Tanzania Travel Guide
Warm and welcoming, Kenya is the place where the phrase ‘Hakuna Matata’ (no worries) originated and it embodies the national attitude; and smile is the most valuable currency. It is the uncontested “Safari Capital of the World” endowed with an incredibly unique biodiversity and climate, that range from tropical heat of glacial ice, that has formed a diversity of habitats found nowhere else on Earth. A mosaic of lion-gold savannah, rolling grassland, ancient rainforests and volcanic plains.
Moreover, Kenya is the only place where visitors can witness volcanic geysers that hurtle jets of boiling water into the air; stand beneath the plunging waterfall of the Aberdares, camel-trek across the painted desert of the arid north, drive through the teeming game of the vast savannah, witness the jumping maasai & samburu warriors, walk amidst clouds of butterflies in the last of the coastal rainforests, and lie beneath the palm trees of the idyllic Indian Ocean coastline.
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1. Visa Requirement
Most visitors require visas with the exception of citizens of certain countries of Commonwealth. Both multiple and single entry visa are available 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
It is essential that all visitors take a course of anti-malaria tablets commencing two weeks before departure. We also recommends vaccinations against hepatitis A, polio and typhoid. Travelers arriving from, or via, countries where yellow fever is endemic will need a Certificate of Vaccination
Hospitals provide good medical care in cities and towns. Flying Doctors facilities are also available.
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 Tanzania
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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