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Welcome to Kenya

Kenya

Capital: Nairobi

Population:  45.01 million (2014)

Dialling Code: +254

Official Language: English, Kiswahili

Currency: Kenyan Shilling

Time zone: EAT (UTC+3)

Continent: Africa

With many natural attractions like great wildlife, amazing landscape and culture; Kenya is rapidly turning to one of Africa’s top tourist destinations. Located in the Eastern part of Africa, Kenya has many attractions to satisfy the yearnings of every tourist- ranging from; abundant wildlife, diverse culture, world-class beaches, thrilling adventure and unbeatable safari. Kenya is located on the eastern part of Africa, boardering the Indian Ocean. Nairobi is the capital and largest city in the country.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Diani Beach

Leading Beach Destination in Africa, Diani Beach is the most beautiful beach in Africa. Located in Mombasa, this beach offers lots of fun filled activities for its visitors. You will be thrilled by the blue waters, cool sands and lovely ambience on the beach.

Masai Mara Game Reserve

If you are a lover of nature and wildlife, this is the perfect destination for you. With a lovely safari to witness the untamed life of these wonderful animals, you will be held spelled bound by nature's beauty and diversity. You can also witness the great migration of wildebeests from nearby Serengeti National Park.

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru was first gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960 and in 1968 it was upgraded to National Park status. The surface of the Lake Nakuru occupies about a third of the park. It supports a dense bloom of the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina platensis from which it derives its colour and is a food source for flamingos. Good place to see rhinos because the Park has Kenya’s largest population of rhinos

 

Business

Kenya is generally considered the economic, commercial, and logistics hub of East Africa. With the strongest industrial base in East Africa, Kenya has been successful in attracting investments from foreign businesses. Many companies are investing in Kenya and setting up local and regional operations to take advantage of Kenya’s strategic location, comprehensive air routes, and status as a regional financial center.

Climate

The climate is cool around the capital city, Nairobi, and especially closer to Mount Kenya, which has snow permanently on its peaks. Further inland, in the Nyanza region, there is a hot and dry climate which becomes humid around Lake Victoria, the largest tropical fresh-water lake in the world. On the Indian Ocean coastline, Kenya has a warm and humid tropical climate.

Communications

The telecom industry in Kenya is well-developed with Safaricom and Telkom Kenya as the major players, the dialing code is +254.

Many Hotels and resorts offer Wifi service for their customers to have access to the internet. 4G LTE internet speed services are available in major  cities.

Customs

The diverse culture of Kenyans is expressed in different forms, ranging from its people and language, food, music and dance, art, to its ethnic values and ethical norms.

The Kenyan population is comprised of more than 40 ethnic groups, each with its own unique dialect. As Kenya's national languages, Swahili and English bridge the communication gap and unite Kenyans as a single nation.

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Kenya by passengers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits or 2L of wine.
• 500ml of perfume and eau de toilette, of which not more than a quarter may be perfume.

Banned imports

Counterfeit money and goods, pornography, matches made using white phosphorus, narcotics, soaps and cosmetics containing mercury, and used tyres; are all prohibited in Kenya

Restricted items include animal traps, unwrought precious metals and stones, arms and ammunition, ivory, hippopotamus teeth, rhinoceros horn, tortoise shell, whalebone, antlers, coral, endangered species, and historic artefacts.

 

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Kenya usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

Getting Around

Getting around is easy especially on the major cities. You can hop on the public transport or go around in a rented car. The roads are in good conditions but some minor roads are in bad conditions with deep potholes.

Health

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving from infected areas; those countries formerly classified as endemic zones are considered to be still infected by the Kenyan authorities. Travellers arriving from non-endemic zones should note that vaccination is strongly recommended for travel outside the urban areas, even if an outbreak of the disease has not been reported and they would normally not require a vaccination certificate to enter the country.

Diarrhoeal diseases are common. Hepatitis B is hyperendemic; hepatitis E is widespread. Meningococcal meningitis is a risk, particularly during the dry season. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present; avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Avoid insect fly bites and wear shoes to protect against hookworm. Dengue fever and rabies are present. There is a high incidence of HIV/AIDS.

Language

The languages spoken here are Kiswahili and English.

Money

The currency is Kenyan Shilling

Passport Visa

Kenyan Visa Requirement for Tourist  visit
1) Passport Datapage
2) Hotel Booking
3) Flight Booking
4) Passport picture (500 x 500)
 
Passports

To enter Kenya, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and with at least two blank pages.

Visas

You can obtain your visa on entry; passport photos are not required. However, to save time at the airport, it's a good idea to obtain one in advance, either online or from the embassy/high commission. If you require a multiple-entry visa, you're advised to obtain this in advance.

Safety

Just follow the basic safety tips. Do not put on expensive jewellery while moving around and always keep your personal belongings in a safe place.

Time

EAT (UTC+3)

Tipping

Tipping is an act of goodwill in Kenya. Although not compulsory, its advisable to tip when you feel like.

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