There are 2 basic ways to travel within East Africa – by road in either a minivan, or a 4WD vehicle, and by air – aircrafts normally used are Caravans, Twin Otters or Dash.
So why should you choose one over the other? Let’s find out the advantages and disadvantages.
- Allows you to observe the culture of the country as you can see how the the local people live, trade and work.
- You are able to appreciate the scenery unfolding around you.
- Allows you to interact with the local people, when you stop along the way.
- It is pocket friendly if you are travelling in a group of more than 4 persons.
- It brings to mind, the adventure and romance of safari.
- Allows more time for bonding, especially if travelling with family or a group of friends.
- You can carry more baggage than on the flight
- Strict speed limits are observed so the journey can get long and tedious.
- The condition of the roads is not the best, so the ride is bumpy.
- Travelling with your children can get difficult due to the length of time spent in the restriction of the vehicle.
- The costs of travelling by vehicle in East Africa can be quite high, if you are less than 4 persons.
- As it takes longer to reach your destination, you may be tired on arrival and not in the mood for further activity.
- Travel is difficult in extreme rain, and/or stormy weather
- A quick and efficient way of getting around the country – most places are within an hour’s flight away or 90 minutes away
- Not tiring so you arrive at your destination fresh and ready for adventure
- Game drives are done in Camp vehicles which are open vehicles, with driver/guides who are based in the area so are very familiar with the fauna in the area
- Quite affordable, especially if travelling solo or in a group of less than 4 persons
- The aircrafts are very comfortable with complete access to the pilots
- You can fly through floods and storms
- Allows you to visit more places in a shorter span of time
- As check in time is an hour prior to departure, there is more flexibility in travelling to and from the airport
- Many people feel nervous about flying in smaller planes
- Baggage is restricted to 15 kgs per person, in soft, squashy bags
- You cannot see much of the scenery nor can you interact with the local people.