Capital City Nairobi
Population: 45,000,000
Currency: Kenyan shilling ()
Language: English, Swahili
Calling Code: +254

For most people, Kenya is the definition of Africa, a country with a long history of travel, great people and, perhaps most attractive of all, that’s bursting from the seams with wildlife. It’s not just about the wildlife though, as Kenya is so much more. We know that a gap year in Kenya is perfect for those looking for a true African experience and can’t understand why anyone would pass on the opportunity to visit this truly stunning country!

It’s only right that we start with the wildlife though, as it plays such a role in everyone’s view of Kenya. All of the Big 5 – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino – can be seen throughout the country. Doing this doesn’t have to be expensive, with many budget tours offering trips into the wildlife hotspots of Kenya – although more expensive game lodges are an option for those with larger budgets! The Maasai Mara is the most famous place to see wild animals, however there are some other equally as good – as well as less crowded – places too, such as Amboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru.

Heading away from the natural world, you’ll love the bustling cities of Nairobi and Mombasa, both of which can act as your springboard to the rest of the country, and both of which are rich in history. A visit to the Great Rift Valley will show you where human civilisation is thought to have been born, and a visit to one of the indigenous tribes will be something you never forget. Once you’ve finished, you can then relax on the beautiful Pacific shoreline, staring out over the blue waves and dreaming of new adventures…

Working in Kenya

Like most of Africa, topping up your funds while in Kenya is not really an option – so make sure you have enough money to finance yourself for the whole trip. Many volunteering opportunities exist that provide accommodation and food though, plus they let you see a side of Kenya that you never knew existed. Volunteering in Kenya is something we really recommend – it’s a country that needs your help in order to retain its beauty for future generations.

Where Next?

Your gap year in Kenya is only the starting point to an amazing African adventure. Intrepid explorers can head over the border into more challenging countries such as Ethiopia and South Sudan, although most choose to head south towards countries like Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique. Africa is vast, so don’t miss the chance to explore it while you are there!

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