My family and I are living in Nairobi for four months. We recently went to the Mara with Mara Explorers Camp & Backpacker (not to be confused with Heritage Hotels' luxury Mara Explorer), which was fantastic and precisely my family's style and speed. We're not luxury travelers--and we definitely do not have the budget for luxury safari trips.
We're trying to book a similar journey to Samburu, but are having a lot of difficulty finding budget accommodations. We tried Lion King Bush Camp, but they haven't been answering our emails. We tried contacting Samburu Game Lodge but there is no active phone listed and emails to the main Wilderness Lodges address were unanswered. Any ideas? We're hoping to do two adults and two children (10, 7) for four days and three nights for about $2000. I know that maybe sounds crazy, but that's what we did with Mara Explorers in the Mara. Everything I'm seeing for Samburu is at least 50% higher. Any help? We'd like to get in before the long rains come.
One more Q while I'm at it: Looking for an inexpensive option to rent a 4WD with decent clearance for a day to drive around Nairobi NP. I've been fine driving through in a compact Toyota while it's been dry, but when the dirt roads start getting muddier and ruttier, I'm going to need something a bit more capable. Anyone know a reputable place to go in town?