A Gap Year in Kenya

Why go backpacking in Kenya?

Kenya is arguably where it’s at when it comes to gap years in Africa. It’s got the culture, the history and boy does it have the wildlife.

A lot of people say Kenya has the best wildlife in the world, and they’re pretty much on the money. You can experience all of the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard) on a safari or touring a game park, staying overnight at a swish lodge or camping out under the stars.

But there’s so much else to explore; there’s the Great Rift Valley of Lake Turkana where early humans first evolved, the equatorial rainforest in the south, the desert flatlands to the snowy heights of Mount Kenya, and the miles of Indian Ocean beaches in the east.

Kenya is culturally diverse, and whether you are shopping in Nairobi, speaking Swahili in Mombasa, diving in a coral reef or snapping lions on safari, you’ll be constantly delighted with what Kenya has to offer.

Things to do in Kenya

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Savanna Dawn Nairobi to Victoria Falls

from £1145

34 days

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Get up close to the amazing wildlife in the Serengeti National park, chill out on the white sandy beaches of...

Volunteer Rugby Coach

from £1100

21 - 210 days

Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa...

Travel up to 9 countries in Africa while using sport to UNITE, EMPOWER and INSPIRE! Take rugby through Africa and...

Experience Community Development in Action

from £1850

90 - 360 days


Experience community development in action! Support children affected by HIV/AIDS, empower women through skills training, and gain a deep understanding...

Nile Trans Nairobi to Cairo Overland

from £2475

63 days

Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan

An expedition through the heart of Africa, crossing deserts, rivers and mountains and overcoming a multitude of challenges this continent...

Big Cat Wildlife Research

from £1264

14 - 84 days


Assist in the conservation efforts of the Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve by monitoring wildlife and conducting important...

Cairo to Cape Town Overland

from £3695

119 days

Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nami...

A trip for those who are happy to rough it and willing to muck in with a group of like-minded...

Africa Overland Coast to Coast

from £1695

56 days

Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa...

Travelling overland from Kenya to the Cape, this trip is for adventurous travelers who are willing to be part of...

Kenya to Cape Town Grand Adventurer

from £2175

75 days

Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Ta...

An awesome trip for those who want a hands-on adventure with like-minded travellers and who have plenty of time to...

Gorillas & Gameparks

from £695

19 days

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

See awesome wildlife including Mountain Gorillas in their natural environment or if you want an adrenaline rush, try quad biking...

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