kenya Food Overview

Kenya is always known for its wildlife safaris and mind-blowing landscapes. However, the Kenyan Food is also the delicious and unique one in Africa. Their dishes are available in a traditional way and always filled with ethnicity. You will need to taste the food and some of the main dishes while in Kenya Safari Tours.

Here is the list of Kenya Food facts which you should try when you are in the country:

Drinks and Snacks:

Tea and coffee are the 2 flavored beverages which is available abundantly in Kenya as they grow both the plantations. You will find the maziwa lala which is fermented milk in rural area. Sodas are also popular all over Kenya.

Street snacks are popular food in Kenya. You will find a variety of street foods who tastes delicious. Some of them are

  • Mishkaki (small skewered meat pieces BBQ’d on an open fire).

  • Corn on the cob charred on the open fire still in their husks.

  • Samosas; small triangular deep fried parcels with spicy meat or vegetables inside

  • Hot chips, usually covered in glowing chili and tomato sauce.

  • Plantain crisps, made from the plantain banana, are sold all over Kenya.

Drinks and Snacks

Lunch and Dinner

The main traditional Kenyan food is Ugali made of Maize meal and rice made of grain. Ugali is mainly served as white stiff porridge, which is good for dipping in stews. In occasions the rice is transformed into a wonderful fragrant mound of colorful hues infused by the spices added like saffron, turmeric, and cayenne with dried fruits and nuts.

The main dish served for lunch and dinner is stews. They can be vegetarian like Maharagwe which is made of tasty bean with onions, spices and tomatoes boiled together making a thick bean sauce. It can also be a meat stew, which can be made of goat.

The stews are sometimes served with chapattis, which is an Indian flatbread, the dough is freshly prepared and then rolled very flat before being shallow fried in plenty of oil, served warm, they are soft and pliable but have a lovely crisp edge, they are great for mopping up the juices of the stew.

Kenyan cuisine - Why Kenyan food recipes are so famous?

Kenyan food is so famous because of the traditional way of cooking recipes. Here is the list of Kenyan food to taste while on Kenya Safari Tours

Ugali

It is the Kenyan staple made of maize flour, millet or sorghum flour. It is a food with good source of iron. It can be eaten with beet stew and beans stew.

Sukuma Wiki

It is made of collard greens; it is a dish of more added flavors. It is called as week pusher in Swahili as it is a more affordable meal.

Nyama choma and a cold Tuesker beer

It is a roasted meat and one of the most loved dishes of Kenya. It is usually served with kachumbari salad and ugali. You can get it from a street vendor to enjoy the traditional taste according to Kenya Safari Facts.

Mutura

It is a sausage made of fresh blood and meat with spices, and ingredients like ginger, garlic and red chilies. It is usually eaten as an appetizer and you can enjoy it with beer.

Mandazi

It is the African doughnut, cooked by frying dough in oil. Coconut milk is added to give a unique flavor. The main ingredients are flour, milk, eggs, yeast, and sugar. It taste good with tea.

These are the main Kenyan food which you will need to taste as per Kenya travel guide. There are a lot of other foods which you will need to taste while you are in Kenya and enjoy the unique traditional way of cooking, especially in the villages cooked by tribes.

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Frequently asked questions

Kenya Safari FAQs

The cost of Safari normally depends on the number of days you have to spend in the country and what type of accommodations would you like to choose and what type of Safari would you like to go with. The Kenya Safari cost will range from $500 to $5000 per person according to your choices and preferences.

There are few extra costs for additional special activities if you prefer, like; Hot Air Balloon, Night game drives, Birding Safari and other activities. Tipping in Kenya Safari is also followed by most of the travellers and you will need to include it in the Safar cost.

Kenya welcomes you year around with its diverse nature and wildlife habitat. There are 2 main seasons in Kenya; Dry and Wet season. The best time to visit Kenya Safari is on dry season which is from June to September and December to January.

The length of the Safari depends on what you want see, what is your holiday duration, budget and if you are travelling for the first time. The normal spending time in the Safari is 7 to 9 days. The longer you spend time in the parks; it is more likely to spot wild.

You will be able to see most of the wild animals and birds in Kenya. However, the most important ones are Big5 and Big9. The Big5 are; Lion, Leopards, Rhino, Elephant and Cape buffalo. The Big Nine are; Big Five and Cheetah, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Zebra. This is one of the most important Kenya Safari Facts.

Kenya Lodge Safari and hotel accommodations range from deluxe, world-class properties to local inns, full-service tented camps, game-park lodges, beach resorts and camp grounds. You can go with properties that are Mid Luxury and above.

It depends on which state you are coming from it could take upwards of 36 hours to get from the US to Nairobi.

Example: If you are flying from Los Angeles to Nairobi with Air France and had one layover in Paris. That first leg will be 11 hrs. Paris to Nairobi would come up to 9 hours.

The price is decided according to your choice of airlines and seat preference. There are flights starting from $700 for base level economy. The flights are long and typically overnight. This is the best time to use those credit card or airline points to upgrade to business class and enjoy the every worth of it.

There are no major requirements of vaccinations to visit Kenya. However, if you are travelling from a country which is affected from Yellow fever, then you will need to carry a Yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Kenya. The other recommended vaccines are; Typhoid, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Malaria and Rabies.

As pet the Kenya Travel guide, the best Safari in Kenya is; Game drives and bush safari, Beach Safari, Bird watching and more. The best safari destinations in Kenya are; Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Mount Kenya, Tsavo National Parks, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mombasa Beach, Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo spring National Reserves.

The Safaris in Kenya are 100% safe. Riding around in the open air vehicles on game drives is one of the coolest experiences. At times you will be within 5 to 6 feet of lions but never once you will feel scared. The Kenya guides are very experienced and know how to read these animals.

Additionally, if anything were to happen to a guest a guide can lose their license entirely, so they will not put you in a situation that would ultimately harm you. It’s important to trust them and listen to their directions!

The Safaris are organised in the National parks and conservation areas. The best safaris of Kenya are arranged in Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and other main national parks.

Both of the countries has the similar way of tourism with all the wilderness and landscapes, but Kenya got into the tourism industry very earlier than Tanzania, so Kenya would be a preferred place for Safari in Africa. You can also opt for Kenya Tanzania combined safari.

Yes, Kenya is an expensive country to visit as a tourist. The gap between what locals earn and what you spend as a tourist is also very large. The minimum salary in Kenya is only 20038 sh, which amounts to $186, while as a tourist we already spend $186 per day. This makes Kenya even for Kenyans themselves very expensive.

Yes, if you request with specific needs, the safari and accommodation facility will be available for a wheel chair passenger. The diet requirement can also be arranged. The guides and drivers are experienced to take care of specially able people.

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