Final Kenya/Tanzania Itinerary!

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Mar 20th, 2005, 10:19 AM
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Final Kenya/Tanzania Itinerary!


I want to thank everyone on this board for their numerous postings, which we found most useful, and the excellent feedback and advice we received in the planning of our first safari to Kenya and Tanzania. I can’t tell you how helpful you have been throughout this whole process. I apologize for the long post, but I hope to return the favour and be of some assistance by documenting this process for others who are planning their first safari.

Here are the original two links to my earlier threads asking for, and receiving, some excellent advice back in January:

Help for Kenya / Tanzania Itinerary
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34550833

And
Critique Our Kenya / Tanzania Itinerary Please
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34558228

On the excellent advice of those on this board, the first thing that I did was to finalize a basic itinerary and send this same itinerary to several operators in Canada, US and East Africa (approximately ten). This was very helpful because once we began getting back quotes it was important to be able to compare apples to apples. Based on price, it became apparent very quickly which operators we would continue to work with. In a couple of cases, operators were coming in at US$2,000 more per person. It is no surprise that those prices were from the Canadian and US based operators.

We then narrowed down the list of operators, and began to focus on the itinerary and maximizing our time while on safari. If we changed the itinerary we would request the same change from each operator. This was very helpful because we could compare each change between the operators. As well, this made it easier to keep track of what was included and what wasn’t.

In the end we narrowed down our choice to two operators, one from Kenya and one from Tanzania. To help with the decision I combed through the operators’ websites, looking at policies and other details (e.g., such as how long they have been in business, testimonials, etc.) and I checked references from previous clients. I also asked specific questions of both operators, such as type of vehicles used, experience of the guides, and deposit policies (wire transfer vs. credit card). I also checked with the tourism associations in both Kenya and Tanzania to ensure that these companies are members in good standing.

After all was said and done we chose Tanzania Serengeti Adventures (TSA) and are very happy with the contact we’ve had and their price.

You might be thinking that this is a lot of work, and it is, but US$10,000 is worth the effort and gives me comfort in the fact that I did my research, and planned an itinerary based on our needs and within our price range. It was also a lot of fun!

So here is our final itinerary, and we couldn’t be more excited. Of course now we only have to wait nine months.

January 27 – Feb 12, 2006

Kenya

Day 1) Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, meet upon arrival, overnight Norfolk Hotel (B&B basis)

Day 2) Day in Nairobi – Overnight Norfolk Hotel

Day 3) Fly from Wilson Airport to Samburu, game drives on a shared camp vehicle basis, overnight Samburu Intrepids (B/L/D)

Day 4) Full day Samburu, game drives on a shared camp vehicle basis, overnight Samburu Intrepids (B/L/D)

Day 5) Fly Samburu to Wilson, meet upon arrival, drive to Amboseli National Park, afternoon game drive, overnight Tortilis Tented Camp (B/L/D) http://www.chelipeacock.com/camps/tortilis.htm

Day 6) Full day Amboseli, morning and afternoon game drives, overnight Tortilis Tented Camp (B/L/D)

Day 7) Drive from Amboseli to Namanga for transfer into Tanzania.

Tanzania

Day 7) Transfer from Namanga and drive to Mt. Village Lodge in Arusha, overnight (B&B basis)

Day 8) Depart Arusha for Tarangire Park, Swala Camp overnight (B/L/D)

Day 9) Depart for the Crater, overnight Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (B/L/D) http://www.ccafrica.com/reserve-1-id-2-12

Day 10) Morning Crater floor, overnight Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 11) Depart Ngorongoro for Ndutu, afternoon game drive, overnight Ndutu Safari Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 12) Full day Ndutu, overnight Ndutu Safari Lodge (B/L/D) http://www.ndutu.com

Day 13) Full day Ndutu, overnight Ndutu Safari Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 14) Fly Serengeti to Dar Es Salaam to Ras Kutani http://www.selous.com/coverpage.htm

Day 15) Overnight Ras Kutani

Day 16) Overnight Ras Kutani

Day 17) Drive from Ras Kutani to Dar, dayroom use Holiday Inn, transfer to airport for
outbound flight to Nairobi.





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Mar 20th, 2005, 03:42 PM
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Have a great trip!
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Mar 21st, 2005, 10:29 AM
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Sounds like a wonderful trip. Hope you have a great time!
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Mar 21st, 2005, 01:19 PM
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I am going to follow your directions precisely! I am in the beginning stages of planning my trip for 2006.

Thanks for the clarity.

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