I have been bringing college students to East Africa for a number of years and I always book through Aramiti. When teaching 25 students at multiple sites around Kenya I need reliability and consistency. The staff at Aramati are knowledgeable, capable and extremely friendly. They work hard to understand the goals of our trip and the aim of the course. They then become partners. They ensure safety, timely coordination and work to create affordable bookings. I have been overwhelmingly satisfied with my experience and can’t imagine using anyone else.
Ben A -USA
The Safari experience that John Ndegwa created for us was a once in a lifetime trip! John's highest priority is providing the best customer service possible and he most definitely exceeded our expectations. You can trust John to have your best interest at heart and he has a high level of integrity. We had a very knowledgeable driver (David), and we could not have been happier with our accommodations or the parks that we visited. All were quite different from each other, and each offered a magical view of the incredible beauty that is Kenya. All in all, a very well-organized, professional, high-service level and personalized experience.
We will without a doubt use Aramati Safaris when we visit Kenya again. We highly recommend using Aramati Safaris to anyone looking to have an incredible Safari experience!
Cami B- USA
Aramati Safaris provided that consistently. We had total confidence in owner/manager John Ndegwa. His knowledge of the country...his sense of good humor...the discipline and professionalism of the staff he assembled. If we had a problem or a question, Mr. Ndegwa was there. Our class in 2015 was a wonderful success. And it was not the first time. Aramati has been our company for several student trips...and will be our company for the next one.
Mark F - USA
Aramati as earlier mentioned has handled our work teams in a very respectful way. Some of our teams have even gone out of their way to use them on separate private safaris. They have lived up to their name of being punctual,warm and pleasant to out clients. Our organization continues to use them and will always do over and time again.
We worked with Aramati and John to coordinate a month long trip in Kenya. Aramati drivers were knowledgeable and courteous and we enjoyed interacting with them. Vehicles were clean and comfortable and we felt secure as we traveled from Nairobi to various parts of Kenya. Kenya is an amazing country with incredible people and parks and I would be happy to work with Aramati on future trips.
Jeff P - USA
Aramati Safaris is a full service tour company with professional customer service. The communication was excellent leading up to the trip. During the excursions, the team of drivers and operator were always available. They took care of every detail so that we could simply enjoy the beautiful experience as a family and group of friends. Aramati Safaris made the international travel experience from United States to Kenya a life changing event for my family. Thank you to tour operator and guides: John, David, Josh, and Dedan.
James V- USA
It has been a delight to work with John Ndegwa and his stellar team at Aramati Safaris over the years. They are as professional as they are personable. And I have personally used them on four prior occasions (2009, 11, 13 and 15) and, not able to go in 2017, my colleague used them then. I am pleased to return to Kenya this coming January (2019) and without question have chosen to continue our relationship with Aramati.
John is kind, compassionate, fair, well-organized and customer-service-oriented. He and his staff go above and beyond to make our trips run smoothly. I have brought groups of college students each time and our groups have ranged in size from 22 - 32. Being in Kenya for 3 weeks requires a lot of communication with us, but also with all of the places we visit, lodge and eat. John and his staff anticipate our needs as visitors to Kenya and are both careful and eager to offer us genuine hospitality. Their "karibu" ("welcome") is earnest and comforting.
I am eager to return this January and am confident that the service we have experienced over the years will continue. I couldn't be more pleased. Therefore, I highly commend Aramati Safaris to anyone traveling to Kenya. You'll get first-rate professional service, fair-pricing, and a wonderful introduction to the beautiful country of Kenya.
Bob C. - USA
We where 8 people in the group. Our luggage were lost but the team from Aramati worked har to recover them before our trip started after great effort. The trip was nice and all bookings were done and the trip where a great success.
Arnulf - Norway
My 10 year old daughter and I went on this trip together. It was a life changing experience for both of us, and one that we will forever be grateful for. Although traveling to Africa can seem overwhelming and scary, this was entirely opposite of our experience. The staff at Aramati Safaris Ltd was amazing. They were waiting for us when we landed and remained with us for every step of our journey. They were professional, organized and extremely responsive to us. They made us feel safe and secure throughout our time in Africa and "went the extra mile." It was clear that it was important to them that we enjoy our stay but also that we fall in love with Africa and everything it has to offer. They are passionate about what they do and their excitement was infectious. I also appreciated how gentle they were with my daughter. They took their time to be sure to interact with her and to ask her questions. Moreover, when we encountered poverty they were sure to talk with her to be sure that she was emotionally processing things ok. Because of this although Aramati Safaris Ltd were initially our tour guides by the time we left we felt as if they were our family. It was the best vacation I have ever been on and an experience that my daughter and law will never forget. We plan on returning soon and when we do we will use Aramati Safaris Ltd. Not only with Aramati Safaris Ltd be the only tour guides I will ever use I would unequivocally recommend them to anyone.
Micheal L- USA
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From: Warchol, Gregory L
To: john ndegwa
Sent: Mar 15 '10 18:18
Subject: RE: your visit to nairobi refers
Thank you for your note. Fred did a great job as our tour guide. I have been to Africa many times and used many tour guides and Fred was clearly the best. He was always on time, knew the locations and routes perfectly and was a very well informed guide. I plan to return to Kenya next year and will hire your company and Fred again.
From: Nicholas Elzinga
Subject: Aramati Safaris
Date: January 27, 2010 7:33:19 PM GMT+03:00
I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a wonderful safari! This was my first trip to Africa and your safari definitely was the most memorable part of the trip. The Amboseli National Park with its multiple herds of elephants was definitely a sight to see. Our driver was very knowledgeable about the park and was very pleasant to get to know. The Ambroseli Sopa Lodge where we stayed had amazing accommodations and we could even see Mount Kilimanjaro from our room!
Thank you again for putting together such an amazing trip.
Mark Fackler (client)
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From: Nicole Bernhard
Subject: client review
Date: January 18, 2010 8:30:17 PM GMT+03:00
"John Ndegwa is an extremely helpful and efficient professional. During my
visit to Kenya, John not only booked me on a safari of a lifetime, he was an
excellent source of reference while staying in Nairobi. He understands his
customers expectations and will do whatever he can to ensure that they are
completely satisfied with their experience. I look forward to dealing with
Ndegwa on future visits to Kenya and I would strongly recommend other
travelers to utilize his services as well."
Chicago, Illinois, USA
From: Mark Fackler
Subject: Aramati Safaris
To: john ndegwa
I have used Aramati Safaris to help organize interims. John Ndegwa is a Daystar grad, reliable, a can-do person, a problem solver. Without him, my troubles increase tenfold. With him, I enjoy the interim knowing a competent partner "has my back."
When my friend Ole Teleu was kidnapped last week, and I could not be assured that he was safe or that police were doing a real search, I called Ndegwa to investigate, which he would have done successfully, but Teleu showed up on the eve of Ndegwa's departure for west Kenya. I mention this because I count on Ndegwa not only for safe and pleasant travel
arrangements, but to "trouble shoot" for us. He is one of the "arguments"
I put forward to Calvin's Travel Safety Committee when I reason with them about interim travel to Kenya.
Mark Fackler, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
DeVos Communication Center
1810 East Beltline Ave SE
Grand Rapids MI 49546
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 5:22 PM
To: Ndegwa john
Subject: RE: Thank you
Aramati Safaris has been providing transportation services to our mission teams coming from Texas in the United States for the last two years. We have found their services to be excellent. They have done everything they have promised and more. Their drivers have become an important part of our teams from getting us to where we need to be on time to assisting our work teams in the vision clinics. There have been some challenging situations in getting five work teams to different locations on time even when the road conditions were almost impossible. The drivers skill allowed us to arrive to the clinics and serve the hundreds of people who were there to be treated. We will continue to work with Aramati Safaris on future trips and missions to Kenya. Paul Althoff Director Foreign Missions Salem Lutheran Church Tomball, Texas USA.
God bless you, your employees, and your company.
I had the wonderful opportunity to experience an Aramati Safari this past January. I had already been working with John Ndegwa as he handles logistics with the artisans I work with in Kenya through Fair Earth, so going into the experience I knew him to be trustworthy and reliable. He worked with us to coordinate the safari we wanted, and we were absolutely delighted with the experience. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly; he skillfully navigated us through the trails of the Mara and we were awed by the beauty surrounding us. Overall, John is professional to do business with, knowledgeable in his field, prompt and effective in communication, and a pleasure to work with!
owner Fair Earth
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2009 7:52 PM
To: Ndegwa John
Cc: Holly Elzinga
Subject: Re: Kiran, John....... John, Kiran
I want to thank you for a wonderful time on the safari organized by your company. Our driver Stephen was prompt and picked us up from our hotel in the suburbs of Nairobi early in the morning. We set off to the Mara. The drive was a great adventure. The accommodations provided at the Mara Sopa Lodge were wonderful. The lodge had a swimming pool overlooking the vast expanse of the Masai Mara which was a great way to relax in the afternoon. The driver was very well versed with the Mara trails and we got to see a lot of animals. I was suprised and thankful at how upclose we got to the lions, the majestic beasts of the Mara.
The trip was a magical adventure and made more pleasant by our driver and his knowledge of the Mara as well as the accommodations provided by your company. I would highly recommend Aramati Safaris for anyone contemplating a Safari in Kenya.
Thanks again for making my trip so memorable.
Kiran, Chicago, USA
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2009 2:57 PM
Subject: Mara Sopa Trip
I just wanted to say what a wonderful time we had at the Mara Sopa Lodge. The accomodations were very nice and the staff was very kind and friendly. The game drives were awesome and we saw a wide variety of animals. Our driver Stephen Githu did a fabulous job and I would recommend him and Aramati Safari to anyone.
Thank you again, we had a great time.
Brian Meyer, Minnesota, USA
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Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:35 PM
Cc: Rhoda Houge; BRIAN ROBIN MEYER; Brian Meyer
Subject: Thank you from Meyer Family
Dear John Ndegwa - Aramati Safaris,
We wish to thank you and driver Stephan Githu for a really wonderful time in the Massai Mara. The accommodations at Mara Sopa Hotel were world class. We loved the whole experience.
Stephan was an expert guide with a sharp eye for spotting game and was a great host during our time together, if we were to come to Kenya again we would certainly arrange our trip through Aramati Safaris and ask that Stephan would be our driver.
Our son, Brian Meyer, his wife Robin and two daughters, Marisa and Heather joined Linda and me on this Safari. We congratulate you for operating an excellent Safari and wish you every success in the future.
Picture of the safari minivan, Stephen, Githu and the Meyer Family (Minus Delano the photographer), please print this picture for Stephen as a thank you to him from the Meyer family.
From Bo, Sierra Leone,
Delano & Linda Meyer
LCMS World Mission
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Thank you so much for your services in our travel to Kenya. You went above and beyond our expectations by even meeting us at my brother's house to finish taking care of details and taking care of our last minute changes. Our experiences on the safari and at the ARK were beyond words. We loved every minute of it and felt very comfortable that every detail was taken into account.
One suggestion I would make, though. We felt we should have taken a little more money with us on the safari. We didn't realize we would be stopping at gift shops on the way and would have felt more comfortable if we could have bought at least a little something at each one. Also, we would have liked to tip those who took care of us a little better, but didn't have enough money with us to do so. I am sure it was all Ok, but we would have liked to have been a little more prepared in that way.
Thanks again so much for your excellent service.
Sincerely, Mary Lee Taylor
I lived in Kenya for 6 months as a visiting lecturer at Daystar University.
While there I spoke with lots of people about safaris and about who could best help me schedule a safari. I wasn't just a tourist blindly depending on web searches to arrange a personalized and unique safari. Also, I needed to schedule 3 different safaris while in Kenya. After detailed conversations with a number of agencies, I decided to work with John Ndegwa and Aramati Safaris. I have absolutely no regrets and I recommend him to everyone I know who is wanting to have a true "experience of a lifetime" in Kenya. John made all of the arrangements for transportation (van, train, and air), accommodations, and guides. As always happens, I needed to request adjustments, some at the last minute, due to changes in schedule and sights I wanted to see. Mr. Ndegwa was always accommodating, providing sage advice and making every change possible. He always said his heart's desire was to provide for me the best experience possible and he did exactly that. I will be returning to Kenya often, I hope, and John Ndegwa will be the first person I contact each time for all of my travel needs.
Dr. Rick Hornor
Our experience with Mara Leisure (arranged by John Ndegwa of Aramati Safaris) could not have been better.read more..
Dow Bob & Jackie
In regards to the services that Aramati Safari offered us as a group could not have been more pleased. The guides were professional, accessible, trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable; they created an amazing experience for us. We felt safe and well supported throughout the whole journey.
The trip logistics were well organized and everything ran with the utmost efficiency. I would proudly recommend your services to other groups and individuals traveling in Kenya with confidence.
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Yes we had a very successful; trip thanks to Aramati. I will not hesitate to recommend you to my friends
Kiama Karuiki (sms)
"Ndegwa went the extra mile for our teams. He was professional, punctual and provided well-trained drivers for us. Ndegwa made sure that our needs were taken into account and was willing to be flexible when we desired something different. I would not hesitate to hire Ndegwa and his team again if I am fortunate enough to travel back to my Kenyan home."