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    On the drive out and back to Nairobi we saw....

    Ornery

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    Curiosity

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    And one more reticent grazer, the Kudu.


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    Quality pictures!
    Like the tent high up on the pick up, good idea for safety.
    Thanks for taking the time to share.

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    Cheers CCC. That tent set up is standard for do-it-yourself-safaris in Namibia.
    My next African target.

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    The local hooch hole.


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    We got the goods.


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    Go away kid, ya bother me.



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    Slum on the outskirts of Nairobi.


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    Wife bartering for some fire-cooked corn.

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    Thar she blows. City-park, Nairobi.

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    We stayed in the Serena Hotel for a day and 1/2 before heading back to the land of sand.






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    The safari was basically flawless.

    We were picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel.
    Picked up the next morning and taken on our safari loop that included stopovers in
    fantastic parks/resorts along the way (see 1st post).

    Then dropped at the door of Serena Hotel and picked up once again the next aft. and taken to the airport.

    The owner called the guides phone no less than 3 x (beginning/middle/end) and asked to speak with me. I think he's a Brit.
    He basically wanted to know if we needed anything, had any complaints and were satisfied.

    Hardly a complaint other than....

    A handful of scheduled stops at warehouses selling tourist goods.
    We bought overpriced junk at the first one and didn't really need any more, so we'd use their bathroom, get coffee and say 'no thank you,' the rest of the time.

    All part of the experience, I suppose - and we did meet some charming salespeople.

    Other than that, it was a solid vaca. and worth the money (I'm coming to that).

    If I were to return to Kenya, I'd probably rent a 4x4 and go it on my own as I like to hobnob with the locals more often than the schedule allowed.

    However for a first run, I'd definitely recommend a guide. It's easy to get lost on the way and of course not that many Masai speak English + you'd have to deal with the tangles of Park rules, regs & fees, reserving rooms along the way and any other inconveniences that may present themselves such as flat tires, engine trouble, etc.

    Visas (for Thai and U.S. PP) were easily obtainable online and safaricom held its signal for most of the trip, offset by resort wifi in the more remote stops.

    7 nights total / incl. 5 nights safari

    2 people

    $3,150 all incl.


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    Thanks for watching.
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    Velly nice, hick. Salamat. Green owed.

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    Hick,nice pics,you are right about Kenyan safaris being well organised.
    If anyone has their own car don't make the mistake i did the first time in picking up hitch hiking Masai,a lot of them like rubbing cow shit on themselves,my car smelt like a
    cattle holding yard for days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog View Post
    my car smelt like a
    cattle holding yard for days.
    Ha! Ya' don't say? What year was that?

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    I have a soft spot for East Africa and it's people. My parents lived in Uganda in the 50's till 1965. My brother was born there. I spoke Swahili before i spoke English.

    We still use certain Swahili words mixed into our day to day conversations.

    And of course, feeding and kissing those giraffes at Giraffe Manor is top on my Bucket List.

    I've never been on a Safari, apart from a two night stay in the Shimba Hills above Mombasa. We did see ellies and giraffes.

    But would love to do a real safari, perhaps not for a long time - a week maybe. Not only to say - I've done it, but also to experience it. Of course, tents with all the mod cons would have to be included and also the hot air balloon at dawn!!

    After that - a couple of weeks "on the coast"!! And I think my recently deceased mother would approve that it would be a good thing for her kids to do with their inheritance... instead of squandering it away on silly things!!

    Great thread. Got me thinking!!!

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    YES, Patsy! Get planning.

    Quote Originally Posted by patsycat View Post
    hot air balloon at dawn!!
    We did this last year in Cappodoccia, Turkey. Unforgettable!





    Yeah, it'd be pretty awesome over parts of Africa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick
    Thanks for watching.
    Brilliant - thanks for the effort.

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    The Serena looks top notch! I could stay a week there no problem . I'd love to see all of those creatures in their natural habitat. Amazing thread, Hick, thank you. Will green asap!

    P.S Are these new icons the promised upgrades?

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