Teacher budget in Kenya

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Mar 5th, 2006, 01:12 PM
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twoteachers,

You don't owe anyone here or anywhere an explanation of your finances. And Nyamera was just kidding/wondering about teachers' salaries in the U.S. (I guess I'm being presumptuous right now but she is a little bit of a joker.)

The bottom line is you have between 1000-1200 per person for 9 days or so in Kenya, right? That's enough money if you plan carefully. Not for a luxury trip, but for one that you will enjoy and find meaningful and exhilarating given the requirements you mentioned above.

The nonsense on the Lonely Planet board comes in a few forms: tour ops pretending to be satisfied clients to get your business, youngsters who suggest that things cost far less than they do, and those who insist that a "real African experience" has to involve a lot of haggling, time-wasting and so on.

The nonsense on the Fodor's board is primarily just jokes along the lines of the thread "What does a butler do?" So don't worry.

Kimburu, aby and and Nyamera have given you some excellent ideas. Arrange a 4-days camping trip to the Mara. See Nakuru on your way to Kabarnet. Stay someplace inexpensive but nice enough in Nairobi.

Question to the Kenya experts: how long is the drive to the Mara from Nairobi? How much is a flight? Could twoteachers possibly fly given their budget?
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Mar 5th, 2006, 01:19 PM
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Oh, also, since I found a positive thread on Raylenne, and Nyamera found a negative one, you could just hedge your bets and go with Let's Go Safaris or Gametrackers. Both outfits get food marks.

Good luck, and keep asking questions. This trip will come together. It certainly promises to be quite an adventure!
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Mar 5th, 2006, 01:20 PM
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"food marks"...guess I'm a little hungry right now. I meant "good marks."
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Mar 5th, 2006, 02:22 PM
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The drive from Nairobi to the Mara takes about 5-6 hours depending on where you're staying. Unfortunately the road is pretty bad. I thought the drive to Tsavo was a little better (roughness wise). A roundtrip flight Nairobi-Mara will cost slightly more than $200. The flight is also a little bumpy but only lasts 45 minutes or so.
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Mar 5th, 2006, 05:38 PM
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Since safaris are cheaper when you have more people, and there are only two of us, is there any way to find other persons interested in the same tour, so that all get a break on the price?
Anybody want to go with us?
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Mar 5th, 2006, 06:19 PM
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twoteachers,
This can and does happen. If I were you I'd write/e-mail Gametrackers and/or Let's Go if you've bailed on Raylenne (seems the good review was for a lodge safari and the so-so one was a camping safari), and, as kimburu suggested, let them know your budget and time constraints. You could say you're amenable to a set-departure safari, although I imagine your trip to Kabarnet would make your dates a little less flexible?

But also try to get pricing for a private safari for 2.
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Mar 5th, 2006, 07:16 PM
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I don't have any spare holidays anymore

Did you already try to get a trip arranged with a group by the operator you contact. That's why we recommended the companies we did - they are the more reliable local (Kenyan) group operators - of course they will try to sell a private safari if they can because it is easier for them logistically and the profit margin is
guaranteed. Or does a group trip not appeal to you?
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Mar 5th, 2006, 08:03 PM
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A group trip is fine (unless there's something I don't know)and, I assume, probably a necessity on our budget. No, I have not already contacted about a group, only about general safari info for two persons. I didn't know they could help you create the group. Some people act like the private ones aren't much more money, and maybe they would help us be more flexible with the trip to Kabernet. My guess is a group could be great fun or problematic, depending on the compatibility of the group.
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Mar 5th, 2006, 09:53 PM
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If you don't mind a group trip you should enquire about them; see what difference it makes. Because August is the peak season it should be relatively easy to get onto one. I would suggest that you get information about departure dates first (they may have set dates and they may even make your preferred dates new "set dates" for someone to join - depends on how busy they expect to be, since it is a group of only 5 or 6 usually) and then see where you are. Sure a private trip is not that much more expensive, but if you are on a tight budget it may make a difference of a one or two hundred dollars each dollars each. Once you start snding out requests for quotes you'll have a much better idea of where you stand and there's nothing to be lost by it.
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