Our first Safari..Help please!

Old Aug 5th, 2007, 08:18 AM
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Our first Safari..Help please!

This is our first trip to Africa. We'll be staying at the Royal Reserve Safari & Beach Club (just outside Mombasa)for 2 weeks. Then we'd like to take a 4-5 day Safari.Seems like most of them start in Nairobi (is that true?). It would be great if we could start from our resort and end up at the Nairobi airport.Please help us with any suggestions as we don't have too much time left to plan. We leave San Francisco on 9/27. From what I've read on this Forum the Masai Mara and Tsavo sound wonderful.Also, any ideas of things to do while we're in Mombasa? We'll be celebrating our 25th anniversary so this will be a special trip!
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Old Aug 5th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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Shimba Hills is the closest reserve to Mombasa. Next closest is Tsavo East. If you want to go to the Mara, you'd have to fly from Mombasa... and then there's always the issue of availability. September is peak/high season, with little space; though the conclusion of your time on the coast would bring you into October, availability during this month may also be a problem.


who can probably arrange something for you.

Safari can start from anywhere. Because Nairobi is the major international airport, it appears to be the point from where most operators/outfitters commence their safari itineraries. And, while Mombasa is also an international airport, it mostly serves charters from Europe.
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Old Aug 5th, 2007, 01:37 PM
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Hello Gypsysoul,
Iíd go on a road trip to Tsavo East for a couple of days with for example Southern Cross as Sandi recommends. Then Iíd fly to a camp in the Mara with Mombasa Air Safari http://www.mombasaairsafari.com/ and return to Nairobi with Air Kenya
http://www.airkenya.com/ or Safarilink http://www.safarilink-kenya.com/safari/
There is a high season problem, but as thereíre so many camps and lodges you should be able to find something. Start contacting them now. Which ones to recommend depends on your budget and preferences.

It could be less expensive to fly to Nairobi and go on a road trip to the Mara.

Youíll need more than 4-5 days for both Tsavo and the Mara. If it isnít possible Ė limit yourself to the Mara.
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Old Aug 5th, 2007, 01:51 PM
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Just return from our first safari and it was the best!!If you plan on going to Masai Mara my suggestion would be to fly into the reserve. Road construction to the reserve is horrible and it takes quite along time to get there. We stayed at Whitesands in Mombasa for 3 nights upon our completion of the safari-flew in from Niarobi-visit the game reserve in town and also the shipping docks. There are snorkeling and scuba-diving excursions along with deep sea fishing. Suggestion is to book these trips through your hotel. You can even ride a camel up and down the beach. Have a great time.
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Old Aug 5th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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Nairobi is more centrally located for most safari destinations that Mombasa. From Mombasa, you could do a one way driving safari through Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Amboseli to Nairobi. Or you could fly to the Mara (too far to drive from Mombasa). With 4/5 days, I think you have time to do one or the other but would be pushing it to try to do both.
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