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OVERALL TIMELINE

This is what is happening. Let me know if any of this does not suit any of you - and I shall try and change it. mnki

Wed 24th Eleanor arriving
Thur 25th  
Fri 26th  
Sat 27th  
Sun 28th Mnki Frki arriving
Mon 29th Ian arriving
Tue 30th  
Wed 1st  
Thur 2nd  
Fri 3rd  
Sat 4th The rest arriving
Sun 5th Nairobi Fun - Overnight in Nairobi
Mon 6th Masai Mara - Staying at DavidLivingstones? Safari Resort
Tue 7th Masai Mara
Wed 8th Leave the Mara and Drive to Lake Naivasha - Accomodation / Activities being researched.
Thu 9th [Rift Valley Fun]?
Fri 10th Rift Valley - Drive back to Nairobi. Overnight in Nairobi.
Sat 11th Feast Fun. Overnight in Nairobi.
Sun 12th Nairobi Fun. Overnight in Nairobi.
Mon 13th Early Morning flight for Mombasa Fun.
Tue 14th Mombasa Fun
Wed 15th Mombasa Fun
Thu 16th 8.30 pm flight back to Nairobi. Overnight in Nairobi.
Fri 17th Nairobi Fun / most people leaving
Sat 18th Ian and Eleanor (I think) leaving
Sun 19th  
Mon 20th Mnki Frki leave for India


FLIGHT DETAILS

Our canonical flight (at least 8 of us will be on it) is:

 SN Brussels Airlines (via brussels)
 Out: 06:55 4th Dec - 23:15 4th Dec
 Return: 21:40 17th Dec - 07:55 18th Dec


IN ATTENDANCE

Current total: 13 for first week, 23 for Mombasa


A NOTE ON VISAS

As of the current moment, UK passport holders can get their visa at the airport in Nairobi when they arrive, on handing-over of 30 UKP. See the visa section of [1] However, I would advise people to check with the high commision (follow the same link) if they are worried about this.

Non-UK passport holders I know not what they need to do. Quite possibly visas might be needed in advance.


INNOCULATIONS AND MALARIA

You would need to get jabs in advance. Malaria tablets can be got over the counter from any pharmacy. Frki's doctor gave him a prescription that made it a lot cheaper. Mnki's doctor didn't. Discrepancy!

ChloroquinePhosphate? is cheaper over the counter (£2.50) than by prescription (£6.90). But I guess Kenya is MegaMalaria? so you wouldn't take those.


DAVID LIVINGSTONES

There is no web page for this lodge as yet. But here is a bit more info about it.

David Livingstone is a very new property in the Mara, They are about to launch their website very soon, i can however forward you some of the pics available to me. I highly recommend this lodge in terms of the location,service and the food.

It is located on the banks of Mara river with a resident population of more than 200 hippos. Here if lucky you can witness the crocodile kill the baby hippos or other animals that come to the banks to quench their thirst.

At David Livingstone the food is amazing, both for the veg and the non veg, Indian meals are also available. All rooms face the river which is lit throughout the night giving a very beautiful sight. They also have a hippo view point where the water touches the point giving an opportunity of being so very close to the animals, They have bornfires lit at this point and also have the bar open till late here

They also offer daily hippo pool breakfast with complimentary champagne as included in the package

You can also do night game drives from here.

Our Itinerary (from the marketing people):

Monday 06th of December

Today we depart for Mara the world’s greatest game spectacle Masai Mara. We arrive at the newly opened David Livingstones Resort. Inspired by the remiscent safaris of yesteryear, This lodge brings to you, the delicious, nostalgic experience of the sophisticated living of the days gone by when Africa was truly wild. We dine on the banks of Mara river with a record population of 200 hippos on this spot. After a delicious lunch, relax for a short siesta before beginning your evening drive at 1600hrs. Here we will see the fantastic game of the Masai Mara, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah, lion, wildebeest and zebra. Return to your lodge, assemble at the hippo view point lit by a bonfire we sight the hippo’s leave the shallow waters and climb the banks of the river to graze the plains of Mara. An experience that was rare to date. Dinner and Overnight at this beautiful resort (FULL BOARD)

Tuesday 07th of December

At 0630hrs in the morning the song of the African bird awakens you as you depart for a pre-breakfast game drive. This game drive will be fantastic, as you will see nature awakening to another beautiful African morning. After the game drive we return to the lodge in time for breakfast. This lodge provides a superb breakfast experience. With the tables laid around the horse shoe bend of Mara river, viewing the hippos return to the waters of the river, and a bottle of chilled bubbly popping up to celebrate the African experience plus the view of the crocs basking in the early raise of the sun, this should leave no doubt that it will provide an experience that will not be forgotten. Lunch at the lodge, after lunch, time out for a short siesta followed by a further game drive at 1600hrs. Dinner and overnight at your lodge (FULL BOARD)

Wednesday 08th of December

After breakfast this morning we move on to the Rift Valley.

Cost

16,000 KSh (about 100 UKP) per person, full board, including transport, excluding park fees, based on 2 people sharing. (Am waiting on the single supplement and park fees for this)


HELL'S GATE NATIONAL PARK

Some links: [2][3] Looks like the fun.


FEAST FUN

We have booked a entire restaurnat called Chowpatty for this. It does Indian Vegetarian food and is quite yummy. MnkiFrki? will be deciding on the menu once we get there. But we will make sure that its English Hot and not Kenya Hot.

We have also arranged for a DJ for the night. Again MnkiFrki? will meet with him and make sure that he's got a really cheezy mix.

Just like Wedding Fun in Stroud, dress code is 'whatever you are comfortable in'.

PS - I don't think there will be any alcohol. :(


MOMBASA FUN

Accomodation in Mombasa is at Club Sun N Sand. [4]

Flight Details

BA8651 13 DEC NBO MBA 0830 0930

BA8656 16 DEC MBA NBO 2030 2130

Cost :

Kes 18500 per person sharing a double room

Kes 15000 per child sharing with 2 adults

Kes 6000 per infant sharing with 2 adults (1 year 5 months)

Kes 1500 per baby (under 1year)

Single Supplement - Kes 1000 per person per night.

Package Includes:

Return airfare Nairobi - Mombasa - Nairobi

Airport Departure tax

Accommodation at Sun N Sand on All Inclusive basis

Return airport transfers in Mombasa

Package Excludes:

Items of personal nature such as tips, laundry, telephone etc

Any services not mentioned as included

People and Rooms

The current room allocations is as follows:

Pat and Jim - Double Room

Chris and Wally - Double Room

Penny - Single Room

Tim and Deepa - Double Room

Rick and Spim - Twin Room

Lucy - Single Room

Eleanor - Single Room (Eleanor has said that she doesn't mind sharing with anyone - so let me know if anyone doesn't want to pay the single supplement and share with Ele)

Ian - Single Room



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