I'm on the road again - Tanzania & Kenya

Old Apr 19th, 2006, 05:53 AM
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I'm on the road again - Tanzania & Kenya

Well, I finally pulled it together. Though starting planning in Nov/Dec, caught up with planning safaris for clients. Just confirmed my our visit to my favorite countries.

Leaving May 24 to Tanzania (short visit) and Kenya (longer stay).
25 May - Arusha
26 May - Arusha
27 May - Fly to NBO - House of Waine
28 May - Private Charter to just south of Lk. Turkana - o/n Desert Rose
29 May - Desert Rose
30 May - Desert Rose
31 May - Private Charter to NBO; drive to and o/n Shompole
01 Jun - Shompole
02 Jun - Private Charter to TsavoW - o/n Finch Hatton's
03 Jun - Finch Hatton's
04 Jun - Fly to NBO; fly to Mara - o/n Richard's Camp
05 Jun - After lunch transfer to and o/n Saruni Camp
06 Jun - Late flight from Mara to JKIA and home

Short, but sweet!


 
Old Apr 19th, 2006, 06:05 AM
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How wonderful! And we'll be getting some expert reports on places we have not had reporting.
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Old Apr 19th, 2006, 06:18 AM
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Ohh, Shompole looks amazing. Can't wait to hear your impressions. Have a wonderful trip!
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Old Apr 19th, 2006, 06:35 AM
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Ooohhh
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Old Apr 19th, 2006, 06:41 AM
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Good for you! (I still think you should pop over to Zambia for a drink!) ;-)

Looking forward to hearing about it seeing some photos.

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Old Apr 19th, 2006, 06:54 AM
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Sandi,
I'm unfamiliar with the above mentioned - are they very rustic

I guess you don't need any travel advice from us - your trip looks delightful.
Enjoy!
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Old Apr 19th, 2006, 07:18 AM
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Have a great time Sandi!

Please take your GPS and mark the roads, lodges for us
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That sounds amazing Sandi! Any websites we can look at on Desert Rose, Saruni and Shompole?
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Old Apr 19th, 2006, 08:46 AM
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Great Sandi! Won't be long! Have a great trip!
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Old Apr 19th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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Desert Rose
http://www.chamchela.com/03destRose.htm

Shompole
http://www.shompole.com/

Finch Hattonís
http://www.finchhattons.com/

Saruni
http://www.sarunicamp.com/

Richardís
http://www.richardscamp.com/

Waine
http://www.houseofwaine.com/



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Old Apr 19th, 2006, 10:11 AM
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Alright! Try to have a good time; I know how difficult that can be for you.
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Old Apr 19th, 2006, 11:05 AM
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GPS - of course you're kiddin' I don't even own a cellphone.

Rustic, moi? Except for Richard's which is lux rustic, the others are lux. Hey, you're talking to a fru-fru gal. I even checked for those that have sufficient power for a hair dryer. Yeh, I know what you're probably thinking.

Sharon - I'd love to "pop over" for a drink, but even this is too tight a schedule for me... but client's call!

Thanks all!
 
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shoot-sandi-you anticipated my question about hair dryer capacity--
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Desert Rose... so interesting! Can I ask, are you planning to do any trips from there or just hang out? Have you been before?

And how much is a private charter up there from Nairobi?

(Just in case a couple of extra days vacation drop into my lap this December)

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Old Apr 20th, 2006, 05:16 AM
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We sure hope to do day-trips while at Desert Rose. Where, we're not certain. And though just chilling at their pool is enticing, it defeats the purpose. At end May, there may still be rain, so weather dependent, will determine where we go. You can be sure, Lake Turkana itself, is on the list. And probably a desert safari. I'd amaze myself to get atop another camel, but, why not? It was rather fun last year.

Oh, the flights to DR - tres, tres expensive. It's about $1,600-$1,700 return for two pax. We're actually flying a scheduled flight NBO/Nanyuki then picking up the Charter... it saved us a few $$, but not much. So the figure combines both the scheduled and charter price. Believe the straight charter from NBO is a bit higher.

Flight time w/connection in Nanyuki is 2/hrs., then about a 30-min drive to the camp.

Hair dryer power at DR, Finch Hatton's and Shompole (the latter, when the generator is on). Insufficient power at Richard's or even Saruni. Believe, I'll survive the last two days. It wasn't even an unusual request. Seems there are fru-fru gals out there.

 
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Desert Rose looks great. Are you planning to do the camel trek?
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Wow Sandi, that flight is not cheap is it? I tried to think of it as $200 per hour and it didn't sound so bad, but perhaps we'll just have to take the camels up there a la Wilfred Thesiger... ;-) Do hope you make a little camel safari - it really does look like a great experience - although I don't think they have anywhere to plug in a hairdryer


Don't worry Nyamera, I already know all about Mr. Thesiger - he's not a potential new hero, but I do like reading about his trips.
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Old Apr 20th, 2006, 11:36 AM
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Kimburu,
Iím still looking for a real hero. Iíll tell you when Iíve found one.
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Nyamera, look no further. Here I am.

Just kidding.

Sandi, Shompole looks great; they certainly have a killer website. And hairdryers aside, have you been to Lake Turkana before?
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Leely,
When Iím looking for a hero Iím actually trying to help Kimburu Ė he needs to dress like a hero when on safari.

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