Written on: March 25, 2015
I visited in August 2014
My wife, daughter and I took a day in the Aberdares, 2 days in Samburu, one in Naivasha, and 3 in Masai Mara in August 2014. The itinerary was reasonable and very reasonably priced. I received very good advice (I tend to try and pack too much in;) beforehand, and the entire trip was excellent. Birding, game walks, hiking (Hell's Gate) and game drives all lived up to my expectations. We stayed at Amani Mara (a newer camp) just over the border from the Masai Mara Reserve itself, and about a dozen lions were within a kilometer of the camp. Saw the crossing at the Mara, and in a great spot where we weren't fighting for a view with dozens of other safari vehicles.
It all comes down to the driver/guide, and I consider Elijah not just a guide but a friend. I have used his services twice before, once in 2103 for a tenth anniversary trip a day after the fire at Jomo Kenyatta. Elijah was ready to possibly meet us at the border of Tanzania (if we flew into Arusha instead). With all the last minute worries (we were actually about to cancel) one thing I never worried about was Elijah being there regardless of the situation.
He is a good enough spotter to be able to be bouncing through rocky roads in the Mara and spot animals and birds in the distance before we were able to. He is very open to his clients' wishes and flexible in his daily planning. He also has a great way of following the main route when called for, or waiting quietly off the beaten path for something special (like a leopard we were one of the few people to spot one day).
He also has excellent, excellent people skills - at every camp/lodge we have been to with him (and it's been quite a few now) it is nothing but smiles and handshakes all around. His sense of humor and manner put everyone at ease.
I wouldn't hesitate to go on safari with Turaco again, and highly recommend this Kenyan-owned and operated venture!
I went in April in Kenya. Elijah is an outstanding guide who shared with me his knowledge as much for the birds as for wildlife. It was my second trip to Kenya and will remain the best but certainly not the last.
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