USA Flight Suggestions to KEN/TZ

Jul 26th, 2008, 01:27 PM
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USA Flight Suggestions to KEN/TZ

We are planning a four person (adults) safari for Sept 09 to TZ and KEN. Any suggestions for airlines? We will be coming from two destinations in the midwest, and would consider overnighting in AMS or somewhere else whilst enroute. Also--any airlines to avoid? My DH is 6'3" and we can only aford to fly economy class. And, are four people enough to consider 'flying' safaris, i.e. between camps, or are the bush planes usually requiring more than 4 passengers (plus pilot)? Thanks to all! Itinerary suggestions also welcomed--we would prefer not to be part of a larger group!
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Jul 26th, 2008, 02:05 PM
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Out of AMS, consider KLM to either NBO or JRO; Kenya Air (often a code-share with KLM) into NBO. KLM is only carrier direct from Europe into JRO. There are more options to/from NBO - British & Virgin via London, Swiss via Zurich, Emirates via Dubai.

Flying safaris... for "scheduled" flights, the rates are per person (no discount for more paxs). Only if you take "charter" flights is it a per plane rate divided by the # of paxs. The more paxs, often the larger plane, so higher rate. For 4/paxs that would be at minimum a 6-seater.

Where are you planning to visit?Parks? This will determine whether you can take scheduled or will need charter flights in either country.

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Jul 26th, 2008, 02:58 PM
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Sandi, I followed your suggestions, and have found fares of $1800 thru London, so now I have an idea of international transportation. We are interested in Masai, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Arusha, Serengeti, and whatever else fellow Fodorites suggest! We plan on spending 10-13 days excluding transportation to and from Nairobi. We do not require luxury accommodations, but would like to spend one or two nights in tented lodgings. Our main interest is game drives and we do not drink, so our meal needs are simple--we are now maintenance! Looking at some of the prepackaged tours (i.e. Kensington) the prices seem high. Might you suggest other options? Thanks so much.
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Jul 27th, 2008, 03:11 AM
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For flights to Africa, if you don't already use that can give you ideas of itineraries to Nairobi or Dar es Salaam. Consider whether you might be more comfortable connecting in the US through Chicago or NY and taking the daytime flight to London (for example the American airlines day flight leaves Chicago about 9 am, arrives London 10:30 pm, we took it often when we lived in London last year, it might seem like it takes an "extra" day but the timing we found so much more comfortable in coach) staying overnight in London and then taking the flight to Africa the next day rather than trying to sleep or not sleep on the plane one night and flying right on to Africa. For ideas of safari, consider Mango Safaris. Haven't actually used them but met the two young women who run it at a travel expo. Their website is nice in that it describes a lot of properties and has one page where you can choose suggested itineraries based on 1 to 5 "mangos" ratings for comfort and price. They do organized trips and custom. Not saying to necessarily use them but it is nice way to get some ideas you can research further. Enjoy planning your trip!
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Jul 27th, 2008, 04:27 AM
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If traveling Sept, I'd leave the "best for last" the Masai Mara. So try to get a ticket that gets you to JRO first to commence safari. This a KLM "open-jaw" ticket, arriving JRO, departing NBO.

Arriving via KLM at JRO for o/n in Arusha (1)
Then onto Tarangire (2); Ngorongoro (1), up to Central Serengeti (2), Lake Manyara (1)
From Manyara 11:50am flight via Arusha to Wilson in Nairobi; connect to 3pm flight to Masai Mara (3-4/nts).
Your last day can be spent in NBO sightseeing before heading home.

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Jul 27th, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Have you seen the East Africa trip report index yet?

You can search for reports from others who have traveled in September. Also each report includes the operator used so you can get some operator suggestions too. You'll find that most here tend to plan custom trips as opposed to prepackaged tours. Good luck with your planning!
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Jul 27th, 2008, 11:20 AM
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OMG, Patty, the trip index is WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for the URL!
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