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Kenya is location in East Africa. Many travellers arrive in Kenya to start their journey to neighbouring countries which include Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda. Nairobi is the capital city and the home to Jomo Kenyatta Airport.

While there are many attractions, one of the most common reasons to visit this beautiful country is to embark on a Masai Mara safari and witness the Great Migration.

In my own experience, backpacking around Kenya is a lot easier than almost anywhere else in Africa. Kenya has excellent infrastructure compared to elsewhere and most of the locals speak English. Tourism is also a lot more prominent which means the service industry is used to catering for visitors.

Population – 49.7 million

Capital City – Nairobi

Currency: Kenya Shilling

Language: English, Swahili, Tribal languages

Attractions – Masai Mara, Mombassa, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakura NP

The Best Day Tours – Hells Gate National Park, Elsamere, Masai Mara, Mount Longonot

Where to Volunteer – Amazing Grace Orphanage, Nakuru

My Recommendation for Visiting Kenya

Overland Tours in Kenya

Nairobi is the starting point for most overland tours in Africa. You can take in the Mara, Nakuru and Lake Naivasha on these tours. My favourite is the overland tour from Nairobi to Zanzibar or Vic Falls. However, these tours also travel to Uganda and Rwanda.

Kenya Camping Safari

Recommended Overland TourNairobi to Zanzibar incl. Uganda

Read more on how to choose the best Overland Tour in Africa

Backpacking Kenya

Arrive in Nairobi and spend a couple of days visiting the Giraffe sanctuary and David Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage. Venture into the Mara on Safari and get the company to drop you off at Lake Naivasha so you don’t have to take more buses. Stay here for at least a few days and check out the local attractions. Go trekking to Mount Longonot and camp if you have a tent. Then visit Mt Suswa and head back toward Nairobi. Lake Nakura is okay but nothing special. There is really not much reason to visit elsewhere such as Eldoret unless you are travelling to Uganda.

Tip – Take this Camping Safari into the Masai Mara. It costs a lot less than most other packages on the website.

Read more about Backpacking around Kenya

Volunteering in Kenya

For volunteers, I know a really sweet place that would love your help. It is non touristy but the organizer is so sweet and professional. It is an orphanage near Nakuru and you could base yourself in a beautiful camp just down the road for really cheap.

Get in Touch if you would like my advice on volunteering.

More information

If you would like more information, click here for a list of all my posts about Backpacking Kenya.

Alternatively, if you would like to chat with me, I am always here to help plan your trip to Africa.

Derek Cullen is an experienced overland tour leader in Africa. He is best known for cycling across Africa and writing about travel in Africa for many online media publications. If you would like advice or information for your trip to Africa, you can speak with him directly through the LiveChat box!

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