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Flight options from SFO to NBO for JUL-SEPT '10, fav agents?

Flight options from SFO to NBO for JUL-SEPT '10, fav agents?

Feb 19th, 2010, 01:59 PM
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I meant 2 Mara locations.
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Feb 19th, 2010, 02:06 PM
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Patty -

Your assumption for using own guide//vehicle throughout would be less than exclusive use of vehicle from a particular lodge/camp is a good one. However, I recently priced an itinerary and was surprised when it didn't quite work out that way. Ha! ha! Gotta check and double-check and ask the right questions.

One thing for sure if with your own guide/vehicle, know that some of the small and not so small camps don't accept guests except on a GP-game package basis (not the larger camps or lodges) where activities are provided by camp guides/staff/vehicles.

An advantage though of your own guide/vehicle is that there is no transfer fee if splitting properties between reserve/conservancy.
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Feb 19th, 2010, 02:29 PM
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I agree that using your own guide/vehicle is not the best, most cost effective or even a possible option in every circumstance, but I think TigerPhotog's criteria (preference for lodges, multiple locations) tips the balance more toward own guide/vehicle. I also agree that various options should be priced for comparison.
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Feb 19th, 2010, 03:28 PM
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Patty,
$3500 (the lowest so far) is for 7 nights in mara including fly-in to and from Wilson !
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Feb 19th, 2010, 03:29 PM
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I usually use proven and tested guides for my photography purposes. Sometimes that means payinga bit more...one came up with $5500/ 7 nights ...even costlier than my Tanzania in peak season price. haha...this is getting interesting.
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Feb 19th, 2010, 04:19 PM
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forgot to mention...these rates are for 2 people, not single.
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Feb 19th, 2010, 05:08 PM
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I'm certainly getting confused. Oh well, Friday night, time for a glass of wine. Good luck, TigerPhotog. I'm following this thread with interest!
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Feb 20th, 2010, 05:01 PM
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Sandi, I have to take a very slight safety issue with you regarding the following advice …
"Just pack your camera gear as compact as possible and not even present it at weigh-in, you might get away with it. Only put your clothing duffle on the scale and as Patty says, they won't weigh the stuff on the return from Mara... "

Take off weights being critical, especially to some of the small planes, surely the most responsible thing to do is to get your stuff weighed and pay the excess. At least then you know that your pilot has factored in the correct weights for take off. I'm sure they have some degree of flexibility but perhaps not to accommodate all of us doubling our allowance.

I paid $23 in overweight luggage (which was annoying, I agree) and I wish that there was a little more of an allowance because most of us want to take quite a bit of camera gear which is heavy. However, although it may seem that I work for the 'fun police' I'd rather not see anyone advocate not getting bags weighed in on small planes. Now the big jets is a totally different matter!

Fill your pockets with lenses and accessories and waddle onto the jet, MTOW is not going to be affected by an extra smuggled 10kg or so.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 10:46 AM
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twaffle -

...believe me, regardless how/what the boarding paxs in NBO tries to avoid having weighed, if what they've got is obviously "heavy" the pax will be hit with a fee...

The pilot will still check what gets loaded as luggage and what every pax brings as "carry-on" and if he say "no way" then it's a fee. One can only hope that it's not a full plane, which in June is possible.

In TP's case, since he'll likely be staying at one place for the duration (even if at two) and as laundry can be done at reasonable cost, don't believe he'll need that much in his main bag... it might be underweight. I for one who doesn't have heavy photo equip, my duffle, even for 3/weeks, comes in about 8-10/lbs under the 33/lbs allowed.

The rules/regs are what they are and you go with the flow... sometimes you pay, other times not.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 11:37 AM
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As long as safety isn't compromised then I have no problem.
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Mar 3rd, 2010, 12:56 PM
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While looking for something else, I came across this http://www.maratriangle.org/public-forum/post/904764 which says that tickets are currently transferable between the 2 sides of the reserve so within the reserve itself at least, $60/pppd should cover you.
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