"The best trip I have taken! I kissed the ground when I first landed on that very special continent. Africa is beautiful. It's people are warn, friendly and kind. Traveling with Caroline Verkaik and her family was stress and care free. She and her family knew where and when to take us site seeng to places of interest in Nairobi, her home town. Her safari tour guide John was very experienced. He , took us in a fantastic trip to the land of the Massai people and on a very successful safari. My children 6 and 12 at the time and myself had a wonderful experience. The trip that is normally enjoyed by the rich and famous, with Caroline Verkaik's conections, everything was very affordable. We were comfortable during the entire stay as we were with her family in their home and not in a hotel full of strangers. Every thing was an experience. It was also gratifiying to be able to be able to make donations to the local orphanage that Caroline's family tends to and to another orphanage we encounter on the interior of the country. We attended the local church for a Sunday morning service and visit with their family friends, were my kids got to play with the local children. In general, our first trip to Africa was a delight. It was like traveling with family. I can't wait for the opportunity to visit Kenya again." #Kenya#Vacation#Safari #Besttourcompany #DamarisCoates #Wildanimals #besttouroperator.Damaris Coates: Went on a mission trip to Kenya,
The trips were well-organized. Each day's details - transportation, destinations, meals - were well covered. I got to see a lot of Kenya, with all of it's people groups, varied geography, animal life and different socio-economic groups. It was fascinating to be in a place so different from my home It was eye-opening, as well, to see how people lived in Kenya, with both its poverty and prosperity and everything in between, to meet and talk to folks there, and get to know them. Pastor Steve Sayer - Community Church of Harrington Park NJ #Missiontrips #Kenya #cleanwater #Safari #Vacation#Humanitarianwork #Givingback #People #Vacation#The Rev. Steve Sayer, pastor of the Community Church in Harrington Park, NJ.: Community Church of Harrington Park.,
WaterGap-AfricaSafari ushered in WLIN Vietnam with great beautiful weather, in Nairobi-Kenya, like autumn in Hanoi (Capital of Vietnam) and especially the beautiful & shining smiles of the Miss Kenya Tourism participants, WaterGap had organized. It's great when WLIN Global and WaterGap connected with women from across the world. Before coming to Kenya, many people told me that this country is not safe, but you are completely wrong because Kenya is safe, friendly and has such delicious food and hospitable people. One of the things that make me feel the most happy and proud is the establishment of WLIN in Kenya – A network is founded and operated by Mrs. Caroline Verkaik - President of WLIN Kenya, Without her persuasive effort, WLIN Global and I might not have made this unforgettable trip to Kenya, but her word was bond. I loved the multi-lingual nature of Kenyans, and especially their use ff English, this will certainly bring them at the forefront of development, since in my country not many can speak it fluently. Besides that, Kenya is also very safe country because there are no robberies on the street like in Vietnam so anyone who hasn't gone to Kenya but wants to explore should go there. You will enjoy an extremely interesting feeling when you camp and sleep in the forest with wild animals in Kenya's national park especially the feeling of being floating on air balloons, watching the animals in Masai Mara National Park. In conclusion, on behalf of WLIN Global, I would like to say thanks to Mrs. Caroline Verkaik and Water Gap Safari for accompanying us and giving as a wonderful experience in Kenya :) #Wlin #Kenya #Safari #touroperator #Womeninbusiness #campingsafari #Luxurysafari #Vacation #masaimara #Besttouroperator #Tourguide #Greatvacation #Bestnationalparks .Mrs Helen Nguyen: CEO WLIN Global & CEO of Pro Image,
Kenya was always on my bucket list of places to visit. i just hadn't figured out how, with who or when. I met Ms Verkaik in Vegas where she was speaking at one of the forums I happened to be a part of. Fantastic speaker I didn't even want to take a bathroom break just in case I missed out on something she said lol. When she spoke about her native country Kenya and her mission trips I knew I had found the right person to take me there. Even though our trip was not a mission trip we had a wonderful time.Greg G: World Vision,
I went with the Reformed Church of Bushkill led by Caroline Verkaik in May 2012. I can honestly say that the trip was life-changing and unforgettable. The trip was a special treat being led by Caroline, a native Kenyan. Her intimate knowledge and understanding of Kenyan culture helped me to experience Kenyan culture in a way that I do not think I could have without her aid. The trip was missional in nature as we gave out clothing and other donations to churches, schools, and orphanages as well as start the foundational work of building a community well in an improvised area that did not have access to clean water. It was such a joy to work with the children and community leaders as we shared the love of Jesus by meeting the physical needs of those he called us to serve. In addition to the ministry, our team had the privilege of staying at the safari resort, Masai Mara. Going on safari and seeing the beauty of the African savanna changed my perspective on Kenya. It was no longer a “poor third-world country” in my mind anymore. It was a country rich in beauty and culture. Dancing, worshiping, and discoursing with the people of Kenya was my favorite part. Each of my interactions taught me something new and left me humbled at the apparent joy and contentedness of the people. I left Kenya knowing that there was a part of me that would never truly leave. Kenya has captured a piece of my heart and I am so thankful to Caroline for her leadership and expertise in guiding such an amazing trip." Katrina Selby TeacherKatrina Selby: Teacher,
It's most definitely the ultimate company of choice to travel with..Having Mrs. Caroline Verkaik handling all logistics of the trip to Maasai Mara was smooth and a lot of fun. It was amazing, starting with the game drives, the food and most of all, the hot air balloon ride, this was the epitome of the whole trip, we had so much fun. Am so thankful to Caroline and her company for such an amazing experience...To anyone reading this Karibu Kenya! I cannot wait for my next trip!Kelvin Njoroge: WLIN-Kenya Photogropher,
I have gone on 2 mission trips with watergap-africa safaris. Every trip felt like a wonderful family vacation. I got the opportunity to experience a mission trip and a regular luxury safari. During the mission trip I got to experience the hospitality of other Kenyan families that we visited. I also had the opportunity of going on safari a second time and I would go a third and fourth time. It was nice that Caroline went with us because she was born there she made us feel totally at ease. Everyone we traveled with was so much fun, I have never laughed so hard in my life.Maryann: Social worker,
Definetly the best company to travel with. Everything exceeded our expectation. The food, accomodation. transport and overall experience. I went with my husband and two daughters and we have zero complains. I have told all my family and friends about you. Thank you so much for such a memorable experience. Kwaheri!Barbra: Designer,
I was so blessed meeting all the people you have on your staff. Especially sweet , precious Joy! Everything and every person blessed me. From the Van drivers to Nico who cooked. The Sweet person who sewed my clothes. The dishwasher and the little boy who everyone wanted to take home with them May God bless you much in your work in Kenya. I love you and are very proud of you and your work.Jane verkaik: Mother in-law,
I am Katie Nguyen, and this is my unforgettable 7-Day Trip, by WaterGap- Africa Safaris. From a first time perspective, when you reckon Kenya, in my own words, many people will think of a remote African country with a hot climate and desert terrain. But upon visiting, the country is completely different from your imagination! Kenya is not only a paradise of the wildlife in the world, but also is a great destination for those who love adventure travel. BSIN and WLIN members from Vietnam and our Kenyan hosts Water Gap Safaris Africa welcomed BSIN & WLIN Vietnam to Kenya with open arms in Nairobi, the city is described as ‘The city under the sun’, and with such elegance, do those rays complement Nairobi. This amazing climate reminds me of the weather in Dalat (Dalat is considered as “The city of a thousand flowers’ in Vietnam. The flowers I met in Kenya were the beautiful & shining smiles of the Miss Kenya Tourism participants that ushered us into the country. Before coming to Kenya, many people told me that this country is not secure, but now I believe that they are completely wrong, because Kenya is safe, friendly with such delicious food and hospitable people. On the first day of arriving in Kenya, we moved from Nairobi airport to the Villa Rosa -Kempinski Hotel – hoteliers since 1897- which Water Gap Safaris had made my home for a few days. The Kempinski has traveled the world in search of the most fascinating destinations without ever forgetting the finest traditions of its European heritage. With luxury holiday resorts, business and Spa hotels around the world, every Kempinski Hotel is unique, designed for guests who value five star holidays and luxury getaways. And this one in particular, does not disappoint. It commits its aesthetic to the Kenyan Savannah, paying homage to the lush green fauna the exterior lounge relaxes your mind both is sight and sound of the water fountains flowing. The Villa Rosa Kempisnki Hotel, Nairobi I found out it was a hotel of choice by former US President - Barak Obama while attending the Global Entrepreneur Summit with 3,000 delegates around the world on July 24th, 2015. I am really proud yet humbled, to have put camp here, despite even though the inspection process at the hotel is quite strict, in avoidance of any threat. On that day, we were able to participate in Business Dinner at the Capital Club. This was an opportunity to interact, connect with other businessmen and listen to speakers including Mrs. Caroline & Ms. Helen Nguyen and some other famous businessmen both from Kenya and Viet Nam. My team and Kenyan Models from Ms Kenya Tourism The next day, the sole purpose that drives Water Gap Safaris Africa, was manifested. We were involved in the launch ceremony of WLIN Kenya in a beautiful reception hall at the Villa Rosa. This is indeed was a magnificent event, it is impressive to witness WLIN continue to grow in this country while bringing much value to the women here. This event attracted the participation of more than 200 entrepreneurs from all over the world. We listened to speeches from global experts about building a strong, well founded, woman leaders’ community in Kenya, as well as understanding the current political and economic issues facing the country. In addition, the Vietnamese delegation was extremely at awe, by the special and impressive performances from the musician and other artists by their melodic tones and heart-warming lyrics. In my opinion, this was truly an impressive opening ceremony. 28 Feb 2019 Villa Rosa Kempinski Gala to launch WLIN-Kenya On the third day, we set off from the hotel and sojourned to the Maasai Mara under the guidance of Mrs Caroline’s Water Gap Africa Safaris. The 6-hour journey allowed me to enjoy the unique scenery in Kenya and experience the extremely interesting feeling on the tourist car. Opening my eye to each horizon, one ought to marvel and respect the diversity of a nation. I still remain speechless, but I replay this memories in my head whenever I get the chance. Upon our arrival at the Maasai Mara, we were accommodated at the Sarova Hotel, in the small huts that WaterGap-Africa Safari had previously booked for the envoy. When I say hut, I don’t know what comes to your mind? But these huts, we fully furnished and had such a pristine presentation that meets the eye. On the other hand, their services were perfect, again to my surprise. We had a great night in Sarova and continued to prepare to visit Maasai Mara National Reserve, on the next day. Mrs Caroline Verkiak founder of Water Gap Safaris Africa at the great Maasai Mara Hut Room at the Sarova Hotel Mara Maasai Mara National Reserve (also known as Maasai Mara, Masai Mara and by the local people as The Mara). This is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, connecting with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, in neighboring Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara," which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted," an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area. It is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is only a fraction of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, which includes the following Group Ranches: Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet. Maasai performing traditional Dance Giraffes of the Mara This was also a reason we travelled to Kenya, to open ourselves to a different culture and atmosphere which I thank WaterGap- Africa Safaris. The scene of migratory animals was really impressive. Moreover, the experience of being spectating all day just to capture the scene of migration was life-changing. The prime experience was probably the moment we went on the air balloon, something that we only see on film. I was watching wild animals from the sky and enjoyed the sunrise in the horizons of Kenya. In addition, I also had a hearty, romantic breakfast in the National Park. That’s so amazing and I think that there’re no words to describe that feeling. My team has 8 members and they almost enjoyed the trip. My team as we anticipated the Air Balloon Sky cruise “This is really an unforgettable trip for me. During 7 days of traveling on Land Cruiser cars, the field meals helped me to enjoy the true feeling of the true animal world explorers.Thank you, WaterGap-Africa Safari. You are really wonderful and thoughtful when giving us unforgettable memories" – Ms. Katie Nguyen – Editor of WLIN Global, PR & Marketing Executive of Nam Huong Corp said In addition, Mr. Nguyen Hoai Nam – Chairman of Nam Huong Corp, CEO of Bajaja Vietnam had an interesting sharing: “The world is not only New York or Tokyo, there are countless amazing and wonderful things. Thanks to Water Gap Safari for giving us such incredible experiences. I will return to Kenya on the closest day with my family” Pictured below, Mrs Helen Nguyen We closed our journey with wonderfull memories, new knowledge to learn from Kenyan friends, I leave Kenya having learnt some Swahili but mostly appreciating the amazing culture. Once again, I would like to thank the WaterGap- Africa Safari especially Mrs. Caroline Verkaik. You are very friendly and hospitable. You have been doing a great job in promoting the image of Kenya and bringing it much closer to the entire world. I hope your mission to humanitarianism through travel never changes, it is wonderful that citizens of my country will hear of this experience and want to make changes of perception towards greater Africa, they will also want to correct social injustices, as it human nature to forget that no man is an island.Katie Nguyen,
I had a remarkable time with Voice of Our Child Mission Trip 2019 Summer, I shared so many treasured moments with my friends that were with on this memorable expedition. I'm so blessed to have been chosen for this missions trip and i plan on sharing my experience with a wide a array of family members and friends. One of the most memorable things i did was visit the slums and communicate with the locals there. I caught a glimpse of how they lived in that area and it changed my perception of the people there forever. I am so blessed to have been born in a country where the way the people in the slums live. Isn't prevalent in my country. I also got to assist in handing out educational supplies, clothes and candies to the children .This made me feel good, in a way, because i had the opportunity to put a smile on some children who were less fortunate and don't interact with locals who reside beyond slum areas, let a lone tourists that often, I'm sure that what we did for them will be treasured with them forever, as I know I will. I also visited some very young women who were mothers. They became impregnated by either rape-incest. When I heard this I felt so distraught and questioned whether this was real or not. I mean, it is such an outlandish thing to do to a lady and it completely destroys the persona of the person committing the act. I hope that those women live to become whatever it is they aspire to become. I was glad to share with the young mothers, sing and talk about our aspirations. Another experience that I received was the talks we had along the trip. Just being able to sit down and socialize with the people and learn about each and everyone of them was stupendous to say the least. It almost seemed like they were family and what we were doing was a very common occurrence, when in reality we've only known each other for a few days. I also enjoyed going on the safari. I learned a lot about a wide array of animals like hippos, cheetahs, leopards, antelopes, buffalo, lions and more. I also got considerably close to some of these animals, like the lions and elephants. The elephants began to proceed a little to close to us and I think that it was even thinking about charging but our driver had everything under control. I learned so much more than what was shared but I dont want to write too much. Once again I'm blessed to have this opportunity bestowed upon me and ill treasure it until the end of my days. If I could only go again, that would be amazing. Thanks to Water Gap-Africa Safaris and Voice of Our Child team for being down to earth, kind and considerate individuals. You are great friends to me and my travel companions.Elliot Plummer: Teenager VOOC USA,
"I feel like the trip was amazing and impactful. I learnt a lot that I couldn't ever comprehend just from watching the trip from America. It makes me realize just how mission trips are needed, moreover, how they change the lives and perspectives of the participants as well. I would love to go back on a second mission trip, I think every individual should take time and try get in touch with this team as their wheels for Kenya. Thanks again for this experience!Demetrius: VOOC Teenager USA,
My experience with Watergap-African Safari’s was phenomenal. During the trip, I was able to get a taste of the Kenyan culture and of course the amazing food. We got to tour such amazing sights, such as the Great Rift Valley and the Masai Mara . Along with the fun tourist attractions, and we got to directly help the children in Kenya, by providing them with school supplies. Overall, this trip was a 10/10, and I am so happy I got to experience the beauty of KenyaSandra Mbaabu,
Recommend 10 friends and you go for free.. 5 days of humanitarian work and 5 days on Safari. It's the high season so a good time to go on safari which is included in the cost to see the wild animals.
Day 1: May 14-Saturday Depart for Muranga, Mt. Kenya for tea picking Overnight stay at Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi (www.movenpick.com) Day 2: May 15-Sunday Drive to Lake Naivasha to see the pink flamingoes and hippos Overnight stay at Naivasha Sopa Lodge Day 3: May 16-Monday Drive to Amboseli National Park Overnight stay at Amboseli Serena Lodge Day 4: May 17-Tuesday Full day in Amboseli Overnight stay at Amboseli Serena Lodge Day 5: May 18-Wednesday Full day in Amboseli Overnight stay at Amboseli Serena Lodge Day 6: May 19-Thursday Leave after breakfast for Tsavo National Park Overnight stay at Kilaguni Serena Day 7: May 20-Friday Full day in Tsavo Overnight stay at Kilaguni Serena Day 8: May 21-Saturday Leave for Mombasa by train Transfer to Turtle Bay Beach Hotel for overnight Day 9: May 22-Sunday Full day in Mombasa Relaxing on the beach and site seeing Snorkeling (optional) Overnight stay are Turtle Bay Beach Resort Day 10: May 23-Monday Early flight from Mombasa to Nairobi Giraffe Center, Snake Park, Maasai Market & Wings of Hope Day 11: May 24-Tuesday Elephant Sanctuary, Bomas of Kenya, & Ngong Hills Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant
The best months to view wildlife in Kenya are June to October also known as the dry season. The wildebeest migration has been recognized one of the 7 wonders of the world and a lot of people travel to Masai Mara between mid July to early October for this spectacular parade. Usually by Early October the wildebeest migrate back to Serengeti in Tanzania.
Even thought he parks can get very busy and crowded the weather is perfect sunny high 80's with a cool breeze in the morning and evening. Since there is no rain the chances of encountering mosquitos is very low. The animals are always thirsty and it's easier to spot them at every watering hole. They don't have a lot of places to hide because the bushes and shrubs are dried out.
A lot of people choose this time to visit Kenya because It's more affordable.
Everything is green and food is in plenty and so there is a lot of wildlife You are sure to also spot a lot of new born baby animals.
The lodges are less crowded and though mosquitos might also be liking the wet season the lodges provide mosquito nets and you can enjoy your night without these unwelcome night visitors.
I have gone to kenya during every season and they never dissapoint.