My first safari in Kenya brought me to the Masai Mara area, on the border with Tanzania. Game rides, tons of animals and an incredible experience
When most people think of any African country, those stereotypical presumptions about the third world are the first to come to their minds. This is, of course, for those who haven’t actually ever been to Africa. Once you do visit it, it’s pretty obvious to fall in love with its beautiful beaches, exciting cultures, rapidly-booming economies and so much more than the continent has to offer.
Kenya is one of the most popular countries in Africa, and there is more than one reason why it’s becoming such a hot destination for digital nomads. In addition to being one of the fastest developing countries of the continent, Kenya offers a perfect experience for anyone who’s a fan of tropical climate and natural setting. And when we say tropical, we mean it quite literally! Yes, the equator passes right through the beautiful Mount Kenya, from which the country gets its name.
Kenya for Digital Nomads
So, is Kenya the next Bali for digital nomads? In short, yes! It’s safe, has an average data connection speed twice that of the global average and has some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. In fact, the trend of digital nomadism in Kenya is catching up so fast that its government has also started launching various accommodation programs for global freelancers. This makes all the documentation work completely hassle-free so that you can enjoy chilling out in Kenya and making the coolest living ever!
Cost of living in Kenya
Let’s talk about the cost of living in Kenya, more specifically in Nairobi and Mombasa, because those are the two of its most loved cities by digital nomads. The capital city of Nairobi, although the 3rd most expensive city in Africa, has a per capita monthly expenditure of a mere $1,548! Yes, we’ve cross-checked that figure a thousand times ourselves. Add some shopping, entertainment and premium gym memberships and you’ll still do great under 2K. Mombasa is even better, with an average cost of living of just around $1000!
Is Kenya a good destination?
However, it’s can’t be all rainbows and sunshine anywhere (although Kenya would come very close to it). Still, you will have to be extra careful with the drinking water and the food that you buy from the local market. Also, the public wifi is just…bad, there’s no other way of saying that. Aside from these drawbacks, you’ll barely find anything to complain about.
Visa requirements for Kenya
If you’ve already made up your mind about moving to Kenya by now, just have a quick go-through with its visa requirements. If you’re a U.S. citizen, all you need is a valid passport with at least 2 empty pages and you can receive a visa-on-arrival when you land in Kenya that will cost you about $50 and will be valid for up to 6 months. The same procedure is applicable for people with Canadian, European, Australian and Indian passports as well. Quite a simple language to understand, isn’t it?
Speaking of languages, it’s important to know what languages are commonly spoken in Kenya. While the Bantu Swahili language and English are the two most widely spoken lingua franca in Kenya, the country has a total of over 68 recognized languages. But don’t worry, as long as you can speak English, you’re more than good to go! French has also gone on a rise in Kenya in recent years, but for now, English is pretty much the only Non-African language that most Kenyans will understand.
In this age where work culture is transforming to unimagined degrees, the world is ready to welcome freelancers with open arms. If you’re tired of an objectivism-filled lifestyle in a densely crowded metropolitan, Kenya offers a perfect getaway to start a new life filled with fun, relaxation and well, beaches!