Kenya: Your Web Surf Safari
Known as the Cradle of Humanity for its links to early human life, Kenya conjures up images of water-bathing hippos, lions on the prowl, grassy plains, and khaki-clad photographers on safari. There’s no easier way to plan a trip to Kenya than by using the Web. With glossy travel magazines, guidebooks, tourism sites, and advice from fellow travelers at your fingertips, you can’t go wrong. We’ve sorted through the maze of information and collected comprehensive, accessible sites to take you from idea, to plan, to reality.
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Adjusting to transportation in foreign countries may be a bit unsettling, but the Web can ease your transition. Online travel guides, booking agents, and search engines help you plan and prepare before you arrive.
- It’s relatively inexpensive and convenient to fly within Kenya, and you’ll find service from several cities to parks and reserves. Book far in advance for the best prices.
- Reliable trains run between Mombasa, Nairobi, and Kisumu, but you won’t find an official site for Kenya railways. Booking must be performed through another company. Try East Africa Shuttles & Safaris.
- Mini buses called Matatus are a common way to get around, but safety may be an issue. World Press Review’s Web site has an article that provides further insight.
- To learn what it’s like on a Kenyan train, referred to as “The Lunatic Railway,” look no further than the BBC. Its article may also help you navigate the country.
For flights …
provides service between several cities in the country, including Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu. Try the planning and booking tool, and sign up for “Flying Blue,” a frequent flier program in conjunction with Air France, offering discounted fares.
Kenya Airports Authority
has information about each of the country’s airports, as well as updates of flight arrivals and departures.
For trains and rental cars …
The Man in Seat Sixty-One
provides a straightforward guide to train travel in Kenya. Look for timetables and fares, as well as recent traveler reports and photos for a closer look. See the “How to buy tickets
” section for links to booking sites.
East Africa Shuttles & Safaris
provides online booking for train travel between Nairobi and Mombasa. Book at least one week in advance for this overnight, coastal journey. There is a second route between Nairobi and Kisumu
. This company also offers special deals when you book a safari.
, a travel agency based in Nairobi, offers rental cars for a variety of interests, including city driving, off-road safari, and group transport. Consult the chart for vehicle details and daily rate. You can pick up a car either in Nairobi, Mombasa, or Kisumu.
For maps …
“World Atlas” has an interactive map of Kenya that also provides a clear view of bordering countries. Click to zoom in for a close-up look at cities surrounding Nairobi.
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