Kenya Journals

A Backpacker Tour of Kenya

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A January 2005 trip to Kenya by Shady Ady

Sweetwaters Private Game Reserve Photo, Kenya, Africa More Photos
Quote: I lived in Kenya for 8 months, working on improving food security amongst disabled members of the community. During these 8 months I travelled throughout the whole of Kenya. This journal will look at the places and information that I think is very important for a quality experience.

A Backpacker Tour of Kenya

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Sweetwaters Private Game Reserve Photo, Kenya, Africa
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Swimming with dolphins at Shimoni, South of Mombasa. Watamu Beach. Marasabit National Park was heaven on Earth. Lake Turkana. Maasai Mara—for the wilderbeast migration. Nakuru National Park—for the flamingoes (if you time it right you get to see 1/3 of the worlds flamingo population. It's an amazing spectacle. Samburu National Park—I prefer this to Maasai Mara as there as less tourists, making it a more natural experience. Quick Tips: Keep all valuables hidden at all times, especially in the big cities of Nairobi and Mombasa, as small time thieves, especially amongst the street children is very high. If staying in hotels, always keep valuables locked up inside your...Read More

Terminal Hotel

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Hotel

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For me, the only budget hotel worth staying at in Nairobi is the Terminal Hotel. When I was living in Kenya and had to make trips to Nairobi, I would always use this hotel and never had a bad stay here. Its location is perfect, in a much safer part of Nairobi than where many of the other budget hotels are located. Its central as well, with all of the city's attractions within walking distance. The rooms are both spacious and clean, with en suite shower and toilet facilities, and the hotel offers very good security. There is hot water at all times, which from experience isn't something that can always be relied upon in budget accommodation. Mosquito nets and protected windows are offere...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2006

Terminal Hotel
Moktar Dahha Street
Nairobi, Kenya
254 (2) 228817

Ugunja Homeground Resort

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Hotel

Boda Boda in Ugunja Photo, Kenya, Africa
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This motel is located in the small town of Ugunja, 90km west of the third largest city, Kisumu on the road to Busia on the Ugandan border. If you are travelling across Kenya towards Uganda on the road to Busia, and fancy stopping in a small bustling Kenyan town instead of stopping at the traditional layover of Kisumu, then I can recommend this motel in Ugunja. The motel is located on the main tarmac road on the right hand side of the road (if you are travelling from Kisumu) just before you arrive into Ugunja town and is signposted from the road. There is an Esso petrol station a little further down the road towards Ugunja town on the opposite side of the road. They have 16...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

New Victoria Hotel

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I lived just outside of Kisumu in a town called Ugunja for 8 months and every time I needed to come to Kisumu and stay overnight, I would always choose the New Victoria Hotel to stay. For me, its excellent value and very secure and you cannot complain for the money with what you get. During my stay here, I had many friends who would always try out other hotels in Kisumu, but they would always come back to using the New Victoria Hotel as the others never matched in comparison. The cost of the rooms may be a little more expensive than some of the other budget hotels in Kisumu, but after the experiences of friends I would say it is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

New Victoria Hotel
Corner Of Kendu Lane & Gor Mahia Road
Kisumu, Kenya
0572021067

Iqbal Hotel

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Hotel

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After doing a little research, I decided this hotel would be perfect to spend my first night in Kenya. Everything I read about this place seemed good. It was cheap, centrally located, and a favourite amongst other backpackers. Unfortunately, unlike most other people who stay here, my stay was a little on the scary side. I think now after 3 years of travelling, I wouldn't have felt threatened, but at the time it was a little unnerving. I noticed straight away when arriving that the Iqbal isn't in one of the nicest parts of Nairobi, very close to the notorious River Road district, a dangerous part of Nairobi city centre after dark. This didn't bother me, nor did the comments aimed in my directio...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Iqbal Hotel
Latema Rd., Off Tom Mboya St.
Nairobi, Kenya

Gametrackers Safaris

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Attraction

Sweetwaters Private Game Reserve Photo, Kenya, Africa
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During my stay in Kenya I decided that I wanted to go on a couple of safaris, taking in the rugged, uninhabited north of the country travelling up to Lake Turkana, and also the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. After contacting and researching over 10 different safari companies, Gametrackers, I decided, offered the best opportunities within Kenya for the camping safaris that I was interested in. Gametrackers offices are centrally located in Nairobi and they offer a wide variety of safaris, starting from 1 and 2 day safaris, up to a 25 day safari. They cater for both lodging safaris and camping safaris, but for me, camping safaris are the only option, as the location of Gametra...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2006

Gametrackers Safaris
Masai Mara National Reserve
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