I find the information posted in the various travel forums very helpful. My husband, two children and i intend to take a safari to East Africa early next year in March for 21 days. Please tell me what should i expect to do and see while there, suitable hotel/lodges. Our stay mainly focus in kenya about 14 days and about 3 days in Uganda and the same in Tanzania .Also kindly tell us roughly what budget do we work with or recommend to us a professional tour consulatant for the same. Your input will be highly appreciated plus any relevant information. Many thanks, Annah
I can be of some help to you regarding Kenya, but firstly I need to know what you expect from your trip.
Do you plan to spend some time by the Indian Ocean in Mombassa or Malindi or Lamu? Or had you planned to do several game safaris in the various parks like Amboseli, Tsavo, the Maasai Mara etc?
Are you arriving in Kenya with hotels and game safaris organised already or do you plan to arrange everything when you get there? I can give you the name and details of a company I've used for the past several years if you like?
I think if you contact me directly with a Personal Mail through this site and ask some specific questions I'll be able to help you better.
Thanks for your quick response. we would love to spend some time at the beach. is it advisable to book for the safaris before arrival or on arrival. i would love my family to view wildlife with particlular attention to the famous big five. kindly forward me the name and details of the company you have used. i expect to have a good pass time with my family away from the hussles of the normal routines. You could send me possible itinerary that i could look at. Annah
Hi again Bravely,
my advice for you now would be to study the internet and books to see exactly what areas you want to visit.
For example if the rains come early next year, the Maasai Mara would be a little bit of a disappointment. As you know the great migration of animals happens later in the year so you will miss that. But it is still amazining, especially if you stay someplade the Serena Mara Lodge hotel which I absolutely love.
A Park like Amboseli with its view of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background is really stunning and the wildlife are really easy to spot. Tsave West and Tsavo East are both huge in size and would take weeks to begin looking around but they are so varied and beautiful and also with better chances to see most of the big five.
A lot is spoken of the big five but there are many other wildlife just as impressive and maybe even more impressive - like cheetah, the many types of antelope and gazelle, crocodiles and hippos, the nocturnal animals like servals and gennets are fantastic to see on a night drive. As for the birdlife.... Kenya boasts more than 1000 speicies of birds which come in all sizes, colours and shapes.
I only ever book my safaris when I am IN the country. I use a company called Star Travel who have some of the best qualified game spotters/drivers I've ever known in Africa. Here's their web-site: http://www.startraveltour.com/kenya_tanzania.html ask for Roselynne and tell her Brendan from Ireland sent you. By the way, I have no connection with this company except to recommend their great service and prices.
It would be a good idea to contact them in advance, even now, and tell them what you have in mind. They'll put together an intinerary for you with prices and times etc...
I hope that's been some help to you. Keep asking the questions and I'll try to answer them.