Jessica Graham United States
My friend and I booked our safari with Beacon Safaris for a trip to Massai Mara. The safari service, both the owner and our guide were very professional, flexible, and ensured we were happy with all of our requests. We chose the landcruiser option vs the van, which I highly recommend given the comfort level and terrain. I also highly suggest staying inside the park so you're not spending all of your time driving to the park. We did not use the add-on option for visiting the Massai Mara b/c it was very touristy and pricey (directed by the village, not the safari tour services I believe). We were thoroughly pleased with the service, the pricing options (competitive), and the overall safari experience, as this was both of our first times going on a safari. We saw 4 of the "Big 5" animals in just a three day tour, even during rainy season and high grass. Thankfully, we had great weather, an amazing hotel inside the park, and a great guide for the three days. The guide listened to all of our requests, we went off on our own instead of following other safari tour vehicles, and he was very knowledgeable, answering all of our many questions about the animals and their behavior in the wild. Highly recommend using this service, you will be pleased!
We had a great trip with our driver/guide John! John was early to pick us up from the airport which was great because we landed early. He was a great driver getting us to our camp by 12:30pm for lunch (about 6.5 hours). He was kind and very knowledgeable about the tracks and animals in the park. We did 3 long game drives and John was always trying his best on the radio to find the best views and animals for us. He even managed to find the elusive leopard on our last game drive just before we had to the leave park. He was very thoughtful and caring and when he found out my husband was in pain from a pinched nerve he changed his route to find us the most comfortable roads to drive on. We got to see the big 5 and so much more! He was a safe but efficient driver making sure our time was effectively used. He even showed us around Nairobi city at the end of our tour which he insisted on even though this was not expected. We stayed at Ilkeliani Camp which was beautiful and the food was fantastic. It had a good wifi connection and the beds were very comfortable. The only issue we had was not having enough hot water in the morning hours. The staff were great!
The van was spacious and had a great open roof! The only improvement would be to have some air conditioning for the highway driving as the dusty roads mean the windows need to be shut most of the way, this meant the car was very hot!
Roopa United States
We booked a 4 day safari trip for family of 5 to Masaimara and Lake Nakuru with Beacon Safaris in March. The entire experience was wonderful. Robert was prompt to respond to every e-mail, and made the entire booking process very smooth. The properties he booked were right in the middle of the jungle and very comfortable. Meals were excellent with lots of choices. I want to say a special and big "Thank You" to Moosa, our game driver. He was so pleasant and made sure we saw the Big five on the first 2 days. We also saw a whole bunch of other animals and birds. Moosa made sure we got some perfect pictures of animals and the scenery. We saw amazing sunrise at Lake Nakuru. The image of a Lion walking under a rainbow after a rain shower will be always be stuck in my memory. The safari was once in a lifetime experience. Thank you so much for such a beautiful experience!
Jerry United States
I made a last-minute decision to go on a safari to Kenya. After inquiring with several companies, I decided to use Beacon Safaris because Robert was very fast to reply to my emails and made sure to mold my solo trip to my needs. Upon arrival, I was met by John at the airport. John made sure my trip was was outstanding. He knows what he is doing! His knowledge of the animals, birds, and plants is amazing. Masai-Mara is a special place. You will not forget the first time you see a lion just ten feet away from you. Bring plenty of memory for your camera. I knew before I left that I will be returning to Masai-Mara and I will be using Beacon Safaris. I will also be requesting that John takes me on my next trip. I have several friends and relatives that want to go with me next time.
Joni Q United States
Beacon Safaris was excellent to work with from start to finish. Communication was quick and efficient. We had to make some changes in plans while we were in Kenya regarding pick-up. Thank you, Robert, for suggesting you send a driver to Kakamega to pick us up. The additional cost was reasonable and Josh actually found us in our somewhat rural and remote Kakamega home! Our Masai Mara experience was fabulous. We loved Ilkeliani Camp and were most happy with our guide and driver, Josh. We saw four of the big five! We had seen rhino the previous week at Ol Pejeta, so we weren't disappointed in not seeing one at Masai Mara. I would highly recommend Beacon Safaris.