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Our Recent Trip to Kenya & Tanzania

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It's been 2 weeks since we returned from a fabulous trip to Kenya and Tanzania and we wanted to share it with you. We booked a Brendan 'locally hosted' 16 day trip thru Affordable Tours.com. Left JFK on Oct. 31st for London and then on to Nairobi. Found the placard with our name on it and were led to Pollman's Tours booth at the airport. There we got a copy of our itinerary, plane tickets to and from Arusha and a dinner voucher for Carnivore for the last night of our trip. We were informed that we would be having a 'private safari' with our own van and driver. First night was at the Safari Park Hotel. After breakfast we met our driver/guide Musimba and off we went to Samburu where we saw 4 out of the Big 5. Buffalo, elephants, lions and leopards. It was there that we realized that we were probably the only Americans. Europeans, Asians, etc. went to Kenya but very few Americans and we didn't find them. Next stop was the Serena Mountain Lodge with it's 'water hole'. Only one elephant and one hyena showed up at night but the setting was beautiful. Continued on to Lake Nakuru Lodge with all the flamingos. It was there that we saw rhinos which completed the Big 5 in Kenya. We actually saw 2 leopards that day. On to Masai Mara Sopa lodge for 2 nights and had some fabulous game drives. Then it was back to Nairobi for lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel and then to the airport. Said goodbye to Musima and flew Precision Air to Kilimanjaro International airport. We were met by Ranger Safaris and transported to the Arusha Mountain Lodge for one night. We were joined by a woman from Florida and a lovely couple from Belgium. We were now a group of 5 plus our driver/guide, Deo. Went to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge and then to the Serengeti. Stayed at the Serena and Sopa lodges. One night in each. Last stop was the Sopa Lodge at the Ngorongoro Crater. Once more we were fortunate to see the Big 5, this time in Tanzania. Flew back to Nairobi, picked up by Pollman's Tours and taken to the Carnivore for dinner. Then it was back to the airport for our flights home. We experienced everything that our intineraries promised and more. It was like being in the middle of a documentary. We still can't believe the variety of animals that we saw. We used a digital camera for the first time and managed to get some great shots. Thanks for all the tidbits I picked up reading this site for 2 weeks before we left. Changed a little money in Kenya at the airport ATM and carried around loads of US singles, which worked just as well. DID NOT need a transit visa to leave the airport a second time in Kenya. No one ever checked for Yellow Fever inocculation. Some hints: the electric razor outlet in the bathrooms can be used to recharge digital camera batteries and can be used for electric toothbrush recharging. (Using a round 2-prong adapter). ALWAYS bargain for a better price at the curio shops on the road. It was truly a wonderful trip!

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