Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 First Trip to Africa
  2. 2 African Safari Without Small Planes!
  3. 3 Trip Report Morocco Trip Report
  4. 4 Planned Itinerary and Questions-Morocco, April 2016
  5. 5 Morocco in October 2015
  6. 6 Remembering Palmyra
  7. 7 Morocco - 11 nights - comments on itinerary
  8. 8 Safe to Travel to Morocco
  9. 9 Egypt - December 2008 - Trip Report
  10. 10 Short (7 days of less) four/five star level family safari
  11. 11 Naboisho Camp vs. Governor's Camp
  12. 12 Cote Divoire the heart of Africa
  13. 13 Dubai Desert Safari - Toddler Friendly?
  14. 14 Anyone have experience with Rothschild Safaris?
  15. 15 Umkumbe or Toro Yaka?
  16. 16 What a great idea!! Make a difference.
  17. 17 From Downtown Cairo to 10th ramdan city
  18. 18 Transit visa
  19. 19 Local Tanzania companies
  20. 20 Driver from Skukuza Airport to Sabi Sands
  21. 21 Need itineary planning help
  22. 22 Israel for 60 year olds
  23. 23 Dubai Trip Idea
  24. 24 Tanzania & Zanzibar Itinerary
  25. 25 Tanzania trip Advice
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Mr. Carry-on and Family Go on Safari: A Porini Migration Adventure

Jump to last reply

WHO WE ARE:
Two adults (one a luggage nazi) and two boys, 16 and 19. We are grateful that our kids still want to vacation with us, especially as we become more and more eccentric. We have the annoying habit of organizing distant, complicated journeys at the last minute, causing stress to everyone involved. We are very fortunate to have now visited six continents as a family, shockingly without owning decent binoculars. This was our first time in Africa (other than Egypt for me), and our only previous safari was at a game park in Sonoma County.

ITINERARY – MID-JULY 2010:
(Organized by Gamewatchers)
2 nights Nairobi - Macushla House - Fadhili Cottage
3 nights Amboseli Porini - Selenkay Conservancy (by road, then onward by plane)
3 nights Porini Lion - Olare Orok Conservancy (by plane)
1 night Mara Intrepids – (wanted four nights in the Mara and Porini Lion was booked)

HIGHLIGHTS:
Amboseli Porini: Kili views, all-day walking safari, private village visit, hundreds of elephants, cool night drives
Porini Lion: Lions mating, two cheetah kills, wildebeest stampede, zebra crossing, wildebeest crossing, hippo fight, school visit

FLIGHTS:
LAX-BOS-LHR-NBO-LHR-JFK-LAX (long layovers at LHR and JFK on the return)
Mr. Crosscheck has a strict rule requiring us to use mileage on all big vacations…a true challenge for this trip because we didn't start planning until mid-May. To complicate things even more, we had to change our dates for work reasons a week after we booked. We ended up setting a new record: Utilized all classes of travel and all methods of payment. We flew on three separate tickets - First and Economy on AA, Business and Premium Economy on BA. Transatlantic segment were award tickets, US domestic legs were purchased with AA vouchers. One upgrade was achieved with miles/status, the other with cash.

BACKSTORY:
In May, some very generous friends invited me to join them in July on their posh Tanzanian safari - Sasakwa, Katavi, etc. with a famous guide and a chartered plane. Our friends pitied me because for years Mr. Crosscheck has been saying that he had no interest in going to Africa, and it was no secret that I wanted to see the Great Migration somewhere other than on 60 Minutes. But when I told Mr. C about my opportunity of a lifetime, he suddenly changed his tune and suggested that we go as a family instead.

His parameters:
1) Twelve days max...and, of course, we would have to use mileage for part of the trip (traveling through Europe during peak travel season).
2) Boys would have to rearrange their summer jobs, programs and internships.
3) No Afro-chic/nothing over the top – he imposed a budget that was less for the four of us than many safari-goers spend for one.

Add to the above list my requirements:
1) Remote tented camps; excellent guides; a private, open vehicle; cultural encounters and a way to give back to the local community.
2) Had to get the migration to arrive a month early.

Somehow we pulled it off - a spectacular, authentic, classic first-time safari as a family. And the wildebeest cooperated with our time constraints.

NEXT - PACKING STRESS: FORBIDDEN COLORS AND LUGGAGE INDECISION

269 Replies | Jump to bottom Add a Reply
269 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement