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Kenya

From the big five to the great wildebeest migration, Kenya is the Africa we dream about

Kenya is the world’s oldest safari destination – the word actually means ‘journey’ in Swahili – and retains the charm of yesteryear at many camps. You can also challenge your limits on Mount Kenya – the country’s highest, and Africa’s second-highest landmass. Meanwhile, Nairobi is fast becoming a modern city while retaining its distinct character.


Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Nairobi
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)
  • Languages: English, Swahili
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: August
LGBT Rights in Kenya
Gay Kenya Travel
Best Places to Visit in Kenya
More Info

We won’t sugarcoat it: Kenya has a terrible record of gay rights. Sodomy is illegal and punishable by imprisonment, same-sex marriage is banned, and LGBT people are routinely disowned by family. while prosecution of LGBT men and women in Kenya is rare, it is not unheard of. For example in July 2014, 40 people were arrested for ‘suspected homosexuality’ in a Nairobi nightclub.

Interestingly, lesbians in most East African countries including Kenya tend to fall into a legal grey area and are largely safe of public harrassement. However, discrimination towards lesbians still exists.

Gay Activity: Illegal (Imprisonment as punishment)
Lesbian Activity: Unclear
Same-Sex Marriage: Not legal

Right to Change Gender: Legal, surgery not required
Same-Sex Adoption: Illegal
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

Last updated: September 10, 2019

Due to Kenya’s deeply ingrained homophobia, we recommend gay travellers practice complete discretion. It should be noted even heterosexual PDAs are frowned upon in Kenya! However, if you’re joining our gay Kenya safari, please rest assured your crew, staff, and accommodations all welcome you. Wondering why we still visit homophobic countries? Listen to this episode of The Gay Travel Podcast by Out Adventures which addresses the subject.

Gay Villages
There are no gay villages in Kenya.

Pride Festivals
In June, 2018 a very brave group of LGBT activists hosted the country’s first Pride Parade in a refugee camp. You can read about the protest here.

Best Gay Bars
There are no gay bars in Kenya.

Best Lesbian Bars
There are no lesbian bars in Kenya.

5. Nairobi
While not the most attractive city in the world, Nairobi is the largest economic centre in East Africa, is the gateway to a wealth of national parks and has a quirky charm. Visit the incredible National Museum and enjoy a day trip to Nairobi National Park.

4. Mount Kenya
Mt Kenya reaches a soaring height of 5199m. Industrious hikers are rewarded with the best vantage of the country’s seemingly endless savannahs.

3. Amboselli National Park
Amboselli is Kenya’s premiere safari destination. Visitors are guarenteed to see elephants, wildebeest, zebra and lions. The park also boasts over 370 species of birds.

2. Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru is home to tens of thousands of flamingo that feast gluttonously on the plentiful algaea. Other impressive sights include hippos, crocodiles, white and black rhinos, and lions.

1. Masai Mara
The Great Wildebeest migration is widely considered one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. For a few months each year the migration spills over into the grasslands of Masai Mara National Park where tourists are blessed with the sight of millions of zebra and wildebeest grazing below the acacia trees. Make sure you have lots of space on your memory cards!

Best Time to Visit: August is the dry season – a perfect month to see the wildebeest migration. The sunny weather where we safari hovers around 25C/77F. If you want to hike Mount Kenya, bear in mind temperatures drop with altitude. The final camps are over 3,500m/11,482ft in altitude…and freezing cold after dark.

Electricity: G-type sockets.

Time Zone: EAT (UTC+03:00)

Vaccinations: The WHO recommends vaccination against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and the flu. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

Visas: You will most likely need an e-visa to enter Kenya. Click here for more info, and to apply online. All visas are the responsibility of the traveller, and should be arranged in advance.

Last updated on Sept 1, 2019. Disclaimer: Out Adventures is not liable for inaccuracies in the above information.
LGBT Rights in Kenya

We won’t sugarcoat it: Kenya has a terrible record of gay rights. Sodomy is illegal and punishable by imprisonment, same-sex marriage is banned, and LGBT people are routinely disowned by family. while prosecution of LGBT men and women in Kenya is rare, it is not unheard of. For example in July 2014, 40 people were arrested for ‘suspected homosexuality’ in a Nairobi nightclub.

Interestingly, lesbians in most East African countries including Kenya tend to fall into a legal grey area and are largely safe of public harrassement. However, discrimination towards lesbians still exists.

Gay Activity: Illegal (Imprisonment as punishment)
Lesbian Activity: Unclear
Same-Sex Marriage: Not legal

Right to Change Gender: Legal, surgery not required
Same-Sex Adoption: Illegal
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

Last updated: September 10, 2019
Gay Kenya Travel

Due to Kenya’s deeply ingrained homophobia, we recommend gay travellers practice complete discretion. It should be noted even heterosexual PDAs are frowned upon in Kenya! However, if you’re joining our gay Kenya safari, please rest assured your crew, staff, and accommodations all welcome you. Wondering why we still visit homophobic countries? Listen to this episode of The Gay Travel Podcast by Out Adventures which addresses the subject.

Gay Villages
There are no gay villages in Kenya.

Pride Festivals
In June, 2018 a very brave group of LGBT activists hosted the country’s first Pride Parade in a refugee camp. You can read about the protest here.

Best Gay Bars
There are no gay bars in Kenya.

Best Lesbian Bars
There are no lesbian bars in Kenya.

Best Places to Visit in Kenya

5. Nairobi
While not the most attractive city in the world, Nairobi is the largest economic centre in East Africa, is the gateway to a wealth of national parks and has a quirky charm. Visit the incredible National Museum and enjoy a day trip to Nairobi National Park.

4. Mount Kenya
Mt Kenya reaches a soaring height of 5199m. Industrious hikers are rewarded with the best vantage of the country’s seemingly endless savannahs.

3. Amboselli National Park
Amboselli is Kenya’s premiere safari destination. Visitors are guarenteed to see elephants, wildebeest, zebra and lions. The park also boasts over 370 species of birds.

2. Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru is home to tens of thousands of flamingo that feast gluttonously on the plentiful algaea. Other impressive sights include hippos, crocodiles, white and black rhinos, and lions.

1. Masai Mara
The Great Wildebeest migration is widely considered one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. For a few months each year the migration spills over into the grasslands of Masai Mara National Park where tourists are blessed with the sight of millions of zebra and wildebeest grazing below the acacia trees. Make sure you have lots of space on your memory cards!

More Info

Best Time to Visit: August is the dry season – a perfect month to see the wildebeest migration. The sunny weather where we safari hovers around 25C/77F. If you want to hike Mount Kenya, bear in mind temperatures drop with altitude. The final camps are over 3,500m/11,482ft in altitude…and freezing cold after dark.

Electricity: G-type sockets.

Time Zone: EAT (UTC+03:00)

Vaccinations: The WHO recommends vaccination against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and the flu. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

Visas: You will most likely need an e-visa to enter Kenya. Click here for more info, and to apply online. All visas are the responsibility of the traveller, and should be arranged in advance.

Last updated on Sept 1, 2019. Disclaimer: Out Adventures is not liable for inaccuracies in the above information.


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