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I've got safari on my mind

 

 

 

anyone have any wisdom to impart? I think ideally I'd like something like 8 or 9 days in Kenya or somewhere at a nice hotel with watersports included...probably an all-inclusive kind of deal

 

 

where you can take an excursion for 2 nights to go and see game

 

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Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is pretty amazing, and you can stay in real luxury there as well.

 

I wouldn't do watersports there though cos of a the crocs and hippos.

 

Have done Etosha in Namibia as well but it us vast, making it harder to see stuff. QE is smaller and so you're pretty much guaranteed good sightings. Only a short flight over from Kenya as well if you defo want some time there.

 

Maybe Zanzibar for the watersports? I know this is moving away from all inclusive.

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I did it with the missus last year. 4 day safari in the Massai Mara, followed by ten days on the beach on Zanzibar (the Zanzibar leg had all of the watersports stuff avilable if we needed it).

 

Was fantastic and as I indicated in the other thread about multi-centre holidays, Trailfinders were brilliant at organising it all (and several £k cheaper than most other options).

 

If you take no other piece of advice that I or anyone else offers you, take this one and make it work: do the safari first. It is really exciting but it is absolutely exhausting, so load up at the front end of the holiday so you have plenty of recovery time afterwards.

 

You can see the pics on my facebook page if you want a feel for the sort of thing we got to see and stay at.

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I did it with the missus last year. 4 day safari in the Massai Mara, followed by ten days on the beach on Zanzibar (the Zanzibar leg had all of the watersports stuff avilable if we needed it).

 

Was fantastic and as I indicated in the other thread about multi-centre holidays, Trailfinders were brilliant at organising it all (and several £k cheaper than most other options).

 

If you take no other piece of advice that I or anyone else offers you, take this one and make it work: do the safari first. It is really exciting but it is absolutely exhausting, so load up at the front end of the holiday so you have plenty of recovery time afterwards.

 

You can see the pics on my facebook page if you want a feel for the sort of thing we got to see and stay at.

 

 

cheers, that sounds like what I'm after; Trailfinders you say...

 

 

 

for watersports, I want to snorkel in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and also waterski....and wander in and out of the hotel gym and spa too, lie in a hamock and eat fish and rice and the like

 

 

roughly what's the price I'd be looking at?

 

also why is safari exhausting? don't you just sit in a jeep?

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Palace of the Lost City at Sun City. Pilanesburg game reserve is 20 minutes down the road. Has the big 5 and is malaria free. You've got casinos, professional tournament level golf courses, a good waterpark and watersports at the resort complex itself. Only two hours from Joburg International too. Only thing you don't have is snorkeling.

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Amboselli is superb. Foothills of Kiliminjaro and great facilities. Tsavo is massive but I've heard it can be a bit dodgy there.

 

Lake Naivasha in the north is not very popular but an incredible place. I've heard that the commercial flower farms have spoiled

 

This is all Kenya of course. The rest of the continent -- no clue.

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cheers, that sounds like what I'm after; Trailfinders you say...

 

 

 

for watersports, I want to snorkel in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and also waterski....and wander in and out of the hotel gym and spa too, lie in a hamock and eat fish and rice and the like

 

 

roughly what's the price I'd be looking at?

 

also why is safari exhausting? don't you just sit in a jeep?

 

 

All of that. Cost us about eight grand all in.

 

The reason the safari is so knackering is that it is so full on. You have two maybe three drives or walks a day, so you're up at stupid o'clock and out later in the day, there's next to no time for rest in between. And whilst you're out in the jeeps you are bouncing around like feck.

 

They have to go out early/late because going out at a civlised time middle of the day/early afternono, the animals have all gone to ground to escape the heat. So you don't see em eating their kills, going for the water holes etc.

 

 

The Zanzibar hotel we stayed at had gym, Thai spa, many bars & restaurants (including a cigar and whiskey bar), water sports centre and the beach opened straight out on to a croal reef which you could walk across at low tide. Swimming in and walking ON the Indian Ocean. Brilliant.

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Amboselli is superb. Foothills of Kiliminjaro and great facilities. Tsavo is massive but I've heard it can be a bit dodgy there.

 

Lake Naivasha in the north is not very popular but an incredible place. I've heard that the commercial flower farms have spoiled

 

This is all Kenya of course. The rest of the continent -- no clue.

 

Missus and I done Tsavo national park amazing stayed for four nights in the park and 10days in resort fantastic part of the world

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All of that. Cost us about eight grand all in.

 

The reason the safari is so knackering is that it is so full on. You have two maybe three drives or walks a day, so you're up at stupid o'clock and out later in the day, there's next to no time for rest in between. And whilst you're out in the jeeps you are bouncing around like feck.

 

They have to go out early/late because going out at a civlised time middle of the day/early afternono, the animals have all gone to ground to escape the heat. So you don't see em eating their kills, going for the water holes etc.

 

 

The Zanzibar hotel we stayed at had gym, Thai spa, many bars & restaurants (including a cigar and whiskey bar), water sports centre and the beach opened straight out on to a croal reef which you could walk across at low tide. Swimming in and walking ON the Indian Ocean. Brilliant.

 

that all sounds fantastic

 

except for the price: f***ing hell, it would be sixteen grand as I think there are 4 of us

may have to rethink

 

 

 

freaking kids

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that all sounds fantastic

 

except for the price: f***ing hell, it would be sixteen grand as I think there are 4 of us

may have to rethink

 

 

 

freaking kids

 

Even for a man of your means? ;)

 

We could have done it cheaper e.g. going to a Kenyan beach resort instead of somewhere a bit more secluded on Zanzibar , and maybe going 7 nights instead of 10 on the beach might have shaved some off...

 

It was pricey though, and we deliberately waited til we didn't have the kids in tow until we went for it.

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