WOW! I don't know what else I can say - it was indescribable! - just the most amazing, incredible, spectacular, wonderful holiday-of-a-lifetime EVER!!!!!
I genuinely cannot thank you enough for putting together our two week photo safari - we have come home with such wonderful memories, over 4000 photos and a desperate yearning to be back there and not back here - I just cannot tell you! Bill Gozansky was brilliant - he gave freely of his time, knowledge, experience and expertise as a professional wildlife photographer, even lending his own equipment when that would help. - a genuinely nice guy who did everything he possibly could to help and encourage my husband and son to get just the right shot every time. We thoroughly enjoyed Bill's company and learned a great deal - my husband has already commented that he can see his technique improving day by day as he looks through his wealth of photos. My son has made a giant leap forward in his own ambition to be a wildlife photographer himself.
And Isaac - our driver/guide - well! I can see from the testimonials on your website that he has made quite an impression on others too - and I can confirm that every word of it is true. It is difficult to imagine that there could be a more knowledgeable, skilled, committed or enthusiastic driver/guide in the business. Is Isaac the best driver/guide in Kenya? If not, he must be a very strong contender for the title! It would be impossible in a reasonable space to list all the animals and birds we saw at close quarters, including some rarities such as a pack of African wild dogs and a Patas monkey. Isaac shared every moment of our excitement on seeing all these creatures, great and small (like the rhino beetle we studied at the dinner table one evening!) and knew so much about each one of them that there was never a question that went unanswered. The only disappointment is the conviction that no future holiday will ever come close to being as good as the one we've just had. With all good wishes and everlasting gratitude
Hi, Melinda, We are back home in Belgium after a one-day delay courtesy of Brussels Airlines. We didn't complain though - another day in sunny Kenya! They put us up at the Safari Resort - it was fantastic.
Melinda - I cannot tell you how amazing our trip was. Everything went so smoothly, and we felt we experienced so much more out of the trip than we could have imagined. Kanani House was spectacular to start and of you know that Elvis took great care of us. You were so right to suggest Kanani, especially after the hectic but fun-filled times at Rising Sun. It was a perfect place for us to reflect on our days and to spend time together as a family. I can't remember seeing Henry so relaxed. Anna was a gracious, yet so efficient, host for us at the orphanage. We felt so welcomed by everyone there, and children opened up their hearts to us. The second leg of our trip was as rewarding. Julius, our guide, was amazing! His knowledge, openness, honesty, experience, and positive attitude made our safari experience perfect. He connected with both children immediately, and never once seemed like he wasn't having as much fun as we were!
The staff at JK were great too; always ready to help with anything. Finally, a huge thanks to you, for putting all this together. We can honestly say that the two weeks went by without any issues. That is unheard of in our experience! We not only relaxed, but we had invaluable experience at Rising Sun. Charles and Grace learned more in one week than years of schooling could ever do. Thank you for realizing our need for both, and for making it all "gel". We are seriously considering a repeat of the trip next year.
Melinda: You helped our party of four to plan a very memorable trip to Kenya in September. We had such a great trip, witnessing animal behavior and seeing animals we had not seen in previous trips. Several of us wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your's and Isaac's (our guide) efforts. Below are our messages:
I would like to tell you how pleased I was with my safari in Kenya. This was my first time ever doing something to this extent. I was fortunate in that my friend, Betty, had been on safari before and helped me with any questions I had prior to the trip. I was still anxious for the trip to unfold. The trip met my expectations and more. Seeing all the wildlife and the countryside was amazing. I would like to tell you how "great" Isaac was to our group of 4. He was very gracious in asking us what we wanted to see and do. He answered all our suggestions. From a sunrise photo opportunity to a sunset opportunity, he made sure we were able to get our photographs.
One could sense the passion he brings to his guide position. He was fantastic in knowing that we really wanted to do photography and he would position the Land
Cruiser in the correct manner to have the proper lighting on our subject if it was at all possible to do. He gave us the opportunity to be in the parks from sunrise until closing, which is what we wanted to do. We wanted to observe the animals and birds for the day. Not just for 2 or 3 hours per day.His knowledge of the mammals and birds was amazing. We would ask him question after question and he knew the answer or would find out the answer and tell us the next day. One can truly see that he loves the safari drives and the wildlife. I have been with guides in other instances but no one showed the passion that Isaac showed. He is a superb guide and a wonderful teacher.
Kudos to Isaac!!
What an extraordinary experience!!! And how lucky we were once I decided to book our Horse Riding Safari with Melinda Rees through www.eco-resorts.com & www.bestofkenya.com. The first very nice surprise was with the Hotel we were booked on our arrival to Nairobi, the Macushla House, such a small and so pretty place. Then the lunch at the Trout Restaurant on the way to the Laikipia area. Also a unique place.
And already on the first day, 5 minutes after leaving the ranch, already a beautiful giraffe. This was obviously just an introduction to the wild life, as we during the 7 days horse riding safari through the El Karama Ranch we saw so many more, as well as all the other animals, including a male elephant we had to escape from, as I guess he felt that we were not welcomed in what he considered to be his territory. Wooauuu!!! what an experience escaping from him at full gallop.
Fortunatly, the story ended happily, with only me losing my hat, though was recovered the day after. My wife Paula & Jane (also part of the group) were lucky enough to see a lioness early in the moorning when they were taken on a jeep tour by Laria´s (our guide) husband, James professional photographer actually making an article on a lioness and her cubs. Laria and her staff were all so friendly, life in the camp so real and far away from the world we are today living, the wild life and extraordinary landscape, well all those things made it all a great and unforgettable experience to the four of us.
Summing up, a big thanks to Melinda for the organisation of such an experience for us, Laria and her staff for the whole Safari including the logistics involved, not a minor task for a 7 days Horse riding Safari, the horses, all so friendly but galloping when requested (the Elephant!!!), the camels so calm but friendly, all the wild life!!!, and last but not least M. Grant (Laria´s father) and the rest of their family. I hope we can repeat & anyway meet in the future either in Kenya or in Spain the good friends we made during this trip. With my best regards.