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					KENYA

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.


Travel Information


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

travel.


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

certificate.


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

Europe.


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

stuffed animals.


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.


Transportation


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.

I)AIR



-Domestic

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.

-Charter

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.

ii) ROAD

- Driving

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.

-Taxi

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.




- Bus

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

airports.

- Matatu

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

Sports logos.



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.
iii)Rail

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.

iv) Sea



        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

locally.



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:

                       www.kenyatourismboard.com

                       www.magicalkenya.com

                       www.madukha.com

                       www.crombitours.com

				
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