I have recently reserved my spot on the Safari for March 2011. It's something I've always wanted to do, but being a self confessed city girl, I am a little aprehensive about a few things. Just wondered if anyone has done this tour and can maybe answer the questions:
Are the guided walk tours with an armed guide?
Is Masia Mara safe? Do Rangers patrol the site through the night? (I've been reading that tourist attacks are becoming a problem in the park, with people even being killed last year)
I know a lot of people will just tell me not to go if I'm worried about it all, but as it's something I've always wanted to do I'm determined to suck it up and deal with it. However I'd feel a lot better hearing other peoples opinions of their time on the tour.
I've done atleast 5-6 trips to Kenya with exodus. YOU WILL BE SAFE!
The Masai Mara is very safe- I'm taking my kids there next week on my own. That's how safe it is. We may do a walking safari- just not sure yet.
Go! Have a wonderful time. Sleep well. I can promise you that I wouldn't be taking my kids if I didn't know it was a safe place.
The only danger I can think of is that once you vist Kenya you'll want to go back again and again. It can get expensive!
Honestly, you'll be absoloutely fine. I never felt unsafe at all while at our campsite. I can only talk about Kicheche, where we stayed, but William (the manager) is an ex-Masai warrior and knows the place like the back of his hand.
We did the guided walk on the last day and it's with a ranger armed with a rifle, but I very much doubt they ever have cause to even think of using it. At night, the campsite is guarded by Masai and you're given a torch to keep in your tent with you. If you need to leave your tent for whatever reason, you just flash the light and one of the guards is right there to give you an escort.
You'll have a wonderful time!
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