Kenya is a country that beckons with iconic sights, tribal cultures and natural wonders.
The snow-capped peak of mighty Mt Kenya, the Masai Mara's golden, grassy plains, the pink blush of Lake Nakuru and the annual migration of millions of wildebeest are but some of the delights waiting for you in Kenya.
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Kenya tour reviews
Our Kenya trips score an average of 4.82 out of 5 based on 212 reviews in the last year.
Road to Zanzibar, March 2017
Highly recommend this trip - Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater were outstanding, the local people friendly and smiling and our crew was the best.
Review submitted 20 Apr 2017
Road to Zanzibar, March 2017
Great trip-good mix and order of fantastic wildlife viewing followed by leafy mountains and hiking and finally relaxing by the beach for the last 2 days. Great, well-informed tour group leaders. Be prepared for some long days of driving- in my view it's all part of the camping experience and a good chance to catch up on sleep/ reading...It would have been good to know that you can choose to purchase visas for Kenya (at the airport) and Tanzania (at the border crossing- both about US$50) for a fraction of the cost of pre-purchasing online. The Hot Air Balloon ride over the Serengeti followed by a hot bush breakfast was a real highlight- expensive but well-worth it, don't miss it!
Review submitted 05 Apr 2017
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Kenya travel highlights
Lake Nakuru National Park
Spot exotic wildlife while on safari in Lake Nakuru National Park
Admire beautiful native birds on the shores of Lake Naivasha
Samburu National Reserve
Encounter giraffes and gerenuks at the Samburu National Reserve
Transport in Kenya
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Kenya, you may find yourself travelling by:
Accommodation in Kenya
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Kenya you may find yourself staying in a:
Stay in lodges perched in unforgettable locations - from the foothills of Mt Kenya to within national parks. Surrounded by forest and waterholes, you can enjoy the rare pleasure of waking up to the sounds of an animal orchestra.
Kenya holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Kenya
Culture and customs
Eating and drinking
Geography and environment
History and government
Wildlife Encounters of Kenya
Festivals and Events in Kenya
Health and Safety
Kenya travel FAQs
Australia: Yes - Visa required
Belgium: Yes - Visa required
Canada: Yes - Visa required
Germany: Yes- Visa required
Ireland: Yes - Visa required
Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
South Africa: Yes - Visa required if travelling for more than 30days
Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
USA: Yes - Visa required
Visas can be obtained either on arrival in to Kenya or as an e-Visa online prior to travel. Single-entry visas (business or tourism) are USD50 and a transit visa (valid for three days) USD20. The single entry visa allows for multiple entries in to Kenya for a period of 90 days provided you have not left East Africa. The four-step e-Visa procedure is completed through the immigration website: www.ecitizen.go.ke and requires visitors to submit an application form and passport-sized photo. e-Visas can take around seven working days to process. Visitors will then be required to present their printed e-Visa upon entry to Kenya.
**IMPORTANT** If you are travelling on one of our itineraries that re-enters Kenya, you will need to take multiple copies of your e-Visa - one to present at each border crossing.
Tipping isn’t mandatory in Kenya but a little generosity will be received positively, especially considering the low wages that Kenyan service workers are typically paid. Setting aside a small amount for porters, guides and drivers is wise, as is leaving spare change at restaurants.
Travellers will be able to access the internet quite easily in the internet cafes of Kenya’s large cities, but should expect limited or no access in regional and rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is good in Kenya’s large cities and towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.
Squat/pit toilets are the standard in Kenya, except for western-style flushable toilets that are sometimes available in large hotels and other modern buildings. Carry your own supply of soap and toilet paper, as this is rarely provided.
Street food (plate of stew) = 80 KES
Bottle of beer in a local bar = 150 KES
Food court or fast-food meal = 300-400 KES
Meal at a sit-down restaurant = 700-800 KES
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Kenya. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and to peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
ATMs are easily found in large cities and tourist areas like Nairobi and Mombasa, but are rarer in small towns, rural areas and villages. Be sure to have other payment methods available when venturing out of the big cities, as ATMs aren't always an option.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 2 Jan New Year Holiday
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 1 Jun Madaraka Day / National Day
- 26 Jun Idd ul Fitr / End of Ramadan*
- 1 Sep Idd ul Azha (Muslims only)*
- 18 Oct Diwali (Hindus only)
- 20 Oct Mashujaa Day
- 12 Dec Jamhuri Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec Boxing Day
* Subject to changes.
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Kenya go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/kenya/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Kenya
1. Be considerate of Kenya’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. Help protect endangered species by choosing not to buy ivory, coral or animal products.
4. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
5. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
6. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
7. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it – simple greetings will help break the ice.
8. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
9. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
10. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
11. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
12. Be aware that many coastal communities in Kenya are quite conservative. Beach attire, when swimming, is fine but topless sunbathing isn't. Don’t forget to cover up when leaving the beach and entering towns or urban areas.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Kenya, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
Saidia Children's Home
Providing a secure place for orphans and abandoned or abused children, this organisation offers a feeding and education program for children living in disadvantage, and support for HIV impacted mothers and their children in the Gilgil region.
Image supplied by Mark Mitchell
New Hope Children's Centre
Providing a safe home for Kenya’s orphaned and underprivileged children, the New Hope Children’s Centre receives no government funding. Relying on donations from generous patrons and supporters, this centre provides housing, food, clean water, education and health care for some of Kenya’s most vulnerable kids.
Image supplied by New Hope Children's Centre.
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org