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Jul 13th, 2005, 09:33 PM
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help choosing 3 safari itineraries

Aloha, This is my first post and am hoping I can get some suggestions on which of the 3 safari choices I am deciding between would be best. First time to Africa. Going to Kenya/Tanzania in Feb 06.
I have 3 itineraries I’d like any of your expert help on deciding which one would be best.
Friendly Planet: Feb 7 – 18th 2006 - $3699 (and Brendan's and 2 Africa listed below also...)
Day 2: Arrive Nairobi (Kenya). Afternoon arrival in Nairobi, Kenya's vibrant capital. You'll be met and escorted to your deluxe hotel. This evening, your tour director hosts an orientation and reeception. Safari Park Hotel
Day 3: Nairobi. Today you'll visit the home of Karen Blixen, a coffee farmer and famed author of "Out of Africa." Nearby is the Giraffe Center where you'll admire and feed the gentle and rare Rothschild giraffes. Relax at your hotel this afternoon before attending a safari orientation and welcome dinner with local entertainment. (B,D)

Day 4: Nairobi/ Mt. Kenya/Samburu. Samburu Lodge.
Day 5: Ewaso Ngiro River, Samburu. A full day of game viewing starts with an early morning safari. Later this afternoon venture out on additional game viewing.

Day 6: Samburu/Mt. Kenya. After a final morning game-viewing drive depart Samburu Reserve and arrive at the elegant Outspan Hotel, Enjoy a sumptuous lunch before heading into the Aberdares National Park, a wonderland of dense forests, tumbling waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Arrive at your lodge, the only "tree-hotel" ever to be built on the slopes of legendary Mt.Kenya in the middle of the thick forest. From specially built viewpoints you may watch the animals arriving at the floodlit waterhole and saltlicks throughout the evening and night. Serena Mountain Lodge.

Day 7: Mt. Kenya/Lake Nakuru. As you journey southwest today, stop at the impressive Nyahururu Falls and then travel along the magnificent Rift Valley toward Lake Nakuru, Lion Hill Lodge

Day 8: Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara. Traverse the Rift Valley en route to Lake Naivasha. Here, enjoy a scenic boat ride on the lake and lunch before continuing your drive to the fabled Masai Mara National Reserve, Arrive at your lodge, ideally located on the banks of the Talek River surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Tonight enjoy a traditional performance of tribal dances by local Masai Warriors. Mara Simba Lodge
Day 9: The Masai Mara National Reserve is the northern extension of Tanzania's famous Serengeti Plains. Today, enjoy thrilling morning and afternoon game-viewing drives in this photographer's paradise.
Day 10: Balloon Safari. Early this morning you may join an exhilarating optional hot-air balloon safari above the Masai Mara's plains. You may also opt to visit the local Masai Village where you'll learn more about their culture and customs. Included in today's program are additional morning and late afternoon safaris
Tanzania/Ngorongoro Crater 3-night Extension
Your extension includes flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro Airport in Arusha, Tanzania, 2 nights accommodations at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, a full day guided game viewing by Land Rover, one night at the Serena Lake Manyara Lodge, game drive of Lake Manyara Park, 3 meals daily and all transfers. Extension to this Africa travel program starts on day 11.
Day 11: Nairobi/Ngorongoro, Tanzania. This morning a short, scenic flight brings you back to Nairobi where you'll connect to your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival you will be met by your Tanzania guide, enjoy a picnic lunch and drive through Tanzania countryside to Lake Manyara. After checking into your lodge, the evening is at leisure. Serena Lake Manyara Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Crater. Lake Manyara National Park After lunch, drive to Ngorongoro, a World Heritage Site. Arrive at your lodge at the rim of the crater in the late afternoon, in time for dinner. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater. On today's full day excursion, your expert game driver/spotter will lead you on thrilling game-viewing drives by land rover, Picnic lunch is included today.
Day 14: Ngorongoro/Nairobi. After breakfast depart back for Arusha airport. A picnic lunch will be provided before boarding your return flight to Nairobi, where your guide will meet you and escort you back to your hotel where a day room is provided. This evening transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the USA.. Day Room. Safari Park Hotel (B)

Brendan Tours - Feb 5 – 19th 2006 - $3788
East African Explorer
Kenya and Tanzania
15 days • Air & Land
Itinerary

Day 2, Mon. ARRIVE NAIROBI, KENYA.
Early evening arrival in Kenya’s modern capital, you are transferred from the airport to the Safari Park Hotel. Remainder of the day is free.
Day 3, Tue. NAIROBI / MASAI MARA.
After breakfast, depart for the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Drive through the spectacular Great Rift Valley, arriving at your lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon, enjoy a game drive in Masai Mara National Park, which boasts the richest concentration of wildlife in Kenya.
Day 4, Wed. MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE.
A full day game viewing in the Mara.
Day 5, Thu. MASAI MARA / GREAT RIFT VALEY/ LAKE NAKURU.
This morning, travel through the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru, After lunch, enjoy a game drive
Day 6, Fri. LAKE NAKURU / NAIROBI / AMBOSELI.
Head back to Nairobi for lunch, then continue on to Amboseli National Park. Your game viewing starts here en route to the lodge.
Day 7, Sat. AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK.
A full day of game viewing beginning with an early morning game drive,
Day 8, Sun. AMBOSELI / ARUSHA / LAKE MANYARA, TANZANIA.
Cross the border into Tanzania at Namanga, then on to Arusha for lunch at Mountain Village. On the way to Lake Manyara, stop on the escarpment to view the Park below.
Day 9, Mon. LAKE MANYARA / SERENGETI.
Tour Lake Manyara National Park this morning, then on to the Serengeti. Day 10, Tue. SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.
Delight in a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti.
Day 11, Wed. SERENGETI / NGORONGORO.
Morning excursion to Olduvai Gorge, Continue to Ngorongoro.
Day 12, Thu. NGORONGORO CRATER.
Travel by Land Rover to the Ngorongoro Crater floor,
Day 13, Fri. NGORONGORO / ARUSHA / NAIROBI, KENYA.
Leave Ngorongoro this morning and start for Nairobi. Enjoy lunch in Arusha, then cross back into Kenya. Tonight join your traveling companions for a festive Farewell Dinner at the famous Nyama Choma Restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 14, Sat. DEPART NAIROBI.
Day at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight. For those passengers who have a late departure flight from Nairobi, a day room at a hotel may be reserved at an additional cost. (B)

Brendan Hotels
NAIROBI - Safari Park Hotel (SF)
MASAI MARA - Mara Sopa Lodge (F)
LAKE NAKURU - Lake Nakuru Lodge (F)
AMBOSELI - Amboseli Serena Lodge (F)
LAKE MANYARA - Serena Lodge (SF)
SERENGETI - Serengeti Sopa Lodge (SF)
NGORONGORO - Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (SF)


2Afrika tours – Feb 4 – 16, 2006 - $4145:


This evenings Welcome Dinner is at the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant, .

DAY 4 NAIROBI/LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will drive toward the majestic Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park Your afternoon game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park will give you an opportunity to see a vast array of animals
As the day draws to a close, you will retreat to the luxurious Sarova Lion Hill Lodge where accommodations have been made for you for the night. Afternoon Safari Game Viewing Drive

DAY 5 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK/MASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, your journey will continue in a southwesterly direction towards the gentle rolling grass-carpeted hills of Masai Mara National Park. Situated deep within the Masai Mara National Park, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. This afternoon, you will enjoy your first game drive in this paradise made famous in the motion picture “Out of Africa”.
Afternoon Safari Game Viewing Drive

DAY 6 MASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK
Morning and afternoon game drives with highly trained personal guides

DAY 7 MASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK/SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
You leave from the Mara Serena Safari Lodge after breakfast at leisure this morning and enjoy a picnic lunch in the wild prior to passing through Kenya/ Tanzania Customs and Immigration formalities and straight into the overwhelmingly magnificent Serengeti National Park.
Immediately the pace slows down and you enjoy your first safari game drive in this world-renowned pristine wilderness.
Your accommodation in the Serengeti National Park is arranged at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge for a two-night stay in rooms with private en-suite bathroom facilities on a full board meal basis.
Afternoon Safari Game Viewing Drive

DAY 8 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Another glorious day in Africa awaits you today, and a full-day game drive with a stop for a picnic lunch at Seronera In the pristine wilderness that is the Serengeti National Park, you'll enjoy a full-day game drive today in pursuit of the multitude of game that populates the area. Optional Balloon Flight over the Serengeti: approx. $400. p/p
Morning and Afternoon safari game viewing drive

DAY 9 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK/OLDUVAI GORGE
OLDUVAI GORGE/NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Today you will drive from the Serengeti National Park to Olduvai Gorge, for a picnic lunch before proceeding onward to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Accommodation is arranged at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for a 2-night stay
DAY 10 NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Today you will spend an entire day viewing game in the Ngorongoro Crater, enjoying a picnic lunch en route.
Morning safari game viewing drive
Afternoon safari game viewing drive

DAY 11 NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA/LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK/MTO WA MBU VILLAGE
This morning you leave the wonder of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and proceed to the Lake Manyara National Park. The ambiance of the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge is a fusion of lakeside tranquility, towering volcanic splendor and adventure-packed sporting activity.
Cultural Walking Visit To Mto Wa Mbu Village

DAY 12 LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK/ARUSHA
ARUSHA/NAIROBI
NAIROBI/LONDON
This morning you leave the wonder of the Lake Manyara National Park and return to colorful Arusha.
En route to Arusha, time is made for shopping at the Cultural Heritage Center, Tanzania's largest exporters of traditional and cultural souvenirs and the site of the Mila Gallery, which features the works of world-famous African artists.
Your journey continues along the Great North Road to Nairobi.
After arrival, you are transferred to your hotel where accommodation has been arranged for day-room use for your comfort and convenience.
You are at leisure until your Farewell Dinner after which time you are transferred back to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
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