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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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:

Overland Vehicle

Overland Vehicle

Travel through national parks and reserves in a customised safari vehicle, made for negotiating the rough African terrain and maximising wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Kenya & Tanzania Safari Under Canvas

Road to Zanzibar

The Masai Heartlands

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:

Lodge

Lodge

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 Lodge Safari

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At a glance

Best time to visit Kenya

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

History and government

Wildlife Encounters of Kenya

Shopping

Festivals and Events in Kenya

Health and Safety

Further reading

Kenya travel FAQs

KENYA - overland from Ethiopia:
Kenyan visas can be obtained by most nationalities on arrival at the Moyale border crossing. The cost is approximately US$25. Kenyan visas are required by most nationalities, including the EU, US and Australia. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you'll need new (post-2003), clean US dollars cash. Currently you don't require a multi-entry visa between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda due to an agreement between the three countries (eg. if you exit Kenya to Tanzania you can re-enter Kenya on the same visa). If your trip visits Rwanda and re-enters Kenya you may require a double entry visa to Kenya, depending on the border guard on the day. This can easily be purchased at the border if required.

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

Responsible Travel

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.

Kenya Masai Mara Local Friends

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

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

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