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For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

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For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

I would appreciate opinions on choice of accomodation for short trip possibly with Gametrackers who suggested camping because lodge accomodation is more expensive, as I am solo.

I have a week in and out of Nairobi from 8th Nov08.

My friends with family in Kenya ie they've been as visitors but not as tourists, are saying it would be safer to do a lodge or day trips. I am not looking for luxury, just safety and some good sights. I am spending a second week with friends who are joining me to visit near Kisumu.. but I wanted to go earlier to have the freedom to suit my self! Now it feels like I should have got someone to come early with me :(

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1. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

I've done many safaris staying in lodges and camps, but always with friends and family. If I were on my own, I would definitely want the security of a lodge where I could lock my door. Perhaps I'm just a whimp!

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2. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

Both are safe. However, some first-timers feel more comfortable with a roof, walls and door vs canvas.

Canvas though is zipped shut at night and no one (human or animal) will bother you. Besides, there's nothing more truly "African" than sleeping under canvas.

I've traveled solo often and many times been the only guest at a camp... never felt unsafe.

Lodges vs camps and cost will vary. Some can be the same price, in other instances camps can be more expensive. But both are available at all budget levels. With few exceptions (the most expensive props, as CCAfrica) lodges & camps apply a single supplement.

I'd ask Gametrackers for a price based on 2/people traveling and for a single. If same price, Gametrackers might be offering solo travelers a "special" deal.

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3. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

Thank you for the replies.

Am I better booking before I leave the UK or wait until i get to Nairobi, to see what is available?

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4. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

I would say do your home work now and get your arrangements in place. Once in Nairobi you will be inundated with safari offers. Far better to go with a recommended company + you get to go where you want, when you want.

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5. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

Make you arrangements before departing the UK. There are many resources and recommended companies found here on TA. Send to a few, the same requirements - when arriving, where you wish to visit, number of days at each, type of lodging, etc. so you can compare apples-to-apples in price.

Even as an experienced travelers I wouldn't want to be running around NBO trying to find a reputable outfitter and perfect itinerary nor waste your already limited time.

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6. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

Thank you both! Unequivicable replies!!It's hard to work out exactly where I want go and to commit using Lonely PLanet + internet sites. I have sent emails to a few websites who gave me the impression that camping was the practical option. November seems a quieter time of year (wetter?) -' just had something through from "Sana Highlands" which is mentioned in Lonely Planet. i am going to take your good advice and continue to check out TA and book before i leave. Two years ago I went solo to New Zealand and organised myself once I got there...I do appreciate that East Africa is different again!

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7. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

I'm not 50+, but I've spent 2 years in Kenya alone, and I think that age has nothing to do with it. I have to say that traveling alone, I find lodges more appealing. When you're in a tented camp, it's easier to feel excluded and lonely at meal times.. perhaps it's just me, but I am far more self-conscious (and become lonely) in tented camps. There's also a lot of time in the evenings in the camps to socialize outside and it tends to be cliquish with groups staying together.

Definitely make your booking now since it seems that you've never been to Kenya before. I feel comfortable making my booking with Henry of Lets Go Travel when I arrive (a few blocks down standard or kaunda street in Nairobi), but I recommend you at least have a place to hang your hat since you're a first-timer. If you go to kenyalastminute.com you'll see that the rates for lodges are not horrible... particularly in the time frame you'll be travelling. You can probably book with them directly.

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8. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

Thank you for your replies. I am busy putting your good advice to use. :-)

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9. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

i have just returned from nairobi in september, and stayed at kikuyulodgehotel.com, it has nice family atmosphere and just 20minutes from city and very reasonable indeed for short/long stays, all services are provided, bb/half board, airport transfer, city taxi, safari and any trips. i will definitely return again.

Mehs

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10. Re: For Single 50plus female travelling solo -lodge or camping?

I'm nearly there..well i've nearly booked my few days out of Nairobi. Thanks again for your comments.

i am on the verge of booking to stay 3 nights in Amboseli Porini which is "bush camping" in the Selenkay Conservancy near Amboseli NP. I do take on board your comments kenyasafarigirl about socialising that was a helpful thought, but i work in health; have a demanding teenage family at home and a pastoral role at church.. this is me escaping people for a few days! I don't want a swimming pool (although a view for breakfast would be nice) and the idea of being a bit eco in a conservency area appeals... Have any of you been here? The feedback here on TA is very positive.

Also.. what are safari showers?

I'm off to work but i may book later...

Have a good day!

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