Health care in Kenya

A public healthcare system exists but it is underfunded and rudimentary by international standards. Private medical facilities compare favourable to most parts of Africa other than South Africa but are not always to the standard you’d expect in Europe or North America. On the plus side, medical consultations are generally very cheap, and local doctors are highly experienced when it comes to recognising symptoms of malaria (the most common threat to travellers) and prescribing appropriate medication.


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Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania (8 days)

day 1-3

Arrival in the Masai Mara

day 4-5

Serengeti National Park

day 6-7

Ngorongoro Crater

day 8

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Popular Kenya Safaris

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

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See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle in two countries...

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Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration...

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

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Unforgettable experience in the jungles of Rwanda to track the last Mountain gorillas on earth and view the awesome Great Migration river crossings...

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