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Kenya travel information and tips

Capital: Nairobi

Time zone: UTZ/GMT +3hours

Languages: English, Swahili and other indigenous languages.

Climate: Generally the climate is warm and humid at the coast, cool and humid in the central highlands, and hot and dry in the north and east. Across most of the country, rainfall is strongly seasonal, although its pattern, timing and extent vary greatly from place to place and from year to year. Rainfall peaks in most areas are in November and April.

Best time to visit Kenya

Kenya offers excellent game viewing and safari experience all year yound. For the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara National Reserve the best time to visit is July - October. Other wildlife areas and attractions offer varied experience all year yound. Check with our destination experts on the best time for the best experiences depending on your safari holiday interests.

Money & Cards

Currency: Kenyan Shilling

Notes are 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 Shillings, while coins are .50, 1, 5, 10, 20, and 40 shillings.

 

Foreign currency can be changed at banks, bureau de change or authorized hotels and casinos with US dollars, Sterling pounds and Euros being the easiest.

Travelers’ cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted.

No foreign currency amount restrictions.

ATMs available 24hrs at all major banks and other points

Telecommunications

Kenya has a good network of telephone, cellular and satellite connections. Most of the country has good cellular phone network coverage, but patched in the wilderness and remote areas

 

Postal services

Mail and parcel services are available at Posta, the public postal service company. We also have various courier service providers like FedEx, DHL, UPS and TNT

Electricity

The electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240 v 50 Hz. Plugs are 3 point square. If you are planning to bring a video camera charger or any other electrical device, please bring voltage and plug adaptors where appropriate.

Accessibility

Kenya has three international airports; Jomo Kenyatta International Airport JKIA, Nairobi, Moi International Airport, Mombasa and Moi International Airport, Eldoret.

These airports service numerous international carriers including the national airline Kenya Airways. Kenya has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

Kenya can be accessed by road from Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. Immigration should be processed at land border stations. Entry by sea is possible, and immigration should be processed at a port facility.

Entry requirements and Visa Information

An entry visa is obtainable on arrival at JKIA and other land border stations and valid for three months otherwise obtain in advance from Kenyan embassies before travel.

General Kenya Entry visa guidelines;

  • Valid passports or other travel documents including Seaman’s Discharge Book, acceptable to the Government of Kenya are required for all persons wishing to enter Kenya.
  • Passports must be valid for at least Six (6) Months.
  • Passports must have a clean and a full visa page for endorsement.

a) Single entry Visa $50.00
b) Multiple entry Visa $100.00
c) Transit Visa $20.00
d) Administrative fee for referred visa $10.00

Health & Medical

It is advisable to travel with a small medical kit that includes any basic remedies you may need, such as antacids, painkillers, anti-histamines and cold remedies. You will also need anti-diarrhea medication such as Imodium (adults only); and oral rehydration sachets such as Electrolade, especially if travelling with children...

Vaccines commonly recommended for travelers to Africa include those against;

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow fever*
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis

For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.

*Certificate required for entry into, or travel between, some African countries. Several of these vaccines require more than one dose, or take time to become effective. It is always best to seek advice on immunization well in advance, if possible around 6 weeks before departure.

Malaria

Malaria is a disease spread by mosquitoes that bite mainly at dusk and at night. Every traveler to Africa needs reliable, up to date advice on the risks at his or her own destination. Prevention consists of using effective protection against bites, plus taking anti-malarial medication. The most suitable choice of medication depends on many individual factors, and travelers need careful, professional advice about the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

Whatever your choice, you must take an anti malarial drug if you are visiting a malarial region, and you must continue taking the drug for the necessary period after your return; you must also take precautions to reduce the number of insect bites. Visitors to malarial areas are at much greater risk than local people and long term expatriates - from malaria as from several other diseases: do not change or discontinue your malaria medication other than on skilled professional advice. Travelers to very remote places should also consider taking stand-by malaria treatment, for use in an emergency.

For further information on travel health visit the CDC website

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