At the Airport (Mumbai and Nairobi)
- Camera tripod needs to be wrapped before checking in, Cost $8 USD at each airport (I suggest to take plastic container which will protect it during transit as well as save money)
- Road to Nairobi airport is nightmare for tourists !! Each signal takes 45 minutes minimum to clear !! in fact we all were about to miss our international flight !! Thanks to the Kenyan Police officer, who cleared the road for us after humble request from Mahesh sir !! So from Nairobi city to airport 18 kilometers can take easily 4 hours in evening time !! so be careful. Our flight was at 9 pm, we started 4.45 pm and after intervention by the police officer we could hardly make to the airport by 7.30 pm !!!
- At Nairobi airport chocolates and liquor are pretty cheap price compared to Mumbai airport
- Buy FOREX at Nairobi airport with small notes like 10 Kenyan Shillings , while you tip the people use multiple 10 shillings notes (this way 100 shillings means 10 notes)
At Hotels in Kenya
- Nights are pretty cold, most of the hotel rooms are not equipped with coffee maker, hence to make water warm for drinking or to have morning tea, water heater coil is a must
- In addition carrying light weight thrmos flask will help to drink warm water throughout chilling nights
- Ready tea sachets is a must, you can make your own tea at room (also tea served at bk fast is not as good as ready tea sachets you get)
- Carry ready mix masala sachets, so that you can get your egg omelet made at hotel and a tasty chicken tandoori too ( The one we had at Masai Mara Lodge was so simple w/o salt and masala that we could not eat it !)
- Torch is must, since most of the hotels have rooms at distance and lighting is not so bright
- Water at Lake Nakaru & Nairobi is soapy !! You feel like washing your hand with soapy water!! This is just an info, you can’t do anything about this
- If possible do manage your visit to the famous Carnivore Restaurant …. To taste the legs of lamb and pork, ostrich, rumps of beef, sirloins, racks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile, and other tasty morsels which are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, spectacular charcoal pit.
- Barter exchange is possible in these shops (and all over Kenya in Curio shops) … Specially they like Pen, Goggles, Indian Jewelry, but be careful and bargain hard (do not handover things to them before you bargain, in a minute the person can vanish getting your goods !! this is my personal lesson’s learnt !!)
- Heavy bargaining to be done and you must reserve special time for this, else for sure you will loose money
- I did our best shopping at Westlands Triangle Market
- While you are in Masai mara and go for full day trip (morning to evening) you may face some emergency problem (you understood ? ha ! ha !!) in that case instead wasting valuable $3 USD per liter water, get empty water bottles filled in with tap water to wash your hands !!
- Shoes ares not a must, better to go with floaters or chapples with socks, this will facilitate easy climbing over seats in van while watching the wild life or photography
- Be careful during photography of people, Kenyan people specially Masai tribe does not like photography, if at all you wish to take photograph, offer them money, bargain and then only photograph
- Avoid drinking outside water, use bottled water bought at standard known places