3 independent reviews for Kenya mountain biking holiday, 9 days

Reviews for Kenya mountain biking holiday, 9 days

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review 30 Dec 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The trip gave us so many memorable moments. The surprise of seeing our Masai guide Sankale for the first time and the sense of humor of our driver Hassan. The discoveries of the way of life of the rural Kenyans, the scenery and of course the animals of which we say so many. Children waving, people smiling and the gracious service of everyone in every lodge or camp was endearing. Maji Moto was a favorite with its calm and pleasant location and their staff plus learning more about the Masai culture.In all every tented camp was an incredible surprise. I am vegetarian and I ended up eating very well as well.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The accommodations in the comfort class were beyond what I was expecting. Prepare yourself for long transfers due to the conditions of the roads and hope you have a great driver like Hassan and a LandRover. So be prepared in general for the roads. The biking distances were maybe less than I thought but were adequate. The conditions of the bikes were functional but some time was wasted in on the road reparations. Be prepared for dirt and dust. don't forget binoculars and your sense of humor.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope it benefited the local people and I did like in the lodges a central tipping pot that was distributed to everyone. The lodges or camps were very environmentally friendly with solar heating, etc. My impression is that the parks are doing their best for conversation and my hopes are that they will continue in their policies to protect all the animals. I only wish that Kenya would recycle both the PET bottles and seek to outlay plastic bags which was sad to see.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great vacation with a great group especially Sankale and Hassan, both always smiling and calm and are just wonderful people. We were so lucky to have them and their desire to show us their country and their nature. Kenya was a wonderful surprise in so many ways and I now feel an attachment to the people of this fine country and of course still feel amazed to have seen so many animals in their natural environment.

review 24 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Kenya is a wonderful place but our guides George and Sankle were most definitely the most memorable part of our holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Some physical training is beneficial!!! Be flexible, stop, look and listen particularly to your guides and be open to the unexpected.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I felt every effort was made to do this, some people are much more committed than others and this is commendable.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A wonderful well rounded, kaleidoscope of experiences and fun. We loved it!!

review 9 Jan 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

My family really loved cycling with the Masai guides through remote parts of the Kenyan bush, learning about the human and natural environment, spotting animals, visiting villages and camping with the Masai at night.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I would recommend taking a few things to aid the cycling - for example special cycle gloves, proper water bottles, even padded cycle shorts - as it is a pretty bumpy ride in some places. One might even invest in a gel saddle!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes indeed - cycling was a wonderful way to reach remote areas - it benefited the Masai who were accompanying us and camping with us. In the final two days we stayed in a lodge in the Masai Mara. This was comfortable and enjoyable but when they laid on 'masai dancing' at night we realised how much more authentic our previous experience had been when we had long conversations round the camp fire with the Masai villagers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a great experience and also a wonderful example of family bonding. I had done something like this before which was the reason I knew about it - but my children and husband were pretty dubious at the prospect. In the end they absolutely loved the whole thing and fell in love with the Masai guides.

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