LUXURY SAFARI - first timer query

May 7th, 2002, 10:41 AM
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You're welcome, sorry it wasn't quite what you were looking for...
Yes people on this board are very helpful and friendly...
Perhaps it's because of the passion we share... for me it's hard to describe to my friends quite why we felt that our trip really was worth as much money as a normal person might pay for a new conservatory or loft conversion!!

As one poster here put it, in an email to me,

"There is this 'thing' about Africa which really gets to your soul."

And that's it exactly...

May 9th, 2002, 04:18 AM
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Somehow I think 'Sandra' is confusing Fish Eagle Safaris of Houston, TX with another company. Our clients return from Africa with only the highest praise for Wilderness Safaris, whom we use as the local operator.

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May 22nd, 2002, 04:34 AM
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Check out CCAfrica. They have the most amazing sites, and their prices are fairly resonable. I was at three of their camps, one in Zimbabwe and two in Botswana all were Stellar. Better than the Abercrombie & Kent camp I was at, and much less expensive. The staff are all incredible, the game viewing extensive, and the accomodations unbelievable. We met several honeymooners on our trip and they all said the same thing.

If you need a travel agent who is honest and reasonable call African Portfolio. They're based out of Greenwich, CT. They have a 1-800 # and a website. Ask for Yvette.

Good luck and congratulations.
May 25th, 2002, 04:22 PM
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I took a tour of Kenya with Abercrombie and Kent about 3 years ago. They offered everything I wanted in their catalog and much more on the actual trip. I was looking for a "Hemingway" type trip in tent camps and after receiving at least 20 brochures from travel companies thinking I would spend up to $5,000 I finally decided that the best way was just concentrate on Kenya, spend up to 3 nights in places and fly between cities. It was perfect! As soon as we landed we took a safari drive on the way to the most luxurious tented camps. I could never have imagined they would be so nice. We went to the desert (Amboseli), to the tropical (Samburu), to a lake (Navaisha) to the Masai Mara. We saw all the Big Five animals plus every other animal available (cheetahs, leopards, dik-diks, etc.). I have a daily report if you're interested, just e-mail me directly.
May 25th, 2002, 05:06 PM
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Nancy would you please post your report here for those who would love to learn as much as possible before asking specific questions here. By the way leopard is one of the BIG FIVE: bufflo,
elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino
May 27th, 2002, 03:32 PM
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Sorry, I can never remember which animals fall into the "big five." Regardless, I saw every animal I could have imagined very close up. While driving thru the Masai Mara it seemed to be a race between us and a rhino - we came about even. It was so incredible. Here is this rhino right outside our vehicle. I never ceased to be amazed that the drivers could find these animals in a wilderness that had no signposts. My trip report is too long to post here but I would be happy to send it to anyone who sends me an e-mail directly. I promise that I do not have a business that sends junk to e-mailers if that's your worry.
May 28th, 2002, 01:58 PM
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Sonia - I just came back from our honeymoon in Africa for 3 weeks and it was incredible. Nothing more romantic than being in the bush hearing the animals. For your honeymoon, I would splurge and go to Singita. We stayed there and it was the most incredible experience (and Im a picky traveler). The ebony lodge is more colonial in atmosphere with gas lamps and overlooking a river where animals come to drink. The rooms all have terraces with plunge pools, rotating fireplaces awaiting you after night game drives and they make a bubble bath with champagne for the honeymooners. Plus tons of animals (monkeys hang out on the terrace). Phinda was also nice but a good addition vs. doing only. Royal Malewane, while we didnt stay there, is a little formal with persian carpets but it depends what you are looking for. We met other honeymooners who came from a tented camp and I think we should have done that along with Singita for a totally different experience. Its even more romantic, still luxurious but you are literally a few feet from the animals (but safe). I heard Chief's Camp in the delta in botswana (A&K) was great. Make sure you get to the winelands and stay at La Couronne (its better than La Grande Roche) - its incredibly romantic with the best views of the mountains and pink clouds coming over them from the sunset....incredible.

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