Being a solo traveler in Kenya : Kenyans are extremely hospitable and cordial, especially outside of the major cities. It is heartwarming to see how fascinated children are with visitors from Europe and North America. There are also a multitude of locations that welcome solitary travelers the vast majority enjoy their time anywhere in the country and, as with any international safari, a little common sense will keep you even safer.
It is simple to lose oneself in Kenya, whether for a week or three. It ranks first for excursions and encounters with the Big Five species of wildlife. However, you will also be captivated by its volcanoes in the Great Rift Valley, Mount Kenya, the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem, sailing in a 100-year-old dhow, and dazzling starry heavens.
Visit a Maasai village and familiarize yourself with their culture, housing, cuisine, and nomadic way of life. They constantly seek out greener pastures. From ancient cities to the Sahara, embrace cultural riches and enchanting landscapes in North Africa.
Kenya is home to beautiful sandy beaches along the coast. Explore Lake Victoria, the largest tropical freshwater lake in the world and the source of the Nile River. Its 19 peaceful islands with enchanted white sand beaches, undulating palms, and fiery sunsets are a paradise for birds and birdwatchers.
Where to stay in Kenya as a solo traveler.
There are numerous luxurious lodge options throughout the nation Kenya’s Richard’s River Camp offers a variety of accommodations for various budgets. Some may charge extra for singles, but this is negotiable, particularly during the off-season, outside the Maasai Mara migration period, and along the coast during school terms.
From simple tented cabins to luxurious lodges, safari lodges are abundant throughout the Kenyan countryside. The unique Ark Lodge is located in the renowned and game-rich Aberdare National Park. It’s like Noah’s ark overseeing a floodlit salt lick and watering hole that attracts wildlife. Nighttime room buzzers notify occupants of unique waterhole visitors.
There is a castle in Kenya, which many people fantasise of staying in. Relax in the 29-room Tafaria Castle while Laikipia Plains fauna and Mount Kenya views lull you to sleep.
Enjoy the thrill of being stranded on a deserted golden shoreline in Mambrui. Che Shale is encircled by a coconut plantation, and the beach’s flat water is a kitesurfer’s sanctuary. Alternately, you can sail, snorkel, and fish for deep-sea species. If you’re looking for a special place to stay in Kenya, take a look at our top picks for gorgeous boutique hotels.
What to do in Kenya as a solo traveler.
Safaris rank first, while sailing ranks second. A thermal bath in three cascading lagoons at Olkaria Geothermal Spa, on the Great Rift Valley floor in the heart of Hell’s Gate National Park also the site for Tomb Raider and The Lion King is just one of the many safari experiences to discover.
Climb Mount Kenya to reach the country’s highest point.
Mount Kenya, the tallest mountain in Kenya, stands at 5,199 metres (17,080 feet) and presents a formidable challenge for climbers. With the appropriate equipment and a guide, it’s a breeze. The third-highest peak, Point Lenana, is readily ascended by fit hikers.
The Equator divides Kenya in half. The optimal location to cross the line is 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) south of Nanyuki or the same distance north, in Central Kisumu.
View the magnificent Maasai Mara landscapes from a hot-air balloon.
Utilize a hot-air balloon safari to soar over the Maasai Mara. Observing the wildlife going about its daily activities while gliding above the immense, majestic plains is breathtaking. After that, enjoy a lavish champagne breakfast with jungle royalty.
Eating and drinking in Kenya.
When you visit Kenya, you will have the opportunity to savor the finest examples of its cuisine.
The best way to experience Kenyan cuisine is at an open-air restaurant (kibanda) where living is simple and the food is spectacular. Consider stones, masonry, and a plank when imagining the tables and benches. There are no menus, water dispensers, or restrooms, nor are there any pizzas, hamburgers, or French fries. Beef, mandazi (deep-fried bread pouches), chicken, chapati, beans and ugali – this thick porridge-like corn dish is authentically Kenyan. If you want more, request sosa (a second serving); the chef will adore you.
Try camel tea, a camel smoothie, or a camelcino (camel-milk cappuccino) if you’re feeling adventurous. Or, boogie down at a delectable flea market boho brunch featuring appetizing local cuisine, music, and beverages.
Getting around Kenya as a solo traveler.
Expect all modes of transportation; however, the best way to see Kenya is on a tour rather than in congested local buses or matatus (coloured minibuses). Tours utilize well-kept buses or light aircraft.
The SGR Madaraka Express train from Nairobi to Mombasa now takes approximately four and a half hours, as opposed to the previous overnight journey. The Modern Coast Bus offers first- and business-class seating options, making it an additional viable option.