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Jun 14th, 2004, 05:58 PM
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what does one do after the morning drive while waiting for the afternoon drive? After that last drive of the day, then what? We like social life and a few drinks.
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Jun 14th, 2004, 06:26 PM
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katj232 - So you're looking for some social life and a few drinks! Well as I've always said, "the flag is up over the yardarm somewhere, so start bending your elbows" That said, if you want your Bloody Marys for breakfast, just ask for one.

Since you'll have been up from at least 6am for the morning game drive, by the time you return and have breakfast, you might want a brief nap. You can also ask to be taken on a game walk, go to a nearby Masai Mayatta (village), go for a swim if your lodge/camp has a pool. And before you know it will be time for lunch.

Lunch can be very leisurely as no one is in any rush. About 3:30pm many camps serve tea, then you're out for the afternoon game drive, returning about 6:30, when people freshen and might change for dinner. But you'll have sundowners with other camp guests first.

By the time dinner is over and you return to your room/tent about 10pm, your pillow will look real good!

Depending on your schedule and days you're moving onto another reserve and camp or lodge, you'll still have a morning drive, breakfast, then be on your way by road or air depending on your itinerary.

As far as your time in Mombasa, here, you're likely to have more opportunity to have meals (lunch & dinners) at other hotels, town restaurants, shop during the day, pick up a tour of some kind, or relax on the beach or at the pool.

That's about it!
 
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Jun 16th, 2004, 09:13 AM
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Hi Kat:

At most of the lodges you'll be hard pressed to find a time when the bar isn't open for a soda, water or whatever your thirst desires, as Sandi pointed out its always 5pm somewhere.

But go for the 'local' beer-spirits-wine when possible, as the imported one can get quite expensive ('local' will be in the range of any hotel bar drink, 'imported' may be 3-4x that or more).

And you'll be surprised how quickly the sun goes down & how dark the high gets when your on safari. Since the best game drivers are at just after sunrise & just before sunset (as the amimals take a break from the afternoon sun as well), so staying up late will quickly lose its luster. Bbut spending the afternoon by the pool nursing a drink or two and socializing with fellow travellers makes for a great way to spend the day.

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Jun 17th, 2004, 12:50 PM
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katj232:

If you are going to be in Mombasa I would highly recommend spending an evening on the Tamarind Dhow which sails around Mombasa harbor area. The Tamarind restaurant has the most delicious seafood I have ever eaten and you can take advantage of this on the dhow (dinner cruise). If you haven't already had one, try their Dawa drink. Very nice indeed.

Southern Cross Safaris.com books the Tamarind Dhow dinner cruises. However, I know they have had computer problems recently. Swift Mombasa, their internet service provider, thinks that any incoming mail with initials and numbers (such as an AOL address) is commercial spam and deletes it without delivering to the intended recipient. You might try emailing them anyway, but if you do not get a response within 24 hours call them as soon as you get into Mombasa and Torben, Chomba or Peter can arrange it.

Don't know how long you will be in the Mombasa area, but another MUST is several days and nights at Satao Tented Camp in Tsavo East ( a two hour drive from Mombasa). From now through early October (their dry season) you will see hundreds of elephants every day at Satao (and many other animals also). Wonderful experience. Souhern Cross can book this for you also.

Jan

Southern Cross is a very reputable travel agency that I have used six times and once you get in touch with them they will take very good care of you.

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Jun 17th, 2004, 04:28 PM
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I can assure you that a quality lodge will leave you with very little down time.

For example, at Kaingo in South Luangwa, we had three game viewing activities per day. Our typical day was as follows:

5:30AM wakeup knock
6:00AM tea/coffee/pastries
6:15AM - 9:15AM morning game drive
9:30AM - 10:30AM Breakfast
12PM - 1:30PM Visit to the Elephant Hide or Hippo Hide
1:30PM - 2:30PM Light lunch
4PM - 4:30PM Tea/Coffee/Snacks
4:30PM - 7:30PM Evening Game Drive
8PM - 9PM Dinner
9PM - ??? Drinks around the campfire or at bar

I was also provided with three game viewing activities per day at Kulefu and with plenty of game viewing activities at Chichele. If you enjoy a few drinks, Chichele is the place for you. They have a fully stocked bar with all the quality imports, a stylish bar, and a beautiful swimming pool to enjoy a few drinks poolside. Plus, their dinner wines were very good South African wines and were all out of a bottle rather than some 1-gallon container.
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