Kenya is undoubtedly an ideal destination for families. Kids will love exploring nature and observing their favorite exotic animals in the savannah as well as playing on idyllic white-sand beaches and getting to know the rich and colorful Kenyan culture.
And since the dry season in Kenya falls during school holidays, it’s easy for families to plan their Kenyan trip around the kids’ schedule.
In this article, you’ll find out about traveling to Kenya with family and kids, including:
- Popular Kenya family safari holidays
- The best spots in Kenya for family beach holidays
- Documents required to obtain a Kenyan visa and travel with minors
- Safety travel advice for families heading to Kenya
Family Holiday Destinations in Kenya
International tourists wondering where to go in Kenya with their children will be pleased to read that there are plenty of family-friendly options.
Whether you opt for a Kenya family holiday package or are more of a DIY planner, Kenya offers enough to guarantee a fun and varied time abroad.
Kenyan Safari with Kids: Masai Mara and Western Kenya
A safari in the Masai Mari region is likely to be a life-changing experience for the whole family. The majestic and world-famous wildebeest migration (from July to October) will make kids fall in love with animals and nature and make for a memory that they’ll remember in the years to come.
Safari accommodation in Kenya is very suitable for children. The lodges generally have plenty of space indoor and outdoor for kids to play and it’s easy to add an extra bed.
Kenyan Family Beach Holidays: Lamu and Diani Beach
The Kenyan coast is a long stretch of heavenly beaches and pristine waters but the tranquil and welcoming lifestyle of the community around Lamu makes it especially attractive for families.
On the other hand, Diani on the south coast is very well equipped for kids with plenty of fun activities.
Depending on the age of your children, you may want to introduce them to snorkeling and take them on a day cruise on the traditional Kenyan sailing boats called dhow.
Where to Go in Kenya for Christmas
Kenyan climate is warm and dry around Christmas, when the November rains have dissipated. You can expect temperatures as high as 27 degrees during the day and the water gets as warm as 17 degrees — perfect for a Christmas on the beach.
Animal lovers will also be able to spot the migratory species that move to Kenya around this time of the year.
Kenyan people celebrate Christmas with their families. You’ll be able to see colorful decorations on churches, stores, and houses. Tourists can join the locals at the Christmas midnight and morning mass and enjoy special Christmas barbecue food.
Documents Required to Travel to Kenya with Children
Most foreigners will need a visa for Kenya in order to travel to the country. Thanks to the new eVisa system, parents can apply for a travel authorization for Kenya online in minutes. The visa requirements are easy to understand, the required supporting documentation kept to a minimum and the visa will be sent to the applicant directly via email.
The good news for families is, minors up to 16 years of age won’t need a separate visa for Kenya and won’t need to pay for a visa application fee. As long as they have a valid passport as they go through border control with their parents, they will have no issues getting into the country.
People older than 16 need to apply for their own visa individually. This includes filling out the application form online and submitting the relevant documents as well as paying the visa fee via debit or credit card.
Is Kenya Safe for Families?
Kenya is a very safe destination for tourists of all ages. Crime rates against tourists are very low and taking simple safety precautions (like keeping your belonging close in crowded places and avoiding walking alone in poor-lit streets at night) will ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip.
Safari vehicles are safe for children and the only problem you might encounter is car sickness. Public transport in big cities can feel chaotic and some parents decide to avoid it.
Consult a doctor for health advice and vaccinations well in advance. Keep in mind that malaria tablets are not suitable for children under 12 years of age.Apply for Kenyan eVisa