Kenya Travel Guide
Kenya is globally celebrated for her scenic topography, wide array of wildlife, beautiful coastline and her friendly and hospitable people. It borders Tanzania to the South, Uganda to the West, Somalia to the East and Sudan to the North. This is the the land where the “Big five”: Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, and Buffalos still roam free in their natural habitat. It is also the land of Masai Mara, the stage for wildebeest migration, one of the seven wonders of the the modern world.
To help you navigate throughout the check out some of our significant information that will need to be aware of:
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1. Visa Requirement
A valid passport, not expiring for at least six months, is required for entry into Kenya. Most incoming visitors whether for business or pleasure, require a visa. Multiple and Single entry visa are available. Both Multiple and Single entry visas can also be obtain upon arrival at the airport (visa official are on hand to meet all international arriving flights) or prior to travel single entry visa can be obtain online (http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html)
2. Health Certification
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required ONLY if you are arriving into the country from an infected area. Commonly recommended but required vaccinations/immunizations include tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and Malaria. Consult with your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip for up-to-date information and to allow time for medications to take effect. A healthcare who specializes in travel medicine may assist in determining what you will need based on factors such as health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities
3. Language & Religion
Kenya’s official languages are widely spoken n schools, commerce and government are: English and Swahili. However, there are also about 42 ethnic languages spoken in the country, especially in rural areas. These local languages are rooted in Bantu, Nilotes & Semitic languages; mainly segmented based on different location of the country. The most popular Bantu languages are Kikuyu, Luhya and Kamba while luo, Kalenjin and Maasai are a few of the Nilotic languages.
The three official religion practiced in Kenya include: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism with the largest population being christians
Kenya has a well developed communications system for both domestic and international services. Telephone, fax and internet services are widely available. Kenya uses GSM network for mobile phones and has a good road network connecting major cities and towns in the country.
The country’s code is +254 and it is 3 hours ahead of GMT.
5. Currency & Banking
Kenya’s unit of currency is the Kenyan Shillings and its available in denominations of Ksh 1, KSh 5, Ksh 10, Ksh 20, Ksh 40, Ksh 50, Ksh 100, Ksh 200, Ksh 500 & Ksh 1,000. United States Dollar ($), British Pound (£) and Euro (€) are more easily exchanged than other currencies. Forex Bureau (bureau de change) tend to offer the best rates and most are open weekdays and Saturday mornings. Otherwise, out-of-hours foreign exchange facilities can be found in some hotels and at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Travelers’cheques will only be accepted at a few international banks; proof of purchase and your passport will be required. Major credit cards are accepted at some large hotels and good restaurants, though they are unlikely to be accepted elsewhere. Local currency can sometimes be drawn from ATMs.
Ideas for How to Experience Kenya
Below are some of our most popular travel experiences that have been suggested by our travel specialists. Each experiences features endless opportunities for adventures and breathtaking moments of discovery wrapped with warmth of people:
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