Travel Tips

Kenya is country with a wide range of cultures, wildlife and contrasting landscapes. It is among the worlds traditional and most exciting safari destinations. Kenya always thrills the visitor who may be expecting the rolling plains of the famous Masai Mara game reserve but is pleasantly surprised with the dramatic escarpments of the Great Rift Valley, the numerous picturesque lakes, the dense tropical rain forest, the harsh arid land in the north and a splendid coastline. Almost all species of African wildlife are accessible in Kenya. Birdlife is prolific and a great number of species can be identified.

The People of Kenya
while the national language of Kenya is Kiswahili, English is the official language and is widely spoken and understood. Key Swahili words for a visitor are Jambo (hello) and Karibu (welcome).

Electricity
Power supply is 220/240 volt 50 cycle. Plugs are usually 13-amp 3 pin square (British type)

Banks
Many banks are in the major towns as well as bureau de change. Hours of business vary from bank to bank, but most are open from 9 hrs to 16hrs, Mondays to Fridays, and 9hrs - 13hrs on Saturdays. Hotels and lodges change money outside these hours. Banking services are also available at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and at Moi International Airport in Mombasa.

Currency 
Currency unit is the shilling, comprising 5, 10 and 20-shilling coins. Bank notes are in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 shillings. It's best to come into the country with either Travelers checks or dollars or pounds, which can be exchanged at any of the many Bureau de Change in the main Towns.

Credit Cards
Most restaurants, stores, hotels, lodges, camps, car rental firms, etc accept international credit cards.

Giving tips
A tip of 10% for good service is adequate. Service charges are frequently added and it is usual to tip a tour driver or guide at least US $5 a day.

Communications 
Most hotels provide internet for guests.  Telephone directories will list all the international dialing codes. Most areas of Kenya are covered by mobile phone network.

Climate 
Kenya is considered to fall in the tropics but climate and temperature varies depending on altitude and proximity to the ocean. Coastal regions are hot and humid while the central plateaus are warm and dry, with cool nights.

Clothing
Lightweight casual clothes can be worn all year round, with a jacket or sweater for early mornings and evenings. While on safari keep clothes to a minimum and mostly of neutral coloring - khakis, browns and greens. Bring a hat, good walking shoes and sunscreen. Don't forget swimwear and binoculars.

Photography
Kenya is considered to be a photographers dream destination. From panoramic scenery, wildlife and birds to people and vibrant ceremonies. Rich color and good low lighting conditions abound. It is considered rude to take pictures of people without asking them first.

Transportation by Air
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and Moi International Airport in Mombasa are main points of entry. Many charter services operate out of Nairobi's Wilson Airport. Regular services link Kisumu, Lamu, Malindi and the game parks.