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Kenya - How to Plan a Visit

How to visit Kenya, the land of Masai Mara and Mount Kenya? Come on guys, we are going to Kenya to visit the Safari country of East Africa that shares its coastline to the Indian Ocean. The Republic of Kenya is named after Mount Kenya. It is the 29th populous and 48th largest country by area. It shares its borders with South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda. Nairobi is Kenya’s largest city and capital. Mombasa and Kisumu are their other prominent cities. Along with Masai Mara, it has a reach to the great Lake Victoria. Besides, Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park, and Lake Nakuru are the other prominent tourist attractions in Kenya.

Lake Naivasha Kenya
Boating into Lake Naivasha
Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya

Kenya Fast Facts

  • Official Name: Republic of Kenya
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Population: 55M in 2021
  • Currency: 1 US$= 110 KES (Kenyan Shilling)
  • Official Language: English, Swahili
  • Time Zone: UTC +3
  • Driving side: Left
  • Visa Requirements: Most of the nationals who need a visa can get a category 2 visa with three months validity with a fee of 50$. Besides, Kenyan and East African Visa can be applied on THIS SITE.
  • Best Time to Visit: July-September when the weather is dry with no rain.
  • Vaccination Requirements. PCR Test + Yellow Fever vaccination

Kenya Top Experiences

  • Watch the great migration in Masai Mara.
  • Visit the Amboseli National Park.
  • Watch the Birding activities at Lake Nakuru.
  • Summit the Mount Kenya(3800m).
  • Ride on the Nairobi-Mombasa train.
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
  • Cycle through the Hell’s Gate in Rift Valley
  • Stand in the middle of the North and South hemispheres in Kisumu.
  • Visit Nairobi the Capital and Largest city of Kenya.
Things to do in Nairobi, Giraffe Center
Giraffe Center Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Safety Issues

While Kenya is a safe destination to visit and thousands of travelers go on safari in this country every month. Besides, there is an increasing trend of tourists in Kenya. However, you have to be very careful and vigilant when you are in the CBD area of Capital Nairobi. Unfortunately, bag snatching and pickpocketing are common crimes in the crowded areas of Nairobi. Importantly, all Nairobi is very crowded and you can stuck into people especially at the time of the afternoon.

However, other than the CBD area, you can really be safe. Although, you can use your common sense to locate and avoid a potential threat.

Kenya Budgeting Plan

Transportation in Kenya

Kenya hasn’t any government-owned public transport system. So, here you can find privately-owned transport options. While these options are limited to matatus ( minibusses, vans), Buses,  motorcycles (Boda Bodas), Taxis, and bicycles. Whereas, in some areas, you can find tricycles too. Furthermore, you can take a rail ride from Nairobi to Mombasa while your visit to Kenya.

Kenya Air Travel

Nairobi Jomo Kenyata Airport is the main departure and arrival point of Kenya. It is about 15km from the south of the city center. It has two international terminals and one domestic terminal. You can go to the city center by taxi that costs you from 2000/3000 KES. On the other hand, you can take Uber to do this tour for 1000-1200 KES. You can also take Bus34 to reach to city. For any air-related issue, you can consult with the Kenyan Airport Authority Website.

Matatus in Kenya

Matatus are used within cities as well as to intercity transportations. Nairobi is a huge city, and driving across town can take over two/three hours. To get the right Mutatu is a tough thing to search for. Most of the Mutatus leave from the CBD area near and around Acacia Road. For intercity traveling, I entirely used this option to go for Naivasha and Masai Mara.


There are many bus services that operate within the country and even cross-border destinations. Out of all these Easy Coach and Mashpoa are more famous and offer more destinations in their destination list. I went to Jinja(Uganda) from Nairobi on Mash Poa Bus service for 3700KES. Right now, it is the only company that operates on this route. Previously Easy coach also had operations on this route but from the previous year, they have suspended their operations. So, nowadays they are operating till Busia, the border town on Kenya/Uganda border. Most buses operate from River red Area


Taxi is a convenient way but it comes at a cost. However, Uber is fully operational within Nairobi and you can get a ride at an economical rate. Furthermore, you have to pay the same amount which appears on your mobile screen while booking your ride.

Boda Bodas in Kenya

It is the most economical and convenient way to go around in Kenya. You can get a Boda Boda for 200 to 400KES within the city. Boda Bodas can also be booked by Uber too. You can even find a Boda Bodas on your way to Airport too.

Accommodations in Kenya

There are very few hostels with dormitory beds with them. However, wherever applicable the bed starts from 10~25$. Alternatively, you can get a budget hostel in the range of 20~30$ and midrange from 40~80$.

I have stayed at different properties throughout my stay in Kenya. While booking, I always make a combination of cost, location, and review scores.

Nairobi, Kenya

In Nairobi, I stayed in Mercy-Philips Apartments. It was a nice clean and tidy apartment run by a lady. In addition, I stayed a couple of nights in Wildebeest Eco Camp. Although it was slightly outside of the city center even though its location was the matter that I booked it.

Masai Mara Kenya

In Masai Mara, I booked my stay at Semadep Mara camp. I got a good rate with a full board package.

Lake Naivasha Kenya

In lake Naivasha and Hell’s gate side. I stayed in Camp Carnelley’s. It was a budget option with nice lake views. I couldn’t find its listing on famous booking sites. Another campsite which I have visited was Fisherman’s camp. So, if you want to stay there, then you have to book from their website.

Most of my bookings were from or directly booked at the property. However, When you’re looking for a stay, do your research first. Finally, read the reviews to get a feel for the place and then book somewhere that suits you.

Food and Local Dishes in Kenya

Likewise other East African Countries, Kenya has the same type of food in its cuisine. A few dishes (Mostly Vegetarian) that I have tried in Kenya were

  • Ugali: Usually boiled cornmeal and this dough-like food is presented with cooked vegetables.
  • Irio: A combination of Peas and Potatoes that heated and mashed before presenting.
  • Bajias: Potatoes are sliced up and battered with seasoning, deep-fried, and served with a Kenyan Tomato Sauce.
  • Mandazi is a type of Kenyan Doughnut.
  • Grilled Maize. You can find it on every corner and in every town.
  • Samosa: It has a South Asian touch and comes within vegetarian options too.
  • Kenyan Tea. Kenya is famous for its tea(Chai) and it is a must-taste thing there.

Suggested daily budget –  For Backpacking a suggested budget is around 70$. As, it includes a bed in a dorm (10~25$), a portion of basic food(10~15$), public transport within the city(10$). Furthermore, you can add a separate pocket(25~30$/day) for sightseeing which is a bit costly particularly in Africa and especially in Kenya.

Kenya TIPS, DOs, DON'Ts

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, especially during peak hours.
  • Mosquito lotion is a must to avoid Malaria within Kenya.
  • Always ask permission before photographing local people.
  • During a safari, you can wear light casual wear in neutral colors such as grey, khaki, brown, or green. On the other hand, avoid white, black, blue, and bright patterns as these can attract insects or distract the game.
  • Use Uber to book Taxis and Boda Bodas at cheaper rates.
  • Keep your valuable into your bags while wandering into the CBD area of Nairobi
Hells Gate Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Hells Gate Lake Naivasha


Hey, This is Rashid and I am here to share my Wide Angle Dreams with you, with the aim to provide you a Wide Angle to catch your bucket list dreams of travelling and trekking. If you love to travel but feel that you are bound in tough daily routines and find very little time to catch your travelling dreams, then you are at a right place.

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