The Kenyan passport is a good document to have. It was recently listed as the 50th most powerful in the world and 6th in Africa. The rankings were released by financial advisory firm, Arton Capital, and are based on how many countries a passport holder can visit without requiring an advance visa.
According to the rankings, Kenyan passport holders can access 68 countries visa free or with a visa-on-arrival. Some of the countries include Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Fiji, Jamaica, Malaysia and Sychelles among others.
We have trimmed down the list to some 10 destinations which will offer you the best in terms of accommodation, sites to visit and cost effectiveness, whether you are on your honeymoon or just visiting.
- Vanuatu – Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometers. The islands offer scuba diving at coral reefs, underwater caverns and wrecks such as the WWII-era troopship SS President Coolidge. Hiking trails ascend active volcanoes such as Mt. Yasur. Other popular activities include rainforest ecotours, kayaking and deep-sea fishing, plus relaxing at resorts and spas. Popular destinations there include Port Villa (shopping, harbor, scuba diving, casinos and snorkeling), Espiritu Santo )Scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling, beaches, honeymoon), Tanna (Volcanoes, beaches, honeymoon), Luganville and Efate among others.
- Singapore – Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial centre with a tropical climate and multicultural population. In circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple, Little India offers colorful souvenirs and Arab Street is lined with fabric shops. Singapore is also known for eclectic street fare, served in hawker centres such as Tiong Bahru and Maxwell Road.
- Seychelles – The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, known for its beaches, coral reefs, diving, nature reserves and rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé Island, with an international airport, is a key transport hub, home to capital Victoria, the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and white-sand beaches including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
- Panama – Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America. The man-made Panama Canal cuts through its center, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route. In the capital, Panama City, modern skyscrapers, casinos and nightclubs contrast with colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo district and the rainforest of Natural Metropolitan Park. Some popular destinations include Panama City, Coiba, Colon, Gamboa and La Amistad International Park among others.
- Namibia – Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib desert along the Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek’s Christuskirche, built in 1907. In the north, Etosha National Park’s sprawling salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes. Key destinations in Namibia include Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Mahango Game Park among others.
- Malaysia – Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying the Malaysian Peninsula and part of the island of Borneo. It’s known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. The sprawling capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers including the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers. Key destinations include Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Malacca City, Kuching and Johor Bahru among others.
- Jamaica – Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in vibrant Montego Bay, with its British colonial architecture, and Negril, renowned for diving and snorkelling. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the city’s most famous son. Some destinations include Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, Kingston and Falmouth among others.
- Hongkong – Hong Kong is a city, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial center famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea – and its shopping, with options spanning chaotic Temple Street Night Market to the city’s innumerable bespoke tailors.
- Costa Rica – Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and immense biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, rich with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds. Destinations in Costa Rica include San Jose, Guanacaste Province, Monteverde, Tortuguero and Liberia among others.
- Bahamas – The Bahamas is a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, comprising 700 islands and cays that range from uninhabited to resort-packed. The northernmost, Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island, home to the sprawling Atlantis resort, are among the best known. Scuba diving and snorkeling sites include the massive Andros Barrier Reef, Thunderball Grotto (of James Bond fame) and the black-coral gardens off Bimini. Destinations in Bahamas include Nassau, Freeport, Little San Salvador, Habour Island and Andros Bahamas among many others.