Samburu warriors Photo by Briana Young

Kenya

Once in your lifetime, go to Kenya – the country that perfected the safari! Awake to the sounds of bull elephants drinking from rushing rivers. Witness mass migrations of wildebeests. Ride a hot air balloon over the vast plains, watching breathtaking and diverse wildlife go about their days far below. the landscape is just as memorable (and photogenic!) as the wildlife – from Kenya’s beautiful lakes, beaches, and sweeping panoramic plains. Kenyans say "Karibu" in welcome, with smiles as wide as the horizon.

Tours & Packages to Kenya

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Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari
Nairobi & the ultimate safari: 14 game drives in Ol Pejeta, Samburu, Lake Nakura, Masai Mara, Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
14 days  •  from $5499 $4999
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari
The glamorous desert oasis of Dubai, then Nairobi & 4 game drives in Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara National Game Reserve
10 days  •  from $2849 $2549
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Kenya Safari Express
The perfect introduction to Kenya: Nairobi, plus a boat safari on Lake Naivasha & 3 game drives in Masai Mara
8 days  •  from $2599 $2299
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Kenya Wildlife Safari
Nairobi, then 9 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara; Stay in deluxe Nairobi hotels & superior safari lodges
10 days  •  from $3799 $3399
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Kenya? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Nairobi
Population:  46 million
Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)
Languages: Swahili and English
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: GMT/UTC +3

Weather

With the exception of the months of April and May which are very wet, Kenya is a year-round destination. Most of Kenya is at higher elevations which alleviates the heat. Still take a sweater or jacket year-round for cooler treks and cooler nights.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your return date, with at least three blank pages.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Kenya, obtained prior to arrival through the Kenya eVisa website or through a fee-based visa service such as our preferred provider VisaHQ. Consult the Embassy of Kenya or the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send visa instructions for U.S. passport holders.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

Kenya requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry for passengers arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Countries (this does not include the US). Find a local vaccination center.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

Shop for wood carvings of animals and people, sisal baskets, Masai and Kikuyu beadwork, hand-woven sarong fabric, soapstone, gourds, ebony carvings, batik wall hangings, tanzanite gemstones, and malachite. Some of the best handcrafts of Kenya and other countries in Africa are sent to Nairobi. Visit artist cooperatives to buy directly from artists.

There have been problems with not receiving souvenirs shipped home, so we advise you carry them home in your luggage.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Kenya, so vaccination against yellow fever is recommended for travelers to these areas. In addition, if you will be traveling to any other Yellow Fever Endemic Countries on your trip, you must show proof of yellow fever vaccination for entry into Kenya. Find a local vaccination center.

According to the WHO, malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country. There is normally little risk in the city of Nairobi and in the highlands (above 2500 m) of Central, Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western provinces. Recommended prophylaxis: mefloquine.

Consult your doctor about taking additional vaccinations for polio, typhoid, and hepatitis.

Center for Disease Control 
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

240 volts. Plug G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

Add 10% to the bill in restaurants, except where a service charge has been included. Tip bellhops 20 KSh per bag.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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Rave Reviews

This was our second trip with Friendly Planet, and it was absolutely wonderful. The safari vehicle was clean and comfy, and our guide Newton was a fountain of knowledge. The accommodations are great and we saw more animals than anyone could wish for. We hit the middle of migration and saw wildebeest as far as the eye could see. We saw all of the Africa Big Five and have memories that will last us a lifetime. Thank you Friendly Planet for another great trip!

Barbara Winbush, Harbor City, CA

I am writing to express my happiness and joy at this last vacation I just had. My boyfriend Tony and I booked the Friendly Planet 11 day Kenyan Safari. We had a group of seven wonderful people with us but what made it so much better was the guide, Daniel Muthee. Daniel is extremely nice, prompt and his vast knowledge base of Kenya, the peoples, tribes, customs and animals is encyclopedic. He made the trip so very special, from FINDING and explaining all the animals, lining us up for great photographic shots and using the driving skills of a NASCAR driver on those so called roads. I think it is important that you know what an asset he is to your company. I have used Friendly Planet in the past (Cuba last March) and am very happy with it. I plan on using you again when I take vacations where tours are necessary – I am not rally a tour type of person but you do it right.Thanks for the memories!

Ann Marie Anise