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    Default Re: 14 days in Kenya - first timers experience

    Quote Originally Posted by Wazungu Wawili View Post
    With 1058 species of birds in Kenya - plus the migratory birds - I think Mabe might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Please see this from Birdlife International http://datazone.birdlife.org/country/kenya

    http://datazone.birdlife.org/country/colombia
    Yes - seems that way.

    We're fortunate to enjoy the huge number of species in Colombia, and have also enjoyed birds in lots of areas in Africa. One of the advantages of Kenya is a wide range of ecosystems, and that there are so many with relatively dispersed flora; Congo has lots of birds but seeing them is a challenge.

    I meant to add that I'm pleased that the experience overall was positive.
    Last edited by alannymarce; 2022/03/11 at 06:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alannymarce View Post
    Kenya's not Colombia, however the birds are there. Lots in the lakes, SBBs in the northern parks, tough-to-see birds in the bundu (sorry, wrong region...).

    Places we've enjoyed bird life which are typically less visited:

    Saiwa Swamp NP
    Lake Baringo
    Mount Elgon
    Lake Turkana
    Samburu NP (and BSNP and Shaba NP)
    Meru NP


    A few bird photos in https://unochoenafrica.blogspot.com/...laxing-in.html and https://unochoenafrica.blogspot.com/...os-utimos.html as well as other posts for other countries on the last "big trip".
    Yes, maybe we were at the wrong time in the wrong places.

    Thanks for the link...I
    will definitely have a look at it

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    Default Re: 14 days in Kenya - first timers experience

    Quote Originally Posted by Wazungu Wawili View Post
    With 1058 species of birds in Kenya - plus the migratory birds - I think Mabe might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Please see this from Birdlife International http://datazone.birdlife.org/country/kenya

    http://datazone.birdlife.org/country/colombia
    These numbers rose my expectations and were unfortunately not met. Of course this can be completely different in the next instance or just a few metres away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazungu Wawili View Post
    I am so pleased that you have many positive memories of the beautiful Kenya.

    I do understand that those who have only visited, for example, Botswana or Namibia, can find the more populated countries intimidating. Botswana population 2.3 million: Namibia 2.5 million: Kenya 53 million.

    We all have to remember that (even in the southern African countries) all land belongs to someone. Kenyans are very well-educated and are entrepreneurial. If it were your land and you had an amazing view or tourist facility, I think we would all create a fee-paying facility.
    I do not exactly agree with that. Germany is very densely populated but you do not have to pay to go in comparable places…in southern Italy on the other hand it was almost impossible to find a public stretch of a beach, all private lidos… but what can you compare? Every country, region or other units are different.


    Of course I can understand if someone creates a fee-paying facility but I still feel free to dislike that .


    How you perceive and evaluate something mostly depends on your own background, experiences and expectations.



    So it comes that we have different opinions about the same facts.

    It's almost impossible to share mere facts... a bit of judgment is always involved.

    Thanks everybody for reading, commenting or just following my writing.
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    Hello Mabe,
    glad to hear that you had a fantastic time in the Mara and I really love your cat pictures. It looks as though you watched the 4 Cheetah coalition cross the river? That must have been amazing to see. Iím glad to hear that you have read my TR about our first time visiting Kenya and maybe it even helped you prepare. I totally agree about the chaotic traffic. If there is a next time for you, I would recommend Amboseli Park and maybe the Mara Triangle. We loved both parks and itís a nice juxtaposition with savanna and lakes. If you are adventurous you could camp in both parks, or there is also cheaper lodging outside the parks.
    i was sorry to hear that the famous lakes up north were disappointing to you, I guess their heyday is over and they are either overrun or neglected, so better go to Amboseli.
    By the way, did you figure out that Iím KaliCA here and Sadie on the Nam-CH forum?
    Will you post a TR in German and show us your gorgeous pictures in a better format than here?
    i truly hope so.
    thank you for your honest descriptions and your great pics.
    greetings from KaliCA
    If life is a journey, be sure to take the scenic route!

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    Hi KaliCa,
    thank you for your contribution.
    It was the four crossing the river...I could not believe as our guide said "letīs wait here, they are going to cross" . I was so sure that cats do not go into water deliberately - but you never stop learning

    Yes, I read your trip report before, too, and of course I know your "double-identity". Will send you an additional PN on this.


    I really do like this forum. It is not only entertaining in dull times but also such a helpful source of useful information.
    I wanted to give something back to all those posting here and if I can give a little joy or information I am more than happy.
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    Default Re: 14 days in Kenya - first timers experience

    Apologies for the thread hijack, but I don't think this warranted its own thread

    The highlights of our time in Kenya

    Angama Mara




    Sasaab Samburu, Kenya

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    Giraffe Manor

    https://youtu.be/rPW4QUXkYkw
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    Great trip report and I am also in doubt of going on a selfdrive. What a wonderful forum with so much great information and atmosphere
    I noticed on the Mara Triangle website that it is possible to hire a guide/ranger (game drive escorting/guiding). Has anyone experience with this? Can this be arranged at every Mara Triangle gate..

    Sorry for hijacking your topic

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB117 View Post
    Great trip report and I am also in doubt of going on a selfdrive. What a wonderful forum with so much great information and atmosphere
    I noticed on the Mara Triangle website that it is possible to hire a guide/ranger (game drive escorting/guiding). Has anyone experience with this? Can this be arranged at every Mara Triangle gate..

    Sorry for hijacking your topic
    I have been to the Mara Triangle many, many times (and the greater Mara ecosystem for about 60 years). Of course it will be possible to hire an official ranger in the Mara Triangle. I have never done so, but I would imagine that you would need to discuss it at the gate when you arrive to arrange a ranger for later that day or the next day and then you would have to go and collect him/her.

    It is always better to arrange a ranger/guide through official channels such as the Mara Conservancy (Triangle) rather than the random ad hoc arrangement mentioned by some people on this and other fora (not Mabe who flew into one of the lodges/luxury tented camps and had the campís driver/guide). When arranging a ranger/guide yourself, by doing so through official channels, one can be assured that the money goes towards salaries and conservation rather than some hustler who phones his friends to find where the big cats etc are.
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    Default Re: 14 days in Kenya - first timers experience

    Thank you very much for your answer WW.

    I noticed your extensive experience and help on this forum!

    I am planning on staying 5 days in the Triangle in September and hiring a ranger on the first day and the remaining days going by ourselves.
    I agree this needs to be done through official channels to safeguard that money flows to the correct recipient.
    The Mara conservancy website already mentioned that a lot of people entered the Triangle without paying the entry fees which is a real shame and having negative impact on continuing their mission

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB117 View Post
    Thank you very much for your answer WW.

    I noticed your extensive experience and help on this forum!

    I am planning on staying 5 days in the Triangle in September and hiring a ranger on the first day and the remaining days going by ourselves.
    I agree this needs to be done through official channels to safeguard that money flows to the correct recipient.
    The Mara conservancy website already mentioned that a lot of people entered the Triangle without paying the entry fees which is a real shame and having negative impact on continuing their mission
    Karibu!

    If you are staying in the Mara Triangle, but are routing through Sekanani Gate, then tell them at that gate that you are staying in the Mara Triangle and you want a transit pass. You then pay your park fees etc at the Purungat Bridge gate into the Mara Triangle. That way you can be assured that the fees will go to the right people who invest in conservation, their employees, and their infrastructure.

    Here is a link to the Mara Conservancy websiteís map of the Triangle. https://www.maratriangle.org/visit/maps

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    Thank you very much.

    I will definitely do that

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