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Helpful Hints & Preparations for going on a Safari

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:39 pm

We're flying Kenya airways, affraid I'm not sure how good that is going to be!
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:50 pm

I've never flown with them so can't say Rolling Eyes but am sure they'll be fine.

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Post  Doogs on Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:13 pm

We flew with them from Nairobi to Mombasa and they were really good, staff were lovely. I bought a really nice pendant on the flight which I lost only recently when we took Syd to the local park for the first time - I was rolling about with him on the grass Embarassed Embarassed and he caught my chain with his paw and snapped it Crying or Very sad Unbeliveably we couldn't find the pendant even though we knew roughly where it was Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:33 pm

Sad that's sad Doogs - amazing how it could vanish confused and it looks very pretty. It could mean another trip of course Laughing

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Post  Doogs on Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:40 pm

Just realised a few posts ago you said you were previously married to a BA Pilot, very handy (at the time of course !) Wink Laughing We've never had any problems with BA (touch wood) and tend to use them wherever possible.

Just had a look at Sarara, it loooks absolutely gorgeous, what breath taking views you have Pool looks amazing Very Happy How brilliant to be going to such a small and intimate camp for the start of your honeymoon, perfect way to begin married life

I see that Samburu is a 2 hour drive away.
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:47 pm

Funny thing is everyone thinks you get cheap flights etc etc but it's standby and the hostesses get on first as they know the people on check-in. The pilots are always last and quite often it was a nightmare or impossible! The BA airmiles are not from then but from my to-ing and fro-ing to SA. We've not had any problems either to be honest so use either them or Virgin to Nairobi.

I must admit Sarara does look stunning - that pool with a few sundowners and all those eles visiting what could be better? Off to check a map now. Is Samburu north or south then?

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Post  Laikipia on Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:55 pm

Just done a Google map search and seen where everything is now Laughing

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Post  Doogs on Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:57 pm

I can't find a map with both places on it Lai scratch hope you might have better luck.

On the Sarara website its says "A short flight or two hour drive away is Samburu Game Reserve" but not sure in which direction
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Post  Doogs on Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:58 pm

Oooh never tried that - will do now !
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:05 pm

Doogs and pan around a bit and you'll see where everything is

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:11 am

Sarara looks stunning. Hopefully we'll all get some amazing pictures.

Doogs, what a lovely necklace, such a shame it snapped. Sad and just vanished. Speaking of pendants Lai, did you ever find your missing ele pendant?
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:24 am

Sad No Anne-Marie - Pete pulled the machine out and looked behind and did offer to dismantle it, but I panicked and thought that might be the end of the washing machine affraid One day when we can do that I am sure it will be found, it's so sad I loved my little ele necklace Sad especially as my little ele then died.

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:32 am

Sad fingers crossed you find it one day Lai. So frustrating how they just seem to disappear.
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:41 am

So weird, how can something so small slip down into the mechanics of the machine never to be seen again affraid I found a tiny link inside the drum but never the actual ele. I think I might have to ask Pete to tackle it this weekend now you've reminded me cheers I would love to have it before I visit DSWT again.


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Post  Doogs on Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:18 pm

It's frustrating to lose anything but I always think it's worse when it's jewellery as even if it's not expensive it's usually got a sentimental value attached to it which makes it even more annoying when you lose it Crying or Very sad Sad
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:39 pm

I Agree Doogs

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:20 pm

Doogs, I'll have a look to see if they are selling anything similar for you Very Happy I know it won't be the same but it looked so lovely.
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Post  Doogs on Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:13 pm

Thanks AM Wink

I had a look on Kenya Airways website under their duty free section as you can pre-order your Duty Free http://www.kenyaairways.com/home/information_and_services/your_trip/on_board/duty_free_on_board/default.aspx?colm=shop_here but unfortunately that pendant does not seem to be available any more No Crying or Very sad There is a similar one (see below) but it's rather expensive ($150), too expensive if you ask me - but very nice. I'm sure the one I got was $60 - you never know it might be in the sale if there's some stock left. If it is please buy it and I'll make sure you get the money Wink

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Post  Doogs on Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:56 pm

AM - weather has been very cold first thing in the Mara (not unusual) so do remember and take warm clothes with you. You can always take them off and discard them in the jeep once the sunny comes up - I can honestly say you'll be amazed at how chilly it is over there in the morning affraid
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:58 pm

I Agree Doogs - seriously cold first thing What a Face

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:52 pm

I'm taking a hoody, a fleece, woolly hat and gloves. Do you think that'll be ok? eeeeek. I'm no good with cold weather. I'm sure it'll be worth it though. Very Happy
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:06 pm

You'll be fine, honestly, I hate the cold also. It's just first thing if you go on an early game drive before the sun gets any warmth in it. Not sure about Governors camp but Rekero always have shukas (blankets) in their vehicles, so I am always toastie warm Laughing By 9.00am it's hot (mmmmm unless it's Rain ).

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:11 pm

No rain!! We'll leave that here!!! I'm sure they will have blankets ... well I hope!! Hehe! I'm so excited. Got all our money changed up at M&S we got 140ksh to the £. Taking some dollars as well.
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:16 pm

Brilliant - same rate we got. Good idea to have some US$ as well, always handy and always taken in Kenya.

Do you fly on Friday then - and is it a day flight or an overnight flight?

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:24 pm

We fly on Friday, 8pm. Hoping to be able to sleep on the plane as we have a busy day in Nairobi!! l Laughing Laughing
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