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Jan 10th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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You make excellent points Nyamera!

My problem with Basecamp started when they offered an exchange rate of Kenyan Sh55 to exchange traveller checks! I think this daylight robbery especially since I needed the money to give better tips to the staff - not for myself as I paid with a credit card!

They had several people with excellent communication skills - but the person at the reception was not one of them! This made it difficult to buy park vouchers, get box lunches on time, etc.

And they wanted dollars whenever I paid extra for something (park fees for example) but then it took 15 minutes to return the change as they had to run around the camp to find a $10,$5, or $1 note. As a result we always left camp about an hour later than expected!

Yes, the greater Mara is Maasailand as is Loliondo and NCA in Tanzania. But with so many excellent accommodation options inside the Mara, I think it is unnecessary to stay outside the park unless you are on a tight budget or everything is full. But it all depends on whether you are there for wildlife or not.

When I am in East Africa I divide my time between cultural interactions and wildlife viewing - and when it is time for wildlife viewing at $30 per day I prefer not to see a lot of cattle and goats and I head into the parks instead of staying outside.

With so many tourists around Talek and Selenani, there are better Maasai experiences towards the west where they live in traditional homes and not the tin structures of Talek.
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Jan 11th, 2006, 06:35 AM
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Thanks, eben.

55 shillings to 1 US dollar Ö How do I justify this? :-?

I meant that the whole Serengeti/Mara area is Maasailand. Tourists wanting a wilderness where there isnít one sometimes make authorities treat people like some kind of pest Ė as I believe have been done in the Serengeti and other places. Iím investigating this matter and I actually prefer wildlife without people myself.

Are you thinking of making a map of Tsavo?




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Jan 12th, 2006, 02:59 PM
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Eben -- I emailed you at the "top10" address on go-safari but don't know if you got it.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 03:24 AM
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Hi Leely

Can you try again? We had an issue with the server while I was uploading the latest maps!

Thanks
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Jan 13th, 2006, 05:51 AM
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Just sent it again...

P.S. From Lisa, not Leely
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Jan 13th, 2006, 05:55 AM
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Oops!

Sorry Lisa, I was half asleep when I typed!

We got the pics - THANKS a million! Will post is ASAP!
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