When you want to experience a taste of authentic African life in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park, it is best to go on a safari trip to Shimoni in northern Kenya. The park is renowned for its wide diversity of animals and birds, however the most striking feature of the park is the high concentration of wildebeests (including lions), all of which feed on the seasonal wildebeest. The best time to visit Shimoni is between October and March, as this is the busy season for the animals. Most tourists who go on a safari to the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya are not able to stay long due to the highly endangered black rhinos that inhabit the area.
The average cost of a seven-day trip to Shimoni from Nairobi is roughly $2, 208 for an individual, $3,900 for a couple, and around $7,400 for a family of four. Shimoni lodges range in price from around $ 1959 for a tent with no kitchen to several hundred dollars for luxurious lodges that have kitchens and baths. Most vacation rentals are able to provide amenities such as television sets, telephones, Internet connections, showers, hot tubs, private bathrooms, and a mini grocery shop for their guests. Most safari flights will also provide accommodation at the airport in Nairobi.
There are many things to do within the park itself, and many hotels can arrange for tours of the reserve to include visiting the famous Gedi Ruins. Tourists interested in ancient Maasai history will be intrigued by a journey to the Stonehedge Cathedral, built around thirteen hundred years ago. The Great Rift Valley region has its own attractions, including Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. These can be explored by day and by night; visitors can explore the western part of the Rift Valley on foot, or ride horses through the grasslands. Other popular activities in Shimani include hiking, climbing, camping, and panoramic views. There are many resorts that offer luxurious accommodations and private pools, making it easy to relax and enjoy the site on any number of days.
Before booking your flight to Shimoni, calculate your daily expenses. If you stay at a three-star hotel, you may want to book with them, since hotels tend to have better discounts than lodges and are generally located further out in the wilderness. You should also include your travel insurance in your calculations because, in case of a flight cancellation, tickets purchased at another airport won’t be covered. Add your hotel’s daily expenses into your total trip budget, since some may provide sightseeing tours as part of their packages. When you’ve figured in your daily expenses, your travel budget will be much closer to the actual cost of climbing up the Matterhorn.
Once you’ve determined your total trip budget, it’s time to search for flights to Shimoni. The best time to plan your climbing vacation is between May and November, when the high season (junior summer) is in full swing. The weather in Shimani is usually substandard, so flights to Shimensi are quite expensive during this period. However, climbing during this time is a wonderful way to experience the flora and fauna of Kenya’s northern highlands, and some tour companies offer half-seasonal packages to help minimize the per day cost.
If you’re planning a long stay, you may want to think about renting a guided vehicle during your trip backpacking up the mountain. This will allow you to drive to the top every day, while still allowing you to save on per day expense. Since most guided vehicles include picnic trays, it also gives you the option of cooking your own food and enjoying the sights and smells of the area.