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Low-lying coastal region fringed with coral reefs and islands; some dry regions covered with savannah and thorn bush; rich plateaus (highlands) as high as 10,000 ft.; and arid and semi-arid northern Kenya. nights and mornings. However, if you are travelling across Kenya, expect to experience different weather patterns due to Kenya's differing topographical dimensions. Generally, the hottest season falls between February and March with temperatures as high as 93°F, while the coolest season falls between July and August with temperatures dropping to the low 50's(°F).


All incoming visitors to Kenya (except East African Citizens) will now require a visa, irrespective of nationality. Citizens of the following countries need to have a visa prior to arrival in Kenya: Afghanistan, Somali, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Cameroon, Pakistan, North Korea, Stateless Persons, Armenia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Senegal.  Visa requirements often change. We advise you to check with your local Kenyan Embassy or Consulate for the latest visa requirements.


If you need medical care whilst in Kenya, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit card or by wire transfer. To be compensated you must be treated by licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper documentation and receipts.  It is advisable to always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your home country


The Currency in Kenya is the Kenya shilling (KSHS). Most major currencies are accepted and you can convert to Kenya shillings at the nearest bank or Forex Bureau. Credits Cards are widely accepted in all major hotels and establishments, with the most recognized being Master Card, Visa and American Express. However, you will need some cash as smaller shops will only accept cash.  Traveller's checks are also accepted at restaurants, stores and major hotels. American Express and Visa are the most recognized brands of traveller's checks in Kenya.


Major banks are widely available throughout Kenya. They operate business hours of 9am - 3pm, Monday to Friday and one Saturday of every month. Kenya's banks are closed on weekends and during Kenya's public holidays. ATM machines are available 24 hrs at all major banks, and you can use your ATM debit card on Kenya's ATM machines (you will incur an international transaction fee)


Before you travel to Kenya, make sure that you are up to date on all immunizations. Although there are currently no inoculations that you must have when travelling to Kenya, if you intend to visit other countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, or other such areas that may be deemed infected, you will need inoculations. In such cases, you should make sure you have the following immunizations (depending on the specific area you intend to visit):


  • Hepatitis (A and B)
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus
  • Yellow Fever
  • Malaria Prescription


If you will be travelling to the Kenyan coast or Western Kenya, it is advisable to take anti-malaria pills.


Although most hotels and lodges are equipped with a First Aid kit, we suggest that you bring a small airtight container with a few well-chosen articles, such as: plasters, travel sickness tablets, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream, pain relieving tablets for headaches, indigestion tablets, sunscreen, eye drops, insect repellent, medication for upset stomachs and after-sun moisturiser.  We remind travellers who have any allergies ie insect stings, or an asthma condition, to pack the required medication.


Kenya is a linguistically diverse country. Apart from English and Swahili, Kenya's two official languages, each of the country's 42 ethnic groups also has its own unique dialect.  Swahili is the national language while English is the business language.


In addition to Christmas and Easter holidays, Kenya celebrates nine public holidays. Most businesses, banks, schools and government offices remain closed during Kenyan public holidays.


As a general guide, comfortable, casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. Please note that muted colours are recommended for game-viewing. Game-drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon, which can be very cold, especially in winter.

The most practical items to pack for safari are:


  • Khaki, green, beige and neutral colours
  • Shirts with long sleeves (even in summer, as protection from the sun and mosquitoes)
  • T shirts
  • Shorts or a light skirt
  • Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • A jacket and sweater are recommended for early morning and evening game drives
  • Lightweight water-proof jacket
  • Swim and beachwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun block, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent, moisturizer and lip-salve are all essentials
  • Binoculars and camera equipment
  • Good quality safari clothing is available in safari shops



You may use your current permit/driver's license from your country for as long as it is valid and if you have held it for a minimum of two years. International driver's permits/licenses are also acceptable. If you do drive in Kenya, please drive on the left side of the road.


Internet access is available in all major hotels, lodges and post offices in Kenya. Business centres and internet cybercafés are popular in most cities throughout the country; however, internet access is limited in very remote towns and camping sites.


Electric Power is 240V running at 50Hz. The plug type used is a rectangular blade plug


Most major hotels and restaurants include a service charge in their bill. Although tipping is not mandatory, you may tip porters and taxi drivers at your discretion. Ten percent is customary in restaurants, clubs and bars where a service charge is not included

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