A quick update to our Kenya Adventure Safari (being offered through African Conservation Fund) – we’ve been canvassing Nairobi to outfit our self-drive safaris with some camping gear, and have found some real bargains and some real shockers.
Lining the Ngong Road are dozens of woodworker shops, and we managed to order 6 hardwood and canvas safari chairs at $15 each, and 4 custom-made lightweight folding tables for $20 each – all handmade, local materials, local labor. Perfect. But when we looked into some small tents, we found basic domes made locally going for $800-1000! So we’re using other equipment, but it was an interesting split; it’s possible just the lower volume of tents may drive the price.
We also just got back from Solapak, a small cottage industry supplying camp and mobile solar electric and lighting kits. We’re testing one out and will report on them in the magazine.
We hope to have some images soon, and possibly a way to get on the internet while on safari.