How to visit Kenya without going broke

It’s possible to travel Kenya without going broke by sticking to your original budget. Here’s six ways to save money when visiting Kenya.

1. off-peak season

Did you know traveling to the Kenyan coast in December will cost you as much as it is to visit Dubai? Whatever you do, avoid traveling during the high seasons which are mainly April, August, September, and December. Prices are exaggerated during these times of the year seeing it’s when most families afford to take holiday vacations. Travel off-peak when hotels have fewer customers. Negotiating a cheaper rate during the low season is easy.


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2. Affordable accommodation

Here are five ways to score cheap accommodation

  • Have a friend host you. My friend hosted me on my trip to Lagos. It saved me a lot of money
  • Use This app always comes through with good hotel deals for a steal, especially during the low season.
  • Camping- there are several camping sites across Kenya for cheap. Most people travel to Kenya for the Safari experience. Did you know that most of these national parks offer camping options at a way more reasonable rate as opposed to staying at the hotels within the parks?
  • Stay at hostels or Airbnb. These options are the best for a solo traveler because other than being affordable; you have the opportunity to meet travelers and locals alike rather than riding solo the entire time.
  • Use couch surfing. I’ve never couch surfed, but I’ve heard success stories with the app and guess what, you get free accommodation!

Whichever method you go with, use trip advisor to check reviews of other travelers. You don’t want surprises now. Do you?


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3. Meals

Staying at a hostel or Airbnb? Find out if they have a kitchen to have you prepare meals. Remember to shop your groceries at the local kiosks as opposed to supermarkets because the later is expensive. Also, go shopping with a local or your host to avoid getting tourist prices. Want to learn some bomb ass Kenya recipes while at it? Visit Kaluhis kitchen. Thank me later


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Renting a car is the best option for travelers in groups. If you’re solo, you might have to use public transport that includes taxi apps, matatus, motorbikes, and tuk-tuks. Other than the standard gauge railway that operates from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya does not have a light rail system. Remember to wear your helmet when you hop on a bike.
One way flights between some of Kenya’s major cities cost about 55 USD. Other cheaper alternatives would be to travel by bus from city to city.


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5. Do you really need Tour operators and Travel agents?

Tour operators and travel agents are perfect for those that prefer having every detail of the trip planned out for them. Granted, this is a luxury left to those that do not mind spending more. If you are keen on saving money, then all you need to do is thorough research when planning your itinerary. Most places in Kenya are accessible without the help of a tour operator. Read some of my travels around the country here to get a clear picture of how I travel in the country without the help of tour operators.


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6. Game drives

Safari activities are super expensive in Kenya for non-residents. There’s no way around the fixed park rates. However is there a difference between the big five you spot at the Mara and the ones at Tsavo? Well, the scenery is different, but it’s the same animals. These parks are super expensive so invest in one safari experience and focus on enjoying other aspects of Kenya not widely marketed like the culture, the food, and the beaches along western Kenya.

It helps to travel in a group because of cost-sharing expenses. Finally, download these travel apps which are useful for travelers on a budget. Karibu Kenya!

Read more: The best travel apps for travelers on a budget




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