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First Timer.

Mumbai
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First Timer.

Hey...

My husband and I are planning on visiting Kenya next year sometime. But plan to do it in the first quarter ( jan/feb/march 2013). I had a few questions about Kenya itself and about how we could plan the trip.

1. We are photographers, not all professionally but as a hobby, but we also freelance at times. so is there anything special that needs to be arranged?(of course except for the equipment ie. cameras lenses etc). i mean with the safari's that we book?

2. what is the weather and climate like during that time of the year?

3. I have researched and found the following places that i'd like to visit :

Nairobi

Masai Mara

Lake Nakuru

Samburu National Reserve

Amboseli National Park

Tsavo East/West.

Is there any good place that im missing? with regard to photography? also, any of the above places that would be ok to skip?

4. We were also looking to head to a beach location for our last 2/3 days, Ive looked through and found Diani beach to be beautiful, but are there any other beaches? What would be considered to be the best beach in Kenya?

Im not sure if im being vague or clear. But im always here to give more info on what we want and things if someone can help...

thanks so much.

Nairobi, Kenya
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1. Re: First Timer.

Do you mind saying total duration of your trip ?

All those places are the popular touristic locations & travelling by road can be quite gruesome. It will take at least 1/2 a day to go to each location to the other by road. MBA is 8 hrs drive from NBI

Mumbai
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2. Re: First Timer.

hi..

we are looking to do the trip for around 14N / 15D...is that enough?

Alsace, France
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3. Re: First Timer.

Might I suggest visiting Western Kenya which is off the main tourist beat. There are unrivalled photo opportunities on Lake Victoria, Kakamega rainforest and the local area especially inland (Kericho, Kano plains) is scenic and not over-commercialised.

We were here in January and the weather was beautiful - clear skies, sunny, warm but not oppressive.

Nairobi, Kenya
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4. Re: First Timer.

Being a 1st timer, i would do the following:

1. Arrive into NBO & depart from MBA. Quite feasible , but may cost more & worth paying $ to avoid zig zagging.

2. This way, head to Rift Valley (Naivasha / Nakuru), Mara (Big 5), Amboseli (Kilimanjaro), Tsavo East (more Big 5 with diff landscape) & finally the coast to relax & unwind b'4 heading back to Mumbai from MBA airport.

Spend at least 2/3 days in each location.

I'd skip going to the north on your maiden trip to Kenya.

manchester, United...
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5. Re: First Timer.

I would agree completely with stefani.............

Telford, Shropshire
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6. Re: First Timer.

Why skip going to the North, Stef? How about Watamu for a beautiful beach and for a more relaxed "tourist" spot, Malindi would be a great place for a photographer to visit - to specify, buildings and people.

Just a thought....

Mumbai
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7. Re: First Timer.

I was wondering, would 14-15 days suffice? and also would it be possible to include Tanzania? or would that be just tooo much?

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8. Re: First Timer.

While 14/days is sufficient to also visit Tanzania or Zanzibar Island for the beach time, know there's another Visa fee and also the need for a Yellow Fever inoculation for entry to/from/between the countries.

During 1st quarter '13, prices in Tanzania/Zanibar are at their highest; in Kenya, many properties on safari are at 'mid' season rates, though the coast will be high.

Do you

- want a driving? or flying? safari

- - - choosing to fly the longest distances doesn't always add that much, if any vs driving and saves hours on some nasty roads

- prefer to stay in for lodges? or tented camps?

- do you have an estimated budget? per person/day?

Amboseli and Samburu are both ;'elephant' reserves; Amboseli with possible views of Kilimanjaro and rather flat; Samburu with species not found elsewhere with diverse eco-environment/landscapes.

There are many options on how to route the places you wish to visit, but be sure you're not zig-zagging to get to/from/between these locales.

From NBO, Mt. Kenya, Samburu and Nakuru are north. Masai Mara and Amboseli, as well as Tsavo are south... and the coast, is on the coast.

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9. Re: First Timer.

14/15 days is adequate for holiday in Kenya. Focus on one country @ a time -being your 1st time to Africa. Min of at least 2N/3D in a NP, probably more @ the coast - that leaves you with only 3/4 locations to visit.

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10. Re: First Timer.

Yeah I know, but thinking from a photography point of view, Watamu is beautiful as is Malindi (if not beautiful, very interesting) and if the OP stays on the North Coast, they're only 2 - 2½ hours bus drive away.