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Kenya Overland Travel

Kenya, on the east coast of Africa, with its rolling hills, grassy plains, and colourful tribesmen, offers the classic image of Africa - the very reason why its so popular for safaris and overland adventures.

From exceptional national parks and reserves like the famed Masai Mara plains and sprawling Amboseli National Park, to the flamingo filled Lake Nakuru,  Kenya is a safari paradise. While the expat white community and third generation European settlers remain in upper class Nairobi suburbs, the local Kikuyu people and the proud Maasai and Samburu still make up the majority of Kenya’s population.

Kenya travellers on an overland safari can expect to experience bustling Nairobi , the ancient Swahili trading port of Mombasa , and wonderful diving & snorkeling spots on the south coast, but it’s the great outdoors is what really draws people to Kenya. This is a place for hiking, climbing, diving and cycling - have a look at our featured Kenya adventure activities for more ideas. Above all, it’s a place for safaris, and Kenya is full of African animals. Safari means journey in Swahili and most activities revolve around the pursuit of Africa’s Big Five. Check out our extensive list of overland tours in Kenya for some great travel ideas!

Kenya Overland Travel Guide

• Kenya sits on the equator, covering 586 600 sq km of East Africa. It’s bordered by the Indian Ocean coastline to the east, Uganda to the west, Somalia and Ethiopia to the north and neighbouring safari nation, Tanzania to the south.
• The Great Rift Valley bisects Kenya into very different ecosystems and diverse habitats; lakes, escarpments, mountains, tropical coastal areas and endless savannah.
• At 5,200m, Mount Kenya (Africa’s second tallest mountain) towers in the west, with the Masai Mara flowing south-west down to meet Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
• Kenya has an incredibly vast range of animals and birds; its protected wilderness areas, parks & reserves cover a staggering 35 000 sq kms.
• 1,3 million people live on the inner escarpment, with the majority in the capital city, Nairobi. Most people speak Swahili, and some English.
• Kenya’s long rains fall between March and May, while shorter rains fall between November and December. But the climate varies drastically from region to region and even daily. It’s wise to come prepared for hot, cold, wet and dusty conditions!

Travel Tips:

  • All nationalities need to pay an entry visa for Kenya
  • Kenyan shillings are ideal, but US dollars are accepted for certain excursions
  • Internet access is available in Nairobi, as is western foods & alcohol
  • Don’t exchange currency on the street! Use your nearest Forex
  • Always ask local people first if you can take a photograph of them

Dont forget to:

  • Enjoy a hot-air balloon ride over the Masai Mara
  • Tuck into a meaty meal at Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi
  • Snorkel off the coast of Lamu Island
  • Witness the wildebeest migration
  • Buy a wooden giraffe at Nairobi’s markets
  • Take a classic African safari shot of an acacia tree

Quick Facts:

  • Kenya sits on the equator, covering 586 600 sq km of East Africa
  • It’s bordered by the Indian Ocean, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia and Tanzania
  • Everything from savannah to lakes, mountains and escarpments form the landscape
  • Parks and reserves cover a staggering 35 000sqkm
  • The varied climate means: come prepared!