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My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

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My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

Hello, I have been devouring all the excellent information in your forum and so glad I found it.

In three weeks (september) I head off to Kenya on safari. I am so excited and very nervous. Have never travelled overseas before so I am a bit out of my comfort zone. Takign my mum though so that's a bonus. This is my 40th birthday gift to myself and my long service leave after 20 years of working. Mum will turn 70 whilst we are there too.

Have booked through a local travel agent and we are going with Wild Trek Safari's. We are booked for a 17 day safari. Anyone got any opinions of them?

At the end of the safari we are heading to Rwanda for four days and three nights and have booked two gorilla treks. Once again organised by my travel agent and it says we are using Amahoro Tours. Any opinions on them?

So my first question other than your thoughts on our operators is what are the top four things you wish you had done, known or brought with you on your safari?

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1. Re: My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

Perhaps - you might want to disclose the Itinerary of '17 day safari' in Kenya, as it's your maiden trip ?

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2. Re: My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

Binoculars

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A hat I have now invested in a Tilley hat and it goes every where with me !!!

Good binos as the animals can be a good distance away

Easy wash and dry clothing in safari colours

A camera with video

These are my four top tips

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Australia to Bangkok to Nairobi

Day 1 arrive and overnight night stay at Jacaranda Hotel (b & b)

Day 2 - travel to Sambura Game Lodge and afternoon game drive

Day 3. full day game drives

Day 4 Drive to Sweetwaters Reserve stay at Sweetwaters Tented camp

Day 5 Game drives

Day 6 Drive through The Great Rift Vallet via Thompson falls to Lake Baringo. Boat transfer to Island Camp

Day 7 - boat trip or walk to local Njemps fishign village

Day 8 Travel to lake Nakuru National park via lake Baringo and the thermal springs stayingt Lion Hill Lodge

Day 9 depart to Masai Mara Game reserve taying at Mara Serena Lodge. Game drive in afternoon

Day 10 & 11 Game drives and Hot Air Balloon safari with champagne breaky.

Day 12 Fly to Wilson Airport Nairobi transfer to JKL airport and fly to Mombasa Stayign at Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa

Day 13, 14, 15 Chance to relax or visit Gede Runins, Fort Jesus or the marine Park

Day 16 Flight to Nairobi Stay at Jacaranda Hotel

Day 17/18 Excursions to Daphne Shelrick Elephant Orphange, Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre.

Day 19 Fly to Kigali Rwanda package with Amahoro Tours

Day 20 Gorilla Trek 1

Day 21 Gorilla Trek 2

Day 22/23 Kigali to nairobi to Bankok to Australia .

Flights and visas from Australia and return

Includes airport transfers

accomodation and breakfast at Nairobi

accomodation on full board basis on safari

Accomodation on half board at coast

park and reserve fees

transportation and game drives on private basis in safari minibus

English speaking driver guides

airfare including taxes

excursion entries and givernment fees

2 bottles of water in vehicle per person per day

tipping for driver guide

balloon safari in Masai Mara

gorilla passes

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5. Re: My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

Thanks fro the tips.

Got my binoculars - they are small but good ones.

Got my camera which also does video and some extra memory cards and a spare rechargeable battery. Also taking my smaller digital camera as a back up.

Got a bucket hat that is shady but will stay on my head,

Taking a few paits of 3/4 pants and polo shirts to wear in the day and jeans and long sleeve shirt for at night, Wearing a pair of hiking sandshoes and got myself some really good wool lined hiking socks today.

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6. Re: My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

Sounds to me like you are all sorted!!

Love your sensible question, 4 things to take with you. What you will bring back are wonderful memories as it looks like you have a great itinery.

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7. Re: My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

do not give money to anyone,.get a good kenya guide be careful of beach bums tormenting you,,.

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8. Re: My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

Some pointers.

Greg at Amahoro is very reliable.

Take Gardening gloves for the Gorilla Trek and 'hire' a stout walking stick too. You will need it and it helps out the wages.

Have your Yellow Fever Certificate with you.

Say hello to the Sheldrick Orphans for me.

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9. Re: My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

Thnaks for the pointers.

I have my gardening gloves all packed. Also will definatley hire a walking stick and someone to carry my day bag. Will carry my yellow fever book with my passport. Have got one of those round your neck under your shirt type holders to wear.

Glad to see good opinion of the safari operator.

Will definately be careful with money. Our tour operator from Australia who is coming with us was born in Kenya so I will take her adivce.

I am getting so excited now. Only three weeks to go until we fly out. woohooo

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10. Re: My first trip overseas and heading to Kenya

Great Itinerary - good choice of locations & lodges.

Jacaranda is a very good hotel in Nairobi, Westlands area. It's convenienty located opp. the the NBI Nakuru highway on your way to Samburu to kick off your safari.

The hot water springs are in Bogori, not Baringo.

Any chance you could squeeze in a night @ Lake Naivasha before heading off the Mara ? It's worthwhile visiting Naivasha to see the hippos.

Once you get to Diani, you might want to go to Wasini for dhow safari.

http://www.pillipipa.com/

If you to go to Fort Jesus which is in MBA town, you will have to cross the Ferry. Gede Ruins is in Watamu, approx. 120 kms from MBA - not worth the visit.