Kenya is a favorite destination for those who love the Safari: many married couples are rediscovering this type of holiday for their honeymoon, remaining enthusiastic and triggering a real word of mouth. I'm over 40 nature reserves in Kenya, capable of offering unimaginable landscapes and the possibility of living and sleeping in contact with animals such as lions, leopards, zebras: adrenaline, right? But Kenya also means splendid sea: the nation faces theIndian Ocean and offers beaches that are nothing short of heavenly. From a cultural point of view, Kenya is also an interesting destination: they live around 40 different tribal groups.
- When to go: the best time to travel
- Is it safe to go to Kenya? Info on vaccinations and safety measures
- What to see: wonderful landscapes between Safari and Sea
- The 10 most beautiful beaches
- How much it costs: prices and offers
- 10 Useful tips for a DIY trip
- User questions and comments
When to go: the best time to travel
The best time to go to Kenya if you want to experience one holiday dedicated to the sea and relaxation is the one included between June and October, time of the year when even the climate is more favorable.
Avoid April and May as they are the wettest months of the year. If instead you prefer the idea of Safari, travel is recommended between February and March.
Is it safe to go to Kenya? Info on vaccinations and safety measures
Going to Kenya is sure: the general trend of recent years is to go there without any kind of precaution. Those who wish can proceed with the malaria prophylaxis, however it is important to remember - contrary to how it is sometimes heard - that to go to Kenya there are no mandatory vaccines.
As for the security measures due to the current political situation, particular is recommended caution, avoiding demonstrations of any kind and following the advice from the Kenyan authorities. In any case, it is good to update yourself on the evolution of the various critical issues before leaving.
What to see: wonderful landscapes between Safari and Sea
Kenya is teeming with wonderful views: in addition to safaris, the areas close to the sea and beaches offer truly incredible views. Many tour operators recommend starting your trip from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya: from there you can move south-east towards Mombasa, making a visit to the Tsavo National Park, which includes different types of habitats and in which animals such as jackals, spotted hyenas, leopards, lions, black rhinos and many more.
A Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya which is located on an island separated from the mainland by two small rivers, you can visit for example the Strong Jesus and Old City, with numerous examples of Islamic architecture and characteristic Arab and Indian markets.
Once you arrive on the sea, another very beautiful city to see is Malindi, about 120 km from Mombasa: here, in addition to enchanting beaches, we suggest a visit to Malindi Marine National Park and a little healthy worldly life in the numerous bars, clubs and casinos.
The 10 most beautiful beaches
As we have repeatedly mentioned, Kenya offers unforgettable beaches, of an exaggerated beauty: mostly sandy, they are generally very spacious and are accompanied by aparticularly clear water: it is not for nothing that this sea is very popular with lovers of snorkeling. Here she is top 10 of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya.
- Watamu Beach, Watam
- Lamu Beaches, Lamu Island
- Vipingo Beach, Kilifi
- Tiwi, Kwale
- Gazi Beach, Gazi
- Bamburi Beach, Mombasa
- Kikambala, Mombasa
- Shanzu Beach, Shanzu
- Nyali, Mombasa
How much it costs: prices and offers
Many tour operators offer flight + hotel packages for areas near the sea (for example Watamu and Malindi) about € 1.200 - 1.300 per person for 8 days, with treatment of full board. If you want to experience the thrill of a Safari tour, a 2/3 day tour including insurance costs approx € 250 per person.
10 Useful tips for a DIY trip
Here are some now practical advice to face your trip to Kenya.
- Private insurance: take out private travel insurance. The cost per person for about 9 days of vacation is only € 20.
- Electricity outlets: in Kenya, G type electrical sockets are used.
- Mosquito repellent: a repellent for mosquitoes and other similar animals cannot be missing in your suitcase.
- Currency: the official currency of Kenya is lo Kenyan shilling. You can exchange money in all major cities (Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri) where there are international banks.
- Clothing: even if during the day the temperatures are absolutely pleasant, in the evening they can drop a few degrees. We suggest planning something heavy for eventualities. In addition, trousers and long-sleeved shirts are essential for dealing with mosquitoes in the evening.
- Documents: a 3 month visa is required to enter Kenya. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months.
- Flight duration: the flight by plane lasts from 7 to 9 hours. If you suffer from air sickness, take the appropriate tablets or drops.
- Internal movementsThere are several airports in Kenya, and for reasons of safety and affordability, many prefer to travel by air. As the seats sell out quickly, it is advisable to book them in advance.
- Smoke: smoking is prohibited in all public places.
- Photography: Photographing public buildings, including embassies, can even lead to detention. To avoid any kind of punishment ... better leave the photographic passion alone!