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Billings,Montana
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nairobi with 3 kids

Greetings, We are traveling to kenya and tanzania for 6 weeks with our 3 kids, ages 14,12 and 5. Does anyone know of a great hotel in nairobi for a few nights and has anyone stayed at any of the ranches near mt kenya? Thanks

Carmel, California
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1. Re: nairobi with 3 kids

If budget isn't a concern, there's the Giraffe Manor where you can interact with the Rothschild giraffe that live on the property - www.giraffemanor.com

Which ranches near Mt Kenya are you referring to?

Billings,Montana
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2. Re: nairobi with 3 kids

Thank you we will stay at Giraffe Manor for 2 nights upon arrival to Kenya. I could not resist their web page. The ranches we are looking at are Segra and Sosian ranches. I know nothing about them. My husband pulled them up from the net. Can you give me any advise, perhaps other ranches? We are also thinking about Ndutu safari lodge in southeastern tanzania and Gibbs farn. Any comments? Thanks again.

Carmel, California
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3. Re: nairobi with 3 kids

Here's a map with listings of ranches in the Laikipia area - http://www.laikipia.org/map-of-laikipia.htm

I have also been looking at some options in this area. The one that I've been in contact with for our November trip is El Karama Ranch. However they don't offer a fully catered option, at least not for us, as it would just be my husband and me. It's possible that they will do it for larger parties.

I'm not familiar with Sosian or Segera, but Segera looks interesting and I may email them to ask for their rates. We're basically looking for something fairly close to Nanyuki as we would only be staying two nights and then driving back down to the Aberdare region.

I haven't stayed at Gibbs or Ndutu. I've heard that the food is wonderful at Gibbs. Also in the same general area as Gibbs are Plantation Lodge and Ngorongoro Farmhouse.

What time of year are you planning to go? The wildlife viewing in the Ndutu area is supposed to be best from Jan-Mar.

Billings,Montana
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4. Re: nairobi with 3 kids

WE are traveling in kenya-Tanzania fron mid Jan to end of February. We have booked a couple of nights at Gibbs Farm, ndutu was not available. The hardest thing for me know is to figure out transport. So many people hire cars with drivers. I wonder if it is necessary. What are you going to do?

Carmel, California
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5. Re: nairobi with 3 kids

We've booked a private vehicle with a driver/guide through the same Nairobi based safari operator we used last time. We'll utilize this vehicle for both our transportation and game drives on a 2 week itinerary traveling by road through Kenya.

The other options would be to self drive or fly (either scheduled or charter) between locations in which case you would take your game drives in the lodge, camp, or ranch's vehicle. Since there are 5 of you, there's a good chance that you'll be assigned your own vehicle, but there's also a possibility that you may share with other guests depending on where you're staying and how full the camp is.

For Tanzania, since we're only staying at one location (Makoa Farm) they'll provide transfers for us to/from the airport. But if you're visiting several locations, you'll need to figure out some mode of transport. There's an airstrip at Lake Manyara, so it may be possible for Gibbs to pick you up there, but what other destinations are you considering? Most people undertake a northern Tanzania itinerary by road (or at least partially by road) because you can't fly to all of the locations.

Jan-Feb is 'calving' season in the southern Serengeti and Ndutu usually books up far in advance during this time. There are 2 permanent tented camps (Kusini and Olduvai) that I know of in this area, but they're likely to be fully booked as well by now.

Other options if you want to stay in the southern Serengeti are semi-permanent tented camps that are put up for the season. Here are a few operators that set up semi-permanent camps in the Serengeti -

http://www.emcmobilesafaris.com

http://www.flycat.com/e/index.html

http://www.nomad-tanzania.com/

I don't know if they all take direct bookings or not. Some may refer you to a tour operator that they work with.

You could also consider private, mobile camping. Camping arrangements can run from basic, to mid range, to luxury and are priced accordingly, i.e. for the luxury option, they may need to send a support vehicle and crew ahead of your arrival to set up camp. You would need to contact a few Arusha based tour operators to discuss the specific options and pricing and determine if they're able to secure a reservation at a 'special' campsite (not public campsite). Special campsites have no facilities and are only booked by one party. Your tour operator would bring in everything you need for your stay. Here are a few tour operators that I know of (but haven't used) that offer private camping -

http://www.roysafaris.com

http://www.leopard-tours.com/

A good online resource with web links to camps and lodges in Africa is Bwana Mitch's safari portal site (mostly in German but not difficult to figure out, listings are grouped by region). Here are the pages for Kenya and Tanzania -

http://www.safari-portal.de/Lodging.KE.d.html

http://www.safari-portal.de/Lodging.TZ.d.html

Good luck with your plans!