Kenya Travel Tips

Countries whose nationals require Referred Visas - Applications are sent to nairobi for approval: Afghanistan, Armania, Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, North Korea, Tadjkistan, Senegal, Somali, Syria, Jordan, Nigeria, Cameroon, Azerbaijan

Countries whose nationals do not require a Visa to come to Kenya: Antigue And Barbuda, Tonga, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Tuvalu, Belize, Uganda, Botswana, Gambia, Brunei, Ghana, Daelsalum, Grenada, Cyprus Papua, New Guinea, Fiji Islands, Samoa, Jamaica, Seychelles, Kiribati, Tanzania, Lesotho, Vanuatu, Malawi, Zambia, Malaysia( If Less Than 30 Days), Zimbabwe, Maldives, Ethiopia, Mauritus, Uruguay, Namibia, Turkey, Nauru, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent And The Grenadines, Swaziland, Sa Marino.

Stateless persons not holding valid passports or other travel documents issued by their own country of nationality. This includes recognized refugees - holders of the united nations refugee travel document.

Nationals of any other country which does not appear above may obtain visa on application either at the mission or any Kenya port of entry subject to fulfillment of the normal requirements. If you apply at the port of entry, you will not need a photograph.

Visa Charges : Multiple entry visa (1 Year) £60, Single entry visa £30, Transit Visa £10, Referral Visa fee (non refundable) £7

Immigration Requirements : When leaving the country, passengers will be asked to verify the contents of the baggage at the Customs desk. Export of products made from Elephant, Rhino and Turtle are prohibited.

Passports : All visitors are required to carry a valid passport. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from date of travel.

Getting to Kenya: There are several airlines which fly to Kenya. They are Kenya Airways, KLM, British Airways, Gulf Air, Emirates, Air India and South African Airways to name a few. The main international airport in Kenya is the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Health:

Vaccination : Inoculation against Yellow fever and Cholera may be mandatory depending on the country where the travel originates. Anyone entering Kenya from or through a Yellow Fever infected area, must be in possession of a valid International certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever. Malaria: It is advisable that you take malaria tablets before entering Kenya. Start the course at least one week before entering Kenya. Please consult your physician or General Practitioner.

Drinking water : Bottled mineral water is widely available in Kenya at reasonable prices. Tap water is not recommended for drinking.

Accommodation: Kenya boasts of a fine diversity of accommodation options ranging from camping, at some of the finest campsites, to luxury hotels and lodges spread all over the country. For more details and accommodation options, please Click here for the hotels and lodges main page.

Food and Drink : Kenya offers an impressive range of foods and drinks to suit all visitors needs from vegetarian diets to full course meals. Whether in a luxury city hotel or deep in the bush, a traveler is almost guaranteed to find a mouth watering buffet with a wide variety of meats to fresh salads and drinks. The food is relatively safe to try whilst in a hotel or lodge which caters for international tourists. Soft drinks and alcohol are also readily available, cheap and safe to drink.

Clothing : Kenya has a diverse climatic range form extremely hot and dry regions to cold and wet areas. We have listed below an idea of the various altitudes and how you should dress while there.

In the mountain region (5000ft and above), the climate here is wet and cold. Add gloves, strong foot wear and heavy rain gear.

If you are in the coastal region, where the weather is very tropical and hot, wear comfortable loose cotton and some sun protection.

In the eastern region (below 3000ft), normally hot, dry and dusty, you are advised to carry a hat, cotton pants and long sleeved shirts. Also carry sun protection.

While in the highland areas (3000 - 5000ft), with a climate that ranges from cool / hot days and cold nights in addition to frequent rainfall, you are advised to add a sweater and rain jacket.

Security : Like any other country, Kenya has a few security concerns but the tourism industry and the government are taking every possible step to ensure your safety during your visit to Kenya. Below are a few basic precautionary measures you should take:

  • Try to avoid walking at wee hours of the night especially in quiet dark streets.
  • Keep your valuables in a safe place.
  • Avoid carrying lots of money and any important documents.
  • You are advised to take cabs rather than walk in strange areas.
  • Avoid carrying valuables to the beach.

Communication : Communication in Kenya is quite reliable owing to the many modes available such as the internet, mobile/cell phone communication, direct land line telephone and telephone booths plus radio call, just to name but a few. The most reliable is the mobile phone, which is widely used and cheap to buy. Internet communication is also largely available in most major towns and cities and is quite efficient in addition to being cheap.

Road Travel : Kenya has an extensive road network. One drives on the left. All major roads are tarred. The state of the road surfaces is variable. The roads in the National Park are generally good gravel surfaces, but may at times be dusty or muddy. However, travel is nonetheless comfortable.


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