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    Selenkay and Ol Kinyei - January 2019

    I have just come back from my first visit to a Kenyan Conservancy and Iím most impressed, not only by the amazing game viewing I had but also with how much sense the Conservancy concept makes. I booked the "budget/adventure" option which basically means you take your own sleeping bag and you sleep on a mattress in a small private tent. The guiding and food is the same as at the more expensive/luxurious options.

    Here is a short summary of my trip:

    Selenkay Ė 3 nights Ė Daniel (Muli) and Jackson were excellent guides and Joshua looked after all my culinary needs exceptionally well. Camp manager Daniel is an extraordinary guy and we had in depth and varied conversations every night over dinner.
    Elephant viewing here was the best Iíve ever had with a loose group of around 200, some were massive tuskers. They were very calm and consequently we got very close to them on numerous occasions. Muli made this possible as he is a bit of an elephant expert and understood their moods very well. The area also offered wonderful giraffe sightings.

    We visited Amboseli National Park one day Ė main attraction being the water birds, which were excellent. I know Amboseli is well known for its elephants however the elephant sightings back in Selenkay was far better on account of being able to get really close-up.

    Ol Kinyei Ė 4 nights Ė Ben (also the manager) and David were real characters and excellent guides. Game viewing in general very good but lions the best Iíve ever experienced with multiple sightings every day. The highlight was undoubtedly the two lionesses with their 5 cubs and watching how these mothers taught their offspring the skills of life.
    Cheetah sightings were also exceptional with three separate sightings which included a mother and her three cubs charging around the small group of three game viewing vehicles which assembled.

    Summary Ė Having done around 20 safaris over the years I can honestly say that these two conservancies are amongst the best Iíve experienced. The accommodation offering is rustic but most adequate for those who are on a budget or who just prefer a more authentic safari experience. The food is very good and the game drives top drawer. Altogether an experience Iíd like to repeat very soon.

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    Asante sana, MartinDT, for promoting Kenya here on this forum. So glad you had such a great time.

    The community conservancy model is proving to be the way forward for both the communities and the wildlife.

    Jake Grieves-Cook runs a good show with Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini camps.

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    I agree with you Wazungu, the Conservancies are truly a win win win situation for the wildlife, the Masai people and us as tourists.
    I've already booked my next trip which will be in October when I'll be doing three Porini camps. First Porini Rhino Camp in Laikipia, then Porini Cheetah Camp and finally Porini Lion Camp. So looking forward to the experience and bringing back some more photos.

    Do you think your connections and influence is powerful enough to direct that Black Leopard recently spotted in Laikipia to make a detour down to Porini Rhino Camp in October?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinDT View Post

    Do you think your connections and influence is powerful enough to direct that Black Leopard recently spotted in Laikipia to make a detour down to Porini Rhino Camp in October?
    Ha ha! Iíll see what I can do...

    Wouldnít it be amazing to see a melanistic leopard?

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    Hi Martin what a lovely report.

    We are in the process of early planning for a looong trip up north to Kenya and beyond from RSA.

    With Kenya being midway I thought it would be great to break the trip with a similar itinerary to yours by spoiling ourselves a bit. Your description of the budget lodging sounds great and might not break the bank. Would you mind giving more detail on your contacts etc. if you like you may PM me although I believe this info could help others as well.

    We would also like to add a Kenya beach resort (not too fancy) break too.

    Thanx so much.

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    Hi all; please give more info on planning such a trip - where does one start?
    Thks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alto View Post
    - where does one start?
    Thks.
    Martin went with https://www.porini.com/kenya/safari-...SAAEgIwKvD_BwE

    As for beach holidays, I recommend Watamu, Diani or Lamu.

    At Watamu, Turtle Bay is reasonably priced http://www.turtlebaykenya.com/ or Ocean Sports https://www.oceansports.net/. Upmarket is Hemingway’s https://www.hemingways-collection.com/watamu/.

    I am not up to speed on current hotels on Diani Beach, but this belongs to friends of friends and comes recommended by others http://www.dianiblue.co.ke/

    Lamu - an archipelago with no vehicles on the islands - is only safely accessed by air from Nairobi or Malindi. The oldest and best hotel is the famous Peponi’s at Shela on Lamu Island https://www.peponihotel.com/
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    I like this one very much in Malindi
    Easy to combine with Tsavo

    https://www.booking.com/hotel/ke/dia...s=1&#hotelTmpl

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    In 2018 we slept here and this was fantastic, would love to go back there

    https://www.booking.com/hotel/ke/swa...s=1&#hotelTmpl

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    Malindi isnít what it used to be and would definitely not be my first choice. Too busy with lots of beach boys and Italians. Watamu is about half an hourís drive south of Malindi and there are only a few hotels there, but lots of houses that have belonged to Kenyan families for many generations. There are hardly any beach boys at Watamu and the walking on the beach is lovely and safer than in or near Malindi.

    However, if you really did want to try Malindi, Driftwood Club has been there for many many years and is on the beach. http://www.driftwoodclub.com/

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    Sounds like a great trip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alto View Post
    Hi all; please give more info on planning such a trip - where does one start?
    Thks.
    Thanks for answering Wasungu. That's correct, I booked with Gamewatchers and can highly recommend them.
    I took the Adventure/budget offer which you will see here https://www.porini.com/ Scroll down and you will see the 7 day Adventure Camp option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinDT View Post
    Thanks for answering Wasungu. That's correct, I booked with Gamewatchers and can highly recommend them.
    I took the Adventure/budget offer which you will see here https://www.porini.com/ Scroll down and you will see the 7 day Adventure Camp option.
    what about visas and such; how is that arranged? What else? How about injections etc., etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alto View Post
    what about visas and such; how is that arranged? What else? How about injections etc., etc.?
    https://www.porini.com/travel-information/visas/

    https://www.porini.com/travel-information/health/

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    I would also not choose Malindi on the coast. The other options mentioned above would suit you (Tron) much better I am sure. Malindi is beset with aging Europeans, mainly from a certain nation, with their exploited young boy/girlfriends.
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    Thanx Stan and others so Iíll look at options around Watamu.

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    Hi guys any feedback on PinewoodBeach Resort at Diani Beach will be highly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    Hi guys any feedback on PinewoodBeach Resort at Diani Beach will be highly appreciated.
    I donít know it. It looks nice from its website.

    Not that it matters that much, but from googling I see that it is on Galu Beach not Diani. That means it is just round the headland south of Diani Beach itself. Until about 30 years ago, Galu Beach was almost completely undeveloped and the forest and bush came down to the beach interspersed with a few fishing villages. I understand that the best water sports centre is on Galu Beach and a good restaurant.

    We used to stay in cottages on Galu Beach at the ďend of the lineĒ before the forest. They are called Four Twenty South, are now very much more upmarket than they used to be and still in the same family ownership. http://www.fourtwentysouth.com/. We had many a happy family holiday there. I must go back...

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    Don't want to hi -jack your thread, but I will be visiting the Nyae Nyae conservancy, hopefully within the next three weeks, and report back with some photos on the wildlife and especially the community work being done there.
    For those who are not familiar with the conservancy, its located on the North Eastern Namibian border with Botswana, just below Kaudom, thus closer to home for the explorer.
    Flamingos have arrived in the pans, yet still fairly dry, but hopefully get some good photo's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudy Roodbol View Post
    Don't want to hi -jack your thread, but I will be visiting the Nyae Nyae conservancy, hopefully within the next three weeks, and report back with some photos on the wildlife and especially the community work being done there.
    For those who are not familiar with the conservancy, its located on the North Eastern Namibian border with Botswana, just below Kaudom, thus closer to home for the explorer.
    Flamingos have arrived in the pans, yet still fairly dry, but hopefully get some good photo's
    Hi Rudy sorry I think youíre wanted this posting on the Bots/Nam section.

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