Backpacking in Kenya

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1. Posted by koreanstev (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'll be volunteering (teaching) in Maasailand for 9 weeks with weekends free to travel/explore and then i'll be backpacking across Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda for 3 weeks afterwards. I was wondering if anyone could point me toward any good websites/books regarding backpacking in East Africa (i've already checked out and I'm going today/tomorrow to check out "East & Southern Africa: The Backpacker's Manual" buy phillip briggs which hopefully will help clear things up...but if you have any PERSONAL EXPERIENCE BACKPACKING IN E. AFRICA, I'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT!!!).

I have some generic questions, like is it better to bring a tent and camp or to find a cheap hotel? (i looked at LP's guide to E. Africa and hotels were like $3-4, which i could afford. I didn't know if it's easier when in a nat'l park to camp or to find a cheap hotel...i'd rather not have a tent for weights' sake in my backpack).

What were the coolest things you guys have done in E. Africa?
On a tight budget i still want to pick a few of the coolest things to do on the weekends (while volunteering) and then on my 3 week adventure. So far, i have white-water rafting on the Nile, scuba diving (i've heard about something where you get to be with great whites...might be cool), skydiving, and bungee jumping.

btw, a 4 day safari is included in the volunteer program.

  • *Sorry for all the questions, i leave in 3 weeks and couldn't find specific answers after looking in the FAQ section for a bit. thanks again.**
2. Posted by sabineb (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i would like to do the same on september, backpacking in kenya or find a not too expensive agency who organize trips
i would like to see the massai mara and mount kenya
then in tanzania: ngorongoro
what do you advise me, do you have contacts?
thank you

3. Posted by Belliveau (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Our group stayed in non-tourist hotels in towns (very very cheap, met interesting Kenyans and Tanzanians, and had to fill in our "tribe" in the guest registry!) and camped on safari (camping equipment was included).

We saw a lion kill a wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater -- amazing. We booked a safari in Arusha, the travel center of NE Tanzania.

4. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

For things to do in Kenya, read my post on the the thread "BEST SAFARI".