African Safari Holidays Reviews
We have now been back for a couple of weeks and I just need to say a few words about our holiday.
Firstly, many thanks to you for going to so much trouble to organise a bespoke safari for Lynn and I. Having been to Kenya before, we wanted to go to specific parks which didn't fit into a standard itinerary. Your advice as we discussed the options available was invaluable and because of this, we ended up with a holiday that went to all the places we wanted without too much travelling.
The itinerary was perfect but having organised the entire holiday via email we were a little nervous before we left that the holiday may not match up to our expectations.
How wrong we were ! Our flight was on time and on arrival in Nairobi, we were met by our private safari driver Kioko.
I cannot praise Kioko enough; he was very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. In short he made the entire safari trip a pleasure and nothing was too much trouble for him. The vehicle was comfortable and his driving was excellent.
The lodges we visited were all of an excellent standard and all the staff we met were friendly and welcoming.
At the end of our safari we flew to Mombassa to be met by your representative who took us personally to our private taxi for the trip to our hotel which again was top rate. The return trip was excellent and again we were met at the airport and walked through the customs and check-in process; it couldn't have been made any easier.
In short, the holiday of a lifetime, well planned, organised and delivered; and at a price that put many of your competitors to shame. I would be grateful if you could pass this email on to your manager and also Kioko's manager in Nairobi. We will be recommending your company to our friends and you are welcome to use this email as you see fit. "
My wife and I have now returned from our Kenya holiday and I am writing this to say a profound thank you for your arrangements.
From the very start with my enquiry through to saying goodbye to David in Nairobi everything was carried out in a most professional, efficient and friendly way
We would especially like to single out David for his pleasant manner, his helpfulness and humour through our time together. He was very representative of the Kenyans we met, and would recommend him to any future travellers.
I would not hesitate to use your Company again, or recommend you to other people thinking of travelling to Kenya. (indeed we met a couple of people who had used large well known travel Companies , who had suffered delays and serious changes.)
Our visit went absolutely smoothly. and we hope we can make a further booking in the future. (as I mentioned some while ago , my ‘Bibi’ is planning a 50th birthday trip to Keya (her 5th) in 2011 and I will certainly be having words with her.
Thank you again, to everyone at Madukha. (one small point-please be aware that pre-2001 US Dollars are generally not accepted and did cause a slight hiccup) "
Sorry for the delay responding
My wife, children and me had an excellent summer, thanks to you and your team.
Everything ran like clockwork and your drivers / guides, Reuben and Ammamo, were extremely efficient, polite and considerate.
We will certainly recommend your company to others and will definitely avail of your services again Thanks. "
I was going to do this any way! We have never booked a tour organised holiday before - we normally organise it independently. We are converts!I cannot praise it highly enough. There was only one hiccup - and that was on our arrival in Nairobi - but it was not Dennis's fault ( Our driver). He showed us the piece of paper which he had been given which gave him a pick up time of 8.50am, when we landed at 6am!! However, after that, nothing went wrong.
The safari part of the holiday was out of this world - thanks to our driver, Dennis. He had us up early in the morning and took us on breath-taking game drives where we saw all of the big 5 - and loads more besides. He was patient with our photo and video making attempts, and spent just the right amount of time with each stop. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about the animals and made sure that we had a great trip. He was always around for reassurance - but not in an intrusive way - a fine balance, which is not easy to achieve, I suspect.
We were incredibly fortunate to be upgraded to Ol Pajeta House which was absolutely incredible. Never have we stayed in such luxury. Walter looked after us there and he was wonderful. The rooms, the grounds and the food and service were out of this world - so thank you very much for the upgrade! The flights to Mombasa were fine - 540 provided a good economy service - snacks and a drink were free - so better than Easijet or Ryannair, any day! The transfers and pickups went smoothly and Papillon lagoon reef hotel was lovely. Lovely staff and nice food. The hotel in Nairobi unfortunately had a wedding party on until all hours, not the best when you have to get up at 6am - but hardly your fault! All in all we would highly recommend Madukha Tours to our friends and family. We believe that it was incredibly good value for a fabulous trip of a life time. Well done! "
Thanks for the email. I am happy to give you some feedback.
The holiday was great. I said to our guide, Ruben, at the end, that I would be happy to recommend both him and the holiday as a whole to my parents, who are thinking about doing a similar trip next year. Below is some feedback in more detail;
Meeting at the airport - was all fine, Ruben was very nice and friendly; we were a bit tired so it was good he gave us some time to rest. We upgraded our flights at the airport as honeymooners; perhaps this could be an option you could offer to similar people like us in the future?
Treetops - was an interesting experience. The accom is of course very basic though that is expected I guess. Food was not bad. The wildlife there was not as good as the other places, but a good starting point. Given that it was our honeymoon, it wasn't a plus that we had to share dinner with other group members, though this was not too much of an inconvenience. Was quite cold at night!
Nakuru - nice tent, great food and service - we thoroughly enjoyed the wildilfe and being here. The flamingos were fantastic, as was the general wildlife.
Mara - a long drive, but interesting countryside. Good that we could go one route and come back a slightly different one. Great drives, great wildlife - we saw all of the Big 5. Ruben was a great guide, stopping where we wanted for souvenirs, and also being flexible with the drives. We enjoyed his company and he was very knowledgable about the wildlife as well. The picnic on the last day was great. The camp itself was also nice, food good, and the honeymoon dinner was very appreciated, if not exactly gourmet food. Thanks for that. We might have done the Balloon ride was it was vastly overpriced in my opinion.
Transport - good value for the extra money having a solo tour. The vehicle was as comfortable as was necessary.
Nairobi - Carnivore was a great experience! Nice of Ruben to take us back to the hotel afterwards as well.
In all, it was an unforgettable experience. Much of this was down to the faultless organisation, and to Ruben for being such a professional guide. The itinerary was perfect, as we saw slightly different wildlife and countryside in each place, and 6-7 days was a perfect time. We felt that overall it was good value for money, and would go again, perhaps to Tanzania, although next time perhaps as part of a beach holiday - when we are ready to go again we will let you know!
Thanks again, and please do not hesistate to let us know should you require any form of recommendation for your marketing purposes. "
" I would like to thank you for a very nice honeymoon safari we had. We enjoyed it very much. Thank you for the refund for the Masai Manyatta village. I would like to tell you how good Ruben (the guide) was. He was very professional, very knowledgable, very friendly and very helpful. He was exceptional. We couldn't ask for a better guide. He helped us in any problem we had. The only part of the itinerary we didnt do for some reason was the evening walk safari with resident naturalist in Masai Mara, but otherwise we enjoyed it very much and hope to return again one day. Send my regards to Ruben and once we download the photos, I will send you our photo with Ruben. "
" Thank you for a fantastic Holiday.The Safari was really good and we couldn't of asked for a better guide/Driver Joe was fantastic thank him again from us. Do you book holidays without the Safari as we would like to come back in november to stay at the Pappillon Lagoon as it was really nice, so could you price up for the 4 of us to go middle of november for 7 nights please "
" I am just writing to say what a fantastic holiday we had in Kenya.It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. We were very happy with our guide Dennis. He looked after us so well and was a great driver. He was great at spotting the animals and nothing was too much trouble for him. The transfers all went very smoothly. We will definately recommend Madhuka tours to our friends and family. The one problem that we did have was self induced. We stayed at the Sarova Panafric hotel on the night of 26th July and ate at the restaurant. My husband left his Olympus camera and Oakley sunglasses on the table. We didn't realize until the next morning at the Outspan hotel(Treetops) Aberdare. We alerted Dennis and he telephoned the Sarova Panafric to report them missing. Unfortunately they were never found. We have reported the loss to our travel insurance company and they need something in writing from Madhuka to verify this. I would be grateful if you could send me an email confirming this so that we can process the claim. Many thanks again for a great holiday "
" Just wanted to say a big thank you for organising our recent safari and beach holiday. We had a great time and appreciate all the hard work involved for you and your team organising it all. Everything went like clockwork including the weather!!! We chose Madukha because we wanted a personal service and a personal itinerary. You certainly gave us that. Just a couple of (minor) things. Firstly we would have found the detailed 'final' itinerary (given to us in Nairobi) even more useful if we had received it a few days before departure. Secondly it might be worth plugging the 'information gaps' in terms of airport transfers & internal flight tickets. You might want to make it crystal clear to clients in the final itinerary that they will be met by one of your drivers at airport arrivals and to look out for name boards. Also, any internal flight tickets will be handed to the client at Nairobi. This just dots the i's and crosses the t's really but to some people may stop them being concerned about what will happen and when. Finally thanks to Patrick our safari driver- he was great. Looking forward to our next trip to Kenya. "
William, Moses, Fred,
" Just arrived back from my holiday and as promised, I wanted to drop you a mail offering my thanks and appreciation. I must admit, I had my reservations when booking with Madukha simply bacause of the sum of money that had to be transfered to a company I was unfamiliar with. However all of these reservations proved unfounded. The pricing we received from Madukha was much more competitive than the other holidays we looked at from Kuoni and Virgin, yet wherever we went on our adventure we we always with those travellers who had booked through Kuoni and Virgin. The Safari's and Lodges in Amboselli, Nakuru and Masai Mara were outstanding. Everything went like clockwork. We were delighted with the game drives, accomodation, food and lodges. Special thanks must go to Ruben, our driver...what a superstar! There was not one animal we didn't see! Asante Sana my friend! The Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi was an added bonus and a great experience. The Papillon Lagoon Reef Resort in Mombasa, that you selected for us for the beach portion of our holiday was first class. Given this was our first visit to Africa and first safari, we were very happy with the itinerary you designed for us and the execution was flawless. I would happily refer Madukha Tours to friends and family and would also be happy to act as a reference for anyone considering booking a holiday with Madukha. Many thanks and best regards "
Hi Andrew / William,
" I'm writing to thank you for organzing such a fantastic trip for us for our honeymoon. Everything was perfectly organized and went off without a hitch. The safari was amazing, the hotels were fantastic, and all the pickups, transfers etc went as smoothly as can be. I'd also like to especially praise our guide and driver for the safari, Charles. He was the best guide my wife and I have ever had (and we have travelled a lot!). He made sure we saw all the animals we wanted to see and was extremely knowledgable about the wildlife around us. He answered all our questions and a lot more besides. We felt he went out of his way to organize things for us that we hadn't planned on as he thought we'd like it, and we were extremely grateful to him for this attention. We will be recommending Madhuka Tours to anyone who asks in the future, and please fell free to post this email on your website for prospective clients. Thanks again "
"We wanted to thank you very much for the wonderful dinner at Carnivore. We have NEVER experienced anything like that and enjoyed ourselves so much!! We arrived home safely, but very tired. We gave your email address to someone we met in the airport who asked about the safari.
We didn't get her name, however we gave her our name and yours. Hopefully, she will contact you. The trip was an event that we will treasure in our memories forever! We both agree that it was the BEST vacation we have ever had. We haven't seen the pictures yet, but will send you a few of the good ones as soon as they are processed. Thank you for a wonderfully planned itinerary.
You are commended for your attention to detail on every aspect of the trip; Madukha Safaris is VERY lucky to have you as a employee. We were so impressed with your professional demeanor and your English diction.
We will definitely recommend you to our family and friends and we are looking forward to booking another safari with you next year. You are welcome to use our comments in any published material or advertisement for Madukha Safaris."
Thank you again for everything!
" As we promised we would write to you!! The trip was great. We had a good time in Masai Mara, saw lots of animals and flew over them!!!!! The balloon trip was the best thing ever... Take good care!! "
Thank you for your season greetings
Really my trip was marvelous...!!! thank you again for all these souvenirs in Kenya...MASAAI MARA was SPLENDIDE...!!!! PHENOMENAL...!!!!
See attached 2 pictures for our driver & guide...THANK YOU CHARLES...!!! "
Hello there Moses,
Thanks for your email from 19 June 2006.
Sorry to take so long to reply, but we don't use the hotmail address much now that we are not travelling.
We certainly remember the unique safari to Treetops you arranged for us last November, and are very grateful that we were able to do it, despite our trip to Kenya being so brief
We were very happy with your organization.
Benson, our driver did a fine job and we were particularly thankful to him for taking a detour on the return to retrieve my sunglasses left behind after a previous trip.
Outspan was well organized and supplied a sumptuous lunch, although probably more lavish than we would normally choose. We were acutely aware of the contrast between what is provided for "Western" tourists and what is available to the majority of the Kenyan people.
The Kikuyu village and performance seemed rather contrived.
Treetops itself was a special time. We were privileged to be allocated one of the balcony suites, "The Princess Elizabeth Suite".
We are interested to hear what you have in mind for us as your reference for the Australian market. "
With best wishes,
I did send some feedback on April 6. I'll copy it below for you.
Do you want more? We had the trip of a lifetime! "
Just recovering from a great but very exhausting trip. Everything worked out as you arranged...thank you.
The guide we had, Edgar, was very good. He took care of us when we got sick....some bad food we had eaten at the Impala Hotel when we arrived I think. The Sopa Lodge where we were provided a doctor to take a look at us.
However we were only sick for about 24 hours on the second day so we could continue the safari on the third day OK. We still have churning stomach problems...but I guess that happens. Maybe it is also a reaction to the Malaria pills.
Edgar took us to see many wild animals....lions, hippos, elephants, cheetas etc etc. He had a good eye.
If you are looking for feedback, the land cruiser we had was quite old with a cracked windshield so we were a little worried it would break down. We did get stuck a few times, but each time Edgar was able to put on the 4 wheel drive and get us out of the mud hole.
Zanzibar at the Blue Bay Inn was very lovely. The food was good as well as the service.
All in all we were very happy with our trip. Thank you for taking such good care of us. "
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I’m sorry for the delay but finally I have found some time to keep my promise. As I told you already at the Carnivore dinner, the way to arrange such an expensive holiday was a risky experiment: fact is that all the money which has to be prepaid will be a barrier for people because they doubt if they get value for their money. I think this item is the main problem to deal with potential clients.
Therefore I took some precautions. When we were in the booking phase, I asked via the website button of the Kenya Association of Tours Operators how they would deal with financial problems of operators (if they occur) but till today I never got an answer from KATO. That gives no confidence. Finally I called some lodges and the beach hotel to check if reservations were made for our party. Some said yes, others didn’t give me that information. The communication from your side was excellent, but I can imagine some people need more confidence.
I was relieved, as we arrived in Nairobi, that we were awaiting by you and Kuria. My advice is to think and deal more in that way with potential clients.
The first very good thing we did was to travel private. We encountered people sitting with 20-25 persons in a coach, spotting the wildlife. I cannot imagine that’s the way to discover Kenya.
Because we travelled with children of ages 12 and 14 the much travelling was not such a big problem. My advice is to check the ages of travelling children before arranging the holiday.
I wonder if the 2500 km on the very bad roads in Kenya is suitable for ages < 10 years and also for people who are older then 60 or for disabled people.
Sometimes after long travelling days we had a need for quiet, but there was to less time for that. Sometimes the children wanted to take a swim in the pool but unfortunately they were a little bit disappointed about that. Regarding the lodges, its clear that the Serena lodges were the very best. Okay, what you pay is what you get, but sometimes the difference was very big. Panafric Hotel in Nairobi and the Wildlife Lodge on the Ngorongoro Crater were the less. Towels were too less, were frayed and the service was not fine. In every lodge the food and drinks were fine, especially with attention to the food logistic problems they have. Although I can imagine they have them. Visiting Masai Mara was the biggest event. Thanks for the good advice to visit MM and not Serengeti because of the Great Migration of the wildebeests. However we missed the crocs in the Mara River, the spectacle that the crocs attack the wildebeests.We asked you to visit Tanzania also but we didn’t realize that it were such big distances, especially while there is only one official pass thr class="h2"ough for the Kenya/Tanzania border. Probably it is better to visit only parks or reserves in Kenya at one time and split the visit to Tanzania for a next holiday (for the wealthy people…..). We had a friendly and well skilled driver in Kenya, the Tanzanian counterpart was significant less. Sometimes when we had questions I had the impression the man just was guessing for an explanation. He didn’t know very much about wildlife. Pat Kuria on the back. Probably it is good to provide clients with things they can discover while they are in the costal region. Some like it but none of us, we had a need for rest. When we arrived in the beach hotel we were a little bit disappointed because the interconnecting door with the children’s room which we asked for was not possible. But finally it worked better as we expected. No problem. Dear Moses, overall we had a lovely holiday in Africa, our wishes have come true, thanks for that all. Whenever we are able to visit Africa again, we surely will. Please say hello to Kuria and tell him I will sent the photographs on a CD soon Let me finish wishing you the best. "
" The holiday safari arranged thr class="h2"ough Madukha Tours was an excellent experience both the booking and the actual safari was very efficient, friendly and easy. The thing that stood out was our ability to say what we wanted and Madukha's ability to come up with a package including hotel pickups and airport transfers with minimum fuss. The next thing that stood out was not only did you arrange it but it all worked, from the taxi at the hotel to the safari pickup everything fitted together well. The standard of the lodges was first class and we had a great experience.If there was one thing that didn't go down too well was the regular stops at souvenir sellers. In Kenya this can be aggressive and is something we are not used to in Britain and get a bit bothersome. This may well have been done in good will to break up the hard journeys between safari parks. Overall I have to say the safari was an unforgettable experience and I regularly recommend your company to my friends and colleagues. "
Just a short message to let you know that we have all arrived home safely.
Thank you once again for a wonderful safari and holiday of a lifetime. "
Thank you very much for organizing our holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed. Everything went smoothly. The only small hitch was the missing reservation at the wildlife lodge but the manager found us a couple of rooms in a flat which was fine.Gaspar was an excellent and knowledgeable driver and we would highly recommend him to other travellers.
Many thanks and kind regards
We would just like to say how much we enjoyed our safari and beach holiday with Madukha Tours. Both holidays were very well organized and the safari was made even more enjoyable with our driver guide, Ben’s input. Not only was he obviously a very experienced driver, but also very knowledgeable regarding the wildlife. How he managed to spot all the animals and birds whilst driving was a miracle! Also the accommodation on safari was very comfortable and the food was excellent. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful.The holiday at Mbweni Ruins Hotel, Zanzibar was also wonderful. The hotel was exactly as described on your website. It was very comfortable and the staff, as on safari, were very pleasant and helpful. It was a peaceful heaven and the botanical gardens were very interesting. With having such a secluded beach directly in front of the hotel we didn’t have anyone “pestering” us to buy their wares! We were also very impressed with the punctuality. Whenever we were picked up for a tour, airport and hotel transfers, Ben and the other drivers were all on time. In fact in most cases, they were early! This takes a lot of the worry out of a holiday. Everything went on very smoothly and we would just like to say how much we enjoyed our last evening at the Carnivore Restaurant – It was quite an Experience.We would highly recommend Madukha Tours for a well organized and interesting holiday.
Many thanks,Kind regards
" As we promised we would write to you!! The trip was great. We had a good time in Masai Mara, saw lots of animals and flew over them!!!!! The balloon trip was the best thing ever... Take good care!! "
I intended to contact you when we first returned from our holiday but I have had little time to attend to it, my apologies for the delay. This was our second safari / holiday in Kenya. The first was with Somak and was very good. This visit, booked thr class="h2"ough Maduka, was even better (and cheaper).
Communications and the service provided by Elvis in the UK was first class. In Kenya all the necessary arrangements were in place thr class="h2"oughout the holiday, it all went without a hitch.
The safari segment of the holiday was particularly spectacular. I think the season we chose was the quieter time of the year which meant my wife and I were the only two people in the vehicle and we even had the balloon ride to ourselves. It was like having our own personal safari. The icing on the cake was the driver / guide. A delightful chap named Nick. His personality and extensive knowledge of the geography and big game of Kenya made all the difference. He constantly went out of his way to ensure our safari was an experience never to forget. There can't be many better driver/guides in Kenya, he is a great credit to your company.
My only slightly adverse comment would be about the accommodation in the lodge at Lake Nakuru. That was a bit basic and had we been there for more than one night, it would have been a problem.
I have no hesitation in recommending Maduka for a holiday in Kenya, indeed if you wish to make this e-mail available to your prospective customers, please do so.
We will be returning to Kenya for another holiday sometime in the near future, hopefully with the rest of our family. I shall be pleased to contact you again at that time to make the necessary arrangements. "
Many thanks and best wishes,
My overall assessment of our safari holiday with Madukha is: EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY.
The lodges were sumptuous, both in fare and service; our guide was wonderful, courteous and knowledgeable; our individual requirements regarding meeting up with the tour was meticulous. I can't think of any area that was wanting. "
I would be quite happy to be quoted on these comments.
You asked for some feedback following my safari so here it is. EXCELLENT!
Everything ran smoothly (except the roads!).David's driving was exceptionally good.
His eyesight and knowledge were fantastic.The accommodation was perfect.
I would do it all again and wouldn't hesitate in recommending your company to my friends.
The only thing which I could suggest which may have made it even better is to take account of the fact that several people may fly out of Nairobi late in the evening.
This means that rather than leaving early from the Masai Mara and getting back to Nairobi at lunchtime, you could have a morning safari for 3-4 hours, then drive directly to the airport arriving around 6 pm. This would have certainly suited me and I suspect others as well. Altogether though a wonderful experience.
Could you please wish David well (he was a bit poorly) and thank him for being such an
excellent driver and guide. "
Thanks for the chance to offer some comments.
I would say that everything went well, generally, and I would recommend you to others.
The tour was well organized. Our driver did a good job and was an informative guide. the lodges in the game parks were comfortable and reasonably priced.
the lodge booked on the coast between Mombassa and Malindi (I forget the name) I didn't care for as much. It was a huge tourist factory. I would have appreciated knowing that before the booking was made because I wanted a smaller, more personal place.
Hope this helps. "
we arrived back safely after a fantastic honeymoon at Hakuna Majiwe...it was all that we hoped for and the owner Claudio proved to be a real friend...even inviting us to his home for 'late drinks' ...our stopover in Stone Town at Emerson and Green was fantastic also or garden room was incredible and we will never forget the most romantic and atmospheric meal in their intimate rooftop restaurant .. we can only thank you for making this special holiday so unforgettable for both of us.
Our only minor complaint was the flight back from Nairobi...the standard of service was nothing like the inbound flight from Heathr class="h2"ow which was terrific....the flight back was marred by poor service and the fact that we did not receive our full meals or indeed any breakfast at all...we were told this was the fault of ground crew not loading enough meals.
However this did not spoil out time in Tanzania...and something we realise was out of your control. Once again may we both thank you for your service and professional attitude thr class="h2"oughout...something that European tour operators could learn from...if we travel to Africa again you will be our first stop in arranging our journey...thank you...Steve and Sarah (his new wife!) "
I wanted to write and let you know that our Tanzanian Holiday went extremely well.
Everything worked like clockwork. The quality of the accommodation provided was excellent and the service of the staff who helped us was always first class.
My wife and I had a very good holiday and were very pleased with the work done by you and your team. Thank you. We will not hesitate to recommend Madukha Tours & Safaris to our friends. "
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Many thanks for organising such a great trip to Kenya. We all had a fantastic time and enjoyed every aspect of the holiday.
We asked you to arrange a holiday that would be appropriate for a family of 4 - children aged 10 & 12 - and would incorporate safari and beach. The itinerary you gave us was excellent value for money and included everything we wanted.
I would specifically like to thank you for organizing such an excellent guide and driver. Courier (I'm unsure of the spelling) was professional at all times, knowledgeable and highly responsible.
Overall Madukha Tours did an excellent job for us and we were very pleased with all aspects of the holiday - including all aspects of the administration and the excellent recommendations for hotels and lodges. Specifically I would like to highlight the way in which Madukha Tours responded when our plans changed due to the weather. We needed a last-minute flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi and this was arranged quickly and efficiently. I'm sure that the larger companies would not have been able to react so quickly.
Many thanks also for dinner at The Carnivore - it was a truly memorable end to a fantastic holiday.
We would be more than happy to provide references for you to people from the UK. Additionally, we have no problem in you using our comments on your website. Please go ahead.
We'd be happy to be your Ambassador here. Just let me know how we can help. "
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" We could not have asked for a better trip! We booked our vacation thr class="h2"ough Madukha Tours & Safaris Ltd. Though we live in the US, we flew in and out of London as we had to be there anyway. First, Madukha is great. The trip could not have been better, and the Madukha staff was first rate. Now, on to the lodge. We can't say a bad word about it. The amenities were great, the staff was as helpful and kind as can be, and the food was above expectations. Our safari drive (thr class="h2"ough Madukha) really knew his stuff (we had a book for our own reference, and he was spot on everytime). My boyfriend and I are not big food people, but we appreciate decent food and a good selection. You couldn't miss at Keekorok. We saw so much (I have more than 500 pictures - digital cameras can be a curse). Nice people staying at the lodge. The lodge was at full capacity, but it never felt crowded. We highly recommend. "
Perhaps I can offer the following:
I used to be a travel agent, on the IATA and, my years of travel industry experience led me to open and now operate an itinerary booking company working mainly with teachers, here in Miami, Florida.
We only recomend and accompany small groups based on own personal travel experience.
We DO NOT get a kick back from the tour operators, only charging a processing fee to our clients directly.
I see what Brigit is saying, I too was barraged with countless emails and offers from "well meaning" satisfied clients who, in fact, were tour operators trying to mislead us.
We researched our trip extensively for months before finally deciding on MADUKHA TOURS.
We have added their information on our pages as well as how we came to arrive at our choice, based on background check, legitimacy and NOW, that we ourselves have used them, our own personal knowledge that they are amongst the most proffessional we have used in our many trips around the world.
ALOT of the research, information and advice we received in coming to this conclusion came from none other than Brigit, who patiently steered us the "right way" and encouraged us and held our hand when we had so many questions.
If you need ANY information, please be assured that you're welcomed to look thr class="h2"ough our pages, or many other legit members here on the forums, email us and we'll gladly help you find your "hopefully" dream African adventure! "
Hi, I did a bit of travelling myself when i turned 18. Went to Africa and spent a year visiting different communities and getting to learn about their cultures. I booked my accomodation and flights thr class="h2"ough a company called Madukha tours and safaris, who were brilliant when it came to organising the whole trip from start to finish. Definately a good idea to get in touch with them or any other companies online before setting off for your trip as there are many things you need to take into consideration e.g visa requirements. Madukha's website is www.madukhatravel.com
Although we did not stay here, we made it a point to visit this lodge for future recomendations to our clients/co-travelers. We made arrangements thr class="h2"ough our tour operator, Madukha Tours, for a private viewing of their facilities, escorted by their lodge manager. We were immediately impressed by the organized, sprawling complex which is Keekorok, run by the African Safari group. They are directly situated amongst the migratory route of the wildebeest and wildlife viewing from the comfort of your room or their well situated viewing platforms is convinient, although a bit far situated from other parts of the park. The staff was friendly and welcoming and we had the overwhelming feel of a well run hotel rather than a lodge. They were running at maximum capacity on the day we were there but were able to view a standard as well as a deluxe room. The overall feel was that of a Marriott or similar large deluxe hotel set in a prime location. We liked this hotel but still prefered the laid back atmosphere to the Sarova Camp. If you're looking for modern comforts, staying within your comfort zone and splurging, this hotel/lodge is definetely the one for you.
The grounds are outstanding! Beautifully manicured lawns, gardens and a HUGE swimming pool surrounded by chaise loungers in which to spend the lazy afternoon while you sip a cool drink. (We noted it was definetely a family hotel as alot of children running around). The dining room is spectacular and formal looking and they are reputed to have some very qualified chefs with a vary wide array of menus. Another big plus are the large private, screened in viewing gazebo overlooking a waterhole with hippos and an open terrace overlooking the drama which takes place during migration which can also be reserved for honey mooners wishing a private dinner or breakfast. Additionally, for a charge, weddings and private receptions can be arranged thr class="h2"ough the lodge. Finally, the end "deluxe" rooms are practically all glass overlooking the Mara and you can view game migrating from your bed! Rooms are comfortably appointed with double beds, queen/King beds and even triple occupancy. "
After a fantastic 7 day safari from Samburu to the Mara booked thr class="h2"ough Madukha Tours we thought our holiday could not get better but the amazing experience continued during our stay at Pinewood. Quiet peaceful understaded excellence. We booked the all-inclusive option and ate well-prepared fresh food, chose from an extensive lunch menu, and spent many evening hours listening to the sea and kenyan birdsong at the beach bar. The evening entertainment of traditional dancing reflected the warmth of the climate. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful. Days were spent walking miles along the safe white sandy beaches collecting shells or in the sea; snorkelling & scuba diving with the ajoining aqualand team. We even had the opportunity of a lifetime swimming with whale sharks. thank you julia and the boat crew.
We will certainly return. "