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From wildlife safaris in the Masai Mara to awe-inspiring nights beneath a ceiling of stars, Kenya provides an exquisite holiday experience and memories to last a lifetime. Spot giraffe, zebra, and maybe even a big cat or two, before enjoying some local cuisine in the looming shadow of Africa’s second largest mountain, Mount Kenya.
There is a reason the cheapest flights to Kenya can be found between November and December. This is the wet season and things can get very wet indeed!
Summer is the most popular time of year here, since the weather is dry and warm, but also because this is when the great wildebeest migration occurs.
While booking flights outside this period means you’ll miss this annual spectacular, it does mean you will benefit from much cheaper accommodation and safaris as a result.
Due to the popularity of this striking country, finding truly cheap deals to Kenya can be hard. Besides booking your trip outside high season, your best bet for finding Cheap Flights to Kenya from the UK is to be flexible on dates. After running your initial search, select the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option above the search results. This will let you compare prices for different flights on different days.
You can also broaden your options by searching for flights directly from London, or by exploring flights to different destinations around Kenya.
Searching for indirect flights may also turn up a few cheaper options.
For flights from London to Kenya, you will only find direct flights to Nairobi. Flights to Mombasa require one or more stopovers in locations such as Istanbul or Casablanca. However, while indirect flights will take longer, you may find they can also be more affordable, while giving you the chance to stretch your legs between connections.
Typical travel times are as follows:
Kenya’s main international airports are in the capital, Nairobi, and in the coastal resort of Mombasa. From both airports, you will be able to catch onward connections to other destinations, such as Masai Mara or Nakuru.
While no budget airlines fly to Kenya from the UK, there are nevertheless a number to choose from, catering to different budgets and preferences:
Kenya is about twice the size of the UK, so if you are travelling a long way and there is an airport close to where you’re going, flying may be the quickest and safest option.
Outside the cities, Kenya is not heavily developed and therefore has limited train networks. However, for those without a car, this is often the only way of travelling long distances.
Within the cities themselves, local transport options can be erratic but diverse, with shared taxis, tuk-tuks, minibuses and motorcycle cabs all available. Take your pick!
Kenya is a vast and diverse country, both in terms of culture and landscape.
One of the most popular attractions here in the Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve, a huge expanse of plain and grassland, home to one of the most impressive sights on Earth – the annual wildebeest migration. Even if you aren’t visiting at the right time of year to see this spectacular event, you will still have a chance to spot other wildlife, such as elephant, buffalo and hippo wallowing around the watering hole. You may also spot zebra, warthog, baboon and – if you’re lucky – a variety of big cat.
For something less high octane, you could also kick back with a book in the peaceful beach resort of Mombasa.
When visiting Kenya you will need to purchase a visa. You can either do this at home in the UK or at the airport in Kenya. However, to avoid queues after a long flight, we recommend the former.