Tembea Kenya! Here’s How You can Travel on a Budget

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: August 21, 2019

Do you often find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed daydreaming about vacations, inspiring photography and life-changing adventures only to wake up and check your bank balance and it feel like you’ll be forever dreaming?

Vacations are often a costly endeavor for one person.

From using travel agencies, buying meals, renting tiny hotel rooms, fueling your car or paying for transportation services.  It can be financially draining.

Travelling in a group can be a great way to not only save on them coins, but it also offers several opportunities to socialise.

Friends Chintan Gohel and Zainab Adam know all about travelling on a budget. They’ve been doing it for close to two years now. And they haven’t been using any travel agency either. ”Zainab and I recognized how expensive it can be to travel when you have limited funds so we explored the option of group travel.” Chintan tells us.

Together, they started a travelers club dubbed Matembezi Travelers Club .


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Happy people, experiencing the lake and it’s fauna

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They’re open to anyone joining the club. As admins, they take care of the common logistics such as transport, entry fees, guide fees and accommodation. They also provide water and light snacks.

Since they started the travelling club, they’ve had 400 people join them. Their biggest trip had 72 people.


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The highest point of Mt. Longonot had an altitude of 2780M, and it was a pleasure making it up all the way to the summit with this lovely group. 🌄🌅🌞 #fun #friends #Hiking #tired #summit #crater #takingAbreak #MtLongonot #greenery #trees #Kenya #photography #Travelgram #TembeaKenya #MTC #MatembeziTravelers #MatembeziTravelersClub #IgKenya 📷: @zainlandphotography

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Members get to suggest their next destination before the admins deliberate on the feasibility.


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On 27th of July, 31st members of Matembezi Travelers Club set out to explore Lake Naivasha. The photo here shows some of the members at Rift Valley Viewpoint. By the way, it was cold that day in the morning

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Places they’ve visited so far….

  1. Hells Gate National Park
  2. Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve
  3. Nairobi National Park
  4. Mt. Longonot
  5. Lake Magadi
  6. Ngong Hills
  7. Ragia Forest
  8. Lake Nakuru National Park
  9. Karuru Falls hike in Aberdares Forest
  10. Amboseli National Park
  11. Kereita for zip lining
  12. Castle Forest
  13. Lake Naivasha



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Exploring more of the excavation sites at Olorgesailie Photo credit goes to @mossphotoske

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Next stop….


  1. Hells Gate visit on 24th Aug – Day trip
  2. Samburu National Reserve 2 day trip from 31st Aug to 1st Sep
  3. Ragia Forest hike on 21st Sep
  4. Sleeping Warrior hike on 28th Sep
  5. Zip lining at Kereita, The Forest on 20th Oct
  6. Bungee Jumping at Sagana on 26th Oct

If you’ve got the wanderlust bug and exploring this beautiful country with strangers-soon-to-be friends sounds like a plan, check them out on Facebook & the gram for more deets. Tembea Kenya!

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Maureen Kasuku


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