I am planning a trip at the end of the year to travel around Kenya for two weeks. I will definitely go to the Masai Mara but I am looking for other suggestions as well. I think the coast is out as it will be so crowded there, but please give me tips on other parks to see and plush lodges and tented camps to stay in!
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Hey Mike, my friend Monique Vanni (check out her Mombasa passport as well) had this to say: " You can either stay out of the centre, in a more beachy thing, or stay downtown. I did downtown, cause I love seedy Mombasa vibes....
Tell them to eat at Island Dishes. It's awesome."
Sorry it's not more specific, but maybe helpful at least for some good grub!.Comment.6 months ago. Report
recommended Masai Mara National ReserveThis is the place in my country where the community is still practicing purely African culture and also their are some animals which are wild like lion but to them they fight with them to the point of ... read morekilling them and they are not using guns but their traditional ways of fighting with them.Comment.9 months ago. ReportAlbert Otieno
I am Kenyan citizen I love visiting the national parks more than being in the ocean port and again in the park I will be able to learn many thing from the animal because am love studying the animal world
- Elsa's KopjeP.O. Box 743 00517, Uhuru Gardens | Mughwango Hill, Meru National Park, Kenyarecommended Elsa's KopjeI dream about going back to this place. The location is amazing, the food spectacular, and the accommodation combines luxury and rustic design perfectly. For fans of "Born Free" or Christian the ... read moreLion, this place has some awesome special significance as well.Summer Wilms
I know that I have recommended this to you before but this place is SO spectacular. If you want a luxury lodge, the suite with the rock-hewn outdoor bathtub is amazing.
- Mount Elgon National ParkKwapa Road, Kitale, Kenyarecommended Mount Elgon National ParkIt's unlike many of Kenya's other parks but not well known. You'll find dense forest, mineral caves, and thermal pools here. It is where you'll find a cave (a favorite among documentary film makers) ... read morewhere elephants and other animals go to eat essential minerals. The animals can be hard to see in the dense forest, so go primarily for the hiking and geological / thermal features.Summer Wilms
This might be too far out of your way, it's near the Ugandan border. If you can make it there, the wildlife is not as spectacular as others but the hiking, hot springs, and chance to summit Elgon make it a good destination. This is where we took those giraffe that I helped re-loacate (if you recall my blog from 2007).
- Governor's CampC14, Keekorok, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenyarecommended Governor's CampI took the hot air balloon ride out of Governor's Camp and it was nothing short of spectacular. The fact that the great migration was happening at the time certainly contributed to that. After soaring ... read moreover the northern section of the Serengeti Plains, you touch down for a champagne brunch and a game drive back to camp. Pretty memorable.Summer Wilms
I stayed at one of the mobile luxury camps (your own private butler, etc) and not here. I did do the hot air balloon ride and champagne brunch which is SO worth doing, especially at the height of the migration, around July/August.
- Lake Nakuru National ParkFlamingo Road, Nakuru, Kenyarecommended Lake Nakuru National ParkNakuru often gets overlooked because it's so close to the city and it's so small. I love this park and almost always have good luck with the wildlife. No other park I've been to in Kenya has shown me ... read moreso many leopards or rhino. I'm also really into taking photos and the ones from here usually turn out great - lots of color and great light in the morning.recommended Lake Nakuru National ParkWant to see 80 million gajillion brilliantly colored pink, coral and orange flamingoes? You won't find any better spot in the world than Lake Nakuru. The small national park is dominated by the ... read moreflamingo-dotted lake, but there's also a good possibility you'll see an elusive black rhino.
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.
- CarnivoreLangata Road, Near Wilson Airport, PO Box 56685, City Square 00200, Nairobi, Kenyan Regions, Kenyarecommended CarnivoreI remember hearing about this place at a dinner party years ago and thinking it sounding interesting though I'm not big on game meats. Now while I would never consider ever eating Lion or the ... read morelike...after seeing Gazelles, Zebra's etc getting eaten by Lions I figured trying some would be OK. For the most part though I thought the place was cool I can't say I had anything that I would include in my diet...or that tasted as good as cow or swine...Steve Hunter
If you can go to some of the game parks in Tanzania...
- Hell's Gate National ParkMoi South Lake Road, Naivasha Townrecommended Hell's Gate National ParkNow, I'm no animal expert, but it seemed like a walking safari was a bad idea. But, I guess if your national park doesn't have any lions, what the hell? There are actually many walking safaris in ... read moreAfrica; who knew? I walked just Hell's Gate so I can't really compare, but I do have to say: being on a foot when you run into a herd of gazelle or a family of giraffe is pretty dang cool.
recommended MombasaArab forts. Portuguese architecture. Perfect palm-fringed beaches. Clear turquoise water. Kenyan culture. Fusion food by default, with a population that has included residents from China, India, North ... read moreAfrica, Great Britain, and surrounding East African nations. The train to Mombasa is one of the best parts about coming here. You're guaranteed to see giraffe, elephants and other wildlife from your dining car seat.Alex L
I think a few days on the coast wouldn't be too crowded. Well, I guess crowded is relative. I'll suggest some spots inland, as well.