How to Enjoy Budget Safaris in Kenya

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Kenya’s enchanting attractions and its inviting culture makes it a great destination for tourists from all parts of the world. Budget travellers too are welcome for a fun-filled beach or bush safari. If you are looking for budget safaris in Kenya, here are tips to help you save on accommodation.

  • Compare hotel rates

Price comparison is the only way to find hotels with lower rates. From the full listing of hotels in Kenya, compare the rates in relation to the services included. You will spend less and get more.

  • Get all-inclusive accommodation

Some hotels in Kenya, such as Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp, provide full board accommodation. With the three meals included in the package, you only need to budget for activities and personal expenses.

Spectacular view of Mara River from Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp.

Spectacular view of Mara River from Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp.

  • Board a matatu when possible

In towns like Nairobi, the public transport system is efficient, and it can get you from one place to the other in just a few minutes. When travelling within the city, board a bus. Request for a taxi only when necessary such as during evenings or when visiting private neighbourhoods.

  • Search for discounts and deals

Budget safaris in Kenya are especially popular during national holidays like Madaraka Day and Jamhuri Day. You can subscribe for the newsletter to get alerts when discounts are available online.

  • Choose a cheaper season/ destination

During the low season in Kenya (from April to June and from November to mid-December) most national parks are less crowded. Additionally, more hotels offer discounted rates during the low season.

  • Stay Downtown

Most of the time, hotels in the city centre are more costly than hotels in the city’s outskirts. Find cheaper hotels with accommodation facilities that suit your needs. In Nairobi, you can stay downtown, in hotels like the Eron Hotel.

  • Stay close to the airport/ attraction

If you intend to fly from one destination to the other, stay close to the airport and you will spend less on airport transfer. In major towns, here are hotels close to the airport. For instance, in Nairobi, hotels near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport include Panari Hotel, Boma Inn and 67 Airport Hotel. In Mombasa, you can stay in hotels near Moi International Airport. In addition, hotels within a national park are expensive, and you can stay in the vicinity and visit the park when necessary.

With these cost saving tips, budget safaris in Kenya are possible.



  1. Peter

    August 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Always looking for an opportunity to go on safari in Kenya. Hadn’t thought of subscribing to get alerts.

    • Leah Wang'ondu

      September 7, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Hi Peter,
      Subscribe to know when we have the best hotel deals anywhere in Kenya.

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