"Kenya is what most people imagine when they think of Africa, with incredible wildlife populations, burning red sunsets, and colorful Maasai villages."
Go on a game drive at Maasai Mara National Game Reserve
A game drive through the Maasai Mara is one of the most incredible things to do in Kenya, and we’ll take you through the wilderness in search of Africa’s Big Five. You’ll spot the famous animals with the help of local experts, and even stay at a lodge with a watering hole frequented by hippos.
Visit a Maasai village
When you embark on a Kenya safari with Trafalgar, we’ll delve deeper into the culture of the country. We’ll visit a Maasai community, where you’ll meet a village elder and gain insights into their daily life. Explore a traditional cultural boma and see the red-cloaked warriors display their jumping prowess.
Connect with local farmers at a Kenyan coffee plantation
We’ll take you on a journey to the highlands of central Kenya, where you’ll discover the fragrant aromas of a coffee plantation. You’ll have the chance to sample some of the local coffee and learn how your hosts work within a cooperative system, from production to sale of the coffee.
View Thomson's Falls in Nyahururu
See the plunging Thomson’s Falls, a 74 metre (242 ft) waterfall and one of the most impressive Kenya attractions. The waterfall is set on the Ewaso Ng'iro river and is surrounded by lush vegetation such as wild bananas. Feel the spray of the water as it crashes into the gorge with a mighty roar.
Admire flamingos on Lake Nakuru
A game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the most remarkable activities in Kenya. Our Local Specialists will take you exploring in this wildlife haven, where you can spot lions, leopards, zebras and massive flocks of bubble-gum pink flamingos lining the shores of the algae-rich soda lake.
Our top 5 things to do in Kenya
We’ll show you what to do in Kenya, from visiting a Maasai village and spotting the Big Five in the Maasai Mara, to seeing the pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru.
Karen Blixen Museum
The Karen Blixen Museum commemorates the famous Danish author who wrote the globally renowned novel, ‘Out of Africa’. She lived in Kenya from 1917 to 1931 and ran a coffee farm from a bungalow in the Ngong Hills. The book went on to become a film, and you can see many of the props at the museum.
Located on the coastline of Mombasa, Fort Jesus was built in the late 1500s by the king of Portugal. The fort switched ownership many times throughout history, as countries battled for the lands of Kenya, and today the well-preserved grounds are a UNESCO-listed national park.
Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site & Museum
This incredible museum and former farmhouse displays over 400 artefacts found on Hyrax Hill, ranging from hunting tools to musical instruments. It’s a momentous historical site, where archaeological excavations have unearthed evidence of life dating back 5,000 years.
Best museums in Kenya
When you visit Kenya with Trafalgar, we’ll reveal the country’s history through its museums, from the prehistoric Hyrax Hill, to the history of Karen Blixen, author of ‘Out of Africa’.
Ugali is the quintessential side dish of any Kenyan meal. It’s a doughy cornmeal porridge, typically used to dip into curries and tangy sauces, or served with salads. It’s also a classic part of Luhya wedding customs, and is traditionally served with other Kenyan delicacies on the bride’s table.
Nyama choma, or Kenyan grilled meat, is a beloved dish commonly served at Kenya festivals and family celebrations. The name means ‘roast meat’ in Swahili and goat meat is the most commonly used. You can find it everywhere from street stalls to fine restaurants, and it’s best eaten with your hands.
Chips mayai is Kenya’s delicious version of the omelette. It’s a popular street food across East Africa, made from an egg omelette filled with potato fries. It can also be cooked with onions, bell peppers and meat, and it’s traditionally eaten with a toothpick.
Best food in Kenya
Kenyan food is full of flavour, and our Local Specialists will show you the best places to try the favourites, from the classic Kenyan barbecue, to omelettes with potato fries.
What to pack for Kenya
In Kenya, the standard voltage is 240 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Bring your binoculars for wildlife spotting when we take you on a safari through some of Africa’s best wildlife destinations, including the Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru.
Plastic bags are banned in Kenya, so you’ll need to use carry bags made with biodegradable materials such as cotton. Be sure to avoid using Ziploc bags when passing through the airport.
Be sure to pack a strong mosquito repellent with DEET, to protect you from mosquito bites and other insects when you visit Kenya.
Pack a variety of long, light-colored layers so you can easily go from chilly morning game drives, to scorching afternoon sunshine on your Kenya safari.