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Sep 17th, 2005, 09:48 AM
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We just returned from our safari. We were at Samburu in mid August. Stayed at Intrepids and throrughly loved both the reserve and the lodging. We did 2 nights; saw so much, leopards, cheetah, lions, jackels, the works. I think the Intrepids was our favorite tented camp, and I'm counting Governor's Camp in that comparison. Going there in August is wonderful. It's dry, so game is easy to spot. You will love your trip. Good luck planning.

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Sep 18th, 2005, 03:08 AM
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Purple, have you decided where to stay? In case this thread has made you more confused - at least, you still have a lot of planning time before August.

Chris, karibu nyumbani. I havenít been to Governorís. In what way was Samburu Intrepids better? Are you writing a trip report?
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Sep 18th, 2005, 03:50 AM
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Assante sana. The service was better at Intrepids; the food had more variety. It was our first tented camp. Governor's is probably the best located camp in Masai Mara, but they may be riding on their reputation a bit too heavily. No electricity in the tents--no big deal, but the kerosene and propane lamps had a odor when they filled them outside our tent. Dinner would be a choice of lamb or vegetarian fare. Good food, but not the choices we had at other places. During our 3 weeks in Kenya, I don't think we met a Kenyan who wasn't warm and welcoming. The front desk staff there may have been the closest to making that statement false. Also, they did not publish the meal hours, the menu, or even info about the resort. However, I am glad we stayed at Governor's, even though it was a surcharge to our tour; Would do it again. The guide we had from there, Solomon, was phenomenal--he was a tracker as well as a driver. He'd use his binocs and notice zebra looking off in some direction. He'd drive to that direction, and voila! A pride of lions would be there. If you stay at Governor's, 3 game drives a day are included. Every single one yielded a surprise viewing. We saw a mother cheetah with one cub, looking for her other cubs, standing on termite mounds, crying out for them. We saw a hippo bite the tail of a croc, trying to get him to move off her space at the edge of the river. The driver/guides in the Mara drive off road and can get way up close to the game. Our only regret was that we didn't have more than 2 nights at the Masai Mara. The number of wildebeest was mind-boggling. We almost saw them cross the river; then there was an afternoon rain, and they backed away. The next day, we went back and saw the results of their crossing--all the vultures circling over those that didn't make it.
By the way, the Intrepids folks told us that they use rubber pellets to shoot at the elephants to scare them away. They said that there are 2 groups of elephants in Samburu. One group is made up of elephants that have migrated all their lives and they cause no problems. The other group, born in Samburu, migrate from hotel to hotel dining on the landscaping. And, fenced or not, some animals seem to find their way in anyway. We had a hippo almost crash our lunch at Governor's because we were all eating on the banks of the river, and he or she was "kicked out" of the group that was bathing about 40-50 yds away. We had a Cape Buffalo come within 25 feet of dinner at the Serengeti Serena. And we had the elephant at the Intrepids Camp--right next to our unit.
Most of these places would send security guards to walk you to dinner after dark.
I was not planning to write a trip report because I do not know how to limit myself. This was such an amazing experience that writing about it seems impossible. We were gone for a month; one week in South Africa (went there because the flight was almost the same price as a self drive package from SA Airlines). 2 week safari with Nature Expeditions International, starting in Nairobi, ending in the Serengeti. The last week was on the Indian Ocean, Kikambala--actually a timeshare week that I picked up on the web. During that week, we went to Tsavo East and West, toured the Gede Ruins and Mombasa.
If you think my info would be helpful, I would be happy to answer questions or attempt a report.

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Sep 18th, 2005, 06:59 AM
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Thanks Chris.

A trip report is definitely what I would like to see. If you canít limit yourself youíll just have to write a book.
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Sep 18th, 2005, 07:18 PM
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philw Thanks for the info. Yes even more confused. My tour agent is going to kill me for maybe changeing. Haven't signed on the dotted line yet. Having trouble finding airfare to JBO and out of NBO. but will look at Intrepids and Serena one more time before I make a final decision Thanks again
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Sep 19th, 2005, 11:49 AM
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Good luck - remember, you'll have great time whichever place you choose !

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