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Safari and Mombasa beach Safety

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Safari and Mombasa beach Safety

Hello

We are currently planning our honeymoon for April/May 2014 and are thinking of going on safari in kenya and then onwards to Mombasa for a beach holiday, possibly with kuoni.

Firstly it's it safe? I mentioned kenya to my Mum and she was very worried!

Also does anyone have any tips/thoughts re the different safari's, hotels, weather etc?

Thanks

Laura

Mombasa, Kenya
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1. Re: Safari and Mombasa beach Safety

Weather in April is more preferable to May if you have any flexibility in planning.

Kenya has been getting some negative publicity mainly because of the forthcoming elections in March this year. We have been watching BBC and they keep bringing up the issues of 2008 elections aftermath - obviously this does not help to form a positive opinion about the country, sadly so.

The country is fine, at the moment everyone is talking about the elections in a couple of weeks time, but your trip is over a year away! It is a beautiful country, safari here is a-maz-ing! Beach experience is also great. And also remember that a lot of people - expatriates, local - live here and enjoy it :) Unless you do something silly and go to places where you should not (there are places like this all over the world), Kenya is as safe as most places. Usual precautions when travelling have to be observed of course (no expensive jewellery, do not show loads of cash on the street, listen to the advice of your hotel on the areas to visit and not to visit, etc)

Obviously Masai Mara (park or private conservancy) is a must! Min 3 nights. But also look at Samburu, Laikipia, Amboseli and if time permits Tsavo.

Accommodation on safari as well as on the beach ranges from the most basic and cheap to the most luxurious with a price tag to match. You can move around by road or by air, or combine both. When choosing accommodation at the coast, remember that any developed beach will have beach boys and various touts offering various things. If you want a quiet beach, you need to look at more secluded places, away from the famous developed beaches and areas - all depends on what you want.

My advice will be to set up a budget, a wish list of places to see (parks), how many days you want on the beach and if on a big beach or a quiet one - min is 4-5 nights after a busy safari is recommended. Once you have this, give it to your travel consultant (Kuoni or whoever you are working with) and see what they come up with. This will be your starting point, from then on you will be able to look at places closely (just about every property has a website), ask questions, etc, and look at alternatives within your price range.

Good luck in planning! And congratulations on your getting married :)

Larissa

Tijara Beach Hotel

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