Five Homestays Worth Visiting in Kenya

Our goal at is to provide travelers with an authentic experience in each destination they visit by living with locals. These are five homes in Kenya that accomplish this goal and more.

1 Hellen and her family (Nairobi)

Hellen and her husband Michael love hosting volunteers in their home. They have a big family with their son Isaac and four foster children. They work together at ABC Children's Aid Kenya and the International Cultural Youth Exchange Kenya. One guest, Eloïse from France, was in Kenya on fieldwork for a research project for her Master's Degree in Anthropology at the University of Nanterre. She really felt like part of the family. She told us "We had the opportunity to share about our respective lives, families, problems, hopes and dreams. I learned a lot about the Kenyan culture through all the conversations we shared."

Hellen's family and a guest

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2 Alice's home (Nairobi)

Alice's home, the Sosian Estate, is a large home perfect for hosting larger groups of people. Guests cannot stop raving about how much they loved staying with Alice (and they keep giving her five stars!). Naoya from Japan, who was doing an internship at UNICEF in Nairobi, wrote, "She and her sons are all great cooks and took great care of us. I enjoyed local Kenyan food and experiences with them." Ana from Croatia wrote, "You cannot choose a better place in Nairobi than her house. She was my mother for one week." Another guest from Germany said, "Choosing Alice's Homestay was the best decision I could have made. I was feeling at home from the beginning. I got to know a lot of astonishing people and the African food they shared with me was excellent."

Alice and her lovely guests

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3 Ronnie's home near Nairobi National Park (Nairobi)

Ronnie's home is located just a few minutes from the major attractions such as the Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre, and more. Ronnie also offers Swahili lessons! Denny from the United States wrote of Ronnie's home and his family, "This is a wonderful family in a nice part of Nairobi. I really enjoyed staying with them and would recommend staying with them to those traveling to Nairobi." A guest from the United Arab Emirates wrote, "I am just more than happy to recommend this homestay. It's my home in Kenya now."

Ronnie and his family

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4 Mwai's cozy home (Nairobi)

Mwai and Ann say their home is perfect for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and researchers. They are located close to the Nairobi National Park, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre, the cool Ololua Forest nature trail, and the Ngong Hills. Sergei from Russia stayed in Kenya because he was interested in ecology and conservation issues. He wrote a five star review saying, "The hosts are very friendly, cuisine is delicious and the house – spacious and comfortable."

Mwai and Anna

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5 Samira's home on the coast (Mombasa)

Samira's home is located close to the beach in Mombasa. In addition, there are shopping malls, entertainment spots, and hotels nearby. Daniel from the United Kingdom visited Mombasa with his wife and daughter, who speaks fluent Swahili. He wrote about his experience, "Samira herself is a friendly and positive host, always willing to help with information and advice or simply have a chat. I recommend her homestay and will definitely stay with her again." (In fact, they did come back!) Erasmus, a student and photographer from Tanzania. wrote, "Since day one, I really felt immediately at home. Her kindness and welcoming heart was tremendous."

A room in Samira's homestay

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