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A private holiday in Kenya lets you expand your safari vision to include all the personal elements that are your signature when traveling. You have the flexibility to set your own travel time and to choose the people you want to travel with.

Private holiday in Masai Mara.

However it is not outright that because you have chosen a private safari over a group tour you will have a great vacation in Kenya. It boils down to candid planning with your Kenya tour operator so that all your personal requests are included in your tour. Of importance you must get a guarantee from your the safari operator that once on the ground, he will not batch you up with other travelers. It beats all sense of privacy if you will join a convoy of safari buses on the same itinerary as yours.

When is a private holiday absolutely necessary? Though you can take a private tour even for an ordinary Kenya travel, your special occasions such as honeymoon, birthdays, anniversaries and vacations with young children warrant privacy. Similarly if you pursue a hobby such as bird watching or photography you may benefit more from the one-on-one services of your professional safari guide when you are on a private safari.

Grant it, you may not know everything about Kenya but with so many Kenya tour operators offering private safaris, it falls on you to approach your safari operator from a position of knowledge. Do your research and be very emphatic on what you want in your Kenyan safari otherwise your operator's "best" may not be what suits you. Be prepared that some of your wish-list may be off-the mark in what is doable within the time frame of your safari and therefore take it in good faith when your safari operator offers alternatives.

Private holiday in Kenya: Kori Bustard

Your private safari should give you quality time in the areas that you will visit and also enough time for relaxation. Be careful not to put too many national parks in your itinerary - this will make your safari hectic and with little time for relaxation.

Which are the best national parks for private tours? Masai Mara safaris the popularity content but you can get an excellent game viewing experience in any Kenyan national park. The catch is on how you and your tour operator plan depending on the number of days you have for safari. You may choose to stay north of Nairobi i.e. the Aberdares, Samburu and Laikipia or you could do the southern national parks of Tsavo and Amboseli.

While there are various types of accommodations available on your Kenyan private holiday, you maintain privacy and exclusivity if you opt for small tented camps and lodges especially those that are in private game reserves where the number of visitors is low. These are some of the best places to get personal and very professional service.

The quality of your safari guides will make or break your Kenyan private safari. The guide has to be competent in his subject, which really should be your main interests, and he should have a great inter-personal skill. Have it cast in stone with your tour operator that your safari guide is exclusive for you and that he is available for maximum time and not just the morning and afternoon game drive.

What should you expect to pay for your Kenyan private tour? There is no right answer for this as price is a very relative term, but make your judgment based on the value items such as quality of accommodation, vehicles, professional guides and above all the reliability of the operator.

Now that you know how to plan a private holiday in Kenya, hit the keyboard and plan your wildlife safari to suit you requirements.

Article copyright Anne Huysman

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