10 out of 10 for pre-holiday expedition planning and the way the enquiry was dealt with by Outposts. All four guides were EXCELLENT, the food was much better than expected, the accommodation was very comfortable and the service was OUTSTANDING.
Garth and Denise, a company director and his wife found our advert in Travel Africa Magazine and called DD. They had just two weeks to spend on holiday from a busy and demanding lifestyle. They had been on safari to Tanzania before and definitely knew what they did and did NOT want to do.
They were looking for a luxury safari, off the beaten track, in beautiful, remote country where they were not part of a crowd. They wanted to be able to walk and drive to see game and do night drives. The game viewing and guiding needed to be sensational, the standard of accommodation high end and they were prepared to pay for this. They were keen photographers.
They were travelling at the end of Nov/Dec so might hit the end of the rainy season. DD decided it would be best to combine 2 camps in the Masai Mara, Kenya and 2 in the Serengeti, northern Tanzania. 3 nights in each camp would allow time to relax and enjoy each one fully.
Masai Mara, Kenya: Visit Rekero Camp first, and enjoy a wonderful balloon ride with champagne breakfast. Although in the reserve so restricted to daytime vehicle safari only, the area where Rekero is situated is rich with wildlife and the expert Masai guides are well versed in finding the game and avoiding any crowds. This is a camp where at the right time of year the migration river crossings can often be witnessed directly in front of the camp.
Also in the Mara but situated in the private Naboisho conservancy to the north of the Maasai Mara reserve in southwest Kenya,Asilia Naboisho Camp is set amongst light acacia woodland looking north over the heart of the conservancy. In contrast to Rekero, as well as vehicle safaris one can enjoy night vehicle safaris and village visits, with perhaps the real highlight being the very high quality guided walking safari. There are some of the best guides in the Masai Mara here, who have spent extensive time in the field, often with professional wildlife photographers.
Serengeti, Tanzania: Safarilink have come up trumps and agreed to run their schedule flight direct from the Mara despite it being low season. This is a short hop to the border of Tanzania at Migori where you will be met and transferred by guides. Enjoy a wonderful game drive to Sayari camp, which is situated in the Northern region of the Serengeti and remains fantastically quiet and unvisited, due to its relative inaccessibility.
There is a great population of permanent game in the area drawn by the river and vegetation and in July and October it is quite simply one of the best places for migration viewing. The camp is a chic blend of canvas and wood, the staff are welcoming and the service very impressive.
For the final three days to create total contrast visit another Asilia Camp in the central Serengeti. Dunia Camp is an intimate camp with just 8 spacious tents, each of which features an en-suite bathroom and private verandah. It combines the relative remoteness of its immediate area with easy access into the best game viewing areas available. A network of rivers ensures year-round water supplies and keeps this region incredibly rich in wildlife throughout the year. This is a wonderful place on which to end a holiday.