For a traveller on a budget, is the $750 gorilla trek at Volcanoes National Park worth the expense given the cheaper chimpanzee trek in Rwanda's Nyungwe Forest National Park and more typical safari in Akagera National park? Or does it all pale in comparison to the Serengeti? Also, what are the logistics of getting to these parks? Thanks!
- TaperiaKenyatta Road, above the Post Officerecommended TaperiaThis place has a super cool vibe, with a big wine bar in the back, and a cool cafe/bar out front. Definitely check this place out for some afternoon tapas, and sit out on the balcony and watch the ... read morebusy Kenyatta road pass on by.
- LivingstonNext to Tembo House, on the beachrecommended LivingstonThis is another hip hang out spot in Stone Town. It is a great place for sun downers, but also a luxurious dinner, and evening drinks. There is a bar inside for being social, or take a table outside ... read moreright on the beach, and feel the sand run through your feet.
- Sambusa Two Tables RestaurantKaunda Rd, Tanzaniarecommended Sambusa Two Tables RestaurantI would rate this a must do in Stone Town. It is just a cool experience. You go into the family's home, and they prepare like five or six special Swahili home cooked dishes for you to try. They are ... read moredelicious and the family is friendly and welcoming, definitely give this place a try.
- Zenji HotelMalawi St, opp Cine Afrique, Stone Town P.O. Box 661, Tanzaniarecommended Zenji HotelThis place is only about a ten minute walk from Forodhani park, and is a solid value for the price. The rooms are small, but tasteful, clean and comfortable. There is a little rooftop breakfast area, ... read moreand the staff are friendly and helpful.
- The SlipwayTanzaniarecommended The SlipwayA solid mid-range option for a business traveler, or a tourist, trying to avoid the traffic of downtown. Located on the peninsula, right on the water, there is a tastefully designed pool, and a ... read moreshopping center, bank and handful on restaurants right on site for your convenience. The beds are comfortable, and the rooms are nice, but you will have to deal with little details like out of date TVs, and marginal showers.
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park15km from Kisoro Town, Uganda
recommended Bwindi Impenetrable National Parkthe home of the silver backs( mountain gorillas) in the mountainous region of the Switzerland of Africa and more than 10000 species of birds u will love this placeBen Sobrev
You will not regret having spent some time at this fantastic place
- Camp Carnelley'sLake Naivasha, Naivasha, Kenyarecommended Camp Carnelley'sThis place is just cool. The best deal is to roll out with gear, and do some car camping in the grassy field covered by huge acacia trees, however there is some housing with shared bathrooms, and some ... read morerather expensive but very nice private bandas (cottages), which can be rented. The is right on the lake which provides nice views, and is also located very close to the entrance to Hell's Gate National Park. They also have a very cool restaurant with cruisy couches, a brick pizza oven, flat screen TVs and a fine bar. If you are deciding between Fisherman's Carnelley's and Fish Eagle, as they are all adjacent camping spots, Carnelley's the the prettiest, and has the best restaurant, although Fisherman's does have a popular bar, and is more popular with overlanders. Fish Eagle does have a small swimming pool, but it is not enough to put it in the competition.
- Mount Longonot National ParkOld Naivasha Road, Naivasha, Kenyarecommended Mount Longonot National ParkThe hike-up is short but steep and keep an eye out for buffalo in the beginning plains. The view from the rim is incredible, right down into the middle of the crater where there is now a lot of ... read moreshrubs, and the occasional grazing animal. The walk around the rim has one arduous climb but offers great views back over Lake Naivasha and the whole rift valley. To do the whole hike, it should take you about an hour to get to the rim, then about three and a half to get around it, and then a short 30-45 minutes back down the slope to the car, so it is about five hours total. Or just 1.5 hours to get to the rim and back. Take a day and do this wonderful hike!
- Kilifi Creek Coastal WalkA stroll along the south shore of Kilifi Creekrecommended Kilifi Creek Coastal WalkThis is just an idea for a beautiful self-guided little walk along the shoreline. You have to figure out when its low-tide, and start your walk maybe an hour or so before it, as the tide is still ... read moregoing out, otherwise there will not be enough exposed beach on which to walk. Start from the Mnarani Club beach, and walk out toward the point along the beach. There is a string of small secluded beaches along this shore, some with jutting limestone monoliths, and others with luxury villas draped in bougainvillea, and framed by bulging baobab trees. I would leave a couple hours for this, so you can stop and take pictures at will, and also have a little dip in the aqua-blue waters, and bake in the sun. If you make it out all the way around the point, there is a little bat cave to explore too.
- Camel ClubKyadondo Rd. 18, Nakaserorecommended Camel ClubA super cool spot to hang out. The whole place is open air, with scattered tables outside to sit and chat more privately. Great service, and wonderful vibe. Check this place out for sure.
- Mish Mash28 Acacia Avenue, Kololorecommended Mish MashThis spot is not to be missed, and really one could go every night of the week and have a great time. The food is tasty, check out their steak for sure, and there are plenty of bars and outdoor ... read moreseating in the back for music and a little crowd or in the front for an intimate conversation. Definitely check out the tree house too, and try to stay out of trouble up there...or not. Monday is two for one dinners, so a great night to go. Reggae on Tuesdays, and movie night Wednesday on a huge screen outside.
- The David Sheldrick Wildlife TrustMbagathi Gate, Nairobi National Park, Magadi Road, Nairobi, Kenyarecommended The David Sheldrick Wildlife TrustOnly open between 11am and 12pm (one hour) daily. The facility houses lots of orphaned elephants, some rhinos and a small array of other species which you can go watch get feed, and see very up close ... read moreand personally. A great experience.
- Karambezi CafeInside Sea Cliff Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzaniarecommended Karambezi CafeBeautifully perched on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the sea. The sea breezes quickly make you forget about hot sticky Dar. Have a couple drinks and relax with some friends. A great spot to ... read morechill.
- Kendwa Rocks BungalowsBeach Front Kendwa Rocks, next to Sunsewt Bungalowsrecommended Kendwa Rocks BungalowsSituated in the middle of paradise it offers bungalows with shared bathrooms, or en-suite. Everything is positioned back from the beach, except for the restaurant and bar. The food is decent, but the ... read moreportions are a bit lacking and prices are high compared to similar offerings in town or up north along the beach. The staff are friendly, the rooms are clean and everything feels safe. It is really a place for laying on the beach during the day, and partying late into the night once the sun goes down. Saturday night they throw a big party with impressive break dancing and a memorable Michael Jackson impersonator. Bring your dancing shoes and a snorkel mask, supposedly there are seahorses in the sea-grass off the beach.
recommended Masai Mara National ReserveI went on safari for 4 days in the Masai Mara, and it was one of the most magical and memorable experiences in my life. Saw lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, the works over several days. There are a ... read morelot of different camps that you can stay in - you can book in Nairobi and fly on a bush plane to get there.
recommended LamuLamu is a beautiful island off the coast of Kenya. The old town, which dates back more than 500 years, oozes history - with narrow winding streets and a laid back atmosphere - is now a UNESCO world ... read moreheritage site. The beaches are nice as well.