ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF
ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF

What are you looking for?

ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF
ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF
Hello traveller!

It's in Cape Town now.

We're sorry. Our safari planners aren't available now. Our office hours are 08:00 - 19:00 (GMT+2).

Call us to speak to an experienced safari planner.


Alternatively, we recommend...

travel-form-icon

Complete our travel enquiry form to connect with a safari planner

ENQUIRE TODAY
Email us
(optional)

Languages in Kenya

Africa's best authentic tailor-made safaris

View Photos

Languages in Kenya

Team Member Headshot

By Matthys van Aswegen

Safari Travel Planner

Safari Enquiry

More than 60 different languages are indigenous to Kenya. The official languages are English, which is widely spoken to a high standard in the tourist industry, and KiSwahili. This East African lingua franca originates from the coast and spread inland along trade routes in the early 19th century.

The Samburu Tribe of Kenya
The Samburu Tribe of Kenya

Other major languages include Kikuyu, Luo, Akamba, and Maa. Most languages spoken locally belong to two broad languages: Niger-Congo and Nilo-Saharan, spoken by the country’s Bantu and Nilotic populations, respectively. The Cushitic and Arab ethnic minorities speak languages belonging to the separate Afroasiatic family, with the Hindustani and British residents speaking languages from the Indo-European family.

Kenya’s various ethnic groups speak their mother tongues within their communities. The two official languages are used with varying degrees of fluency for communication with other populations.
English is widely spoken in commerce, schooling, and government. Peri-urban and rural dwellers are less multilingual, with many in rural areas speaking only their native languages.

How it Works

2

Contact us or fill out an enquiry form and one of our travel experts will help you tailor make your perfect safari

3

Enjoy an authentic African experience, with peace of mind

Travel with Confidence

With over 20 years of experience, our team will help you choose the perfect African safari for your adventure.
24/7 Support
Flexible
Authentic
Personalized

Why travel with us?

Recent reviews from travellers who planned and booked their Africa trips with Discover Africa Safaris
First rate experience through Botswana,Zimbabwe & South Africa.

Botswana, Zimbabwe & South Africa Review

Anne, United States
25 Jun 2022
The Perfect Sabi Sand Safari Adventure!

Sabi Sands Safari Review

Antonio Picon, United States
11 Apr 2022
Very good price/quality rate. Every detail well organised. We will surely book...

Botswana & Vic Falls Safari Review

Berta, Portugal
06 Jan 2022
Our dream Tanzanian Safari was perfect magic; endless unique animal viewing, fab...

Tanzania Safari Review

Teri Hauser, United States
03 Aug 2018
In 11 days nothing failed, all logistics perfectly coordinated, the guides were...

Okavango Delta Big Five Safari Review

Angela de Morais, Portugal
18 Apr 2018
Breathtaking, exclusive, unforgettable!

Big Five Safari in Africa Review

Sheila, United States
19 Jun 2015

Ready to plan your tailor-made safari?

Matthys van Aswegen, Safari Travel Planner

Free safari planning advice from destination experts

HELP ME PLAN
Copyright © Discover Africa Safaris | Languages in Kenya | Last Updated: 29 September 2023