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Submitted on Nov 26, 2020 Useful Info

Must have apps when travelling in Kenya

Kenya is becoming the epicenter of innovation and development in Africa. The use of technology has increased among locals and foreign tourists. These are the apps you must have when visiting Kenya.

Google Maps

  • The better part of Kenya has been well mapped on Google maps. Google maps are always handy even when navigating through the most narrow streets in Nairobi and Mombasa and offer very accurate directions.

Magical Kenya

  • Magical Kenya is the official Kenyan tourism guide by the ministry of tourism. It'll give you all the info you need about destinations across Kenya.
  • Most Kenyan tour firms also advertise their deals on Magical Kenya and it's the best place to compare prices. Since it's a very competitive space, you'll get the best deals here. All tour firms listed on this app are approved by the ministry and are the safest to use.
  • Magical Kenya also offers a platform for travelers to raise their concerns to the relevant authorities.

My Safaricom app

  • Mpesa is the common mobile banking service and is offered by Kenya's telco giant Safaricom. Using this app you can access all M-pesa services as well as all Safaricom services all on the same platform. Mpesa services include:
  1. Sending money
  2. Withdrawing cash
  3. Buying airtime
  4. Loans and savings
  5. Paying bills


  • WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in Kenya and almost everybody communicates via WhatsApp.


  • Jumia is the largest online shopping app in Kenya. You can buy anything you may need. You can also order fast food on Jumia if you're within the 5 major cities of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, and Eldoret


  • eCitizen is vital for both Kenyan citizens and foreigners alike. You can access all government services here. If you need to apply for a Kenyan online visa, this is the app you'll use for that.
  • Foreigners can also create special foreign citizens accounts that give them access to immigration services and other important government services they may need while staying in Kenya.