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SAFARI TRIP REPORT - better late than never!

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I'd like to thank everyone on this forum again for all your help in planning our first safari. Sorry for the delay but I spent most of the last few months processing and cataloguing the photos from out trip.

I don't want to write a lengthy trip report. Instead I have arranged my photo gallery day by day and have given a brief day's account at the top of each gallery. I hope a picture will be worth a thousand words... but I warn you, there are a LOT of pictures!!!

I will however give my overall impressions:

We did a 12-13 day Kenya/Tanzania dry season safari last September. The parks covered were Samburu, Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tarangire and Ngorongoro. All were very special and different. I'm glad we chose this itinerary even though it involved some flying. The cost was nominal compared to the time saved from driving and the game viewing that we maximized.

Good Earth tours was a fine operator who gave us a lot of "bang for our buck" and sent private drivers ahead to meet us for our fly-in parks. There was a small itinerary mix-up when we got to Tanzania but it was resolved quickly. The real credit to them was the partner they chose for our Kenyan safari (which was the largest part of the trip) Safari Line.

SafariLine was an exemplary operation that treated us like family... maybe better
Catherine greeted us at the airport with Matthew (our future Mara guide). We really came to appreciate his kindness and the love he has for what he does. We had the pleasure of using three of their guides and they were all excellent. Catherine met us at every junction and even left us with a parting gift. A real class act without the expense and impersonal feel of some of the big guys.

We really loved Kenya as a whole. Tanzania was really nice too but we felt really comfortable in Kenya and the quality of the parks was unmatched. We were a bit worried as we had come across a lot of "bad press" regarding Kenya. When planning our safari there was a certain sense that Tanzania was a safer place to go. I now think this has a lot more to do with Tanzania "playing ball" politically with certain super-powers where Kenya has taken a more independant stand. There's a feeling around that it's a "bad place" and their products are inferior to TZ. I don't know but they seemed to have better infrastructure, a higer level of education, lower poverty and we just felt a lot safer there... but maybe a lot of that had to do with the quality of our tour agency, so take it with a grain of salt.

Overall we had a great time and wished we could do it every year.
We're leaving for Thailand in a few days and I wanted to make sure I wrapped this trip up before starting on a new one.

Thanks again to all you Fodorites and here's my link if you want more info and lots of pics!


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