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Backpacking in Kenya

Backpacking around Kenya

Kenya is the best place to see all species that Africa is famous for, as well as natural attractions such as mountains, hills and the Great Rift Valley.  The most popular species to see while on safari here include the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah and the leopard among others. The scenery is breathtaking too.

The coast of Kenya has amazing beaches from the country’s boundary with Somalia in the north to its border with Tanzania south. Backpacking in Kenya is the best way to explore this magical land, without overspending.

Budget Travel Kenya

Despite the fact that most holiday packages in Kenya focus on luxury travel, recently, many tour operators have turned to the lucrative backpacking through Africa market.  Groups love backpacking safaris because it calls for exciting, often unique activities like camping, club hopping and visiting several attractions in one day as opposed to staying in one attraction.

Backpacking tours in Kenya can also take you to Maasai Mara, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo National Park and even Samburu National Reserve.   Nevertheless, backpacking should not compromise your safety, comfort or sanitary condition.

Backpacking Tours in Kenya

A backpacker needs to think about ways to lower the cost of accommodation, food, transport and the cost of recreational activities. In Kenya, accommodation is available in high end, mid range and budget hotels and lodges.  Whether you are staying in the plains of Maasai Mara or in the capital city, you can lower the cost of accommodation.  When staying in out of town locations, camping reduces the cost considerably. For example, most camping sites in Naivasha charge between sh200 and sh1000 for the camping grounds, and between sh500 and sh1100 per person for a set of beddings inclusive of a sleeping bag and a tent.

Transport in Kenya is available as public or private means. Private means, through car hire services, is preferred when visiting inaccessible regions such as the northern part of the country. In addition, it is more comfortable unlike public transport. For backpackers, public transport, in buses and shuttles, is cheaper. There are scheduled buses and shuttles to the coast, Nanyuki, Nakuru, Naivasha, Baringo and Kisumu among other parts of the country.

Lowering the cost of accommodation, transport and food lets a backpacker spend more on park fees in order to visit as many attractions as possible.  You can also bring your hiking or water sports gear and save money that would have been spent in renting or buying one. Kenya has so many safari ideas, and backpacking is one of them.

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on Jan 24, 2014

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