What To Do With A Few Extra Days
Option A (Ideal if continuing onward to Tanzania)
Day 7-8: Instead of heading back to Nairobi, set course for a 6-hour long drive south to the Maasai Mara. Post lunch at your lodge head out for another rewarding game drive to see the tremendous variety of animals here. An added bonus is the surrounding landscape & of course the possibility of witnessing the great migration.
Day 9: Complete your own version of the great migration as you move to admire it from the Masai Mara. And then onward to the Serengeti in the Tanzanian side. An excellent introduction for the days to come exploring the country’s natural riches.
Option B (Ideal for more of Kenya)
Day 7-8: After visiting Hell’s Gate (skip the hike thru the gorges), catch a flight from Nairobi to Mombasa. Kenya’s oldest & second most populous city borders along the Indian Ocean. Therefore, is blessed with white sandy beaches and beach activities. Also, the coastal areas allow for a visit to the historic Wasini Island. Mombasa is rife with many interesting sights like the elaborate balconies of Mombasa’s Old Town. Also interesting are the famous residents of Haller Park & Mamba Village Center.
Day 9: Bid farewell to Kenya as you continue onwards from Mombasa or via Nairobi.
Overall, our Kenya Safari was one of our most expensive holidays. Primarily owing to our decision to play it safe and secure the services of large safari provider. While this meant a hassle-free experience, it came at 30-35% premium.
However, little more ground research could’ve helped us get directly in touch with reputable local providers. Irrespective, any trip to Africa in general and especially those involving animal interactions / game drives, are bound to be expensive.
That said, Kenya seemed to provide more affordable options. As compared to say Botswana, which is one of the most expensive. The entire trip for the 4 of us, cost ~4,00,000 INR / 5625 USD. As mentioned earlier, this could’ve reduced by ~1.2 Lac INR had we chosen to directly enlist the services of local providers.
Another factor to consider, is that we chose to visit during the Christmas break in Dec 2017. We were informed that costs tended to swell during this time, as in most parts of the world.
You can find a detailed breakdown of our costs here.
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