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Jul 30th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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I don't think I have ever been so unprepared for something. You found the perfect words for the recap - no worries there.

You are a very kind and special woman. Thanks for being out there.

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Aug 6th, 2006, 04:14 PM
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http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34805266 (report)

This is a report from net_warrior’s 2nd trip to Africa along with his mom. Loving the first one so much from Oct 2004, they decided to go again in early of 2006. Now, first off, he says he isn’t a good writer – but I, as well as everyone else, have to disagree. He has a marvelously humorous way to get his point across to us, and, if one could really win an award for Truth In Travel, net_warrior should win it. He booked out of England with AFRICAN SAFARIS, they used the ground operator RANGER SAFARIS for a private drive safari. He gives us frank opinions, no holds barred; on the lodges, the service, the ground operator, the outfitter and, last but not least, the guide and the vehicle. Fortunately the first thing he packed on his trip was his sense of humor – he has some amazing stories!

Lodges and camps used in Tanzania were:

Arusha – Moivaro Lodge
Tarangire NP – Kikoti Camp
Ngorongoro CA – Ngorongoro Farm House
Serengeti – Sopa Lodge
Serengeti - Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Serengeti - Mbalageti Tented Lodge
Lake Manyara – Serena Lodge
Arusha – Kigongoni Lodge (reports no spiders by the way….)
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Aug 7th, 2006, 10:28 AM
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http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34815285 (Kenya)
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34815342 (Rwanda)
http://richardfh.zippyvideos.com/gallery.z (gorilla video)

This is Richard’s report of his ‘off the beaten track’ safari of his first trip to Africa with a group of 7 that he put together. Booked through GAMEWATCHERS, it is a wonderful, fact-filled report, with links to websites and lots of great information. He has given us some very good descriptions of what to expect at some of the less common lodges and camps that they stayed in, along with his recommendations. Describing the gorilla trek to the Sabyinyo group, Richard sums it all up by saying ‘by far, one of the best hours of my life’. His exciting itinerary was:

Nairobi – Ngong House
Samburu – Larsen’s Tented Camp
Nairobi – Norfolk Hotel
Lake Naivasha – Chui Lodge
Maasai Mara – Porini Camp
Selenkay (near Amboseli Park) – Porini Camp
Nairobi – Norfolk Hotel
Kigali, Rwanda – drive to Mountain Gorillas Nest Hotel
Goma, Congo – short visit at Congo border
Kigali – lunch at Milles des Collins Hotel before returning home

Follow the link above to his videos on the gorilla encounter. They are just so cute!
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Aug 13th, 2006, 10:07 AM
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http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34813632 (report)
www.kenyacabot.shutterfly.com (photos – use sunshine for password)

This is a short, but descriptive report of Ann’s trip to Lamu, Malindi and the Seychelles. Ann has given us a little background on the island of Lamu and a bit about Malindi. Her pictures are the star of the show though – the varieties of underwater fish that she saw were incredible – and the quality of her underwater shots will be envied by all who have snorkeled!

Places mentioned:

Lamu – Lamu Palace
Malindi – Coral Key Beach Resort


http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34821686 (report)

Here is a beautifully written, emotional, fresh and sparkling report that will stay with you long after you read it. An African addict since she was a child, Teri finally took the plunge and booked a trip to Africa with her sister through THOMPSON SAFARIS. Teri is an enthusiast, descriptive writer, who gives us refreshing and honest stories of her trip, along with some reflections on the ‘life changing’ values that she went through from her trip.

Her Classic Camping Safari itinerary was:

Arusha - Mountain Village Lodge
Tarangire – Classic Camp
Ngorongoro CA – Gibb’s Farm
Ngorongoro CA - Classic Camp
Serengeti – Serengeti Lodge
Serengeti - Wildlife Camp
Arusha – Mt. Meru Hotel (day room)


http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...actravel&fid=4 (report)

This is Kay’s report of her trip to Kenya with LUXURY TOURS out of Florida, with the ground operator being TRAVEL WILD. Kay has described some of lodgings along with good descriptions of the parks and areas she stayed in. There is also a link to some of her fabulous wildlife shots, on her website, once on her website, click ‘buy items’, from there you can enlarge the picture on the right hand side by clicking on the top right corner. Be sure to click on the controversial picture of the lions resting on the TOP of the acacia tree, in the branches – quite a discussion developed on this topic within the thread!

Her itinerary included:

Nairobi – Karen Blixen Cottages
Nairobi – House of Waine
Lake Nakuru – Mbweha
Sweetwaters Game Reserve – Great Tented Camp
Lake Naivasha – Kiangazi House
Maasai Mara – Serian Tented Camp
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Aug 14th, 2006, 12:42 PM
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Lynda: I'm having trouble making this link work:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...actravel&fid=4 (report)


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Aug 14th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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Sorry, Cyn - looks like I didn't go one step further when I copied that address - usually I do a search on their name to see if I can see anything else about the itinerary when I am missing details - and that was the link I ended up posting!
Try this one-

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Thanks Lynda - works great now!

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http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34827612 (report)

http://members.aol.com/bhilton665/tanzania_rainy_2006/ (pictures & commentary)

After having such a great time on safari in January of this year, Bill and Carolyn could just not wait to get back to Tanzania! This time they booked a private safari with one of their favorite drivers from their January group trip. Dubbed ‘Master Photographers’ by many on this board – they did not disappoint us with their absolutely incredible photographs. The itinerary was:

Lake Manyara – Serena Lodge (for optimum bird sightings)
Serengeti – Serena Lodge (for big game – a walloping 7 nights there!)
Lake Manyara – Serena Lodge (to break up the drive back to Arusha)

Thinking that the drought from January would continue, Bill and Carolyn expected dry weather, but landed up in the middle of the rains. Deciding to make the best of it though, they had some pretty incredible sightings which he describes in his report, along with of course – the proof – his not to be missed pictures!


http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34827329 (report)

http://web.mac.com/mstickle/iWeb/Mar...te/Photos.html (photos)

In June, Marty, his wife and 2 of their friends embarked on a private drive safari with TANZANIA PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS for Tanzania, ORIGINS for Kenya and PRIMATE SAFARIS for Rwanda. Marty has given us some really fabulous descriptions of the animal sightings, some general information pointers, and some great information on the lodges and the food there. The highlight is reading about his incredible gorilla trek to see the Amahoro Group, as well as a Golden Monkey hike. As more and more come back and write about the encounter so vividly, more and more of us decide to book!

Their itinerary was:

Arusaha - Dik Dik Hotel
Serengeti - Mobile Camping Nyabeho/Seronera
Tarangire - Kikoti Camp
Amboseli - Tortilis Camp
Lewa Downs - Lewa Camp
Masai Mara - Kichwa Tembo
Kinigi, Rwanda – Mountain Gorilla’s Nest Lodge
Kigali - Novotel-Kigali


http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34829270 (grandmother’s trip report)

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34829017 (11 yr. old granddaughter’s trip report)

This is a short, but good descriptive report of Carol & Al’s trip to Africa with their 11 yr old granddaughter Rebecca. In Rebecca’s report, Carol gives us a few hints on traveling on safari with kids, along with Rebecca’s highlights and things that she didn’t enjoy as much. Their itinerary included:

Serena Mountain Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater
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Dec 17th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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Help--I have lost my threads on what to pack--there were several good lists--unfortunately they have disappeared from my favorites. We are going to Kenya for two weeks Jan 15 and I am starting to become nervous--I thought I had the list of what to take covered and now I cant find them. Any help will be most appreciated. Thanks Jan
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put "Packing list" in the search box above & start packing
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Dec 17th, 2006, 03:48 PM
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Just to let everyone know that this particular thread was redone in chronological order, with easier to read itineraries, as a NEW East Africa Trip Report Index at :

NEW East Africa Index:

The new one is being updated regularily, this one is now null and void

Also address for the current Southern Africa Index is:
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