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Unread 11 Jun 19, 11:29 PM  
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Just back last week after spending 3days at the maasai Mara reserve,stayed at Mara Serena safari lodge. Absolutely fantastic! First time ever ( a change from Orlando) but an experience never to be forgotten.
But back to Florida next may with family for my retirement holiday , booked into a villa in champions gate, first time for that resort as well.
Enjoy the rest of your amazing safari!:
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Unread 12 Jun 19, 11:23 AM  
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Originally Posted by elimite View Post
Just back last week after spending 3days at the maasai Mara reserve,stayed at Mara Serena safari lodge. Absolutely fantastic! First time ever ( a change from Orlando) but an experience never to be forgotten.
But back to Florida next may with family for my retirement holiday , booked into a villa in champions gate, first time for that resort as well.
Enjoy the rest of your amazing safari!:
We're back sadly got the post-holiday blues in a big way!

Glad you enjoy the Mara too, its just incredible and a totally different type of holiday, isn't it.

We're back to Florida too, and then heading to California, in Feb/March, but if I'm honest I'm not feeling as enthusiastic as I did about it. Hopefully I will nearer the time!
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Thanks again for all the information, we have just had Newmarket Holidays brochures delivered by post (we are old fashioned and like to browse a brochure as well as look online 😀 ). Im really impressed with a lot of their holidays and prices, so much temptation 😂
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Thanks again for all the information, we have just had Newmarket Holidays brochures delivered by post (we are old fashioned and like to browse a brochure as well as look online 😀 ). Im really impressed with a lot of their holidays and prices, so much temptation 😂
I love a good brochure too, its so much easier than swapping between pages on a website. One of the couples in our van had done India and China with Newmarket previously, and have Costa Rica planned for next year. They were really pleased with all the trips they've done so far.
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Originally Posted by skalexander View Post
I love a good brochure too, its so much easier than swapping between pages on a website. One of the couples in our van had done India and China with Newmarket previously, and have Costa Rica planned for next year. They were really pleased with all the trips they've done so far.
The Northern Lights trips look amazing too. The brochures have slowed me down with my packing for our holiday on Sunday as Ive been too busy reading the brochures 😀
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The Northern Lights trips look amazing too. The brochures have slowed me down with my packing for our holiday on Sunday as Ive been too busy reading the brochures 😀
Its essential to have a holiday or two (or more!) in the pipeline for afterwards though, helps with the blues!
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Originally Posted by skalexander View Post
Its essential to have a holiday or two (or more!) in the pipeline for afterwards though, helps with the blues!
I completely agree with you (as my countdown shows 😀 )
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Day 5 Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara

We were up early-ish and away at around 8am this morning, and drove around 2.5 hours to Lake Naivasha where we were going on a boat trip.

I somehow ended up in a boat without my Dad, which was fine, and with a group of ladies Id only spoken to briefly before so it was nice to be with new people. That said, one of the ladies was a bit of a know it all and if shed been in my van Im not sure she wouldnt have ended up as lion food, if she carried on this way all the time.

They were rowing boats and I was actually quite nervous as I do not enjoy that kind of sailing, especially in unknown waters. However, I did chill out. It was a lovely hour going around the lake, we saw hippos, lots of birds and some zebra and giraffes on the land next to the lake. It was a lovely way to break up the journey.



We drove an hour or so afterwards and then pulled into a picnic area, with shaded picnic tables and bathroom facilities (through a gift shop notice the theme?) Lake Nakuru Lodge had prepared picnic boxes for us all which were full of food sandwiches, rolls, a huge lump of cheese, apple, orange, yoghurt and cake. I avoided the bread and cake in Kenya as I realised early on that its rock solid, but I was satisfied with the rest. The staff in the shop gathered up the rubbish and appeared to be keeping the things still wrapped which hadnt been eaten so it seems there wasnt waste.

We drove for another couple of hours and arrived at the Maasai Mara. Mustafa, the tour director, was beside himself with excitement as the migration from Tanzania had started early. It was incredible to see the large herds of zebra and the huge swathes of wildebeest all around us. If we looked carefully into the distance, we could just about make over the wildebeest running over the top of the hills in Tanzania on their way into the Mara. Normally its between the end of June and August, but we had hit the jackpot again. We did a game drive on the way to the hotel, taking the very long way round, and we were so lucky again, seeing a momma cheetah with 3 cubs, not babies but clearly still dependant.



We also saw lions, which had eluded us in Samburu. Unfortunately, we encountered an irresponsible safari guide whilst viewing the lions. When animals were located, everywhere we went guides were good to give their guests a view, and then move to let other vehicles in. The lions were all chilling out so they werent going anywhere. However, one guide couldnt wait and drove across the (very long) grass in front of us, almost colliding with one of the sleeping lions (they popped their head up as he passed) and he did the same on the way back, except the lion actually had to move. Fortunately, Rashid (and he tells us, from listening to the radio, several other guides) reported this man. Rashid and Mustafa said the authorities do deal with these issues and have a strict 3 strike policy first time US$100 fine, second time US$300 fine and third time removal of park permit. Fortunately, he was the only such moron we saw during our trip.



After the lions we called it a night and headed off to our hotel, where we would be for 2 nights. It was lovely, as all the others had been, and was again a main building with rooms accessed via outside paths. Seemingly Prince Charles had previously stayed at the hotel, amongst other well-known people, so Dad reckoned we were in good company. The hotel appeared a bit bigger than others we had stayed in so there was a reasonable sized bar area, and seating in the lobby where I spent time reading my kindle during our stay.

We were warned that there was a hippo pool at the hotel and that the hotel was not closed off from the park, so we were advised to call for an escort if going to or from our rooms after dusk until before sunrise. On the first night, I asked our guide whether they actually got animals in the grounds, as it seemed overkill, and he shined his torch about 50 metres away and there was an adult hippo okay, so maybe not overkill after all!

When we got to our room it was also very nice, although Dad had to swap the kettle as it didnt work. This was the first hotel where we had a bath, and I was dying for a soak as hadnt had one since before we left home (and before the half marathon) but there was no plug and in any event it felt too decadent in an area short of water, even if water is reused. The shower was excellent though well powered, decent size shower head and beautifully hot! I tried the shower out, went for dinner (more delicious food) and then retired to bed. We had a game drive starting at 6am the following morning.
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