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Itinerary advice for Kenya Safari with an old lady & 2 kids

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Itinerary advice for Kenya Safari with an old lady & 2 kids

Hello guys,

I am sure all of you have heard endless appeals from saps such as myself who are lost in translation over planning a Kenyan safari.

I have done a LOT of TA reading and trawling the forums and have hit upon this itinerary for my safari. Could you please advise if this is doable with a 72-year-old woman and 2 kids (5 and 9).

Thx in advance for your help!

Day 1: Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

Day 3: Samburu to Lake Nakuru National Park

Day 4: Nakuru to Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 5 and Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 7: Masai Mara to Amboseli National Park

Day 8: Amboseli (late afternoon/early evening departure) to Nairobi Airport

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1. Re: Itinerary advice for Kenya Safari with an old lady & 2 kids

Oh I forgot to add, we travel last week in July. Thx!

nyc
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2. Re: Itinerary advice for Kenya Safari with an old lady & 2 kids

Just be aware there are some really long drives and in many instances not the best roads.

NBO/SAM - 6/hrs

SAM/NAK - 5-6/hrs

NAK/MAR - 5-6/hrs

MAR/AMB - 7/hrs arriving at dusk

AMB/NBO - 4-5/hrs as you'll hit rush hour traffic

Kids especially will likely get antsy; have things to keep them busy.

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3. Re: Itinerary advice for Kenya Safari with an old lady & 2 kids

What would recommend? Should I skip Amboseli and use the extra night elsewhere?

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4. Re: Itinerary advice for Kenya Safari with an old lady & 2 kids

I would skip Lake Nakuru *and* Amboseli. With only 8 days, and at this time of year, Samburu and Maasai Mara will give you a lot of memories, and be more than enough travelling.

Happy planning!

Richard Trillo

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5. Re: Itinerary advice for Kenya Safari with an old lady & 2 kids

I would skip Amboseli & Samburu considering your age (no offence) & with little kids. Try to keep driving time minimal. Consider Sweetwaters, Nakuru & Mara.

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6. Re: Itinerary advice for Kenya Safari with an old lady & 2 kids

I agree - try to keep the rough and long drives down to a minimum. 72 is not really old! However, it depends on how she, as well as the children, can cope with the drives. A few days ago, friends of mine were travelling from Naivasha to Nairobi. Not far...but the main road was blocked with a traffic accident involving a big lorry and it took hours, with diversions on bad roads! There is always the unexpected to consider as well.

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