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Time of year

Bradford, United...
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Time of year


I was planning to go to Kenya in Feb with the family but it's coming in a bit above budget at the moment.

I definitely want to stay at either Turtle Bay or Voyager.

The thing is I'm 40 in August so if I waited until then, even though it's more expensive - I could swing the trip as my birthday present but I don't know what the weather will be like? The best time to travel seems to be our winter

I believe this is migration time too so would be good to go up to the Masai Mara? But is it likely to be a wash out with rain? Would i be best getting it as a present but postponing until Feb 2010 (seems like far too far away!)

Anyone know of any sites with good deals as if i can come in on budget, I'd rather go sooner than later



Mtwapa, Kenya
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1. Re: Time of year


August is a good time to go, it is in the middle between the long rains should have finished several weeks before and the short rains should be several weeks in the future. It is also in the middle of the migration season

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2. Re: Time of year

February is a great time to go if you like it dry hot and sunny and Voyager is a brilliant hotel too - only 30 mins or so from Mombasa and loads of things around it to do.

Have a look at Somak - they used to be competative.

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Prices in August will also be high as it's Migration time in the Mara. July/August are also prime vacation months when many children are out of school; families often travel at this time.

Neither Feb or Aug should bring rain, but no one can guarantee the weather; there's recently been rain in the Mara and this is supposedly the "dry" season.

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10 years ago August was fantastic, over the last 3 years August has been changing weather wise, we had a really bad week in August last year ! the weather patterns are so hard to predict in kenya now, I,m refering to the coastal area, when we went on safari we never saw a drop of rain ! got back to the coast and it was still overcast but don't let that fool you, you can still get burnt by the sun

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The weather in August this year was fantastic, except on the coast which was wet and Nairobi which was cold.

The Mara and Tsavo were like the most perfect English Summer. Spot On.

It was my birthday when we went and all Leos should be in Lion territory on their birthday :)

The Mara is very very expensive at the time of the migration but is an awesome sight. But if you want high quality and luxury as well as a great safari experience instead of the volume of animals, try Finch Hattons in TSavo which is incredible value for an exclusive luxury camp.

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Hi Steve,

We have fancied going to Finch Hattons but when we have enquired with agents at the coast we have been advised that the camp is excellent but the game viewing is dissappointing.What's your opinion.

Iver Heath, United...
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believe it or not I have found Thomas Cook to be the cheepest this year (by hundreds £) dont be put of by their origional search price (it gets heavily discounted on the next click) eg, I usualy book Kenya (for the past 10 or so years) with Cosmos who i always find cheapest on the AI package, but this year for some reason, they were selling the axact same holiday Sun N Sands 24th November same flight (monarch)for £250 more per person and Cosmos own Monarch. Work that one out ?

Bradford, United...
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8. Re: Time of year

Thanks for all your kind responses.

I'd rather go in February as this is when we normally take our main holiday and don't know if i could last till August, but then i will still have somwhere to find for my 40th birthday - and i refuse to do Spain.

We went this August and it would have been cheaper to go to Kenya with the amount we actually spent!

Why are the exotic longhauls always so much better value?

First Choice and Thomson are coming out cheapest at the moment.

Strange that on First Choice Turtle Bay Beach Club is more expensive than Voyager and Visa Versa for Thomson!

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Hi Sharon ,

You do not turn 40 every year.

If you are planning on visit in February and can afford. I would recommend a 2 night stay Campi Ya Kanzi in the Chyulu Hills. Great place. Day and night game dives with activities.

They can also pick you up from Mombasa by their own air plane.



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10. Re: Time of year

Hi Tango,

Website for Campi ya Kanzi looks very impressive.

Can you give an idea of approx.cost