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Like your opinion on combination Kenya , TAnzania Safari 10 days and a 7 day Egypt tour

Like your opinion on combination Kenya , TAnzania Safari 10 days and a 7 day Egypt tour

Mar 5th, 2007, 08:52 AM
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If it's a private safari, it'll just be the two of you. I wouldn't be concerned.
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Mar 5th, 2007, 08:59 AM
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We are also planning our first safari and have decided to stick to Tanzania. Check the US government and British governments websites for their travel advisories to Kenya...basically they don't recommend travel there. I believe Tanzania will be more than enough for you to see on one trip. The danger is trying to do everything in one trip. Enjoy
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Mar 5th, 2007, 10:41 AM
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On the vehicles, I personally think it was just one bad vehicle. And of course since our trip they are now quadruple-checking their vans .

That being said, they used mini-vans, which I guess a lot of companies use since they are cheaper. But the driving difference in a Land-Rover is SOOOOOO much better. I would pay a few hundred extra (if needed) to get a smoother ride.

Glad you enjoyed the journal!
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Mar 8th, 2007, 08:53 AM
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I decided to take the advice from everyone and cut Serengeti and ngorogoro and we stay in Kenya. Here is the new itinerary: Nairobi to Samburu, 2 nights in Samburu, Samburu to Aberdares 1 night at Treetops, Aberdares to Nakuru, overnight at Naivasha Sopa, Naivasha to Masai Mara for 3 nights ( Mara Simba or MAra Sopa) and back to Nairobi and then on to Cairo for the rest of the trip. Africa Point is quoting $2500 for the trip , $3000 if we use Serena lodges. I have read mixed reviews (mostly bad ) about Tree Tops. Do you have any other recommendations). How is Mara Simba lodge - wonder if we should upgrade to Serena or ask for a Tented camp?? like some help making up my mind- am I running out of time for September 2007??
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Mar 8th, 2007, 09:58 AM
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In the Aberdares, you could stay at the Ark which gets better reviews than Treetops. I'd also try to stay at Lake Nakuru. Otherwise, you'll be traveling 1 to 1.5 hour to your overnight accomodation at Naivasha. Although Naivasha does put you closer to the Mara for the following day's drive, it means that you'll have to leave Nakuru earlier. Staying at Nakuru also means that you can have an early morning game drive before departing for the Mara (if you don't mind getting to the Mara a little later in the afternoon).

In September, Serena has the better location in the Mara. A tented camp would also be nice at the end of your trip. They'll be higher in cost but you could check Basecamp, Ilkeliani, Kichwa Tembo. These are moderately priced.

Where do you have you staying in Samburu?
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Mar 8th, 2007, 10:57 AM
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Thanks Patty,I will ask for the Ark, and also for a tented camp in the Mara, they just said Samburu lodge, I am aksing whether it is Serena or Sopa or is there only one. Also asked for Sarova Lion Hill at Nakuru, So much detail, I hope they dont get tired of my questions and stop responding, then I will have to start all over again, I am almost at the point of finalizing dates for this trip, leave Sept 21 and back Oct 9, all this planning takes me back to 2005 summer when I was planning for our daughter's wedding, i always had a pad and paper to write down questions, i am doing the same now!!!
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Mar 8th, 2007, 11:08 AM
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I loved Ilkeliani tented camp in the Mara and would definitely go to them in a second... though I have heard recently that the management changed and the quality level took a hit

I am sure Aberdares is great and I just missed the good stuff, but I would take another day at Nakuru, Mara OR Naivasha over Aberdares

But you know what? I would love to heasr someone come back from Aberdares and tell me "That place was amazing! I am so glad I went there."

So you could be the one.


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Mar 8th, 2007, 11:20 AM
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If they said Samburu lodge, they probably mean Samburu Game Lodge www.wildernesslodges.co.ke

I think that would be fine if it saves you money. I'm not sure that it makes much difference if you stay at Serena there. Both Serena and Samburu Game Lodge are located on the river on opposite sides and both are close to the bridge between Samburu and Buffalo Springs. There's also a Sopa in Samburu. It's the newest lodge but north of the other ones, away from the river. If staying at Samburu Game Lodge allows you to upgrade to the Ark and a tented camp in the Mara, I'd keep it.
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Mar 8th, 2007, 03:03 PM
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Your changes look good. I've stayed at Samburu Lodge and thought all was great--the little round cottages, the grounds with lots of vervets, the food, the view of the river. They baited for leopard and croc, whatever your views on that might be, and both showed up the 2 nights I was there.

I liked the Ark, though never stayed at Tree Tops. I had the best mother and baby rhino viewing ever at their waterhole, Wayne Hazel. Better than any I saw in 3 wonderful days at rhino capital Lewa Downs. And if I had known more what I was doing, I would have arranged more time doing regular game drives through the forest to see more of the Colobus monkeys, but still got some good views and photos of these spectacular creatures.

Safaribound, I am sure Africa Point is taking your questions in stride. Everyone has lots of them and makes itinerary changes. They want you to be happy with your final product. Now that they've invested all this time with you, what's a few more emails if it means they get a booking.

Good luck, you appear to be almost there.
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Mar 8th, 2007, 09:13 PM
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Atravelynn,

I will take your correction then

I think I did see one colobus in Aberdares. Ironically I didn't get to see any in Nyungwe, Rwanda, where there were supposed to be lots of them

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Mar 9th, 2007, 09:30 AM
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I recall that Wayne. That is why I'd go to Nyungwe.
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Mar 9th, 2007, 10:03 AM
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Count me as one who loved the Aberdares (and am including it in my very, very preliminary plans for 2008)! My experience was a little different in that we didn't stay at either of the tree lodges in the park, but I loved landscape and saw some species which we didn't see elsewhere.
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Mar 9th, 2007, 11:06 AM
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thanks everyone, Africa point did reply, but now they have me realy confused!!! the costs for this trip seem to be skyrocketing, I asked for a hotel for the first night when we arrive in Nairobi. They have given us the Safari club in Nairobi. They have taken out one night at Masai mara and given me the first night and upped the price to $3200, surely one night at Safari club in Nairobi should not jack the price up by $200 a person. Anyone think it is ok to ask for some details on their pricing??? I dont want to lose the 3rd night at Masai Mara, the reviews on Mara Safari club sound fabulous!!
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Mar 9th, 2007, 11:12 AM
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I'm confused, can you post the exact itineraries and price differences? It sounds like there are some changes other than the 1 night in Nairobi. If it's really just the one night in Nairobi, you could book the hotel yourself.
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Mar 9th, 2007, 11:30 AM
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Day 1: arrive Nairobi: Nairobi Safari Club
Day 2and 3: Samburu: Samburu Serena
DAy 4: Aberdares Treetops( Ark not avaialble)
Day 5: Lake Nakuru: Sarova Lion Hill
Day 6,7: Masai Mara: Mara Safari Club
Day 8: back to Nairobi and fly out to Cairo
Day 9 to 15: Nile cruise
Current price for this itinerary is $3200
They had quoted me $2500 Sopa lodges, for the itinerary which did not have the first night in Nairobi but had 3 nights at MasaiMara, rest remaining the same
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Mar 9th, 2007, 11:51 AM
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Aside from the one night in Nairobi, the accomodation changes to Samburu Serena, Sarova Lion Hill and Mara Safari Club would account for some of the difference from the original Sopa quote. OTOH, they also subtracted a night from the Mara which should've offset much of the increase. So I agree with you that it doesn't quite make sense.

You mentioned Safariline earlier. You could contact them again and have them quote with the new changes and compare.
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Mar 9th, 2007, 12:13 PM
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That is what i thought, something is not quite right here!! I will ask them for clarification, give them the exact itinirary I want and places, and ask for a quote. I might also get one from Safariline to compare!!

Boy i am ready for the weekend, it has been busy!!! Have a great weekend
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