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 Women’s Education in Kenya

from £191

7 - 84 days

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

Gap Year and Summer Program in Kenya

from £410

14 days

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

Africa Overland Coast to Coast

from £1695

56 days

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

Volunteer in Childcare in Kenya

from £191

7 - 84 days

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

Nile Trans Nairobi to Cairo Overland

from £2475

63 days

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

Gorillas & Gameparks

from £695

19 days

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

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

Kenya to Cape Town Grand Adventurer

from £2175

75 days

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

Savanna Dawn Nairobi to Victoria Falls

from £1145

34 days

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

Gorillas, Gameparks and Zanzibar Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

from £1285

33 days

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

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