Feedback on Kenya trip in Oct with Lion World Tours

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Mar 13th, 2015, 10:42 AM
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Feedback on Kenya trip in Oct with Lion World Tours

Hi...
4 of us (in late 30ties, active, outdoorsy type) are thinking about going to Safari in Kenya for $3,299 through Lion World Tours on Oct for 8 nights. Is it a good itinerary/ deal? We've never been to safari before and are looking for the best experience/ value.

Oct 19: fly from LAX to DC (not included in $3,299)
Oct 20: Fly from Washington DC to Nairobi via Addis Ababa.
Oct 21: Nairobi - Stay 1 night at Nairobi Serena Hotel
Oct 22-24: Lake Elmenteita (1st day) and Lake Nakuru Lodge (2nd day) - Stay at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp
Oct 25-27: Maasai Mara National Reserve – stay at Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Oct 27: Departure - go to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and fly through Rome, Italy to Washington

Thank you,

Dina
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Mar 15th, 2015, 01:26 PM
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Based on above you have only 4nts safari w/ only 1nt in a camp. With 4pax you'd all be better designing your own safari (where, # of days) and select accommodations better suited for you.

The Mara deserves minimum 3nts. I'd pass on Nakuru and Elementia and replace with Samburu or Laikipia and the Mara.

The problem with these 'group' departures is that dates, routing and accomm are set. While many groups use Serena properties, in 20/yrs I've never stayed at any of these as there are so many other options - smaller, intimate and more attentive to guest needs.
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