hours, a day of extra time. Except for the few minor details, the trip was more than we could have imagined. The guides were extremely familiar with all of the animals. Their ability to find many of the more elusive ones, added to our enjoyment. We will definitely recommend Go Ahead for an African Safari or any other tour that you offer.
Hello! We’re thrilled that you had a wonderful time in Kenya and that you would recommend Go Ahead to others. We’re glad that overall this tour exceeded your expectations, and we appreciate your feedback on a few aspects you think could be improved. We will be sure to communicate your comments to our Operations and Product Development teams for consideration. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | November 02, 2016
More than was expected
This is my 2nd Go Ahead Tour and certainly was not disappointed. I went into this trip expecting to focus on the wild animals, but got so much more. What I didn't expect was taking in all the culture that Kenya has to offer. With reading that it was encouraged to bring gifts for the children, our group brought so much that our tour guide added on an opportunity to visit a local school. We went to a kindergarten classroom which was so humbling, there was not a dry eye in the group. Our tour guide made a great effort to keep us educated not only on the animals, but the birds, trees, even social etc.,. He went out of his way to accommodate us from the moment I was picked up from the airport, until we were dropped back off. At the last minute, I purchased a rolling duffle bag that was highly recommended as luggage vs a suitcase. This was important for the game rides. I wish I would have known how big they actually come. Went with the largest size and a step below that would likely have worked just fine, so keep this in mind. It's very easy to over pack - my weight limit was maxed out and it was harder for the game ride drivers to load it in and out of the back of the jeeps.
Hi Karen! We’re so pleased to learn that your second Go Ahead tour was a success. You’re right that, in addition to the wildlife focus, there is a cultural aspect of this tour. We’re glad you were charmed by the warm and welcoming people of Kenya. It’s great to hear that your Tour Director went above and beyond for your group, and we will be sure to share that feedback with him. You make a great point about over-packing, which is very easy to do. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on your third Go Ahead tour soon!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | October 11, 2016
Trip of A Lifetime
In September 2016 myself and 11 other photographers from Texas went on this tour. We did individualize some things to allow for less people per vehicle and earlier starts in the AM for the best light and more active animals. We were so surprised that we had no bugs and did not have to worry about sunburn due to the covered Toyota Land Cruisers that our contractor, Sense of Africa provided. The guides/drivers were excellent. Several had worked for professional photographers and National Geographic in the past, so we had the best of the best. That is critical when your main focus is seeing the Big 5, which we did AND up close and personal! The hotel chain by SOPA were superb and the staff was very professional. The rooms were huge! Great beds, in room coffee, power strips, large showers and very modern. The food offered at the SOPA lodges was very good with a wide variety-no one in our group missed a meal. Two of the drives were rather lengthy and there were some rough roads but you are, after all in Africa to see Africa! All of the lodges offer WIFI in the lobby or bar areas, so if you must stay connected or just want to post the days photos and even make a free phone call via the app Whats App , you can. Just make sure to try a great glass of the South African red wine as you chat.
Hi Lisa! We’re thrilled that you were able to see and photograph so much wildlife, including, of course, the Big Five. Between your local guides and your accommodations, we’re happy to learn that you were impressed with the level of quality and professionalism. We will be sure to share your feedback with our team internally. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour in 2017!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | October 28, 2016
The accommodations were excellent, as was the tour director. There could have been a little more variety as far as the meals went. The buffets were the same every day, both for lunch and breakfast. Although the itinerary allowed us to see a lot in Kenya, it was a little aggressive. We spent the majority of days in the jeep traveling on rough roads. There was one day where we literally spend 11 1/2 hours in the jeep, only stopping for lunch and bathroom breaks. While the hotels were very nice, we had no time to enjoy the amenities as we normally left at 7:30 a.m. and returned at 6:30 p.m.
Dear Traveler, We’re glad that you describe the accommodations as excellent, as well as your Tour Director. We regret that the meals did not meet your expectations. It can be challenging to find a wide variety of options in national parks and game reserves, but we will be sure to share this with our Operations team for further evaluation on future departures. Regarding the pacing of the itinerary, we do appreciate your feedback, and we regret that you felt you spent too much time in your safari vehicle. Being that this is a wildlife safari, there is a fair amount of time spent viewing landscapes and wildlife from the safety of your vehicle. In terms of viewing wildlife, this can also be hit or miss and sometimes it will require driving to other locations within the parks/reserves to be successful. We regret that you felt this aspect of the tour did not meet your expectations. If you have further questions or concerns about your experience, please give us a call at 1-800-597-0350. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | September 28, 2016
E. African Safari
I'm afraid, I might be a little biased because I was there in 1971. The whole African world has changed, The greenery around cities is non existent and dust and air pollution have taken over. The parks are nice and we were able to see a variety of animals. If you are not bothered by dust, by all means go. The food everywhere was excellent.
Hi John, Thank you for your review. You’re right that Kenya, as well as other African countries, have changed quite a bit since the 1970s. We’re glad that you enjoyed the parks and that you were able to see lots of animals. It’s also great to know that you liked the food. We thank you again for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next Go Ahead tour.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | August 26, 2016
This trip was one of the best I have taken. Our tour guide (Simon) was great...very patient, competent and answered all our question. The animals were in full stride. Couldn't have picked a better time to go. The Masai people and village were a highlight. Be sure to bring gifts for the children. Sleeping in the tent enabled us to hear the sounds of the night. Felt safe regardless of where we were. Everyone needs to take this trip at least once!!!!!!
Hi Carolyn! We're glad that you enjoyed your tour in Kenya. It's great to know that you feel July was a fantastic time to visit and that the animals were active. We're also pleased to learn that you felt safe throughout your tour, as safety is our top priority for all of our travelers. We agree that everyone should take this trip at least once! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | August 15, 2016
I left my heart in Kenya
This is my third trip to Africa but my first to Kenya. It was difficult to leave after spending close to 2 weeks with our small group and wonderful tour guides (Eutycus and James). I experienced 2 dreams of mine within a few days. I was able to witness the great migration of zebra and wildebeest in all it's glory while sitting in a safari vehicle surrounded by the thick herds of these magnificent animals. We were also lucky to see Mount Kilimenjaro not once but 3 or 4 times in just a few days while at Amboseli National Reserve. I know some wait for weeks to see this and never do because of the thick cloud cover that usually covers the peak. I felt safe and well educated while with our guides and group. The Masai tribe cultural visit and the hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara were also too exciting for words. My 11 year old granddaughter and husband loved it as well. This was our 4th trip with Go-Ahead and we already have our 5th trip planned.
Hi Yvonne! We can understand how it would be difficult to leave Kenya and your tight-knit group! We’re thrilled that this tour helped make some of your travel dreams a reality, such as witnessing the migration of zebra and wildebeest. You were also very lucky to view Mount Kilimanjaro multiple times! We’re glad to know you felt safe and informed throughout your experience, as these are two of our highest priorities. The hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara sounds like a once in a lifetime travel moment, and we’re so thrilled you could have it with your granddaughter and husband. How special! Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | July 11, 2016
This trip will stay with me forever!
From the very first moment I signed up for a GoAhead Tour, I felt so well taken care of. Before the trip even began, I such a fantastic experience with the customer service rep, Ashley, who answered promptly and precisely, every email I sent her within a day's time. Each email would have a bunch of questions and I am pretty sure our correspondence amounted to something ridiculous like 37 emails. Every time she put at ease any concerns while also pumping me up for the upcoming trip. As for the trip itself, from the day you land in Nairobi, to the day you regretfully leave, you are provided the utmost care and attention to any need. Providing the best possible experience every day is the top priority of your tour director. Ours for Kenya was Mwangi, and for Tanzania, our guide's name was Mtinga. Both provided such a detailed and rich experience that allowed us to not only see an HUGE variety of beautiful wildlife, and very up close and personal, but we were also provided with such an incredible wealth of knowledge regarding not only the animals, but the culture of each country as well. Great care even went into providing us the best angles for viewing and photographing the wildlife. Often the drivers were so skilled in understanding animal behavior, we were right up front and personal with the animals as they moved around and the other safari vehicles were still playing catch-up to us! Every day I was blown away by the beauty and experience this tour provided. Being able to see baby elephants up close and personal, feeding giraffes out of your hand, seeing hippos from a boat, the wildebeest migration, zebras, hyenas, lions, cheetahs chasing prey, a hot air balloon ride optional excursion over the Masai Mara, leopards, rhinos, baboons, monkeys, hundreds of different exotic birds, buffalo, and I feel like I am forgetting to mention so many other things! Every lodge we stayed at made us feel we were being treated like royalty. The food and staff were incredible and the locations really made you feel like you were always on safari and an adventure, even when you were not in the safari vehicles. This is a trip to never have a second thought about. GoAhead and your Tour Director make everything about this trip so simple and well planned, you will only have to worry about how soon you can return to these beautiful and wondrous areas. The landscapes and vistas that you will see every day are breathtaking. NgoroNgoro Crater is massive and beautiful. Masai Mara is so abundant with life, and during the migration time it is unbelievable the amount of animals that populate the plains. Amboselli National Park, Lake Naivasha, the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and so much more is seen on this tour that never feels rushed or exhausting, only AWESOME! I recommending going in the month of July if possible to catch the migration. We were so fortunate to also see babies of almost every animal we saw on tour! But there cannot be such a thing as a bad time to go on this tour. There is nothing bad to say about this tour! Africa has impacted me immensely, and changed me forever. I am still in awe and so excited about this trip!
The beauty of Africa will forever be in my heart
Traveling to Africa was a profound and unforgettable experience! Upon arrival, our guides immediately made our group feel comfortable with their courtesy, in-depth knowledge, and enthusiasm. They also went out of their way to ensure that we were always informed, and at the ideal location for photographing sunsets, wildlife, and scenery. Everyday of the tour was a dream come true. There were countless encounters with thousands of animals and birds, and breathtaking scenery. Our accommodations were luxurious (and did I mention the amazing desserts)?! In Kenya we danced and sang with the beautiful and joyful people of the Maasai Tribe, quietly floated over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon during sunrise, and embarked on a boat ride allowing for close encounters with dozens of hippos, fish eagles, kingfishers, and so much more. I chose to extend my trip to include Tanzania. This experience was unreal! The landscape was vastly different from Kenya. We were fortunate to see leopards two separate times in the Serengeti, an illusive black rhino in the Ngorongoro Crater, and stand at the ridge of the ‘Cradle of Mankind’. This trip surpassed all of my expectations. I cannot wait to plan another adventure with GoAhead. From day one the staff made me feel confident that I had selected the right company to travel with. They answered every question that I had, and made me feel like I was a priority. The beauty of Africa will forever be in my heart.
Hi Emelia! We’re thrilled to hear that your tour had such an incredible impact on you. We’re so pleased that your guides made you feel informed and comfortable throughout tour, while ensuring that you got the most out of your experience. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed meeting the Maasai people and getting up close and personal to hippos. We’re happy you chose to extend your tour to Tanzania and that you were able to see leopards, as well as the Black Rhino. How lucky! Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback regarding your pre-tour experience with our staff. We will be sure to let them know you felt prepared and comfortable prior to your departure. We appreciate that you took the time to write a review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | July 20, 2016
All My Dreams and More
I got home yesterday, and I wish I could turn around and go right back. It met every hope and dream, and then some. The tour guides were locals, so they understood Kenya from the inside; plus, they were university-educated naturalists. Our own guide could identify 800 birds on sight, and he could spot any animal at any distance. They all bent over backward to accommodate any special requests or needs. The accommodations were much more plush than I would have expected for the price. NOTHING went wrong, and EVERYTHING went right. They cannot promise views of animals or Kilimanjaro, since those are weather-related, but the guides know how to tweak the tour to give you the best odds. I will never use anyone besides Go Ahead in the future. Do it. You'll never regret it.
Hi Robin! We know what it feels like to come home from tour and immediately want to go back! We’re delighted to hear that this experience made your dreams a reality. We’re also glad that your tour guides were able to help you spot wildlife and that they went the extra mile for your group. It’s great to know that you enjoyed your accommodations and we will be sure to share your feedback with our Operations team. Thank you so much for choosing Go Ahead, and we can’t wait to welcome you on your next adventure!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | July 13, 2016
Kenya was Fabulous
The trip was fantastic, lots of animals, great guides, great accommodations, good food. The only downside was the Tanzania extension - the very long days at the end of the trip were a challenge. Then the trip back to Nairobi was a lot longer than indicated on the itinerary.
Hi Judy! Thank you for sharing your experience. We’re happy to hear you enjoyed your tour! We’re also pleased to learn that you saw lots of animals and found that most components of your trip met your satisfaction. Regarding the Tanzania extension, the itinerary was designed to maximize your chances of seeing as much wildlife as possible. We hope that, ultimately, you felt making the drive was worth it, but we will definitely communicate your valuable feedback to our Product Development team as we evaluate this tour further. Again, we thank you for writing a review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour later this year.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 08, 2016
An unforgettable experience!
I have taken six tours with Go Ahead, and enjoyed every one of them. The Kenya Safari, however, was just a totally unforgettable experience. It was so different than other trips I have taken in my lifetime. Seeing the wild animals in their natural environment is so different than seeing them in a zoo or circus. Our guide, Daniel, was a wealth of knowledge the whole time. This was a first safari experience for us, and he made it one we will always remember. He identified all the animals and birds without even looking up notes or a reference book. He would even spell the names of them to those of us taking notes of what we saw! The accommodations were unique and different. The hotel in Nairobi was a modern, up to date hotel in every way. The hotels in the parks, while more rustic, were so comfortable and each had its own personality. Food at all was delicious and plentiful, as most were buffets. I would say to anyone considering this trip, do it while you can. It is worth every dollar, and then some. To top it off, the people we encountered in hotels , restaurants, gift shops, etc. were all very welcoming and friendly.
Hi Sidney! Welcome home, and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We agree that Kenya is a unique and unforgettable destination. We’re so glad you were able to visit! It sounds like your Tour Director contributed greatly to the success and enjoyment of your tour and that his going above and beyond was a special highlight for your group. We are very proud to work with our knowledgeable and passionate Tour Directors. We’re also happy that you enjoyed the hotels and meals. Our Operations Team strives to provide the best experience in both aspects of the tour. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we’re so glad you were able to visit lovely Kenya. We look forward to seeing you on tour again this year!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | February 23, 2016
We saw the big five! And more!
We had the best tour director ever! David did such an amazing job finding us animals - not only did we see the big five - we saw both a black rhino and a white rhino, and babies everywhere! It was truly the trip of a lifetime! I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys immersing themselves in other cultures, and/or animals. Bring a good camera with a great zoom to truly bring home amazing photographs. I gave itinerary a four only because this trip involved a lot of driving to and from locations and the vehicle we were in was not air conditioned and apparently some safari jeeps are. When it is 33C outside and you're driving for 5-6 hours in Kenyan traffic - air conditioning would have been appreciated. All of our accomodations were splendid with wonderful staff, but we did find the switching on and off of power to be irritating at times when we could not recharge batteries for cameras and phones. The food everywhere was outstanding! My biggest complaint was the misinformation I received from Go Ahead staff prior to leaving! When I inquired about purchasing shillings for the trip, GA staff told me that it is illegal to purchase shillings outside of Kenya, or to have their money outside of the country at any time. They recommended I purchase American money here to get me started, and utilize a local bank in Nairobi upon arrival to get some shillings. This is what I did. When I arrived in Kenya and asked about this - I was informed this is NOT TRUE and hasn't been since the new government was voted in. GA should have known this as it is their responsibility to keep up to date on such vital facts. For me to buy American currency (as a Canadian with a very poor dollar) I lost a tremendous amount of money before I even left home, and buying money in Nairobi cost me a great deal with international bank fees, and currency exchange. One lady on our trip did not take GA's advice and purchased her shillings prior to leaving on a currency website and saved a great deal of money. I am greatly dissatisfied with this.
Dear Eileen, Thank you for your review. Though we are happy to hear you enjoyed your tour, we are concerned about the confusion surrounding your currency exchange. One of our Quality Control team members reached out to you this morning to discuss your experience and got your voicemail. If you would like to discuss this matter, please give us a call at 1-800-597-0350 and ask for Quality Control. We appreciate your feedback very much, and we are fully committed to understanding what happened. Thank you again for your review.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | February 08, 2016
Awesome safari. I have a one-hour video of the trip on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m87IqH7Zbgk
Hi Peter! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your safari. It was such a pleasure for us to watch your video and experience the tour through your eyes. Thank you for sharing that with us and other travelers. We look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | January 29, 2016
Trip of a lifetime
10 days in Kenya and 4 days in Tanzania visiting places like Maasai Mara and the Serengeti! 15 of us in our group, with three tour guides: Jeff, Simon and Daniel. I was in Jeff's vehicle. If you are a birder, you want him as your guide - he knows how to spot and identify many species. All the guides have worked the parks for several years and know wildlife habits so they can find the animals you want to see. I took thousands of pictures on 3 different cameras (Giraffes,wart hogs, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, gazelles, and lots of birds). Parks and reserves where we stayed were so welcoming, with wet towels and glasses of juice after our long hot drives over dusty roads. Food was exceptional. I have food allergies that were accommodated by the chefs. We were told often - and it's true - that Africa is a huge continent, and Kenya and Tanzania are two countries where tourists don't have to worry about ebola. Security was not an issue in southern Kenya or northern Tanzania where we were. If Africa is on your "must see" list, you should go!
An experience of a lifetime!
Kenya and Tanzania are blessed with an incredible abundance of wildlife and ecosystems that make these countries more than simply destinations: they are truly experiences! Our guides (Jeff in Kenya, John in Tanzania) were amazingly knowledgeable, accommodating, professional, and helpful. The accommodations were exceptional, especially considering their remote locations. (Where else can you find an elephant or giraffe - or mongoose or baboon or herd of Maasai cattle - just outside your door?) Everywhere we went, we encountered friendly people who worked extremely hard to make sure we had an experience of a lifetime. And, we certainly did! Whether the staff at all our lodgings, our tour coordinator, our guides, those who assisted us with all the questions tourists ask, we encountered nothing but A+ service. I have fallen in love with these places and do plan to return some day.
Best Tour - Safari in Kenya
Hello, I've been home since June 4th but i just came back to earth 5 days later!! I have dreamed of a Safari in Kenya since I was 8 years old. I am now 60 so for 58 years i've planned to go. This trip surpassed ALL of my dreams. Everything was just perfect. We had the most wonderful tour director, Sammy! He was full of knowledge but also full of love for his country. We could NOT have asked for anyone better than our Sammy! He made our first memories into more than we could have imagined. When he pointed out giraffes on the way back from picking us up at the airport. It got better and better. We saw the 'Big 5' after a few days on safari. Then continued to see amazing things. We were in the water when we saw HIPPOS. The hot air balloon ride over the Mara (just don't miss it). Our day would start very early and continue until dinner at our camp. I can't say enough about the Kenyan people. They are warm, open and very happy to talk to us. They embraced us and just wanted to make our stay even better. Every two days or so we would move to another camp which was more amazing than the last. Every day we saw something amazing. I would highly recommend a Safari in Kenya over any other. Thank you GO AHEAD TOURS for an amazing vacation that i will never forget!!! Plus we have at least 2000 pictures or so and, the people we went with are sharing theirs……. Thank you, Laurie and Lou No Vacation will be better than our Kenya Safari!!!
My husband and I just got home from this tour, and we had the best time! Our guides in Kenya, Mustafa and Robinson, did their very best to make sure we saw all the animals we could. Maasai Mara was wonderful, and where we saw the greatest number of animals. The hotels and tent camps were great, but I would suggest Siana Springs Tent Camp get some stronger flashlights. Be sure to take your own flashlights because there is no electricity after 11 pm, and it is DARK there. All of the hotel people and other service people were wonderful and very helpful. I would suggest not changing money into the local currency in either Kenya or, on extension, Tanzania. Be careful, though to have plenty of small American bills which were always readily accepted. Any change you get, though, will be local. Visa was always accepted except with very small-operation vendors and at the Maasai village. The numerous 'curio shops,' which are also the bathroom stops, would take Visa. Be sure to bargain in there-We usually paid half of the asking price, and I think we still over -paid. Even our guides were happy to receive their tips in American. One suggestion would be to arrange for a boxed lunch for the group when going out from Siana because the access road is VERY bumpy and long. The bumpy roads are referred to as an "African Massage." The transfer to Tanzania was well taken care of by our guides. Be sure to have documentation of Yellow Fever inoculation. Also, here as well as at the entrance to every national park, beware of the deluge of Maasai women selling their jewelry and carvings. They will also expect money if you take their pictures. Raphael was our guide here, and he, too did a wonderful job. On our travels home, it became obvious that 1 1/2 hours in Paris is not enough time. We needed to get our boarding passes, and we had to go through at least 7 security checks! Our flight to Atlanta was cancelled, so it was a moot point. The Delta people were helpful in rerouting us, but it was a more than challenging day. Three days later, our luggage caught up to us. I would say this was a physically challenging trip. Many accommodations were made for those who needed them, but there were a few bumps and bruises as a result of the terrain and the fact that we were standing (shoes off) on the seats to see out of the raised roof. All in all, this was the trip of a lifetime!