Do I really Want to See the Great Migration?


Jul 18th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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christabir, did you ever do a trip report on your "less expensive" South Africa trips?
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Jul 18th, 2012, 12:54 PM
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Yes, because the Tanzanian government is going to completely destroy it by building a highway for mining through it in a year or two.

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Jul 18th, 2012, 02:03 PM
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Well, I'm late to this thread, but those who posted covered it. Basically, there are just too many choices as to routing of your safari depending on time of year visiting, whether you do Kenya or Tanzania only or a combo of each. With 10/days or less, stick to one country... they're not at close as they appear on a map.

Rhino, black & white - at Lewa and Ol Pejeta.

At Samburu, species not found elsewhere as: reticulated giraffe, gerenuk antelope, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, camel, wild dogs. As well, of course, large elephant herds.

At Amboseli, lots of ellees. A friend recently back advised that there were over 140 babies born this past year... so many little chubbies, whoopie!

When it comes to that all too amazing scene from "Out of Africa" where Denys flies Karen over Africa and all those flamingoes... it wasn't at Lake Nakuru, rather at Lake Natron where the flamingoes birth their young. Just a bit of trivea folks

Leslie, you'll get it together... keep the faith and we're here to assist.
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Jul 18th, 2012, 05:01 PM
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"Atravelynn - Funny, I don't know what a gerenuk is, but the Waco is an open cockpit replica of a 1930s biplane piloted by Will Craig who owns the Lewa Wilderness Safari Lodge."

Oh, well, I learned something. Thank you, LeslieC! Now if we stick a gerenuk in the Waco, and fly it around, that's a safari I'll pay to go on! Actually, that would be animal cruelty, but the visual is kind of funny.

So now Lake Natron is in the itinerary, right, Sandi? Given the amount of days available, another lake may have to suffice.
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Jul 24th, 2012, 05:10 AM
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Last summer I was in Kenya and at Lake Nakuru I saw both White and Black Rhino as well as thousands of flamingo along the lake's edge. From high up on picnic point Baboon Rock (the name should be taken literally, I had my jam sandwich pinched by a cheeky baboon up there!) the edges of the densely populated lake look pink!
Also at Nakuru I saw lions, giraffe, zebra, a hippo out of water (apparently rare during the day), hyaenas, an ostrich, baboons and wild dogs as well as the 'usual' wildebeests and different species' of antelope.
No matter how many people have seen a certain animal in one place, it's never guaranteed! I went to Nairobi National Park and was told that other than the Mara it was where I would most likely see lions and I didn't see a single predator in my 10 hour day. Yet after a morning in Nakuru I was watching a male and a female lion laze about in the sun before the male went off to hunt some pray for his missus and ended up confronting another nearby lion.. It's all about being in the right place at the right time!
In terms of elephants the only place I saw any was on Mount Kenya and surprisingly enough hiding in the rain forest whilst two elephants block your path is not such an enjoyable experience! I hear they're often found in Amboseli though and of course there's the elephant orphanage in Nairobi where viewing is guaranteed but honestly it's more like a zoo with triple the tourists!
If you had any time to spare I really would recommend Naivasha, they have a brilliant range of accommodation available at the edge of the lake (I stayed at Cornelly's camp, it was wonderful!) by day you can take boat tours on the lake to see the hippos with local guides and by night you can tip-toe down to the edge of the campsite, marked out by a single electric wire, and silently watch hippo's munching on grass one or two meters away from you.. I spent three nights in Naivasha and each night I was up just lying on the grass in awe of the hippos, it was a real treat! Hell's Gate gorge is there as well which is absolutely breathtaking.
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