Kenya is a country that beckons with rich culture, breathtaking landscapes and some of the most exciting wildlife encounters in the world.

From the snow-capped peak of mighty Mt Kenya to the golden, grassy plains of the Central Highlands to the pink blush of Lake Nakuru, Kenya does the great outdoors like nowhere else. Join your local leader as you journey through the incredible Serengeti on a safari, head deep into the heartland of the Maasai tribespeople, watch hippos on the waters of Lake Naivasha, or explore the bustling capital of Nairobi. Whether you want to search for the Big Five, learn how to do the adumu (jumping dance) with the Massai, or cook and eat traditional Kenyan food under the stars, Kenya is waiting for you to explore. 

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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 for Safari in Kanada

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.

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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 in Kanada

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.

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Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy

All nationalities – except 43 exempt nationalities including South Africa, Cyprus, Malaysia, Singapore, Tanzania and Zimbabwe – require an electronic visa to enter Kenya for travel, business or transit purposes. You will need to apply for an e-visa prior to travel. The four-step e-visa procedure is completed through the Kenya immigration website and requires visitors to submit an application form, a passport-sized photo and several other travel documents. The e-visa 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 print multiple copies of your e-visa to present at each border crossing.

Learn more about getting a visa for Kenya

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
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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
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  • Easter Monday*
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  • 12 Dec Jamhuri Day
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  • 26 Dec Boxing Day

* These holiday dates vary year by year

For a current list of public holidays in Kenya go to World Travel Guide.

Kenyans dress conservatively so it's important that you do the same to respect the local culture and customs. Dressing conservatively doesn't mean you need to cover yourself from head to toe, but you should wear long, loose-fitting clothing that covers your knees, shoulders, midriff and chest. Long layers are also more effective in keeping you cool and protecting your skin from the sun and insects.

You'll need a sturdy pair of walking shoes, long and loose-fitting layers (think knee-length shorts, long pants and long-sleeved shirts, etc), a pair of sandals, a warm fleece, sun-protective gear (sunglasses, a wide-brimmed sunhat and sunscreen), and insect repellent. You'll also need a reusable water bottle, a day bag and maybe a headlamp if you're camping. 

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Homosexuality is still illegal in Kenya and trans and non-binary gender identities are also considered taboo. The queer community in Kenya may experience public discrimination and there are no protections for housing or employment discrimination. However, Kenya is relatively safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers and there is more tolerance for LGBTQIA+ travellers due to the importance of the country's tourism industry. LGBTQIA+ couples should avoid public displays of affection like kissing, hugging or holding hands. That said, public displays of affection for hetero couples are also frowned upon. As long LGBTQIA+ travellers display some discretion while out and about and respect the local culture, they will have no problem visiting Kenya. 

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Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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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.

Mother lioness protects cubs in Kenya

How we're giving back

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to.

The East African Wild Life Society promotes the conservation and wise use of the environment and natural resources in East Africa, specifically the wildlife in the Masai Mara.

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The Thin Green Line Foundation advocates for the safety, fair treatment, and protection of Rangers across the world, as without them, there is no one to look after wildlife. 

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