Kenya Travel Tips
Best time to visit is over the Dry season –June to October
June, July, August, September & October – These are the coldest months. Temperatures vary significantly per region and because of their difference in altitude. Daytime temperatures are usually around 23°C/73°F at higher altitudes, such as the Masai Mara, and 28°C/82°F at lower altitudes, such as the coastal areas. During the Dry season, the sky is clear and days are sunny. Early morning temperatures at higher altitude are typically 10°C/50°F. It is advisable to pack warm clothing, as morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold. There is very little rain in most of the country, so these are the least humid months, making it the best time to stay at one of Kenya’s beautiful beaches.
Malaria & Vaccinations
The information below is just a brief, general guide and should not be used in replacement of a consultation with your travel doctor. The government organizations and travel clinics below are trusted resources for complete and up-to-date info about travelers’ health in Kenya.
Recommended; see websites below for more detailed immunization advice:-
- Australia – www.travelclinic.com.au
- Canada – iamat.org – Vaccinations / Malaria
- Ireland – www.tmb.ie
- New Zealand – iamat.org – Vaccinations / Malaria
- United Kingdom – www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
- United States – wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
High risk throughout the country except in high altitude areas over 2,000m including Nairobi, Nairobi NP, Laikipia plateau and Mt. Kenya. Most safari parks are high-risk zones. The highest risk of transition is during the rainy season from September to April.
Hospitals and doctors
A broad selection of highly qualified doctors, surgeons and dentists are available; with several quality private hospitals based in Nairobi city such as Nairobi Hospital, Karen Hospital and Aga Khan Hospital. Travelers are encouraged to discuss travel insurance with their specialists. Flying doctors emergency evacuation cover is a service air evacuation services in medical emergencies across East Africa, as well as air ambulance transfers between medical facilities from the point of incidence to the nearest large hospital. The service costs USD 10 per person and covers both Kenya and Tanzania.
Country is supplied with 220-240 Volts AC with standard 13amp three square pin plugs.
English is the official language and swahili is the national language.
Tipping is appreciated though not mandatory. Guides should be tipped at the travelers’ discretion since most hotels and restaurants include a 10% service charge to the bill.
The official currency is Kenya shilling with written abbreviation as Ksh. Foreign currency can be changed at banks, forex bureaus, hotels and airports. All major international credit cards are accepted by many hotels, travel agencies, safari companies and restaurants throughout the country.
Please note that US dollar notes older than the series 2000 are not accepted in Kenyan banks and forex bureaus.
There is good mobile coverage countrywide including remote areas. It is possible to buy a local SIM card from either Safaricom or Airtel though they require formal identification and registration. Check with your mobile service provider for roaming capabilities and costs.
Kenya has many reliable internet service providers and internet service is readily available in remote areas. Many hotels and lodges have Wi-Fi and most towns offer private business centers and cyber cafes.
General Packing list (camping tours):-
- Sleeping bag (3 season)/ travel pillow
- Money for personal spending and tipping (at the end of the tour) approximately Kshs. 2,000/ USD 20 per day
- Back pack or soft bag, as storage space is limited [maximum 20kgs]
- A pair of long trousers and fleece for the cool mornings and evenings in addition to plenty of light clothes for hot days (avoid white),safari hat/cap, swim suit, trainers, sandals.
- Head torch, sunglasses, suntan lotion/spray, insect repellent/spray
- Additional mineral bottled water and beverages (can be bought from Nairobi/ major towns)
- Camera, batteries, memory cards, binoculars, maps, guide-books, reading book
- Additional toilet paper, towel, wet wipes, soap and toothbrush/paste/ personal toiletries
- All personal travel/ medical insurance
P.S) Plastic bags are banned in Kenya and will be confiscated at the airport. Please use eco-friendly non-woven/ woven bags as alternatives