Solo Female Travel in Kenya

Situated in East Africa and distinguished by its scenic landscapes and diverse wildlife, Kenya is a dream destination for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Known for its iconic savannahs that roar to life with the great migration of Wildebeest, this captivating place is a natural habitat for the world's famous 'Big Five' game animals - Lion, Elephant, Cape buffalo, Leopard, and Rhinoceros. From the lovely shores of the Indian Ocean, the lush green highlands, to the sundrenched Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park, and the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro backdrop, Kenya is a true African gem. Not to mention its bustling capital city, Nairobi, home to sophisticated restaurants, hip cafes, shopping avenues, and rich historical museums that display the nation's vibrant culture and heritage.

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Is Kenya good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Kenya as a travel destination has diverse experiences to offer and is generally welcoming. However, cautiousness should be maintained, especially in crowded markets and urban centres against petty crimes like pickpocketing. It's always advisable to avoid walking alone at night, taking only licensed taxis, and avoiding remote areas. Moreover, due to sporadic instances of political unrest and terrorism, staying updated about the local news will keep you more aware and safer.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

Kenya's infrastructural setup is decent, but not always consistent. Major cities like Nairobi and Mombasa have reliable transport options such as taxis, matatus (local minibuses) and motorbikes. However, it can get complicated in more remote areas due to poor road conditions and limited public transportation. English is widely spoken in the major cities making it easier for foreign travelers to navigate. It's advisable to have a local guide when exploring these remote areas.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Kenya holds an enchanting spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, offering a great diversity of experiences available to travelers. From wildlife watching in the Maasai Mara and bird watching at Lake Nakuru, to exploring the beautiful coastal city of Mombasa and hiking Mount Kenya ensures that you never run out of exhilarating activities. The welcoming hospitality of its people adds an extra charm to your journey. Despite being fascinating, some rural and isolated parts might require careful planning and can be challenging to navigate alone, impacting the overall traveling experience.
Food:

Food:Above average

Kenya offers a good variety of food for travelers, with its diverse cultural influences reflecting in its cuisine. From local dishes such as Ugali and Nyama Choma, to coastal dishes with Arabic and Indian influences, you can satisfy different culinary tastes. Vegetarians might have slightly less variety, but the quality of dishes is generally high with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Despite its contrasts, mainstream Western food is also readily available in major cities.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Kenya's affordability is quite variable. While activities like wildlife safaris and dining in high-end places can be expensive, there are budget-friendly options as well. Street food is cheap and delicious, and there are affordable guesthouses and hostels. Public transport is also quite inexpensive, but it's worth noting that flights into Kenya can be pricey. An average budget traveler can expect to spend around $30- $50 per day excluding the safari tours.

Is Kenya worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 8 experiences

Things to do

4.3/5

Safety

3.9/5

Food

4/5

Budget-friendly

4/5
Barb

Barb

United States

Couple travel experience

For anyone that loves adventure and animals, Kenya is an incredible destination. I’m not really a beach person, but the Indian Ocean is the only ocean I will actually go in, since it is warm and crystal clear. As far as safety, I was able to walk alone and had no fear. However, you do need to be able to tell the beach boys you’re not interested in long discussions with them. Down in the south is Wasini island. There you can swim with the dolphins and whale sharks. A little to the north is the South Coast region, and there you find Simba Hills which has a coastal forest safari and you can see the rare sable antelopes. As you head further inland there are national parks such as Ambosili, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. From there you can see spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is actually located in Tanzania. There is also no shortage of wild animals and I have seen all animals except rhinos in these parks. I recommend a visit to the Masa Mari where you can see rhinos and the big herds, but it’s especially interesting during migration season.

Posted: April 29, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

I travelled to Nairobi, Tsavo and Diani Beach. I loved the elephant sanctuary and giraffe centre in Nairobi. Tsavo Safari was incredible and Diani Beach has my heart 💓 Kenya was so beautiful and affordable. We rented land cruisers to travel around.

Posted: February 15, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Kenya was surprisingly good as I was expecting to feel less safe going there alone. People are awesome and so welcoming and kind. I cherished their honesty. It was refreshing. One of my best solo trips ever.

Posted: January 25, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

I was traveling with a friend, without a travel agency. We organized everything ourselves. It was amazing, a journey through almost all of Kenya. We felt safe, but of course, we did not go out after dark. A lot of traveling by car, minibuses, and trains through Kenya. I highly recommend it.

Posted: August 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent 8 days alone in Kenya last September and had a fantastic time. I never felt unsafe. I spent 3 days on a safari in the Masai Mara Reserve, visited the Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Center, the Nairobi Museum, and did some shopping in downtown. Throughout the whole time, I had an amazing private guide.

Posted: August 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent a wonderful time alone in Nairobi, Mara, and Mombasa. I never felt uncomfortable or uneasy. I simply followed the usual tips to be aware of my surroundings and tried not to stand out more than necessary. I had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful country and wonderful people of Kenya.

Posted: July 31, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Kenya for 2 weeks. The first week I joined a group safari tour to visit Maasai Mara, Nakuru, and Naivasha. Then, in the second week, I continued my journey alone to Mombasa, Diani Beach, and Kilifi. I felt safe there, however, I was advised not to wander alone at night. The hostel where I stayed at Diani Beach insisted that someone accompany me across the street to the restaurant for dinner.

Posted: June 14, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Some cities are not exactly safe - I was walking joyfully around Mombasa, and the locals told me I should run away from there because it's dangerous. Also, it's better to take taxis in the capital at night to stay safe, rather than walking around. Besides, I took buses to different parts of the country, used matatus, and took part in a trip to areas where we went on safari.

Posted: November 19, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 3/5
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Is Kenya safe for women?

It definitely depends on the area in which you are staying in Kenya. In Nairobi for example, you should use bold and uber. The public transportations are definitely not safe. But all in all you cab walk around in Nairobi without being worried. I live in Bungoma, there you definitely have to be more careful.

Posted: May 11, 2024
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Meet locals in Kenya

Meet local women in Kenya who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
Tabitha

Tabitha

About Me

I am 35 year d mother of one and a wife, currently an MBA student at USIU. I love playing golf, travelling, meeting new people, swimming and reading.

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sylvia

sylvia

About Me

Hey there, globetrotters! I'm your fellow adventurer, always with a passport in hand and wanderlust in my heart. New places make my soul sing, and meeting fresh faces fuels my fire. From bustling cities to hidden corners, I'm down for any escapade that promises unique stories and unexpected laughs. Come tag along as I chase sunsets in 2024 and see where the wind takes us next! Buckle up, it's gonna be a wild ride! So far🇰🇪🇹🇿🇺🇬🇿🇦

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Stay with locals in Kenya

Stay with local women in Kenya who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
sylvia

sylvia

Nairobi

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hey there, globetrotters! I'm your fellow adventurer, always with a passport in hand and wanderlust in my heart. New places make my soul sing, and meeting fresh faces fuels my fire. From bustling cities to hidden corners, I'm down for any escapade that promises unique stories and unexpected laughs. Come tag along as I chase sunsets in 2024 and see where the wind takes us next! Buckle up, it's gonna be a wild ride! So far🇰🇪🇹🇿🇺🇬🇿🇦

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Tabitha

Tabitha

Nairobi

Can host for:

3 days

About me

I am 35 year d mother of one and a wife, currently an MBA student at USIU. I love playing golf, travelling, meeting new people, swimming and reading.

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Upcoming visitors to Kenya

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Noura

Noura

About Me

Hey lovely ladies! ❤️ I'm Noura, a 20yo adventurer who's been soaking up the vibes in Oslo for nearly 3y now. Tho I'm not a native Norwegian, I've explored every nook and cranny of this city, so I can be your tour guide! I'm all about that travel life and I'm looking for a fab travel buddy. Remember, ladies, we always got each other's backs! 😉

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