Kenya - 2015

Kenya - 2015 - Visit Africa Ltd.

The Maritime & LeGrow's Travel counsellors who went on the Kenya Familiarization trip were:

Susan Doherty - Toronto Financial District, Barb McLean - Cornwall, Dawn Griffith - Sarnia, Carina Bennett - Halifax Shopping Centre, Margaret Fry - Sunnyside, Nadie Foulem - Caraquet, Lisa McNeil - Burnside, Suzanne Jacobs - Lewisporte, Kim Simms - Grand Falls-Windsor, Lisa Yetman - Carbonear, Christine Aske - West Vancouver, Janice Frioult - Cranbrook, Amy Bourque - Campbellton, Rosarii Farrell - Howley Estates, Sandra Martin - Holiday Escapes


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 “Kenya was an incredible experience. There were so many "awe" moments, from seeing the "Big Five" ( animals),  to visiting an orphanage and seeing the smiles on their little faces after we gave them gifts – it just melted your heart. All our accommodations were first class!”

 – Rosarii Farrell, Manager, Howley Estates, St. John’s, NL  

“I have so many favourite memories of Kenya: the children's smiles when we would stop to give them candy, toys or clothes; the visit to the orphanage; learning about Kenya and Africa from our driver, Leonard (geography, politics, history, language); the accommodations - from 5-star hotels to 5-star tented camp;  and of course, the animals. I've seen African animals in zoos, but nothing compares to watching a male lion sleep, or seeing baby elephants play, feeding giraffes, and watching warthogs run and then suddenly stop because they can't remember if they were running from something or running to somewhere!”

 – Barb McLean, Manager, Cornwall, ON

“This trip met and exceeded all of my expectations!. Visit Africa was an amazing tour company with personal service like I haven't seen before. I always thought that travelling to Africa would be a once in a lifetime trip for me, but now I'd really like to go back and do it all over again!”

 – Kim Simms, Manager, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

“Kenya and the safari were awesome! My head is still in the clouds. Visit Africa Ltd. was an amazing company; they went above and beyond to make sure everything went smoothly and stayed close to make sure our journeys were safe. The Nairobi Serena Hotel in Nairobi was wonderful: great food, great staff, wonderful pool area and the restaurants and lounges had wonderful ambiance. Samburu Intrepids in the Samburu Game reserve was a wonderful tented camp – we were glamping, for sure! Our wakeup call was fresh coffee delivered to our room each morning. It was awesome. My other favorite was the Mara Serena Lodge in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. It was a funky property (reminded me of the Flintstones!). Great rooms and amenities at the property.”

 – Janice Frioult, Cranbrook, BC

“My safari trip to Kenya was a trip of a lifetime. We saw all different kinds of animals including the big five! I was amazed at how close we were to them at times! My favourite area was Samburu, where we stayed at the tented camp, Intrepids. We visited a real Masai tribal village and were able to go inside the mud huts and learn about their lifestyle – incredible! I felt very comfortable in Kenya and would go back in a heartbeat.”

 - Christine Aske, West Vancouver, BC 

“When thinking about the highlights of the trip to Kenya, it was much more than an exotic location, different people and animals. It is the feeling that you get after you have explored and learned about Kenya's diverse population, meeting locals in different areas, learning how they live hand in hand with the beauty and cruelty of nature. It was humbling to see those who have very little by North American standards and uplifting to see the happy welcoming smiles of almost everyone we met. I will always remember the laughing children at the Masai village. I feel enriched after this trip. I recommend Kenya and plan to go back with my son.”

 – Carina Bennett, Manager, Halifax Shopping Centre, Halifax, NS

What a dream! Each day presented a new adventure:  Watching a herd of elephants pass by our jeep in single file on their way home at dusk with Mt. Kilimanjaro as the backdrop; dancing with Samburu Warriors during a bush dinner; star-gazing under the vast Kenyan sky and seeing 3 moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn through a telescope;  having Masai school children proudly sing their ABC's for us; watching a male lion enjoy a two-hour snooze (just minutes from our resort), while we waited patiently to get that perfect snapshot; falling asleep to the sounds of nature outside our luxury tent. And then hot-air ballooning over the Mara followed by champagne breakfast and game drive – WOW!”

 – Lisa (Keane) McNeil, Burnside, NS