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May 9th, 2016, 03:31 PM
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Help with safari itinerary with 9 year old

We're interested in traveling to Kenya in March with our well-travelled 9 year old. We've been on safari in the Sabi Sands before (not with our son) and loved not having crowds around. Any recommendations on where to stay in Masai Mara that isn't too difficult to get to from Nairobi and is not outrageously expensive or too crowded?
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May 9th, 2016, 06:20 PM
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How much is outrageously expensive to you?
Where did you stay in Sabi Sands?
The Mara is a short flight from Nairobi. Will that work for you?
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May 10th, 2016, 04:54 AM
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I'd say anything more than $1000 per day for the three of us is too expensive. The short flight is fine. We stayed at elephant plains about ten years ago. Not luxurious, but nice enough for us. Thanks for any suggestions.
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May 10th, 2016, 08:25 AM
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This recent thread applied to a family trip with teens, a lot of very good information here:
http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...eche-camps.cfm
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May 10th, 2016, 02:38 PM
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thanks for the helpful links!
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May 10th, 2016, 06:24 PM
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In March you may be able to stay at Topi House within your budget. http://www.nomadicencounters.com/topihouse.html
It's a private 3 BR home that you have full use of. Private chef, private vehicle, private rangers.My daughters (all grown up ) and I stayed there 6 or 7 nights in 2014 and then moved to Mara House for 2 nights. The rangers are so good and so much fun. Fred and Mpatinga (spelling?) can really find the game. One morning they said "let's go look for a rhino". We drove to where they said we would go and as we were pulling under a large tree to stop for breakfast a rhino was just walking away from there. We saw the Big 5 that day!
http://www.pbase.com/cjw/2014_kenya

I'd go back tomorrow if I could get away.
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May 11th, 2016, 05:41 AM
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Wow, that sounds cool. I'll check it out. Thanks!
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May 12th, 2016, 06:40 AM
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Hi. I am the one taking our teens to Kenya. Almost everyone I asked suggested Sosian for kids. There are many varied activities here for kids-fly camping, camel and horseback riding safaris, river to swim and jump into, a pool etc. Chimp and rhino sanctuary too and lion tracking. Of course there are driving safaris too. We are staying here our first 4 days.
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May 12th, 2016, 10:38 AM
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Ok thanks I'll look into. Sounds ideal!
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May 12th, 2016, 02:35 PM
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I've been to Sosian as well and it's a beautiful camp and does have the extra activities. I was sick and didn't get to do the horseback safari but did do a camel ride. You don't need to plan too much time for the camel ride.
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May 12th, 2016, 04:18 PM
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Cant find the prices on their website- is it about $500-$600 per person per day? Kids prices?
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May 12th, 2016, 04:51 PM
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The rates and specials for Sosian are at the bottom of this page.
http://www.offbeatsafaris.com/sosian/
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May 13th, 2016, 12:43 PM
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Thanks so much. if we stayed here for 4 nights, any suggestions on where to go before or after? We have a total of 10 days.
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May 16th, 2016, 07:42 AM
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after Sosian, we head to Kicheche Laikipia (3 nights) and then Kichecheche Mara (4 nights). It is not a traditional route but it seems to have the most varied activites for the kids (canoe ride, rhino and chimp sanctuary, walking safaris and cultural experiences etc.) vs more time in the Mara which is (I have been advised) more focused on game drives. All these camps are very good with children too.
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May 16th, 2016, 03:33 PM
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Ok thanks. I agree, just game drives with kids for many days in a row might not work out so well. I'm still a little sticker shocked by the prices in Kenya. Our safari in South Africa was so much less expensive!
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May 17th, 2016, 06:56 AM
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SA would have been a lot cheaper. I wanted the cultural experience and the small tented camps and the wide open spaces that lead me to Kenya.
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