"MICS Travels : Not the most responsible Safari Org" Masai Mara Game Reserve Tourist Trap Tip by samitbabu

Masai Mara Game Reserve Tourist Traps: 15 reviews and 26 photos

  Near the Hippo Sighting : Masai Mara
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  • Near the Hippo Sighting : Masai Mara - Kenya
      Near the Hippo Sighting : Masai Mara
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  • With Larence at the left and Kuntaai at the right - Kenya
      With Larence at the left and Kuntaai at the right
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  • Tony, Lawrence and Clive and Zack the boatman - Kenya
      Tony, Lawrence and Clive and Zack the boatman
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Well, our experience with MICS Travel was not as the most responsible safari organizer.
I had initially booked for a 6 person team to visit Kenya during August 2011.
We had initially paid for 30% of the money.
But for reasons out of our control, we had to cancel the trip before the stipulated 15 days and informed Peter, the owner on mail and got confirmation that the money would be reurned in a couple of weeks time.
TIll end October, Peter did not refund our money.

Unique Suggestions: Ultimately we replanned our trip and got back to planning it out with Peter. This time with only me and family - a team of 2 Adults and a child.
On landing at Nairobi, we found out that MICS basically works with Otsyula TRavels for all NAirobi, Mount Kenya and Masai Mara packages; while the Tsavo, Ambiselli and Mombassa trip are the ones they themselves organize.

We were not able to stay at the costly OLUMARAI camp which we had booked, because of some rains which didnt permit us to reach the camp. We were rather put up at the cheaper Nymubu Camp.

The third day we thus requested to let us move to the similar MARA Sentrim Camp when our guide and drivers couldnt take us to OLUMARA camp.

The other option we gave them was to provide us with any basic accomodation at NAivasha instead to which we were supposed to move the next day anyway. Peter just switched off his phone and couldnt be reached for a full day and a half of the next.
Ultimately we booked a budget hotel on our own for the changed plan of staying the earlier night at Naivasha.

Rather, the team at OTSYULA travels were with us. Lawrence, our fantastic driver and friend went out of his way to find a comfortable place at Naivasha for us. He was always on or before time for the whole three days for our trips and game drivers. They also work with Kuntaai, a very well experienced Masai Guide.
The owners of OTSYULA TRAVELS, Tony and Clive even came down and met us at Naivasha the next day to understand and help us and check on our arrangements.

It was very nice of them : Tony and Clive to do so. My best wishes to them

Fun Alternatives: Book with OTSYULA TRAVELS instead :
The website is here : http://otsyula.com

This is run by Tony a Kenyan and Clive a Britisher. They are very friendly guys and have a fantastic driver guide named Lawrence.

Our best wishes to them.

Seen above with Lawrence our driver and Kuntaai our Masai Guide. Both are fantastic guys.
The last pic is of Tony the tall guy with Lawrence, and Clive viewed from behind.

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2011
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