2 week kenya guide
I spent a little over two weeks exploring as much of Kenya as I possibly could! There is just so much to offer there I know I'll have to return and keep exploring, especially the coast as there's just so much there.
This guide will break down my route over the Two weeks!
Things to know before you come to KENYA!!
Kenyan Shillings is the official currency used in Kenya, but US dollars are also widely accepted.
A single entry visa is $50 or 5225 shillings. There are two ways you can go about obtaining a visa for a trip to Kenya. You can either purchase an e-visa online, or you can get a visa of arrival.
If you choose to purchase your visa on arrival you will need to pay in cash in US dollars or Kenyan Shillings, there are ATMs within the arrivals area if you don't bring cash with you.
The recommended vaccines for visiting Kenya are yellow fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid. Its also recommended that you take Malaria Pills.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Kenya is during the countries dry season which is between June to October. The great migration also falls within that period, but there sadly isn't an exact date.
In the Keyna, they use type G sockets, which is the same as the UK. If you're from outside the UK you will need a universail adaptior, or a try G adaptatior
What to pack:
Foods to Try
Kenyan food is very diverse, as each community tends to have their own native foods. Over the years Kenya has also become home to other cultures, due to war, and immigration, this has had an impact on the food and local culture.
Ugali - A dense cornmeal paste, would normally be eaten with a stew.
Irio - Mashed potato and pea mix. One of the most famous dishes in Kenya
Biriyani - Kenyan style chicken biriyani is extremely popular in the coastal town of Mombasa. This area has a heavy Arab and Indian influence, which has impacted many of the popular dishes!
Chapati - Kenyan style chapatis another food which traces back to the influence of the Indian population within Kenya! Are made from a flour dough, and fried in oil until crispy! They can be eaten with dinner or even a treat with a cup of tea!
Kenyan Stew - Normally a mixture of meats including beef, goat, chicken.
Nyama Choma - Roasted meat, normally goat or beef! Personally, the goat was my favourite!
Bhanjiyas - Potatos sliced into thin circular slices seasoned with gram flour and deep dried
Mandazi - Kenyan Donut
Tusker beer/cider - One of the more popular drink in Kenya, very refreshing and light. I loved the cider.
We spent our first few days, in and around Kenya's capital city Nairobi! Our first hotel was the xxx. Personally, I'd say the hotel didn't live up to the standards of the pictures, and I wouldn't recommend staying there. Generally, I'd recommend going for well-known hotel chains and spending the extra money on luxury accommodations, as mid-range to budget options are not up to the average standard.
Things to do days in Nairobi
So, of course, one of the most popular things to do is visit and get up close with giraffes!! We did this at the giraffe Center in Nairobi, which is open xxx this was truly an amazing experience, I loved it and kept sneaking more food to give them. Generally, tour only allowed one bowl of Pilot's per person but the convinced the staff to let me have a few extra.
Top Tip: although these giraffes have been hand-feed they are ultimately wild animals and can be aggressive. One of the girls I was with was head-butted while taking a picture.
Another way you can see the giraffes is to stay at the famous Giraffe Manor. This is often booked up almost a year in advance so plan ahead if you want to visit. The cost of staying at around xxx.
Visit the Sheldrick Elephant Trust
The Sheldrick Elephant Center is a rescue Center for baby elephants that have been orphaned due to poaching. To keep this organisation going, they allow people to visit the Center and watch a feeding of the calves. This happens once a day between 12 pm - 1 pm.
Day 4-6: Go on safari
Kenya is of course known for its amazing safaris. The most popular safaris in Kenya are:
Maasai Mara National Reserve
I visited the Maasai Mara National Reserve which is on the Kenyan, Tanzanian border, and the only places that you can meet and interact with the Maasai Tribe. On average the drive from Nairobi to the reserve is around 4-5 hours, depending on if there is traffic getting out of Nairobi.
The safaris themselves vary from company to company. Safari prices are massively dependent on which company you use. And generally, you tend to get what you pay for, the more you pay the more premium your experience will be, your more likely to have a more experienced guide with better knowledge of the park and the animals.
Park fees: $80
Visit the great rift viewpoint
The great rift is a valley that runs from Kenya all the way the was to. This rift is intentionally maintained and keep as healthy and green as possible as it stops the Sahara desert from spreading further into Africa. If you decide to visit the Maasai Mara, you more than likely pass this viewpoint and it’s definitely worth stopping & seeing the view.
Visit the Maasai Tribe