John Wall
Kenya
We last visited Kenya in 1987. Therefore, most of the following information is probably out of date.

For the adventurous ... take your own camping equipment and rent a car. Glory car rental was good for us.

Do NOT use Embra Tours!!!

WOW! If you haven't traveled in East Africa go now ... before it's too late. We brought our camping gear with us and traveled on our own. We traveled from November 20 1987 through January 2, 1988. Even without a guide we would see thousands of animals each day. And we saw all of the 'Big 5' including five leopard!

The Parks
They are all worth seeing and each one is quite different from the others.

Masai Mara


A MUST! One of my three favorites parks. Lots of animals of all kinds and easy to see. We stayed several days at Keekorok Lodge - It was great. We also camped several days just out side of Keekorok Lodge - Just a place to throw a tent. No extras.

Nakuru

A MUST! One of my three favorites parks. Millions of flamingos and pelicans plus several large animals.
We camped in the park at Nyani Campground for several days - Beautiful - Just a place to throw a tent. No extras.

Amboseli

A MUST! One of my three favorites parks. Lots of animals of all kinds and easy to see.
We stayed several days at Ol Tukai Lodge - Very basic but we were comfortable
We camped several days a few miles west of Amboseli Serena Lodge - Just a place to throw a tent. No extras. But, with Mt. Kilimanjaro as a back drop it was beautiful.

Tsavo

A very big park! The animals were much more difficult to find and see.
We camped several days - My least favorite park and my least favorite camping area. - But, it's still worth seeing.

Lake Bogoria
Lots of flamingos and geysers
Beautiful basic campsites at Fig Tree Camp - Just a place to throw a tent. No extras.

Nairobi National Park

If this was the only park you saw you would think it was wonderful ... and it is! However, since it located only a few miles out of Nairobi it shows the biggest effects of humans. - It's worth seeing.

Aberdare
A comfortable way to see animals
We stayed one night at Treetops Lodge and one other night at the Outspand - Very nice and very expensive.

The cities and towns
For the most part I found the cities and towns of Kenya rather uninteresting.

Lolgorien
Very small and undeveloped Ė Go on market day Ö Sorry I canít remember what day is market day.

Lamu
If you can work it into your itinerary youíll be glad you did. The best way to get to Lamu is by flying out of Nairobi or Mombassa. Great food. Yumbe House -- Clean and moderately priced

Nairobi
Like most counties around the world the big cities attract the riffraff. However, there are a few good thing to see and do around Nairobi. But mostly after traveling 28 hours to get there itís a good place to rest up before hitting the road. Hotel Boulevard -- Nice and moderately priced Ė close to the Museum
Carnivore Restaurant -- Go there itís fun
Nairobi Museum -- Worth seeing
Nairobi National Park -- Worth seeing

Shompoli Hills

Very small and undeveloped

Mombassa
There really wasnít much here that held our interest.

Kisii
A good place to do a little shopping.

 


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