Review by: Chris & Laura Jefferies

Overall Impressions

Although impressed with The Residence in Zanzibar, the visit to that island put an overall damper on what had been a fabulous trip to Malindi and the epic Maasai Mara. So much so I am recommending to friends who want a similar experience that they dodge Zanzibar

Countries Visited


Brilliant on all fronts. Not enough superlatives to describe the Saruni Mara experience. Hemingways at Watamu is excellent and very happy to recommend. Hemingways Nairobi was superb.


The Residence is superb. Overall though Zanzibar is somewhat depressing as an add on after Kenya. My mistake to have set my trip up in that order.

Accommodation Visited

Hemingways Watamu

Excellent in all respects

Hemingways Nairobi

Fabulous hotel in old world colonial english/European style (thats probably a politically incorrect statement to make!). Best curry IĆ¢??ve had in years (I live South Carolina).

Saruni Mara

If I could give Saruni Mara 17 points out of the 5 I would happily do so. Awesome beyond all expectations. From Cecilia (Gen Mgr) to Dixon (gold medal tour guide - 1 of only 10 such in Kenya) make the trip something never ever to be forgotten

The Residence Zanzibar

Beautiful experience

Staff Review

Despite a snafu with the whole gluten free thing Glynis (initially) and Nicki (latterly) were diligent, attentive and thoroughly professional in all respects.