My youngest son LOVES animals. Like LOVES LOVES animals. His bed is full of different animal stuffies. The books he picks invariable include animals. If I peek over his shoulder and he’s not watching Minecraft videos he’s got cute animal videos playing. I, do not love animals. Don’t get me wrong, they’re fine but I could take ‘em or leave ‘em. So, when I started to think about what his mother son trip would be I knew it would have animals.
He’s a really easy going kid so it wouldn’t take much to make him happy. So, I thought let’s do something easy, and something that I knew he would love right out of the gate – Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. This might surprise you (or maybe not) but when I started to research prices to visit Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World I was shell shocked. I knew it was expensive but THAT expensive? I couldn’t justify it.
Out of curiosity I started to research what it would cost to take him on an honest to goodness safari in eastern Africa. Maybe a no-brainer considering we live on the African continent but it’s actually pretty hard/expensive to fly around. Then I spotted an amazing fare on Secret Flying, one of my favorite spots to find flight deals. $400 per person roundtrip from Madrid to Nairobi – yes! That was less than the price of one night’s hotel stay at Animal Kingdom!
This purchase put the whole trip into motion. I’m going to share with you all of the different pieces of putting together this trip and preparing for an amazing safari experience in Kenya. It’s safe to say this has moved up as one of my favorite countries for many reasons. It also was in Kenya that I fell in love with animals and had my heart soften a bit. Not only was it seeing my son lose his mind searching for animals on the plains of the Masai Mara but a certain baby elephant may also have swayed me.
Do I think an African safari is a good substitute for visiting Disney? No. I think they are two completely different things. Disney is in no way a substitute for Kenya – or any other destination for that matter!
So why not go?
Cost is usually the biggest factor; most people assume they could never afford to take this trip.
If you can afford a week at Disney, you can afford a week in Kenya.
|Kenyan Safari||Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom|
|Tickets/Fees||$350 (but sometimes included in safari price)||$340|
|Food/Drink||included||$575 (3 meals a day plan)|
|Miscellaneous; vaccines, visa fees, toiletries, small items||$300||$250|
I based these prices on averages for adult airfare and accommodations. These prices are for one person but in some cases you can reduce costs if you’re sharing with a spouse or child. You can go much more expensive and chances are you can also find some great deals. Prices also will be lower for children. For example there was no visa fee for my 9-year old. Additional activities were also often free as he was under 12. I would probably budget in a little extra to cover incidentals. Traveling during the off-season can really help defray costs too.
There’s a million more reasons why we thought Kenya was great and I can’t wait to tell you everything. I promise to fill you in over the next few weeks.
We were guests of Angama Mara during our time in the Masai Mara area.
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