Kenya DIY: Can you do it?

This short guide will help you to understand if it is possible to organize a do-it-yourself holiday on the coast and in the parks of Kenya. I will not go into the details of the holiday and the places visited as I will talk about it in another guide. Background: For this summer my wife and I hadn’t organized anything because we were waiting for our first baby. Unfortunately in the fifth month we lost our little angel and so we decided, even to distract ourselves a little, to fulfill our dream of going to Kenya.

It was late July and our holidays had already been scheduled for mid-August. I went to the travel agency for quotes about Kenya, and turning various agencies the best prices I was offered were €4000, in two, for one week and €5500, always in two, for two weeks including a two-day safari. Both estimates for Italian villages in all-inclusive and with direct flights, with transfers to and from the airport. Prices are inaccessible for our budget and at that point, in order to satisfy my wife, I started to fidget a bit on the internet to understand if I could organize everything by myself in peace, comfort and especially in safety, managing to spend a reasonable amount of money to our budget. I found very little information about it and that’s why I decided to write this guide. To begin with I saw the flights to Kenya from Rome.

Direct flights to Mombasa, the closest place to our destination Watamu, there are none, except for charter flights organized by tour operators. At that point I started to see the flights with stopovers and the best combination I found was a flight with two stopovers: Roma- Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Nairobi, Nairobi-Mombasa (with Alitalia flights to Amsterdam, and KLM the other two flights). Total travel time 14 hours and price per person €750 including two checked bags per person of 23 kg. Consider that the direct charter flight Rome Mombasa lasts 8 hours and that in any case or the outward or return you must stop in Zanzibar. So consider 8 hours on the way out and 10 hours on the way back. So all in all a great price with not so many hours difference compared to the direct flight. The charter flights charge for checked baggage separately, about €35 each way every 10 kg. Once booked the flight I started to see for the accommodation.

On booking I had found, as best solution, the Seven Island resort at €1400 in two for 10 days in half board. Instead, I was able to find on the site of Eden Viaggi the resort Barracuda Inn, in the center of Watamu at €1000 in 2 for 10 days in all inclusive formula. In the end my choice fell on the latter since at a better price I also had the all inclusive formula. The Barracuda Inn resort was not present in any search engine of the famous ones, Booking, Tripadvisor, Trivago etc.. From Italy then I started to organize transfers to and from the airport and the various excursions I wanted to make to Watamu. In the end I booked, again from Italy, a package with a local agency where it was included: transfers to and from the airport, a safari to the tsavo est of two days and a night in the tented field right within the park, the blue safari and the excursion to the island of love. Total cost in two 620 euros. In detail, €210 for the safari, €50 blue safari and island of love, prices per person, and €100 for transfers in total. We send a small deposit of €100 to lock everything through Western Union

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