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Advice on mid range accomodation in samburu and Masaai Mara

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Advice on mid range accomodation in samburu and Masaai Mara

Hello fellow travellers,

Any advice on the accomodation within Samburu and Masaii Mara accomodation ($200 price range for double room)?

Or manybe safe and decent accomodation just outside parks?

Thank you!

nyc
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1. Re: Advice on mid range accomodation in samburu and Masaai Mara

Is that $200/person or per room?

Depends on when traveling. prices vary by season with low-season also being rainy tme (Apr/May or Nov); it's possible, though not likely.

Lodges or camps?

There are also daily park fees to be considered, ranging from $40-$100/day.

And then how do you plan to get to Samburu or the Mara? Road or flights?

It's 6/hr drive from Nairobi to Samburu.

It's not recommended to drive (at least not in 1/day) from Samburu to the Mara.

Are these the only stops you wish to make or part of a more detailed safari?

New York
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2. Re: Advice on mid range accomodation in samburu and Masaai Mara

Probably try Sopa Lodges in both Samburu and Masai Mara. Their prices are reasonable, I guess $105 or so per person per night on full board.

Find a list of hotels:

Samburu - africansermonsafaris.com/…safaris.html

Masai Mara - africansermonsafaris.com/…camps.html

Thanks,

Sapsap

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3. Re: Advice on mid range accomodation in samburu and Masaai Mara

The Samburu Sopa probably falls in your price range. Very nice rooms (large with two double beds). If you can, ask for rooms close to the Dining Area since they form a semi circle on either side. The food is decent, rooms nice and clean and the staff is pleasant. Samburu has fantastic animals in a bushy plain in a valley and you can get really close to the animals. Remember Samburu is quite north of Nairobi and operates on gererator power (which is turned off for about 5 to 6 hours after midnight.

In Masaai, we stayed in the Mara Sarova Tented Camp. Very nice furnished tents with wood floors and solid roof (the sides are pull down canvass) and nice/clean bathrooms. Again, room selection helps make you comfortable. If you can, ask for a tent near the small lake. It is close to the dinner/reception and very scenic. The camp is in the park, and has very good animal life nearby, but a trip to the Mara River (to possibly see a crossing) is a couple of hours (as part of your game drive - very pleasant-as you will msee much on the way to the Mara. In this case (we had a two person private safari) the lodge provides a "box lunch" instead of the regular buffet lunch. There are some "picnic areas" under trees just off the river, to sit and eat your lunch. The Serena is right near the river, but much more expensive. The Sopa is even further than the Saroya and it is just outside the park.

These parks are far from each other. Even stpopping at Lake Nakuru and or Abadares and maybe in Nairobi on the way takes many hours. We did that, and had a good time, but you have to be willing to put up with long and bad roads. (the road in Samburu is a dirt monster four to five lanes wide, but the locals navigate it mostly on the shoulders for a somewhat smoother drive. I do not recommend that you try to drive by yourself.

I suggest that you contact a few of the local Kenyan operators (many fine ones suggested on this site) explain what you would like, and compare what they have to offer and prices. Then do your own research on the net, orgs they belong to and references.

We went last September/October and had a fantastic time. Good luck.

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