Booked a family tour to Maasai Mara for a week during Christmas. Excellent service. They have delivered what they have promised.very satisfied.Highly recommend to my family and friends.
Dr. Arumugam - Chennai, India
Jambo! We just had a 4 day safari with Apex photo safaris and I just want to say how amazing our experiences were. I'd like to give a much special thanks to our guides Aatish and Aashit who were the perfect guides.We really could not have asked for better guides. We managed to see all the Big 5 and plenty of other animals. What an experience!!!! thank you for making our trip so memorable and so enjoyable. Asante Sana(thank you very much)!!!!!
Tabby - Kenya
Every time I go back to Kenya and do a photo safari, I say this and this the time I wrote a diary and fix my experiences, then I agree that everything stays inside me as impregnating of colors, sounds and smells of Africa, pictures taken were never quite satisfactory. This time it was different, my fifth time in Kenya, my fifth time in Masai Mara. For the first time I went with two local guides, Aatish and Aashit, not succeeding in places with a jump from the plane, but going with them by jeep. Navigating the land takes longer but allows you to enjoy the approach and appreciate the area, with people from that place who grew up and love the wild is an added value. The time spent with them past too quickly, perhaps because in the nine days together we have seen and done so much.
The lake Naivasha playing with fish eagle, six at once and find out how difficult it gets to take a picture of it in flight or while grabbing a fish, with their tips at the end I was successful and I have my beautiful pictures, National Geographic style. Lake Nakuru and its magnificent light, and the multitude of birds along with rhinos a close encounter with a black-necked spitting cobra and a black mamba. The park Aberdares, unknown to most, a real discovery for me to be in a full equatorial forest. During the three days spent in Naivasha, I could appreciate their expertise in photography and the knowledge of the places jointly with their sympathy. In Masai Mara, a reserve I already knew, the experience was totally different from the previous ones, as well as the atmosphere of the end of the year, and adding a kind of freedom of movement, off the beaten track of routine camp guides. Through their experience, I had the opportunity to encounter a great deal of animals from biggest to the smallest, I'm not going to list them, but the 3400 photos I took are proof enough. I could share with them the camera equipment and use their lens, improving with their suggestions. This time the photos I took are of high quality, given by the available time I had to shoot and the shooting position chosen was always optimal. In a few words... I cannot wait to come back...See you soon guys.
Massimo - Italy
I have been to several safaris and camping trips with Aatish and Aashit we have visited several national parks which includes the Maasai Mara , Lake Nakuru national park, Aberdares National park. The amount of knowledge they have about the National parks ,the animals including birds and nature in general is amazing and mind boggling Besides all that they are really friendly and approachable. You can ask them any question during the safari and I bet you will get a genuine answer. They are amazing photographers and I personally have learnt some few tips on photography and am so greatful for that. All in all Aashit and Aatish to me are the best guides you can ever ask for when it comes to enjoying African wildlife. Apex photo safaris keep up the good work!
Frank - Kenya
I have now been on safari to the Mara three times in the last three years and plan on joining them this Easter.
What makes me keep going back? The Mara is pure magic; every time I step off the plane at Olkiombo airstrip I forget about the world! Aatish and Aashit's intimate knowledge of the area, the cats that reside within it, and their sheer enthusiasm is infectious.
Beyond that, they are easy to talk to and get along with. My photography skills have come on leaps and bounds over the last 3 trips thanks to their guidance.
Aatish and Aashit guide in their own unique way, and have always done their best to cater for my quirks! I love cheetahs, and many a day we have been out all day following a cheetah mother and their cubs. It is only with patience like this that one can see incredible interactions.
I wish them all the best with their safari business and hope to be their number one repeat customer.
Dhruv Shah - London, UK
I have been on 3 safari's to date, many more to follow. The last of which was in the Masi Mara(8/2012 )with Aatish and Aashit. I met the brothers in the Mara on my first safari in 2011. While getting some lunch at camp, I noticed two guys going through some really nice photographs on their computer. Being a novice photographer, I was having difficulty getting proper exposure and quality photographs. I decided to ask them for some suggestions. They took the time to explain how to maximize the capabilities of my camera. They asked me if I'd like to come out with them on one of their drives. I was there the next morning, and the remaining days of my trip. I enjoyed my time with them so much, I booked a trip in 2012 and brought a friend of mine. Aatish and Aashit took care of everything. Accommodations, transportation, no problems. The 2012 safari was epic. Multiple river crossings, leopards, rhinos, crocs, hyenas, lion kills,and a cheetah hung out on our jeep. Apex, A+
Colin - U.S.A
In July, we booked a trip through Apex Photo Safari to Masai Mara and they did an excellent job. The hotel that they booked for us was Olare Mara. The hotel and service was exceptional. I am very glad that they recommended that we fly from Nairobi to Masai Mara as this gave us more time for the Safari. It was nice that they would call us at the end of each day to check that everything was going well. I would highly recommend booking any tours through Apex Photo Safari as they really do look after all your needs and make sure that your trip will be a once in a lifetime adventure. The tour guide that we had was exceptional and made sure that we got to see the big five, the migration, a cheetah kill which was just amazing.
Reshma Pandya - U.S.A
My family and I just had an amazing safari to the Maasai Mara with Aatish & Aashit (Apex Photo Safaris). The experience was unbelievable. Our accommodation was an exquisite 5* camp located right in the heart of the Mara Reserve with plenty of game around.
For a few years now, I have wanted to visit the Mara but due work, it has been really difficult. Having a few days off this summer and knowing that the great migration had arrived to the Mara, at the first chance I got, I contacted Apex Photo Safaris and asked them to organise a safari for myself and my family to the Maasai Mara and it was the best decision I made.
Their intimate knowledge on both wildlife and photography was outstanding and I literally had the time of my life. I cannot wait to go back.
A big thank you to Apex Photo Safaris, especially Aatish & Aashit!!
Akshay - London, United Kingdom
We have now been to the Mara twice with Apex Photo Safaris and I would like to congratulate them on doing an amazing job in organising our safari. The camp that we stayed in was excellent. The setting, staff service and dining experience were exceptional. Our guides were excellent and they did an outstanding job in making sure that we got to see plenty of game. Overall they delivered what they had promised and our expectations were definitely surpassed. We will be going back on safari with Apex very soon.
Durgesh & Mona
Our 4 night stay at Olare Mara Kempinksi was simply amazing. It is the ony 5 star Luxury Tented Camp in the Masai Mara eco-system. When we landed at the airstrip, a guide named Bernard was ready to pick us up. He gave us a warm welcome and also mentioned that he was going to be our guide throughout.
It had not been 15 minutes since we left the airstrip to go to the Camp, and we were lucky to see a sub-adult lion and lioness from the Eseketah pride resting on the side of the road.
When we got to the camp, we received a very friendly welcome with an amazing Traditional Masai dance and after that some yummy fresh tree tomato juice. The staff were excellent in terms of customer service. We received the best customer service from all staff including the Chefs, waiters, guards, guides and administrators.
Our guide Bernard was ready for all the game drives on time. He is very knowlegable, caring and an excellent guide. On all the game drives we went for, we managed to spot the big four except for the rhino which is not in this conservancy. We also spotted the lion pride, a leopard and a cheetah with a kill. The guide always went an extra mile to show us more and more. Adding more fun to that, he was very entertaining and made sure we had a good laugh.
The rooms are well spaced, clean and spacious from inside. It is the best tented camp I have visited in my life.
Each and every meal we had, both vegetarian and non-vegetation was absolutely amazing and what made it more nicer was the fact that the chef cooked whatever we wanted to eat. Alcoholic drinks were available during our game drives, our meals and after dinner too.
Olare motorogi conservancy is the best conservancy in the Maasai Mara eco-system with only 5 Tented camps/lodges. Only the lodge owned vehicles are allowed for the games drives within the conservancy. This allows visitors to view the wildlife while relaxing and not overcrowding at any location. You also get upclose and personal with wildlife. How amazing is that!
What made our trip a success was, Apex Photo Safaris who advised us correctly on where to visit and planned our entire 4 night stay. Dealing with Apex Photo Safaris was very easy and value for the money spent.
We recently came back from our honeymoon in Kenya, which was organised by Aashit and Aatish. What a holiday and what a country and just as importantly what a great job you guys did in helping us organise it.
The Maasai Mara was incredible, and certainly will NOT be once in a lifetime. We are already dreaming of our next safari, hopefully in early 2018.
Diani too was memorable and every hotel that you guys booked for us exceeded our expectations. All in all we came back home with thousands of pictures, more memories and even more determination to go back. I cannot emphasise enough how much we are thankful for the great organisation that Apex provided, with your help the experience really was unforgettable. Good people and good professionals we will certainly be recommending to anyone thinking about a visit to East Africa.
Patrick & Alejandra, Germany
Apex - u guys have been amazing!!! We have booked all our safaris in the mara and around kenya through apex for the last few years - you have always managed to get us insanely good rates and have fulfilled all our requests. We didn't have to think about a thing - from the time we booked until the time we got back to the UK. The safaris that you guided us on were magical - lions mating, 3 month old cheetah cubs, 4 month old leopard cub, a lion kill!! what more could one ask for! I never thought photography would be my kinda thing - but was just so much fun to learn!! I'll post a few pics up soon! Thanks Aashit and Aatish - you guys are awesome!
Meera Shah, UK
We had a great time at the Olare Mara Kempinski - from the food to the staff and the game drives, and the accommodation, everything was great. We really enjoyed, especially my daughter who even planted a tree in her name..Apex Photo Safaris were great and they made the whole booking process easy and enjoyable...Thank you Apex for the experience....
We recently came back from a safari in Kenya booked with Apex. This was our first (but definitely not last) trip to East Africa and the Mara . Aatish and Aashit did an amazing job organizing everything from airport transfers, hotel overnight stays at Nairobi, local flights to/back the Mara and luxury camp accommodation. We were a group of 9 and cannot express how happy and thankful we were for these two guys spending the whole week with us. Their knowledge on both wildlife and photography is outstanding! They made sure we had enough game drive and were able to work with our last minute requests during the safari. The drivers they have provided for us were also very knowledgeable on the wildlife and we enjoyed their jokes during the drives a lot. That made this trip even more unforgettable!
We are already dreaming for our next trip to the Mara and will definitely rely on Apex's professionalism to organize it. You guys did and amazing job! Thank you...
Vladimir & Katya Gotsev, U.S.A.
I had been looking forward to the safari in Kenya for about a year and was hoping to experience something amazing but I was nervous about being in a place where I knew so little of how to get around. Enter the twins, two of the nicest guys I've met and I immediately felt like this adventure would be something very special. They know what needs to happen, when it needs to happen, and how to make it happen safely. Not only did they handle every aspect of what we planned, but as the group had new ideas for the adventure, they made it happen with ease. I couldn't even tell if there were any issues to solve during the trip, they quietly just kept everything moving as needed.
When it came to being out on safari, they had more knowledge of the area, animals, history, people, and geography than I could keep up with. Just ask them, they'll tell you about whatever you're interested in. They kept us safe and taught us what to look for and helped us get into amazing photo opportunities. They were in regular contact with the local guides and rangers and always knew where we should go next for the next amazing experience. We saw the 8th wonder of the world - up close and personal. It was epic!
Another huge benefit was with their photography coaching. I'm pretty well versed in photography and know how a camera works but they taught me new features and techniques that had me taking shots that belong in a magazine. They also helped with the artistic side by talking about how to frame a good shot in different settings and lighting situations. They taught me which features of the camera to tweak and which ones to set and forget so that I could focus on the experience and still take great shots.
These two are amazing and I'd love to take another trip with them!!
Thanks Aatish & Aashit!
Dean Pipes, U.S.A
We were planning a business trip and looking for something that would provide a memorable experience. We booked through Apex and they handled everything including travel arrangements, hotel stays and camp accommodations. They handled everything flawlessly!
Their knowledge of photography and wildlife is amazing. They were happy to help teach photography skills and capture pictures that will last a lifetime.
Aatish and Aashit were amazing and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a trip of a lifetime.
Tony Donato, U.S.A.
I was searching for an upcoming tour company to book a holiday to Mara , and came across Apex photo safaris , gave them a call and requested for a different type of camp as i am a frequent visitor to Mara. They suggested Sand river Mara and i agreed. They organized an excellent trip with a driver come guide who new a lot about Mara and its animals habitat.
We really enjoyed staying at sand river wish we had done 3 nights , the setting along the river it was magical. Tents the best i have stayed in so far , very luxurious . The meals were very good and catered for individual needs as well. We managed to see all big 5 in 3 days. The management and its team looked after us very well. definitely a camp to visit... and recommend to book thru Apex as both aashit and aatish have great knowledge of parks in Kenya.
Next Trip with Apex - Loisaba !!
Sukhen Shah - Visited Sand river March 2017.
Sukhen Shah, Kenya
Thank you guys for a truly unforgettable safari!! You really did make our trip, we can't recommend you enough! Not only did you make sure we saw every animal possible but the knowledge you have of every animal to go along with it is amazing! You both really know your stuff and I have to say you definitely picked the best camp for us to stay in, a balance of luxury and being in the wild at the same time. Look forward to seeing you again for our next African adventure!
Lindsey Argrave & Rishi Patel, U.K.
Apex Photo Safaris Ltd, along with Aatish, and Aashit were great! Never a worry! From the moment of submitting my deposit, to final departure, Apex provided for my every need. The accommodations were first rate, as was every meal. Baggage was always where it needed to be, without having to think about it, Aatish and Aashit made everything so smooth and easy.
The first part of my adventure included trekking the mountains of Rwanda in search of mountain gorillas, we were lucky enough to see a new born gorilla (30 minutes old and still "wet") which our guide had never seen in his 12 year experience. After that memorable experience, we set off for the Masai Mara in Kenya for a five day safari. In the Mara we saw lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffalo, hippos, and more. As an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I found the opportunity to shoot wildlife unparalleled. Our game driver put us in position to capture the most memorable shots. It was truly a trip of a life time, made more so by Apex Photo Safaris.
Thank you Aatish, and Aashit, I had a wonderful experience!
George Turner, Chicago, U.S.A.
Thank you Guys !! Sand river in March 2017 , and Loisaba In December 2017 , a magical place ....... words cannot describe you got to visit it to believe..... thanks Apex ! looking forward to booking new place in 2018.
Sukhen Shah, Kenya
I loved working with Aatish and Aashit of Apex Photo Safaris! These two made the trip for my friend, Jessica, and I! They are extremely knowledgable, informative, and really listen to what your wants and needs are for the trip. They took care of booking our flights to the Maasai Mara, our stay, and they would always be checking in to see how we were doing. They are very fun too! They not only were our guides, but they are now our friends! I am a professional photographer and was looking to capture specific photos and Aatish and Aashit delivered that plus went above and beyond for us! I feel like this was one of the best trips of my life! They worked hard to not only help us find the animals we wanted to see, but to teach us about the animals and environment. These two care about the animals, the land, and the impact that we have. They want to help preserve it for years to come, and I highly respect and admire that. They also are amazingly fast at responding to emails and any questions we or any other guest had. And they are sure to give you their best. I am recommending them to all of my friends and family looking for an amazing travel or safari experience! They will help you get to the places you need to go to take the photos and have the experiences you are looking for! I will definitely book with them again! If you are on the fence about booking, just do it! You will not regret it!
Larissa Bahr, California, U.S.A.
Visiting The Safari in Africa through Apex Photo Safaris is one of the best experiences my family and I have had in regards to vacations. Mr. Aashit Patel And Mr. Aatish Patel were the remarkable associates that led the tour for my family and I. These exceptional gentlemen are energetic and have the means to educate any and all aged individuals they take on tour about the nature of the jungle. It’s the combination of their positive, good nature and the fact that they excel in many areas of expertise in regards to wildlife migration, animals hunting each other, specifics of animal life etc, that makes them a great asset in this field. Along with being extremely knowledgeable and having high work ethics, polite manners, professionalism, and their attention to detail in regards to their organizational skills, these are only a few of the many qualities they possess.
Mr. Patel and Mr. Patel are two of the most skilled guides as they know the precise locations and exact times of the morning/day in order for us to see wildlife such as leopards, a cheetah with 3 babies, elephants, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, deers, lions, lionesses, big ostriches, hyenas ,giraffes, pigs and much more. In Sweet waters we saw a black Rhino who was blind we fed it and touched him, we saw white Rhinos who came to the car so we can touch them, which is a rare experience for my family.
By the end of the trip it felt as if both of these gentlemen became family to us, as they went out of their way to make us feel comfortable on the entire trip and tended to our needs beyond compare, making Apex Photo Safaris the number 1 top rated company in my experience. Not only have they inspired me to write the longest review to date, I also have been recommending them to all my colleagues, family and friends worldwide. Thank you Mr. Aatish and Mr. Aashit for an unforgettable experience. Highly recommend Apex Photo Safaris, above and beyond the best!!!
Hasmukh & Lata Patel, New York, U.S.A.
Apex Photo Safaris Ltd, along with Aatish and Aashit were great! They helped us put together a fantastic trip to the Maasai Mara and Diani. From the moment we began planning the trip, to final departure, they provided for our every need. The accommodation they organized in The Mara and Diani was top notch, as was every meal. Aatish and Aashit made everything so smooth and easy and took all our needs into consideration.
The first part of our trip was a 2 night safari to the Maasai Mara. They had recommended Mara Bush Camp - Private Wing and the camp did not disappoint in any aspect. The guides and vehicles were fantastic, the camp has an excellent location where all the tents had amazing views of the seasonal river. The staff and service was exceptional and the camp catered for all our dietary requirements. The meals prepared by their chefs were outstanding. Our guides were excellent and they did an outstanding job in assuring that we got to see plenty of game and they always put us in positions to capture the most memorable shots.
We would like to congratulate them on doing a fantastic job in organising our safari.
Diani too was memorable and the hotel - Maridadi Beach Resort exceeded our expectations. All in all we came back home with some great memories and we cannot wait to go back. The organizational and professional skills that Apex provided us with were excellent and we will definitely be recommending them to anyone thinking about visiting East Africa in the near future.
Overall they surpassed our expectations and we will be going back on safari with Apex very soon.
Thank you guys - we truly had a lovely experience!
Harjivan Karia & Family, Kenya & U.S.A.
Service was excellent and the trip went very smoothly. Drivers and cars very good. Thank you for the arrangements....
Nishi Gujral & Family, Australia & Kenya
Best ever guided tour and accommodation . Well catered too. Staff super friendly , attentive, professional, knowledgeable, accommodating to every need. Hotels, transportations, airlines, rides, tours, food, services all over everything first rate. Could not be any better . Wonderful experience. Thank you and we highly recommend the use of this fantastic organized company to everyone . Kenya itself amazing country and super friendly citizens. Wishing you the best.
Frank Sohaei, U.S.A.
We had the most amazing and memorable safari and stay in Kenya arranged by Apex, the two brothers Aatish and Aashit - who both also are professional guides!
Every detail was taken care of in a timely and responsible manner - along with lots of smiles to go with! All the accommodations were first class. The animals and game we were able to see left no feeling of anything being left out! I would highly recommend their services and will definitely avail of their services again.
Thank you Aatish, Aashit and Bharatbhai for a lifelong memorable experience!
Dilip Patel, U.S.A.
Thank you Apex Photo Safaris for an amazing trip! This trip was truly a trip of a lifetime for me. Not only did I see sights about which I had dreamed my whole life, I got to experience everything up close and personal. I don't have enough good things to say about this tour. Well organized, educational and most of all, fun! I don't usually take tours, but this one made me feel like I hit the jackpot. Excellent!”
Desiree Wells, U.S.A.
I had been to Serengeti a few times before but my trip to Mara last month was first time. My family and I had a great experience and we owe it largely to Aatish and Aashit. They booked our trip from Nairobi to Mara, got us great accommodation at Mara Bush camp, right along the river.
Their knowledge of the land and the ecosystem is amazing, we had fun time learning intimate stories of cheetah families, leopard families down to the birds of Mara. Their love and enthusiasm of Nature and its wild animals definitely rubbed off on us and now I am working with them on booking our next trip to Serengeti/Mara 2020 with more friends and family !!!
Thank you guys, you are the best!!
PS: Aatish you inspired me - going to take photography lessons before i come there again.
Nina Shah - San Diego, California
We have used Apex photo safaris several times and have been extremely happy with our choice. We have had family trips and business ones. The twins are amazing hosts, very attentive and most importantly very knowledgeable in the flora and the fauna of the area. We did the safari in the Mara twice.
The most unique thing about Apex is the attention that the guides provide when not only guiding but also teaching photography techniques and helping with post processing of the photos. I learned a lot and it helped fuel the passion for expanding my photography knowledge.
I will be using them again in 2020 to guide a climb on Kilimanjaro.
Rob Dang, Chicago, U.S.A.
This is my second safari with Apex Photo Safaris. In 2012 I used Apex Photo Safaris to visit the Masai Mara in Kenya and again in 2019 in India. Both times I had an experience of a lifetime. Besides the on the fly photography tips and tricks Aashit and Aatish keep the safaris educational, entertaining, and an immersive experience. I can honestly say that both times I learned more about my camera and how to take the best pictures to capture the moment than in any photography class I have taken. I recommend Apex Photo Safaris to anyone who is looking to have a once and a lifetime experience on an safari with some of the best wildlife photographers who are excited to teach you how to take amazing pictures.
Don Kennedy, Chicago, U.S.A.
Aashit and Aatish are excellent guides and made sure the entire tiger safari was smooth and successful. They are both expert photographers and on top of being extremely friendly and fun to be around, they made sure my whole group got great photos by coaching us through the process. Not only did we see multiple tigers on our trip but we saw peacocks and the elusive banyan tree.
Justin Rapacz, Chicago, U.S.A.