I'm planning to do a week visiting the national parks and a week on the south coast snorkeling and relaxing in Kenya.
I was wondering if you could give me any indications on costs - Safari trips, mid range rooms, the bus/train down south.
Do you think £600 will suffice?
Thanks a lot,
I spent $US 3000 for 3 weeks in Tanzania in 2005, including 5 day safari and Kilimanjaro climb, plus internal flights, accommodations and other costs (not including international airfare). Granted that prices have risen in both park fees and the cost of oil since 2005, but you should be able to do quite well in Kenya on 6000 for 2 weeks, I would think.
600 GBP for two week will only be sufficient if you camp and stay very budget in large towns.
And that doesn't include flights of course. But even than it will be very very hard, as costs add up for activities like game drives etc. And if you really want to relax the last week, I won't advise rock bottom places.
Kenya is a bit cheaper than Tanzania, but it will be hard, if not impossible.
6000 though like Greg mentioned, would do
Opps, misread the post! I was wondering why someone would wonder if £6000 was enough!
If you do go to Kenya with a budget of £600 and somebody happens to mention it's plenty of money to do what you want to do... be very wary. In fact if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Entry per day into the NP's at the moment is $40 per day that's not including accommodation, driver/or shceduled drives, food etc.
It think you'll find it quite difficult, but I wouldn't say impossible. They're are some good two star (and better) hotels around for small money, problem is, when a foreigner looks to book at the local rate, hey presto, the local rate dissappears.
I've seen some nice hotels in good areas in Nairobi for about £15 per night, not bad. A safari company I use will tailor what you have to spend against what can get for that - Star Travel, you'll find them on the net and look them up in Nairobi.
Sorry if this isn't much help but it's quite a difficult question to answer. But basically, if you can get more money, then do...
All you've been advised here is very true.
£600 for 2 weeks is a little over the top and too ambitious. Another option is to cut on your travel dates. I'm sure if you reduce your stay days to about 7 nights, something meaningful (say a 3 star tour) can be put together for you.
For your kind of budget you can enjoy at least a national park and the beach with total relaxation and activities.
Im sure if you are still at it you can email me and I can recommend 1 or 2 travel companies that I am confident can pull you through on your budget and reduced days for a good experience.