Kenya Travel Facts

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General kenya Travel Information

Rates

Rates include all expenses for best available accommodation and table d’hote meals. Vehicle and driver for the intended itinerary ranger/guides where necessary, entrance fees for National parks and Game Reserves. All expenses of a personal nature such as visa, beverages, laundry, airport tax, tips etc. are excluded. Single rooms or rooms with private bath cannot be guaranteed especially within the parks. All prices quoted are based on tariffs and exchange rates applicable at the time of printing and are subject to alteration without notice.

Payment

A deposit of 50% is required on booking of any travel arrangement; the balance is to be paid 25 days before commencement of the tour. Payment in full is required where bookings are made in less than 15 days before the tour begins. The deposit may be forfeited in case of cancellations and amendments.

Transportation & Driver/Guides

Transportation will be in mini buses, cars or landrover, station wagons will be provided according to the route and number of participants. The right is reserved to employ services of subcontractors. Trained English speaking African driver/guides are provided unless any passengers specifically request for a professional courier, in which case an extra charge will be levied.

Alterations to tours

The company reserves the right to alter arrangement of the route or to cancel the operation of a scheduled tour should conditions necessitate. It also reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of any tour at any time, on which event an equitable amount will be refunded.

Liability

The company and its agents act only as agents of the passenger in all matters relating to tours. The company’s liability to passengers is dictated by the appropriate law of the country in which the tour takes place. However the company accepts no responsibility for any personal illness, injury, delays, loss or damages from any cause whatsoever.

 

Important Travel Facts

VISA

Please obtain your VISAS to enter Kenyafrom a Kenyan Embassy or consulate in your country, or with the nearest Kenyan diplomatic missions from wherever you are designating. Visa applications should be made at least thirty (30) days, prior to the date of travel.

Health

Visitors to Kenya arriving from Yellow fever and cholera areas MUST have valid vaccination certificates. Malaria is rare in Nairobi  and the highlands, but prevalent in the hot humid low altitude areas around the coast, lake Victoria and Savannah. Prescribed dosages of Malaria prophylactics should be taken two weeks before travel, during your stay and continue for two more weeks after your departure.

It is safe to swim in the sea and in swimming pools BUT it is not recommended to swim in lakes, rivers and open reservoirs as they may be infected with bilharzia parasites. Drinking water from those places is not advisable either, but bottled mineral waters.

Clothing

At the coast during the daytime, beachwear is acceptable while in the Hotel, light cotton dresses or shirts are recommended while walking around the city, while on Safari, ‘ Safari suits’ are the most suitable attire, and in the evening if in the highlands, warm clothing is essential. ForNairobi, lightweight clothing and dresses are suitable throughoutKenyaexcept the cooler months of June/July/August when warmer clothing is advisable. A wide brimmed hat sun, tan oil and sun glasses are recommended for a sun bathing holiday at the coast, while a rain coat and insect repellant can be handy during a safari. Please do not walk away from the Hotel or off the beach in your beachwear, as doing so will offend the cultural and religious sensibilities of the local people.

Customs

Apart from personal effects, visitors may bring with them (i) cameras (still and movie), films and binoculars which must not be sold during visitors stay in Kenya, (ii) non consumable provisions and non alcoholic beverages and wines, not exceeding one litre, perfume and eau de toilette not exceeding in all one ½ litre.

Photography

Kenyais a photographer’s dream country as there is abundant wildlife and bird life in its natural habitats, magnificent scenery, captivating arifauna, colourful people, and reliable as well as unlimited sunlight! It is therefore, not difficult to take memorable photographs even if you are not a professional photographer. When you are on safari, please always remember that the animals you encounter are not tamed, and as such, it is advisable NOT to GET OUT of your vehicle. Avoid photographing the local people you meet while on safari before seeking their permission. You may require a good telephoto lens for shooting dramatic close ups for animals as well as a camera bag to protect your photographic equipment from dust. A UV or skylight filter is necessary everywhere and lens hood helps reduce the glare.

Driving

Short stay drivers require only their own valid driving licenses, which, have to be endorsed at the Road transport office, and an international driving license is the most convenient one. Driving is on the left and drivers approaching from the right at round abouts are given priority. Petrol is sold in litres while distances are measured in kilometers.

Currency

There are no restrictions on the foreign exchange you may bring in the country. However, if you wish to take money out of the country amounts exceeding Kshs. 500,000.00, you require a written authorization from the Central Bank ofKenya.

Defacement of theKenyacurrency is an indictable offence. The unit of the currency is theKenyashilling. Notes come in denominations of Kshs. 50, Kshs. 100, Kshs. 500 and Kshs. 1,000. It is recommended that you change your foreign currency only in Banks, Bureaus de change, forex bureaus, or authorized hotels. Major international credit cards are acceptable in many establishments.

Advance Booking

Advance booking is advisable if you are planning to visitKenyaduring the high season (December to March) low season starts in April to mid July.

Train service

Kenya Railways operates daily train service with simultaneous departures –Nairobi–Mombasa.

Domestic Air Service

Kenya Airways flies daily to Mombasa, Malindi, Kisumu and Eldoret. Other major domestic air carriers operate scheduled flights from Jomo Kenyatta Interantional airport to the same destinations as shown above. There are domestic air charter flights to Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu and to other designated National Parks and Game Reserves.

Security

In keeping with the acceptable practice elsewhere in the world, visitors are advised not to leave cash and valuables in their Hotel rooms but in the Hotel’s safe deposit boxes, do not carry large sums of cash while walking on the streets. Lady visitors are advised to be careful with their handbags in crowded places and busy streets.

Necklaces and jewellery should be left at the Hotels custody. As in all major cities, walking at night alone should be avoided.Kenya has an efficient police force as well as a special tourist police unit, highly trained officers, and most hotels employ experienced security personnel. However, it is advisable to always take those precautions one would take anywhere else in the world.

Business and Banking hours

Most banks in major urban centers have a bureau de change, while hotels are authorized to transact in foreign exchange. Banks are open between9.00 amand3.00 pmMonday through Friday and between9.00 amand11.00 amon first and last Saturdays of the month. Branches at the Jomo Kenyatta and Moi International airports run 24-hour services.

Telephone and Postal Services

Kenya has an excellent telecommunication network for both domestic and international services. International STD system is fully operational in most urban centers. There are also excellent fax, email, and www facilities in hotels providing direct lines with most parts of the world on a 24-hour basis. Radio call equipment is available in most lodges and tented camps located in remote areas where telephone facilities are scarce.

Electricity

Electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240 volts; 50Hz. Sockets are usually three pin square. It is therefore advisable to ensure that appliances such as video, battery chargers operating on other voltages have a built in adopter and it is also recommended that you bring your own adaptor(s).

The News Media

International papers as well as the local English newspapers are available.Kenya has television stations including Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), Kenya Television Network (KTN), the Nation television, the Family TV channel and Stellavision, and others are received via satellite.

Airport Departure Formalities

On departure, an airport departure tax is payable for both international and domestic flights. There are duty free shops at International airports, but purchases are made only in convertible currencies. Customs officials may require inspection of outgoing baggage. All baggage are weighed and subjected to x – ray inspection before being loaded.

Souvenir Shopping

Most Hotels and game lodges feature a boutique stocking a wide variety of Kenyan Souvenirs, but you will get the real test in the art of bargaining at the market stalls, way side outlets and at the bazaars. Products sold include; Safari suits, hats, kiondos (African sisal baskets), mats, baskets, indigenous fibre products, handcrafted jewellery in precious or semi precious stones. Kenyacoffee and tea make thoughtful presents to take back home. Available gemstones including rubies, Malayagarnets, tsavorites, malachite etc. ornamental souvenirs are plentiful and could be in the form of the world famous Akamba wood and Kisii soap stones carvings, batiks, and bead tapestry. Local driver guides offer very useful tips on shopping.

Investment Opportunities

Kenya’s natural endowment, in wildlife, its pleasant climate, availability of skilled work force and liberalized financial system offers opportunities for profitable investment in tourism industry and other fields. A prospective investor should obtain a number of approvals and registrations.

Time

Kenya has only one time zone, local time is G. M. T (Green which mean time) plus three (+3) hours.

Insurance

Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.

Tipping

Most Hotels and Lodges and tented camps include a service charge in their tariff and so do most restaurants, and tipping is voluntarily to express extra appreciation.

Charity

It is recommended that instead of giving money to street urchins, you donate it to the established charitable organizations, since giving money to them aggregates the situation. It is also recommended that you avoid street salesmen and beach hawkers, as some of them may be unreliable.