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sarahlouise Jul 24th, 2007 01:23 AM

help on travel
my hubby & 16 yr old daughter are about to go to kenya and doing safaris what do i take on safari ie clothes what money do i take insect repellent is there big spiders oh all the rest this is our first time so as much advice as poss please also we are staying at whitesands hotel have i choose a good un? ta x

Feistybrit Jul 24th, 2007 01:58 AM

Hello. You sound like you are British? Or am I completely wrong?
Regarding your questions, I am sure there are some Fodorites here who can answer your questions. I too am planning a first time safari with my daughter and I have spent a lot of time researching here.
There is a wealth of information to be found on all of the questions you ask. I would start with a search on each particular issue or question you have and see what these seasoned travellers have to offer in regards to any of the situations.
This website is wonderful for checking things and reading reviews.
Good luck.

Nyamera Jul 24th, 2007 02:04 AM

Hello Sarahlouise,
Have a look at Lyndaís very comprehensive packing list.;tid=34802443

Thereíre big spiders, but you donít see them that often and they arenít a problem. Whitesands is a beach resort in Mombasa thatís probably more than good. Where are you going on safari?


aby Jul 24th, 2007 02:38 AM

Hi sarahlouise

Have you already booked your safari?
if not give us your plan & you can get a lot of opinions/tips/remarks about it.

i've been to Whitesands a few times. what would you like to know specifically?

my best advice for you:
1. read from this INDEX of safari-reports

2. search this board on any keyword you mentioned - in the box above

3. wander around this forum thrteads &read a bit the relevant threads


aby Jul 24th, 2007 03:19 AM

BTW there are big spiders on HUGE webs between trees (called palm-spiders)
no need to worry
IMO they are so interesting since they are found in groups...
they will not walk in your room though!

look at the picture to get a proportion

Nyamera Jul 24th, 2007 03:52 AM

Thereíre baboon spiders as well.

ann_nyc Jul 24th, 2007 04:35 AM

I was pleasantly surprised to find fewer bugs than I expected in Kenya. I guess I was a little bit afraid that it would be like a bad movie scene, but while the bugs were occasionally annoying, they weren't scary.
You do want to bring insect repellent, for the mosquitos, however.

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