Practical information – Kenya

Planning a trip to Kenya? Many people visit Kenya, because of the pleasant climate but primarily the fantastic opportunity for safari you find here. The country has plenty to offer: the best national parks, wildlife and exciting landscapes, heavenly white sand beaches with palm trees and turquoise waters, friendly and casual residents and interesting culture.

Weather in Kenya

Kenya is located at the equator and the weather is sunny and warm all year. February-March is the hottest and July-August is the cooler period, but the differences are not that great. On the coast it is warmer and more humid than in the central and western parts. In the mountains it is cooler and you may need to have a sweater in the evening.

Best time to travel

There are two rainy periods in Kenya. One is called “long rain” and is between April and June and the other called “short rain”, between November to December. It does not rain all the time but there are rain showers followed by sunshine. The best time to visit Kenya is between December-January and July-August. Then it is dry. During the rainy season, the roads can be difficult to reach, the trees are dense and lush, but can obscure the animals and it is difficult to detect them. The advantage of visiting Kenya during that period is that the prices are lower on housing and you are not disturbed by many visitors during the safari, in the different national parks. April is best for bird lovers.

Safety

If you keep the basic safety rules and use your common sense, you do not have to worry about traveling in Kenya. But in all countries, you should not leave money and valuables in their hotel rooms. Be careful with handbags and do not keep large sums of money on it, and do not wear too big and expensive jewelry. Always take the precautions as when traveling in other countries.

Health

Bathing in lakes, rivers and open reservoirs is not recommended. You should not drink tap water without bottled water. Avoid fresh vegetables and fruits. Use a mosquito / insecticide protection Make sure that it is DEET on the bottle which is the substance according to studies is most effective against insects.Wash your hands oftenly, preferably with hand spray. Check with a vaccination center if you need to take malaria prophylaxis. Especially If you are going out in the countryside, it is usually recommended.  If you have visited certain countries, you may require vaccination in Kenya against yellow fever.

Health Insurance

Check your travel insurance for what applies to illness and what is included. Make sure you have the opportunity of home transportation if the accident occurs during your trip in Kenya.

Clothing

If you stop by the beach during your Kenya trip, you can have regular beachwear in the hotel and on the beach. If you go out into the city you should be a little more dressed. Avoid dressing tight clothing or short shorts – both men and women – to respect the country’s inhabitants. When you are on safari, you should have “safari clothes”, such as thinner pants, sneakers, short or long sleeved sweaters / shirts (depending on the season and how cool it is in the morning and evening).

Visa

For most countries visa is required. You will get this on arrival at the airport. check details in the Embassy or consulate in your country. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya. There must also be two blank pages in your passport upon arrival.

Currency

Kenya’s currency is called shilling (KSH). One US dollar equals 100 shillings. The easiest way is to take out Kenyan shillings at ATMs with your bank card. If you need to exchange money, you only have to do it at banks or known exchange offices. So save your bills of exchange.

Electricity

The electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240 volts 50Hz. Usually you have the “British” recess with 3 flat knitting needles. That’s why it’s good to bring adapters. The lodges in the national parks have a restrictive supply of electricity. You can find specific rooms where you can charge all electrical equipment.

What to do in Kenya?

During your Kenya trip you will see beautiful landscapes, wildlife and the fine Indian Ocean coast. You can explore the capital Nairobi, discover the Victoria Lake and the most obvious: go on a safari and see the most amazing spectacle of animals and nature as main actors.

1. Safari

Safarin takes place in one or more of the many national parks or reserves that exist throughout the country. The most famous are Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Tsavo East. You travel into the area itself, passing a guarded entrance to check that the fee is paid. Your experienced driverwill ride around the park and show you animal groups or look for exciting plays that take place on the savannah or in the mountain massifs. Here you are guaranteed to see elephants, giraffes, wildebeest and a variety of types of antelopes impalas and birds. You can watch life and death hunting or sleepy lionesses, hungry little cute lions and the spectacular zebras waving in their hilarious way, yawning hippos and everywhere African wild boar families tripping around. You never get bored even though you are sometimes out in the car for several hours. Often the goal of a visitor is to see “the big five” vs, lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.

2. Experience the known animal migration

In the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya, along with the Serengeti national park in Tanzania, you can see the migration of animals; wildebeest and zebras move between the parks. It is about 1.5 million animals that change land and move according to a deeply ingrained instinct in search of food and water. Depending on the rainy seasons this usually happens sometime between May and June.

3. After the safari you relax on the East African coast

The coast of Africa by the Indian Ocean stretches without end, of pristine stretches of white sand, swaying palm trees and warm glorious sea. A perfect ending to your trip in Kenya, after a few days of safari on dusty, foamy roads. There are several places near Mombasa you can stay at, Diani Beach, Malindi or Kilifi.

4. Climb Mount Kenya

Kilimanjaro, is the most famous mythical mountain to climb in Africa, but Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak and is often considered a more challenging climb. Once on the famous top of Lenana Peak, you get an incomparable view of Kenya and you can see a glimpse of Kiliimanjaro in Tanzania if the weather permits.

5. Relax at Lake Victoria

The town of Kisumu is located at the famous Victoria Lake. Here you will experience beautiful sunsets over the lake, taste the day-caught fresh fish and just enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. If you are interested in birds, you can visit Ndere Island, where there are hiking trails and some campsites.

6. Explore Nairobi

Nairobi may not be a city that you primarily associate with visiting. But it is the largest city in Kenya and offers as such, a lot of activities such as historical museum, exhibitions on various African tribes, Kenyan street food, local markets, modern shopping malls, lots of international and local restaurants and even a zoo on the edge of the city for it if not able to go off on safari.

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