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Any advice on which tour to choose would be appreciated

Any advice on which tour to choose would be appreciated

Mar 25th, 2011, 05:08 PM
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I have 2 point and shoots like ShayTay describes and the highest zoom was 15x.

Safari between cattle herds--interesting. You'll definitely have to talk with the Maasai about their cattle, Mofarmerchick. You'll be a hit with them when they learn you also have a herd.

From past advice, I think I have seen 200 is the least amount of zoom you would want. A teleconverter would increase that.

You can't go off the roads, but there are a whole lot of tracks you can go on that are in addition to the roads. Rarely do I recall animals at great distance that we could not see. There was usually a legal track that allowed closer viewing.
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Mar 26th, 2011, 07:05 AM
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Even with the limitation for keeping to the roads in specific parks - Masai Mara, Serengeti - unless specific areas in any of these, you can... I can't recall being too far from game. Often it's been more "OMG, I can almost reach out and touch" but don't. You can even "smell" the elephants as they move past your vehicle. Or vervet monkeys that have no fear getting close and up for a fight for your dinner roll!
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Mar 28th, 2011, 06:07 AM
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Once again, THANK YOU ALL for the wonderful advice. With $2500 for the lionworldtour, $600 for airfare to Washington, $100 for hotel in Washington the night before leaves $300 of my $3500 budget. Is this enough for tips and at least a couple of items to bring home? I really don't want to go if I cannot amply reward those providing (for me at least) a once in a lifetime experience.
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Mar 28th, 2011, 01:54 PM
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That should be enough. A suggested tip would be $10/day to the driver/guide and $5/day for the camp staff. Most places have a shared tip box for the staff. Then, you have odds and ends... souvenirs, laundry, sodas and other drinks that are not included. Check out the fine print for the tour and see what else might not be included.
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Mar 29th, 2011, 04:35 AM
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Thanks ShayTay - I was hoping it would be but your reassurance has given me a great deal of peace of mind

Oh my gosh - I may actually be going on my #1 dream vacation - someone better pinch me cause this feels like a dream!
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Mar 29th, 2011, 06:13 AM
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"I Dreamed of Africa"... a good book! Start reading books about Kenya, set in Kenya, etc. That's always a good start. Before I went to Kenya in 1998 (my first safari), I started reading "Out of Africa". When I returned, I read it again... an entirely different book! You'll be homesick for Kenya when you return home... the "Africa Experience" is a powerful one. BTW, how are you coming with camera gear? I've got stuff in my closet I could probably lend you (says an ex "TXfarmerchick"!)
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Mar 30th, 2011, 05:02 AM
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Wow Shay - thanks SO much for your awesome offer on the loan - I may have to take you up on that. I haven't really let myself go there yet until I'm sure that the trip is going to be a go - your answer about my budget above has almost sealed the deal but I still have a couple more hurdles to jump bofore I can commit (such as finding a cat/dog/horse sitter for that long - I've never been away from home for more than a week at a time before).

Once I have all my i's dotted and my t's crossed then I will work on specifics of the trip itself.

I have the Canon Rebel and I do have a separate Canon video camera I'm just not sure lugging 2 separate cameras is a good use of my limited packing space.

Anyway, fyi there are no "ex" farmerchicks - once you are you always are even if you are not currently actively practicing. It's in your soul - "you can take the farmerchick out of the country but you can't take the country out of the farmerchick" to borrow the old saying...

God bless and once again THANKS to everyone <- that's me
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Mar 30th, 2011, 06:22 AM
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You're welcome and you're right about never being an "ex" farmerchick. I grew up on a ranch/farm, but moved on as an adult. I think you'll find yourself making a close connection to the land in Kenya. I'm sure you can find someone to "animal sit" and be able to take your "trip of a lifetime"!

I think it would be worth it to take the Rebel AND the video camera... fewer clothes, more cameras! I've always used both on my safaris (now up to 11!) Hopefully, that video camera is one of the smaller camcorder models. Once you're ready to talk about camera gear, e-mail me at divedive99 at aol dot com, since Fodor's has no "private message" capability (hint, hint, Fodor's!)
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