is there a bus line or an easy coach that goes from kisumu to the mara? looking to do a two day safari.
The answer is no, infact you will be lucky to get a bus that goes directly from Kisumu to Narok the nearest town to Mara and even if you got here it will be a tall order connecting to the park, you will spend most of the time on the raod and its not worthwhile, mark you this is a sparsely populated place and public service vehicles will take ages to fill before taking off, not recommended. It would mean trying to hike a lift which is not guaranteed either, try and get a private vehicle from Kisumu or contact local tour operators to arrange something for you.
Hope this helps
Thanks for the info.
I"m looking for someplace to take some visitors. I've been to the Mara by private car from Kisumu. Was hoping easy coach had this line.
For an overnight from Kisumu.... wondering about Nakuru? Any thoughts?
There's plenty of buses and matatus on the Narok-Kisii/Sotik-Kisumu routes, but public transport through the Mara region itself is limited to matatus which run at least daily from Narok to Lolgorien (and possibly on to Migori) via the Mara bridge just outside the northwest corner of the reserve. I'm not sure if there are any others.
This is a way to reach the Mara district on an absolute shoestring budget, but you're really winging it, and few tourists do this. You'd still have to be dropped somewhere suitable and safe, find a place to stay overnight, pay 24-hour fees and find a vehicle to allow you to do game drives.
Your question about overnight from Kisumu to Nakuru - not sure what you're asking. Obviously it's easy to get buses on this route. But they don't enter the national park.
If you don't have too much time, it is best to hire a "taxi" in Kisumu.
Are you staying in Kisumu and wanting to go somewhere from there and back to Kisumu? Have you considered Kakamega Forest or Mt Elgon or Saiwa Swamp (near to Kitale)?
thanks for the info.
i'm in kisumu for a while. have first time guests to kenya coming from the the states. they have limited time so we have to pick one thing to do. i think the mara is amazing. i have not been to nakuru expect to pass thru on easycoach.
wondering if nakuru is a good option or if i should make the effort to get them to the mara.
kakamega forest is probably also an easy one day. any suggestions on what i should pay a driver to take us from kisumu and back to the forest for the day?
Unfortunately I am not in Kenya at the moment, so can't phone round for you Where are you staying in Kisumu? It might be best to ask your Hotel or Guest House what the price would be if they hired a taxi for you to go to Kakamega Forest. How many people?
If you are in Kisumu yourself at the moment, then ask around.
Mt Elgon and Kitale are much futher and you'd need to spend a night away from Kisumu. Similarly for Nakuru. Saiwa Swamp is a walking Park and is known for the rare sitatunga antelope. There was a good programme about it on TV recently.Edited: 12 August 2011, 09:24
responding to your original question,if you did want to do it on a 'shoestring' it is possible.As there are two terrible diversions on the Kisumu-Kericho and Kericho-Mau Summit section,some buses,matatus and general traffic are using the Narok-Mai Mahihu route.You could travel to Kericho by public or private means and do the same to Narok.In Narok stay the night ,there is a new large modern hotel and pick a tour company out of the many around.
Lake Nakuru is a superb N.P. so on limited time,you could meet them there and do a days safari and fit in Naivasha and Hells Gate the following day.Kakamega forest is a different experience but really no patch on the game parks.
I live in Kisumu also,so if i can be of any help ,pm me.
Byron - I was just trying to think of a day trip from Kisumu! What do you feel about Mt Elgon or Saiwa Swamp? It doesn't sound as if these folks have time to do the Mara by public transport. Nakuru and the Park is also hardly a short distance from Kisumu, but very possible on the way to Nairobi.
Maybe you can help on taxis in Kisumu.
Whoa, was just responding to original question.Each to their own.
My option would be Lake Nakuru,rated the best Kenyan park,2 - 2 1/2 hours drive from Kisumu and inbetween Nbi and Ksm making full use of their limited time.Flamingos,Giraffes,Rhino,Lions,Buffalo etc and the park can be covered in a day.
Sorry cant help with the taxis,away in Mombasa and Eldoret for the next two weeks !!!
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