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Just Back from our Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

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Hi All! We had such a great time on our safari and wanted to thank everyone for their input. A special thanks to ClimbHighSleepLow for suggesting that we stay inside the Mara rather than at the Porini outside the park. We ended up staying at Il Moran (another poster’s suggestion) and our stay there was the best part of our trip. The camp was beautiful, the service was excellent and there were THOUSANDS of animals within minutes from the camp. And, while we were there, our guide told us that bandits had just raided the Porini Camp and stolen passports and cash from the tourists there, as well as terrorized the staff (8/23). Thank God we made the change so that we were not affected!

Even though we had a fabulous time, I am still wondering whether our cost was competitive for the services we received. I guess this has been nagging at me a bit because, among other things, our tour operator charged us $90 per person for our day room at the Kia Lodge at the Kili airport. I questioned whether $180 was high for just a day room and I was told that such is the price you pay for convenience and nice facilities. When we arrived at the Kia, I asked the reception clerk about the rate and was told that it was $60 total for two people. I found this to be pretty irritating as we added this to the itinerary after our initial price quote and paid three times the actual rate. I guess similar “padding” existed throughout our itinerary. We paid approximately $5,300 per person excluding our International flights, one dinner in Nairobi, and one dinner in Arusha. Does this sound reasonable given our itinerary below? Thanks again, everyone. Regardless, we really had a good time!

Day 1) Arrive Nairobi in evening. Overnight InterContinental Hotel Day 2) 1/2 Day Tour of Nairobi (Blixen Musuem, Giraffe Manor and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust) Overnight InterContinentalDay 3) Morning transfer to Wilson Airport for 10h00 SafariLink flight to Masai Mara. Meet upon arrival in camp vehicle, game drive enroute to camp and after lunch, Overnight Il Moran Camp (B/L/D)Day 4) Early Morning, Late Morning and Afternoon game drives on shared vehicle basis, overnight Il Moran Camp (B/L/D)Day 5) Early Morning, Late Morning and Afternoon game drives on shared vehicle basis, overnight Il Moran Camp (B/L/D)Day 6) Transfer to airstrip for 11h00 SafariLink flight to Wilson Airport. Lunch at Carnivore before departing for Amboseli National Park, game drive on exclusive use basis, overnight Amboseli Serena Lodge (B/L/D)Day 7)Full day Amboseli National Park, morning and afternoon game drives on exclusive use basis, overnight Amboseli Serena Lodge (B/L/D)Day 8) Depart Amboseli for Namanga, border transfer into Tanzania. Proceed to Arusha, Nigrisi Village visit, overnight Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge (chalet) (B&B basis)Day 9) Morning pick-up from Ngurdoto, depart to Tarangire National Park, late morning and afternoon game drives, overnight Kikoti Camp (B/L/D) Day 10) Full day Tarangire, morning, aftenoon and NIGHT game drives, overnight Kikoti Camp (B/L/D) Day 11)Game drive through Tarangire before departing for Ngorongoro Crater, afternoon game drive on Crater floor, overnight Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (B/L/D)Day 12) Morning game drive on Crater floor, Olduvai Gorge visit, proceed to Serengeti National Park, game drive, overnight Serengeti Serena Lodge (B/L/D)Day 13) Full day Serengeti, morning and afternoon game drives, overnight Serengeti Serena Lodge (B/L/D)Day 14) Full day Serengeti, morning and afternoon game drives, overnight Serengeti Serena Lodge (B/L/D)Day 15)Game drive through Serengeti before proceeding to Lake Manyara National Park, afternoon game drive, overnight Kirurumu Tented Lodge (B/L/D)Day 16) Morning game drive in Manyara before returning to Arusha and transfer to KIA Lodge for dayroom use. Evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for outbound international

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