The Kenya travel information best clearly define critical travel requirements and weather patterns allowing the new travelers get first hand relevant advance tips ahead of their bookings and travelling.
Dry season is evidently proven to be the most suitable time to visit Kenya with wild animals easily visible at water points through the dry savannah grasslands. All roads become passable during this season when tourists prefer to visit from December to March, and July to August every year. Local tourism takes the lead in the months of June, September, October and December while the Masai Mara wildebeest migration is prevalent in July and August when the animals leave the Serengeti plains in million numbers in search of Masai Mara fresh green pastures. Sunny weather is undoubtedly beautiful with pleasant sceneries.
The rainy season comes with sudden and unexpected showers which are sometimes accompanied with storms, winds and floods in some places making it difficult to tour some of the country’s most attractive sites and destinations. Nights are usually cool accompanied by warm days. Photography is best during this season as green vegetation is evident everywhere, beautiful sunshine making it real African adventure. The main advantages of traveling this season are significant reduced accommodation rates, and low human traffic.
There are two major international airports in Kenya as Jomo Kenyatta international airport based in Nairobi [NBO], and Moi international airport located in Mombasa [MBA]. Nairobi city is most popularly known as business hub for East African countries and perfectly placed connecting major world cities [Europe, West Africa, South Africa, India and the Arabian Peninsula]. There are many daily flights between Nairobi and Mombasa of local and international carriers, Tanzania, Zanzibar and other routes. There will soon be direct flights between Nairobi’s JKIA and the United State-USA. European cities connections include Amsterdam, London, Paris, Brussels and Zurich. Other routes with attractive travel booking deals are Dubai, Doha, Cairo, Istanbul and Addis Ababa.
Most reliable carriers to Nairobi are KLM, Delta, Air France, Swiss Air, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Turkish Airlines are reputable airlines with the highest quality standards in the global aviation industry.
A valid passport document is required upon entering Kenya. Visas can be obtained from JKIA and Moi international airports at $50 payable only in cash on arrival. Visa application forms are available at the port of entry or at the foreign embassy and high commission offices. Get your Visa ahead of your planned trip to Kenya.
Consult an expert doctor in tropical diseases to advise you on medical control measures in Malaria, insect bites related to mosquitoes, relevant injections and vaccinations. Only drink bottled mineral water, boiled water, filtered water or treated water with iodine tablets.
Take extra precaution when moving around as robbers may target your valuables such as jewellery, flashy cameras and cash. We advise that you keep money, mobile handsets, cameras, passport and other important travel documents safely locked in your hotel room when you go away and when you are asleep. Do not expose your important travel documents to petty theft.
Confirm your medical insurance cover provides for medical evacuation in case you happen to need one on an emergency. Travel Guard is world’s most preferred and leading travel insurance providers.
Kenya’s official currency is the Kenyan Shilling [KES]. The US Dollar is widely used and accepted in Nairobi and Mombasa and is easily exchanged for local currency throughout the country. New denomination tenders of $50 and $100 issued after 2005 are easy to exchange for Kenya Shillings. However, travelers’ checks are very widely unacceptable. Only a few banks will accept travelers’ checks at extremely low exchange rates. We highly recommend that you plan to carry with you some cash, valid Visa or MasterCard as automatic teller machines are available in all cities and major towns throughout the country. It is also advisable that you inform your home bank ahead of your trip of your intension to use your card in a foreign country so they don’t accidentally block your transactions. It also makes economic sense to use your card as it will attract low charges to your account. Paying cash for your hotel accommodation, transport and meals will be reasonably cheaper and more convenient option. When you visit Kenyan parks, it is important to remember that most of these expenses are included in your travel budget and price already paid to your agent. But all park entrance fees are payable only in US Dollars for non-residents.
The mobile telephony in Kenya is relatively well developed networks and many nationals can activate and conveniently use their lines while in Kenya. The connection cost may be very expensive, but you can simply purchase a local sim card, insert in your handset, reload airtime and you are ready to communicate. The option of roaming is also available but very expensive.
A number of hotels offer free wireless internet connections to their guests besides USB modems that are widely used on the EDGE network across the country.
Traveling with children can be extremely challenging and complicated as most tourist properties in the National parks do not allow children. You will find most of the children stuff including pampers, diapers, baby formula foods, wipes, cereal and many others from the cities and major towns only, so arrange to carry enough stock of what you will need during your stay from Kenyan supermarkets ahead of your planned trip. Find out more details from your agent.
Welcome to this beautiful country, Kenya.