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Morticia

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Kenyan Safari in June - Tips?
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:35:35 PM »
Trip of a lifetime fell into our lap far before we were expecting. It's a guided tour with a set itinerary, excellent ratings from trip advisor. Anything we should know? We won't be unescorted.
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Re: Kenyan Safari in June - Tips?
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2013, 06:37:16 AM »
I don't have any advice but I'll be watching this thread with interest. I've always wanted to travel to Africa and was never organized enough to make a plan. 

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Re: Kenyan Safari in June - Tips?
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2013, 08:22:54 AM »
It didn't actually take much planning.  We got a deal on a tour. Everything is done for us except paying and enjoying.  :)

ETA I suppose I should clarify that I am looking for tips on spotting animals, trail etiquette and things we will wish we brought. 
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Re: Kenyan Safari in June - Tips?
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 03:12:05 PM »
We are back. We had the most amazing time. For the benefit of anyone thinking of doing this in the future:

They will tell you to wear neutral coloured clothes. This is not necessary. You are in a vehicle, you are not sneaking up on beasts in the wild. Comfy clothes and very comfy shoes -- I recommend Birkenstocks, because you are standing in the vehicles on the game drives.

Bring cash. The guide, and frequently hotel staff, get tipped in cash. Also, optional side trips are usual cash affairs and there are not  a lot of ATMs on the savanna. US$, Pounds Sterling, and Euros are widely accepted.

Bring a really good camera: yours or someone else's.

Prepare for weather that ranges from cold and damp to hot and dry.

If anyone has questions, please feel free to ask.

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Now our mom says she's changed her mind about the devil's brood, they may be evil so she thinks, but at least they're never rude...
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Re: Kenyan Safari in June - Tips?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2013, 10:37:22 AM »
Hi

I am glad you had a great time.
I have a few questions if you don't mind.
Did you feel safe as a tourist?
Was there much worry about malaria where you were?

What tour group did you use?
What was your favourite animal?

Thanks
Marzipan



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Re: Kenyan Safari in June - Tips?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2013, 11:32:10 AM »
Hi

I am glad you had a great time.
I have a few questions if you don't mind.
Did you feel safe as a tourist?
Was there much worry about malaria where you were?

What tour group did you use?
What was your favourite animal?

Thanks
Marzipan


We felt very safe.
We took anti-malaria meds, and I never got bitten.

We went with Odyssey Safaris--they were terrific.
If we just count out on the game drives, I would have to say elephants... Or cheetahs...maybe giraffes... But, one of our stops was to a sanctuary for a blind black rhino named Baraka who we got to feed and pet. So, if he counts, he is my favourite.
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Re: Kenyan Safari in June - Tips?
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2013, 12:59:25 PM »
I am so jealous. I have to ask, since I have an irrational fear of them and KNOW they are lots of venemous ones. Snakes. Did you encounter any? near your camp? I have this horrific fear of finding one in my bed. I know its silly, but there it is.

And the rhino sounds amazing! My fave wild animal are giraffes.

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Re: Kenyan Safari in June - Tips?
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2013, 01:35:36 PM »
We didn't see any snakes. We asked about it the last day and were told that would be very unusual.
Now our mom says she's changed her mind about the devil's brood, they may be evil so she thinks, but at least they're never rude...
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My travel blog: http://www.stepmonster.ca