Mid-priced safari trips in Kenya



January 21, 2007|By San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News

We are planning a visit to Masai Mara, Kenya. Can you suggest any mid-priced companies for a safari?

Kenya's tourism Web site, magicalkenya.com, has information on lodging, dining, parks and safaris. You can even find listings of U.S. tour operators that offer safaris to various national reserves, including the Masai Mara, Kenya's most popular game park.

Mountain Travel Sobek (mtsobek.com), for instance, has safaris in the Masai Mara with lodging from tented camps to upscale lodges. Expect to pay at least $500 per day per person, although spokeswoman Nadia LeBon said the kind of safari you're looking for will determine how much you pay.

California-based Adventure Travel (adventuretravel.com) is even more affordable. It offers an eight-day Kenya Highlights tour, starting at $620 per person (an additional $325 payment is required for fees and supplies). Guests are expected to help with putting up tents and preparing meals.

Kenya's dry seasons - June through October and December through early March - are the best times to visit, but you're likely to see gazelle, elephants and lions no matter when you're there. The wildebeest migration from the Serengeti in the summer is extremely popular.

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