Worth knowing about Kenya

Worth knowing about Kenya

Useful information about Kenya. This category will be updated from time to time.

Getting There

From Europe, direct flights are available from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Madrid, Moscow, Athens, Rome, and Zurich. Some of the airlines flying to Nairobi include British Airways, Air France, Sabena, SAS, Lufthansa, Iberia, Aeroflot, Olympic Airways, Alitalia, and Swiss Air. Kenya Airways flies from Paris, London, Zurich, Athens, Frankfurt, Rome, and Cairo. From the United States and Canada, you will have to change planes in Europe. Over thirty international airlines provide scheduled flights to Kenya.

Flying time from Europe to Nairobi is approximately 8 hours and from North America 16 hours. The two main points of entry are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and Moi International Airport in Mombasa. On the way home the Nairobi airport has an exit tax on flights out of the country. Our directory includes a listing of airports in Kenya.

Currency and Exchange

The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. Written in abbreviation as Ksh. or using /= after the amount (i.e 500/=).Available Notes are 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings. Available coins are 5, 10 and 20 shillings. Visitors to Kenya should change foreign currency at banks, bureaus de change or authorized hotels. The easiest currencies to exchange are US Dollars, Pounds sterling and EURO.

Entry requirements for….

 Americans: United States citizens require a valid passport and a visa.
 UK nationals: British citizens require a valid passport and a visa.
 Canadians: Canadians require a valid passport and a visa.
 Australians: Australians require a valid passport and a visa.
 South Africans: South Africans must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.
 New Zealanders: New Zealand citizens require a valid passport and a visa.
 Irish nationals: Irish nationals require a valid passport and a visa.

 

Passport/Visa Note:

Visas can be obtained on arrival for a fee of US$50, which is valid for a period of three months and must be paid in a convertible currency. This may result in passenger delays and it is preferable to arrange a visa in the country of origin. Required by all passengers are onward or return tickets, documents needed for next destination and sufficient funds for length of intended stay (at least US$500). Passports must be valid for at least the period of stay.

Electricity

Electricity is 220-240 volt, 50 cycles. Outlets may be two or three pronged. In some cases you need an adapter for your electrical appliances. These adapters can be purchased at hardware stores or borrowed at some hotels. On request you can get an adapter also in our office.
Remote lodges and camps get their electricity from generators. Often the generators are only operated at specific times of day. Most of them will be shut down at midnight.

Kenyan Public holidays include:
1st January New Years Day
February/March Idd il Fitr *
March/April- Good Friday**
March/April -Easter Monday**
1st May- Labour Day
1st June- Madaraka Day
20th October-Mashujaa Day
12th December Jamhuri Day
25th December Christmas Day
26th December Boxing Day*The Muslim Festival of Idd il Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadhan. The date varies each year depending on the sighting of a new moon in Mecca.
* Dates for the Christian festival of Easter vary from year to year.

What to Wear

Dress is casual in most situations. Comfort should be your key motivation for what to bring. Light, wash and wear clothes will give you the most use. A warm sweater or pullover may be helpful.
While the coast is hot year round, Nairobi and the western highlands can be cool at night in July and August. A light rain coat is advisable. On safari, long pants and long sleeves can help for those sensitive to strong sun. on safari Dust is prevalent, fortunately many camps offer laundry service. Some hotels have pools, so you may want to include a swimsuit. Good, comfortable walking shoes are adequate for most situations, hiking boots for trekking in mountain areas. Many travelers pack more than they really need. Try to bring only the minimum clothes necessary.

 Climate

Kenya is generally a dry country; over 75% of its area is classed as arid of semi-arid with only around 20% being viable for agriculture. Inland, rainfall and temperatures are closely related to altitude changes, with variations induced by local topography. 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.

Tipping

 

Tipping is considered a token of a appreciation throughout East Africa. Guides, drivers, waiters and hotel staff can be tipped at your discretion from USD10-25 per day per person

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