|Travel Tips for Visitors to Kenya
VISA AND HEALTH REGULATIONS
Visa requirements vary from time to time and between countries,
and should be checked with the nearest tourist office or
diplomatic mission. Health certificates are required, but these
vary with country of origin and so should be checked with the
relevant authorities. However, yellow fever and cholera
vaccination are recommended. Malaria is endemic in Africa and so
precaution should be taken. Anti-malaria medication should be
started prior to arrival.
It is illegal to enter or leave with any local currency. There
is normally no restriction on import of foreign currency.
However, receipts must be retained for currency transactions in
order to re-exchange local currency on departure. Well known
credit cards are widely accepted in Kenya, but to a lesser
extent in Tanzania and Uganda. US$ and travelers cheques are a
most widely accepted form of payment.
Much of East Africa is considered to have perfect climate with
generally warm sunny days, minimal humidity and cool evenings.
Temperatures do vary with altitude. Coastal climate is tropical,
being hot and humid most of the year round. Highlands areas can
get cold at night
Cotton, linen dresses, light slacks and short sleeved shirts are
recommended. Bring a warm sweater as nights can be chilly at
high altitudes. The emphasis is on informal wear but some
restaurants and clubs require gentlemen to wear jackets and ties
in the evenings with the ladies dressed accordingly. Comfortable
walking shoes, swimsuit, sunglasses, suntan lotion, flashlight
and an alarm clock will complement your safari gear.
HOTEL CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT
Check out time is usually 1000hrs. Hence check in cannot be
guaranteed before 1100hrs unless room is reserved from night
before. Day rooms up to 1800hrs are usually available.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS ON SAFARIS
Lodges - Rooms are singles, doubles, triples and suites. Lodge
facilities include lounges & bars with log fires, dining rooms
and viewing platforms. Most lodges have outdoor swimming pools.
Tented camps - These range from simple to luxurious and provide
spacious beds with mosquito netting, private bathrooms and
verandas. Camps also include restaurants, bar and lounge
facilities.Meal's - On safari, meals are provided on a full
board basis. There is a full English breakfast. Lunch is often
buffet style, set out with salads, cold and hot starters and hot
main dishes. Dinner is 3-5 courses with a combination of dishes.
Banking hours are from 9.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday. Most
hotels and lodges change money outside these hours.
Children under 8 years are not allowed at the tree hotels. Due
to close contact with the animals at the water holes and
salt-licks, it is important not to scare them away.
As in any major city, security precautions must be taken. Use
safe deposit boxes, carry only small amount of cash and do not
wear jewelry in town. Avoid walking at night, take taxis.
AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAX
Most airports require an airports tax of US$20, for departure on
international flights. Some airports also require a departure
tax for domestic flights in the local currency.
Luggage should be kept to a minimum, one main lightweight bag
and an overnight bag is adequate. Most city hotels have space
for storing luggage not required on safari. On flying safaris,
where light aircraft are utilized, baggage is limited to 15
kilos per person.
Protect your camera and films from dust with a plastic bag. A
lens hood and ultra violet filter are also available. Films and
batteries are available at most lodges but in restricted stocks
and sizes so it is suggested you bring your own supply. A 200 mm
to 30 mm telephoto lens is recommended for game and bird
photography. It is forbidden to photograph the national flag,
the president, the state House, state lodges, police, soldiers,
prisons or prisoners.