The Kenyan Safaris Are Expensive post is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report.
Can I get more ad revenue please? The idea behind points trips was not to pay to travel. That only works if you have no sense of adventure or are too cheap to pay for anything that isn’t on the all inclusive menu. Indeed, many points people just fly from point A to point B to enjoy the perks of first class. While drinking champagne up in the air never gets old, it isn’t the only reason to travel.
So how much did this all cost?
Entry Fee Mara: $140, $280 for two
Entry Fee Amboseli: $60, $120 for two
Two nights at Keekorok Lodge in Mara: $443.30
Doctor Mara for Malaria/Food Poisoning: $25
Two nights at Kibo Lodge Amboseli: $426.82
Two nights at Four Points Nairobi: $50.90 (cash and points) + $91 other night, $141.90 total
The drive to Mara.
The game drives in Mara for two days.
The drive to Amboseli.
The game drives in Amboseli.
The drive to Nairobi.
Total: $1050 + $100 Tip= $1150
A local said an appropriate tip was $20 for the whole time. I also read $20 a day was appropriate. I gave $100. Tip what you want and don’t bother commenting if you think I should’ve given more or less.
$20, $40 for two
That does not include souvenirs which I chose not buy, but this dagger looked like a winner.
Though I think I got a solid deal based on what I did, safaris are expensive. If I do another safari, I will do it in Kruger Park in South Africa. There I would rent my own car, hire a guide, and stay at a camp for much less. However, readers have said that Kruger is overrun with tourists and still pricey. Some have recommended safaris on private land where there are less people and more animals. At this point, I’m safari-d out with no plans to go on another one for a long, long time. If I do get an itch to see the king of the jungle, I’ll go to Animal Kingdom.