Kenya Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Do I need a visa to visit Kenya?

Visitors need to have a passport which is valid for 6 months beyond the date of travel. Many nationalities can apply for the Kenyan E-visa online before travel. Visas can be purchased by many nationalities on arrival, but it’s advised to apply for the e-visa as the lines can be very long on arrival. Some nationalities must apply for the visa before you leave home, so please check with the Kenyan consulate in your home country.

It is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.

 

Do I need to get a Yellow Fever Vaccination?

Yes, Kenya is a Yellow Fever region and you need to get a yellow fever vaccination 10 days prior to travel. You need to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in Kenya and failure to do so, may result in your being denied entry.

Additionally, if you are travelling to other African countries you may be required to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate.

 

Do I need to take anti-malaria medication when visiting Kenya?

There is a risk of malaria throughout the country, except Addis Ababa and areas above 2500m, especially during January to December. It is recommended that you visit your local doctor or a travel clinic about malaria prophylaxis before travelling to Ethiopia.

 

Vaccinations

There is a requirement to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination to gain entry to Kenya. There are no other formal vaccination requirements.

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When is the best time to visit Kenya?

The best time to travel to Kenya depends on what you want to do during your trip. Kenya is considered a year-round destination for both safaris and beach holidays. Kenya has two historic wet seasons between April and June called the long rains and November to December called the short rains. The best times for safari are between January and March and July to October. However, January to March is a hot time of year to travel.

If you want to see the Great Migration in Kenya, the herds are generally in the Masai Mara National Reserve from August to October, but climate change has affected the rainfall patterns, and this has become more unpredictable.

The Kenyan coast can be visited all year round but from mid-March to the end of May you can expect rain on the coast and stronger winds so this is not the best time to visit the Kenyan coast.

 

Can I drink the tap water in Kenya?

Water in Kenya is safe for bathing and brushing your teeth. Not all water is safe to drink especially in remote areas, so we recommend that you use bottled water during your trip.

 

What is the weather like in Kenya?

Kenya has a tropical climate, but the landscape differs hugely across the country though many areas are dry. The temperatures are affected by altitude, so on Mount Kenya and in the Aberdare’s, it can be much cooler. Nairobi lies at 1660m in altitude, so it is much cooler than in the Mara. From July – August it can be as cool as 5°C at night, even though daytime highs in the shade at that time of year easily exceed 21°C. On the coast such as in Mombasa temperatures rarely drop below 20°C.

Kenya has two historic wet seasons between April and June called the long rains and November to December called the short rains. January and March and July to October are warm and generally have no rain so this is when most visitors come on safari. However, January to March is a hot time of year to travel.

 

Currency and credit cards in Kenya

The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES of KSH) though many hotels, guides and tourist places accept US dollars.

Credit Cards:

Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout Kenya.

American Express and Diners Club are not widely accepted.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Change.

ATM’s are readily available in major cities.

 

Languages spoken in Kenya

The official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili and many people are bilingual.

 

Electrical matters

Kenyan electrical outlets run on 230/240 volts (US & Canada 110/120) Although adaptors are available at most camps, we highly recommend taking your own.

If you are taking electric hair styling tools in any shape or form flatirons, curling irons, hairdryers etc. or any other electrical appliances, you should make sure they are dual voltage and remember to change the voltage.

Many camps are very remote and run on generators. They may not allow you to use hair dryers, curling irons etc and may have limited hours of operation. Some camps only have charging facilities for batteries and cell phones only in the main reception rooms.

 

Time Zone

Local time in Kenya is GMT +3 which 7 – 8 hours ahead of the Eastern USA depending on daylight saving time.

 

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