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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Explore the Masai Mara National Reserve
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Luxury safari holiday in Kenya

Rekero Mara Camp Those with a taste for bush luxury can choose between a large selection of exclusive tented camps set community or private concessions bordering the Masai Mara and Amboseli or on the Laikipia Plateau. Typically these lodges combine classic ‘Out of Africa’-style accommodation with top-notch food, imported wines, well-trained staff and a range of expertly guided…

Welcome to Kenya

The Great Migration in the Masai Mara is a highlight of a Kenyan safari Often regarded to be the ultimate safari destination, Kenya undoubtedly incorporates some of the continent’s most rewarding and exciting national parks and wildlife reserves. Best known is the incomparable Masai Mara, whose undulating green grasslands support staggering concentrations of lion, cheetah, spotted…

What vaccinations do I need for Kenya?

A yellow fever vaccination and certificate is not mandatory for those entering Kenya from Europe or North America. You may be asked for one if you enter arrive from elsewhere in the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America. It’s important to be up-to-date on tetanus, polio and diphtheria, and you might consider immunisation against hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, rabies, typhoid,…

Medical emergencies in Kenya

If no other assistance is at hand, the emergency number for fire ambulance services is 999 or 020-2222181/182. Superior private hospitals in Nairobi include the Aga Khan University Hospital (tel: 020-3662000), MP Shah Hospital (tel: 020-3746177) and Nairobi Hospital (020-2845000). In more remote areas, Flying Doctors (tel: 020-6992299) is a highly regarded organisation offering emergency…

Packing list for a Kenya holiday

Anti-malarial drugs are as good as essential and advice should be sought at least a few weeks in advance to be sure you use suitable medication. At the same time, check which (if any) vaccinations require updating. All over-the-counter medications are available at pharmacies in the larger cities, but not in game reserves or more isolated beach destinations, so best to buy any prescription…

Solo travelling through Kenya

Even if you’re travelling solo, there are plenty of ways to meet people and have a great holiday | Credit: Governor’s Loldia House Most parts of Kenya are suited to solo travel. Independent travellers using public transport will find that locals are very friendly and keen to engage in conversation with single foreigners. On safaris, small tented camps and private concessions’ reserves…

Popular Kenya Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

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Even if you've seen the Big Five and the Great Migration, you'll appreciate the different beauty of animals like reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk and bongo...

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Why not visit more than one exciting African destination? See the Great Migration, Victoria Falls and wildlife-rich Hwange National Park...

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Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve...

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Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara are southern Kenya's superstars, the best places for your safari...

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Search for the almost extinct hirola antelope in Tsavo East, find Africa's largest elephants and visit Chyulu Hills to see Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak...

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Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival...

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Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights, from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, to sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon and meeting mountain gorillas...

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