10-Sep-2010 - My wife, Brooke, and I had a wonderful time on our Kenyan safari! I have a form of muscular dystrophy and can only walk short distances. I use an electric scooter for mobility assistance. When our arrival flight into Nairobi was delayed unexpectedly, I was a little worried. However, three members of the Go Africa team were there waiting to pick us up when we arrived and greeted us warmly. Maria made sure that our Nairobi hotel was suitably accessible for me and that our time in Kenya got off to a good start.

The next day, we set off on safari with Leonard, our guide and driver. Leonard is extremely personable, helpful, and knowledgeable. He's also a fun person to spend time with and has an excellent sense of humor. Driving in Kenya isn't always easy - some of the roads are quite rough and most of the Matatu drivers are a little crazy! However, Leonard never takes unnecessary risks and excels at making the journey as pleasant as possible for his passengers. I also appreciated the assistance he provided me with entering/exiting the safari van and the care he took with handling my scooter. Plus the game drives we went on with Leonard were incredible. He did a terrific job of spotting game for us - we saw the big five and much more!

Our first safari tented camp stop was Sweetwaters. Accessibility here is good. I was generally able to get to all areas in my scooter. The paved path to our tent was a bit narrow but doable. When we first arrived I was able to access the tent an alternate way by going across the lawn, but then it rained and this was no longer an option. Game viewing here was good and we especially enjoyed the water hole in front of our tent. One morning a rhino showed up here to chase the birds around!

Our next stop was Flamingo Hill camp at Lake Nakuru. Our tent here was big and it had a nice, easily accessible shower. The staff here is friendly and the manager was especially personable. I appreciated that he asked if they could provide anything that would be helpful for me, such as a plastic chair for the shower. The pink flamingoes were the game viewing highlight here. I can't imagine ever seeing more in one place. We also came across several rhinos and a rare striped hyena.

Next we drove to Masai Mara game reserve. It was a bit of a long journey, but definitely worth it. The first two nights we stayed at Kichwa Tembo camp. I'd read about this in a magazine and wanted to give it a try. Accessibility here was reasonable. The steps going to and from reception were ramped. The ramps were steep, but I could make it up and down in my scooter with a bit of assistance. Warthogs and monkeys live on the premises here, providing entertainment. The food here was also a highlight - Chef George is an excellent cook and quite a funny character.

For our last two nights at Masai Mara, we stayed at Ashnil Camp. When planning our trip I was a little hesitant to stay here. They're new and there's not a lot of information out there about them. However, Yvonne highly recommended them, and I'm so glad I went along with her suggestion. Accessibility here is truly excellent. Our accessible tent was incredible - huge overall, big bathroom, large roll-in shower with a door to prevent flooding, and located close to reception and dining. The main building, which contains dining and reception, was built with accessibility in mind. I could easily get to all areas in my scooter and there's even an accessible public restroom. Mr. Dixon, the hotel's engineer, personally welcomed me and asked for my thoughts on any accessibility improvements. He also mentioned that a guest who uses a wheelchair consulted on accessibility during construction. This definitely shows. I had no complaints and thought accessibility was as good or better than 99% of the hotels where I've stayed in the United States.

Game viewing at Masai Mara was incredible. We saw many elephants, zebras, water buffalo, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeests, hyenas, serval cats, and lions (including a baby less than one month old). We also saw several cheetahs, including two-week old cubs, and a leopard in a tree close up. Thanks again to Leonard for an excellent game viewing experience and providing us with great information about everything we came across.

And thanks to Go Africa for a wonderful itinerary and excellent customer service. I highly recommend their services and won't hesitate to use them again myself.

Best Regards,

Charles Pike

Milford, NH USA