Our Holidays provide the opportunity to experience the Beautiful Beaches,
Fascinating Wildlife, Stunning Landscapes and Natural beauty of Kenya. We
look forward to welcoming you to this glorious region of the Africa.
Entry Requirements :- A passport (valid 6 months beyond intended
stay) a visa is required for holders of European Union passports ; this
may be obtained from the Kenya High Commission in the different
countries or on arrival at Nairobi airport at a cost of USD 50 paya ble in
cash. You must have tickets and/or documents for return or onward
Certificates of inoculation against Yellow Fever and Cholera are not
required except from visitors arriving from countries where these
diseases are endemic. NB. It is advisable to check this; If your charter
flight is stopping at such a country you may be required to carry a
Airport departure tax (US$20 in hard currency) is payable upon
departure from Kenyan airports, if you have scheduled flight tickets
this will be included in the price.
Yellow Fever / Other vaccinations / Malaria
It is now generally accepted that the Cholera vaccination is ineffective.
Vaccination against Yellow Fever is recommended, check with your
Embassy and/or local heath office for more details. Anti-malarial
prophylactics should be taken in accordance with medical advice. Good
medical facilities are available in the major cities. Comprehensive Travel
Insurance is essential. Use only bottled or filtered water for drinking.
All tap water should be treated - with caution!
Security :- commonsense precautions should be taken in urban areas.
Elsewhere security is good and incidents rare. Valuables should be kept
in hotel/lodge safety deposit.
Currency : - The local currency is the shilling ( Ksh/-) and is freely
exchangeable within this country and neighboring countries but not
elsewhere. Make sure that you use or exchange any local currency
before departure. Most major establishments accept the main Credit
Cards but may charge a premium. Cash dispensers ( ATMs) and Forex
Bureaux are infrequent outside of the main centres, make sure that you
have sufficient local currency before leaving on Safari. Most major
credit cards are accepted however charges are high compared to
Social Behaviour :- Kenya was a British colony and for this reason the
influence is still strongly felt and Western habits prevail. The English
language is widely spoken. Photographing people in Kenya is a sensitive
issue; many people, including the Masai make a living from it, and should
be asked permission. Do not photograph Muslim women. Possession and
trafficking of drugs is a serious crime in Kenya and jail sentences for
these Activities & Facilities can be expected
Ivory & Skins: - Hunting is banned in Kenya. The government continues
to do their utmost to protect wildlife, therefore it is considered a very
serious offense to buy and attempt to export ivory, animal skins or
Cuisine :- Food in Kenya is of a superb quality and includes fantastic
game meat, seafood, tropical fruits, freshwater and river fish and other
local delicacies. Restaurants are in abundance and the standard of
service is excellent. Indian and Arab food is also widely available. Kenya
produces its own tea, coffee and an excellent beer.
Climate :- Tropical - hottest times are between the rains which are
mainly April and May, and again in November. The hottest months are
February and March. Due to elevations up country temperatures can be
quite mild. Temperatures in Mombasa range from twenty-seven degrees
(80.6F) and twenty-nine degrees (84.2F).
Clothing :-Lightweight clothing is recommended as Mombasa is hot,
with degrees ranging from twenty-seven to twenty-nine. Mornings and
evenings can be considerably cooler so include a cardigan or lightweight
jacket but don't forget that all-important hat for protection against
the equatorial sun. Nude or topless bathing does not have the approval
of the Kenyans or the government.
Photography :- Films are widely available but you are advised to take a
plentiful supply together with batteries
Electrical Supply : - 230/240 volts 50Hz. Sockets are usually 3 pin
square (British type). It is advisable to check that any appliances (e.g.
video battery charger) operating on other voltages have a built-in in
adaptor or bring one with you.
Local Time :- GMT plus three hours.
Kenya has an extensive domestic travel network, with plenty of options to
suit any traveller's needs. Whether you're looking for speed, comfort,
sightseeing or service you'll find something to suit as you travel around
Kenya has a good network of domestic flights, with carriers including Kenya
Airways, Air Kenya, Mombasa Air Safari and Regional Air.
These airlines service the coast, major game parks and Western Kenya.
Domestic air taxes are included in ticket or charter costs.
There are many domestic air charter operations in Kenya. These companies
offer individual or group charter in a range of aircraft. Air charter is an
ideal way of visiting remote areas, or avoiding long drives.
Most charter companies will charge a set rate for a journey, regardless of
the number of passengers.
There are many private and public airstrips throughout the country, which
are accessible to charter companies.
Visitors to Kenya can drive using an international drivers license.
Driving is on the left hand side and drivers should give way to traffic on
their right. Distances are measured and signposted in kilometers and petrol
/ diesel sold by the litre.
Road conditions are variable and can be very poor in remote areas. Ensure
that your vehicle is suitable for handling rough roads before embarking on a
journey. Driving at night in most areas is not advisable.
Hire Cars are widely available in Nairobi, Mombasa, and other large towns.
Before hiring a car, all legalities should be thoroughly checked and
appropriate contracts and waivers signed. Most car hire companies charge a
set per kilometre or unlimited rate.
In Nairobi, Mombasa and other large Kenyan towns, taxis are widely
available, and convenient. Taxis are often parked in the street around hotels
and tourist areas. Hotels and restaurants can order taxis if necessary.
Nairobi Taxis are usually marked with a yellow line along each side. There is
also a large fleet of large London Taxis operating within the city.
Taxis are not metered, and a price should be agreed with the driver before
departure. Ask for local advice or at your hotel for correct rates. In Nairobi
and Mombasa there are several companies operating Dial Taxi services with
phone bookings, modern vehicles, competent drivers and reasonable rates.
Several Taxi companies have airport booking offices. Once again, fares need
to be negotiated in advance.
Within Nairobi and Mombasa the large Kenyan Buses operate on set routes
and schedules throughout the city and suburban streets. Buses can be
boarded at any stop and tickets purchased on board.
Some private bus companies now offer private bus shuttle services between
Nairobi and Mombasa and Nairobi and Arusha (Tanzania) as well as city
The most popular form of public transport in Kenya is the Matatu, which has
become a national icon and a large part of Kenyan modern culture.
A matatu is a minibus, usually a Nissan (with a three tonne capacity- hence
the name Matatu).
Matatus operate on set routes, and collect as many passengers as possible
both from the outset and along the way. Passengers board and alight
whenever and wherever they choose. The vehicles are also often
spectacularly painted with designs based on Western album covers and
Matatus are undoubtedly cheap, and widely available on almost any route in
Kenya. But the popularity and low pricing leads to chronic and unregulated
overcrowding that easily shocks many visitors to Kenya.
Kenya has a railway connection between Nairobi- Mombasa and Nairobi-
Kisumu. It is also possible to take the train through to Kampala.
The overnight Nairobi- Mombasa rail trip is the most popular rail route for
visitors. Tickets can be bought from Nairobi's Railway stations, or in
advance through local travel agencies. Kenya's railways are currently
awaiting a planned upgrade of facilities and rolling stock.
The Kenyan coast is open to both commercial and private shipping.
There are several popular anchorage points for Yachts including,
Mtwapa, Kilifi, Mnarani, and Lamu. Those landing should process immigration
It is possible to join dhows for short cruises or longer trips along the coast.
Some tour companies or hotels can arrange this, or you can make private
arrangements with a dhow captain.
- Visit the following websites for more information concerning
entertainment spots, cultural visits and African safaris: