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The best way to find out about expat life when moving to Kenya is to learn from the experiences of people who have lived in the country before. Blogs written by expats who have settled down in Kenya or those that have even moved there for a short work assignment provide a great insight into the trials and tribulations of being an expat in Kenya. As well as providing accounts on formal procedures such as obtaining a visa or renting property in Kenya, these bloggers also give their personal views on being a foreigner and the challenges they faced in adapting to life in a new country.
Recommended expat blogs about Kenya
Tara Wambugu was born and raised in the USA, but lived in Paris, Uzbekistan, Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and Haiti during her years working for Médecins Sans Frontières. It was during this time that she met her husband, Jesse. They settled in Nairobi with their two daughters and she covers topics like parenting, family life and travel. Mgeni is a word in Swahili meaning foreigner, guest, visitor or stranger. Read Tara’s blog to find out why she now thinks of Kenya as her home.
The Expat Mummy
Nadine Murphy is a British writer living in Nairobi. Seven years ago she emigrated to Cape Town, where her three children were born, before making a short jump further north to Kenya. Nadine writes a travel blog with an expat twist. Her travel posts look at gorgeous destinations to visit within Kenya while her expat focus shares solid facts for moving to and living in Kenya and the challenges of raising young children in Africa.
►For more first-hand accounts of living in the country, see our Expat Experiences in Kenya page
►Wondering whether you'll need to buy a car in Kenya? Find answers to these and other common queries on our Frequently Asked Questions About Kenya page.
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Expat Health Insurance
If you’re thinking about taking out private health insurance, our trusted partner Cigna Global is very aware of all the difficulties that expats can face when it comes to healthcare in a new location, so they have created a range of international health insurance plans specifically designed for expats, which you can tailor exactly to the needs and ensure access to quality care for you and your family.
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