Eastern Africa Itinerary - Visiting Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2012 9:25 AM Last Post By: turbojugend
Dec 13, 2012 8:30 PM
I am a current high school senior planning my RTW trip. I was hoping you could provide some feedback, give some personal experience on what are must-sees in eastern Africa. I'm planning to see the gorillas in Uganda, travel to Kenya and see the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru, head down to Tanzania, see Ngorongoro and climb Mt Kili and then chill on Zanzibar for a bit. I guess my question would be
1. is there anything crucially important I am missing;
2. how do I get around;
3. and how much time should I calculate on spending?
In total I was hoping to spend maybe a month in eastern Africa?
Any input is appreciated... Also, I would welcome any suggestions on good local places to relax and get a drink ;)
Dec 13, 2012 11:18 PM
1sounds alright to me
you can do the whole trip on buses very easily except the gorillas in UG which, depending on which group you see, will require a combination of busses, taxis and perhaps motorbikes. Its not as bad as guidebooks make out though and easier to do when on the ground in UG.
for a month, excluding activities, you will spend about $25 a day if you stay at modest places.
A month is probably a bit short for these places if you really want to see each place, id say you need at least 2 weeks in each (except zanzibar where 3 days is fine as its massively overrated and expensive in my opinion) and you could easily spend more than a month in each individual country but if you are on a tight schedule, it should be fine
Dec 14, 2012 9:09 AM
2I think a month is way too little for all of that. That's only 4 weeks, so you're trying to do 1 week per country. Getting around by public transit doing all that? Impossible. Cut your itinerary down. Also, it sounds like you need to do more research. Look up flights and see if you can afford them. If not, add time for public transit and look up what visas you will need. You don't mention anything about budget...all of those activities are very expensive, even for Western standards. Also, research malaria areas and medication and vaccinations you will need.
I personally love Zanzibar and would not recommend skipping it. There are few places in the world where you can experience the culture and beauty of Stone Town (2 days) and pretty nice beautiful beaches (3 days).
Dec 14, 2012 11:03 AM
3I have read in other threads that visas are readily given out at the boarder - is that your experience as well? I plan to use Precision Air to fly from Mt Kili to Zanzibar, is that the best option? I really can't spend much longer than a month in Africa if I'm gonna try to be present at college orientation... However, I was thinking the gorillas in Uganda would only take 4-5 days, Kenya would take maybe 6 total, Tanzania plus Mt Kili 8 days, and Zanzibar 4? (I plan to climb Mt. Kili quickly) Add on one day of travel average for all countries makes 4 days traveling? Reasonable?
Also, I do not have any budgetary concerns, but would be grateful if anyone could give any rough estimates of the costs?
@smartcookiee - thank you, stone town looks incredible, I will look into it for sure
@ric_howard - thank you, I was stunned you said motorbike was a common way of transportation. Upon looking into it, the boda boda sounds like the ideal way to cross into Kenya for me
Dec 14, 2012 11:09 AM
4You can read my experience at the link below. Visa at the border is available at most, but not all countries in Africa. Plus, you will be flying and visa requirements can be different at airports. Often, you have to have it already. Do research for each country separately depending on your passport.
If you're willing to pay for visas and expensive flights to go to each country for only a couple days, then you can most definitely do it. Would I recommend it? No. You're also not factoring in the time it takes to get from place to place. Any day you're flying is basically a waste. You won't be able to do much else that day as it takes a while to get to the airport, check in, board, fly, get from the airport to your hotel, find and reserve your trips etc.
You need at least 5 days in Zanzibar, i.e. 2 in Stonetown and 3 at the beach area. That's 6 nights including travel.
My understanding is that you can't climb a mountain right after you get off a plane too. You need to give it time.
Dec 14, 2012 1:45 PM
5I am realizing it may take me more time to explore what I want in relative depth so I may have to leave out a later leg of my travels. The only plane I'm planning to take is from Mt Kili to Zanzibar. The rest of the way I will rely on buses and motorbikes..
I'm not very worried about the physical aspect of the climb. Also, I will climb after Uganda and Kenya so I will have recovered from the flight (no jet lag, journey originates in Germany)
I haven't been able to find a mode of transportation from Masai Mara to Ngorongoro. Any ideas? Also, from Ngorongoro to Mt Kili?
Dec 14, 2012 2:14 PM
6Well, you won't be going to either of those places on your own. You'll need to book an official safari tour. You can run a search on this forum for companies and options. You can book something in Arusha for example. I don't know that you need to do both the crater and Masai Mara. Would be easier to do Crater/Serengeti via one organized tour.
I wasn't talking about the physical aspects of the climb, but rather the changes in altitude.
Dec 16, 2012 9:25 AM
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