Romy is from the Netherlands and now studies for a Bachelor in Art History in Amsterdam. She combines her studies with the love of traveling and discovering new places. Here she gives us her best Kenya and Tanzania travel tips. In this interview you will learn:
  • Where to stay in Kenya and Tanzania
  • What to do in Kenya and Tanzania
  • The challenges you may face as a traveler in Kenya and Tanzania
  • The approximate cost of a two week trip to Kenya and Tanzania
  • The top travel resources to book your trip to Kenya and Tanzania online
  • Why Kenya and Tanzania is such an amazing travel destination

Essential Kenya and Tanzania Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Visiting

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Are you planning a trip to Kenya and Tanzania and looking for tips and information? In this post we interview Romy who shares her best Kenya and Tanzania travel tips. Click through to read now

To start, could you please give us a short introduction about yourself, where you’re from and what you do?

Essential Kenya and Romy Traveler Interview =Tanzania Travel Tips You Need To Know Before VisitingHi, Everyone! My name is Romy, and I started BrunetteatSunset.com because I was in desperate need of a new adventure.

I felt my daily life had gotten stuck in a routine. I no longer felt alive. And if that’s the case, you know something has got to change!

I am from the Netherlands, and I still study in Amsterdam. I am combining my Bachelor in Art History with traveling.

It will take me longer to graduate, but I feel a lot more fulfilled.

I love exploring Africa, discovering places off the beaten track, photography and as the name of my blog suggests… sunsets!

When did you first visit Kenya and Tanzania and where did you go?

This summer was the first time I visited Kenya and Tanzania. We flew into Nairobi and from there we went on a Safari to Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli NP.

We then spent some time by Lake Naivasha where we also visited Hell’s Gate NP. After spending one more night in Nairobi, we crossed the border to Tanzania by bus.

We spent more time than we planned in Arusha because we met so many amazing people. A guy we met in Arusha took us to his family in the Datoga tribe. We spent several days there.

From there we continued our trip to Dar es Salaam and Udzungwa and ended our trip in Zanzibar.

elephants safari-Kenya and Tanzania Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Visiting
elephants safari

What was it that made you fall in love with Kenya and Tanzania and did it inspire you to return?

Ever since I visited South Africa, I’ve been obsessed with African wildlife. So that is one of the things that made me want to visit East Africa. The great migration is a spectacle that you just can’t see anywhere else.

As for the people, both countries are incredibly welcoming and helpful.

We took matatu’s and Dalla Dalla’s (ways of public transport) multiple times and every time someone would take us under their wing and help us find our way. Often they would even ask to let them know if we got there safely.

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giraffe safari

Which Kenyan and Tanzanian cities are your favourite and why? Would you recommend these as travel destinations? If so, where do you recommend staying?

For me, it isn’t the cities that make these countries worthwhile. I found it much easier to get to know people in smaller villages.

A city I did love is Arusha, Tanzania because the hostel owner showed us around. He introduced us to a lot of locals and real Tanzanian nightlife. If you’re there, I’d recommend staying at Pili Pili House. The rooms are simple, but the guys make your stay worth it.

In Nairobi, Kenya definitely stay at Wildebeest Eco Camp. It is a stunning place where you can stay in a dorm if you’re on a budget, but where you can also go for luxury. From there you’ll be able to visit everything, but it’s located in a nice and quiet area.

Another great campsite is Fisherman’s Camp located at Lake Naivasha, Kenya. I would recommend staying in a banda though and not in a tent.

Wildebeest Eco Camp - Kenya and Tanzania Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Visiting
Wildebeest Eco Camp, Kenya

Your absolute top things to do in Kenya and Tanzania?

I wrote a blog post about my top 5 must do’s: http://brunetteatsunset.com/5-things-kenya-tanzania/

What challenges have you faced in Kenya and Tanzania and how did you overcome them? Should people planning to visit Kenya and Tanzania be aware of these challenges?

We did experience some kind of culture shock in our first week. They do everything at a slower pace and take things as they come.

Our safari company made us wait for hours and at first, I thought we got scammed. We learned very quickly to go with the flow because there’s just no point in stressing. It’s best to let go of your western punctuality as quickly as possible.

Also, we learned to be very direct with African men. When we were going out, we were constantly being harassed. The men do listen if you say no, but they do not take subtle hints.

We noticed a huge difference between Dutch and Kenyan/Tanzanian Men. It is good to be aware of these differences when you are going out.

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Safari

In your opinion, what is the best way to travel in Kenya and Tanzania and why?

I always go for budget travel. In Africa you are already seen as the rich white tourist and sitting in a luxury resort made me feel even more detached from local culture.

I don’t want to live in a tourist bubble. For me getting to know the locals and getting to know the country is what makes traveling so special.

wonderful locals in Arusha -Kenya and Tanzania Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Visiting
wonderful locals in Arusha

Based on this, what is the approximate cost of traveling in Kenya and Tanzania (accommodation, food, transport, entertainment)?

I wrote down everything I spent on my trip in this post: http://brunetteatsunset.com/africa-travel-budget-kenya-tanzania/

Your top go-to resources for booking flights, accommodation and tours in Kenya and Tanzania?

If you’re looking for a budget safari, I have the perfect guy. He was our guide in Kenya, and we absolutely loved him. I’m supportive of Richard not just because he’s a great guide. To me, it is so important to support locals!

Kenya is a country that has been exploited for years. Still, foreigners own most of the lodges and bigger companies. You can find more info on him here: http://brunetteatsunset.com/support-locals/richards-safari/.

If you are looking for a different kind of safari, use safaribookings.com. All the reputable companies are on here.

For accommodation, I mostly use Booking.com and recommendations from people I meet on the road. I occasionally check Trip Advisor for tours.

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safari

Can you share with us three important Kenya and Tanzania travel tips to know before visiting?

• Make sure you ask a local you trust what things should cost. Otherwise, you’ll get the Mzungu (Swahili for ‘white person’) price everywhere.

• If you are taking a matatu, be prepared to have three Kenyan men sitting on your lap. They’ll stuff anyone that needs a ride in the van.

• Bring lots of hand sanitizer for toilet visits on the road.

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lake Naivasha

And finally, do you have any last words to inspire everyone reading this to travel to Kenya and Tanzania?

There are a lot of misconceptions about Africa. Don’t let those hold you back. These countries have so much to offer. There is nothing like the African Sunset (think Lion King)! It’s something you should experience at least once!

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African sunset

Thank you, Romy, for sharing your best Kenya and Tanzania travel tips!

To learn about Romy’s next adventures and see all of her photo’s, remember to follow her on her blog Brunette at Sunset and on Instagram: @brunetteatsunset


Kenya & Tanzania Travel Resources

Kenya & Tanzania Accommodation:

To start looking at your accommodation options in both Kenya and Tanzania, choose Hostelworld for budget, Booking.com for comfort or Airbnb for local (and get $20 off).

Kenya & Tanzania Flights:

If you are traveling to Kenya or Tanzania from outside of Africa, it is beneficial to use a flight compare site to find the cheapest flights. We recommend and use Cheapflights.com.

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