Visa requirements required by all nationals. Details can be checked at our nearest Kenya/Tanzanian High Commission / Embassy or Kenyan Tourist Office, and at airline offices.
Personal effects like cameras and accessories (excluding slide and cine projectors) may be temporarily imported duty free.
Visitors are sometimes advised although it is not mandatory, except in some instances (i.e Far East, Central America, South, Central and West Africa), to have valid Yellow Fever and Cholera certificates. It is advisable to check current health requirements with airlines, and recommended that you take anti-malaria tablets two weeks before arrival in Kenya, during your stay, and for a minimum of three weeks after returning home.
Kenya has excellent hospitals and doctors, in addition to Flying Doctor Service who will fly you promptly to the nearest hospital should you fall ill on safari. There are pharmacists in all major towns, but as drugs are expensive it is advisable to bring ample supplies of prescription or any other medicine needed to cover the duration of your safari.
The basic unit of currency is the Kenya Shilling, used on the decimal system, and divided into 100 cents. Currency exchange rates can be checked at banks and foreign exchange bureaus FOREX. Visitors to Tanzania can bring any amount of foreign currency and no currency declaration is required. Banks give slightly better rates of exchange than hotels. We strongly advise you to avoid street dealers.
In Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda: GMT + 3 hours.
A number of major international banks have offices in Nairobi and branches throughout Kenya. Hours of business are between 9 am and 3 pm weekdays, and 9 am to 11 am Saturdays. A 24 hour banking service at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport includes Sundays and Public holidays, and (FOREX) are open Mondays through Saturdays.
In general, the climate varies with altitude, but seldom fall below 24oC in the daytime and 10oC at night. There are two rainy seasons, between October and December and March to early June.
English is spoken and understood nearly everywhere. The national language is Kiswahili. Most hotels and lodges print their literature in French and Germany, and have multi-lingual staff.
Cotton and linen dresses, light slacks and short sleeved shirts are essential, with pullovers for chilly night at high altitudes. Some hotels require gentlemen to wear jackets and ties in the evenings. Flat comfortable walking shoes or sandals are an asset, and sun-hats and sunglasses give protection against the sun.
Most parts of Kenya, including game lodges, can be reached quickly by using light charter aircraft from Nairobi's Wilson Airport. Some 30 international airlines serve Nairobi and Kenya airways flies to Mombasa Malindi, Kisumu, and Eldoret. Kenya has a comprehensive network of roads.
Nairobi and Mombasa have wealth of different ethnic restaurants. There are good cinemas and theatres in the main cities, and international class casinos, nightclubs and discotheques.
Nairobi and Mombasa have excellent shopping facilities for almost everything you need, particularly souvenirs, and there are plenty of good shops in other major towns. Souvenirs and various basic necessities can be obtained from lodge and hotel shops.
As in all countries, security is basically a matter of common sense. Travellers' cheque and valuables should be deposited in your hotel safe, not left unattended in a hotel room or tour bus, whilst you should avoid carrying large sums of money around with you. Do not let handbags swing freely, and avoid walking alone at night.