I have booked my tickets to Kenya for 7 days in the first week of Oct 2012.
This will be my first trip to Africa and my main purpose is to catch the migration Safari!
I have done some research and would love to have your advice.
For locations - which spots should I stay and for how long?
Masai Mara - MUST for viewing migration Safari, 3 days to catch the migration?
Giraffe Manor - getting close to the giraffes, 1 day or 2 days MAX?
To choose from:
Amboseli, Nakuru, Aberdare, Mt Kenya, Shaba
Okay, for the very limited time left for the trip, looks like I don't even have the option to go north for Mt Kenya or Shaba. But would anyone disagree? I really hope to fill this trip with as much animals viewing/interacting as possible, so is it not that bad to skip the north?
Amboseli, Nakuru, Aberdare - For fitting with my other two choosen locations, how would you suggest me given the time constraint and my preference for wildlife experiences? Also, I prefer to catch a variety of wildlife.
I.e. Giraffe Manor 1 day -> Amboseli 2 days -> Maasai Mara 3 days -> Nakuru 1 days?
Or Giraffe Manor 2 day -> Amboseli 2 days -> Maasai Mara 3 days?
Or Giraffe Manor 2 days -> Maasai Mara 3 days > Nakuru 2 days?
Is it even possible to give one location 1 day only given the transport (car, flight)?
I have seen 7-day tour with 2 locations only to 4 locations.
Also, I found hotels managed by 2 different hotel groups for the above locations. Do you usually book the hotels separately? Or it's highly advised to book with just one hotel group, or tour operation (agents for different hotels)
Alright, so glad I have written out my questions and hope to hear from you all.
Thanks & safe traveling for all,