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Which are Kenya's best national park (for wildlife primarliy) for someone without their own car?
Which parks are easy to join a tour/safari in the nearest town?
We are entering from Ethiopia and would like to visit Marsabit and Samburu. How will we go there without a car?
For Masai Mara, ETA mid July, where should we be looking to join a safari (or should we rent our own vehicle for this?)? Any specific companies, esp for the more budget minded traveller, would be very appreciated.
Sorry for the vaugeness of the questions. Reading Kenya guide at the moment and it all sounds good.
according to my last message- trekking mount elgon- i have another question. we start in kenya and want to enter uganda via the suam border by local transport continuing to sipi and budadiri.
has anybody done this way.? are there daily buses or shared taxis?
how long does the trip take from kitale to sipi normally
thank you all
I am to visit the Mara NP in June this year. Before going to the Mara, I have 5 days to travel somewhere. I was thinking about going to Laikipia but I am not sure anymore because all the accommodations I contacted only include games in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy which seam pretty small for spending my 5 days there.
My first objective is to see animals and nature. What would you recommend in this area (2 days in Ol Pejeta and 3 days in Samburu, 5 days in Samburu only, etc.).
I would really appreciate to read about your trip in this area, the accomodations where you stayed, etc.
Thanks a lot!
I plan on traveling from Nairobi to Kampala by bus. I don’t want to take a plane – I love the countryside. I would like to make it a 2 day trip, with an overnight preferably half way, so probably overnight in Kenya fairly near the border. And hopefully book a budget hotel.
The 2 Uganda entry points seem to be through Malaba or Busia. Does it matter which entry point I use? And if it does matter, which bus do I take from Nairobi that will use that entry point? And then, based on the route the bus takes, what is the best town for a layover? The map suggests Kisumu if the Busia route, and Eldoret if it is the Malaba route. I would want it to be easy to get a bus the next morning to finish the trip. I prefer bus to vans due to luggage. And I am not in a hurry, and busses in my experience have more room. As to the visa, I could either do a visa on arrival or get one at the U... more »
I would like to visit the Kazuri women's cooperative while stopping over in Nairobi.
Can anyone suggest the best way to get there?
How long would it take to get there?
I have about a week to kill after finishing research in Nairobi and am looking to do a little more traveling. Any feedback is appreciated! I have a few questions...
*How safe/common is it for females to backpack solo?
*As a single female backpacker, would you recommend that I try to buddy up with other travelers on this forum prior to my arrival in Kenya, or do you think I should just meet people in a hostel?
*I'm trying to find a way to do a safar for about 3-5 nights for $500... I keep seeing prices in the thousands. Do you think I can book one at a cheaper price if I wait until I get to Kenya?
*I heard that safari's are generally cheaper in Kenya than in Tanzania - do you agree?
*How would you recommend I travel from Kenya to Zanzibar - if I didn't want to fly into DAR? Is it possible to catch a ferry boat off the coast of Kenya somewhere... such as Mombasa?
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The US CDC has issued an alert about an outbreak of dengue in Mombasa. This is the first outbreak there in 30 years.
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On a forthcoming trip, I have a 7 hour layover in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO), from 4pm-11pm. Is this enough time to get out of the airport and see something interesting nearby? Would it be possible to arrange a visit to Nairobi National Park (hiring a car and driver at the airport), or is there no point going there so late in the day? If not, is there anything else nearby that would be worth an evening visit?
I wondered whether I'd be allowed out of the airport at all: if my bags are checked through onto the next flight, there might be security concerns with letting me leave temporarily. Does anyone have experience of doing this?
I am traveling by bus from Addis to Moyale this July. I'm trying to get the scoop on how to get from Moyale to Nairobi.
I am interesting in volunteering in Kenya... Do you know anything abouth some organisation that providing Volunteer holiday to Kenya???
I'm heading to Africa this summer....I'm flying into Zambia, then travelling through Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, and may possibly enter into Zimbabwe and/or Malawi.
I have 9 blank pages left in my passport at the moment and am wondering if anyone knows if this will be enough? I have phoned a few of the embassies and they all seem to say that I need 2 or 3!!! (Tanzania) blank pages! This seems like an awful lot, and contradicts a lot of information on the internet. Has anyone been recently that can shed any light on how many passport pages I really need?
I'd like to climb Mt. Kenya in June, with a start possibly as early as June 7th, a finish no later than June 16th. I have crampons, ice-axe, etc., and beginner-level experience using them, albeit only at moderate altitudes. (Reference available on request.) Most of my climbing experience has been moderate rock-climbing on California granite. I'd prefer to go up with someone who's done an East Africa peak already. I can be flexible about routes, specific peaks and technical difficulty -- the easiest route is fine, and I'm willing to try the hardest route if the partner has experience with it. Happy to go with more than one other partner as well.
I have about 10 days to kill after a finish research in Nairobi, and would like to backpack my way to Dar before flying back to the states.
*Is this safe - as a single white female traveling alone? Recommendations?
*I'd like to hit the Masai Mara Reserve, the Serengeti, Ngoro Crater, and Zanzibar along the way...
How should I travel from site to site - suggestions for buses?
*I've read that you can find places to stay pretty affordably... would you recommend that I camp or rent a room, and can you offer prices/recommendations for where?
I really appreciate any and all feedback! Right now my focus to decide if I can book a one-way flight out of DAR back to the States and when to book... I can plan the rest of the extra travels later, I just need to know if it's safe and feasible.
I'll be going to Kenya in September and am planning on staying at one of the lodge's at the Ol Pejeta conservancy for 3 nights. Rates around that time are a bit high but understandable given that its the busy season.
However, getting to and from there appears to be outrageously expensive based on the rates quoted by the Lodges. A one way flight costs $138USD to Nanyuki and $110USD for a one way trip from Nanyuki airport to the Conservancy (15 minute drive).
While I don't dispute the convenience of having everything arranged, paying close to $250, or $500 return, seems a bit too much.
I was wondering if anyone here knew of alternative options. Are there companies that could offer a driver service to get to and from the area? I feel that $150 for a one way trip would be reasonable... Or are there safe and reliable bus services to Nanyuki, and could I take a taxi fr... more »
Upon doing research for Malaria in Afica. There seems to be conflicting reports.
Some sites say areas in Ethiopia and Djibouti were a malaria risk. But after travelling to these places there didn't seem to be any risk.
I will be travelling to Lamu in a few days and again there seems to be conflicting reports on the risk of Malaria in the area.
If anyone has been there recently or is there now some information would be helpful.
I'm not really that keen on taking unnecessary medications.
Also while I'm on the topic I will be travelling to the Serengeti for a safari after Lamu. So also any info on Malaria there would be a help.
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