The Best eSIM Plans for Kenya 🇰🇪 Compared

Diani Beach - Mombasa, Kenia

Regardless of whether it’s a beach vacation, safari, or business trip when travelling to Kenya, you might want to continue using the internet on your smartphone and avoid exorbitant roaming fees. You can either get a local SIM card or conveniently get a suitable eSIM plan before departure.

Firstly, it’s important to determine whether your smartphone supports eSIM profiles:

What is an eSIM and is my smartphone compatible?

An eSIM is a digital SIM card that can be loaded directly onto a compatible device without the need for a physical SIM card. This type of SIM card is particularly convenient for travellers because it is easy and quick to buy and activate online without having to worry about a physical SIM card.

You will find numerous providers of eSIM plans on the Internet. With most of them, you buy a one-off prepaid plan for a certain number of days and data volume. After expiry, there are no further costs and you do not need a subscription.

Unfortunately, not all smartphones support an eSIM. You have good odds with an iPhone 11 / 12 / 13, but also with an Android smartphone, e.g. Google Pixel 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 or Samsung Galaxy S20, S21, or Note 20. You can find a list of smartphones that support eSIM here: Which devices support an eSIM?

If your Android smartphone does not support eSIM profiles, eSIM.me is a physical SIM card that you can use with eSIM profiles.

Most eSIM providers only offer data volume and no free minutes. Since these are also prepaid plans, outgoing calls are generally not supported. With some smartphones, e.g. iPhones, you can still be reached via your normal SIM card and make calls.

Plans Compared

You can easily find the right plan here. Just select your travel duration and the needed data volume, and suitable eSIM plans will be displayed:

Cheapest Providers

Across various typical combinations, Manet usually offers the most affordable prices. Monty eSIM and Nomad are in a similar price category.

Providers1GB for 7 days3GB for 14 days5GB for 30 days10GB for 30 days
eSIM4Travel~€4~€11
30 days
~€17~€33
Airhub~€7
3GB
15 days
~€7
15 days
~€11~€19
RedBull Mobile€4
30 days
€12
30 days
€20€40
Mobimatter~€6
14 days
~€14
30 days
~€20
60 days
~€33
Instabridge~€6~€14
15 days
~€37
10GB
~€37
Nomad~€9~€16
30 days
~€21~€34
eSIM.sm€6€13
15 days
€38
10GB
€38
Manet.travel€6€17
30 days
€28€44
Maya Mobile~€7
10 days
~€18
15 days
~€26~€44
Saily~€7~€19
30 days
~€30-
Flexiroam~€8~€22
30 days
~€33
60 days
~€46
180 days
Monty eSIM~€10~€22
30 days
~€33~€58
ETravelSim~€10~€20
30 days
~€33~€56
Airalo~€8~€22
30 days
~€34-
Yesim€13
30 days
€24
30 days
€35€52
MTX Connect€12€25
4GB
€60€60
iFree Mogo~€28
6GB
15 days
~€28
6GB
15 days
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RedteaGO~€28
6GB
15 days
~€28
6GB
15 days
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Ubigi~€24
30 days
~€46
30 days
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Holafly~€32~€44
15 days
~€73~€73
SimOptions~€37
6GB
15 days
~€37
6GB
15 days
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Unlimited Data Plans

Holafly offers unlimited data plans for Kenya for 5-30 days. It might be cost-effective if you need a significant amount of data.

Pay-As-You-Go

MTX Connect offers a pay-as-you-go plan. For a one-time fee of €10, you get the eSIM profile and €10 credit. Afterwards, you pay €0.12 per MB in many countries worldwide, including Kenya.

Best Network in Kenya

Kenya has four mobile network operators: Safaricom, Airtel, Telkon, and Faiba. Safaricom provides by far the best network, followed by Airtel. Telkon and Faiba are limited to the major cities of Nairobi and Mombasa and are not suitable for travel across the country or in rural areas. However, some limitations should be expected in such areas.

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