Is a safari boring after 8 days?

Mar 15th, 2004, 01:45 PM
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Cronen -

Though you mentioned you already have your international air tickets, you've never mentioned when you arrive in NBO on Day 1. If you arrive in the morning, I would suggest you spend the first day in NBO and overnight there first night. By doing this, you can, after you've checked into your hotel, arrange to drive out to the Giraffe Center. Here you will all, especially your child (by the way, how old?), be able to see giraffes "up close and personal" and even hand feed them.

Your little one will think you are the best! A prince of a man! And you two adults will enjoy this also.

Afterwards, you can just relax from your long flight, have dinner and a good nights sleep - and ready for your adventure the next day.

On your last itinerary, I noticed you had 3-nights at Ngorongoro crater. Too much, you only need 2-nts, the one on day of arrival, the following day you will spend in the crater, then that evening = 2 nts. Then head into the Serengeti.

Also note, that a day at camps/lodges is from Lunch thru Breakfast following day, and so on. So if flying from the Mara and having lunch in NBO is good, but realize you still have a long haul after lunch from NBO to Amboseli, especially on portion from Namanga into Amboseli.

hlphillips - good to hear the road to Manyara/Ngorongoro has been paved.

anyone - Cronen indicates on his latest itinerary that road from Amboseli/Namanga or vice versa is paved???? I don't think so. Can someone clarify this for Cronen and myself.

I know that the road from NBO to Namanga to Arusha is paved and from Arusha to the Lake Manyara cut-off is paved; and with hlphillips recent info above paved onto Manyara to Ngorongoro.
Mar 15th, 2004, 03:59 PM
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I drove from Amboseli to Namanga the end of January. They were working on the road with large graders leveling it off and moving the rocks but there was no pavement at that time anyway.
It was not a bad drive.

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Mar 15th, 2004, 05:24 PM
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Cronen: I do not think two days is enough for the Masai Mara. We were there for four and I could have stayed longer - however, we were not traveling with a child. This is especially true depending on what time of year you are traveling there. If during the Migration (which July is - depending on the rains, of course) I can guarantee that if you spend only two nights there, you will be disappointed that you did not stay longer. If you are traveling in July, I would skip the Serengeti and spend the time in the Mara. Fly into the Mara and stay at a camp furthest from where most of the drive-in safari goers stay. I would suggest the Mara Serena area, Kichwa Tembo, Governor's Camp - in those areas. Less crowded than other areas of the park. Good luck in your planning.
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Mar 16th, 2004, 04:25 AM
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Jan - Thanks. Glad to know that something is being done with the Namanga to Amboseli road. A simple dirt road is sure better that what many of us have previously experienced. Now lets, hope that this dirt road doesn't turn to mud during the rains! LOL
Maybe one year they'll actually pave it!

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