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AU Nairobi | Travel Within Kenya

Travel within Kenya can be an eye-opening and rewarding experience! Students are required to attend all courses and internship responsibilities, but weekends can be used to get outside of Nairobi and see a different side to the country:

Picture of AU Nairobi students on top of Mount Kenya

Past students have used a long weekend to climb Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjoro in Tanzania. Mount Kenya is in Mount Kenya National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are eight walking routes up to the peak and back down, covering a wide variety of flora and fauna.

picture of students and friends dressed up for a somali wedding in kenya

If you put in the time and the effort, becoming friends with Kenyans has its own rewards outside of daily interaction. You might be lucky enough to be invited to a celebration that requires you to participate in local ways outside Nairobi or even in a Nairobi neighborhood you’ve never been to, doing what you could have never imagined prior to making local friends. Past students have found themselves at Somali-Kenyan weddings, celebrating Diwali with Kenyan-Indian population, and going to Maasai initiation ceremonies.

picture of hells gate national forest in kenya, a baron road looking on to a hill top with dramatic clouds and not a tree or person or animal in sight

Visiting national parks are a great way to get some time in exploring the nature around you. Past students have used Hells Gate National Park as a regular “getaway”, along with visits to Lake Naivasha to camp after viewing fish eagles swoop down for their dinner from a row boat. There are plenty of places to explore within just a few hours of the capital city!

image of an au nairobi male student with a kenyan man in a yellow track suit on one side of him, and a kenyan woman in a tshirt and skirt on the other side of him, all in front of a yellow globe that states equator
AU Nairobi students have an easy time making friends as they explore Kenya