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Updated on August 26, 2012

Vacationing in a different country can be fun and adventurous; however, there is the small detail of the total cost of the trip if you were to vacation in a country beyond your borders. And i mean hotel accommodation, meals, entertainment, and taxi fares. It is common knowledge to carry extra money when on holiday to cater for the additional miscellaneous expenses that you will incur during your vacation. That been said. If you are planning to visit the beautiful East African country, Kenya, here is what you need to know.

There are many places you can visit in Kenya including;

  • Game reserves and National Parks, such as The Masai Mara Game Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Shimba Hills National Reserve, and Tsavo Game Reserve just to name a few. If a game drive is in your holiday itinerary, you might want to do some research first. There are numerous hotels located within the game reserves; therefore, get as many quotes as you can and then compare them for the best deal.
  • The Beautiful Coastal Region, which is a beautiful island that has a lot to offer including numerous luxurious hotels and resorts with breath-taking ocean views, a rich Swahili culture with a unique history, and magnificent historical sites. If you are looking for some sun, and beautiful white sandy beaches, then the Coastal region of Kenya is the place to be. You can take long walks on the beach as you watch the beautiful sunsets and you can also engage in the many water sports activities available.

Note that, these are just a few of the places you can visit. The country has a lot to offer in terms of places of tourist attraction.

The Budget

Spending the last few days of your vacation at the coast enjoying the sun is more relaxing and very tranquil. While the first week should be devoted to watching game life and visiting other regions of interest, particularly those rare tourist attraction areas unique to Kenya, the coast should be the place you will want to be as you wind up your vacation trip.

Remember, it is important that you inquire if the hotel you are staying at will provide transportation from the airport to the hotel. I always feel that this is a safe way to get to the hotel if you are new to the country. In any case it would be costly and a big challenge to try to get their on your own.

  • Cost of Visiting a Game Reserve

If this is included in your vacation program, you need to know that different game reserves in Kenya offer different types of accommodation. This ranges from the standard hotel rooms, to private cottages and private campsites. Prices normally range from $200 to $600+ per person per night depending on the hotel you are staying at. Normally the price is inclusive of meals, game drives, airport transfers, bush meals, picnics and much more. Again this varies as different hotels have different packages. I believe that a day or two after your arrival at the hotel is enough to enjoy the bushy outdoors and the wildlife.

  • Cost of Visiting the Coastal Region

Accommodation prices in this region vary depending on the hotel and where it is located. Hotels by the ocean are more expensive than those further away. Accommodation half-board prices range from $150 to $400+ dollars per person per day. Most hotels will charge a full board supplement at $21 dollars per person per day. In addition, if you take a room with an ocean view, it will cost slightly more than a room without a view, but not by much. It is better to pay full board since then all your meals of the day will be covered. Note that, you can get accommodation for less than $100, although at a modest hotel.

All in all, if you were to spend a week vacationing in Kenya, one or two days are enough to enjoy the Kenya' wildlife and may be one other tourist attraction spot that is in close proximity to the game reserve or national park you are visiting. It should take you less than a day to get to the Coast, in fact it should take just a couple of hours. You can then enjoy the remaining days of your vacation basking in the sun and enjoying what the beautiful coastal region of Kenya has to offer.

In short, I estimate that your minimum budget for a one week vacation in Kenya covering accommodation, and other extra expenses such as entertainment, and taxi fares, should be around $1200 per person and it could actually be a lot less than that.


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      Patrick Kamau 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for the beautiful hub. A nice breakdown of holiday costs in Kenya. Thanks for sharing.