Hi there. I'm planning to hit Kenya around the 28th of December for a month and was wondering if anyone could provide me with some advice on how to get there and where to go. I've only just decided to go as I'm out of work till Feb so apologies if I should have done more research.
Its baffling the amount of information that's out there and as a fairly well travelled guy I always trust peoples first hand experience. I'm open to independent travel but have no problems going on organised tours if that's a better way to see the country. Obviously I was to see the Masai Mara and am open to heading to Tanzania/Uganda. If anyone can recommend an organised tour I can book from the uk then thats great. My budget is fairly good but still backpacker level.
Many thank for any help or tips.
Dec / Jan is peak season in Kenya & Tanzania and hence accommodation / flight availability is quite tight. Would you be interested in a camping safari?
You can start your trip by arriving in Nairobi, spend about two nights exploring the city and sightseeing to the giraffe centre, elephant orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum, art & crafts market etc. The National Museum would have been a nice and interesting place to go as well, however they are temporarily closed for some renovations. I'm not sure when exactly they will be re-opening. If on a tight busget you can visit all these places yourself by taking a taxi or hire a private tour driver / vehicle to take you around for the day. After your Kenya safari you can head down to Tanzania via the Namanga border. The cheapest way to travel will be the daily shuttle such as Riverside and Davanu that departs in the mornings and afternoons. This will take you to Arusha, the base for safaris in Northern Tanzania parks such as Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. From there onwards you can do Uganda. Im not sure of other cheaper ways of travelling from Tanzania to Uganda. but there are daily flights available from Kenya.
Hope the above helps you in planning your trip!
Places you should definitely hit in Kenya:
a. Masai Mara (Safari)
b. The Ark (near Aberdare National Park)
Hope this helps.
Thanks guys for the helpful information. Being a "last minute Joe" Im sure to find things hard to book when i get there. I don'y mind camping at all if somone can recomend a good company (please no spam) I see that I can travel to either Uganda or Tanzania on a visa that I get in Kenya but not both. Uganda sounds amazing. Not sure wheather to travel to Uganda or Tanzania or both if its possible. I have 31 days . Does anyone know if its difficult to get visa at the border for Uganda/Tanzania/Kenya. I appreciate I will have to pay extra but its a once in a life time trip.
Many thanks for the advise
Depeding on your nationality it is possible to obtain visas upon arrival. In Kenya you can do a mobile camping safari that takes you to popular national parks such as the Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. You will travel in a 4 x 4 safari equipped landcruiser with an experienced english speaking driver / guide. Pls e-mail me if you need further information.
thanks for choosing kenya,it is a beautiful country and I have a very good plan for your backpacking incase you are still coming. Depart nairobi for the Naivasha and sleep in a bus in crayfish camp or any other camp around. Rend a bike and go to the crater lake for a life time safari of walking with the animal. Entry to the crater is less than five dollars. After proceede to Nakuru and hike a lift to the National park or join a group at the backpackers camp at the gate of the park. Overnight in the camp and the following day visit lake Baringo for Hippos and crocodile in the lake. Come back to NAkuru and proceede to Kisumu to see the Lake Victoria from Kisumu come to Narok the home town of the maasai people and join a group to the masai mara for a 2 nights camping safaris. After come and enjoy walking in the city of Nairobi. Optional you can visit a local village near Nairobi,Mukuyuni village for a homestay and cultural encounter. We'll be glad to help you if you need my advice. HAKUNA MATATA