Since I already had visited Europe, Asia and North America. now it was time for an African adventure, the fourth continent in my travel journey. I started my tour from Nairobi in Kenya. so in my this travel post, I’ll share my experience of Kenya (Nairobi and Mombasa). it was a nice and smooth journey throughout this country.
Visa to Kenya
Kenya visa is on arrival for majority of the countries in the world and so was for Pakistani citizens. there is also a website from where one can obtain an evisa which is also available to Majority of the countries in the world. I obtained evisa of Kenya from the online website, and it cost me $50 USD which I paid online to the same website.
When I reached Kenya, it took 5 minutes to clear the immigration with Kenya evisa, and I found that visa on arrival is also easily available at the airport for the same price.
I have a complete guide on how I obtained visas of Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda & Uganda.
Airport to City Taxi
Airport is around 10 KM distance from city center in Nairobi, and it costs exactly $18 for a single ride from Jomo Kenyatta Airport to Westlands in Nairobi, I stayed in Westlands which is a good area. there are many Taxi companies in the airport terminal building which you can book, you can always negotiate the price, because first they demand higher price. after finalizing the price, the guy will escort you to Taxi which stands outside the terminal.
Journey from Airport to city was safe and smooth. it took around 40 minutes to reach Westlands, it was night time.
Accommodation in Nairobi
I found a hotel in Agoda.com which cost me $35 per night in Nairobi, the area name is Westlands which I found to be very quite and clean. it’s just a KM from main city center. I always use Agoda.com for booking my hotel rooms in advance. Nairobi was generally not expensive in terms of accommodation.
Food in Nairobi
I usually eat Indian food, but I didn’t find any good Indian restaurants in Nairobi. I forgot to use Google to find restaurants, that might be the reason. because Nairobi is relatively big city. However, there are many fast food restaurants such as KFC, Subway and many others. so it was easy to find them anywhere and have a good food.
Food usually cost around $5 per meal, I ate fast food in Nairobi, and it always cost me $5 per meal.
Transportation in Nairobi
There are many buses running all the day in Nairobi, but I didn’t use any bus during my two days stay in Nairobi. I used Taxi from the airport and then used UBER. UBER was generally expensive, but it cost around $8 for a 10 KM ride in the city. I found motor bikes which cost very little. I used a motor bike from city center to my hotel in Westlands and that only cost me $2. it also saved me from traffic jam. so I recommend that as well.
Moving to Mombasa
After staying for two nights in Nairobi, I moved to Mombasa which is a coastal city in Kenya near Tanzania. Mombasa was a clean and green city which I liked. from Nairobi, I took a bus which cost me around $10 and that was not a quality bus, but I missed the luxury buses which are good. the journey from Nairobi to Mombasa took around 9 hours. I reached Mombasa at night time.
After getting off the bus in Mombasa, there were many Tuk Tuk (Rikshaws) waiting in front of the bus. I asked the price from one tuk tuk rider who demanded $2 for a 4KM ride, and that was good price I thought. I got into the tuk tuk with my luggage, I was scared a little bit, but the journey went smooth, the guy was honest. so I paid him 50 cents extra. I got a hotel room in Mombasa for $25 per night which was again a nice room near city center.
Accommodation in Mombasa is not very expensive, you can find a good hotel room in range between $20 to $30 easily at the main place in Mombasa. Tuk Tuk is the main transport in Mombasa which you can always hire for as little as $1 for 1 to 3 KM in the city.
And I found many Indian and Arabic restaurants in Mombasa which was a good thing. during my two days stay in Mombasa, I always used to visit these Indian/Arabic restaurants near Fort Jesus Museum and ate there. it cost me $3 to $5 depending on the item I was ordering. I usually ate Biryani and Shawarma.
Points of Interest in Nairobi
There are many places you can explore in Nairobi. If you are looking for real life then go to city center and walk around the busy market area which is just adjacent to main city center.
Take a ride in the local buses which will show you all the city for as little as $1. you can also visit the Rural area of Nairobi using the same buses. however, for wild life and Safari in Nairobi, you’ll have to visit Nairobi National Park.
In Nairobi National Park, you’ll find real life animals and beautiful scenes. you can see that in my Kenya videos below. I have many videos on Kenya which you can watch on this page as well as on YouTube. The Nairobi National Park is 10 KM far from city center. I booked an Uber taxi to reach there, the Taxi cost me $8 one way. then I booked another taxi for $20 to give me a tour of the national park. and the entry fee was $50 to the Park. it cost me $80 for visiting that national park, which is expensive I think.
Points of Interest in Mombasa
Mombasa is must to visit place in Kenya. it has many clean and beautiful beaches as well as historical places such as the Fort Jesus and Museum. The Old Mombasa city is another attraction that you should not miss which is just near Fort Jesus. And Fort Jesus is the main attraction in Mombasa.
However and remember, you must not miss to visit Mombasa Public Beach, Nyaali Beach and Diani Beach. these beaches are clean and beautiful. but be careful there, some people can cheat you. there are so many people on the beaches especially on Sundays. visit local markets in Mombasa, you’ll be amazed to see the customs and real life.
And last but not least, you must not forget to visit “Haller Park” in Mombasa which is a wonderful place to see so many animals including Giraffes. it’s not just a park, but a whole forest.
Pricing in Mombasa was generally low, after finishing my Mombasa tour in Kenya. I moved to another country in the region called “Tanzania“. story of that will be shared in my next post. Happy Traveling.
Special Note: at the end of this series of my East Africa tour, I’ll share how much in total it cost me to visit three countries in Africa. now watch below travel vlogs from my Kenya tour.