Africa Itinerary - Look good?
Fly to Nairobi, spend 5-6 days in and around Kenya. From there, head to Tanzania, climb Kili. Next, pretty much head south towards Cape Town, and fly out from there ~2 weeks later.
Does this seem like enough time? Will I need to book any flights between Tanzania and SA? Is overland travel reliable enough to facilitate this itinerary?
Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Please PM if you are feeling like the coolest person ever.
Many thanks in advance,
If I were you, starting in Kenya I would do a safari in the M.M. and check out Lake Nakuru before heading to Uganda where you can easily spend 1 month doing everything: hang out in the Ssesse Islands, Murchison or Sipi Falls, Kampala, Lake Bunyoni, possible Gorilla trek. If you are not super familiar with Africa I woudn't go farther, instead I would cross back through Kenya to the coast and hit Watamu and Mombasa before heading down to Tanzania: Zanzibar or Pemba, Mt. Kili, Ngorongoro Crater, possible trip out to Lake Tanganyika (if you are adventurous - this will not dissapoint) where you can get a ferry down to Zambia. Then you could do Zambia, Malawi or alternatively Zambia to Botswana, to Namibia, down to SA where you can again easily spend 1-2 months exploring it all and including trips to Swaziland and Lesotho.
I recommend grabbing a guidebook like Shoestring Africa from LP and checking out the suggested itineraries.
In fact, what I did write was correct; was only planning to spend 1 month in Africa, with ~8-10 of those days dedicated to climbing Kili. Kili is the only thing I plan to book in advance; I'd be figuring-it-out-as-I-go for the week in Kenya prior to Kili, and the ~2 weeks after Kili heading down towards Cape Town.
Clearly, it seems as if there is plenty to do. I suppose my real question lies with respect to transportation, and the general lack of direction of my plan. I know I won't have a problem getting to Kili from Nairobi, but as far as getting from Kili to Cape Town, will I be able to do this? Will I need to fly? Is 2 weeks way too short for this leg of the trip?
Many thanks again, and feel free to PM and/or email.
Kili is the only thing I'm going to book in advance, save a few flights, and is the main thing I want to accomplish in Africa. Given this fact, if you could choose, would you do Kenya/Kili/Zanzibar then fly to and spend 2 weeks in SA, or just stay in that area and fly out from Nairobi, and why?
Thanks again for the help, it is much appreciated.
Edit: I must also note that it's not like I'm pressed for time or anything--I could definitely extend 4 weeks into 5 or 6. I was just planning on getting to South Ameri by early-mid Feb (after leaving Philly a few days after New Years), Europe by like mid May, etc etc. But yea..not really on any sort of timeline. Should probably buy a guidebook tho!
Double Edit: BnA RTW Flight Planner doesn't seem to think there's much of a $ difference in flying in/out of Nairobi as opposed to flying into Nairobi, then to Cape Town (connecting in Joburg), then out of Cape Town.
@Wild Jasmyn: after speaking with a friend about her time in Africa, seems like maybe I just want to nix SA altogether and stay in the Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda area? Maybe allot 5-6 weeks for this as well?
Like you said, the last thing I want to do is feel rushed.
Thanks again for the help, all. V much appreciated.
To be fair you could always do either East Africa or just Southern Africa with only 5-6 weeks (I've spent that much time in both and didn't feel bored either time- if anything I was rushed), but I think both are different enough that it's worth your while if you have the money and inclination- none of Africa is particularly cheap honestly. Plus I actually preferred Southern Africa as I found it to be more diverse than the north, but that might just be me.
At this point, I suppose the plan is to arrive in Nairobi around Jan 4, Kili 15-22, then fly out ~Feb 15. Will probably just stick to Eastern Africa too, and do South Africa the next time around. From the sounds of it, seems like I'll have enough time to see lots, and not feel rushed. Again, this is the goal.
Please throw any and all additional ideas my way, but I think I have the anwer to my question.
Thanks again all, appreciated.
All good, except I agree about spending more time. There is such a thing as African time, and that is much slower than the rest of the world. There is also so much to see and do, it would be a shame to rush through it just in transportation. Add 2-3 weeks if you can.
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