Safari Options


Dec 2nd, 2005, 05:10 AM
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Safari Options

Hi there,
My boyfriend and I are currently living in Kampala. At the end of February we are travelling to Kenya where we hope to do a 3/4 night safafri camping trip (probably Masai Mara/Lake Nukuru) and continue on to Zanzibar for 5/6 days.

Anybody any suggestions depending on the time of year if this is best safari option? We are really open on this count, so long as we can easily get to Zanziabr easily, without excessive time and cost.

Also looking for advice on tried and tested company to book through-I looked at so many websites at this stage but it's still hard to make a decision.We are budget (no more than $400).

In terms of getting to Zanzibar, would like to hear from anybody who has taken the bus from Nairobi to Dar and then ferry/flight to Zanzibar, especially in terms of timing between connections etc.

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Dec 2nd, 2005, 08:25 AM
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Think about taking the train to Mombasa, and overnite. Then busing to Dar the next AM. From the bus park, taxi to ferry to Zanzibar. There are flight also from Mombasa to Zanzibar.

If you go Nairobi Arusha Dar, you will probaby overnite in Arusha or Moshi. Those buses from Arusha and Moshi are 'all day' and arrive I think around 16.00 hrs and the last ferry leaves 20-30 minutes later I think. So, chances are you may need to spend a nite in Dar.

Have you thought about Lamu?

For suggestions on budget safaris, try the LP forum.
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Dec 2nd, 2005, 09:55 AM
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My mistake. The train out of Nairobi leaves in the evening 19.00,Mon,Wed,& Fri, arrives Mombasa next A.M about 8.25. So then you can grab bus to Dar.
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Dec 2nd, 2005, 10:01 AM
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$400 per person or total? Either way, I second luangwablondes' recommendation of posting/searching on the Africa branch of Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree. You'll certainly want a reputable operator. I know I've seen Let's Go Travel in Nairobi mentioned favorably on that board, so maybe you can research a bit more and then send them an e-mail/call.

How's life in Kampala?
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