Kenya is a popular destination situated in Eastern Africa bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the north-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west & Sudan to the north-west. Expect exotic wildlife and incredible travel destinations which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Get inspired to visit Kenya today.
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There are so many reasons why you should consider booking a break to Kenya including:
Kenya enjoys a warm climate especially on the coast, sunshine is nearly all year round and there is no best time to visit.
Most nationalities can gain a tourist visa on arrival. Most international flights arrive into Nairobi which is a bustling city full of activity and noise, this is a good base with good transport links to the rest of the country. You will be granted a 90 day tourist visa on arrival, you will also need to pay a one off fee and have a valid passport to enter the country. Sometimes you might be asked to show a return ticket.
Kenya is a popular tourist destination located on the East coast of Africa. Kenya is often described as “the cradle of mankind, it is where scientists think life on Earth started but one thing is for sure, this is your opportunity to see a country unlike many in the world, expect friendly locals, exotic wildlife, diverse landscapes, busy cities and some of the best safaris in the world.
One of the main reasons people choose to visit Kenya is to see animals in their natural habitat - this is a very unique experience which allows you to travel like a local away from the tourist crowds. You will get to visit places like the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli & see incredible wildlife like lions and elephants. If you are looking for adventure then the magestic Mount Kenya located in the center of the country is a must see destination, just south of the equator is the second highest mountain in Africa standing at 5,199 metres.
Kenya is a diverse country with many different cultures and customs from the Swahili on the coast to the Masaai with their beautiful beads. You will learn so much about the local people and culture. If you are planning a wildlife safari holiday in Kenya we recommend timing a break to watch the wildedeest migration which is best seen by hot air balloon or from the Samburu game reserve.
Fishing is popular in Kisumu, Lake Victoria is stunning, especially if you are fortunate enough to get close to the hippopotamus families that pop out of the lake. It will be fantastic to be on a tiny fishing boat and to enjoy the tranquil water. Be warned, if you are with the local fisherman; be prepared for him to make noises to the hippos! They have good conversations and you most definitely will hear some old tales of many moons of work on the water.
These are some of the best activities, attractions and essential places you should add to your Kenya travel itinerary:
You can find a range of affordable hotels and hostels throughout Kenya.
These are some of the best places to stay in Nairobi:
We recommended these places to stay in Mombasa:
Kenya is one of the most popular destinations when taking a Africa gap year. Our website features gap year programs and backpacking options for students, graduates and career breaks including adventure travel and budget options. When you imagine Kenya you might not also think of a tropical coast with hundreds of miles of scenic ocean and white sandy beaches, blue / turquoise-coloured warm water, relaxed islands, tropical rainforest, high mountain peaks, non-active volcanoes and pretty savannas. Kenya is this and so much more.
If you have every though about visiting Africa and doing something like helping then we highly advise Kenya as a potential destination. Kenya's culture is very different to what you might be used to but this country is very safe to visit and local people are very friendly. Gap year trips can be joined all year round and are very worthwhile. People are needed in Kenya throughout the year and there are lots of unique and different gap year programs you can join. Most organisations will need you to be aged 18 and over but there are also summer and shorter 2 week trips available for 16, 17 and 18+ age groups. Remember Kenya has a warm climate almost all year round so pack and dress light.
The safest and our best recommendation for traveling and seeing more of Kenya is to join an organised adventure. You can view these on our website, some include camping, going on safari or just traveling through this region of East Africa and seeing more countries. We recommend joining an overland tour on Kenya so you will be able to get off the beaten track and see this beautiful country for yourself. We list gap year small group adventure tours where you will travel with other internationals and really be able to see the real Kenya.
There are departures all year round and different trips for different interests, most trips start in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and from here you could go see the Masai or journey to the rest of the country. On safaris you can expect to see lots of wildlife like elephants, lions and buffalo roaming the savannas and endless plains. Research gap year trips in Kenya carefully though as they are not like an easy experience, living conditions can be rustic whilst this country does not have the same living standards as the West for example. Finding paid work in Kenya is very difficult unless you would like to work as a tour guide leading group trips.
"I booked a gap year starting in Kenya and then travelled across the country to Kisumu which is based on the shore of Lake Victoria and the third largest city in Kenya. It has even been named by the United Nations the 'Millennium City' - the first of its kind in the world. Kisumu is busy, but not on such a grand scale as Nairobi, but still buzzing with street music, markets and children! It still amazes me to this day the children that will approach you on the street intrigued by you because of your white skin. It is mind blowing at first when children come up and hold your hand. Again this is something that would never happen in the UK because of a lost society, with no spirit or resilience – something Africa and the places we visited were rich in. We had a very trusting guide who was never far away if we were not sure where to go. Kisumu is an easy to get around city, readily available transport and necessities close to most hotels. I would recommend adding to your itinerary" - Janine, UK
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