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Hi! We are departing in a few weeks on our very first safari. Our basic itinerary includes Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. We are doing two different week-long group trips with a few days on our own as well. After reading lots of posts on this board, I still have just a few questions for the experts!

I was planning on bringing hiking boots, tennis shoes, and flip-flops along but then read a post stressing the importance of sandals. Should I replace the hiking boots with walking sandals? What about tse-tse flies attacking ankles?

We are visiting Kenya and Tanzania and are planning on bringing quite a bit of American cash along, but there seems to be some discrepancy on local currency. Will restaurants, taxis, grocery stores, and markets take USD? What about in Arusha? We will get a bit of local currency regardless, but do we need both Kenyan and Tanzanian shillings to get by?

Lastly, does anyone know approximately what hours the Masai market in Arusha is open? We will be getting into town in the late afternoon but would like to stop by and check it out.

Thanks!

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