Kenya Tour FAQ’s

Helen in Wonderlust Tours

I’m so excited you are interested in coming to Kenya with me!!! It’s going to be so much fun!

I’m sure you have a lot of questions, so I’ve tried to note down everything I can think of, but if you can’t find what you are looking for, feel free to send me an email using the form below.

When is your next tour?

The next ‘This is Kenya’ Tour is running from 29th July – 11thAugust 2017! Click here for more details!

I am also running more tours to Uganda, Rwanda & the DRC and Tanzania & Zanzibar, so check out the general Helen in Wonderlust Tours page.

Where do I sign up?

Thought you might say that after reading the itinerary! There’s a form at the bottom of this page, email me and I’ll send you all the details!

How much is the deposit?

It’s £200.

Where will we be staying?

This is a backpacking trip, so our accommodation will be a mix of camping (with proper beds – there will be no sleeping on the floor), hostels and we’ll even spend a night on a sleeper train. Prices are based on shared rooms or dorms which will usually sleep between 4 – 8 people.

What if I want my own room?

I can arrange this for you at an additional cost (subject to availability). Let me know at the time of booking and we can discuss your specific needs.

What can I expect on this tour?

It won’t be luxury, but we won’t be roughing it either.

The accommodation will generally be quite basic but clean. We’ll be travelling overland, sometimes over long distances and the roads are pretty bumpy. But, the experiences you will have will far outweigh the lack of infrastructure!

This is Africa, and sometimes things don’t go to plan. Food may take a while to arrive, the car may break down… it’s all part of the adventure and character building!

One thing I can promise you is that this will be a lot of fun! You’ll get to see the Africa I know and love.

Is this trip for me?

If you’re a solo traveller or a group of mates who are interested in learning about Kenyan culture, adventurous, laid back, flexible and up for a laugh then this is definitely a tour for you! To get an idea of what my tours are like, please read this post.

If you are worried, don’t hesitate to contact me. I am very honest with my answers, because I want you to have a good time.

What if I cancel? What is your refund policy?

I won’t be offended, these things happen! However, because of the limited spaces on the trip and pre-paid accommodation/activities, the £200 deposit is non-refundable. Your trip is only confirmed once the deposit is received. The full balance is due 62 days before the start of your trip. The cancellation charges are as below.

Period before departure within which notice of Cancellation by you is received Amount of cancellation charge
More than 62 days prior to departure Deposit
42 – 61 days prior to departure 35% of tour price forfeit
28 to 41 days prior to departure 50% of tour price forfeit
14 to 27 days prior to departure 75% of tour price forfeit
Less than 14 days prior to departure 100% of tour price forfeit

How many people will be on the tour?

There will be up to 8 of us on the trip (so 7 including me). I want to keep it small so we can do some real backpacking! Any more than that and public transport could be a bit difficult! A small but perfectly formed group! Plus a small group will make it easier for us to meet other travellers too!

Are there any age restrictions?

You have to be over 18 to join, but there’s no upper age limit. Travel in Africa can be quite physically demanding, with long, bumpy journeys, high temperatures, early mornings and some active activities, so a moderate level of fitness is required.

Where shall I fly into and out of?

The tour will start in Nairobi and finish in Mombasa.

I always use Skyscanner to plan my multi-destination flights. You can easily fly into one city and out of the other. There are also connecting flights between Mombasa and Nairobi.

You can arrive in Kenya at any time on 29th July.

You can depart from Mombasa any time on 11th August. We will be going out the evening before, so might be good to book your flight for mid-morning at the earliest, but it’s totally up to you!

If you arrive in Nairobi early or want to stay on in Mombasa, I can help arrange accommodation for you.

Do you include airport transfers?

No I don’t, however I can arrange for one of my trusted drivers to collect you. They will be waiting at the airport for you with a sign. Where possible, I will try to ensure you can share taxis with others in the group.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. You will need to provide evidence of your travel insurance before you are allowed on the trip.

What do I need to pack?

Have a read of this post! Just remember it gets very cold in Nairobi at night, so bring a warm jumper! Wear it on the plane!

Do I need vaccinations and malaria tablets?

Kenya is a malaria area so I would advise that you do take malaria tablets!

There are a few recommended vaccinations for travellers and you will need a Yellow Fever certificate if you are arriving from a country that poses a risk of Yellow Fever. If you need to pass through a country with a risk of Yellow Fever in transit and are just staying in the airport, you shouldn’t need a Yellow Fever certificate, unless you have been in that country for more than 12 hours.

Please seek the advice of your doctor or specialist travel clinic for the injections or medications you need.

How much is my Kenyan visa?

A Kenyan visa for most nationalities is $51 per person. I would advise that you apply online in advance. Or you can get your visa upon arrival (be aware that the rules can change). If you get your visa in Kenya, you should have your dollars in the exact amount ready when you arrive at the airport or border and they should be newish, undamaged notes. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya and you must have at least 2 blank pages (please check the latest visa situation before you arrive).

How much spending money do I need?

I’ve included a lot of activities, all transport for organized activities and quite a lot of meals.

However, for spends, I estimate that you will need between £450 – £1000 for this trip.

The amount of money you need greatly depends on what you do. For example a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara can cost $450 per person or a tandem skydive over Diani Beach is $350. But if you don’t drink much and are quite happy to just chill when not doing the organized stuff you could might not spend that much.

The numbers below are all estimations.

  • Food: £100 – £150
  • Drink: £50 – £150
  • Optional Activities: £100 – £500 (below are some examples)
    • Hot air balloon over Masai Mara – £366
    • Skydiving at Diani Beach – £285
    • Wasini Island Day Trip – £75
  • Souvenirs: £50
  • Tips: £100
  • Transport: £50 (airport transfers, taxis)

Tipping: It’s not compulsory, but there is a tipping culture in Kenya. On safari it is customary to give between $5 – $10 per guide for the day (we spend 1 day on safari) and $10 for the camp staff (to be shared between the staff, so if we are there 3 days, you’d donate $30 to the camp).

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Or have any questions? Then send me an email using the form below!

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