Itinerary Crunch, Help!

Feb 24th, 2010, 05:50 PM
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Feb 26th, 2010, 06:25 PM
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"Are you flying directly from Samburu to Mara or do you have to drive into Nairobi first?"
Yes, direct. Daily flt.

Samburu 2 nts and Mara 3 or 4 nts, flying between the 2 and then driving back to NBO from the Mara in time to put the eles to bed would be a great trip to please everyone. You could drive the 6-ish hours up to Samburu or fly there.

You wanted variety/diversity. Samburu has 5 species, usually seen, that are not in the Mara. Known for good ele herds.

Grevy's Zebra--closer stripes, more donkey-like, probably the hardest to see of the 5. This is a rare and endangered species.
Somali Ostrich--a more attractive version
Reticulated Giraffe--different markings, more puzzle like
Gerenuk--antelope that puts its front legs up in the trees
Beisa Oryx--pretty antelope found in desert conditions

Samburu has Kenya's 2nd largest wildlife within a national park. Mara is #1.
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Feb 28th, 2010, 01:50 PM
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Thanks! I'm hoping to get an updated itinerary from my TA soon. I'm getting concerned that the properties may fill up. I like NBO/Samburu/Mara with some or all internal flights if it fits the budget.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 12:45 PM
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BTW, Fodorites, I didn't see any arguments from anyone when I mentioned removing Amboseli. Just wondering if most of you think Samburu is a better choice. Especially this year, considering the wildlife issues due to drought. I know there's Kili but I have heard that you may not get to see it at all if you're only spending a day or two.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 01:59 PM
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Samburu is so green nowadays. God is good... there's been plenty of rain! And, the Ewaso Nyero is running full/high again.

Amboseli is mostly flat compared to Samburu, though probably larger herds of ellees. Besides at Samburu there are the species found that you don't find elsewhere; it's a more diverse parks, whether the eco-systems or game.

As to Kili, yes, Amboseli (even Tsavo W) is one of the best places from where to view when in Kenya, but it's often covered in clouds that may or not clear for a short time each day. Or you can be lucky and it will be clear. We saw it for a brief 10/min thru the clouds and had a direct view if it had been clear. We never even considered this when visiting Amboseli and if we hadn't, so what!!! It's a mountain! (Sorry to sound so cavalier about the largest freestanding monolith )

But must tell that the top of Kili (from photo taken when flying over in '05) welcomes me in full screen when loggin on daily.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 04:26 PM
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I like Samburu for the diversity and abundance of species.

"I like NBO/Samburu/Mara with some or all internal flights if it fits the budget."

Me too.
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