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I'm getting ready to do safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. Will be my first trip to Africa. Would appreciate comments, advice, etc.

  • Its best to travel to Kenya safaris in dry seasons and avoid the rains pluss you should be aware of the tipping which the safari guides expect you will give them:) Gerry about 8 years ago

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    Hi Rebecca, you're bound to have a wonderful experience. Gosh, there is so much to suggest. Do you have particular questions? We just had a trip to Porini Amboseli (an eco camp), and Mombasa south coast. Depending on the time of year you are traveling, you'll want to see the migration too. I booked all my travel through a reputable local travel agency who handled all the logistics which worked well. over 10 years ago

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    We didnt book our safari in advance - it was a very last minute add-on to our trip to Zanzibar, but we got lucky. We booked through a local firm in Zanr and they hooked us up with a great guide in Tanzania who met us at the airport and acted as our guide for the next three days. He was arranged through http://www.skysere.com/national_parks_en.htm and is called David. Amazing knowledge, very patient, brilliant driver, all round nice guy - if you want his email, then PM me.

    We were lucky because we saw a lot - Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Lake and Tarangire. Amazing wildlife, bird life and met Masai.

    We stayed in a wonderful lodge near to Ngorogoro http://www.bougainvillealodge.net/index.html and our guide picked us up/dropped us there each day.

    My advice is to do a bit of research and decide if you want to stay in one place/lodge or if you are prepared to travel around a bit. The cost of a safari can vary wildly and tends to be more expensive if you want to stay within a park.

    I have heard good things about http://www.tanzaniasafaris.info/ and if/when I go back, I want to go to Selous or Ruaha although Ngorogoro is without doubt, one of the best places in the world that I have ever been to.

    For comments on Africa I can say that I was very surprised in a really good way. On Zanzibar we were in Stone Town and I found the poverty almost overwhelming but the people were amazing. Its a very muslim area and I like that mix of western, african and muslim. Stone Town is quite chi-chi with some nice bars and restaurants.

    Tanzania was amazing. We hoped on a small plane from Zanzibar and landed in Arusha. The countryside is a wonderful sight, the people were lovely and so generous with their time and what little they had, and of course, the animals, wildlife and nature were beyond my imagination.

    I was quite shocked by how basic it was - not in the hotels which are very lah-de-dah, but the general way that people live. Its very very basic. The poverty is huge. Medical supplies, clothing, water - all limited. about 10 years ago

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    Kenya and the Tanzania epitomize the quintessential safari experience. Safari in Kenya is the most amazing experience for everyone. This is a startlingly beautiful land, with some of the most magnificent wildlife and the scenery in the whole world. Kenya is the regional hub with the most modern infrastructure, featuring top Africa game parks of Maasai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli and the beaches of the Mombasa and the Lamu. Tanzania is more exclusive and features Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy, Mt Kilimanjaro, and the exotic island of Zanzibar. Many private safaris is also available in Kenya.
    http://www.wildlifeworld360.com/safari-in-kenya.html over 9 years ago

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    Hi there from a a magical Kenya. The rains are on now in most spots on the circuit, but this doest not take away though from the sheer beauty that is Kenya. Good place to start is to check out Hotels and what they have on offer. www.serenahotels.com is a good place to start. They have facilities in all the really must go to locations such as Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo, Mt. Kenya (Sweetwaters & Mountain Lodge), Lake Elementaita, Nairobi and Mombasa and even in Zanzibar! They also set the standards locally in service delivery. Great food too! Let us know how the planning goes on. All the best and Karibu (Welcome) to Kenya. over 9 years ago

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    Kenya Safaris are a highlight of any trip to Kenya so make sure you've researched the time you plan to go so you can anticipate what wildlife there is on offer. (http://www.mahlatini.com/kenya-safaris/ will give you an idea) A balloon ride over the migration would be an amazing experience and definitely worth considering if you're there at that time! about 9 years ago

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    Highly recommend Abercrombie & Kent. Used them 3 times, always reliable. about 9 years ago

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    instead of you contact some travel agents from your home country, I advise you to do this while you were in Kenya,
    Cos travel from Kenya to Tanzania is really cheap and fast and safe enough. even through taxi, if you prefer flight, it would be around 250-300. and you can decide it when you are in Kenya, by using your safari operators or guide.
    That will be the best reliable source i can advise you.
    If you contact from now to any tour operator, they will charge you their own commission too, thats why.

    http://www.ganeandmarshall.com/ almost 9 years ago

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    I would look for a travel planner that is not affiliate to its own camps. We used truffle pig travel out of Toronto Canada and they booked us an immaculate trip. We went to Sayari Camp I'm Tanzania and Mara Plains (HIGHLY recommend) and the world famous Ol Donyo Lodge, both I'm Kenya. over 8 years ago

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    Safety tips are rather important; my favourite being 'don't shower with your mouth open' because the water you use will most probably not be drinkable if you're on a safari in the bush. Keep drinking water to stay hydrated and don't underestimate the importance of sunblock. Make sure you take your prescription papers along with your prescription drugs in case you're in a situation where you could get treated like a drug mule. Chat to your doctor before you depart and make sure that you have all the right vaccinations and malaria tablets for Kenya and Tanzania.

    When you're on a safari you'll also want to remember a few things about safari etiquette. This means sticking to paths, listening to your guide, not using spotlights excessively, not teasing wildlife or trying to attract them with sounds or food (you'll be surprised how many people want to do that). Don't sleep out in the open, under the stars - you will most definitely get eaten by mosquitos, and quite possibly a lion. Rather enjoy the evening sky and ambience while you're sitting around the fire chatting about all the awesome stuff you saw during the day, then safely retreat to your tent, chalet or lodge for a comfortable night sleep to recharge.

    Hope these help

    Enjoy your safari! over 8 years ago

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    Had a great luxury safari in maaasai mara, with my own tour bus i did not share with other groups!!! and the price was pocket friendly, i say try this Kenya Real Tours and Safaris(www.kenyarealsafaris.com) over 8 years ago

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    Your question attracts a broad range of ideas but in a nutshell all the top game reserves of East Africa are yours to visit on this safari. Seek out the big cats on the hunt in Kenya's Amboseli, Samburu and Masai Mara game reserves. Thrill at the sight of the vast herds of African animals in Tanzania's incomparable Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Reserves.

    Highlights of the tour may include 2 nights at world - renowned Mount Kenya Safari Club, a visit to the 'cradle of man' at Olduvai Gorge and looking for tree-climbing lions at Lake Manyara. Plus as you move from one fabulous site to the next, luxurious and comfortable lodges and tented camps await you.
    View a few itineraries here: http://xplorato.com/travel-with-us/safaris
    Get tips by visiting this page: http://www.xplorato.com/travel-tips over 8 years ago

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    Here are guidelines for make your safari memorable

    http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Kenya/Nairobi-Province/Nairobi/blog-732232.html about 8 years ago

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    Kenya and Tanzania are the best places for visiting. there some things to do during your travel in these places, keep drinking water to stay hydrated and don't underestimate the importance of sunblock. Make sure you take your prescription papers along with your prescription drugs if you're in a situation where you could get treated like a drug mule also right vaccinations and malaria tablets for Kenya and Tanzania.
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    You want to know about the best place of kenya please read this http://africa.amateurtraveler.com/2012/08/02/top-five-places-to-visit-in-nairobi-kenya/ and if you need cheap travel services so http://www.reliancetravels.co.uk/nairobi-flights.html is best option for you. about 8 years ago

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    These are some very practical tips based on experiences from the Serengeti.

    - Sunblock is a must as are sunglasses
    - Moisturize heavily, the heat is very dry and you will feel it cracking your skin.
    - Lip balm, I cannot stress its importance
    - Keep your hair tied and covered if possible
    - Keep yourself hydrated by constantly sipping on water
    - Keep your feet covered
    - Keep munchies handy, most camps will provide packed lunch
    - It gets chilly at night, carry atleast 1 jacket or sweatshirt. If you're planning to stay at NgoroNgoro, it gets pretty cold
    - Make sure to carry any personal medication, I also recommend a set of basic medication - analgesic, digestives, etc,.
    - Wipes for yourself and your camera

    Visiting a masai is an absolute must do, it's an experience like no other. Try their traditional dance and mingle with the tribe.
    And do respect the laws of the bush! about 7 years ago

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