7 Ways Backpackers Can Save Money While On Safari In Kenya
1. Know exactly where you want to go
Please understand that backpacking is not only for those on a budget, but also for travelers seeking the undefeated path.
Do some research on little-known destinations, like Hell’s Kitchen in Malindi, as well as top places to visit, like Nairobi National Park, and prepare your roadmap accordingly. It is even possible to cross the entire country, from Mombasa to Kisumu, depending on how much time you have to spend in Kenya.
2. Traveling by bus
Whether your plane lands in Nairobi or Mombasa, it is inevitable that you hire a taxi to take you to your hotel. A good night’s rest in a suitable bed is important after your flight, so you can start backpacking feeling refreshed and energetic.
However, if you are going to have long-distance trips, for example, from Mombasa to Nairobi, or from Nairobi to Kisumu, or even across borders to Tanzania and Uganda, travel by bus.
3. Travel by Matatu
For short distances, a matatu ride is ideal in Kenya. Matatus they are public transportation vehicles, primarily minivans and minibuses, that travel the many routes through and around Nairobi.
For example, if your hotel is in Nairobi and you want to go to the Rift Valley where all the spectacular lakes are located, it will cost you only a few hundred shillings and in about an hour you will be there!
4. Eat local food
Of course, one of the main concerns of travelers in Kenya, and indeed anywhere in Africa, is the reaction of the individual to local food. Some restaurants serving local cuisine are very popular with tourists, such as the G&R restaurant in Nairobi, which offers good portions, including vegetarian options, at an average of Ksh. 200 per plate.
However, if you’ve tried Kenyan food before and didn’t fully enjoy it, or you’re worried, you can choose to stick with well-known restaurants like Java, KFC, and Dormans for your meals.
5. Sleeping in campsites
There are numerous campsites to choose from in Kenya, so it all depends on the attractions you will be visiting. Some places along the Kenyan coast allow beach camping, while a good number of national parks have their own campgrounds and spaces within the parks as well.
Reserve your camping space independently to avoid tour company surcharges and save money.
6. Avoid carrying expensive gadgets
This is more of a precaution that will eventually save you money; stick with the basics on your backpacking trip: a cell phone, a camera, and maybe a small laptop.
Doing this will prevent significant losses should you get mugged, which is always a possibility wherever you are backpacking. These three devices will also keep you well connected if you want to send emails or make video logs during your trip.
7. Join tour groups
In major national parks in Kenya, it is possible to join a tour group organized by the Kenya Wildlife Service. This can be done in advance or even on arrival, and is a great opportunity not only to save money but also to meet new people.
All of these tips combined can save you a penny and give you an unforgettable Kenyan experience.