Making Money in Kenya as a Local Tour Guide or Consultant

Do you know your area more than anyone else and can be a good tour guide? Are you good at showing people around? Do you have a passion for outdoors? Are you adventurous? If yes, being a tour guide could be your best way to earn a living. There are many people earning a decent salary out of this. Most of them do not even have a college qualification.

Kenya attracts many tourists and travelers every year. Most of these travelers are always looking for a private local tour guide to show them around and give them a local experience. If you believe you have the skills, this is a great way to make money.

Examples of Local Tours you can offer in Nairobi,  Kenya

A tour of Kibera slums in Nairobi cost about Kshs 2000 per person and lasts for not more than two hours. If you get 3 visitors, that is about Kshs 6000 for only a few hours of your time.

Nairobi City Walking Tour which may include visiting KICC, National archives, Railways Museum, Kimathi, and Tom Mboya Statue among others. You can charge up to Kshs 3,000 per person for such a tour which would take about 4 hours.

A tour of Nairobi National Park (Game Drive, Animal Orphanage, and Safari Walk). One can charge from Kshs 8,000 for this tour and all you need is to know about the park and where to pick Matatus.

List of websites can help you connect with travelers from all over the globe.

  1. Vayable
  2. Tours by Locals
  3. Tripadvisor
  4. Showaround
  5. Meetrip
  6. Couchsurfing
  7. Like a Local
  8. Viator
  9. Travel and backpacking related Facebook pages and groups

Of all the above, Tours by locals, Viator and Vayable are by far the best platforms. All you need to do is sign up, create your tours and wait for clients to send you requests. If you are the best tour guide with the best package, they will choose you.

How to get started as a private local tour guide in Kenya

Sign up for the ones that interest you, create tours and once you get clients, treat them well. Be honest, and reliable. Create more value for your clients.

You can also create a Facebook page where you will be advertising your tours. A good way to attract clients is to comment frequently on social platforms, talk about your services and share information.

Join local tour guide groups on social media to learn about the best practices and market trends. Ask questions and also contribute to such forums.

How much can you earn as a tour guide in Nairobi?

This will depend on your hard work, commitment, integrity, and drive. There is no limit. Most of the tours will give you a margin of over Kshs 4000

Do you need help to get started?

If you are a serious person who is ready to learn, contact us and you will be taught how you can get started. Don’t expect to earn on day one!


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