We had a great time from pick up at Nairobi airport till drop off one week later. Transport and... read more
If you want to go to The Mara you can either fly into Nairobi and drive, (around 6 hours) or take a light aircraft from Nairobi into the outer of the Mara. I would highly recommend the Maasi Mara. I was there in late... More
If you want to go to The Mara you can either fly into Nairobi and drive, (around 6 hours) or take a light aircraft from Nairobi into the outer of the Mara. I would highly recommend the Maasi Mara. I was there in late July/August of this year and we saw many more animals than anywhere else in Kenya and Tanzania, although it was the migration. For the most part we stayed in tents which were very comfortable and warm, (it gets rather cold at night). For a relaxed introduction to Africa, Maji Moto is fantastic. The tents are perfect, not luxurious but very comfortable, the staff are very attentive, the food is good considering you're in the middle of nowhere. Being on safari with the maasi is a terrific experience too because they have an innate sense of where the animals are and The Mara is not as vast as Tsavo, Serengeti or Ngorongoro.12 days on safari will be exhausting. The roads are rough and the drive is hot (no air-con obviously). I would recommend a day out on safari and two days exploring local villages, schools and local walks. Self drive is not recommended. My husband and two older teenage boys thought we could self drive but we were glad to take the advice of many friends who had done similar trips. There are NO signs on the roads and the roads can be non-existent. Driving after sunset is off the cards. There are many bandits, many of whom pose as the police and during the day, the 'real' police are on the roads and they will pull you over for absolutely no reason. It happened to us 5 times although we were with a local driver and it's not a pleasant experience. Crossing the boarders is also quite tedious and confusing and having a local with you helps immensely. Speak with Agnes at Eyes on Africa. She is very helpful and can arrange whatever you need and don't forget your malaria tablets, it's a very real thing.