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Gilgamesh posted a topic in KenyaIntroduction: This was our first safari ever, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Easily the best vacation we've ever had. I will try to keep this trip report as short as possible and mostly let the photographs speak for themselves. We are in our late 40's. We chose All Seasons Safari to organize our trip. Our trip involved both flying and driving between camps. It also involved lodges and tents, Mara reserve and the conservancy. This allowed us to experience different options and I will give my opinion on how they compared. Itinerary: 1N Nairobi 2N Amboseli 2N Ol Pejeta 1N Naivasha 4N Masai Mara Warning: This is not necessarily a safari report, but rather a report of our entire trip. Although it was purely a safari trip, we witnessed a lot more than animals and I will be posting a variety of photographs. I prefer landscapes, still life, people more than close up of animals. However, there is plenty of the latter too. The report is primarily catered to the beginners, but I will try to keep it entertaining for the regulars as well. But, I can guarantee even the hardened safari goers, an image I will post will be very interesting to even them. In fact I'd like to know whether anyone has ever witnessed it before...it was an image taken at ISO 16,000 at f4 and a shutter speed of just 1/30 at 250mm...so, its beauty is not in its image quality but rather what it depicts...but, alas it happened on day 9 and everyone will have to wait to see it. It is worth the wait Camera gear: I wanted it to be a compact package, all fitting inside my Lowpro Fastpack 200. We only took two backpacks for our other things. Pentax K5, K7 Pentax 60-250/4, Sigma 50-500/4.5-6.3 Pentax 12-24/4, Pentax 21/3.2, Pentax 43/1.9, Volna 9 50/2.8 1:2 macro
Hello I'm still going through my photos and trying make them look better than they are and hide my poor skills but have done some from the first couple of days so thought I may as well make a start. If you look in the Planning forum somewhere, you'll see I was pretty much set on a itinerary for quite a while but there was some last minute drama and I cut "Acacia Camp, Swara Plains" from the itinerary opting for an extra night at both Royal Mara (MNC) and Country Lodge in Nairobi. I'd like to say it was because I thought spending more time at Royal Mara would be better and then having the extra night in Nairobi allowed for a full day in the capital city to see the sights and taste the delights..... but..... I didn't fancy the risk of visiting a place I didn't really know much about and had reports of being run down. There you have it the truth. However, the extra night at RM and in Nairobi worked wonders for the trip so I only have the minutest of regrets of not being more intrepid judging from the last review on TA of this place, I would still like to think this place is some kind of hidden gem. Here's the final plan - from 20th June 'til 4th July: 1 night Country Lodge, Nairobi 1 night Sopa Naivasha, Lake Naivasha 2 nights Malewa Wildlife Lodge, Kigio Conservancy 1 night Sarova Lion Hill, Lake Nakuru 3 nights Fig Tree Camp, Masai Mara 4 nights Royal Mara, Mara North Conservancy 2 nights Country Lodge, Nairobi The whole trip was booked through Glorious Safaris and their MD, Shadrack, who we used and got to know during last year's trip in February when we visited Mombasa and the parks more closer to the coast. Our driver/guide was also again Patrick who was kind enough to drive us around in his new jeep having been in his minivan last year. Perhaps a sensible choice since June can sometimes be a very wet month and the rains had already been very heavy in the past weeks. We flew this time with Brussels Airlines from Manchester to Brussels to Nairobi (via Bujumbura, Burundi ). The BRU to NBO flight then quickly flies back to BRU which allows those getting on at Bujumbura to fly out to Brussels, I suppose. I always thought Burundi to be a big NO-GO zone but was surprised how popular a destination this was. A lot of white people disembarked here with an equal amount joining us on the flight to NBO. The number of white people visiting a place is how I gage popularlity. Perhaps I need to look into the safari capabilities of this small country which shares Lake Tanganyika, espeically since a european operator stops off there. In general, almost, Brussels Airlines were a great airline to fly with. We had an even newer Aerobus on the flight back which had some pretty awesome touchscreen, in-flight entertainment screens and a huge amount of leg room, even for my 6' 3" frame. The only let down, and for me a major gripe, was that on the final journey from BRU to MAN, Brussels used a plane too small for their passengers' luggage resulting in 14 checked items being left behind in Brussels to allow the plane to take off! I was fine, but the wife's got left behind and, trust me, I got to hear about it.... A LOT..... until the suitace was delivered the next afternoon. Surely its inexcusable for an airline to use a plane that is too small, knowing full well where their passengers are flying from. They allow you to take 2 x 23kg suitcases on longhaul flights! To say this was the only negative to impact our trip, I think we were pretty lucky
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