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Trip Report Kenya trip report and photos Jan/Feb 2005

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This was our first trip anywhere in Africa and it was even more amazing than I had anticipated. It’s been difficult to think about anything else these past few days except when we’ll be able to go back. We found it interesting in so many aspects, not just the game viewing, but the people, the culture, the landscape. Thanks for all of the help in planning.

We flew a combination of Air France, KLM, and Delta from LAX to NBO. If anyone wants to be bored to tears with the details of our flights ;) I posted a separate report on the Airlines board: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=126&tid=34565192

We booked our own accommodations in Nairobi at the Hilton. We had rooms on the executive floor and were upgraded to a suite on our last evening. They were very generous in extending our late checkout to 7:00pm on our final day allowing us to take a nice hot shower before a 30+ hour trek home. Service was excellent.

For our safari, we used the services of Eastern & Southern Safaris in Nairobi and they were outstanding. Everything was flawless from the pre-trip communication with Serah to our guide Julius who was so very personable. He really made our trip. We traveled by road throughout which I think is a good experience for our first trip as it gave us a chance to see all of the scenery, towns, and people along the way. We stayed at Sweetwaters tented camp, Finch Hattons tented camp in Tsavo West, and Ol Tukai lodge in Amboseli. Each one had a unique and fascinating view right from our tent or room, from the waterhole at Sweetwaters to the springs at Finch Hattons to the swamps at Ol Tukai. I found that I could easily spend hours just watching the game right from the camp or lodge. I requested specific tent locations at both camps and E&S really came through for us in that respect.

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