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Flights to Kenya in 2022

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Popular inAprilHigh demand for flights, 26% potential price rise
Cheapest inJanuaryBest time to find cheap flights, 7% potential price drop
Average priceHK$6,042Average for return flights in June 2022

With a spectacular landscape that includes the Maasai Mara reserve, Rift Valley, Kikuyu moorlands and Mount Kenya (the second largest mountain in Africa) natural habitats have arisen to suit all types of wildlife. Kenya is the number one destination for big game. 

From safari lodges throughout the country, tourists head off to spot elephants, lions, giraffe, buffalo and monkeys, baboons, cheetahs… the list is almost endless. 

Naturalists book Kenya flights to explore its varied terrain: forests, moors, mountains and huge expanses of plains, across which the famous migration of wildebeest takes place once a year.

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Kenya climate

Kenya’s rainy season lasts from April to June and October to early December. It’s hot and humid on the coast all year round, but onshore breezes make it more comfortable. It’s hot and dry in the lowlands while the highlands are more temperate and cooler at night. 

When is the best time to fly to Kenya?

Peak season:

The annual migration of wildebeest and other animals across the plains of the Maasai Mara takes place between June and September. Consequently, this is the peak season for safaris and prices rise drastically across the country.

Off season:

The rainy seasons are the main off-peak seasons, though still a good time to visit. Prices can be cheaper and there are better deals to be found. Though you will miss the migration, there are still plenty of big game to be spotted, as well as the other attractions of mountains, diving on the coast and the ancient tribe of the Maasai.

October-January, though still off-peak, is the best time to visit for snorkelling as the seas are at their clearest. January and February are the hottest and driest months, however, it can be easy to spot wildlife congregating around water holes.

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Getting around Kenya

There are many scheduled flights available from Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi to domestic destinations such as Mombasa, Lamu or the game reserves of the Maasai Mara. In total, Kenya has around 250 airports and internal flights are cheap, so it can be the most efficient way to travel both for time and cost.

Trains are available, though generally slow and not very reliable. Railways have been allowed to deteriorate a lot over recent years.

Shared taxis and minibuses, called matutas,are the most popular means of transportation for short distances and between cities. They used to be very dangerous, but a recent government crack-down on safety has improved the services somewhat. It is often recommended not to use matatus at night.

Rental cars are available from main cities. Remember that road conditions will be poor if you’re considering travelling any way off the beaten track (anywhere off the main roads that connect major urban centres). Hiring a four-wheel-drive vehicle is advisable.

How long is the flight to Kenya?

Flights to Kenya from Hong Kong begin at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Kenya flight deals take, on average, 17h with a single stopover at the Hamad International Airport, Doha (DOH). Cheaper flights are available at almost half the price, but these take up to 34h, and the flight lands two days later. All Kenya flight deals from Hong Kong land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK). You can also take a flight from Hong Kong International Airport to the Jomo Kenyatta international Airport with a single stop at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD). This flight takes 18h 15min.

Where can you get direct flights to Kenya from?

Unfortunately, direct flights from Hong Kong to Kenya are not currently available, but visitors to Kenya can find fast routes for quick arrivals. The most popular route for cheap flights to Kenya goes through the Hamad International Airport. Different airlines fly from Hong Kong to Kenya, including Ethiopian Air, Emirates, and Etihad Airways.

What is the best way to travel around Kenya?

For domestic and regional flights, Nairobi offers two airports – the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport. From the airport, you can use different means to get around, including buses, taxis, and car hire. If you prefer to drive yourself for several days, you can hire a car, which should cost from around HK$214 per day. Other options available include coaches provided by private companies. The buses offer comfort and are convenient for long distances, especially journeys connecting from one city to another. Also, along most routes, you will find ‘Matatus’, minibuses, which offer fast transportation to areas within or near Nairobi. Kenya also offers a train service, which runs from Nairobi to Mombasa. The train connects Nairobi city with the ocean city of Mombasa, popular with visitors.

What are some things to do in Kenya?

Located in East Africa, Kenya has a coastline on the Indian Ocean. The country encompasses Lakelands, savannah, mountain highlands, and the dramatic Great Rift Valley. It’s also known for wildlife like lions, rhinos, and elephants. From the capital Nairobi, you can visit many exciting spots nearby. If you’re an ocean person, Diani Beach is popular among visitors and offers different areas to explore. The beach features white sand lapped by azure seas and surrounded by palm trees. It’s a preferred spot for unwinding and going for ocean swims or enjoying hammock swings. If you like hiking, you can plan a trip to Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, located close to the equator. For wildlife, the Maasai Mara provides opportunities to spot the big 5 and other species. This trip could also include visiting a Maasai Village to experience the culture and marvel at the classic African landscape.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to Kenya?

Citizens of Hong Kong travelling to Kenya are eligible to apply for a visa. You can apply for the Kenya tourist eVisa on the official Kenya Visa website. This gives you 30 days in the country. You can extend your visa twice, first for two months and again for three months.

What is good to know if travelling to Kenya?

  • The Maasai Mara reserve, on the border with Tanzania, is in the southwest of the country. It’s one of the most popular game parks because a huge amount of animals are concentrated into a relatively small space. The “Big Five” all live here: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. This can be extended to a “Big Nine” if you include zebra, giraffe, cheetah and hippo. To spot the animals, and for something a bit different than the usual jeeps, it’s possible to take a balloon safari over the plains, which gives a fantastic view of the great plains beneath.
  • Don’t miss the Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi. The house where the Danish author Blixen lived has been turned into a museum. Ever since her famous book Out of Africa (written under the name Isak Dinesen) was made into a Hollywood film, the area has made the most of the house. It is situated on “Karen Estates” on “Karen Street”. The museum itself is a recreation of the house as it was when Blixen lived in it and a peaceful place to spend half a day.
  • Kenya’s second-largest city, Mombasa is a good starting point from which to visit the coast. A popular local beach is the white sand Coral Palm Beach, parts of which are private and parts public. If you’re feeling hassled by the many touts and vendors in the public section, head for the private parts, owned by the two big hotels. This section is guarded by hotel security and locals are fined if they come in here.
  • North of Mombasa, also on the coast, is the town of Malindi, particularly popular with Italian vacationers. There is a lot to see, both in town, with mosques, markets and museums and along the coastline. When the tide is out, you can spy the coral reef. Or head to the point where Vasco da Gama landed – after being refused entry to Mombasa. There is a plinth marking the spot where the Portuguese explorer first came ashore.

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