Sat, 2011-01-15 18:23 by Shuger66 · Forum/category:

Hi, I want to thank everyone over the past year or so for offering suggestions on coming to Kenya for a visit and I'm so excited to say that as of yesterday my trip of a lifetime is booked for September, 2011!

My two top reasons for coming are: one, to visit the Cynthia Moss Research Center and two I will visit the elephant orphanage as a foster parent. On my first day there I will be in Amboseli and the last day is the orphanage with the rest sandwiched between the two.

This trip was always planned as my gift from me, to me, for finishing my masters degree and I will be done this April. I thought, I better get on this if I plan to go this year!

Thank you!

Noella, I am planning to do

Wed, 2011-01-19 22:34 by Ellieprod


I am planning to do something similar myself with my dad, who's an active 71 year old. It's always been his dream to see elephants (and other naimals, but especially elephants) in Kenya, and we're going to make it happen either this year (2011) or early next. It's our priority to do the trip in the most eco-friendly, socially conscious way (if that makes any sense), so knowing where and how to begin is a daunting task. I cant seem to access the advice provided by others on this forum topic...can you or other members help me either access this information or perhaps provide a new set of recommendations for me?


Wildlife safari destinations

Thu, 2011-01-20 07:19 by Hans

Of the many nature reserves in Kenya the ones one would want to see first are:

  • Amboseli
  • Samburu
  • Masai Mara

There are a few notable others, like Lake Nakuru, a lake harboring flamingos and pelicans, surrounded by a fenced woods-and-grass nature reserve without elephants and hence with a somewhat unusual thick-bush vegetation. Or Lake Baringo, a bird's paradise with over 500 observed bird species.

You could check my safari plan, particularly for travel preparations and more information on places to visit. It is meant for self-drive safaris, but still has lots of useful details.

I prefer to spend three or four nights in one nature reserve and one lodge, then continue to the next. Other places, like Lake Nakuru, may warrant only one night. Masai Mara is big enough to move to another lodge on the other side of the reserve and spend a few additional nights there, if you have the time. Consider that moving from one nature reserve to another can take the better part of a day and is not always pleasant.

Unless you want to go diving, I would not recommend to go to the coast and stay in a beach hotel, because I think that is something you don't have to go to Kenya for. Friends that had chosen to spend part of their time at the beach later complained to me about the coast being the most boring part of their vacation.

A possible exception could be Lamu, an island with a medieval-looking town of the same name, which is always good for a night or two. Lamu would be a cultural event without wildlife. However, you more or less have to fly there, because it is difficult and very time-consuming to reach by road and ferries.

Thanks Hans. I'll do some

Fri, 2011-01-21 04:50 by Ellieprod

Thanks Hans. I'll do some research over the weekend. This is a great start.


Wed, 2011-01-19 15:06 by Pete666

Noella, I'm green with envy lol. I hope you have a great time.



Wed, 2011-01-19 13:01 by Alison1962

Hi Noella, this is great, you must be very excited, i hope you have an amazing time as i am sure you will. Be great to hear from you. Alison xxx

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