Big Time Safaris Limited
Wabera Str. St. Ellis House, maasai mara, Kenya
www.bigtimesafaris.co.ke - 020 2218841
Big Time Safaris Limited maasai mara Reviews
Fantastic budget safari Oct 10, 2011
We found this safari company by accident while wandering the streets of Nairobi. We price-shopped at 4 different safari offices one afternoon, and then chose Big Time based on cost and the overall feeling we got from their office and reps. It turned out great! There were slight glitches, such as the fact that their credit card machine wasn't working (they let us pay after the safari once it got fixed) and a little disorganization on the morning we left Nairobi (we were picked up at 7am and ended up waiting around til 10am for the rest of the guests to show up) but once we got the details organized, the safari itself was fabulous!! We did a 4-day package to the Maasai Mara & Lake Nakuru. I think we got very lucky with our driver/guide John, and that of course had a great deal to do with how much fun we had and how many animals we saw. John managed to find a lion pride right away and we got to see a kill within the first hour of our safari! He did a good job of finding what we were interested in, giving some interesting background info and answering everyone's questions, but without boring us by giving a continuous lecture.
All meals were provided from the time we left Nairobi, and they were all adequate if not exactly gourmet. We did have a lot of the same carbohydrate-rich food, white rice, white bread, potatoes, pasta, lentils etc. but also chicken and a pretty good buffet once we left the campsite in the Maasai Mara and got to the hotel in Nakuru. Also, beers & sodas were available very cheaply in both locations.
The accommodations were pretty good for a campsite, with permanent (hot water!) shower/toilet areas attached to each tent. There is electricity by generator and they provide power strips for everyone to charge their cameras/phones etc. The staff was all friendly and helpful. The hotel in Nakuru is 2-stars but after camping it seemed quite luxurious. If you're looking for something reasonably-priced but not bare bones minimum, I would highly recommend this company, and particularly John as a guide.
**Note: I think prices vary between guests so try to bargain and you may get a better deal. Ours cost around $100/day including all meals & a liter of water a day, but it may vary depending on season and when you book. And of course you are supposed to tip your driver/guide if they do a good job - don't forget that in adding up your budget. (One girl on our safari joined in halfway through b/c she left her group, and she refused to tip which I found very rude considering how helpful John was.)
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Big Time Safaris – Big Time Liars Dec 19, 2011
We are no first – timers in Africa, we did a lot of safaris before but this safari- company won the price …
First we asked for a 4x4 – answer: yes we are doing this safari with a 4x4. As we found out is is not a 4x4 they told us: no need for a 4x4 because there is no rein in MaisaiMara ( only in the rest of East-Africa) and there will be no mud( different soil then in the rest of East-Afrika).
In reality there was a lot of mud because there was a lot of rain the last 10 days and we’ve got stuck several times.
There was a written time table for the trip. No need for that: Several changes in time and order made this piece of paper useless.
Our Hotel at Lake Nakuro was of course fully booked at arrival and of course the cheap Hotel nearby was the “same” standard. (Lie again)
They told us: you are lucky; there will be only 2 more people in your car – the same people the whole trip. Lie again: there were 4 more people in this car plus our “driver guide”.
The driver guide was as they told us an experienced guide. Lie again: he was a bad driver and a useless guide. He didn’t knew anything about the park, didn’t knew anything about the animals – instead he told us lies about the animals, didn’t fount any animals at all by him self. Tom talked instead constantly in his phone. He talked of course in his phone “just for our best” and was unable to stop for different animal for security reasons. ( More lies…)
At the end he threw our luggage in the mud as we ended our disappointing safari.