"Your sums haven't taken into account-"
Because we were only talking about accommodation at the time.
I'm not totally against having some sort of custom tour so I've spent the last few hours looking into it. So far with little success but I'm still waiting on some emails.
Most sites don't have prices for custom trips as you would expect, but when you see prices of $6000 for 10 days on a standard tour you have to wonder what a custom one costs. One site quoted FROM $95pppd which is very good, but there are no details of what that includes.
Most sites don't even acknowledge that you can sleep in the bush, to them the "budget" option is a luxury tented camp with WiFi and hot and cold running waiters.
Anyway as I said I'm awaiting some responses.
Meanwhile I've been crunching the numbers a bit more. I think I can do it for $145pppd including everything, 4x4 with camping gear, food, fuel, fees the lot and we have total freedom to go where we like and when we like.
I'm sure there's stuff I've forgotten, but I reckon that's close.
As for having a guide, I did hire one once before and he did nothing but look for collections of vehicles and point us in their direction. OK it's not fair to tar them all with that brush but I really don't want to use up a valuable seat and pay for the privilege.
I have done this before, last time we hired an Alfa Romeo (yes an Alfa, what was I thinking) and beat around the bush for weeks, living off baked beans and camping wherever but often dropping into a lodge for lunch and a shower while the animals were mostly sleeping. Man we gave that car a caning, got bogged several times in Tsavo (end of the wet season I think) but nothing we couldn't handle.
See here for a photo
OK that was 35 years ago and the rules have changed, but not that much from what I can see.
In Aus I can bushwalk for 1-2 weeks in hot and rugged terrain with nothing but what I carry on my back, so I can certainly live out of a car for a similar period In Kenya. Most things are the same, it's just that you aren't at the top of the food chain.
" invite us for a drink:)"
You're most welcome, if I can keep the beer cold that is.
Edited: 10:24 am, December 31, 2012