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masaai mara

Hi my husband and i (both in 60s) are coming to Africa in Oct/Nov 2013 and thought a few days in Nairobi or area would be good. We have heard a visit to masaai mara is well worth it. Has anyone done a 3-4 day/night tour to this without flying and if so who with and was it worth it? Also what should we see whilst in nairobi itself?

Mombasa, Kenya
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There is not much to see in Nairobi as far as "culture" goes apart from a very nice Nairobi National Museum, definitely worth a visit www.museums.or.ke/content/blogcategory/11/17/ and Karen Blixen Museum (Out of Africa) www.museums.or.ke/content/blogcategory/13/19/ and thereafter you can have nice tea at Karen Blixen Gardens

However, there are a few places worth visiting to do with animals: Giraffe Centre where you can feed giraffes http://giraffecenter.org The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - amazing project where you can adopt an elephant, etc http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

KWS Animal Orphanage is a nice educational place kws.org/about/training/animal_orphanage.html and you can combine a visit to this place with a trip to Nairobi National Park (this Orphanage is at the entrance to the park)

Masai Mara is the reason many people visit Kenya! It is definitely advisable to go there if you are in Kenya. You can take a road trip but be ready to 5-6 hours drive. Unless you do not want to fly for a particular reason, flying option is more advisable. Average stay in Mara is 3-4 nights for majority of guests, anything less is too short, anything more is a bonus! Read here about Masai Mara and accommodations - you can filter based on price range and see what you can get for your money http://www.maasaimara.com/accommodation

I hope this is a good starting point for your research!

Larissa

Tijara Beach Hotel

Somerset, United...
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If looking for adventure, I would advise against flying to the Maasai mara. The sight of the Great rift valley en route is awe inspiring, you will miss this bit while flying. While doing a flying safari, you will only get two shared game drives per day as opposed to 3 per day while driving with a tour operator. We did this route in August last Year all by road and it was well worth it. The road was not the best but we really enjoyed most of the journey to and from the Maasai mara. Do 3 nights Maasai mara at the minimum.

To add to Larissa's list of what you can do in Nairobi, the Maasai market and Kazuri beads factory are well worth a visit too.

R. Hunt

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I'd fly to/from the Masai Mara as the total price can be much the same, sometimes actually less than if driving. Of course, depending on the final accommodations you choose, whether lodges or tented camps... which prices do vary.

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While doing a flying safari, you will only get two shared game drives per day as opposed to 3 per day while driving with a tour operator.

Not always the case as the places I have stayed in on flying safaris offer 3 drives per day. Early Morning, mid Morning and late afternoon. I prefer to fly due to the state of the roads 5 hours on bumpy road or a one hour flight the choice is yours

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I prefer driving too. Yes the roads are bumpy but you get to see so much more of the country and its people on the road.

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Hamilton, New...
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thanks folks. i think we would like the drive option - any of you used tour operators and if so which. we have seen 3-4 day trips with Gap Adventure but are there any local good operators that would take us from nairobi to masai mara accommodate us, feed us, game drives and back.

Mombasa, Kenya
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You can book your trip with any operator - in or outside Kenya - who is reputable and who you feel comfortable with for your personal reasons. I think it is important to "connect" with people who put your iteinerary together, even if it is a simple one. Overseas operators, even though they are placed elsewhere, have their partners and/or offices in Kenya and everything will be done locally as per your detailed itinerary, you will not be stranded, should you decide to book with someone outside Kenya - in case this is what worries you. There are plenty of reputable operators in Kenya and outside who have Kenya travel specialists and who can help you with your trip. If a particular company (and even a hotel) is not reviewed on TA it does not mean that they are not reputable :) You can always ask a company for testimonials and to put you in touch with their past clients if you feel it is needed.

I am also sure that you will get some recommendations here we well.

Enjoyr your planning and your trip to beautiful Kenya.

Larissa

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As you have decided to visit masai mara by road, stick on it, Its worthy for more adventurer tourist.

There are so many small local operators which are even cheap, very experienced and who concentrate in your safari other than big companies which have so many clients to attend to and lack enough time for you.

Do the research of then and check their review at trip adviser or Check the testimonials