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Sopa and other Lodging Questions for a traveler with new medical issues


Aug 20th, 2010, 01:14 PM
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Sopa and other Lodging Questions for a traveler with new medical issues

Hi all,

Staying in a few Sopa lodges in Tanzania and Kenya in addition to the Nairobi Safari Club, Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge, and Kisima Ngeda Permanent Tented Camp. At the time of booking, lodging was not a real concern... But since my booking, I have been diagnosed and have had thyroid cancer surgery. So all of a sudden, health, food and water, and certain comforts are more of a concern so here are a few questions:

1. Can you buy bottled water at all of these places or do I need one of those water purifiers?
2. I may need to be on a special diet for a treatment I will have when I return. Are there food choices for each of the meals served here?
3. I imagine there is no air conditioning. How uncomfortably hot does it get (September)? My body temperature seems to be slightly off.
4. Do these places all have mosquito nets?

Thanks for your help!
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Aug 20th, 2010, 01:27 PM
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1, bottled water is readily available; usually provided free especially for teeth brushing only, but otherwise it's available for purchase

2, special diet, as what? most all can be accommodated if you discuss with your tour operator

3, hotel in NBO probably has a/c, but not the lodges/camps mentioned; daytime temps in Sept are mild (in hi-60s thru 70s), morning/evenings/night are always cooler and in Sept may actually be cold

4, mossie net, something to discuss with your tour operator as not all will have

Hope this has helped and my best for a speedy recovery.
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Aug 20th, 2010, 01:39 PM
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Wishing you a quick return to health. As Sandi stated, water, diet, temps should be ok in Sept. You can bring your own mosquito net if there is not one provided at each destination. If no net, you probably don't need one anyway.

The issues you have brought up are all manageable. Enjoy your trip.
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Aug 25th, 2010, 06:14 PM
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If you are doing a safari with a company there will be water provided every day, and whenever you need it. There is also water available for purchase at every lodge.
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Aug 27th, 2010, 11:30 AM
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Most camps don't provide mosquito nets.
Bring your own travel net. That can be easily put in place even if you have to "re-design" the furniture a bit.

Some camps have got nets and only put it up on request.

Regarding whether one needs it:

- there are no 100% insect proof accommodations. Not in Africa and not in Europe or America, particularly if there is no A/C

- IF a malaria precaution advised then of course a net would come in handy.

If you have issues and feel more safe under a net: clear in advance or bring your own.

I always travel with mine not only for mossies but also spiders and scorpions which horrify me.

Water is available, safe and in abundance.

Diet request should be communicated to the camp/lodge and then they will happily provide appropriate meals!

Happy travels!

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