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Kenya travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.
Touring Tips – Plan Your Tour to Africa
Submitted by M16801 on 2009-10-15
Contacting a professional tour operator before making any bookings is the first step to your perfect safari! Use a properly registered company which you can verify through the American Society for Travel Agents (ASTA), ... view more Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) and other such organizations.
Packing tip
Submitted by M16801 on 2009-10-15
Be prepared in event of a luggage mishap. Keep the following items in a single carry-on bag:
- Picture ID
- Personal Medication
- Money (transfer checks, ATM card, credit cards)
- Air/Train/Ship Tickets and other ... view more travel documents
- Emergency First Aid Kit
- House keys
- Cell phone or long distance phone card
- Toothbrush & Tooth paste
- Hairbrush / Comb
- Deodorant
- Underwear
- Change of Clothes
- Reading material or music
- Your travel agent's emergency number.

Plan Luxury Holidays in Kenya
Submitted by M18070 on 2010-02-05
- Plan early
- Select accommodations carefully
- Ensure costs commensurate to the level of service expected
- Select travel dates carefully as seasons do vary in Kenya
- Check out if your trip has small Aircrafts ... view more and check out the baggage restrictions
- Ensure your safari includes park or conservation fees as this add up to a lot after confirming your trip
- Always work with a safari company that is verifiable with the local tour bodie or overseas agents
- Always recheck booking terms and conditions to ensure you understand them
- Remember most luxury camps and lodges are small and accommodate very small numbers so ensure your operate has your booking confirmed as soon as you pay your deposit.

The 7th Wonder of the World
Submitted by M17881 on 2010-06-11
For those who desire an adventurous game viewing/photographing holiday safaris, then Kenya is the place to visit. With its friendly people, rich culture, the many sunny and sparkling white beaches, abundant ... view more wildlife/bird-life, breathe taking scenery not forgetting the spectacular annual wildebeest migration that takes place in Masai Mara starting from July through to October.

Kenya has good weather all year round which is an added bonus to Kenya holidays hence you can plan your vacation any time of the year. Kenya wildlife photographic tour will explore Kenya’s most popular national parks/ Game reserves - Samburu Game Reserve has spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage. The reserve has numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife.

The Land of Beauty
Submitted by M17881 on 2010-06-11
There is no place in the world like Kenya. A country about the size of Texas it preserves some of the greatest wildlife concentrations in the world. Just as importantly, however, Kenya is probably the best African ... view more country for affordable game viewing and wildlife photography. Kenya is a comfortable, safe country, where the wildlife is accustomed to people and to a close approach by vehicles. It's impossible to do a quality shoot where five to seven different parks are visited on a two or three week trip. Doing so would limit you to only a day or two per park, and most of your time would be spent in traveling.

Instead, we'll concentrate at the two best national parks and reserves for photography, which represents two very diverse regions. Doing so we'll have the luxury of time, being able to spend a number of days at each location, and of seeking out specific subjects, rather than simply contenting ourselves with what luck may provide.

The Best Place for Bird Watching
Submitted by M17881 on 2010-06-11
Lake Nakuru National Park supports one of the largest populations of lesser flamingos in the world, and in good years there are quite literally, millions of birds along the shorelines. Lake Nakuru is also quite good for ... view more leopard, and African wild dogs have recently made an appearance in the park. Nakuru offers other great subjects that you are quite likely to film very well, including African buffalo, Defassa water buck, impala, warthog, reed buck, Rothschild giraffe, and olive baboon.
Photography Tips
Submitted by M17863 on 2010-07-14
If you have a digital camera, do carry along two sets of spre battreis, make sure that you charge your batteries prior to the departure of the safari.

If you have an SLR camera, a zoom lens of 90mm - 300mm is very ... view more favorable for wildlife photography. Also carry along a 35 - 105mm lens. Ensure that you have extra memory card, as one tends to get carried away taking photography.

Bring along a camera cleaning kit, as safaris are dusty business. Ensure that you have a blower and lens cleaning tissue/ cloth.

Traditions in Lamu
Submitted by M20285 on 2010-07-20
Most of the inhabitants of Lamu, the Swahili, are devout Muslims. Kindly show respect for their culture by dressing modestly when walking in public places. Swimming attire is not regarded as correct clothing when walking ... view more within the village or Lamu Town.
Money Saving Tips in East Africa
Submitted by M18801 on 2010-11-03
When planning for a trip,you have so much to do and to buy. We will do the following for you to save you money:

- We will reserve your accommodation that suits you and your family/friends/company.
- We arrange and ... view more book your local flights
- We arrange your airport pick up and drop off, this saves your taxi money. We also have our vehicles on standby for our clients at all times.
- We arrange places where you will eat local cuisines etc at affordable rates.
- All the trips are on Full Board basis except for the beach hotels where you are mostly booked on Half Board Basis.
- To avoid rip offs by street vendors, we arrange the best places and times to go shopping.

Keep in Touch
Submitted by M18801 on 2010-11-03
- We provide the group leader with a local telephone upon arrival which he uses to contact us at all times if need be, free of charge.It is however deposited back at the end of the trip.

- Clients on the trip can use ... view more it for contacting their folks home at will.They only need to buy top up units which our driver guides help.

- Internet is available in all or most of the hotels or Lodges at very affordable rates.

Do's and Don'ts
Submitted by M18801 on 2010-12-03
Dos and Don’ts
1. Dress: Read up on local conventions and dress appropriately. In many countries, modest dress is important.
2. Behavior: Be respectful of local citizens’ privacy. Ask permission before entering ... view more sacred places, homes, or private land.
3. Photos: Be sensitive to when and where you take photos/video of people. Always ask first.
4. Environment: Respect the natural environment. Never touch or harass animals. Always follow designated trails. Support conservation by paying entrance fees to parks and protected sites.
5. Animal products: Never buy crafts or products made from protected or endangered animals.
6. Pay the fair price: Don’t engage in overly aggressive bargaining for souvenirs. Don’t short-change on tips for services.
7. Buy local: Choose locally-owned lodges, hotels, and B&Bs. Use local buses, car rental agencies, and airlines. Eat in local restaurants, shop in local markets, and attend local festivals/events.
8. Hire local guides: Enrich your experience and support the local economy. Ask guides if they are licensed and live locally. Are they recommended by tour operators?

Safari Code
Submitted by M18801 on 2010-12-04
When visiting our country
1. Travel with reputable operators and qualified safari guides. Your guide can make the difference between the holiday of a lifetime and an unsafe and unsatisfying safari.

2. Respect local ... view more cultures and promote community benefits. When you visit local villages, please respect social and cultural customs and ask your guide about appropriate forms of behavior. Always ask permission before you photograph people, homes or livestock.

On Safari
3. Keep to designated roads in parks and reserves. Encourage your driver to stay on roads or designated tracks otherwise small animals concealed in the grass could be injured

4. Minimize disturbance to animals. Many wild animals become distressed when they are surrounded by too many vehicles, or when vehicles approach too closely. Try to remain as quiet as possible when viewing animals.

5. Keep to the speed limit. Most parks have a speed limit of 40 kph and animals always have the right of way.

6. Never feed any animal. Feeding wild animals can upset their diet and lead to an unnatural dependence upon people.

7. Take care not to disturb the ecological balance. Please do not collect or remove any animal products, rocks, plants, seeds or birds nests etc from their place.

8. Take all your litter with you. Litter and garbage can be very dangerous to wild animals.

9. Walk ONLY where permitted! Although walking among wildlife is one of the greatest safari experiences, it is only permitted in a few designated areas in parks and reserves both for the sake of the animals, and the safety of their visitors, otherwise inquire from your safari operator where this is allowed.

Safety Tips while in Nairobi
Submitted by M20821 on 2011-03-08
Safety Tips while in Nairobi:
- Don't walk in apparently deserted areas, especially in and around the cities. It is preferable and usually more enjoyable to walk with company or in groups.
- Don't carry ... view more large sums of cash in your purse or pocket or display expensive jewelry. Be aware of the possibility of pick-pockets and bag snatchers in crowded areas.

Safety and Rules while on Safari:
- While on Safari, always remember that the animals are wild, and hence keep your distance.
- It is illegal to feed any animal, make excessive noise to attract their attention, or deviate from designated roads for that closer photograph.
- Never get out of your vehicle except at designated points.
- Close all windows and zippers when you leave your room or tent and spray it with insect repellent.
- Ask all the questions you can think of and take reference books on not only wildlife but birds, insects and trees and read up about everything you see.

Notes:
- The best way to get the most out of your safari is to take an active interest in everything going on around you, not just the number of species you can see in the shortest possible time.
- Nairobi is like any major city in the world be it New York, London or Paris. Don't leave money or valuables in a hotel room. Most hotels offer safety deposit box service, and ensure that you have adequate insurance coverage before leaving home.

How to plan your trip to Kenya
Submitted by M20827 on 2011-04-05
- Know your times of travel
- Choose a reliable and competitive travel company
- Have a heart of adventure
- Interact freely with your guides.
Kenya Currency and Banking
Submitted by M20821 on 2011-04-22
The amount of money in any currency brought into the country is not limited. Only change your money at the hotels, in official banks and bureau de change. We don’t recommend you to change money on the street and ... view more especially at places such as the Namanga border. Several con artists still work in these areas and often cheat on rates or use fake notes in their dealings.

Note: Old US dollar notes (printed 1996 - 1999) are not acceptable in Kenya and should be avoided. Also, the exchange value for smaller notes ($5 to $20) is often less than the value for $50 and $100 bills.

Traveler's cheques are no longer preferred here as a mode of payment. This is because banks now charge a fee for depositing traveler's cheques and also delay their payment by more than two weeks. It is advisable to change some small amount into local currency to use for tipping and buying curios.

The currency in Kenya is the Kenya shillings and is divided into 100 cents and is available in notes of 1,000/-, 500/-, 200/-, 100/-, 50/- and 10/- shilling denominations as well as coins of 40/-, 20/-, 10/-, 5/- and 1/- shilling values and a coin of 50 cents (1/2 shilling).

Currency may feature photographs of one of the three presidents of Kenya. It is a serious offense to deface or destroy currency. There are also limitations as to the amount of Kenya currency that can be exported.

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