After giving you some reasons to travel to Kenya, I could not pass without telling you my itinerary through that incredible movie country and some travel tips about documentation, vaccinations and roads.
Do I need a visa to travel to Kenya?
The answer is yes, you need a visa to travel to Kenya, either for tourism or business. The visa for 3 months, a single entry in the country, is 40 dollars.
I contacted the Embassy of Kenya in Madrid and they processed my visa without problem; Then they stick it on a passport sheet and you already enter the country with it.
Another option is to process it at the Nairobi airport, but I do not know how quickly they will process it and if they put a problem. If you process it in Kenya, bring the exact money so that you do not get stuck and preferably new bills.
Vaccinations and other recommendations before the trip
The yellow fever vaccine is recommended for travel to Kenya, although it is not mandatory. If I put it on when I went, it also lasts 10 years and it helps if you go back to an African country.
As for the malaria pill, I did take prophylaxis during my stay in Kenya. I started taking it a week earlier at home, to check that they did not give me side effects, which I recommend; but I did not have any problem. Read my post about Tips before traveling , where I explain in more detail the subject of vaccines and malaria.
Transportation: Is it worth moving by car?
Mainly, there are two ways to get around Kenya : by car or by plane. Both have their pros and cons, although I recommend the car.
From a 4 × 4 you can see everything from another perspective, you can go down whenever you want to take pictures, go through the villages where you can see first-hand, day-to-day and Kenyan customs, their markets, the colorful clothes of women, the smiling looks of the children .. It’s quite an experience!
Yes, prepare for hours and hours of unpaved roads and continuous boats. Even so, I would not choose any other means of transportation if I returned to Kenya.
The advantages of the plane, it is fast, comfortable, easy, you earn time … but it is much more expensive. The options are there and for tastes, colors.
Accommodation: How to choose it?
In this section, there are also multiple options. You can plan the trip to Kenya in many ways. In my case I chose Lodges and Tented Camps, because I wanted to experience what it was like to stay like in the old safaris, in big stores in the middle of a national park where you can see all kinds of wild animals from the bed.
Although there are cheaper options and where you will also enjoy nature: the campsites. In my post of Memories of Africa I explain a little more the difference between possible accommodations for the night and the advantages of each, with the best advice for traveling to Kenya.
Money and guides for traveling to Kenya
Tell them that I always reserve accommodation, transportation and travel before the trip, and always try to contact local guides and agencies, as well as with the hotels themselves to organize the trip myself.
That’s why, when I arrived in Kenya, I had everything paid for, except for some food and personal expenses. The official currency is the Kenyan shilling; and I brought dollars that I changed at Nairobi Airport. Be careful, because many times they do not admit dollars before 1996.
Safari itinerary in Kenya: What to do in Kenya
Nine days of safari in Kenya is the perfect time to enjoy a tour of Kenya and discover the most important National Parks in the country. If you also want to do a safari, take the opportunity to spend a few days on the coast, then you should go 15 days.
Well, this is a recommendation of estimated time, of course, if you have more days, better than better, since you can see Kenya more thoroughly.
Here is the tour that I did on my trip and everything you see and what to do in Kenya :
Day 1: Madrid – Nairobi
The flight to travel to Kenya was with Virgin Atlantic Airlines, stopping in London. Currently, this route does not exist anymore. A pity, because the Virgin planes were very well equipped, they gave you a bag with items to make the trip more comfortable, as if it were business class, the seats had individual television …
That night, I spent it on the plane, and arrived in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, the next day.
Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
We went by road, very close to the border with Tanzania to the Amboseli National Park, where before arriving at the lodge, a huge elephant crossed us. I had just arrived and I had already crossed paths with one of the most important animals in Kenya!
Day 3: Amboseli National Park
This is one of the places to see in Kenya and in my opinion, essential.
We did two safaris, one in the morning (waking up at 6 in the morning, because you have to take advantage when the animals have more activity and it is not so hot) and another in the afternoon.
We saw impressive documentary scenes: giraffes, hyenas hunting zebras, lions with their young …
Day 4: Amboseli National Park – Mount Kenya
Tour to Mount Kenya, in the central area of the country, and where the tropical forest predominates, where felines and elephants live. It was amazing to do a safari walk through the forest and be able to see in the middle of the night from the window of the hotel as the elephants came to eat next to us. Quite an experience!
Day 5: Mount Kenya – Nakuru Lake National Park
Soon in the morning, we start on the road towards Lake Nakuru. Spectacular landscapes of the lake full of pink and white colors given by flamingos and other birds. The best? It is a sanctuary of black and white rhinos that are very protected.
Day 6: Nakuru Lake – Masai Mara National Park
We arrived in Masai mara after a long trip through the Rift Valley, through quite difficult roads and crossing women and children with jerry cans and sacks on their heads, and zebras and gazelles jumping down the road.
But without a doubt, it was worth it. A great sanctuary where lions, buffalos, hippos, cheetahs, giraffes, and millions of wildebeest crossing the Mara river awaited us, where we could see the annual Great Migration .
Day 7: Masai Mara National Park
We were also able to visit the Masai and learn about the customs that this warrior tribe still holds so important in the country.
Day 8: Masai Mara National Park – Nairobi – Madrid
The trip was coming to an end. I arrived in Nairobi with regret for having to return to Madrid after the incredible days of safari, nature and culture I had lived.
We only had a walk through the house where the famous writer of Memoirs of Africa, Karen Blixen, lived, and tour Nairobi before returning to the hotel, because the next day, we returned to Madrid.
A great trip that I recommend whenever someone asks me. The call of Africa is very big and it impacts so much, that it hooks. Kenya is an incredible country.