Expand your social circle in Kenya

Hello everyone,

Moving to Kenya means leaving one's family and friends behind. Creating a circle of friends or joining an existing one should therefore be paramount in order to fight loneliness in your host country.

But how can one develop a social network in Kenya? Where and how to meet people there?

How easy is it to meet locals? What about cultural specificities?

Share your advice and experience!

Many thanks in advance,


Hi Priscilla,

My name is Reshmee and have been in Kenya for the last 20 months. I agree that it is difficult to expand social networks here in Nairobi. My number is xxx and you more than welcome to contact me to have a chat.

I am South African.

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I m innocent, new in kenya looking forward to meet new people
happy if you can inbox me.

There is an organisation; Internations, which is active in Kenya, but Nairobi based. They organise several gatherings per month and some weekend trips.  Many of their events are in the evening though, so you have to be comfortable travelling round Nairobi at night.  It's free to join too!

My own experience was a smooth one, but probably not typical, as my wife is Kenyan and has a large family, so....a ready made social circle!  I have always felt comfortable mixing with local people and in fact rarely socialise with expats.  In fact, Iam the only expat living in my immediate neighbourhood.  I have always found people to be friendly and welcoming. 

If you want to meet locals, then a good start is to go to where they go, perhaps to Nyama Choma eating places......many families will go to these places on Sundays, after church for example.

Other ways to meet people; attend a church, join a golf club.

My personal opinion; why go look for expats from your own country and miss out on the chance to immerse yourself fully in local life and culture.

Interesting post Longonot62.
How well can an English-speaking expat get by these days conversing with the locals? In my time in East Africa (before 1975) that was only possible with well-educated Kenyans & Tanzanians, mostly in the large towns.

English is widely spoken, especially in larger communities.  I have been very slow to pick up Swahili, mainly because I come across very few people who can't speak English in day to day transactions........even in the fairly rural community of Nyeri.  I am also married to a Kenyan. She speaks Kikuyu and Swahili, which has probably made me try less hard to pick up the language!

English is the language of law and government, in Kenya. It is taught from an early age. It is only in more remote villages where communication might be more difficult.

Hi dear,
How are you. meeting people is easy in Kenya for those who willing to expand social life, Kenya is good and friendly. So your welcome

Wonderful! I love InterNations. I belong to the Dallas branch of the group and have met many wonderful people and volunteered with various events. I am glad to know they have a good group in Nairobi as well.

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