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Old July 25th, 2017, 04:55 PM
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Anyone have any Safari tips?

I'm going to Kenya and Tanzania in a couple weeks for a safari with some family... Anyone got any tips? Figured this crowd might!
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Old July 25th, 2017, 05:40 PM
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Are you talking about self drive or safari company? I think Botswana is the best country for American's to start with because the government is solid and English is the official language.
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Old July 25th, 2017, 05:42 PM
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Are you talking about self drive or safari company? I think Botswana is the best country for American's to start with because the government is solid and English is the official language.
Headed out with a tour company. "Glamping" - they have everything taken care of. Just wanted to know if anyone had any good photography tips, maybe some good gear recommendations.
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Old July 25th, 2017, 09:12 PM
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I landed in Nairobi in 1993, with $1,200 and no luggage (all got stolen in Madagascar) and found 2 guys in a bar across from the thorn tree hotel. We (me and girlfriend at the time) did 3 weeks trecking all over Kenya, and south Ethiopia. Tents, used stuff and a crappy VW van... my suggestion is just wing it and go with the flow and don't worry about it... only way you'll ride the back of a tusker beer truck around mt. Kenya having the time of your life (not to mention getting paid a little bit to schlep beer, drink it, and not die)
Half the fun is figuring it out when your there
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Old July 27th, 2017, 01:12 AM
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Karibu kenya! (Welcome to kenya)
English WIDELY spoken! Especially in the tourism circles.
First thing I'd say is MALARIA, though the exposure risk is not high away from the lake basin, there is still a risk so anti malaria drugs and lots of insect repellant(also depends where you visit). The repellent is easily available in stores here.
Nightime security in urban areas... dont be too excited to walk around the CBD and other areas at night, taxi or uber it.
Where will you be visiting and perhaps i can give you location specific tips.
One thing you'll love is our moderate weather (at least for me it is).
Oh and you most probably will be riding in a land cruiser. They dominate the safari scene.
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Old July 27th, 2017, 06:34 AM
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I landed in Nairobi in 1993, with $1,200 and no luggage (all got stolen in Madagascar) and found 2 guys in a bar across from the thorn tree hotel. We (me and girlfriend at the time) did 3 weeks trecking all over Kenya, and south Ethiopia. Tents, used stuff and a crappy VW van... my suggestion is just wing it and go with the flow and don't worry about it... only way you'll ride the back of a tusker beer truck around mt. Kenya having the time of your life (not to mention getting paid a little bit to schlep beer, drink it, and not die) Half the fun is figuring it out when your there
You'd recommend this to families traveling in this lovely global environment? I was in Kenya and Tanzania 3 years ago. I think things have changed a bit.
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Download Tracks 4 Africa and Pocket Earth Pro to your phone and iPad(download maps before you get there). Take a decent aux battery to keep things charged in the bush...Goal Zero makes an awesome battery pack, flashlight, solar panel combo. Treat yourself to a nice tactical Surefire flashlight/spotlight for game drives at night and take a headlamp. Binoculars. Bug spray. Sunscreen. Give your immune system a boost before you go...Airborne or EmergenC. Do what you can to avoid jet lag. Always wear reliable footwear you could run in. Take lots of pictures and video. Make a video like this when you get back! Share it here!

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Old July 27th, 2017, 05:23 PM
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Sadly I don't think I'll get to do any of the driving! All the pictures of the places I'm going to be stay at only show newer Land Cruisers, maybe I'll get a go in one of them (wish we got those stateside). Not going to be in any urban areas except for when I'm in the airport there and back. Otherwise, we're commuting by small aircraft from reserve to reserve. So far I've gotten some serious camera gear (with tons and tons of cleaning supplies, extra batteries and SD cards), good set of binoculars (and cleaning supplies), already went to the travel doctor (had most of the shots already from a recent trip to Panama), got the pills for malaria and sleeping. Got a ton of cool clothes. I'm pumped, probably also going to bring my old 35mm camera for some interesting camp shots, but bring the real heavy duty digital on drives. I'm super excited!
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havent been to kenya but went to tanzania a few years ago on a self drive safari. if you have any say over itinerary i would say dont miss ngorogoro crater. lots of vehicles but they are there for a reason. wildlife and scenery about the best you will ever see. in serengeti national park vehicles have to stay on the roads. you arent even supposed to get out of your car except at campsites and picnic areas. if you want the off road experience you can drive off road in the ngorogoro conservation area which is between serengeti park and the crater.
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Spent three years living in Kenya and went on more safaris than I can count. The number piece of advice I have is to get a good pair of binoculars - one for each of you. Scratch that - number one piece of advice is always wear your seatbelt (the one exception would be out on a game drive). Number two is good binoculars for everyone. Number three is bring a layer, it can get surprisingly cold out there at night and in the early morning.

Feel free to PM me for any specific questions or details.

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Old July 29th, 2017, 08:10 PM
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X2 on binos and it is winter there now so it can get cold at night. A pair of long pants and long sleeved shirt or light packable jacket goes a long way especially on night drives.

Also a small flashlight or headlamp for the room/tent
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Old July 29th, 2017, 08:48 PM
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Go to a camping store (I like REI.) Buy one of these wide mouth 1 liter bottles and clearly mark "URINE". So much easier than getting dressed to leave the tent in the middle of the night.

There are special women's bottles too.

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Careful with any water you drink, only bottled and sealed. There's a cholera scare going around, wouldn't want to catch that on your safari. Probably no cause for any alarm but hey better you know!
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Headed out with a tour company. "Glamping"
Wait, seriously!? Is that the name of the outfit?
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Old August 8th, 2017, 06:57 PM
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Wait, seriously!? Is that the name of the outfit?

No - i just meant we're not really roughing it in tents on the ground. We're in like more permanent built up tent type stations. Thanks for the info guys
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Heya!
So did yoy visit our lovely kenya. Or were you here to witness our "PEACEFUL" election?
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