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Kenya on shoestring budget with Masai Mara-Is it possible??

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1. Posted by KiranV (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hello All,

We are a couple and planning Kenya for week in 3rd week of Dec (including XMas eve). We are currently doing RTW and in Europe and hence its on very shoestring budget. After doing my own research I have realized that Europe is cheaper than Kenya :(

Our plan is -

2 days in Nairobi

Head to Lake Naivasha from Nairobi using public transport

Head to Lake Nakuru National Park using public transport from Naivasha.

From there I plan to go to Masai mara.

I have found lot of resource till this point but my questions are -

1) How to reach Masai Mara from Lake Nakuru National Park using public transport? Do I have to come back to Nairobi?

2) Cheap budget camping or guest house options at Masai Mara. Just unable to find any info on this :(

3) Any 30-40 USD/per day car rental options from Nairobi city. We are ok with smaller car. We can rent it for a week

4) All budget travel tips for Masai Mara

Thanks & Regards,


2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 840 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Some adventure tour companies, such as those based in South Africa, will allow you to join a portion of their tours, such as those beginning in Nairobi. The cost is reasonable. Some price their tours in South African rand, which currently is depressed against the U.S. dollar. Suggest you look at these as an affordable option to independent travel. Generally, travel in Africa isn't as inexpensive as travel in Asia. And it isn't as easy. Some tours are "accommodated," using lodges and hotels. Others are primarily camping. Hope this helps.

3. Posted by KiranV (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thanks berner256 .. will check :)

4. Posted by Mike Safari (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kiran,

Thanks for the useful question , It is possible to travel to Kenya and use public transport. However while operating on a lean budget I would ask you to try car hire for the two days ( Naivasha and Nairobi ) for convenience ( yes it is still possible to get a good car plus a driver at a fair price ).

In Naivasha and Nakuru you can find some decent accommodation which you can negotiate for at an affordable price. While in Naivasha remember to visit Hells gate National Park and While in Nakuru remember to go to lake Nakuru National Park.( Carry some sunscreen ).Naivasha is a small town and its easy finding your way round.

Keep some cash aside for park fees and other activities you might want to engage in e.g cycling through hellsgate.

For the mara the terrain is not good and its a long drive,you will need to work with a local safari operator so that they can seek out the best deals for you and help you save since they are familiar with the intricacies regarding accommodation.

I hope the tips are helpful :)

5. Posted by myflamingodiary (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kiranv,

Welcome to Kenya,

I know you will enjoy the flamingoes at Lake Nakuru Lodge,

1.Yes you can use pubic transport and no need to come back to Nairobi, It should take you around 3-4 hours with your driver but a bit longer if you need to wait for public transport.

2. Yeah you can get some better deals on popular website like Rupu, and get accomodation offers or deals

3.You can hire a car easily with usd 40, if you need a driver it will cost you around USD 60-70 (Remember you will also need to fuel your car yourself.)

4.I have not written a lot about masai mara on my blog, but I hope the community here will give you some great tips.

Hope this will help.