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    Default Any suggestions for what not to miss in Kenya?

    Hi,

    We will be in Kenya in a couple of weeks and I am trying to plan a route up to Ethiopia (possibly via lake Turkana but we are planning to check on current conditions nearer the time).

    Do anyone have any favourite places/routes they'd like to share?

    We like wildlife and beautiful scenery and are equipped to be able to spend a bit of time off the beaten track (long range fuel tanks/fridge/on board water etc). I'm sure we will visit the Mara but any other recommendations for national parks (we will have to ration ourselves for costs reasons!) or indeed for beautiful places not in parks.

    We aren't planning to visit the coast having spent a lot of time on the Tanzanian coast so were planning to focus on the west/centre.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Fantastic country to travel in - just always check out the security situation in the more remote areas before heading there. Kenya Wildlife Service are usually pretty clued up, also check www.allafrica.com and the local press. The Rough Guide to Kenya is an excellent guide book. It is also worth looking out for two old books in Nairobi, both dating back to the 70s and 80s: a slim little booklet called "Where to fish in Kenya" - it has directions to all sorts of old colonial fishing camps in the mountains that still exist for camping in some spectacular spots. Then there's the Mountain Club of Kenya's "Mountains of Kenya" by, I think, Paul Clarke, for excellent route directions to some spectacular places.

    Favourite places: Tough one, there are so many. If you do have the time, it is worth flying to the Lamu archipelago (tickets aren't too hefty) and spending a few days there.

    Other options, in no particular order:

    Lake Turkana is spectacular
    Samburu, Shaba, Meru and Kora for some great semi-desert game viewing
    The Mathews Range of mountains (check security)
    The Aberdares (especially if you like trout fishing)
    Kakamega Forest for forest birding and botanising
    The Rift Valley Lakes
    The Cherangani Hills are spectacular
    If the security situation is OK, do a hike across Mount Elgon and camp on the hot springs on the Suam River (they are actually inside Uganda, but there ain't no passport control up there)

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    Brilliant!! Thanks very much for the advice Tony.

    We are in Uganda at the moment so perhaps we will try out Mt Elgon from this side on our way through.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchyfeet View Post
    Do anyone have any favourite places/routes they'd like to share?
    Hi Lisa.

    What, other than the inside of the nearest Landrover garage? It's a while since you've had to rebuild that car, so it's probably overdue!

    Find out where the flamingoes are in the Rift Valley. Lake Bogoria, Naivasha, Nakuru, Baringo or Natron are the prime candidates......and the first two at least are truly beautiful. Camp at Fig Tree camp, Bogoria, without any facilities, but a gorgeous location. The rift valley road will have your old landy huffing and puffing for breath!

    Then there is the extinct volcano at Longonot, which is also a lovely area. We just bush camped on the top.......wonderful views.

    If you head up to Turkana, please, please go via Marsabit, which is one of the most amazing places on earth....a lush rainforest surrounded by desert, with an incredible concentration of game. As Tony said, check out the security situation in these remote areas before setting off.

    You might also head out around Mt Meru, and if you are tempted to walk up one of Kenya's little hillocks, this might be one to consider above the more famous ones.

    If you want to chill out in Zanzibar-type surroundings, but with far less toursits (but plenty of aged hippies), head to Lamu. In fact, head out through Tsavo, then Malindi to Lamu. You might easily forget which month it is.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchyfeet View Post
    Brilliant!! Thanks very much for the advice Tony.
    We are in Uganda at the moment so perhaps we will try out Mt Elgon from this side on our way through.
    Thanks again.
    So far as I know, it is far more accessible from the Kenyan side. When we did it, we drove up to the roadhead inside the national park, left our vehicle there and hiked in. The Ugandan side has a lot of settlement on it, and also a wee problem with cattle rustling bandits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeAG View Post
    If you want to chill out in Zanzibar-type surroundings, but with far less toursits (but plenty of aged hippies), head to Lamu. In fact, head out through Tsavo, then Malindi to Lamu. You might easily forget which month it is.......
    Mike
    Be aware though that there are occasional shifta (bandit)problems on the road north of Malindi, so it's best to leave your vehicle at somewhere like the Driftwood Club and fly in on a scheduled flight to Manda, and catch the dhow taxi across from there.

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    Thanks for the input Mike.

    Funnily enough we are in Kampala getting the car fixed again. A week ago we got a universal joint replaced. It seems they didn't put it back together quite right as a 100km further on (and going at 100km/p/h on the tar) the front propshaft flew off. Luckily no great harm done and we could continue in 2WD.

    We have decided to draw a line under Uganda and head for Kenya in the next few days so your recommendations will come in very handy

    Cheers

    Lisa

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