Kenya Travel Information
International Airlines with regular flights to
Nairobi include: Kenya Airways, KLM, British Airways,
Virgin Airlines, Gulf Air, Emirates, Qatar Airways,
South African Airlines, Swiss air and SN Brussels. There
are also many European charter flights that fly from
Italy, Britain, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, France
and seasonally from Czech Republic and Hungary to
Mombasa’s Kenya coast.
LTU and Condor flights have the right to sell individual
seats from Europe direct to Mombasa.
There is no visa requirement for citizens of the
Republic of Ireland and Commonwealth countries with
EXCEPTION to citizens of the following countries who do
require visas: Antigua, Bermuda, Guyana, India, South
Africa (for visitors staying more than 30 days) , Sri
Lanka, United Kingdom, Malaysia (for visits of more than
30 days), New Zealand (for visits of more than 30 days),
Nigeria, Canada, Ireland, St.Christopher and Nevis,
Citizens of the following countries need to have a visa
PRIOR to arriving in Kenya: Afghanistan, Somali, Iran,
Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Senegal, Mali, Nigeria (residing
outside Nigeria), Cameroon, Pakistan, North Korea, and
The following countries have concluded visa abolition
agreement with Kenya: Eritrea, Ethiopia, San Marino,
Visas are readily obtained at the Airport upon arrival
as well as from the Kenya Embassies and High Commissions
abroad prior to departure.
Where applicable, visa fees are as follows: -
- Transit Visa = US$10 per person
- Single Entry Visa= US$25 for three months
(extendable for a similar period) Multiple Entry
Visa= US$55 – valid.
If you are intending to have a multiple destination
tour within East Africa, please request for the
"Visitors Pass" upon arrival at the Airport. The
Visitors Pass allows free RE-ENTRY to Kenya if you are
travelling WITHIN East Africa
(Uganda/Tanzania/Zanzibar). You will however be required
to pay the normal visa charges for the other countries
but may re-enter Kenya freely.
The Visitors Pass is stamped on the passport free of
charge for full visa holders.
International Airport departure tax equivalent to US$
40 per person is payable on departure from the
International airports. A local airport service charge
is also payable on departure for domestic flights. As
this varies from country to country, please check with
us on the prevailing amounts payable prior to your
VISA, MASTERCARD and AMERICAN EXPRESS are widely
accepted for tourist services. There's usually a 5%
mark-up on top of the price as establishments are
charged a fixed percentage of their transactions.
The Kenya Shilling is the currency of Kenya with notes
denominations from 50/=, 100/=, 200/=, 500/=, 1000/=.
Other currencies widely accepted include: the US Dollar,
Euros, Swiss Franc and UK Pounds.
There are many reputable banks and foreign exchange
agencies which open in the mornings and afternoons while
exchange bureaus stay longer in the day.
Most hotels will exchange your currency but rates are
higher than the banks or bureaus. Keep loose change
ready for tips. Never leave cash lying around or in your
Since rules concerning disease prevention change from
time to time, a check should be made with the nearest
Kenyan High Commission, Kenya Tourist Office or any
airline flying scheduled services into Kenya. Malaria is
endemic to most parts of Kenya and intending visitors
should start taking anti-malarial tablets before
departure and continue taking them for the prescribed
time after their return. Insect repellents should be
made use of after dusk and suitable cover up clothes
should be worn in the evenings.
Membership of the Flying Doctors Society is strongly
recommended. In event of accident or sickness while on
safari, the society will fly patients by air ambulance
to Nairobi for admittance to hospital. The current cost
for 1-month membership is US$ 25 per person.
Kenyans are naturally friendly and Kenya is a most child
friendly country and nearly all camps and lodges accept
children except for a few small or remote camps and
lodges which may not allow small children as they will
not always have the patience to remain quite and not to
disturb the wildlife whilst on safari or for other
Kenya straddles the equator and has a hot tropical
climate with temperatures reducing at higher altitudes.
The sea level coastal belt is always hot and humid
whereas Nairobi and up-country game parks have hot days
and cooler evenings. The northern parts of Kenya have
harsh arid conditions. Rainfall is monsoonal with long
rains during the months of April, May and June with
short rains in the months of November and December.
Safaris are more popular during the dry months but many
visitors enjoy the cooler, albeit wet conditions during
Kenya is two hours ahead of Middle European Time in
winter and one hour in summer and three hours ahead of
GMT in winter and two hours in summer.
Both mains electricity and generated supply in lodges
provide 240 volts/ AC 50 cycles. Most large hotels and
some game lodges provide shaving points with 110v 50
cycles. Sockets are normally three pin and of the
'square' variety and adaptors are available in stores,
many hotels and camps.
Normal precautions as in any other destination
world-wide should be taken. Visitors are advised not to
leave cash and valuables in their hotel rooms but to
make use of safe deposit boxes and safes. One should
never carry large sums in cash and women should keep a
tight grip on handbags in crowds or busy streets.
Jewellery snatching is quite common in city streets. As
in all major cities walking alone or in small groups at
night should be considered a hazard and avoided.
Reliable taxis are available at all the principal
hotels. Taking photographs at airports, near military
installations, of policeman, the president, the national
flag, the State House, state lodges, soldiers, prisons
and prisoners etc., is prohibited. Before photographing
local people, permission should be obtained and a fixed
price agreed. Seek the assistance of your driver/guide
in this matter.
Traffic drives on the left. To rent a car you will
need an international or valid driving license from your
country and a passport. Self drive to the game parks is
not advisable unless you are a very experienced
If you are an addict bring your clubs. Kenya has many
attractive golf courses and golfing holidays are on the
Many Kenya hotels camps and lodges have invested in
conference facilities in the past years and have gained
considerable experience in professional hosting. Your
group or corporation may consider a conference holiday
combined with a safari.
Food in all Kenya's hotels and lodges is generally of
a high standard and service is excellent. Many quality
restaurants abound in Nairobi and at the coast. Indian,
Italian, Brazilian, German, Chinese, Japanese, as well
as specialty Meat Cavalries and seafood restaurants are
all to be found.
Always choose food that has been freshly and thoroughly
cooked and served hot and avoid doubtful buffet food, or
anything that has been re-heated or left exposed to
Do not be afraid to reject food you consider unsafe, to
ask for something to be prepared specially, or to skip a
Kiswahili is the lingua franca while English is the
official language. In addition, most tribes have their
own language. Most of your driver-guides can speak your
language so please collaborate with them to make your
trip a success.
You travel to a photographer’s paradise. You may want
to rent a powerful zoom lens for wildlife shots. 300
-500mm is standard but for quality bird shots you need a
steady support such as a tripod or beanbag and a 1000 mm
lens. Use dust proof bags to protect your camera.
Film is available at hotels, camps and lodges but don’t
get caught short.
Use caution about photographing the military, government
installation, and police or at security conscious areas
such as airports, ferry and state house.
Ask permission before taking pictures of local people
and keep in mind that they may charge a fee.
Bargaining is the order of the day in most curio
dealers and you may have some stops while on safari,
please exercise this and your driver guide may be
helpful to strike the final price. . Do not buy ivory,
hides or elephant hair bracelets as they are prohibited.
Although hotels and lodges include a service charge,
it is customary to tip porters, waiters, taxi drivers
and safari drivers/guides
Baggage space on safari is restricted to one medium
suitcase or hold all per person, plus hand baggage
(private safaris where there are less than 7 persons in
the vehicle are not subject to this restriction).
Visitors to Treetops and the Ark are asked to take
overnight bags only; suitcases can be left at the base
hotel. Hotels will normally store baggage at no extra
cost. A baggage weight restriction of 15 kg per person
applies on air safaris. Where very small aircraft are
used this maybe reduced to 10kg.