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Perth, Australia
posts: 778
reviews: 32
east africa safari

Hi there

I am putting together an itinerary and am wanting some feedback on what others think

Naroibi 2 days

Samburu samburu sopa lodge 1.5 days

Lake Nakuru Lake Nakuru Lodge 1.5 days

Masai Mara Mara sopa lodge 2 days

Fly to Nairobi

Drive Amboseli ol Tukai lodge 1.5 days

drive Namanga

on to Ngorongoro Ngorongoro sopa lodge 1.5 days

Serangeti serangeti sopa lodge 2 days

fly to Arusha 1.5 days

Carmel, California
posts: 2,412
reviews: 11
1. Re: east africa safari

Are you driving everywhere in Kenya except for the flight from the Mara back to Nairobi?

What do you mean by 1.5 days? Does that equal 2 nights? What about where you've listed 2 days? Is that 2 or 3 nights?

What time of year are you planning to travel?

My initial reaction is that it's too much driving and depending on the time of year and where the migration is likely to be, I might skip either the Mara or Serengeti and slow down the pace.

Perth, Australia
posts: 778
reviews: 32
2. Re: east africa safari

Hi PattyC

thanks for quick response

re days

Drive 2 nights Samburu

Drive 1 night Lake Nakuru

Drive Masai Mara 2 nights

Fly to Nairobi

Drive Amboseli 2 nights

Drive Namanga

Drive Arusha

Ngorongoro 2 nights

Drive Serangeti 2 nights

Fly Arusha

I know there is a lot of driving but cannot afford too many flights and we come from OZ so used to driving long distances we just want to see as much as possible in the time we have. planning on July 08 need to book now to get flights etc. This will be fully escorted trip

cheers

Djuma

Carmel, California
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3. Re: east africa safari

By fully escorted, do you mean this is a group safari? If so, then you may not be able to make changes. In July, the herds could have started moving into the Mara but this is hard to predict and this year, their movement was later than usual. If they haven't moved into the Mara, they should be in the northern Serengeti (the Sopa is in the central Serengeti). You might see the migration at either location or you might miss it, hard to say.

I'll give you some rough driving estimates:

Nairobi to Samburu, Samburu to Nakuru and Nakuru to the Mara are all about 5-6 hour drives each. The road to the Mara is especially bad. Nairobi to Amboseli is about 4-4.5 hours. Amboseli to the Namanga border is about 1.5 hours, allow some time for immigration on both sides, then I think another 1-1.5 hour to Arusha, and finally 3-4 hours to Ngorongoro. I'm unsure how long the drive is from Ngorongoro to the central Serengeti but plan on another longish drive. I guess only you can judge if that's tolerable.

Carmel, California
posts: 2,412
reviews: 11
4. Re: east africa safari

Wanted to add, even if you miss the migrating herds, you'll still see a lot of game!

Perth, Australia
posts: 778
reviews: 32
5. Re: east africa safari

Hi again PattyC

no it is not a group safari, it is a private safari. I did my research and the cost is very competative only $100 + AU the difference and this means we will not be with a group so we can make changes if we want. Also stop along the way for extra toilet / photo or snack breaks .

Thanks for the info on the drives I had heard the roads are pretty shocking another plus going private we can spread out in the vehicle I will be taking a blow up neck and bum cushion LOL.

I did a private safari in South Africa in 2005 it was absolutely fantastic we stopped at so many unscheduled places and chatted with locals we got a real flavour of the country. Hence my posting name. Djuma it means roar of the lion also the name of the safari park we stayed at in sabi sands.

As it is now this safari is taking us to David Sheldrick reserve where I have an adopted baby elephant, the giraffe sanctuary and several children's orphanages. Hopefully the drives will be interesting and scenic do you have any knowledge of this?

cheers

Djuma

Carmel, California
posts: 2,412
reviews: 11
6. Re: east africa safari

A private safaris is the way to go IMO. The scenery is interesting, but after a while, it can get pretty exhausting bumping around.

Mombasa, Kenya
posts: 26
7. Re: east africa safari

Hi Djuma,

Looking at your safari and to be honest with you, especially with the 1.5 day stays, you will practically be on the road the better part of your safari. 'Private message' me for a more detailed itinerary suggestion. Important : Between what dates do you want to be on safari.

SafarimanKenya.