Sandi's Photos - Tanzania/Kenya - May/June 2006

Jun 25th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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Sandi's Photos - Tanzania/Kenya - May/June 2006

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Again, combined photos from my digital and Susan's 35mm. As a mostly "educational" trip (as Julian says), sorry to disappoint, but there aren't that many game photos. Though lot of the accommodations where we visited, which were absolutely lovely.

And though more "the roofs over our heads" - a photo-journal.

We had lots and lots of fun and I so wish I was still in Afree-kah! Hope you enjoy.

Jun 25th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Asante kwa picha. Lots and furniture and only one topi, but Desert Rose and Shompole look incredible!
Were waiting for the report.
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Jun 25th, 2006, 01:46 PM
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Wonderful pictures, Sandi! The camps look incredible, I never tire of looking at the accomodation pictures!
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Jun 25th, 2006, 02:19 PM
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Great pics! I'm curious what your favourite accommodations were (or maybe your top two places!!)

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Jun 25th, 2006, 02:20 PM
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Thanks sandi! Amazing camps/lodges, very nice! Are there usually elephants in those areas? Kenya/Tanz is moving up my list....
Aloha, Dennis
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Jun 25th, 2006, 02:27 PM
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Fantastic photos Sandi - what amazing accomodations.
One question, What airline did you fly from Nairobi to the Mara?
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Jun 25th, 2006, 02:35 PM
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Fantastic photos, Sandi -- gives a terrific taste of the camps.

Shompole looks extraordinary, with a design that seems both contemporary and classic. (I am drooling in anticipation.)
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Jun 25th, 2006, 04:13 PM
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Thanks for these wonderful photos! The area around Desert Rose is simply stunning! I take it given the elevation it's not too hot here? Do they offer excursions to Lake Turkana? Camel safaris too, right? Before I get overly excited how long is the flight from Nairobi and what's the charter cost?

So nice to see some areas that aren't frequently visited. Lake Natron looks spectacular as well.

Your pics of Finch Hattons and Tsavo West brought back great memories. I have to plan a return trip there. Which tent # were you in?

Looking forward to your report!
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Jun 25th, 2006, 05:16 PM
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sandi - Great photos! Man, those are some beautiful properties! Thanks -
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Jun 25th, 2006, 06:22 PM
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great pictures, thanks for posting Ive been waiting patiently. Great to see all the pictures of the different camps.

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Jun 25th, 2006, 06:25 PM
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The accommodations just kept getting better and better. I appreciate your posting such useful information. Thanks.

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Jun 25th, 2006, 06:39 PM
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sandi and Susan:

Awesome pictures and fantastic itinerary. Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful hotel/lodge and camp pictures.

And with the rain, everything everywhere was so lush and green!

Asante sana
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Jun 25th, 2006, 06:40 PM
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Thanks for great photos. Was is a bit cool at night in the Mara?


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Great pictures....lots of nice accomodations.

Jun 25th, 2006, 09:06 PM
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Great Pics of the Accommodations - I recognized the House of Waine, simply an exquisite property, but so many of your others looked great too. Was there somewhere that I missed, that you mentioned all the camp names where no name was shown. Thanks for sharing. You sure learn some great recommendations here, even as a travel agent. I appreciate that.
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Thanks everyone. I knew this album would be more lodgings than animals, so appreciate your patience. I get my charge out of all the other great safari photos and Sharon's (cooncat's) were great.

Patty - At Fince Hatton's - tent #6. At Desert Rose, they do camel safaris, walks (lots of areas up/down the mountain), visits to Turkana which can be by road w/overnight at the Lake; flights to/from would be costly). Admittedly, the flight from NBO to DR is costly, but we saved a few dollars by taking scheduled flight to Nanyuki where we then picked up the charter to DR. Price: high, about $1600/return; $800/person. But the rates at DR are mid-range (in the $300+/pppn, season dependent). Definitely deserves a minimum of 2-days, more days is absolutely worth it for "something so different and unique."

Natron is fascinating. Though the rains did come, there was more dry/moist lake bed than on the Tanzania side. But those late night (because of the heat) game drives were interesting and lots of fun. During the day, some of the guests (w/guide) went out on bikes to ride around in the reserve.

Kay - In Arusha, the properties listed are where we did site-visits on the outskirts. And did stop into the Arusha hotel in town. We actually stayed at the Kibo Palace in Arusha, which was lovely (though no photos... must have just forgotten to take being so tired by the time we arrived; too busy after... next trip).

Otherwise, we visited at Desert Rose (north near Lake Turkana), House of Waine (Karen, Nairobi), Shompole (on Tanzania border between Namanga and the Mara), Finch Hatton's (in Tsavo W); Richard's and Saruni Camps (in the Mara).

Jan - yes, so beautifully green. After the drought, it was so nice to see how green it was in many places. Amboseli, when flying over was still pretty dry-looking... there just aren't that many trees.

Kevin - in the Mara. The nights were chilly, but indoors had plenty of blankets and hot-water bottles as company in the bed. Outdoors at night, I only wore an oversweater and shawl; Masai shukas were available, if needed. But around the fire at bush dinner it was delightful. In the mornings, the wind was blowing, but by the time of breakfast (about 9am) it warmed quite a bit. And guests at Richard's who had gone out on a bush walk, returned with their jackets wrapped around their waists. It will, however, be a bit cooler when you visit in August. Just be prepared with light-weight layers.

Dennis - surprisingly, we didn't see many elephants at the places we visited. Not that there aren't at Tsavo, the Mara and maybe at Shompole... we just didn't see. Ideally, for certain Samburu has elephants. But, I no longer tick off which game I see (jaded??) unless, of course, it's something new. I just take Afree-kah for what she offers and enjoy everything - whatever and wherever it may be. There's a place for everything in these two countries, whether game and when, lots of green, desert, mountains, beaches, country clubs; constant adrenalin, "slow-down-catch-your-breath" or peace and solitude. A combination of both is what I personally seek anywhere.

Imelda - From NBO/Mara - was scheduled on Air Kenya, but I had a private plane to/from.. just 'lil me both ways. Believe from the uniforms on those cute bush pilots, and the embossed emblem on the seat backs, it was Air Kenya.

Which was my favorite? Not fair as they were all great for where visited and all for different reasons. None, disappointed. All have something to offer all visitors.

Jun 26th, 2006, 05:54 AM
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Great resource of accommodation photos, Sandi - thanks!

I know Julian's keen to progress his project to assemble all the various accommodation photos taken and shared by Fodorites into one easy-access location and I'm sure he'll be keen to include most of yours!

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Jun 26th, 2006, 06:28 AM
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Wow. Great photos. Thanks for providing pics of the camps of which I'm always interested in seeing. Desert Rose and Shompole are absolutely stunning. The solitude and views at those camps look incredible.
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Jun 26th, 2006, 08:48 AM
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We are staying at Richard's Camp in September....I was so glad to see pictures of did you like it there? I know it's not as fancy as some tented camps in the Mara, but the person making our arrangements says he's confident we won't be dissapointed.
PS- Your pictures were GREAT...wish we were staying at Shompole!-Cindy
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I thought your view looked familiar. We stayed in tent #7.
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