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Kenya: Budget Calculator & 5 Captivating things to do?

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Kenya is a legendary Safari destination, which is definitely one of the best places in Africa to see wild animals!  From its Game reserves, such as Maasai Mara and Amboseli National Park to the Millions of Wildebeest & Zebra which take part on the Great Migration!

But its not just about Safaris in Kenya, you can also find historic Swahili settlements and glorious white sandy beaches!

Where is Kenya?

Kenya is located in East Africa, in between Somalia (north) and Tanzania (south)

In this post I will answer some Frequently asked questions submitted by readers of  Town & Tourist, these include the following:

  1. 5 Captivating things to do in Kenya?
  2. Is Kenya cheap to Travel?
  3. Kenya Travel Budget Calculator 
  4. Kenya Costs (Detailed) 
  5. Is Kenya Safe for Tourists?
  6. Do you need a Visa to Enter Kenya?
  7. When is the Best time to Visit Kenya?
  8. Where to stay in Kenya? 
  9. 3 Essential Travel Tips? (Packing Guide)

A. 5 Captivating things to do in Kenya?

1. Go on a Safari Massai Mara Game Reserve

Maasai Mara s arguably Kenyas most famous Game Reserve! The vast plains here offer amble opportunities to spot the Big Five!

Such as lions, leopards and cheetahs! This is definitely one of the best places in Africa to spot Lions.

masai-mara-game-reserve-kenya-safari. Source: -julius-safaris

masai-mara-game-reserve-kenya-safari. Source: julius-safaris

2. Watch the Great Migration! 

Also at Massai Mara, you can see the Great Migration of Wildebeest & Zebra inbetween the months of August & November.



3. Hike up Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is the 2nd tallest mountain in Africa! It is a UNESCO national Park. The Mountain is split into three peaks, two require professional trianing & equipment while the third is ideal for amateur climbs & is an incredible trek!


4. Visit Lamu Island

Lamu Island is located off the north coast of Kenya! It a relaxed definitely Ideal for history buffs & beach goers!

Lamu Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site & has been inhabited for over 700 years!

This is also a great place to try some Watersports include fishing, diving, snorkeling and even swimming with dolphins!

Lamu Island

Lamu Island

5 . Explore Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and this is where you will fly in. Head to Nairobi National Park, where you can catch a glimpse of lions, rhinos & even watch a orphaned elephant be bottle fed.

You should also check out the Giraffe Centre, the Karen Blixen Museum and the authentic craft markets.


B. Is Kenya cheap to travel?

Kenya is mid range when it comes to travel costs! A budget traveller should budget $50 (USD) per day,

while a mid range traveller should budget $120 (USD) per day.  

This includes the cost of accommodation, food and transport! 

The Prices in Kenya are cheaper than South Africa , MoroccoEgypt .

In addition to the USA & Europe, UKFranceGermanyItaly. 

However, it is more expensive than Ethiopia 

Insider Tip:

Nairobi National Park is one of the cheapest parks at $40 per day,  but others like Amboseli and Maasai Mara are around $60 per day.

C. Kenya: Travel Budget Calculator

To help you budget your next adventure to Kenya

Dive into our interactive Travel Budget Calculator below

User Guide: Simply select your “Travel Style”,  ” Number of Persons” and Number of Days Traveling.

Top Tip: “Group” travel budget gives the total budget for 4 people! To find out how much that is each simply divide by 4.

Family Budgets:

Families would be best using the Group selector, or those with small children should select “Couple” if the children are young enough to share a room.

We have compiled the data in the table above from our vast travel experience & other reliable sources.

What is the Currency in Kenya?

The Kenyan Shilling is the currency of Kenya.

1 USD =100 KES

1 GBP = 130 KES

1 EURO = 112 KES

D. Kenya Travel Costs (Detailed):

i. Budget Backpacker Travel Costs:

Budget Kenya Travel Costs
Budget DataCost (USD)
Average Daily cost:$50
Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)$14
Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)$27
Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)$14
Food & Water$11
Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)$35

ii. Mid Range Travel Costs:

Mid Range Budget:Kenya Travel Costs
Budget DataCost (USD)
Average Daily cost:$118
Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)$30
Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)$60
Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)$32
Food & Water$27
Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)$85

iii. Luxury Vacation Travel Costs:

Kenya Luxury Travel Costs
Budget DataCost (USD)
Average Daily cost:$250
Accommodation (Single Occupancy)$62
Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)$125
Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)$77
Food & Water$60
Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)$190

E. Is Kenya safe for tourists?

According to the UK Government & US Government most parts of Kenya are safe.

However, some parts should be avoided!

See map below.

Kenya Travel Advice (Safe & Danger Zones Map)

Kenya Travel Advice (Safe & Danger Zones Map). Source:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to:

  • areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border
  • Garissa County
  • Lamu County (excluding Lamu Island and Manda Island)
  • areas of Tana River County north of the Tana river itself
  • within 15km of the coast from the Tana river down to the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) river

In addition, like in any busy area be sure to not carry too much cash and exercise caution in crowded areas such as,

train and bus stations, airports to avoid pickpockets.I recommend purchasing a hidden money belt,

I take mine everywhere. See: Travel Accessories

F. Do you need a visa to enter Kenya?

Most countries require a Visa to enter Kenya, some countries are entitled to Visa on arrival.

US Citizens:

According to the US Department of state: 

  • A passport with at least two blank pages, six months’ validity, and a visa are required to enter Kenya.
  • Single-entry visas are available online and upon arrival at Kenyan airports; however, Kenyan Immigration plans to end visas upon arrival in the future.
  • Multiple-entry visas must be applied for prior to traveling to Kenya.
  • Obtain the latest information on visas, as well as any additional details regarding entry requirements, from the Embassy of Kenya, 2249 R Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 387-6101, or the Kenyan Consulates General in Los Angeles and New York City.
  • You should have proof of yellow fever immunizations, or you may be denied entry.

UK Citizens:

According to the UK Government:

You need a visa to enter Kenya. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel.

You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website.

You can also apply for these, and other types of visa, at the Kenya High Commission in London.

For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission.

Insider Tip:

All governments advise on a valid Travel Insurance policy before traveling.

I always recommend World Nomads, I’ve used these for years.

G. When is the Best time to visit Kenya?

The best times to visit Kenya is between July & September, during the country’s dry season,

this coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra.

H. Where to Stay in Kenya?

For a complete list of our recommend SAFE hotels in Kenya, follow the link HERE



I. 3 Essential Travel tips?

1. Invest in a quality Travel Camera! 

Capturing the Memories of your adventure is essential!

You will be able to show your friends, family and even grand kids all the wonderful photos captured.

For more info see, our recommend Travel Photography Gear

Photography Gear

Make sure you are equip with some great Photography Gear!

2. Important! Are you insured?

Be aware that you will need separate travel insurance if you are traveling to Kenya!

If you get ill or have an accident it will be a very costly experience!

All travellers to Kenya should have a robust travel insurance to avoid paying out thousands of dollars.

I always recommend World Nomads, I’ve used these for years,

they are the best and most reliable insurance, they also provides an unlimited medical budget!

Travel Insurance

Getting hit with a large hospital bill after getting sick or injured, could really add to your worries! Get some Travel Insurance


For more info see: Why you NEED Travel Insurance?

3. Be sure you have your Travel Essentials  

(Things You can’t travel without!)

A high quality Tent & backpack can also be great investments to help you cut costs and have more of an adventure while traveling!

To learn about our secret Hotel Hacks check out: How to find the Best Hotel Deals??

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