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This is a question for my aunt, I hope you can help her. She wants to know if there's a wilfelife centre in or close to Mount Kenya National Park. She has a day off there, and want's to visit something like that. With wildlife centre, I mean, an elephant orphan's project such as in Nairobi (but that one is 140 km away from their hotel, not very nearby). Is there perhaps an animal hospital where you can watch animals such as elephants very closely? Or some sort of animal protection project, open for tourists?
Thanks in advance,
Just back from a fantastic trip around the so-called Northern Circuit of Ethiopia. What an unbelievable country!! Where have I been for the last 30 years? Visiting the honeypots of Africa, sharing them with ever-increasing numbers of tourists, paying ever-increasing sums of money for rather predictable tourist tat, that's where. Now, don't get me wrong. Dune 45 is stunning at dawn and Dead Vlei is a magical place. Watching lions in the Kruger or cheetahs in the Serengeti is an unforgettable experience. Face to face with a gorilla in the Impenetrable Forest - whoa! Bungy jumping at the Vic Falls (as long as the rope doesn't snap) - awesome! But if you long for a destination that hasn't been the subject of at least 37 articles in Wunderlust and photographed to death by National Geographic, and that your friends have absolutely no knowledge of whatsoever, then book a tour of the N... more »
We are 8 students volunteering in Coast General Public hospital in Mombasa. We would like to organise a trip to rift valley for 6 days on a budget. So far we contacted some companies but the prices are too high (everything between 800 dollar and even 1300 dollar).
Starting from Nairobi, we would like to see Lake Bogoria, lake nakuru, naivasha and hell's gate, sleeping in tents, no luxury needed.
Can anyone recommend an affordable organisation or cheaper way to see rift valley?
I'm currently in Kigali and trying to make arrangements for a quick day trip this Friday, January 20th, for traveling to see the goriallas. Permits are available, looking for anyone who wants to share the transport costs through one of the travel agencies.
If anyone knows of particular traveler agencies which allow add-ons (me) to existing groups, kindly let me know. Most I spoke with today did not seem to consolidate the groups.
Please help with planning our trip to Kenya at the turn of February/March this year. We will go with one of recommended local tour operators, but still we want to plan the itinerary ourselfs to make sure it will suite our needs. Our actual planned route is: Nairobi - Samburu - Mt. Kenya - Nakuru - Masai Mara - Naivasha - Nairobi - Mombasa (beach stay) - Nairobi. I have following questions to you pls:
1) Are the times on google maps realistic? If not so, please tell me how many hours we will need to get from one spot to another (by the car with driver):
- Nairobi - Samburu
- Samburu - Bantu camp (Mt, Kenya)
- Bantu camp - Nakuru
- Nakuru - Masai Mara
- Masai Mara - Lake Naivasha
2) We want to go to Mt. Kenya. We are 30, in avarage condition. We have no intention to climb any of the Mt. Kenya summits, our goal is to see unique landscape, vegetation and get some ... more »
I'm travelling to South Africa for 4.5 months in April. I am trying to work out the cheapest way to call/text the UK from South Africa (Knysna) when I don't have access to internet cafes. Is it best to buy a cheap unlocked handset here, then buy a South African SIM out there? If so, where can I buy a cheap handset with internet to connect to free wifi? I looked into Lycamobile but I think that's only cheap to call abroad from UK?
I'm travelling to South Africa at the beginning of April. I'm now looking into flights. I start a volunteering project in Knysna and I'm trying to find the cheapest way to get to either Knysna or George where I can be picked up. Flights to George are much more expensive than to Cape Town so does anyone know a cheaper way to do this journey please?
I want to depart from London (any airport) and arrive on 10th April. I am a young girl travelling alone and this will be my first time in the country so I'm trying to avoid anything unsafe!
I am a solo traveler and will be in Uganda in February and would love to visit Virunga NP to climb the volcano and track gorillas. The Virunga National Park website makes booking seem pretty easy. Realistically though, is it possible at this time to approach Virunga directly from Uganda via the Bunagana crossing? Any current info is appreciated.
Anyone have any recent experience at Mgahinga Gorilla Park? Are they currently issuing gorilla tracking permits?
My boyfriend and I are hoping to travel to Tanzania for our holiday this year in September.
We are hoping to go on safari in the Selous park as we like the idea that we can have the option of truck, boat and walking safaris however we are really struggling to find a company that we can afford.
In our Lonely Planet guide we have been advised to budget approx $110 per day per person but our quotes are coming in at over 3 times as much!
As I am new to the forum I’m not sure if this is the place to ask but I was hoping that someone would be able to recommend a reliable safari company to travel with within our $110ish budget. It would also be great to know if this budget is way too low.
Any help that you can give me would be great as I need to book a holiday soon to get me though this FREEEZING January!
Thanks Kate more »
I'm off to South Africa in early February for 20 days and would like to include some of the surrounding countries, but I'm a little stuck on what to see bearing in mind that it's smack in the middle of the rainy season in many parts so would be grateful for any tips.
I fly into and out from Cape Town.
I am thinking of tackling Southern Africa in a counter-clockwise direction. A few things I'd like to include are:
- Garden route & winelands around Cape Town
- Shark diving
- Sperrgebiet National Park (Namibia) (for Kolmanskop)
- Victoria Falls (both Namibia and Zimbabwe)
apart from those I'm a little stumped. I'd like to go on a safari, but I'm aware that it's rainy season so may be not the best time. Are there any national parks that are not typically water-logged at this time anywhere in Southern Africa?
Also, should I travel down through Botswana or Zimba... more »
Hi, I'm a 30something from UK, currently traveling independently through Ethiopia at the moment and aiming to be in Kenya soon and planning to be there for 2 or 3 weeks.
I'm a social-able guy and I'm looking to join up with anyone interested in any safaris/treks in an effort to split costs and have a laugh.
My itinerary is open and flexible, arriving via Moyale probably aroud 24th January and getting the long bus south.
After Kenya, it's on to Uganda.
I've never visited Burundi before, but I've spent a lot of time in Rwanda. I would feel perfectly safe pretty much anywhere in Rwanda. Security simply isn't something I worry about in Rwanda. I was wondering if anyone could provide some insight into how the security situation differs in Burundi, given the country's continued political instability. I mean both Bujumbura and the distant countryside. How much more dangerous is it than Rwanda for an umuzungu who speaks the local language fluently? Many thanks.
This is the travelogue of our fifth and the last day in Cairo:
After offering Juma prayers in Mosque Hussain we checked out Khan Khalili market. We managed to break some good shopping deals there. Details are on the blog ;-)
In the evening we sipped the hot local drinks around the famous Tahrir Square with Emad, a local friend.
So this is our last post of this series. I hope fellow travelers would have enjoyed that and future ones will find that helpful in planning theirs.
http://mozumbus.blogspot.com/p/egyptian-journey.html more »
This is my first post, prompted by the recent unrest and threat of terrorist activity in Kenya. I'm trying to get a feel for how concerned I should be as I'm due to fly into Mombasa on the 4th Feb for 2 weeks on the coast south of Mombasa and a week safari around Tsavo East and West.
Personally I'm not too concerned and am keen to continue with my plans but I just wanted to guage the current thoughts among fellow travellers.
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