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On the shores of Lake Victoria’s Winam Gulf, Kisumu might be the third-largest city in Kenya, but its relaxed atmosphere is a world away from that of Nairobi and Mombasa.

Since 2000, Kisumu has begun to thrive again, and though it was declared a city during its centenary celebrations in 2001, it still doesn’t feel like one and remains a pleasant and laid-back place with a number of interesting sights and activities nearby.

City. Not city.


City with the perfect natural setting.


Do not miss in Kismu

Getting there

Flying is the only straightforward way of getting to Kenya, unless you’re travelling overland from southern Africa. Flights to Kenya are generally most expensive from early July to late October and from mid-December to mid-January. Make reservations as far in advance as possible, especially if you want to travel at these popular times.

Nairobi is the major hub for East Africa and is served by many airlines so there’s a competitively priced choice of flights, but the cheaper tickets generally have fixed dates that you won’t be able to change without paying an extra fee.

With the exception of the package-holiday charter airlines from Britain and Europe, there are no direct flights to Mombasa without going to Nairobi first. However, an inclusive package trip can make a lot of sense. Some packages, based around mid-range coast hotels, are relatively inexpensive and, if you choose carefully, you shouldn’t feel too constrained. Based on your flight, plus a week of half-board accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast) they cost from around £700 from the UK. It’s worth remembering that you aren’t obliged to stay at your hotel all the time: you could use it as a base to make independent trips around the country.

Adding some safari travel to a beach package holiday will increase the price by at least £200 per person per day of safari. If you have more time and flexibility, book a safari in Kenya.

Transfer Options

Most international flights will arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. The airport is situated on the outskirts of the capital.

From here, the nearby Wilson airport is the main airport for domestic flights, very convenient if you are heading straight into the countryside. 

The other international airport is Moi International Airport in Mombasa on the Kenyan coast. It is primarily used for domestic flights, but international routes do arrive here for travellers going to Mombasa or Zanzibar. 

Malindi Airport is another entry point to the country. Few international flights arrive here as it is primarily used as domestic airport. 

Domestic flights are the easiest way of travelling around Kenya. 

Wilson Airport to the south-west of Nairobi is the hub for domestic flight connections. AirKenya or SafariLink are the primary domestic flight carriers. SafariLink also donate a portion of their profits to the conservancies they work with. 

Many parks and conservancies in Kenya have purpose-built airstrips allowing easy access for safaris.