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1. Posted by novw (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

so... we are set to go. Starting in October we will be on our own in the great country of Kenya. We rented a 4 wheel drive car from roving rovers, the airplane tickets are here, we have a budget, we have a route, but we need a whole lot of practical information. Preferably from own knowledge, not from hear-say !

-Is it possible to take a matatu from Nairobi airport to town ?

-Are supermarkets in Nairobi open on Sundays ?

-Which is the best, and largest supermarket in Nairobi ?

-Is camping gaz available (EURO) in Kenya ? We have a burner, but are
(ofcourse) not allowed to take the cannisters.

-Are Coleman gas (US) cannisters available ? We have the burner, but ...

-how about that stupid (!) smartcard for the national parks ? Is there any way around that ?

-tons more questions available

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello Novw

-Is it possible to take a matatu from Nairobi airport to town ?

U can take a city bus. However, this is not advisable. U will be pushed and shoved, and have a very high chance of being robbed, during this distraction. However, u can take the bus from the city, to the airport. They dont usually target people for robbery, this way around.

I dont know the answer, to the other questions.


3. Posted by kigo (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Kenya is much more modern then you think and you will probably find everything you need.
Biggest supermarket are Nakumat and Uchumi which you will find one or the other all all major towns. Instead of dragging your camping equipment halfway across the world you can get a small small gas cooker/bottle and burner from any ToTal petrol station its called a Meko for about $70,which will more then cover all your needs and when you leave you can sell quite easily. The smart card deal is a pain however there is no way round. When you are in Nairobi just go get one at the Kenya wildlife office on Langata road. The matatu ride will be a hassle,a taxi will probably be about $10 into the city center.
Email me if you have more questions.
Thanks and you will love Kenya

4. Posted by Flint (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

First...From the airport into town there are no public commutors. Only Taxi who charge as from Ksh 1000 or so. The Biggest and best Chain of Supermarkets is the nakumatt..they are located at various points namely.....Nyayo stadium as you are coming from the airport into town. There are two other Nakumatts in town one at Kimathi Street junction and the other along Kenyatta avenue. Another Nakumatt is at the Westlands, also along the Ngong road, along Thika road. In Nakumatt you could get almost everything you are looking for from the gas cylinders..etc.
You cannot evade the smartcard issue as that is standardized by the Kenya Wildlife Service for entry into the park. Unless you join a tour package where the company organising your trip have their own card and they just top it up for use for its guests into the parks.

I hope i have answered all your questions as am a local and in tourism business.


5. Posted by novw (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

you people are fantastic ! We have been to Kenya before, sow e are no "virgins" so to speak, but this is super information. I will contact the people that have sent me email, and I will return with all questions that we are stuck on !

Thanks again everybody !

6. Posted by novw (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

so...ourplans are becoming more soild

For humans:

Nairobi,Kenya -
Narok, Kenya - Enter the Rift valley and visit Longonot vulcanos
Migori, Kenya - Maasai Mara N.P. (3 nights)
Sotik, Kenya -
Kisumu, Kenya - Fill up on groceries
Kakamega, Kenya - Kakamega Forest (N.P. ?)
Kitale, Kenya - Mount Elgon N.P. (2 nights)
Kapenguria, Kenya - Saiwa Swamp (N.P. ?)
Baringo, Kenya - Excursion to Kapedo hot springs (2 nights)
Lorwok, Kenya - Lake Bogoria N.P.
Nakuru, Kenya - Lake Nakuru N.P. (2 nights)
Naivasha, Kenya - Hells Gate N.P.
Makueni, Kenya - Amboselli N.P. (2 nights)
Nairobi, Kenya

In this plan we have 2 days to spare.
So, what do you think ? Trip of a lifetime, or hell of a plan ?

PS,does anybody know how to ENLARGE the travelerspoint-map from above link ?

[ Edit: Edited on May 20, 2007, at 4:53 PM by novw ]

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2007, at 7:21 AM by Mel. ]

8. Posted by Jyroge (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Are you not visiting Mombasa or anywhere on the cost?? I would HIGHLY recommend my home town Vipingo, it’s a small fishing village about 40km from Mombasa and has some of the most amazing beaches you will ever see, you should definitely try and fit something like that in. the coast is NOT to be missed!!!

Hope you have one amazing trip and please feel free to ask any questions about Mombasa or the cost and im more then happy to help.


9. Posted by novw (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

honoustly ? If we wanted to go lie on our backs in the sand, I'd rather go to Spain for a tenth of the price we pay for Kenya

Seriously: Since we are from the Netherlands, we are less intrested in sea and sand. We come to visit Kenya for the wildlife we so extremely miss in our own country.

Thanks anyhow !