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  1. Re: TR Kenya Dec/Jan 20: of roaring rivers, a muddy Mara and 50 shades of green

    Thank you, Anne, for brightening my day! I laughed out loud! Well done you for taking a fair dose of “Africa factor” and keeping calm and carrying on - and seeing the funny side.

    On the rare...
  2. Re: TR Kenya Dec/Jan 20: of roaring rivers, a muddy Mara and 50 shades of green

    Asante sana, Anne, for this terrific start to your trip report.

    It was a pleasure to give advice as you always give such good feedback. I am pleased that you found your way from Karen to Thika,...
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    Re: Bradt guides

    Chris McIntyre’s Zambian Bradt guide is one of the best ever guidebooks for African countries (on a par with Philip Briggs’ Ethiopian Bradt guidebook). It is obvious that he has actually been to the...
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    Re: Uganda Selfdrive Trip '19

    Thank you, Dutchie, for this next exciting installment from Queen Elizabeth NP.

    What luck you had with the tree-climbing lions, but also how terrible for the young men who rolled their vehicle....
  5. Re: Recent trip Amboseli; notes on Tarakea border

    Surprising, but nevertheless the Norwegian yr.no is pretty good at forecasting in the equatorial regions. Please see this https://www.yr.no/place/Kenya/Isiolo/Archers_Post/long.html

    The Indian...
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    Re: Uganda Selfdrive Trip '19

    Thank you, Dutchie. What a thrill to spend such a long time in the beautiful Kibale Forest and to have such lovely interactions with the chimpanzees.
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    Re: Angola Tripreport

    Thank you very much, Wildkyker, for the first installment of your trip report. Google Translate’s English is a little odd, but I understood it well enough!

    Glad to see you drive a Land Rover!
  8. Re: Recent trip Amboseli; notes on Tarakea border

    Hello Kristina

    You contacted me a few months ago, via private message, about a route from Tarakea/Oloitokitok and onwards to Samburu avoiding Nairobi and I gave you some advice.

    It would be...
  9. Re: Tips for possible Uganda/Kenya/Tanzania trip 2020

    High altitude Kenya in June is warmer than southern Africa in June. It is, after all, on the equator. Northern Tanzania is the same as Kenya in June.

    The Serena certainly has diesel. I didn’t look...
  10. Re: Recent trip Amboseli; notes on Tarakea border

    Asante sana, Golf Charlie.

    Wow! What a lot of rain and water lying around. Never seen Amboseli so wet in many, many years. Rain is a blessing.

    Safari njema.
  11. Re: Tips for possible Uganda/Kenya/Tanzania trip 2020

    Dutchie

    I know you say that this planned visit to Kenya is only a reconnaissance trip, but I want you to be aware that it is illegal for you to guide a commercial trip into Kenya without the...
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    Re: Feb/ March Southern Africa Trip

    With two and a half months available - and the rainy season in southern Africa - why don’t you head north to the parts of East Africa where it is the dry season? The southern African pattern of once...
  13. Re: Seeking information & advice about Ruaha and Selous, South Tanzania

    Hi BABE

    I had wondered whether you had disappeared into the nether blue yonder of the Dutch polders!

    If you go into your settings on your profile on the forum, there is a section to specify...
  14. Re: Tips for possible Uganda/Kenya/Tanzania trip 2020

    Hello Dutchie and welcome back to the forum! I look forward to the continuation of your Ugandan trip report from last year.

    As I said before, the weather in upcountry Kenya in June and July can be...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    We all know how “accurate” guide books are...

    As can been seen from the photos you sent of the 2000 edition (but with data, probably, from 1987), it states “officially ... you need to be a...
  16. Re: Zambia trip report - Johannesburg to Lusaka in four weeks

    Thank you very much, Mabe, for this excellent trip report. Another well-planned and well-executed safari.

    We have, indeed, been spoilt with recent trip reports on Zambia. Everyone benefits from a...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    Karibu, Caldriver. Yes, they are excellent and give us all a glimpse into the complex and costly realities of managing wildlife in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. The Mara Conservancy are to be...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    Paulo

    I have thought of something else which may well scupper your plans for driving a hired Kenyan vehicle into Tanzania. I presume that the company you are hiring the vehicle from in Kenya (and...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    That is mostly correct. Please see this Tanzania National Parks’ fees and tariffs document. https://www.tanzaniaparks.go.tz/uploads/publications/en-1573473277-Park%20fees%202019%20to%202020.pdf. You...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    Karibu (you are welcome), Paulo.

    The roads in the Mara Triangle are good, well maintained roads. There is no sand in the Mara - it is black cotton soil (a clay). The main roads are made up of...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    As I said, this is completely baffling. But it must be remembered that what you are saying took place 19 years ago. As this border crossing was closed in 1977, that is probably why the B (bribe) word...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    I am completely baffled by this. Are you absolutely sure that you crossed at Sand River/Bologonja? This border crossing was closed in 1977 and remains closed to this day.

    Please see this press...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    I based this on a few things I have read and/or heard about for that remote piece of northern Tanzania. First of all, please see post 29 on this thread...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    Hello psrochajr and welcome to the forum.

    What a wonderful trip you are planning. Karibuni (welcome) to the wonders of East Africa.

    I strongly advise that you go via Ndabaka gate for many...
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    Re: Zambia 2019 - Trip Report

    Indeed, happy memories for our dotage! I just wish others felt the same...
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    Re: Luanda to Pointe Noire

    We haven’t continued further north up the west coast, but this is what we wrote when we drove from just north of Luanda to Soyo at the mouth of the River Congo (June 2018).

    “The mighty Congo River...
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    Re: Zambia 2019 - Trip Report

    Thank you, apfac, for giving pleasure to so many of us on this forum with your excellent trip report and wonderful photos. What a great trip you had. As we expect from you, a well planned and well...
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    Re: Zambia 2019 - Trip Report

    Thank you very much, apfac, for this excellent trip report. What a great trip you had to the lovely Zambia.

    Asante sana!
  29. Re: Seeking information & advice about Ruaha and Selous, South Tanzania

    Hello BABE

    Habari gani?

    it would be lovely if you could let the forum know what your plans are after receiving replies to your original question. Silence is not golden...

    Best wishes for...
  30. Re: Zambia off-mainroads advice request

    Hi Claude

    April is likely to still be very wet in Zambia. It would be a challenging time to attempt the roads less travelled - even on a motorbike - towards the end of the long Zambian rainy...
  31. Re: How to exit Nairobi/Karen towards Thika

    As promised, here is a map I made showing the D411.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cqF5mg3Aq5X10_KbZWq-dVwUqt0oDe5V&usp=sharing
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    Re: Angola Border fees.

    Dear Stefan

    I hear what you say, but I have driven down through about 18 African countries and every country in the world requires visiting vehicles to have third party insurance. My Kenyan...
  33. Re: How to exit Nairobi/Karen towards Thika

    The B3 is the “old” escarpment road (built by the Italian prisoners-of-war in the Second War). The “new” escarpment road is the A104 (new in that it was built about 40 years ago!). You will see the...
  34. Re: How to exit Nairobi/Karen towards Thika

    Indeed!
  35. Re: How to exit Nairobi/Karen towards Thika

    I have a lovely, lovely route for you from near the top of the escarpment back to Karen. It is, apparently, called the D411. Effectively, it runs parallel (ish) to the main Nairobi-Nakuru road (A104)...
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