Just wanted to let everyone know what a wonderful time we had in Kenya last month with our 8 and 11 year old daughters. I had been to Kenya before (but without a safari) but my family has never been there. My best advice for those coming from several time zones away, (we are in the Western U.S), is to plan a couple of stopovers on the way, or find an inexpensive place to stay in Kenya for the first 3 or 4 days so you and the kids can recover from jet lag. We did both, and it worked well for us. Our first stop after resting, was the Kicheche Camp in Laikipia. Just wonderful. The managers are top notch and the wildlife was amazing. We went on a short walking safari with the girls, and a night drive as well as the usual day game drives. The Chimp reserve was a little scary...the chimps are a little mean and they threw rocks at us, but it is a very worthy project nonetheless.
Next we went to Acacia House in the Mara. It is owned by the people who run Rekero camp. Another awesome place, with great Masai guides and wonderful staff. We found the wildlife to be less plentiful than at Laikipia, but we added cheetahs and leopards to our list there. A cheetah actually jumped on the top of our vehicle! Our last stop was Ocean Sports at Watamu. Not as luxurious as our safari lodging, but perfectly adequate and the staff is very helpful and friendly. All in all, we had a great time and are so glad we went. The girls went back to school full of stories to tell. I'd be happy to share any other details if anyone is interested.