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12D Budget Kenya Safari Route Plan $ 1.1k: Hidden Gems in Nairobi, Safari Maasai Mara, Chill Mombasa

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Safari visiting Kenya could be expensive. Our Kenyan Safari Route Plan helps you discover safaris and discover hidden jewels!

Kenya is among the best and most engaging nations in Africa for unforgettable animal safaris and national parks, lovely beaches and friendly individuals. [19659002KoskalapsijokavikatakomanomomaniaReadingaNationalGeographicVisitorontheKenyaandtheMenorahSafarina

Unfortunately, visits to nationwide parks and safaris can be costly for vacationers. Tours cost a charge, and finances journey info isn’t readily available. But it’s potential.

My 12 day solo-backpacking journey around Kenya I spent simply $ 1,099! There have been a number of acutely aware selections, however I never had to compromise on safety or overlook about the key experiences. The truth is, it gave me the opportunity to mix with the locals and study extra about their every day life!

 Lion Drinking Water in Maasai Mara National Park - Kenya Safari Route Plan

No must be snug to squeeze public transport, get hustled and stay primary but snug accommodation. It may possibly still go quite a bit cheaper, however I have the correct quantity of consolation and experience to make your journey to Kenya a memorable one.

Here is my very own Kenya-Safari route plan, which summarizes the costs (

Pre-trip Essentials

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] Foreign money Trade: Kenya's Shilling (KES) is the foreign money of Kenya, and the most important vacationer points of interest settle for the USD and EUR, but it is all the time greatest to hold KES for a standard buy.

In case you are from Singapore, I recommend you employ pre-paid YouTrip Mastercard to save lots of foreign money trade costs. The bank card cost is readily available in Kenya. and probably the most reliable choice is to buy a SIM card at the airport n Safaricom SIM card with 5 GB knowledge and 30 minutes KES1400 call period (USD14).

Kenya's Route Plan

I took an open jaw flight to Kenya, descending to Mombasa and flying from Nairobi. Most individuals make a reverse journey from Nairobi to Mombasa as a result of it’s simpler to make journey preparations in Nairobi. Nevertheless, I designed it this manner as a result of I needed to construct a journey in the direction of the climatic safari experience on Maasai Mara. Flights have been also cheaper!

Day 1: Mombasa

  Mombasa Beach - Kenya Safari Route Plan

Set in Kenya in less chaotic Mombasa, discover a bit of and organize your safari trip. It is a great base and much simpler to regulate than Nairobi, which might be overwhelming for first time visitors.

There’s little tourism to see, but stroll across the historic previous town and UNESCO Jesus Citadel

 Fort Jesus - Kenya Safari route plan

I arranged the first custom Safari tour with Alex from Alexandra Africa Safari on my hostel's proprietor's suggestion and his service was affected. Alex was very professional and even traveled to the hostel to complete the plans with me. Since I needed to go to Ambosel National Park (more later), the place I was dropped in Nairobi, the custom tour was slightly costlier than their regular return to Mombasa. However, the worth was nonetheless competitive in comparison with other local players (I requested the other three businesses)

  Kilimanjaro Ambosel National Park - Kenya Safari Route View of Kilimanjaro from Ambosel Nationwide Park

* Pro -tip: In case you are staying at a hostel, make pals and Persuade different vacationers to hitch you for a better worth!

With Four individuals you pay 300 euros (~ USD340) for every complete 2D1N tour:
– Transportation from Mombasa to Ambosel National Park in Nairobi
– 2 x Ambosel Nationwide Park Playgrounds + Information
– Ambosel Nationwide Park Entry Charges (USD60)
– All meals in the course of the tour
– 1N Resort Lodging

Study extra about this a part of the trip from day 4-5.

Alex also has a community to plan Nairobi trips in the event you start there.

] The place to Keep in Mombasa

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Stay on the hostel. You will get buddies, commerce info, share prices and study more about overseas cultures. Apparently enough, there have been additionally many Kenyan guests.

Tulia Backpackers might be the most effective value on your money once I was there. There is a lovely pool bar, loads of area for games, Three canine and a stunning cat. Dorms begins with KES1300 and hammocks for KES900 for those who're actually on the price range.

The naive supermarket is close by where you should purchase low cost cooked dishes.

  Naive supermarket on a self-catering basis - Kenya Safari route Naive grocery store on a self-service foundation

Shifting: Both foot or local Matatu (shared automotive) ~ KES50 to Previous Town

Day 2-3: Diani Seashore

  Diani Beach - Kenya Safari Route Picture Credit score: Diani Resort

The long stairs of white sand beaches make it one among Kenya's most popular holiday cities. It is a great spot to loosen up, rejoice and enjoy the environment earlier than you allow for Kenya. There’s also loads of water sports and nature excursions to take pleasure in. Right here's a vigorous backpack that makes it good to satisfy with travel companions. When you have extra time, contemplate taking a dhow journey on the south coast for snorkeling or diving in a few of Kenya's most lovely waters

Colobus Conservation Middle organizes a soothing time for a 1-hour prime Eco course for the KES750 to spotlight the efforts of the nationally endangered Angolan Colobus monkey. 19659002] After cooling down Diani Seashore, I went back to Mombasa, ready to satisfy my nationwide geographic dream

The place to remain at Diani Seashore

Sister Lodge of Tulia Backpackers in Mombasa, Diani Backpackers is a Social gathering Hostel the place dorms begin at KES1150.

From Mombasa to Diani Seashore

You possibly can take a taxi to ~ KES3500, take a number of local visitors to Diani Seashore:
– Matatu Mombasa in Likoni Ferry – KES40
– Take the ferry across the river – free
– Matatu on the opposite aspect of the Likoni Ferry to Ukunda (30 km) – KES70
– Matatu Ukunda to Diana Seashore (5 km) – KES40

Day 4-5: Ambosel National Park Safari

  Zebras in Ambosel National Park - Kenya

Referred to as probably the greatest locations in Africa for giant elephant places, Ambosel National Park can also be considered one of Kenya's most scenic nationwide parks – the very best peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro, which crosses the Tanzanian border.

Amboseli can also be distinctive whenever you see animals from totally different habitats in a relatively small area.

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  Lion crosses the road in Ambosel National Park Surreal Lion Crossing

We began the early morning tour of the tour from Mombasa earlier than arriving at our lodge at AA Lodge Amboseli. At a budget-ish location, the lodge was superb by the pool, buffet meals and a large room with a warm shower. The costliest resorts are inside the nationwide park, but frankly, I can’t justify double the worth once I spend solely 15 minutes in the park.

Animals are probably the most lively in the mornings and evenings, so our safari players naturally occurred during that point.

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We left the subsequent day at 10.00 am at Ambosel National Park in Nairoib. What made issues better, that the intelligent guide on the street managed to get me to a different car that goes to Lake Naivasha when he discovered to go there subsequent. Although I had to endure a brand new driver KES1000, it was a lot quicker and more handy!

 Sunset at Ambosel National Park - Kenya Safari Route Plan

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Day 6: Exploring the Nawala – Longonot Mountain and Crescent Island

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Nairobi Northwest is Naivasha, a freshwater lake with plenty of hippies in Kenya's giant rift valley. The encompassing panorama is fairly away from this world, and the fun thing is that you simply don't even understand that you’re 1.884 m above sea degree on the lake.

The world round Naivasha is the harbor of the DIY Nationwide Park, and also you don't need to go to any tour to benefit from the sights right here.

Mount Longonot

 Kraater at Longonot Mountain - Kenya Safari Route Plan

Begin the day in the morning by climbing up the Longonot Mountain, a dormant volcano with thick woods inside the crater. The two h hike from the park entrance above the crater edge was like walking to Jurassic Park. I was half ready for some Pterodactyls to fly out of the crater each time I look. I mentioned that the crater was MASSIVE?

 Hiking to Longonot Mountain - Kenya Safari Route Plan

Climbing is sort of easy for an inexpensive individual, and also you don't need steerage. For an additional two hours if you want to stroll around the crater

Nationwide Park Fees: USD26
Access to Longonot Mountain for a long time from Lake Naivasha:
For finances travelers, there are a number of local worms and motorcycles for taxis. Buffer 1-2 hours in every course together with ready time. Mattress often leaves the station only when they’re full, so it’s best to travel in the morning and lunch when there are more individuals.
– Matatu from Lake Naivasha to Naivasha Town – KES100
– Matatu Naivasha Town from Longonot Town – KES100
– Motorbike Visitors from Longonot City to the Entrance to Longognot Nationwide Park – KES100

Truthfully paying a couple of additional cents is okay when compared to hiring a expensive taxi

* Professional-tip: Look around and the worm-drivers don't get strain. They typically say they depart now when the car is simply half full.

Crescent Island

 Giraffe on Crescent Island Lake Naivasha-Kenya Safari Route

Within the mid-afternoon I went to a Crescent Island Recreation Sanctuary, a personal island owned by certainly one of Kenya's colonial family. It is a very magical place with no real and ample wildlife, which makes it a home.

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Crescent Island Entrance Fees: KES3000 (paid in home), KES100 in case you stroll (paid on the gate)
Entry to Crescent Island: Most people arrive on a ship trip, however the price range means is to walk, cycle or take a motorcycle by taxi. I took my worn periphery and foolishly determined to walk for 20 minutes. Not only was it a reasonably long walk (earlier than you walked extra on the island), I had to watch out for hippies who stared at me threateningly. Hippos can look cute, however they’re the most important wildlife deaths in Africa. I took the motorbike taxi to the KES100 after some negotiation with a few of the employees. Bicycles could be rented from a lot of the properties

The place to remain at Lake Naivasha

  Lake Naivasha Sunset - Kenya Safari Route View of Lake Naivasha Camp Carnelley

on the Camp of Carlselle in the KES1000 camp in Dorms Camp. Camping sites and cottages are also suitable for any price range. I particularly appreciated the restaurant that many individuals who reside elsewhere want. It's a bit expensive, however the doses are big and the meals is fairly good

What to eat in Naivasha

There are a number of local eating places that provide KES100-300 a very great food along the primary street. Better found in campsites and resorts. I notably take pleasure in returning to this Chinese restaurant referred to as Hubei Camp Carnelley (see map above) because meals is much cheaper. There’s also plenty of local outlets and supermarkets to buy supplies. Once I was all day, I often made sandwiches and snacks during eating.

Day 7: DIY Hell's Gate Nationwide Park Bike

  Cycling in the Hells Gate National Park - Kenya Safari Route

Safari tour shouldn’t be the one option to see animals. Enter Hell's Gate Nationwide Park where you’ll be able to literally stroll and cycle with wildlife. It is among the two national parks in Kenya with no massive carnivores, so it’s absolutely protected so long as you don’t worsen the animals.

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Rock formations are quite epic, and you may easily spend the day exploring the gates of historic hell and other geothermal targets.

 Gorge Hells Gate National Park - Kenya Safari Route Plan

I rented a bicycle to KES800 at Hostellini Camp Carnelley, and experience at the Nationwide Park entrance 30 minutes away. For meals I packed food for meals, however take a look at the monkeys close to Hell's Gate Gorge

Hell's Gate National Park entrance fees: USD26 + KES215 (bicycle charges)

Day 8: Traveling Mara Explorers Camp

  Kenya Narok Matatu Station - Kenya Safari Route Plan

After two days of lively climbing and biking, it was time to go in the direction of Maasai Mara for a remaining safari expertise. Most individuals take costly journeys from Nairobi, but in the event you're on a finances, I recommend staying at Mara Explorers Camp. It is Three.8 km from the Maasai Mara National Park's Sekenani Gate, and you may simply bounce all day for safari games at a fraction of the price.

Right here's the most cost effective approach to get to Mara Explorers Camp:
– Matatu from Naivasha Lake to Naivasha City – KES100
– from Matatu Naivasha to Narok (2 hours) – KES300
– Shared by taxi from Narok to Sekenan (2.5 h). Tell them to drop you to Mara Explorer THIRD – KES500

I have met other passengers, who acquired KES100-200 to extra charges for each leg and can also charge giant luggage. Attempt to get to Narok at lunchtime, as a result of after that there will not be any transport that goes to Sekenan

. I feel we had 7 shared taxis with luggage and every thing! Drivers try to maximise their journey in order that they will decide up and drop passengers alongside the best way

The place to remain at Maasai Mara

 Mara Explorers Tent - Kenya's Safari Route Mara Explorers Camp is the most effective price range choice. They’ve snug dome tiles with applicable beds, lovely widespread areas and a couple of actually fantastic canine. Mara Explorers also organizes guided nature tours, excursions to the native faculty and Maasai village, all day safari games to Maasai Mara Nationwide Park.

Budget Dome Tent, the place full board (Three meals) costs KES5000 per individual at night time, and the meals is pretty good. Accommodation only at ~ KES2000 Hostelworld. There is a kitchen space so you should purchase your provides at Narok's Naivas grocery store and put together your personal meals to save lots of extra money. Campsite KES1000

There is a shared rest room area the place warm water works fairly nicely. Often the scores are pretty good and price paying.

Day 9: Maasai Mara Nationwide Park Safari

  Lonely Tree in Maasai Mara National Park - Kenya Safari Route Plan

Often known as Earth's largest wildlife show Maasai Mara (Kenya) and Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) are the idea for the good migration of Africa, A whole lot of hundreds of searching cross the Mara River every year from July to October. Searching attracts plenty of carnivores, so it's straightforward to see wildlife. Though it’s arduous to predict actual migration, Maasai Mara continues to be top-of-the-line safaris in Africa as a result of there’s simply so much to see.

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I took $ 60 (apart from $ 80 national park payment) for a full day tour of Mara Explorers, and it was actually impressed by how professional the guides have been for wildlife detection. It was like watching Nationwide Geographic in actual life. You'll nonetheless get chills to assume back to the time I saw 4 cheetahs successfully in searching.

 Cheetah Maasai Mara National Park - Kenya Safari Route Plan

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Together the entire day we discovered:
– 4 great 5 African video games
– Four Cheetahs that efficiently hunted searching
– Leopard that pulls her to kill the tree
– Antelope that provides delivery
– Lions celebrating their killings
– Searching, Gazelles, Giraffes, Elephants , hippos, wildlife, hyenas, wild boar, fox…

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Most individuals would do at the very least 2 days in Maasai Mara Nationwide Park, however it had a very lucky first day, I made a decision to skip another visit to the native Maasai village (KES1000 donation) earlier than leaving for Nairobi. It was an fascinating look to the previous once you saw how tourism has affected their traditional way of life, regardless that it is a story for the second time.

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Maasai Mara Access to Nairoib

Mara Explorers organized a standard taxi to Narok for KES600 (2.5 hours) where I spent Matatun in Nairobi for KES350 (3 hours).

11-12: Nairobi

David Sheldrick at the Elephant & Rhino Orphanage

 David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanages - Kenya Safari Itinerary

I was originally a bit of probably by David Sheldrick's Elephant & Rhino orphanage real impression. But upon getting visited the place, I am pleased to say that this is not a vacationer lure. Each hour every single day, keepers deliver pretty child Elephants to an open feeding session, sharing particular person stories about how they have been rescued and their plans for rehabilitation.

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orphanage hopes that by means of these interactions They will practice vacationers in addition to Kenyan (many schoolchildren) on a visit) concerning the significance of the talk and the struggle towards the smuggling warfare

You may as well help the infant elephant / rhinoa dollar / yr by receiving updates on the progress of your just lately adopted baby.

* Professional-tip: Arrival no less than one hour before the opening time in case you don't need to keep behind

Admission: KES500
Opening Hours: 11 – 12:00
Handle: KWS Central Workshop Gate, ff, Magadi Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

Giraffe Middle

 Giraffe Feeding at the Giraffe Center in Nairobi - Kenya Safari Route Plan

The Girafe Middle agrees with the all the time reserved giraffe mansion. I beloved how they succeeded in exploiting tourism that has been compromised by the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.

Right here you possibly can really feed and rise up near Rothschild's giraffe and study extra about their rehabilitation program.

Admission: KES1000
Opening Hours: 9 – 5:00
Handle: Duma Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

Kibera Tour

 Kiberia Nairobi View - Kenya Safari Route

] Regardless of excessive tourism prices, Kenya has a per capita gross domestic product of solely $ 1,594 in 2017. Kiberia is Nairobi's largest slum and you will get to know the tour of a few of the poorest in Kenya's capital. There are definitely moral problems to curb tourism, but there isn’t a doubt that it has benefited some individuals in local communities by creating new jobs.

For comfort, a KES2500 tour could be arranged with Kiberia Tours, where

Where to Keep in Nairobi

I needed to land earlier than going house, decided to remain at the Wildebeest Eco Camp. The lodge is situated removed from the hustle and bustle of the middle of Nairobi and felt like another world. The standards have been lovely and all budgets had shimmering tents. Dorm tents start at USD22. You can even use the campsite for USD16.

Tours and meals are, nevertheless, quite expensive, so I like to recommend eating and doing my own day journeys. The camp was also quite removed from the primary street

Nairobi Movement

Local Matatus anyplace with a direct route, Uber all over the place else. Uber is reasonably priced and convenient in Nairobi, and there is no actual want in your own personal driver.

12D Budget Kenya's Safari Route Planning

  Giraffe in Maasai Mara National Park - Kenya's Safari Route Plan

Accommodation: $ 183.47
Activities: $ 657.08
Activities: $ 657.08

Visitors: $ 76.46

TOTAL: $ 1,099.72 or S $ 1,484.62
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Observe. flights as a result of it varies relying on the place you fly.

Steadily Asked Questions to Kenya

1. How many safaris ought to I go to?
Safari fatigue is real. Whereas all safaris are unique in their very own means, they will still be quite comparable and it’s advisable to distribute Safari tours. The species on this route are sorted to be pretty respectable.

– Maasai Mara National Park – Greatest Kenya Nationwide Park. For those who solely have one time, this is it.
– Ambosel National Park – The Kilimanjaro Mountain was closed to me for commerce. The terrain can also be totally different from Maasai Mara, so you’ll be able to see various things. Here we concentrate on the elephants.
– Hell's Gate Nationwide Park – You’ll be able to cycle or walk in the national park surrounded by wildlife. It's pretty surreal to me

2. Is it actually protected in Kenya?

 Eland Maasai Mara National Park - Kenya Safari Route The brief answer is yes! There’s loads of startling around the tourist areas, but most do not cause any hurt. Care for your goods in the standard means, don’t rejoice in wealth and journey in groups at night time.

Attempt not to give a number. The widespread rip-off is that someone claims to have by accident sent cash via M-Pesa (a cellular cost service) and asks for it again. Skip only and they’ll stop for a while.

Three. When is the Greatest Time to Go to Kenya?

The most important migration in searching from July to October is the most effective. Lots of of hundreds of woods that cross the river between Kenya and Tanzania are fairly superb. The prices are the very best this season, so my suggestion is to go to the top of the season to economize

Budget travel in poorer nations like Kenya

Though finances travel is great, additionally it is necessary to keep in mind that travel is a privilege. I am additionally guilty of this typically, however I respectfully negotiate the prices. An extra dollar can imply an entire meal for others. We are often victims of circumstances, so don't take too much of the local worth. Each time I feel overwhelmed, I simply say thank you and go to another person for the worth that’s acceptable to them.

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