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Visit Kenya without burning a hole in your pocket

  • Highlights

  • Enjoy Kenya’s picturesque landscape full of flora and fauna

  • Go for safaris and hot air balloon rides across the savannah

  • Click pictures with elephants and giraffes

  • Finance your trip easily with a personal loan for travel

Kenya is perfect for your next international holiday if you are eager to interact with wildlife in their natural habitat. Whether you want to feed a giraffe, play with an elephant, or embark on a hot air balloon ride, Kenya offers a memorable travel experience. This East African destination presents breath-taking diversity in terms of flora and fauna, making it a must-visit destination.

If you are interested in holidaying here, follow this guide to plan a pocket-friendly trip.

How to reach Kenya

When travelling from India, you can reach Nairobi, the capital of Kenya in just 6 hours. Round-trip tickets for two cost Rs.58,000 - Rs.70,000, depending on dates and airline that you choose. You do not have to take on the hassle of applying for a visa beforehand either, as Indians qualify for visa on arrival at any Kenyan airport. You can get a visa for 30 days by paying approximately Rs.3,500 per person.

Where to stay

If you want to go on a day safari, book your stay in a hotel in Nairobi. There are options for every budget and places like the Monarch Hotel or La Maison Royale will cost you upwards of Rs.4,000 per night. Alternatively, pick luxury hotels like Trademark that cost around Rs.12,000 per night, for 2 adults.

However, if you want to witness wildlife migration, wake up to the view of Tanzania's mesmerising Mt. Kilimanjaro, spend an afternoon fishing, and fly over a national park in a jet. Visit the Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) and plan your safari across Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Mount Kenya, and Tsavo. You can select a plush suite or a normal tent for your stay and depending on when you’re visiting, this will cost you upwards of Rs.10,000 per night for two people.

What to eat

When in Kenya, do not forget to eat at the famous Carnivore restaurant. This much-talked about restaurant that serves meats of all kinds and isn’t for the fainthearted! Alternatively, if you want a taste of something tamer, sip on 'dawa', a Kenyan vodka-based cocktail. Either way, make it a point to savour authentic Kenyan dishes like githeri and kuku paka during your stay! Most options for food in Kenya are affordable and a meal for two will cost you around Rs.800.

When to visit and sights to see

Planning a trip to Kenya in January is a good idea as it is the best time to spot wildlife and the weather is pleasant. Alternatively, visit post March until December to witness wildlife migration. Once you set foot in Kenya, keep this checklist handy for a memorable holiday:

- Visit the 6,000 km-long Great Rift Valley

- Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi

- Visit Lake Naivasha to spot 400 species of birds

- Visit the Ruins of Gedi, an abandoned city

- Visit Che Shale Beach on Mambrui, Malindi, to indulge in water sports


Vaccination guide

Before you hop on to a flight to interact with rhinos, elephants, lions and giraffes, keep in mind that you need to be vaccinated first. As per WHO regulations, Indian citizens are required to take hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza vaccines before entering this East African country.

With so much on offering, you’re sure to want to plan a trip that covers a range of experiences. The good news is that you can do this so comfortably using a travel loan, without dipping in to your savings. For instance, you can fund your Kenyan vacation with ease using a personal loan for travel from Bajaj Finserv. Here you can get up to Rs.25 lakh at affordable travel loan interest rates. When you use the flexi loan facility, you can borrow from your sanction multiple times, as per your needs, and pay interest only on what you withdraw. With money in the bank within 24 hours, you can finance a last-minute trip too. You can check your pre-approved offer and get instant, hassle-free approval.

DISCLAIMER: The personal loan features mentioned in this article are subject to change, based on policy revisions. For the updated product details, please visit the Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan page here.

 

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