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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Volunteer in Childcare in Kenya

from £191

7 - 84 days

Kenya

Volunteer on the Childcare volunteer project in Kenya. Located in Nairobi.

Gorillas, Gameparks and Zanzibar Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

from £1285

33 days

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

From the opportunity to trek to the majestic Gorillas to the wildlife on offer in the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and...

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...

The Ultimate Roadtripper

from £1899

21 - 360 days

Australia, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, Unite...

Head overland from Nairobi to Jo'burg, Cairns to Sydney and Los Angeles to New York. We've basically put together all...

Gap Year and Summer Program in Kenya

from £410

14 days

Kenya

"I participated on this Africa & Asia Venture program and it was honestly one of the most impactful and incredible...

Big Cat Wildlife Research

from £1264

14 - 84 days

Kenya

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

Volunteer in Women’s Education in Kenya

from £191

7 - 84 days

Kenya

Volunteer on the Women's Education volunteer project in Kenya. Located in Nairobi.

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...

Essential African Overlander

from £860

14 - 120 days

Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia

There's really only one way to explore Africa - overland. The place was pretty much invented for it. So, we've...

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...

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