I've got two weeks holiday allowance at work and I'm planning to fly in to Kenya in either October or November.
Obviously safari is on my checklist but I'm trying to work out the what, why, where and whens :-)
I'd like to spend the first week seeing lions, elephants, giraffes, rhino, zebra etc.
I'd like my second week to be relaxing, on the beaches on the south coast. Can I take a train/bus journey down to there?
I understand this will be a tight squeeze into two weeks, but I'm sure it can be done.
Any tips and advice would be highly appreciated!
Thanks a lot,
two weeks is a good amount of time to spend in Kenya.
If it was me I´d travel to Amboseli and spend a couple of days there, Mount Kilimanjaro in the background makes it really special. You´ll see all of the easily visible animals, elephants, bufs, lions, all type of antelope, zebra and some amazing bird life, eagles, owls, hawks, the list is endless. If you don´t mind sharing I´d just go to someone like Star Travel (search them on the net) who I use all the time and see if a tour is going to Amboseli which you can tag along with, get to meet some people too. I stayed in the Serena lodge which was really nice and great athmosphere.
After Amboseli travel on to Tsavo west and watch how much the landscape changes. It was all a volcanic area millenia ago and you still see the lava flows. The countryside is like the scenery from Jurassic park, incredible but a little harder to spot game because of the low tree cover, but having said that you never know what you´ll come across around the next bend, leopard, cheetah, lions on a kill, or shy jackals skulking through the bush and hiding their faces behind a bush when you look at them (the think you can´t see them that way I guess.
After a couple of days in Tsavo West you could go to Tsavo East (I haven´t been ) but it will be much of the same as West I guess, maybe not.
You can join the train for the coast from Tsavo and arrive in Mombasa. I´ve done this once and really enjoyed Mombasa but not the hotel I stayed in, too much English football on TV´s everywhere, so I´m afraid you´ll have to research that one yourself.
I hope you enjoy your trip, you´ll never forget it that´s for sure.
Does allowance mean they are paying for it too??
Why not take the hassle out of it and go on a overland tour - independent travel with out the bull **** is what they call it! One of many options to consider!
You could combine Kenya and north eastern Tanzania. I would spend a week in and around the Serengeti for your wildlife fix and then a week on a Zanzibar beach (but then I am biased cos the diving from Zanzibar absolutely rocks!).
Don't worry about your time frame - 2 weeks is enough to cover the basics of what you would like to do. Watch out for local transport as it can be a bit hairy at times - take transfers organised by local companies/hotels instead. Smaller vehicles, usually better looked after and priced much the same as a local coach.
Good luck and have a blast!
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Thanks a lot for all your tips. Much appreciated! I'm getting excited now :-)
I was wondering if you could give me any indication of budgets and costs.
My flights to and from will cost around £400 and I'd ideally like all of the safari, train/bus, food and sleeping costs to fall within £600. Do you think this is possible?
Thanks in advance!