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Side trip from Malindi

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Side trip from Malindi

My wife and I will be in Malindi (Coral Key) for two weeks in the beginning of July and then doing a 7 day Safari afterwards that includes Tsavo East and Masai Mara. My question is this, we are thinking of taking off from Malindi for a few days and traveling to either Lamu or Zanzibar. Which would you recommend? Or would you recommend a different trip? We plan to spend about 3 or 3.5 weeks in the area total. The safari is the main focus of our trip but with the cost of a plane ticket we will be extending our stay for a couple weeks beyond the Safari.

Any advice about our trip would be appreciated. Things to see or avoid, etc.

Thanks in advance. Also recommendations for Safari companies? We want small group or private experience. One more question: Is a balloon trip worth the expense? Our focus is to see the animals. We've been in a hot air ballooning before.

Lamu Island, Kenya
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1. Re: Side trip from Malindi

A flight from Malindi to Lamu (20 minutes) is cheap (around 4000 KES), Lamu has a unique culture, great beaches with sand dunes.

Nairobi, Kenya
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2. Re: Side trip from Malindi

Agree - head off Lamu. It's worth it. I recommend staying at Shela instead of Lamu town itself.

Malindi, Kenya
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3. Re: Side trip from Malindi

Its got to be Lamu. If possible stay at the Peponi.

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