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What to do with our extra day in Kenya?

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I just changed our outbound flights for next Jan so we could leave one day earlier. By doing so, I was able to get a more direct routing cutting our total travel time down to a mere 22 hours instead of nearly 30.

Here's what we have booked:

Day 1 - arrive NBO 6:00am, stay ?
Day 2/3 - Galdessa, Tsavo East
Day 4/5 - Satao Rock, Taita Ranch
Day 6/7 - Lion Rock, Lumo Sanctuary
Day 8/9 - Finch Hattons, Tsavo West
Day 10 - fly to Wilson, drive to Sandai
Day 11/12 - Sandai
Day 13 - Holiday Inn, Nairobi
Day 14 - 9:00am flight to SEZ

Except for Tsavo West to Wilson, the itinerary is all drive, but most are reasonable except the long drive from Nairobi to Galdessa (don't want to pay for the charter).

The simplest thing would be to stay in Nairobi on Day 1 and that could also act as a buffer day in case of any flight issues, but it's not the most exciting idea.

My other thought was to stay somewhere "on the way" to Galdessa to break up the long drive, only there really isn't a whole lot on the way. I've been interested in staying at Satao Elerai near Amboseli since I found out about it but it's a bit of a detour south off the Mombasa highway for 1 night, isn't it?

Yet another idea was to fly to somewhere on the coast, Mombasa or Malindi after arrival in NBO, spend the night and drive to Tsavo East (or Taita Ranch, I could switch the order if coming from Mombasa) the following day which would cut the drive in half vs coming from Nairobi, I think. Not sure if it's worth flying out and spending 1 night on the coast to accomplish this and it'd be awfully hot to try to do any sightseeing in Jan, wouldn't it? Most likely we'd just spend the rest of our day by the pool or in an air conditioned room. That actually doesn't sound half bad :? OTOH I could stay in Nairobi and do that.

Or I could fly out to Mombasa and head some place like Shimba Hills for the first night before going to Tsavo East (or Taita Ranch). Anyone have comments on the various options of places to stay in/around this area? Anyone been to Shimba Hills?

Finally, I could torment my TO yet again by shifting the entire Tsavo portion of our itinerary up one day and head straight out to Galdessa on Day 1. I don't like the idea of driving for 6 hours on arrival day (though that was what we were originally going to do before I moved our flights up one day), but that would enable me to stay at Satao Elerai on Day 9 which makes more sense from a driving standpoint (coming from Tsavo West) and I can still take a scheduled flight from Amboseli back to Wilson on Day 10.

Regardless of the option, I'd like to keep it to around $600ish (total for the 2 of us). If I spend any more than that, I might as well take a charter to Galdessa ;)


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