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Pre trip Kenya

Discussion in 'Non Disney Trips and Travels' started by Skywatcher, Feb 18, 2010.

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    Skywatcher Chief Astronomer

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    Got the camera :D

    Just booked the Safari - 2 nights and 3 days in Tsavo East/West

    Tsavo East National Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Got our own private car taking us and staying at 2 lodges itinerary is

    this :mental:
    Day one.
    Pick up at 06.30 hrs and head to Tsavo East through Bachuma gate. On entering park game drive begins until aprox 13.00 hrs when you arrive at Voi Safari lodge for lunch and check in. You will then relax until 16.00 hrs when you proceed for the evening game drive that will last till 18.30 hrs. Dinner and overnight will be at Voi Safari Lodge.

    Day two.

    Early morning game drive at 06.30 hrs till 08.30 hrs when you drive back for the main breakfast. You will later check out with your luggage and head to Tsavo West through Tsavo river gate. On entering park, game drive will continue until you arrive at Ngulia Safari Lodge for lunch and check in. At 16.00 hrs you will proceed for the evening game drive in the Rhino sanctuary until 18.00 hrs when you drive back for an appointment with the leopard. Every evening at 18.00 hrs in this lodge they hang a piece of goat meat onto a branch next to the water hole to attract the leopard - more often than not they appear as now its a family that is used to it.

    Day three. You will have the early morning game drive, before heading back for the main breakfast. You will then check out and do a game drive at the Mzima Springs area where one sees hundreds of Hippos and some crocodiles amongst many other animals. After stopping at the Springs you will again have a short game drive before exiting the park and drive to Voi for a lunch stop over at Lion Hill lodge, a lodge built on top of a hill overlooking Tsavo East 180 degrees, beautifully scenery you will see as you have your lunch. After lunch you will start driving to Mombasa anticipating to be back at your hotel around 17.30 hrs.

    :mental:

    As much to organise as a Disney trip

    Oh and you'd be surprised how cheap that was - honestly!
     
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    Mari Serious Forum Regular

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    Im getting goosebumps just reading this!

    Wow!!!!

    Its going to be the trip of a lifetime :)
     
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    You truly only need the camera! How exciting and I can hardly wait to see the shots you take.

    Could you imagine taking your telescope and looking at the sky from wide open spaces and likely very clear skies.
     
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    You are going on my dream holiday......I need lots of photos bringing back :yes:
     
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    Just can't believe that with a little research we are going on a 3 day safari for less than 1/2 what a travel company charges and we are having our own guide for 3 days and our own vehicle - the boys just wouldn't have coped with being in a truck with 10 people in it - this way if they get tired or want to head back early the chap will go. If we want to see a particular animal he will try and find it for us.

    S'all about the big cats for me - they have so many there

    All in Di it is a LOT cheaper than our last Florida trip - ok we are only going on a 3 day safari but the hotel in Mombassa is all inclusive.

    Yes I would love to take the scope but I'm pretty sure thats not going to happen :lol:

    The second lodge has its own watering hole as well and they have huge heards of elephant visiting .

    Just putting an order in for a larger SD card :D
     
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    Ohhhhhhh you're killing me with jealousy!! This is the trip of a LIFE TIME :yes: Enjoy every minute!
     
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    I think a private safari is DEFINETLY the way to go.. kids or no kids... hahaha, but it has extra advantages with kids :)
     
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    Many of the drivers in the reserves are in radio contact with one another so if your driver is "sans animals" he will surely be directed to where they are by the others Chris.
    It sometimes seems a bit surreal though. We once watched a cheetah shortly after a kill and he/she was surrounded by about 10 vehicles who suddenly descended around her almost immediately!
    The cheetah never batted an eyelid though and carried on eating just like there was no-one there!
     
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    HUNDREDS OF HIPPOS????!!!!!!

    :mental: :mental: :mental:
     
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    Apparenly you can see flamingo and ostritch as well :mental: , well over 500 species of bird

    I'm going to need more batteries for my camera as well :mental:
     
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    Hello,

    I would like to second Slowhand has just said. Most safari driver here in Kenya are in Radio contacts and this makes them to easily locate wild animals as soon as one driver spots one.

    for any assistance regarding your safari in Kenya please feel free to contact me I will be glad to help.

    Wish you all the best in your trip to Kenya! God bless you.

    Best regards,
    Jackline
     
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    Ok.. so I might be going totally against the flow here, but I would suggest taking a FEW pics.. and then just letting go and ENJOYING it....

    its too hard to enjoy something 100% if you are focusing on tkaing 9238710 pictures....
     
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    I'll do both :D
     
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    So you have the camera.
    Now shop for 4 pairs of binoculars!

    Sounds great
    scarey
     
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    Chris this sounds just fabulous. I would dearly love to do this.
     
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    totally agree, me too :yes:
     
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    Here's a little something to help get you in the mood Chris. :yes:

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    Have a wonderful time!

    Tom :)macwave:... hope you enjoy!)
     
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    :D

    they are on

    'The List' :D

    only I don't need binoculars as I have the big lens to look at things through :D
     
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    HARAMBE!
     
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    Thanks for that :D
     

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