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Booked! Kenya/Rwanda 2012

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Is anything so exultifying (is that a word?) as booking a safari? My pop and I (and his wife) diverted from our usual wildlife heavy travel destination to take in SE Asia this past year...I loved it...it was awesome...the trip report is in the Asia Forum with pictures if anyone cares to see, but for the Africaphile, the wildlife-obsessed, it leaves you jonesin' for an animal-filled itinerary! (I did manage to fit in a primate rehab center as well as a pangolin center with animals confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade, but as you all know, Africa is a whole different ball of wax!

So I had to announce it somewhere and this seemed the perfect spot (to a bunch of folks that I don't know and likely will never meet, but are equally as "into" Africa and its wildlife as I) that we've booked our trip for Kenya and Rwanda next year...Woohoo!

I'll be taking my 17 year old niece who loves wildlife too....and pop will come along for our 11th trip to Africa...but it's been 20 years since we visited Kenya(!) It was likely 10 years ago or more that I was last in East Africa in Tanzania...so I'm excited to be back and see it all over again....much of the itinerary is from reading this board and researching things on the side...our last visit to Kenya was our first trip to Africa...so whatever we saw blew us away...we're probably a little more saavy this time around and we've tried to time it as best we can to hit parts of the Great Migration..we were constricted by travel dates and personal schedules so it's always a roll of the dice as the trip will take place in late July and early August...

Night one -- Fairview Hotel

Flight to Lewa ---for two nights at Lewa Safari Camp

Flight to Nairobi and onward to Kigali in Rwanda

In Rwanda for three night --one day of mountain gorilla trekking
staying at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge and time in Kigali to see genocide museum, etc...

Flight back to Nairobi and then fly to Mara Serena for three nights...

Transfer to Governor's Camp for three nights and back through Nairobi and onward home...

We shifted all of our nights in the Mara to the last part of our trip in hopes of catching some of the Mara River crossings we've seen so much footage and great action pictures...we'll keep our fingers crossed as to the animal's timing and ours and hope they intersect...unbeknownst to me, the last time we were there in January, we were looking at resident populations of wildlife not necessarily the migration....and our time in Tanzania (August) we were likely seeing the tail end of the migration...so we hope to hit it at a great time to see lots of action including the predators that follow the herds...

Just thought I'd share and also of course will follow up with a trip report when it's all done...now I'll likely obsess for the next eight months until it's time to depart!

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