Money Monday – Kenya

Traveling the world with little to no money sounds like an impossible dream. But it is possible, and you can do it responsibly without breaking the bank. Some expenses you shouldn’t compromise on, but there are tons of ways you can travel on a budget.

When it comes to African countries it always seems like your money can go further as it is cheaper to travel there. For Kenya, that could be a misleading fact a lot of people have. Kenya is an expensive country to visit as a tourist. The gap between what locals earn and what you spend as a tourist is also very large.

Having said that, it is certainly possible to travel through Kenya on a small budget. Public transport is cheap, food and especially fresh fruit are affordable and accommodations do not have to be expensive.

For us…Kenya turned out be more on the expensive side. Partly because we planned our entire trip in 4 days, partly because we used an agency to relief us of the stress and partly because we wanted specific experiences.

We booked our Kenya tour with Msanii Africa Safari, Kenya’s leading tour group.  We spoke to Titus, the tour agent, during the 4 days of planning and he also ended up being our driver for the Nairobi parts of our trip.

We stayed in Kenya for 11 Days and 10 Nights and we paid around $3056 for two people. This included our accommodation which offered breakfast, lunch and dinner for most days (i think only 1 or 2 days did not have dinner included). It also included all our entrance fees at the various places we went – Masai Mara Reserve, Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi National Museum, Giraffe Center and Masai Village tour. The price also included our train ride from Nairobi to Mombasa and our flight back from Mombasa to Nairobi, having a personal driver for our entire trip, guides in Nairobi and Massai Mara.

This didn’t, however, include our flights from the USA or our COVID tests.

You are able to travel for less of course, but then again, you can also travel for more – it all depends on your budget, what you are willing to pay for and what you want to do yourself.

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