Kenya Tourist Numbers


Jun 26th, 2012, 07:49 AM
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Kenya Tourist Numbers

For the Kenya experts, and for those who happen to be there at the moment: Now that we are in high season, how are the tourist numbers looking this year? It was my understanding that numbers dropped a lot after the Lamu incidents and the economy. Is that still the case, or are people returning in large numbers?

I ask because I am due to visit in October, but for work reasons and for a better change of seeing the migration, I was thinking to move it up to the end of August / beginning of Sept, but I don't want to do that if everything will be packed and prices at their peak.
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Jun 26th, 2012, 08:28 AM
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Rather than looking at overall numbers, your best bet is to have a safari planner check on availability at actual camps or lodges. The prices are what they are for peak season, although you might find a "4 for 3" deal or something similar.
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Jun 26th, 2012, 08:41 AM
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You can get an idea by checking the availability calendars of some of the camps -
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Jun 26th, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Thanks for the info. It seems that there is is little difference in availability between July, August, Sept and October.

I'm not worried about finding a place to stay, but I'd just rather go when there are fewer visitors.
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Jun 26th, 2012, 03:05 PM
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'fewer visitors' is relative.
Good guides will keep you away from crowds and you find your own sightings. We often see lots of vehicles watching a sleeping lion and laugh, but head off on our own and are often surprised with cheetah, leopards, other and no one is around.

Of course, if visiting for the 'migration' you have to expect so too are others, so the banks of the Mara River will be crowded... they're there for the same reason as you.

Numbers did drop on the coast soon after the incidents at Lamu, but have picked up. And, that was mostly at resorts in/around Lamu, but not the southern beaches. For the few properties in the Lamu area that did close, opened about a month after the incident.
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Jun 27th, 2012, 12:42 AM
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In my experience, September and October will be quieter than July and August. However, by October the migration may have returned to Tanzania.
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Jun 28th, 2012, 04:10 AM
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I have spoken to friends in the industry, and bookings are looking strong for the high season. Pretty much from early July through to mid October. There are quieter pockets, but still looks strong.
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