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Top 10 Foods you Must Try on your Kenyan Safari

The pride of Kenya comes from its ability to provide the most exceptional safari experiences. Its wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and spectacular beaches are a tip of the iceberg on what an authentic Kenyan safari is all about.

Thanks to its diverse tribes, Kenya is home to some of the most mouth-watering delicacies on the face of the planet. These meals will have you salivating just by sight

Here are the top 10 foods you need to try will on a safari in Kenya.


Maize is Kenya’s staple food. When harvested, it’s ground to make flour which is the primary ingredient of this meal. Although some tribes instead use sorghum or millet flour. The preparation process is as simple as ABC. I mean literally, anyone can cook ugali.

All you need is to bring water to a boil. The amount of water used depends on the size of the pot and the number of mouths to feed. Once the water boils, add the flour progressively until you reach a dough-like consistency.

Ugali is a favourite in most Kenyan households. The locals view it as a rich source of iron and for bodybuilding. It can be served with any meat (fry or stew), the famous sukumawiki (kales), cabbage, and even bean stew.

Nyama Choma

This is Swahili for roasted meat, and it’s a beloved food choice in the country. Most bars have it on the menus because a lot of the citizens love having nyama choma accompanied by a cold beer.

Nyama Choma is eaten by hands and is generally served with a side plate of kachumbari. This is a salsa, primarily consisting of diced onions and tomatoes with a squeeze of lime. If you are hungry, eating ugali along with it will have your tummy jumping for joy.


Mandazi is one of the most prominent breakfast dishes in Kenya. It’s basically an African doughnut. Similar to actual doughnuts, you need wheat flour, milk, eggs, sugar and a pinch of salt to taste, and yeast. Mix these ingredients to make a dough. Knead the dough until it’s soft. Cut it into triangular pieces, letting it double in size then fry in hot oil.

In the coast region, they called it Mahamri, and use coconut milk instead of regular milk. It goes well with tea in the mornings as you gaze upon the rising and falling of tides in the Indian Ocean from the hotel’s balcony.

Fried Tilapia

Fish is a popular nutrient-rich meal all over the world. Known to be the best source of omega-3, protein, and vitamin A, this food choice is trendy among households in Kenya. Tilapia is found in abundance from most freshwater lakes but mostly in Lake Victoria. Fishers transport it all across the country and even beyond the borders.

The best way to have it is by merely deep frying in oil. Served it with ugali and kachumbari salad, and my friend you will have Christmas in your mouth.


Chapati is another meal made from wheat flour. It appears like layered flatbreads and is meant to feel soft when consumed. You can have it as breakfast with tea or coffee. It can also be a lunch or dinner option served with any type of meat stew, beans, or veggies. We suggest you take it with a plate of pojo (a stew made of green grams).


You cannot say you’ve been in a safari in Kenya without having a taste of their famous pilau. It is a popular dish in the land customarily served in most of their social gatherings like weddings. Pilau is a simple meal whose main ingredients are rice, little oil, tomato paste, onions, meat, potatoes if you would like, and spices. .

In the Swahili lands, it’s served with kachumbari salad, fruits, and cooked pepper with a cold glass of juice or soda.


This is meat pieces put on skewers and then barbecued over charcoal. The meat is usually marinated beforehand to give it that juicy and delectable taste. Once they are soft and tender, people can be served with additional squeezes of lime.

Wali Wa Nazi

The coastal region of Kenya is home to the most delicious dishes ever. What makes them even more popular is that they are made using coconut. Wali Wa Nazi is a good example. It’s merely coconut rice. Instead of water during preparation, use coconut milk.

Wali Wa Nazi is a tasty meal that is served with any meat curry, veggies, or bean stew.

Manda Toto

The best islands in Kenya are the less known ones as seen with the case of Chale. It is the case with Manda Toto, which is a small island off the coast of Manda. To reach this region, a boat ride of 40 minutes from Lamu is required. You can snorkel and do line fishing


This is a sausage-like street snack popular in Kenya. You add spices and ingredients like garlic, ginger, and chillies then cook and stuff it into a clean goat or cow intestinal tract. It’s a great appetizer famous in bars as well.


Another acclaimed snack in the country is the samosa. They are triangular pastries made from wheat flour that is stuffed with minced meat. Others put in potatoes or peas. You deep fry the pastries. It can be served with any hot or cold drink.


These are just a few of the deliciousness awaiting you in Kenya. So do not fret, a Kenyan safari will keep both your mind and tummy completely satisfied.

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