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Number of Reviews: 14 Overall score: *****
Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
***** Written
Gorillas & Masai Mara (2016)

Gorillas and masi mara

4
This trip is a great experience for people who enjoy witnessing wildlife without any frills. The Camping element makes you feel like you really are in Africa. There is a big element a traveling overland which for me added to the whole enjoyment although this might not appeal to everyone
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Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
***** Written
Gorillas & Masai Mara (2016)

Gorillas & Masai Mara - Amazing Trip

5
15 Days of something new and interesting on everyone of those days. This was achieved by the outstanding crew we had and the group of people who we were fortunate to have as a our travel buddies.
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Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
***** Written
Gorillas & Masai Mara (2016)

Gorillas and the Masi Mara

5
This trip was fantastic! I can honestly say that there was not one thing that I did not enjoy - yes, there were days that there was a lot of travelling but the Overland truck allowed a good view point, so I still saw some great local sights en route.
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Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
***** Written
Gorillas & Masai Mara (2016)

A nice trip, but not what I expected

3
It was a nice trip, but I was expecting something different. I was looking for an authentic encounter with nature, and this trip felt very touristic. The Masai Mara was fantastic, but unfortunately there were tons of tour companies around. The jeeps are communicated by radio and as soon as a jeep encounters an interesting animal, the driver alerts the others and in a matter of minutes tens of jeeps with tourists arrive at the same spot. It is indeed a fantastic place, but there are a lot of tourists around. We were lucky enough to see a lot of animals in August, and apparently it's not such a great sightseeing experience during non-migration season. If you are offered to visit the Masai village, be aware they practice FGM and if you feel uncomfortable with this practice, you might want to consider whether to pay the entrance to support them or not. The brief visit to the village ends in an improvised gift shop inside the village, where you are pushed to buy incredibly overpriced souvenirs. It really felt forced and kinda defeated the authentic experience of their culture I expected to have. In terms of accommodation, I thought it had the right balance of camping and permanent camps / hotels.The first camp where we stayed was not good: the first night there was a bunch of British teenagers partying until 3 or 4 am. The second night I talked to the camp manager and they did stop the music at 11pm, which was good. The rest of the camps were very nice, even the more basic ones. The thing that perhaps disappointed me the most was to get to places after long drives and not have any activity included in the trip to do. Of course you have what's called "optional activities" which you can pay to join, but (a) they were seriously overpriced (b) I didn't consider the activities "optional" because I hadn't fly all the way from London to stay at the camp. It'd have been nice to have an alternative activity included, even a walk in nature would have been exciting. It has to be said that our cook Dun was amazing, with very abundant and tasty food with and it was never a problem to serve different dietary requirements (coeliac, vegetarian, etc). Our driver Ben was super skilled and kept us safe through challenging roads. The entire crew made us feel always very well and at home.
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Exodus Response

We would like to thank Teresa for her online review. Exodus is currently working to highlight the issue of FGM by supporting the Kenyan charity, S.A.F.E., who has been working with the remote Masai community of the Loitta Hills, South-west Kenya since 2008 to help abolish the practice of female circumcision. This programme has already had an impact on the Loitta Hills community by encouraging an Alternative Rite of Practice (ARP), i.e: graduating to womanhood without being cut. Further information regarding the work S.A.F.E does can be found by coping this URL - http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/kicheche_tour_report_july2014.pdf - into your Browser address bar.
Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
***** Written
Gorillas & Masai Mara (2016)

Our 5 star adventure

5
From the moment we were greeted by Kiptoo Peter Langat we knew it was going to be an adventure. He showed us to the transport and within 10 minutes we knew the whole group, everyone was very excited to meet and get the trip started. Within half an hour of the journey to Nairobi everyone was at ease with each other and looking forward to the next 18 days ahead.
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Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
***** Written
Gorillas & Masai Mara (2016)

Gorillas and Masai Mara

5
Amazing wildlife viewing with really close encounters both on the Masai Mara and in Rwanda. A fairly busy trip but without the added stress of having to do camp chores all the time. Life in the truck can be chaotic at times - patience and good humour essential. Go during the migration period and see more animals than you thought possible. Highly recommended if wildlife viewing is your priority.
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