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Kenya safari

Petersburg Alaska
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Kenya safari

After 10 days in Tanzania to Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorogoro we will be crossing the border to Amboseli for one night there, with four nights left for Kenya does anyone have suggestions as to what parks to visit to end our East Africa trip . We have a suggestion for Samburu, then Lake Naivasha and Nakuru. (probably because of Prox to late departure from NBO)

How has Samburu recovered? Any ideas on Samburu vs Sweetwater?

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1. Re: Kenya safari

At minimum you should spend another night at Amboseli.

Why? Because, assuming Tarangire (maybe Ngorongoro) will be your last stop in Tanzania, you won't arrive at Amboseli till almost dusk... meaning that day will be mostly travel time.

-- if from Tarangire, about 6-7/hrs

-- if from Ngorongoro, about 8-9/hrs

Then after 2nd nt at Amboseli you can fly to Wilson, domestic airport in Nairobi to connect to 10am flight to the Masai Mara for the remaining 3/nts (the Mara is always good regardless time of year); flying back from here to Nairobi and homebound. If you don't want to spend cost for flying, then you'd have a 4.5/hr drive back to NBO and would need at least 5/hrs to drive to the Mara. It's doable, but another day wasted in transit. Nakuru or Naivasha, though closer to NBO is also too much driving after the 4.5/hrs from Amboseli. I believe the Mara would be a really good option.

As to Samburu, this would be the 3rd "elephant" park, after Tarangire and Amboseli, so no need to head this far north. Would be 5-6/hrs drive from Nairobi or 1.15/hr flight. And, yes... Samburu is recovered from the March floods.

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Thanks 4 sandi, actually we will be coming from Arusha early to the border and transfering there. 2 of our party has been to kenya and Tanzania previously and 2 have not. We have been to the mara, nakuru, amboseli and Tsavo West, so we wanted to see something new for us. We drove everywhere last time and were very jealous of folks getting in those planes in the Mara. Thanks for the tip on Samburu, we definitely don't need to go to a 3rd elephant park. Seeing as we need a driver from Namanga, we thought we should keep them for the rest of the time.??? Any awesome accomodations or wildlife viewing we should end with...? We would love to add gorilla trekking but don't think we have the time

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Even though you've previously visited Kenya, the others haven't. So I'd still stay with adding another night* at Amboseli and as the Mara is always good, and always different... It'll be a return visit for you and be amazing for the first-timers.

*If not a full day and o/n, you can depart after full morning game drive to NBO for o/n (Fairview, Country Lodge or Macushla have reasonable rates); do some sightseeing at Blixen, Giraffe Center; consider adopting a Sheldrick baby ellee so you can visit this chubby at 5pm (reservation needed). Then next morning early you can drive to the Mara for 3/nts. This way it won't be an entire day in transit as I indicated above.

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Looking at that option we are thinking of two nights Amboseli, 3rd day early morning drive to Lake navaisha, overnight and then back to nairobi, fly to Masai Mara to Porini Camp for two nights , fly back nairobi for Flight home.

The only thing that would make it better would be fly Amboseli to Wilson,

However how would we arrange for a driver from the namanga to Amboseli . If we flew we could get to Lake Nakuru, so we can see the flamingo s

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I think a nice way to add some variety to your trip would be to visit Mt. Kenya and Laikipia (northwest of Mt. Kenya). Laikipia is very unique and worth 2-3 nights. It has a good diversity of wildlife including a lot of "northern" species you wouldn't have had the chance of seeing yet, as well as being a great place to see the black rhino. It's unique in that it's made up of community land and private ranch land vs being a national park, and it works. It also adds up to a very different game viewing experience. There are a lot of great accomodation options as well.

Mt. Kenya is also quite spectatcular and different from what you would hvae seen on your trip already. Castle Forest Lodge or Serena Mountain Lodge come to mind and aren't too far north of Nairobi.

Another possibility worth considering is Meru National Park, which is riverine forest and very beautiful with great accomodation options. East of Mt. Kenya.

Edited: 9:24 pm, September 17, 2010
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