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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For honest evaluation of destinations, accommodations, and travel experiences, look no further than the Web. Blogs and forums are full of valuable advice and insight to consider before you go.
- Try a blog search engine like Technorati or BlogPulse to search for blogs on specific topics, such as “Kenya cuisine.”
- Try to read profiles of bloggers and forum posters before accepting their advice. Look for previous posts, as well.
For forums …
Thorn Tree Travel Forum is organized by country, making it easy to find travelers who’ve been to Kenya. Replies are typically thorough and detailed. Read posts that discuss a good variety of topics: finding a family-friendly hotel, trekking companies, and transportation from the airport, for example.
For travelogues …
publishes travel essays submitted by published authors and anthology editors. In this piece, “Nairobi by Degrees,” Lori Hein travels to the summit of a high-rise building, with a janitor/father-of-two as her guide, offering a poignant slice of Kenya city life.
For blogs …
is the blog of Ory Okolloh, a native of Kenya, a graduate of Harvard Law School, who is currently working for an entrepreneur development company in South Africa. Read her blog about Kenya, with recent posts on pop culture and politics. Scroll down the right side to her blogroll for a long list of Kenya-focused blogs.
Bluelist gives travelers (and Lonely Planet authors) a chance to play journalist by creating lists of recommended travel experiences. The popular guidebook publisher also has Lonely Planet Post Cards
, which offer essential, insightful traveler tips, such as when the Masai market is held and what to expect from restrooms on the road.
encourages you to share travel experiences. Their “Kenya Travel Journals” offer intriguing entries and photographs, and are rated for usefulness. Read carefully, as some contain descriptions of hotels, safari packages, and thoughtful commentary.
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