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  1. Wow, people could go on safari for weeks and weeks and not see nearly as much as you did. I hope I see half as much in the Mara in 2019. Thanks again. And a belated happy birthday.
  2. @CDL111 Thanks for the tip! We'll be sure to check it out, if we're allowed to go.
  3. @CDL111 Yes! We have decided--downpayment already paid. We are going at the end of June. We'll start at Saruni in Samburu (4 nights), then Kichcheche Bush (3 nights), then Serian Nkorombo (2 nights) and Serian Mara North (3 nights). We'll stay near Nairobi NP at Ololo Lodge for 2 nights so we can visit park and also Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
  4. Well, it was a magical sighting. We are signed up to go to the Mara -- though not until June 2019, so I'm reading your report with special interest. You are making me wish the time was much shorter!
  5. Amazing photos of lion and cheetahs!
  6. I'd definitely stay in the reserves, and a lot of really good ones are not pricey at all in SA. Maybe take a day trip in Kruger. For our first safari we stayed in Timbavati at the Ngala Safari Lodge (among other places) and thought the guiding and the hosting were great, although maybe we'd stay at a camp rather than a lodge if we were to go again. We also went to Klaserie Reserve and stayed at Africa on Foot, which is ridiculously cheap (like, under $300 per couple per night) and terrific--loved the rondavels (so cute!), the guiding, the hosting, etc. I think a few nights at each of these would be great. I regretted not going to Sabi Sands. The prices seem higher, but your budget ought to accommodate a visit (depending on how long you go for), especially if you stay at lower priced but wonderful camps in Timbavati and Klaserie. We've since stayed at great places in Botswana and are planning a trip to Kenya, but I suspect Africa on Foot will always have a special place in our hearts.
  7. I totally can't wait for your report. Since we just went there is June and had the most fantastic experience ever, we feel a proprietary interest in Kwando LOL. Dying to see your beautiful pictures (and terribly envious about cheetah cubs which are the number one sighting on my list--now that I've seen the wild dogs).
  8. @pault Fantastic report!! Given what you said at the beginning of the report, and knowing what you know now of the unrest in the area, would you go back to Samburu?
  9. It's Offbeat Meru that's closed not Offbeat Mara. I made that mistake myself.
  10. @AKR1 That is exactly my intention--to spend a number of days in the reserve and to visit two or more of the conservancies. I couldn't agree more with what you say. I didn't make that clear to ATR or on this thread. What prompted me to add on to this thread, which I myself started, I may have gotten the impression from a couple of safaritalk members that Porini isn't quite up to par (particularly in relation to the guides), but far more people have had extremely positive experiences with the camps. I note too that in a couple of the conservancies Porini is the only camp in the entire conservancy. So it's not like there's a whole lot of choice. Again, I was not actually thinking of going with ATR but because the agent reached out to me, I simply told her of my plans. She was extremely discouraging--about Kenya as a whole (as opposed to Tanzania) and about Porini in particular. Edited, Matt
  11. I don't know if anybody is reading this thread anymore, but thought I'd add a confirmation of the fact that agents, often discourage folks from Porini. An agent I had worked with early on (I'm now going with a different agent) contacted me yesterday, and I mentioned that we were thinking of going to Kenya and staying in a variety of camps in and around Masai Mara, including Porini Cheetah. Edited: Matt
  12. @sangeeta Yes, people could canoe as the spillway was just starting to fill up, by June 12 when we were there. It was still quite shallow but navigable. There was one trip from the special lunch they had set up for us out in the bush, back to camp which was nearby. Thanks for liking the photos and videos!
  13. @AandA: Just responded to PM.

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