While there is no perfect age to travel, traveling in your 20s is ideal seeing some of us are single with minimal obligations. A large percentage of travelers choose to go backpacking in Europe or Asia as the ultimate trips to take in their 20s. However, what do you do if you are living in Kenya and you are not in a position to travel outside of Africa to experience the beautiful countries that make-up Europe or Asia? Well, you can sulk and feel sorry for yourself, or you can explore Kenya and the nearby countries in East and Southern Africa. By easy, I mean all these places are visa-free and can be accessible by road if you are on a tight budget or by flight. Folks, in no particular order, here are 20 Trips Kenyans in their 20s should consider taking.

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1. Game Drive and Camping in a National park

Kenya offers one of the best wildlife tourism in the world. You only need a weekend and your preferred choice of park seeing we have 54 national parks. Not only do we have the big five we also have the Samburu special 5.

Read More: A Game Drive at Tsavo West 

Tsavo West National Park.

Tsavo West National Park.

2. Explore Kenyan coast

Now I know most of you have been to Mombasa but have you seen the beauty that is beyond Mombasa? Think the Lamu archipelago, Kilifi, Manda Island, Watamu or even Malindi?

Read More: The Beginner's guide to the Kenyan coast

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kilifi Kenya

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lamu, kenya

3. See the real life Wakanda in Kabale, Uganda

Kabale is home to Lake Bunyonyi which has been said to be the real life wakanda. It’s stunningly beautiful, surrounded by green terraced hills that are equally breathtaking not to forget the friendly Ugandans.

read more: Is Lake Bunyonyi The Most Beautiful Place In Uganda? 

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi


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4. Southern African road trip

Start in Nairobi and drive through all the way to Southern Africa for the road trip of a lifetime. There are several routes you can take, but the most common one is Kenya to Tanzania to Malawi to Zambia with short day trips to nearby Namibia and Botswana then Zimbabwe then finally South Africa. You only require a visa to South Africa as the rest of the countries are visa-free for a Kenyan passport holder.

Between the forests, the ocean, the lakes, the falls and even deserts, this will be an epic trip that you will never forget in your lifetime. You can travel by public buses, go with a tour company or even drive yourself seeing the flights are super expensive.

Leo, a Kenyan traveled from Nairobi to Victoria falls by road and rail. Read his experience here.

Read more: How I traveled from Nairobi, Kenya to Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe) by road

Some of the highlights you can expect from the Southern Africa road trip include:

5. Immerse yourself in the beauty that is Zanzibar Island in Tanzania

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Read more: Here Goes Tanzania!



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Prison Island, Zanzibar

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rock restaurant, Zanzibar

6. Go Snorkelling or Scuba Diving on one of the Islands surrounded by Lake Malawi

Read more: How to plan your ideal budget trip to Malawi

Likoma Island, Malawi

Likoma Island, Malawi

7. Be  a dare devil in Livingstone,Zambia

Read more: Have fun chasing Victoria falls 

Microlight zambia

Take a microlight flight over Victoria falls

Swim at the edge of victoria falls, devils pool

8. See the natural world wonder; Victoria falls from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side

Read more: Which side of Victoria falls has the best views?

The smoke that thunders

Victoria falls from both Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria falls

Victoria falls

9. Mvuke Spa, Olkaria

Swim at the only geothermal pool in Africa. The pool's water which happens to be turquoise blue has skin healing properties.

Read More: Africa's First Exciting Geothermal Pool Found in Kenya

Olkaria Geothermal spa

Olkaria Geothermal spa

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10. Ziplining, Kereita

Take a Saturday morning off and go Ziplining. This activity will leave you in awe of the breathtaking views of Kereita forest.

Read more: Ziplining at the longest Zipline in East Africa

Ziplining at the forest, Kereita

Ziplining Kereita, the forest

11. White Water Rafting, Sagana

This adventure is not for the weak at heart, but it should be that thing you should try once in your lifetime.

Read more: White Water Rafting At River Sagana

White Water rafting, Sagana

The calm before the storm, we were not ready..haha

12. Explore more Islands in Homa Bay County

I can count the number of Kenyans that have set foot to Takawiri and Mfangano Islands. I bet you are not one of them. These are beautiful hidden treasures that most people do not know about, and it's about time you see Lake Victoria beyond Kisumu.

Read More: The Hidden treasure that is Homa Bay County 


Takawiri Island

13 Skydiving, Diani

Nothing beats having a bird’s eye view of Diani after jumping off a moving plane. It’s terrifying and thrilling at the same time.

Read more:The Perfect Tandem Sky Diving in Diani

Skydive Diani

14. Take A Solo Trip

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If you keep waiting for your friends you might wait forever so why not travel solo? Besides, you are never alone seeing you meet several people along the way. Need help planning a solo trip?

Read more: 8 Steps to take when planning a solo trip

Solo Trip in Lagos, Nigeria

15. Nyege Nyege Festival, Uganda

An international music festival and honestly the best I have attended yet. I attended the festival from 6-9th September 2018; the event had five stages and performances from over 200 artists! To access one of the performance stages would require a ride across the River Nile.

Read more: Nyege Nyege festival guide 

Crowd at Nyege Nyege Festival

16  Summit a mountain

There are a lot of mountains to summit, but the major ones include Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro. I am planning to summit one of these babies soon. Who's coming?

17.  East African Road Trip

Set off on another road trip from Nairobi to Uganda, Rwanda and finally Burundi, one of Africa's least visited countries and guess what? You do not need a visa to any of these countries.

Read more: A Complete Itinerary From Kenya To Burundi

Some of the highlights from this road trip include:

18.Bungee jumping over river Nile in Jinja, Uganda

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Bungee jumping, Jinja

19. Exploring Rwanda, land of a thousand hills

Read more: 10 Affordable things to do in Kigali, Rwanda

Heaven Rwanda hotel, Kigali

20. Watching the sunset over Lake Tanganyika, Burundi


Read more: Things to do in Bujumbura, Burundi


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Other things include experiencing the twin migration in Kenya. The migration consists of the wildlife migration in Maasai Mara and the whale migration in Watamu; You can also choose to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda or head to Northern Kenya and discover more hidden gems. Maybe I will curate another list.

In the meantime, what are you crossing off this list soon?

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18 thoughts on “20 Trips Kenyans in their 20s should consider Taking

  1. Pamela Chemelil

    October 30, 2018

    Nice post..I now have ideas.
    I want to cross over the Southern African road trip from the list.. Wondering how many leave days I need to take🤔🤔 and the budget🤔

    • October 31, 2018

      It's affordable if you travel by road. I always indicate costs of activities and transport on the various blog posts on countries I have visited. Check them out for more information on budgeting.

  2. Voke

    October 30, 2018

    Love it!! Number 3, 17, 18,19 and 20 are next on my to do list.

    • October 31, 2018

      I can already see you on the road.
      Thanks for passing by!

  3. October 30, 2018

    Nice! I'm not Kenyan but these are defineitely things i would be adding to my bucket list. 🙂

    • October 31, 2018

      Go you Jennie B! Where are you from? Of course if you do not mind me asking.

  4. October 31, 2018

    Not Kenyan too but so many things on my list. I'm looking to go on a Southern and Eastern Africa trip soon. Burundi wasn't on that list but I'll check for visa restrictions and consider visiting too.

    • November 7, 2018

      Yaaaay! I can't wait to see how you will capture this part of Africa. Meanwhile I'm hoping to come back to West Africa soon. I hope to meet you then. Finally

  5. October 31, 2018

    Love the tips. Travelling to Rwanda for work soon. Looking forward to stealing some time and have some fun

  6. November 5, 2018

    Nice recommendations!

  7. November 6, 2018

    I feel sad for not exploring much...lol! but am planning to go across east africa by road.

    • November 7, 2018

      Hey there Dolphin. Don't be sad. You're not late. And East Africa is very doable by road. All the best 🙂

  8. Bhoke

    November 7, 2018

    3,5,12,13,15,16 are part of my plans for next year. I am still working on number 4.

    • November 8, 2018

      Awesomeness! 🙌 🙌 Can't wait to hear all about your experience ☺️

  9. Mel

    November 12, 2018

    I always love traveling to different countries. I try atleast one or two countries in a year. Currently I'm in Rwanda. I've done solo trips but I think I should come up with a page of people who like traveling and we do it together.

  10. Mark Macheda Ojuok

    January 6, 2019

    Nice list, I’m half-way there!

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