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  1. Allianz. I have also used squaremouth.
  2. and you may need pre-existing condition coverage. the first time we ever got trip insurance was for our safari this year. we also had an expensive 3 week trip to india and nepal and we were not bringing our kids so I wanted to make sure we could get home if they got sick. we spent about $1000 on the policy but was it worth it when i broke a bone in my foot a week before and had to cancel. got the full amount back. also, if you purchase within 14 days of your trip payment, you can get the "cancel for any reason" which was really important to us for our first african safari.
  3. I have never been to Amboseli but it seems there are less eles than I imagined and way more variety at Ol Pej, where I have been. Am I correct? Love the pic with the oxpeckers in the giraffe's ear!
  4. @anocn, since we were only in mara north last trip, I can tell you we never visited the same spot and we were there for 4 nights. we always had a different spot for a bush breakfast (by a creek near elephants or high above a river full of hippos) and our sun downers were at all together different spots that were great for photos. one time we consumed our beverage in the jeep bc we were near a large lion pride with many cubs. also, our vehicles were very comfy despite the bumps and crevices in the land. very well padded...
  5. @anocn, just read your other review on etim camp. glad guiding was better but sad to hear about the food. good food is important to me and actually was a qualifier when we chose our first safari. the food at kicheche was amazing-crab souffle, amazing desserts with decorated hardened sugar, etc. we had never had scotch eggs and now we can't wait to have them again. my daughter is very picky and won't eat tomatoes-they obliged her with every meal and even made a separate curry sans tomatoes.
  6. @acnocn4-so sorry for your experience. we too stayed at kicheche laikipia and kicheche mara last year and were out by 6 and back 12ish, and then out by 4 and back by 7 ish. we could have stayed out all day and had a bush lunch too as there are no schedules at kicheche camps. my daughter wanted to get a photo of a lilac breasted roller in flight and we sat for 30 minutes until it actually flew away. at kicheche laikipia, we found a newly killed tommy and waited patiently (when the guide thought the jackal would not come back) to reclaim it. we loved our bush breakfasts-was always so excited to see what was inside the silver tins and it was amazing how so much-tables, chairs, linens and tons of hot food-can fit in the back of a land cruiser. it was also a great time to get to know your guide, enjoy the quiet and ask questions. you also missed the amazing sunrises in the mara. we were so happy with the lack of schedule, the standard of guiding and the mara that we are all returning for 11 nights, all at kicheche camps in the mara, and then to the beach for 5 more. please do return. i have heard the saying that the best day of safari is the first day of your second safari-for you this will be true!
  7. I thought Mugie was closed bc it was invaded by the pastoralists last year...
  8. when we were at ol lentille this summer, we were told that our butler's father came upon a lone bull and he was killed. so sad.
  9. meant malindi.
  10. just booked our second family safari with our teens for next june/july and we are returning to kenya (although our planner said we need to change locations next time!). we are doing all kicheche camps for 12 days and focusing on mara (kicheche mara, valley and bush.) then we will head to a lovely inclusive beachfront rental in dian for 6 days. phew!! i am determined to see a leopard this time!
  11. this has been an amazing report and your photos are breathtaking. i think we are going to focus solely on the mara for next summer. same conservancies but different camps. 12 days. thanks for sharing...
  12. Pomwiki, thanks for your response. I, too, am a bit concerned about the pure safari time as we did start out last safari with cultural and other activities. Am thinking of starting at Mundui House for 2 nights so we can see the lake area and have a soft start to our safari and then lessen the actual safari time to 11 nights. I did read your report, as well as others, and that has really focused me on the OM conservancy.
  13. we were going to mix some mara with our first mobile tent in meru. however, after reading some of the amazing trip reports coming from porini lion, I am considering just 2 weeks in the mara. we loved kicheche camps last time so will try kicheche valley for 5 nights, offbeat mara for 4 nights and perhaps porini lion for 4 nights. would be late june. our teens loved our last safari so much and we loved the private vehicles that we had, along with wonderful guiding, fab food and lovely tents. I am just a bit worried about the standard of the tents and food and porini lion, but it seems the guiding and viewings well make up for that. thoughts? thanks as always.
  14. we tried to use one at ol lentille but it required keeping the lights on all night so my husband did without!

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