Arrival Nairobi and information on Serengeti lodging

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Dec 10th, 2005, 12:57 PM
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Arrival Nairobi and information on Serengeti lodging

I am now trying to nail down some of the details in our safari. It looks as if we will be arriving in Nairobi around 9:30am.
We will probably be very tired and not up to much sight seeing. We will havea room at the Intercontinental Hotel that evening. But, what do we do all day?

Also, we will be in the Serengeti in February, 2007 as part of our northern circuit safari. We hope to see the migration. We planned 2 days in the south part of the park. However,we could add 2 more to our stay there. We are considering Natudu Lodge, Kusini Camp and Moble camping.
Does anyone have any advice? Is it a good idea to stay more than 2 days and at which lodging would you pick?
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Dec 10th, 2005, 02:20 PM
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If planning for February 2007, good for you getting an early start.

You should spend more than 2-days in the Serengeti at the time you are traveling as it's the wildebeest "calving" time. At minimum 3-days, preferrably 4-days.

As to what to do in Nairobi, there are plenty of interesting sights to visit - your tour operator should be able to arrange a full day for you.

Morning, visit the Daphne Sheldrik Elephants orphanage, lunch, visit to Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Center, Kazuri Beads, other shopping. There's lots to keep you busy.

Once you have an idea of your itinerary, post it here if you wish feedback.
 
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Dec 10th, 2005, 05:43 PM
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We would only be able to stay 3-4 days in the Serengeti. Where would you stay in February in order to have the best chance to see the migration?

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Dec 11th, 2005, 05:27 AM
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Rugesana:
Here is a recent thread that contains a discussion of the best places to be in Feb. for the migration.

If you want to see pictures of the various accommodations, go to eben's website www.go-safari.com--to Tanzania, to the serengeti and to lodges and camps-you will see pictures of Ndutu Lodge, Kusini and the various mobile camps.

As sandi has indicated, you should add the exta 2 days and consider splitting your time between 2 locations.

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34715832
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Dec 11th, 2005, 05:28 AM
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Hello, you should stay for 2 nights in ndutu area and 2 nights moru kojpes area, so the chances of seeing the migration will increase. Eben,bat what is your opinion???
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Dec 11th, 2005, 05:47 AM
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If you're not up to much site seeing, just relax at the hotel. They will be able to store your luggage... and you will probably be able to get your room, have a wash, nap and freshen up.

Sheldrick is something to see if you still have the energy... it'll take you 35 mins to get there and 35 back, the elephants are brought out at about 11. (see my blog for Nov 12th http://spaces.msn.com/members/simonru/ )

The park is also available... Nairbo National Park.

Or if you want something to eat... a relaxing walk around some shops and a decent food court there's always Village Market.

There's also an animal orphanage at the National Park itself... the hotel should be able to give you details
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Dec 11th, 2005, 12:12 PM
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This thread will also be helpful. Eben reported on the some of the seasonal camps--in a different area than they will be in Feb. I do not know if he is reading and reporting at the moment but as I understand it, he will be staying at EMC over New Year's and will be giving a report in Jan about the mobile camps in the Ndutu area.

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34711271
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Dec 11th, 2005, 04:56 PM
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Hi Bat, still trying to get accomodation in the moru area in feb,can't find any. Any tips????
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Dec 13th, 2005, 04:51 AM
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The most important point is the way they organize the tours into the wilderness (kind of vehicles - jeep is better than bus, on-road or off-road etc.).
We have stayed in Kichwa Tembo in Masai Mara. It was phantastic! You sleep in super-comfortable tents (with private shower and toilet), the main house with restaurant is stylish English, they have a nice pool and evening programs (like Masai dancing around an open fire).
But the best is: You drive off-road through the park in open jeeps. There is no better way to come close to the animals. Once, a lion came so close that you could touch her (better not!).
They make two tours, at dawn and dusk. Our guide and driver was a well-educated biologist who negociated the vehicle masterly through rivers and mud. During the day you can visit a Masai village.
Two nights are okay. That means, you have four tours into the wilderness and a relaxing day to spend.
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