Lois A. 2019. USA

Our trip was amazing!  There was not one glitch — everything ran smoothly.  The Bush and Beyond representative (Chuy) at NBO was great and connected us with a driver (Martin) who picked us up the next day and drove us to the Giraffe Centre and a lovely garden/sculpture center for lunch.  We had a walking tour booked but it was cancelled so we appreciated  Martin stepping in.  When we departed, Chuy got us checked in at Wilson where there was nothing we needed to do except wait for our flight.  Private plane — just the 3 of us!  

Obviously, Eka Hotel is not a 5-star Ritz-Carlton but we would give it 5 stars for what it is  — an airport hotel.  Basic, clean rooms, friendly staff and great food.  We enjoyed sitting on the patio with drinks and snacks and that’s what we did both nights.  Our two days there were very satisfying.

I’m so glad you gave a convincing case for going to Laikipia.  We ‘loved’ Loisaba!  A sophisticated tented camp with dramatic views, very friendly, efficient staff who go out of their way for you.  A little screw fell out of my sunglasses the first day and within minutes someone was there with a tiny screwdriver.  We loved the varied terrain, visiting with the sniffer dogs and Jennifer went horseback riding.  The bush breakfast was magical and our guide, Brown, was so much fun.  It was a 5-star 3 days for sure!

Speke’s Camp has such a different look from Loisaba and that’s exactly what we wanted.  We like different experiences.  The rooms were great and bucket showers fun (our first).  The food was very good and dinner was by candlelight — real candles!  We really bonded with our driver and spotter — Ambrose and Marco.  Loved driving through the conservancy where we saw small settlements with hundreds of cattle and sheep.  Tons of wildlife also.  Another 5-star camp.

We would give Kiota 5 stars also.  The tents have everything you could possibly want and look out over amazing views.  The manager, Eric, was kind, helpful and even arranged snacks and sundowners in the bush just for us on our last night.   Our amazing driver found more wildlife than we could have dreamed of seeing.  Lions climbing trees was a highlight.  We’re glad we went to the Serengeti but would probably go to other locations in Tanzania before going back there.  The roads are rough, dusty and we liked the Mara as much or maybe more.  But, we felt we needed to go there so it’s all good 🙂

Our trip was amazing because of you,  George.  I was so ‘all over the place’ and you stayed with me until I sorted it out in my head.  Thank you so much!   You must have heard many comments on how patient you are.  Africa Odyssey is so lucky to have you!

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