Big Time Safaris

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Mild Moses, what a trip !!

Written on: September 09, 2014   |   I visited in August 2014 To my faithful readers, dearest audience, incredible president: Companies either become their name or a parody of their name. In this case, Big Time Safaris has become their name. In July, I was given the task by my boss in Denmark (Mr. Nielsen, Kairos Ltd.) said that he wanted to celebrate my 50 year anniversary by coming to Kenya with his brother and take me with them for a safari. My PA went ahead and researched thoroughly on the topic, and after some meetings with some of them, and phone conversations with others she visited Big Time Safaris, met with a lady Martha, who took her through, and together with Martha, we composed a 4 day safari to Masai Mara, Narok, Nakuru. We were picked up by tour guide Stanley, and we sorted out some practical things before the departure, including that we requested Big Time Safaris to getting maps prior to the tour, such that we could see where we were to go, we took off in a typical tour van - though - not a 4 wheel drive - and I shall come back to this with my appraisal of a rally driver turned tour guide - Mr. Stanley - and an impressive trip through the Mara, up and down mud, holes, bumps etc., on 2 wheel drive, while others having 4 wheel drive - got trapped, stuck etc...

This good Mr. Stanley involuntarily became a great center of the trip, with his ever active search for wildebeest, rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo, and not only the big 5, but also the medium 5, and the small 5 and other 5's and what have you. This Mr. Stanley was a living encyclopedia in African wildlife, not only theoretically - but practically, hands on, hands off, hands on the gear rod, hands on the steering wheel. That guy ... TSK TSK TSK ... was HOME in the wild.
We were entertained thoroughly, professionally, we were driven here and there, and this both on track and off track. He drove with care and sensitivity to the wild environment. He could tell about every species, every wild animal, with warmth, knowledge, intensity, as if it was the first time he was narrating this. We learned how the lions mate, he took us to a sacred little place where he found a male and female lion making out with each other, we saw them playing while he explained how they go on honeymoon for 14 days, etc.etc. - I will certainly not tell you all the details - because I would be a faint shadow of what you would get, if you do what we did.

In order for you to get top service, you must naturally also pay top dollar, at least that is what you think. But we had deliberately agreed before we went, that we would take good care of our driver and tour guide and the people around us, so we had set aside funds to ensure that they were also pampered. There is nothing as motivating as getting acknowledgement beyond the natural thank you - and I must say that the positive attitude of Mr. Stanley (and later Mr. Jackson 5 on our Nakuru trip) indeed opened our pockets to pay them good round tips for their exclusive services...

I was also - initially - very positively surprised about the pricing level of Big Time Safaris. And now a hint for you: If you want the real thing - live it! Don't go to stay in a lodge or hotel, when you have the chance of a tented camp. Indeed, if you are a type for makeup, high heels and such stuff, its time for down dressing :-)... If you can't live without your Rolex watch, four wheel drive and bags full of gadgets, maybe this is the learning trip for you - please please please - for yourself and your guests - do the tented camp. Indeed on the last night, we had chosen to be staying in a hotel - and posh it was, beautiful - but we were now in the city of Nakuru, instead of the tented camp, and yes indeed the services in a hotel are naturally of another standard than in a tented camp - but if you have your experience of a safari dear - you choose the tented camp.

Imagine that out here in the wilderness - only a few thousand meters from the gate of Masai Mara - Big Time had apparently set up a tent camp with tents - joined with a bathroom /toilet - such that we could experience the sounds of the night in Mara while we would still be able to have a hot shower when ever needed.

Therefore, the luxury of their safaris shall in my view be seen in that you have the luxury of being intimately close to the wild life throughout all the days, while the most basic things we appreciate from our so called civilized lifestyle - a hot shower and a water closet - are there...

Now to the complaints:

This is almost a joke - but nevertheless: We request that they hang up some better mosquito nets, and that these are of the rectangular full bed size, full height style, thereby covering the beds all the way to the floor.

That was it. No more complaints. Now, when there are no more complaints it is not because of that we didn't have issues - indeed there were many smaller issues - but imagine: The tour guide works so well with his colleagues, with the main office, so we felt that we were in very good hands. The issues were minor - insignificant - for instance; We were missing water - and WOOOOPS - the tour guide organized it. We were nervous about a particular way the tour van reacted while driving, and WOOOOPS - he took care of it, between 11pm and the next morning 5:30am. Imagine; He found a mechanic, dealt with the issue, fixed the problem - so if I complained, when the service is of such a standard - I would be a bastard!

Now, if this sounds too good to be true, then here are my credentials: My name is David Svarrer, I am Danish, live in Kenya, and have never been on Safari before now.

I have taken my time out of my very busy schedule to write this review, because they deserve it. Apparently they have an ability to work together. Apparently they have a sales department (Martha), who honestly sells a safari product which they afterwards do deliver - in plenty.

So - you just refer to me, and get hold of Martha, I don't have their number here - but surely you can do what I did - look for Big Time Safaris, and check them out - their offices are in Nairobi. Their office is not one of these posh million dollar offices - it is a normal, relaxed office in the city, nothing to write home about - but indeed - their safaris are fantastic.

Oh, evidence? Google+ has automagically made an excerpt of the trip - see this one: https://plus.google.com/108222403525240327845/stories/3551cfd3-e24d-3819-b616-600f5bb3928a1482f13f9b5?authkey=CPqPnamE7cq2Tw

We recorded more than 3,000 pictures and 4 hours of video...
Meet and greet team
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Quality of vehicles
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Responsiveness of staff
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Knowledge of guide
5 Stars
Quality of itinerary
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Overall rating
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(4/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Mar 2014.
It was really nice experience with Big Time Safaris at Masai Mara.

The undisturbed nature and the abundance of wildlife amazed me.

The hospitality and professionalism of the tour operators has also added more life to thevvoyage. It was a worthy visit to Kenya and Masai Mara. read more

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(4/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Mar 2015.
It was great fun tour with big time. Friendly...and helping. The guide was full of humor and really knew the jungle. Thank you big time for making my safari. read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Mar 2015.
I visited Masai Mara 3 days and I was so excited! There were nice lodges, nice staff, nice guide, nice food and many cute animals!
I was worried at first because I joined a safari alone. But I could make very nice friends there.
Everything was good for me! Thank you. read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Dec 2014.
I visited Masai Mara with my friends during first week of December 14. The tour was very well organised by Big Time Safaris. The tour manager Mr David is a very friendly and professional person. Because of him our stay at Nairobi as well as at Masai Mara was very comfortable. The tour guide was thorough professional and took lot of initiative to detect wild life du... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
Thanks to Big Time Safaris for making our tour a memorable one. Our trip was worry free and smooth. Everything went smoothly and we enjoyed the tour. Guide was enthusiastic and took all the initiative to show us as much wild life as possible. Only thing I regret after the tour is that I should have increased the tour to 5 days and include Lake Nakura to see rhino a... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Oct 2014.
I got the tour booked through David Safari.
He arranged pickup and accommodation at Nairobi before the move to Masai Mara next day. We were six passengers in a comfortable vehicle with independent seats. That gave privacy. Jackson, our driver, and guide was experienced resulting in us having a great experience at game res where we saw big four and lifetime chance ... read more

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(4/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Sep 2014.
The trip has been wonderful. David is an extreme coordinator and has been very cooperative. They have taken extra efforts to make our stay and the trip wonderful. It was an amazing experience
Spotting animal is a matter of luck irrespective how big the safari may be. Big Time Safaris has made efforts to be lucky.

I would recommend this safari if you are lookin... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
Let me first take this opportunity to congratulate David for organising an exemplary 3 day tour of Masai Mara for me in the month of August. Providing the most economical all inclusive tour with a prompt customer support is something which is not easy to find in this part of the world. But trust me when I say that I was pleasantly surprised.

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
We recently went a 10-day safari throughout Kenya and Tanzania with Big Time Safari Ltd. We had the most amazing time. From Day 1, the staff helped us create the perfect tour package to cover everything we wanted to, and maintained very quick/efficient communication leading up to our arrival.
Our guide Wanjau was amazing and we saw dozens and dozens of animals ve... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
My trip to Masai Mara was like a dream come true.
David my contact and tour organiser was more of a friend than just a tour operator.
I would recommend everyone interested in seeing wild through their naked eyes and to have an experience of living in wild to do this Masai Trip..:) read more

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