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Our September Kenya Safari Exceeded Our Wildest Hopes

Our September Kenya Safari Exceeded Our Wildest Hopes

Old Oct 18th, 2022, 11:02 AM
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Percy: Thank you for the kind words about my photos and report! Much appreciated!

The balloon ride was INCREDIBLE!!!!

We had hoped to see the great migration/river crossings, but apparently, it occurred much earlier this year -- around July.
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Old Oct 20th, 2022, 08:08 PM
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Songdoc:
Reading your report and viewing your pictures for the second time.

Once you have been on a Safari , you never forget it and you then love reading and following other's reports.

Your pictures are exceptional and your enthusiasm is bubbling through your great commentary.

Thank You again, it takes time and extra effort to do a Trip Report and I appreciate all that you have done in having us enjoy your wonderful journey !

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Old Oct 20th, 2022, 09:47 PM
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Percy, thank you SO much for the extra kind comments. I really appreciate it!
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Old Oct 26th, 2022, 11:17 PM
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Songdoc, as with other Fodorites, I found one look at your photos was insufficient, and have been through the pix & your written descriptions three times. The “wow factor” is still there!

Question: You write that the GW rep ushered you through the arrival process. What did that entail? On various trips, I’ve been greeted by a rep upon departing the terminal, but not during the entry/immigration procedures. Was she able to expedite entry and help you avoid lines?
Was there an additional charge for this meet and greet type service?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Oct 27th, 2022, 01:50 PM
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CaliNurse: Thank you SO much h for the comments about my pix and report!!!

The rep indeed did not meet us until we departed the terminal. But when we arrived at the hotel she took our passports and handled the entire check-in process while we sat and relaxed.
Upon departure, the rep handled our airline check-in, which would have otherwise felt chaotic. She accompanied us to the counter and handled everything. I do believe she expedited the process.

Re: the charge for this, it was built into the GW all-inclusive fee. I wasn't given the option of not having this service and I'm so glad I had it.
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Old Oct 27th, 2022, 03:51 PM
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Songdoc….As I was going through your report again I laughed out loud at your “selfie” toward the beginning.
What was that animal?
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Old Oct 27th, 2022, 04:59 PM
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That was a baboon. It was tough to photograph them because they were more skittish than a lot of the other animals. I'm glad it gave you a laugh.
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Old Oct 27th, 2022, 11:17 PM
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Grrr! Just lost a long reply to you, but here's the short reply: thank you Songdoc for explaining this. Had to laugh at your impression of NBO check-in feeling chaotic if without the assistance of your GW rep. Nairobi Airport --chaotic??? No way!!

Wonderful that GW, which iirc Fodorites including me recommended wayyy back when you first pondered the possibility of this trip and wondered which company should help with it, turned out to be even better than expected...from the planning stages, right through to your departure.

Are you, over a month later, still glowing?
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Old Oct 28th, 2022, 10:57 PM
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CaliNurse: Am I still glowing???

YES! Especially when I show someone the photos.
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Old Oct 28th, 2022, 10:57 PM
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Thank you, Tanzaniags! Much appreciated.
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Old Nov 2nd, 2022, 04:28 PM
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Thanks for posting, esp all the great pictures. Considering a trip next year. Your trip report gets me more excited to visit there. So many companies to choose to from.
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Old Nov 2nd, 2022, 07:19 PM
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Jackie, I could not have been happier with the planner, the company, the accommodations, food, and the spotters & drivers.
It really was better than anything I could have imagined. I'm excited for you!!!
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Absolutely phenomenal photography - stunning! We did a similar trip in 1998, and we were also very lucky in seeing all the Big 5 multiple times and getting great photos (but not as good as yours!). Will be posting in a separate thread to get advice with the guide company for late 2023 (ours from 1998 is no longer in business), but the folks you used with the conservancies looks pretty enticing - if I can afford it for a family of four.
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Old Dec 28th, 2022, 06:43 AM
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ClarkB: Thank you SO much for your kind comments about my photos! I HIGHLY recommend the company & camps we visited. It is indeed a pricey trip, but for me, it was worth every penny. It really was the trip of a lifetime. Good luck planning!
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Wonderful photos and great report. I have been to all the camps you went to and have to say my all time favorite is Lion Camp and the drivers were amazing. Porini rhino was great in that we arranged to ride horses with the Rhinos, a very unique experience .
The drivers would ask “ what do you want to see today?” And no matter what I said they would deliver. We are going again next month ,third time with Gamewatchers, this time staying at Porini Mara for three nights and then off the Lion for three nights. I could watch the cats all day and this is the place to see them. Like others we won’t go to the main park, did that once and far prefer the conservancies. You have got me all excited now, thanks so much for posting. And again, amazing report and fantastic photos
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Originally Posted by ClarkB View Post
Absolutely phenomenal photography - stunning! We did a similar trip in 1998, and we were also very lucky in seeing all the Big 5 multiple times and getting great photos (but not as good as yours!). Will be posting in a separate thread to get advice with the guide company for late 2023 (ours from 1998 is no longer in business), but the folks you used with the conservancies looks pretty enticing - if I can afford it for a family of four.
Clark Porini Camps have Familytents
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