Kenya, the African jewel, blessed with the wild Savannah, gorgeous Lakelands, and the majestic Great Rift Valley is located in the region of East Africa. Witness a blend of humanity and mother nature in this epic homeland of the most exotic wildlife. Explore Kenya with some of the world's best game reserves, flora, fauna, and national parks, set against spectacular mountainous backdrops. Come, co-exist along with wildlife in the lap of the dramatic landscapes and cultural extravaganza. Decipher the diverse ecological mix that makes up this equatorial land. Come, explore Kenya tourism with us!
USEFUL INFO ABOUT KENYA
Official Name: Republic of Kenya
Form of Government: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic
Famous For: Classic Savanna Safaris I Colorful Tribal Cultures Alpine Snows I Forests, I Open Plains I The Metropolis of Nairobi I Colorful Tribal Cultures I Freshwater Lakes I Coral Reefs I Football I Deserts
National Symbols: The Seal or Stamp Of The Ruling Dynasty I The Head Of State I Abstract Symbols I Royal And Imperial Hymns
Time Zone: UTC+3 (EAT)
Driving Side: Left
Airports in Kenya: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport I Moi International Airport I Manda Airport I Isiolo Airport I Kisumu International Airport I Wilson Airport I Eldoret International Airport I Lokichogio Airport I Malindi Airport I Wajir Airport
Accessing the internet in Kenya is possible although the speeds may vary as you venture into the suburbs and the remote areas. Wi-Fi is readily available in luxurious hotels and tourist resorts. Most tourist lodges also provide Wi-Fi, although at slower speeds. The best internet service providers include Safaricom, Telkom, and Airtel for mobile networks. Internet access can be purchased by dialing *544# and selecting your preferred data option. You can also access the internet through Home Fiber for Safaricom and Home Plan data for Telkom users. Kenya has a strong network coverage around the central area, major cities, and highways and gets weaker as you head to remote areas in the north. All networks offer 2G, 3G, and 4G services. You can purchase a SIM card to make local calls by providing some form of identity.
Country Calling Code: +254
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Fire Brigade: 998/999/112/911
Lifeline: 086 132 2322
The Kenyan Shilling is the currency of Kenya. The most popular Kenya Shilling exchange rate is the USD to KES rate. The currency code for Shillings is KES, and therefore the currency symbol is KSh.
Symbol: Ksh, /=, /-, K
1 Shilling = 100 cents
1 Shilling = .035 United Arab Emirates Dirham
Shilling banknotes denomination: 5,10,20,50 ,100
Shilling bank coins denominations: 10 cents to 40 shillings
Please note that Travelers Cheques are NOT accepted in most places.
History suggests that Kenya is really the birthplace of man from where the most ancient hominid fossils were found that dates to 6 million years. This African nation was influenced by traders from Arabia, Persia and India as the country was accessible for trade via the Indian Ocean. The national languages Ki Swahili has Arabic words along with English words that reflect the country's colonial past. Tribes traveled into East Africa from 4000 years ago and were joined by Arabs, Persians, Indians, Chinese, and Indonesian traders. The coastline of the Indian Ocean became a trade zone and commercial hubs arose trading goods such as ivory, rhino horn, gold, tortoiseshell, and slaves.
As time passed in history, the Omani, Portuguese, English, German, and Dutch traders followed and settled in the country. The country`s religion today is largely Muslim despite being a legacy of the missionaries who spread Christianity. Kenya was colonized by the Britain East Africa Protectorate. Indian construction workers migrated to help in the construction of a railway line that stretched from Mombasa to Uganda that further influenced the country's cuisine and culture. Kenya's land native workers lost most of the fertile land to white settlers and tribes like Maasai and Kikuyu had to settle in arid lands.
The Mau Mau Rebellion of 1950 that culminated in a four-year war was a militant independence movement whose voice was finally heard for the first time and Africans formed their own political party. The Kenya African National Union Party won the election in 1963, the year that Kenya gained independence. From here on, tourism in Africa became a highlight and pride and tourists made Kenya one of Africa's best-known tourist destinations.
Kenya borders Ethiopia in the north, Tanzania in the south, Uganda in the west, the Juba land province of Somalia and South Sudan in the northwest. The inland consists of broad plains and plenty of hills. The country has 47 countries with a large coastline of the Indian Ocean that broadly consists of East African mangroves. The Kenyan Rift Valley is part of Central and Western Kenya with Mount Kenya and Mount Elgon on the border of Kenya and Uganda. To the west is the Kakamega Forest, a rainforest. East Africa also has the Mau Forest, the largest rainforest in East Africa.
Spread over a total of 582,640 sq.km, the land component is 5.69,140 sq.km. The coastline is a 536 km stretch along the Indian Ocean. The lowest and highest points are the Indian Ocean (0 meters) and Mount Kenya ( 5,197 meters). Tourists come to visit the fascinating contrasts the land holds from lush fertile forests, pristine beaches to glaciers and mountains such as Mount Kenya, the second tallest in Africa and arid deserts inland. The River Tana starts in the foothills of Mount Kenya and travels to the Indian Ocean southwards is the longest river in Kenya. The country is the 46th largest in the world roughly the size of France.
Art and Music
Kenya has more than 40 ethnic groups and there are more than 60 languages spoken. Almost everyone speaks more than one African language. Storytelling through music, art, and poems is an important part of African culture. Their beliefs and customs are told for centuries by tribes that have used the form of art and music to communicate culture and history. Kikuyu is the largest tribe while Maasai is the most famous. The tribal traditional dress can be very colorful and Maasai jewelry is handmade and made of colorful beads. The color in the beads represents a meaning for the person who wears them and the level of detail in each piece of jewelry gives the onlooker a clue to the wearer's age and wealth. For example, extra loops and pendants mean greater the age and the number of cattle. Tribal decoration can be very colorful and interesting. Other traditional art forms that represent Kenyan culture are pottery, glass making, beadwork, henna body art, basket weaving and wood carving.
Kenya is known for a range of music styles such as Afro-fusion, Benga music, and traditional folk song. The guitar is the most popular Kenyan instrument. Popular music divides into two genres, the Swahili sound, and the Congolese sound. In the recent past, two sub-genres have come up such as Genge and Kapuka beats. Kenyan artists look forward every year to the Kisima Music Awards that recognize music artists.
Food and Drink
Kenya's favorite food depends on the region. However, Kenya staple food here is maize and millet eaten with various meats, Kenya beef stew, and vegetables. The most eaten dishes include the ugali, sukuma wiki and nyama choma. Kenya national food, ugali is a maize meal porridge eaten with a tasty stew. The best food in Kenya is the kachumbari which is a spicy tomato curry served with meat. The popular beverages include tea and coffee as it is grown in the country.
Must-Try Kenya National Dishes
Ugali (Cornmeal), Irio (Mashed Peas And Potato Mix), Githeri (Beans And Corn), Kenyan Pilau (Spiced Rice), Wali Wa Nazi (Coconut Rice), Sukuma Wiki (Greens), Kenyan Stew, Nyama Choma (Roasted Meat), Matoke (Plantain Banana Stew), Chapati (Flatbread)
Kenyan Tea, Tusker (Kenyan Beer), Dawa, Mursik, Afia Juice, Supu (Addictive Vodka), Kenya Cane (White Rum) And Kenya Gold (Liqueur)
Kenyans greet one another often by inquiring about each other's family with a handshake. The common greeting includes 'mambo' or 'sasa' with the typical response to these greetings being 'poa' which means hello. Kenyans are very friendly people who will greet you with a warm smile and most often ask what you think about their country or if you would need a guide to make sure that you are comfortable.
Experience Kenya's fascinating traditions and culture with Maasai, Samburu, Swahili, Turkana, Pokot, and other tribal people
Indulge in expeditions in Kenya's private conservancies and encompass vast habitats and migration paths
Witness world-class birding at the shores of the famous alkaline lakes and rift valley lakes of Kenya
Be a part of assorted wildlife experiences and journeys through national parks and reserves
Experiential escapades to beautiful pristine beaches with turquoise blue waters
Get a chance to dive or snorkel into the exotic underwater world and explore marine life in all its beauty
Discover ancient artifacts of humanity and contributions of the country to archaeology with its UNESCO Heritage sites
Be a part of the blend in this land of contrast and diversity
Kenya Weather | KEN Climate
The best season to visit Kenya is in the dry season that starts from June to October. It is the time of the Great Migration too. The animals warm the water holes and make their way across the Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara in Kenya. The best time of the year to visit Kenya is when there is little or no rainfall in Kenya. It is easier to spot wildlife in the bush so you could get the best safari expedition. Hence, plan your travel in the dry season, the best season to visit Kenya. Day time temperatures are around 23℃/73℉ at higher altitudes, Maasai Mara and 28℃/82℉ at lower altitudes in the coastal areas of Kenya, Africa.
Kenya has a wet season from November to May when some of the largest lodges shut down because of the rain and a safari expedition which is the highlight of Kenya holiday may not be possible. However, with fewer tourists and less perfect weather you may find plenty of discounts on flights and accommodation. Hence, it is the cheapest time to go to Kenya. So do make a smart choice when visiting Kenya. The daytime temperatures are between 24℃/75℉ and 27℃/81℉ at higher altitudes. At lower altitudes, daytime temperatures are around 30℃/86℉ during the wet season. This may not be the best time of year to visit Kenya.
Visit Kenya with Family
Feed and play with the giraffe and interact all day with the gentle giant, a Kenya must see
Adopt an elephant at the Elephant Orphanage and participate in feeding the young rescued elephants.
Experience the Maasai culture dancing and jumping with the local friendly villagers.
A fantastic time at the Mara Triangle with wonderful sightings of wildlife in action.
Visit Kenya as a Couple
Hike up the Ngong Hills and have a memorable experience among nature and serene lakes, one of the most beautiful places in Kenya
Explore the wildlife with the fabulous Nairobi skyline as a backdrop and be among rhinos, lions, giraffes, leopards, and birds a Kenya top thing to do.
Check out places to eat in Nairobi with a tour to the Cheese Tasting Farm.
Shopping at Nairobi's premier shopping mall, Westgate and have an enjoyable and leisurely time at the center.
Experience the tranquility and calmness of Lake Victoria and view amazing aquatic life such as turtles, catfish, African tetras and more.
Visit Kenya with Friends
Cruise in the Manda Bay and revel in the coastline with white sandy beaches and opulent resorts.
Experience the Great Rift Valley that can be best viewed from the town of Iten, a top thing to do in Kenya.
.Visit Lamu Fort and go on a Dhow Boat Cruise, one of the fun things to do in Lamu with friends.
Maasai Mara Game Reserve for a gaming experience of the big five is a Kenya top thing to do.
Witness a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Fort Jesus in the 'white and blue city' in Kenya and spend a day visiting top tourist attractions in Mombasa.
What to Buy?
Local Wood Carvings
Kikoy and Maasai Shuka
Kenyan Traditional Artefacts
Leather Bags, Belts
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is one of the top places to visit in Kenya especially for wildlife and majestic views of the highest peak of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Get amazing encounters with wildlife such as zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, and African elephants. You will get to spend time with fantastic wildlife and a lot of many species of birds. Best Time to Visit: 6.00 am to 9.00 pm Entry Price: $50
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Kenya is Lake Victoria. Enjoy a day of serenity among the beautiful environment of nature with extensive aquatic life such as African helmeted turtles, mud turtles, African tetras, air-breathing catfish, and more. One of the top things to do in Kenya is spending time by the largest lake in the whole continent that passes through Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Best Time to Visit: Anytime 7 days a week Entry Price: Free
Mt. Kenya National Park
This UNESCO World Heritage site is best known for wildlife Safari expeditions, Kenya's top thing to do. The national park conserves wildlife in and around Mt. Kenya which is the second-highest peak in the country at an altitude of 5199 meters. Enjoy the best safari here and take-home memories of a vacation in the wild. Best Time to Visit: Dry Season (9.00 am to 9.00 pm) Entry Price: $45
The best time to visit Mombasa is the dry season to enjoy the silvery white sand of the popular Diani Beach. This beautiful 10-kilometer long beach is one of the famous tourist attractions in Mombasa with loads of water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, and fishing. Get a suntan and soak in the tropical weather here with scintillating views of the ocean. Best Time to Visit: Dry Season Entry Price: Free
The Great Rift Valley
The country's pride and one of the most beautiful places in Kenya to visit is the 6000 kilometers long Great Rift Valley. This is a top destination for honeymooners, safari lovers, and couples with some of the top-class resorts in the world located here. Catch the best views of the beautiful geographical formation from Eldoret. Best Time to Visit: Dry Season Entry Price: Free
This beautiful religious site is an interesting place to go to Kenya for its exotic Arabic style architecture. Located in the busy central business district of Nairobi on Banda Street this majestic spiritual house is dedicated to the religion of Islam. It also houses an interesting library. Visit this place to catch the serene vibes and acquire peace of mind. Best Time to Visit: 6.00 am to 10.30 pm Entry Price: Free
Maasai Mara is the most visited place in Kenya because of its outstanding game reserve. The local Maasais take care of the unique land which is known for the migration of wildlife to this region from Serengeti. A Kenya top thing to do is to experience a safari expedition here under the guidance of the local tribes and get astonishing encounters of the wildlife such as wildebeest and zebras. Best Time to Visit: 6.30 am to 7.00 pm (dry season) Entry Fee: $62
The spectacular fourteen beautiful waterfalls are one of the hidden places to visit in Kenya. Apart from its splashing cool waters, the waterfalls also offer activities such as boating, bird watching, and fishing. Do not forget to bring along your camera for some exotic pictures of the mesmerizing waterfalls and get the best out of the vacation. Best Time to Visit: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Entry Fee: $3.60
Located at the border of Uganda and Kenya Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano and one of the top places to visit in Kenya. Trekking, hiking, climbing and other outdoor adventure sports have made this an attractive place to go to Kenya. It is the 8th highest mountain in Kenya and a Kenya must-see attraction. Best Time to Visit: Dry Season Entry Fee: Free
Located in Wasini Island the spectacular beach offers fun-filled activities to water sports lovers. This hidden paradise on Kenya's south coast is a serene and tranquil beach away from the crowded beaches of the coastline. Enjoy the best water-based adventures such as diving, snorkeling, swimming here and feel amazed by the vastness of the bay views. Best Time to Visit: Dry Season Entry Fee: Free
If you can make time to visit a few other places in Kenya,
Tsavo East National Park
Samburu National Reserve
Tsavo West National Park
Tarangire National Park
Most Popular Regions and Cities to Visit in Kenya
Mombasa, the oldest Kenyan capital city and the second-largest in Kenya after the capital Nairobi. is a cultural and economic hub. Famous for the largest port in Africa, Kilindini Harbour which is an important trading port and a popular tourist attraction in Mombasa. Visit For: Diani Beach, Haller Park, Marine National Park, Shimba Hills National Reserve, Nyali Beach
Nairobi the capital city is a Cosmopolitan place with a lively cultural scene, amazing restaurants, and exciting nightlife. A popular place to eat in Nairobi is the Carnivore Restaurant for the tasty 'Beast of a Feast'. Visit For: Nairobi National Park, Elephant Orphanage, Safari Tour, Carnivore Restaurant
Malindi is an important Swahili Centre located on the north coast of Kenya. The popular thing to do in Malindi is to enjoy the long stretch of beach for excellent diving and snorkeling. Visit For: Gedi Ruins, Kipepeo Market, The Falconry, Takwa Ruins, BioKen Snake Park, Vasco Da Gama Pillar, Malindi Marine National Park
A popular Kenyan city with several tourist places to visit in Naivasha such as Lake Naivasha, Mount Longonot and Nakuru. Visit For: Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island Sanctuary, Hell's Gate National Park, Mt. Longonot, Lake Elementaita
The famous things to do in Watamu include water-based sports activities on white sandy beaches of Turtle Bay, Mida Creek, and more.
Visit For: Turtle Bay Beach, Gedi Ruins, Mida Creek, Sokoke Forest
Lamu is a popular Kenyan City where you could enjoy the coast and explore the many things to do in Lamu such as the sunset cruise, fishing trips, snorkeling spots, and dhow sail. Visit For: Sail the dhow, rent a Swahili Townhouse, Shela Village, Manda Island
If you have the time some of the other famous cities to explore are,
Nairobi Restaurant Week
The restaurant week is about experiencing the best places to eat in Nairobi at discounted prices. Restaurants have a special menu with free drinks and cocktails, and you get a chance to sample local and international cuisines. It lasts for about 10 days and is a tradition in many cities around the world. Location: Nairobi Date: January/February
A Kenya top thing to do is to attend the cake festival where professional and home bakers come to offer you delicious cakes. You get to meet the best bakers and the money from ticket sales is given to different charities. Enjoy as much cake as you want in the festival usually hosted in Uhuru Gardens.
Location: Carnivore Grounds, Nairobi Date: Varies
Lamu Cultural Festival
This cultural extravaganza celebrates through activities such as show sailing and donkey racing the beauty and culture of Lamu. Being part of this festival brings you closer to the rich history and incredible architecture of this coastal town, a popular thing to do in Lamu. The cultural celebration goes on for three days where you get to eat the most delicious Swahili delicacies.
Location: Lamu Date: November
Safaricom International Jazz Festival
This is a must-attend festival if you are a music fan as the world's most renowned jazz performers play live to the audience. Different events held with the artist such as Jonathan Butler, Eddie Grey, Salif Keita, Chris Bitok, Jimmy Dludlu to name a few. Tickets become sold out quite in advance, so be in time to catch the show.
Location: Carnivore Grounds, Nairobi Date: February
The StoryMoja festival showcases book readings and musical activities throughout the day with amazing performances. The day is filled with a chance to showcase and buy books, art pieces, masterclasses, musical acts, and a chance to meet your favorite authors. The festival is held normally at the Nairobi National Museum but recently has moved to Nairobi Arboretum. Attending this festival is one of the top things to do in Kenya if you are an ardent book lover. Location: Nairobi Date: September
This event hosts rugby teams from different countries. The games take place throughout the weekend interspersed with musical performances and plenty of tasty food available outside the stadium. That's a fun event to attend and a popular place to go to Kenya to catch a good game of rugby.
Location: Nyayo National Stadium Date: October
Lake Turkana Festival
Lifestyles and culture of communities living in the Northern part of Kenya are celebrated in the Lake Turkana Festival. It also helps in the economic development of the community living here such as Turkana, Samburu, Pokot, Borana, and Gabra. It is an adventurous journey through the savannah to reach the location.
Location: Loiyangalani Date: May or June
Africa Nouveau Festival
The festival is all about celebrating African music and different forms of art. This festival interestingly has been held over 50 times in 6 years and is a popular event to attend. With a blend of different forms of art and some exotic culinary that is on offer for over two days, this is a Kenya must-see festival.
Location: Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi Date: 8-10 March
Other Festivals Celebrated in Kenya
International Camel Derby Festival
To enter Kenya, a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry is required with at least two blank pages by all nationals such as British, Australian, Canadian, American and other EU countries.
Apart from Cyprus, the citizens from the following countries do not need a visa to Kenya: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Darussalam, Dominica, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Kitts& Nevis, St. Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
American, Australian, British, Canadian, and EU nationals can obtain visas on arrival. Passport photos are not required. To obtain a visa in advance, it is possible either online evisa.go.ke/evisa.html or from the embassy.
Please note that citizens from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Syria, and Tajikistan cannot apply online and require a referral visa.
Types of Visa Apply for single-entry eVisa and Transit visa online at evisa.go.ke/evis.html
Fees for single entry eVisa is $51 and Transit visa is $21. Please visit your nearest Kenyan embassy for an East Africa Tourist Visa and the fee is $100.
Validity Transit Visa: for short stopovers and overnight journey Single entry visa: 3 months Multiple entry visa: 1 year East Africa tourist visa: multiple entries within 90 days
There are three ways to get your visa- on arrival, online or at the embassy
It takes two working days for eVisa processing and three days if you have applied through an embassy. You may be required to show enough proof of funds. The maximum time of extension of stay is 6 months.
Bus, Matatu or Taxi
The public bus system and matatus (private minibus) are for short distances and are the cheapest form of public transport. Express services are available between major cities and suburbs. Do make a prior booking to avoid inconveniences. Taxis/cabs are available for a quick private one-time commute across city or suburbs as affordable as $5 for a few miles.
Car hire services are easily available at the airport with driver services that are available in all major cities in Kenya. For short distances, a taxi/cab is preferable where upfront payment is required.
Air travel is convenient. There are major airlines that offer their services such as Kenya Airways, Air Kenya, Fly 540, Jet Link, East African Safari Air Express, African Express Air and Marsland among others. Some Kenya flights can be booked online, and others need to be booked via a travel company.
Train services are limited to serve major cities within a radius of 15 km. Long-distance routes are limited such as Nairobi to Mombasa, Nairobi to Kisumu to name a few.
Boat travel is more a luxurious tourist experience and not used for public transport. There is a ferry transport on Lake Victoria across the Winam Gulf or there may be canoes that are motorized to Mfangano Island from Mbita Point. Larger dhows are all motorized so as to propel the boat forward in case of fewer winds.
Via Air Route
There are five major airports in Kenya - Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kisumu International Airport, Eldoret International Airport, Moi International Airport, Wilson Airport. Kenya is well connected by air. Kindly note that an airport tax of $ 20 is levied at Mombasa and Nairobi International Airports.
Plenty of buses ply frequently between Nairobi and Kampala, Nairobi and Arusha, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam and Kisumu and Kampala.
There is a rail route going to Tanzania between Moshi and Voi. The railway travel from Nairobi to Mombasa is possible on the Nairobi SGR train for a price of $30 for first-class and $10 for the second class. Overall rail transport in Kenya works on the meter gauge network and a new standard gauge network connects Kenya's main port city of Mombasa to the interior that passes through the capital Nairobi. Passenger services are available between Mombasa and Nairobi on the Mombasa Nairobi SGR.
Kenya Highway network is impressive, and roads are also in good condition. Drive-in from neighboring countries by Moyale and even Uganda and Tanzania.
Mombasa-Zanzibar cruises and Mwanza to Kisumu sails are options available for water transports. There are many cruises that ply to-from Kenya such as Holland America Line from Boston, Holland America Line from Fort Lauderdale, Oceania Cruises from Dubai, Seabourn from Miami, Cruise & Maritime Voyages from London, Crystal Cruises from Laem Chabang, Cruise & Maritime Voyages from Rotterdam in the Netherlands and many more.
Stay out of bad neighborhoods to avoid being a pry to Nairobbery
Make sure to pack well for a safari trip with your safari clothes such as a warm hat, long sleeve shirts, quick-dry shirts, wool socks, safari boots, safari hat, jacket, plenty of undergarments, insect repellents to name a few
Check your government advice and travel advisories before traveling to surrounding African countries. However, Kenya is safe from the threat of terrorism
Get local knowledge of the destination of travel, although Kenyans are a friendly bunch
Look out for festivals and carnivals especially in November to have a good time
Stay safe on a wildlife safari and take safe photography from a distance. Follow important safari rules
Use Kenyan Shilling for local activities, however, US dollars are also widely accepted. All major credit cards are accepted.
Tipping for good service is allowed and is customary
Kenya is a conservative society as Islam is mostly followed, so do take care to avoid discourteous manners.
Drug possession and use is penalized in a severe manner in Kenya
Avoid getting visa on arrival as queues can be very long
Try out Konyagi Rum, a local ice breaker and put your Tusker (beer) on ice to enjoy the warm local vibes
Visit Samburu Village and haggle a bit with locals for souvenirs
Consider beaches in Mombasa for a perfect Indian Ocean escapade
Make a copy of your passport and hotel card before exiting the hotel
Stay away from crowds and political processions
Take precautions to stay away from crime, carry only the cash you need for one day travel
Get local knowledge on any unsafe area
Do not walk out alone in an isolated area at night
Leave flashy jewelry at home
Be careful of being mugged
Take taxis with knowledgeable drives at night to downtown areas
Follow the travel health and immunization advice before the visit. Some of the major vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Cholera, Yellow Fever, etc.
Obtain a travel insurance quote to avoid emergencies
Do not drink tap water
Carry along an insect repellent
Watch out for hygiene aspects before consuming meats and other meals
Monitor the media for the latest information on health hazards
A yellow fever certificate is required for all nationalities
What to Pack?
Clothing to tolerate the change in day and night temperature
Chargers and adaptors
Hat & Sunscreen
Credit card, cash
Health insurance documents
Dress Code & Etiquette
Kenya's culture is conservative, and it is best to dress modestly.
Woman have to wear modest necklines and hemlines
It is good manners to greet in the local language. Jambo is the Swahili salutation that translates to Hello. Always greet a person with a handshake and a few minutes of small talk. However, women are not supposed to greet their male counterparts by handshaking.
Hissing is acceptable to get someone's attention and it is normal to hiss say to a waiter to get noticed.
Avoid a rude 'no' as a response and instead elaborate and enquire about the wellbeing of your local Kenyan to get better guidance in your travel
Kenyans reserve the right hand for eating, touching, and passing things to people. Pointing to another person is considered rude.
Bodily gestures and holding hands are common
Tanzania (769 km border with Kenya)
Tanzania is home to the popular Serengeti National Park where you can witness the migration of the wildebeests. Get a chance to see Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest and most famous mountain in Africa. You could also enjoy a beach holiday in Zanzibar with perfect coral reefs and picnic spots.
Sudan (306 km border with Kenya)
Another African country neighboring Kenya, totally worth a visit. Explore crystal clear waters of Sudan and colorful marine life. Dahrat Abid Red Sea diving, Khatmiyya Mosque, Nuri pyramids, Old Dongola medieval city and much more are famous tourist attractions you could include in your journey.
Ethiopia (779 km border with Kenya)
Ethiopia is known as the horn of Africa famous for Lake Tana which is the source of the Nile River. More than 70% of mountains in Africa are found here while the Great Rift Valley cuts through Ethiopia from northeast to south. Visit one of the lava lakes in the world at Erta Ale volcano and enjoy 80 different cultural and ethnic groups here.
Uganda (772km border with Kenya)
Enjoy the diversity of landscape from the Rwenzori Mountains to Lake Victoria. Interact with abundant wildlife that includes the renowned mountain gorilla, chimpanzees, and rare birds. You could visit the Murchison Falls National Park that is known for its beautiful 43m waterfall and hippos.
Distance Between Places of Importance in And Around Kenya
Nairobi to Cairo 2195 miles
Nairobi to Monrovia 3325 miles
Nairobi to Kigali 468 miles
Nairobi to Seychelles 6564 miles
Nairobi to Kampala 313 miles
Kenya got its name after Mount Kenya, the tallest mountain in the country
Officially Kenya is also known as the Republic of Kenya
There are two official languages in Kenya which are English and Swahili
Kenya has many national parks and wildlife reserves
Hydroelectricity is the largest contributor to Kenya electrical supply
Kenya is famous for long-distance runners with the country frequently producing Olympic champions
Kenya's top attraction, Lake Victoria, also the world's second-largest freshwater lake is shared with Tanzania and Uganda
Agriculture is an important part of Kenya's economy with specialties being coffee and flowers
The biggest airport in Kenya is the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Kenya became independent from the United Kingdom in 1963
You can experience close encounters with the Big Five
Kenya is the world's leading safari destination recognized by the World Travel Awards
Hunting is illegal in Kenya
Large animals such as lions, buffaloes, elephant, and rhinoceros are present here
Half the population live in poverty in Kenya
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