Review by: Celeste Pauli

Overall Impressions

Claire could not have provided us with a better itinerary!

Countries Visited

Tanzania

Tanzania really impressed us with the hospitality of the people, how clean they keep the country and the amazing food!

Kenya

We didn't spend as much time in Kenya, but our guide and the people we encountered were quite welcoming. We always felt safe and that Kenyans appreciated us visiting.

Accommodation Visited

Lake Duluti Lodge

Fantastic start! Beautiful grounds, excellent food, very relaxing.

The Plantation Lodge

Renata was a superb host! She personally welcomed us, showed interest in our trip and made sure everything was to our liking.

Mara Mara Tented Lodge

We loved the people at the Mara Mara lodge. They so much want to please their guests. However, it was apparent that they are still learning how to be a luxury lodge. They need to focus on expanding their English language skills and service levels. On several occasions they were so eager to help that they over-promised and under-delivered. They would be well served to under-promise and over-deliver. We left hoping that they get their act together because the people and location are both wonderful, but the total experience was at best average. The location of this lodge couldn't be beat. Every morning and evening we were greeted by wildebeest and zebras passing through the lawn right outside our tent. I actually felt like I was part of the migration! Additionally, at first appearance, our tent looked amazing, but after a few days of living in it, we realized that there was a lot of deferred maintenance. Our outdoor shower had several loose tiles. The free-standing tub was not properly installed - when I sat on the edge to get in, I thought it was going to tip over. There were mold patches on the interior fabric of our tent. If the price was right, I would recommend this lodge because of the people and location, but would be clear that they are still learning to be luxury and set expectations accordingly.

Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp

This was our favorite lodge! The luxury tent overlooking the Mara River was breathtaking. We spent hours watching the mongoose run around the grounds and the hippos fighting in the river. We even got to see a pair of elephants make their way down to the river. Food, laundry, and hospitality were all excellent.

Staff Review

I will highly recommend Claire. We originally thought that we wanted to focus only on the migration, but she encouraged us to plan more broadly. I'm so grateful for her perspective. We saw the migration and so much more! Her recommendations added a lot to our trip.