Budget safari holiday in Kenya

Lake baringo Lake Baringo is an affordable Kenyan destination

Kenya is quite easy to travel through on a tight budget, with two main provisos. The first is that high daily entrance fees at game parks, and the need for a 4x4 make most safari-oriented reserves difficult to explore cheaply, so you would need to focus on other attractions. The second is that wherever possible you’ll need to use amenities geared towards the local economy (buses, guesthouses and small restaurant catering mainly to Kenyans) rather than those charging inflated prices to tourists and expats. Attractions that are particularly well-suited to budget travellers include Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo, most parts of the far west and central highlands, and the entire coast.


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Welcome to Kenya
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day 2 to 5

Explore the Masai Mara National Reserve
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day 6

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