TOP 10 TRAVEL TIPS IN KENYA
Getting your passport is very crucial to traveling across the world, Kenya is no exception to this rule. For this reason, the immigration officials require that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months prior to your departure, make sure you have some blank pages on your passport say two blank pages.
That sorted, the next most vital document is the visa. There are nationals from some countries that are allowed to enter Kenya without a visa. This list of nationals includes Malawi, Barbados, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, Belize, Malaysia, St.Kitts, and Nevis, Botswana, Mauritius, St.Lucia, Brunei, Namibia, Swaziland, Burundi, Nauru, Tanzania, Cyprus, New Guinea, The Bahamas, Darussalam, Papua, Tobago, Dominica, Rwanda, Tonga, Fiji island, Samoa, Trinidad, Ghana, Seychelles, Tuvalu, Grenada, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Jamaica, Singapore, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Zambia. This may change from time to time very much safer to check with existing regulatory bodies. For a comprehensive list of visa-exempt nationals visit the Kenya Immigration website for more information on the same. Getting a visa to Kenya in the past was easier however with changes in the regulations governing visa issuance, a shift has been realized. Nowadays one has to apply online for a visa at a charge of 50 USD. The process is easy:
1. Fill the visa application form-answering the various questions on the online questionnaire. Providing accurate information goes a long way toward securing your visa. Provide a passport photo, a scan of your passport, booking confirmation, this can be receipt of the tour you have paid for, a hotel reservation voucher.
2. Payment for the visa-There is different forms of payment acceptable Mastercard, visa, American Express, and PayPal.The cost is 50 USD.
After you have submitted the required information, the visa will be submitted later await approval by the Kenya immigration, the approval will be sent by email. Download and print the visa document, to present it to the immigration officers
Kenya is a country located in Africa with a particular positioning in the eastern part of this great African continent. It happens to lie on the equator which divides the earth into two equal parts. The equator greatly has influence over the climate of Kenya, hence the country experiences 3 dominant types of climates: hot and humid mainly in the coastal region, temperate in the rift valley region, the concentration of mountains and plateaus is more in this region and finally the hot and dry climate that is in the northeastern part of the country, the region that is close to The Ethiopian country.
The warmest months are February to March, the coolest being July to August. Short rains October to December long rains March to May, the sunniest months are from January to February. The climate patterns are irregular hence in a month that is dominantly sunny there may be some rains, or the reverse may happen experience sun in a month that is majorly cold.
The capital city, Nairobi due to its altitude has daytime temperatures that are pleasant and cool nights.
The warmest months are January to March at lows of 27 to highs of 28 Celsius
Coolest Month June to August at lows of 23 to highs of 24 Celsius
Access detailed Weather Charts for Kenyan climate.
3. MAJOR NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES CLIMATE
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
At an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level
Generally, the driest month is July
April is the rainiest month
Detailed weather charts about Masai mara.
Explore Masai Mara National Reserve with our various tours and safaris.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
At an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level
The environment is dominantly dry savannah
Driest seasons in June to September, less dry Jan to February
Rainy season March to May, less rains October to December
Explore Amboseli National Park with our various tours and safaris.
To enjoy and make the most of any vacation health is paramount. While traveling to Kenya you need to be aware of Malaria disease which is endemic to most tropical African nations. Measures for prevention of malaria are many just to mention but a few are the use of repellent, particularly the deet based repellent, another method is sleeping under a treated mosquito net this we provide for in our safaris, use of antimalaria tablets these come in a variety and you should consult your doctor on which type is best suited for you.
In recent times, the only required vaccinations needed to be yellow fever, the certificate for yellow fever becomes valid 10 days after the vaccination, the validity of the certificate is up to 10 years.
Since the covid pandemic travelers to Kenya are required to obtain a covid negative test 96 hours before travel and issue the same on their departure to their resident country.
Vaccinations and health requirements change from time to time hence it's advisable to check with the center of disease control and prevention to be updated on the health requirements.
The legal tender money, in Kenya, is Kenya shillings or KES. The highest note at 1000 and lowest at 50. Other notes include 500,200 and 50. For coins, the highest value of coin is 40 shs and the lowest is 1 shs, other coins are 5,10,20.
For tourism purposes, the most common payment is in dollars, dollars that are below the 2006 series or the white-colored dollar notes are no longer accepted and in cases attract a lower exchange rate however Kenya shillings can be accepted subject to the exchange rate of the day. Other international currencies that are acceptable as a means of payment for safaris are sterling pounds and euros.
For local purchases, most shops accept Kenya shillings with very few accepting dollars.
6. Exchanging money
International currencies can be exchanged at banks and forex exchange bureaus(forex) across major towns and cities in the country. Hotels also offer exchange service this is at a poor rate the same is also experienced in airports. Forex bureaus offer much better exchange rates than banks. Avoid unscrupulous means of exchanging money such as street exchanges it is illegal and you might be ripped off. Caution should be practiced when swapping currencies count to counter check and at ATMs wait to get all the cash-out.
7. Credit Cards
Debit and credit cards are the most secure form as compared to cash. These cards can be used at ATMs and used for purchases. Acceptable cards include Visa and Mastercards, as for Cirrus and Plus cards, these are accepted at a few select ATMs.Travel money cards or cash passports which are commonly referred to as prepaid currency cards and can be used to withdraw money at ATMs.ATMs are widely available from petrol stations, shopping malls, and secure booths in towns. Withdrawing cash from a local ATM from your international home bank attracts a charge and there may be a limit imposed for daily transactions. There is a 5% mark-up on top of the cost price when using your card to make payments. Machines are chip and pin and some are manual whereby you need to add zeros after inputting the initial digits, and the voucher takes a notice of the currency beforehand, other machines just require a $,€ or £ sign before the total.
8. Internet Access
Wi-fi is easily accessible in major towns, modern shopping malls, top-tier hotels, and resorts. Rural areas and remote camps however do not have internet access, for this reason, one may need a 3G to 4G mobile phone or device. It is most advisable to use a local Kenyan Sim than using your foreign home service provider roaming service, for laptops the Kenyan sim on your phone can be used to tether internet access or you could buy a modem. Kenyan sim can be loaded up with data bundles. Kenyan sim cards that are commonly used include Safaricom, airtel, orange. These service providers can be found in major towns or across franchises of the same distributed across the country.
There are various sites and sceneries in Kenya and you cannot afford to not capture the amazing sceneries. Any camera can for the job but for exquisite shots, you will need a camera with an optical magnification of 10X at the very least or 400mm-equivalent on DSLR. These camera specifications are necessary for animal pictures. Make sure you carry a spare battery if your camera uses a rechargeable battery, memory cards should be in plenty or a separate storage device. Taking photos of people you should be cautious and kind to ask for permission beforehand.
10. Crime and Insecurity
Petty crime in Kenya is an issue, not only in Kenya but across the world, we acknowledge that there are high chances of being a victim especially when you are a foreigner. That shouldn't deter you from visiting Kenya because a large number of tourists visit the country annually with no difficulties. Government official warnings are a great source of information this shouldn’t be your only source as they tend to be overly cautious, make a comparative analysis of information from other sources such as tour operators, locals, etc. Travel advisories to check out include UK and foreign commonwealth office, united states government advisories.
SAFARI PACKING LIST
Passports and the relevant visas
Health card and insurance details
Money pouch with some cash in it
Prescription Glasses & Hard Glasses Case
Malaria prophylaxis for malaria areas
Motion sickness pills
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Hand & body lotion
Ladies' hygiene supplies
Not staying long in Kenya? Be sure to check out our day trips, we also offer Multi-day trips in Kenya as well as Kenya and Tanzania safaris, Tanzania safaris.
Hiking expeditions are also our specialty with coordinated Mt.Kenya climbing tours and Mt.Kilimanjaro trekking expeditions.
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