ANNOUNCING: The ‘This is Kenya’ African Adventure Tour 2016!

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This is Kenya Tour - Solo Traveler Backpacking Tour

Looking for an awesome African adventure tour? Want to go somewhere amazing but don’t want to go alone? Or maybe you’re a couple of friends who want to meet like minded people to travel with? Then read on…

I receive emails every single day from readers who would like to travel around Africa independently like I have but are apprehensive to go solo or have no idea where to start. That was me 7 years ago too! So I came up with an idea…

I’m going to be running my first Helen in Wonderlust Tour in Kenya this September and you’re invited!


This won’t be a typical ‘tour’. In fact, it’s not a tour at all. It will be a laid-back, adventurous and fun backpacking trip, that is like an independent, solo adventure, with a group of friends built in.

The pace will be relaxed and there will be plenty of downtime, but I also have tons of fun activities planned. We’ll be using local transport, eating some of the best food in Kenya and meeting local people! For this reason I’ll be keeping the numbers small so you can get a true backpacker experience. We’ll also be staying in the heart of the action so you’ll get the chance to do your own thing and immerse yourself in the Kenyan culture.

So what’s this trip all about?

Masai Mara Kenya

‘This is Kenya’ Tour

Join me for an adventure in Kenya starting on 3oth August 2016!

We’ll spend 2 weeks exploring this amazing country and getting to know the real Kenya. We’ll explore the capital, Nairobi, go on a safari with a difference in the Masai Mara and unwind on the stunning Swahili coast.

Day 1: Nairobi 

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your accommodation for the night. Relax into the African way of life and get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at our campsite.

Day 2 – 4: The Masai Mara

We’ll depart from Nairobi and head towards the world famous Masai Mara for our safari. On the way we’ll take in the views of the magnificent Great Rift Valley and stop for lunch in the town of Narok, before heading to our lovely camp just a few kilometres outside the Masai Mara gate.

On day 3, after a hearty breakfast, we’ll jump in our safari vehicle and spend a full day looking for the Big 5 and picnicking in the wild. That evening we’ll enjoy a meal at a local restaurant in the nearby township of Sekenani.

We’ll spend our last day in the Masai Mara with the Maasai tribe, going on a guided walk, visiting the local school and having lunch in the village. They’ll show us around their boma before taking us for sundowners – the perfect way to end a day in Africa. Once the sun has set, we’ll head back to our camp for a BBQ dinner and party!

Mother and baby elephant in the Masai Mara

Day 5 – 6: Nairobi

In the morning there’ll be some free time (in case anyone fancies a hot air balloon trip over the Masai Mara or a little lie in after the party) before we transfer back to Nairobi. Traffic dependent, there should be some free time for the rest of the day to try one of the many Nairobi activities, head to Java House for a coffee or cake, use the internet or have a snooze! Then in the evening, we’ll go out to one of Nairobi’s best restaurants.

The next morning we’ll visit Kazuri Beads and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see the baby orphaned elephants they care for. We’ll then go for a local lunch and explore the city with a walking tour. In the evening, anyone who wants to can head out to Nairobi for dinner and drinks!

Day 7 – 8: Mombasa

We’ll spend the day making our way towards Mombasa and in the evening head out to a nice restaurant and take it easy after a busy few days.

We’ll head out in the morning to explore Africa’s largest coastal city. We’ll visit the old town where we can take a cup of Kenya’s finest at Jahazi Coffee House and visit the spice market and Fort Jesus. In the evening we’ll go out for a delicious dinner at a top Mombasa restaurant and afterwards, you can take in some of the famous Mombasa nightlife.

Kenyan Masala Chips

Day 9 – 11: Kilifi

On day 9, we’ll and head straight up the coast to the laid back town of Kilifi where we’ll spend the next 3 nights.

Here we will enjoy a tour of a local village, sail on a traditional dhow and enjoy a beach bbq. On one of our evenings, we’ll head up to Giriama Paradise for a village tour followed by dinner and drinks.

There will also be free time to try some of the watersports on offer, wander round town, sample the food at the local restaurants or just lie in a hammock with a cold Tusker in hand – whatever you feel like! Kilifi also has some great bars, so if nightlife is your thing, you’re all set. I’ll see you down at the beach for sunrise, if you’re up early enough… or going to bed late enough!  🙂

Day 12 – 14: Diani Beach

Our last stop is one of Kenya’s most beautiful destinations, Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean – the perfect place to finish your African adventure.

We’ll head here from Kilifi, passing back through Mombasa and taking the Likoni Ferry. Whilst we’re here we will take a day trip to Wasini Island and Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park, but there will be plenty of time to do your own thing, relax, party – whatever you like!

Diani Beach has something for everyone. You can lie in the sun, take a camel ride down the beach, shop for souvenirs in the local market, get some clothes made or if you’re feeling active, try your hand at one of the many activities on offer, like kite boarding or wind surfing. If you are feeling really, really brave, you can even go sky diving!

There are plenty of bars where you can dance the night away under the stars to reggae or the latest Swahili tunes. On our last night we’ll say goodbye over a farewell dinner.

Helen in Wonderlust Tours

Day 15: Mombasa

We’ll transfer back to Mombasa so you can catch your flight home in the evening or maybe you’ll continue your travels around Africa from there…

So who’s coming to Kenya?


  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Dates: 30th August – 13thSeptember 2016
  • Start: Nairobi
  • Finish: Mombasa
  • Maximum Group Size: 7 people
  • Group Leader: Helen
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Cost: £1,495
  • Deposit: £150 (non-refundable)
  • Balance Due: 30th June 2016.

What’s included? 

  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners.
  • Accommodation: 14 nights’ accommodation in good quality camps and hostels. This could include mixed dorms.
  • Airport Transfers: From Nairobi airport on arrival and to Mombasa on departure day.
  • Transport: Local transport within Kenya to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, train, safari van, mini bus, ferry).
  • Activities:
    • Welcome dinner in Nairobi.
    • Masai Mara safari.
    • Visit to Sekenani town, just outside the Masai Mara.
    • Day with the Masai tribe.
    • Nairobi walking tour.
    • Dinner at Nairobi’s famous Carnivore Restaurant.
    • Visit to the Nairobi Giraffe Centre, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Kazuri Beads.
    • Mombasa walking tour.
    • Sailing and snorkeling trip on a traditional dhow.
    • Village tour, dinner and sundowners at Giriama Paradise.
    • Day trip to Wasini Island and Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park.

What’s not included? 

  • Flights to and from Kenya.
  • Kenyan visa ($51).
  • Medications, anti-malarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance.
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.
  • Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, “This is Africa”, after all. But whatever happens, I’ll endeavour to make sure you have an amazing trip!!

Want to come on an incredible African adventure in 2018 or 2019?

If you want to go backpacking with an awesome group of likeminded travellers, then join one of my 2018 or 2019 Rock My Adventure small group tours to Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda & the DRC, Zambia, Botswana & Malawi and Morocco! 

I will show you a different side of Africa. Not the Africa you see in the media, but the colourful, adventurous, wild and real Africa I know and love.

Rock My Adventure tours are experiential and culturally immersive adventures, but without the hassle of having to find accommodation, working out how to get from A to B and booking all your own activities.

They are laid-back and fun, a bit like an independent backpacking trip (so it doesn’t feel like a tour) but with a group of friends built in – the best of both worlds! Plus you get comprehensive pre-departure support and advice from me!


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  • Reply
    January 29, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    This is a grand idea. Kenya welcomes you 🙂

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      January 29, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Asante sana! 🙂

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    January 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Amazing trip. If I hadn’t injured my knee, requiring an op and crutches for the foreseeable future, I’d be booking this. Hope you run a second one when I’m back on two feet!

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      January 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Aw, I wish you could come Jo!!! That would be a lot of fun!!! 🙂 Next time!!!

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    January 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    How exciting!! Congrats on running your first tour! It sounds like it will be a lot of fun 🙂 x
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      January 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks Ella! 🙂 xx

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    January 31, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Can’t wait to talk about this with you this weekend – I would love to join! xxx

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      January 31, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      I would LOVE it if you came!!! Yes, we can discuss all next week!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    John Mandy
    February 1, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Helen This sounds an amazing trip. Can’t wait to read the blog about it. Fabulous itinerary

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      February 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you John! I’m very excited!!! 🙂 Just finalising the details!!! Hope retirement is treating you well! How’s the blog?

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    John Mandy
    February 3, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Retirement is great thanks but the old line about ‘How did I ever find time to go to work?’ is all true! My blog is fine but still dead jealous of yours – it’s fantastic. Good luck with the Kenya trip.
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      February 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Ha ha! I felt like that when I had a few weeks off before I went travelling. I find that I can quite easily fill my time!!!

      Thank you!!! I’m really excited about it!!! Just thought it might be a nice thing to do! I’ve always wanted to do it and now it’s happening!!

      YOur blog is great! Just keep working at it, and I’ll tell you something… no matter what you do, you’ll always be critical of your own blog! The blog grass always seems greener! 🙂

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    March 15, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Sounds interesting, after Kenya, organize one for Uganda (The pearl of Africa), most especially since you know it, like the back of your hand. Tujja kusanyuka nnyo.
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      March 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      I may just do that! I love Uganda! 🙂

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    June 2, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Looks like an awesome tour! I’m headed back to East Africa in November, else I’d totally look at making this happen. Love me some Stoney Tangawizi, and I’ve yet to make it to the Kenyan Coast.

    Hope it’s a roaring success!

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      June 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Aw shame you can’t make it! 🙂 But you’ll be going anyways!! I love Stoney too! Best drink ever… well apart from wine! 🙂

      Have an amazing time!!!!

      Thank you!!! You heading to TBEX Stockholm?

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    June 3, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Very cool what you are doing Helen! It sounds a lot of fun. I hope you have all your participants! Very well organized adventure. Very inspiring.

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      June 3, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Mel! Thank you!!!

      How you doing? Hope you and Julie are well! 🙂


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    Cherie King
    June 4, 2016 at 4:25 am

    This sounds absolutely fantastic lovely! I would love to join! How many spots are left? We should catch up soon, and discuss! Will you be at TBEX Stockholm? If not, I might be in London soon, let me know when you will be in town! x

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      June 4, 2016 at 7:45 am

      Hey Cherie,

      Yes, I still have a couple of places! I will email you all the details!

      I am going to TBEX, can’t wait to see you! 🙂 Will be there from the 12th July!

      I’m in London next weekend 10th/11th June if you are around?

      Helen x

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        June 5, 2016 at 7:06 pm

        Thanks for sending me the info! I am so excited for you, the tour looks amazing! Yay, so glad you will be at TBEX, can’t wait to see you! It has been such a long time. Ah, not in London around then, probably will be there after Stockholm. See you soon lovely! xx

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          June 12, 2016 at 8:07 pm

          No worries! Hope you can come, it’s going to be really fun!! xx

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    June 23, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Is it to late to join? if not, please email me! 😀

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      June 23, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      I’ve emailed you! Come to Kenyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! 🙂

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    July 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    This sounds so amazing! If I had more flexibility with my holidays / hadn’t used all my annual leave already I would totally be up for it!

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      July 11, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Anne-Sophie,

      No worries!!!

      I’ll be doing more next year! Want me to add you to the mailing list for the tours?



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    August 22, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Dear Helen, I just read your Kenya trip plans and I`m soo sorry I`m missing it by just 1 week 🙁 I have a big trip starting 10th september up to 25th.
    I`m a solo traveler, mostly because I can`t plan ahead. Solo works great for me when its a quick city visit, but when it is a longer trip I just can`t get through it. I came across your blog while trying (in a very disorganised way) to develop an itinerary for myself around Kenya-Tanzania to see the great migration.. (But I also want to see the Victoria falls and Zanzibar… well, you get the idea)
    Safaris are super expensive, there are so many things to see and do, the major spots seem far away from each other, and theres not enough info (or I cant find) how to connect the spots. So it would have been great to join a seasoned traveller like you.
    I`ll just have to contend with reading your great blog 🙁
    Any ways, hope you have a great time 🙂

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      August 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks Mustafa! Shame you will miss it, but sounds like you have a great trip ahead of you!

      Africa can be expensive, but cheap too. It’s about finding the balance! Often the bits in between the ‘dots’ are the best! 🙂

      Enjoy your big trip! Maybe see you on the road someday!!

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