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The Nairobi Star reports that transit visas for Kenya will rise from $20 to $50. The article did not state when this change takes effect. Standard tourist visas will remain at $50.
Article can be read here:
we are planning on traveling Kenya this month (arriving on 20/7/12) , we want to go to TURKANA VIA CHALBI DESERT +Marsabit and Samburu with a safari company , i have read in this forum recommendations on " game tracker safaris "
are there any other recommended companies? or someone we should avoid ?
are there any companies doing this trip and starting not on Friday? our plane land on Friday so we will have to wait a week and this is the first thing we want to do so we prefer starting on Saturday?
someone did this trip recently and can tell us if it is considered safe to go there?
is one day in Marsabit and one day in Samburu enough?
Dorin and Lior
I'm interested in going to Tanzania for a brief bit and then flying from Nairobi out of Africa. Am I allowed to get back into Kenya without paying for a second visa? I've gotten mixed answers. Thank you!
Two questions regarding ATM:
1. Can I get US dollars from ATM in Kenya?
2. Is there an ATM in Marsabit?
Im going to be in Kenya over the last couple of weeks of september with a mate. we are looking to do 1 week in the parks and another week on the coast and i was wondering if anyone can help..
- at the end of sepetmber is it really that important to book in advance? Im not looking for 5 star luxary, i just want to see some animals
I will be flying into Nairobi and looking to go to Ambroseli/Masai Mara, does anyone know a safari company that is good for backpackers? Keen to go in a group so there are a few people to have a drink with at the end of the day
Finally - anyone have a good tip for a lively hostel in Nairobi or the immediate area?
any help appreciated!
I'm planning a trip to Kenya towards the end of August for about 7-8 days. Is that way too much time for a Masai Mara safari? I get the feeling that 7 days on safari would be a little too much.
Also, does it make sense to do a 3-4 day safari followed by 3-4 days of a beach holiday along the coast? Any tips on how good the beaches are in Kenya? Alternately, would it make sense to go to any beaches in any of the adjoining countries?
I'd appreciate any information about this. Thank you,
We have just booked our flights to Nairobi and are now considering buying a car to drive through Kenya,Tanzania,Mozambique,Lesotho(to visit a school I have links with) and finally to Jo'burg.
Before we get too excited,can any one tell us if this is possible ie taking our own vehicle through those countries.What extra sort of paperwork would be needed and is it generally safe,I guess?
For those who are interested, the new LP Kenya is just out this week. They have a new look and a lot more pictures. They also do a good job of showing the highlights of each area, when to go and why. However, they have also gotten skimpy with the maps, much less detailed than in other guides, and they go very quickly through each area, with limited listings of hotels and transportation. I hope that's not the future direction of LP.
Just repeating what I read in a Kenyan paper today. It reports that new immigration offices are being opened in Kibish and Todonyang. I was able to find Todonyang on a map: it is on the Ethiopian border on the eastern shore of Lake Turkana. I couldn't pinpoint Kibish, but there is a Kibish River which is supposed to form part of the border between Kenya and South Sudan, fairly close to Lake Turkana.
Anyone with more info is welcome to elaborate.
My girlfriend and I are going to Kenya end of August / Start of September for a few days. We're hoping to go to Maasai Mara on a safari tour.
Could you help us with the following;
Where to find a tour guide?
How much would a 5 day safari cost us?
Where do we sleep?
Do we pay in US or in Shilling?
Any other tips will be greatly appreciated.
My girlfriend and I will be in Mombasa from the 9-15th and were thinking of going to Safari 10-12th to Tsavo East (and maybe West too). The cheapest organised tour I can find is by Diani Safari which is still quite expensive: 280-320 US dollars for Tsavo East for 2 days/1night OR 440/480 US dollars for Tsavo East and West for 3 days/2nights.
I am sure it is much cheaper with a group driving up there and was wondering if anyone else going at that time and would want to save money and share the costs of petrol/4wd rental etc?
I am at present through correspondece with Kenya Car Hire Services. Before, I complete a deal with the unit for hiring a sedan car with a driver, I wish to know if it is safe to do so. The rate proposed is alright with me with terms such as hire of vehicle on a daily basis, vehicle service, vehicle replacement in case of a major breakdown, comprehensive insurance for the vehicle and driver's allowance. What is not included are fuel and if any extras. Though I have inquired same with the Kenya services, I wish to from an experienced person what could be extra.
Also, can I trust above said unit for to hire a vehicle? Has anyone had any untoward experience with the them? I will appreciate if one explain or warn me of something I have overlooked or need to take care of prior to hiring a vehicle.
I was wondering if anybody has any great information about Guides / tour operators that are experienced in spending time with the tribes of Kenya?
I wish to spend sometime in the villages, learning and photographing the cultures of the Pokot, Samburu, Maasai and the turkanana people, so any info you can pass on would be great,
We have one day's time both before and after our long safari trip in Kenya and Tanzania and we have difficulty in planning them.
I) The Day before
We will arrive at Nairobi at 6.05 am the day before we have our safari to Aberdares, Nakuru, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Amboseli.
We are thinking of filling in the day by going to David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe center, Karen Blixen Museum and Bomas. Will these be o.k. with a view of going to see lots of animals in the Safari ?
II) The Day after
We will leave Nairobi by the 11.10pm flight one day after coming back from Safari. We don't want to do museums or city tour. We are thinking of two options for spending the day:
1 .going to Paradise Lost Resort : Both good and bad reviews are found from the web. any suggestions from you?
2. find a good hotel in natural envrionment to relax for the whole day. We... more »
I am planning to travel to Kenya for 21 days with my wife and son (10 years old) starting from 24th July.
I would be in Masai Mara & Amboseli from 31st July until 6th August and then travel from Amboseli to Mombasa. I plan to stay in Mombasa from 7th August until 11th of August on the north shore / north beach.
I would like to know if traveling to the above places safe? I have been hearing about the travel advisory issued by US and UK government. Today, I heard about the grenade attack on churches in northern kenya !!
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