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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.

Travelling in East Africa
Submitted by M21544
Keep in contact with friends and family back home and give them a copy of your itinerary so they know where you are.

Obey the laws of the country you're visiting even if these seem harsh or unfair by your own country standards. Don't expect to be treated differently from the locals just because you're foreigner.

Make sure that you have the right visas for the countries you are visiting or transiting and check any other entry or exit requirements.

Make sure your passport has at least six ... view more months' validity from your planned date of return home. Carry extra passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need to replace it while you're away.
Things to do on a Kenya Safari
Submitted by M21405
These are some of the city tour ideas while visiting Kenya. If you have a day or a few hours connecting a flight and you would like to enjoy a day tour, a wildlife day tour or an excursion around Nairobi; these are some of the places you can visit within 2hrs.
Nairobi National Park and the Animal Orphanage. Enjoy a walk to the Nairobi Nature walk where terrains from across Kenya have been recreated so as to harbour their characteristic animals which you’d ordinarily have to journey far to see.
Visit David ... view more Sheldrick Orphanage where you can touch- and even adopt- baby Elephant orphans 1100 hrs to 1200 hrs.
Have lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden payable direct).
Nairobi National Museum. Nairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill, approximately 10 minutes drive from the Nairobi city centre. It is the flagship museum of National Museums of Kenya, housing some of the most celebrated collections of history, culture and art from Kenya and East Africa. The museum aims to interpret heritage of Kenya to stimulate appreciation and learning.

Travel and Visa Requirements
Submitted by M20853
If you are planning to travel to Kenya, you will need to have a visa which can be acquired from the airport once you land at the Airport in Nairobi. The cost is around US$50.

All you need to have is Return Air tickets, A Passport valid for at least more than 6 months, credit cards, travel Insurance, Travelers cheques if need be.
Medical Precautions
Submitted by M20853
Vaccination requirements change from time to time. Malaria is present in many parts of Kenya - we will advise you if you will be visiting a malaria area; We suggest you consult your local doctor or health department for information on malaria prophylactics and the latest health precautions.

If you are on prescription medication, please ensure you have an adequate supply to last the duration of your stay and a copy of your prescription(s).

Also ensure you take yellow fever vaccination before traveling to Kenya.
Shopping for souvenirs in Kenya
Submitted by M20853
While on safari in Kenya, its wise to shop for souvenirs to take back home for your friends and family. If you are in Nairobi, the Masai Market offers great varieties of souvenirs ranging from carvings, Masai Vikois, Kiondos, soap stone sculptures, Kangas, as well as paintings.

The Masai Market is open Daily at Westlands and City Market, Wednesdays at Capital Centre along Mombasa Road, Fridays at Village Market Gigiri,on Saturdays at Nairobi Law Courts, and on Sundays at Yaya Centre hurlingham

Its advisable ... view more whenever possible to have a local guide who speaks Swahili for bargaining as well as carry Kenyan currency in denominations of 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50.
Photography Advice
Submitted by M20853
On safari, you won't always be able to get up close to wildlife. An SLR (single lens reflex) camera with a 200-300mm lens is recommended. More serious photographers may choose telephoto lenses of 400 or 500mm.

Larger lenses often require a tripod, which cannot be used on a moving vehicle. A 2x teleconverter is useful for doubling the focal length of your lens. A zoom lens, such as a 70 to 210 mm lens, is probably the best option for shooting a moving subject.

The harsh African sun provides excellent ... view more lighting, but using larger lenses will require faster film, especially in early morning or late afternoon when the light is softer. In this case, 200-400 ASA film is recommended.

Film and batteries are usually available along major tourist routes and from lodges, but it is wise to bring your own. A lens hood and ultra violet filter are advisable. A good bag for your equipment including a dust cover (plastic bag) is essential.

Important Note: Not all African cultures are familiar with cameras. Rural folks will often shy away from having their pictures taken. Please be sensitive. Some locals may ask a fee for having their photograph taken.

It is recommended you avoid photographing anything relating to government and military installations, including personnel (soldiers and police) and buildings (post offices, banks, airports, border posts, railway stations and bridges).

Tourism seasons in Kenya
Submitted by M20853
Kenya has three main seasons i.e. low (April-June, November), Shoulder (Mid Dec-March), peak (July-October). During either of the season, the accommodation rates vary with peak season being highest. It’s also during this time of the year the country experience the annual Great Wildebeest migration from Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) to the Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya).

When planning the holiday to Kenya, its wise to consider the various seasons as all the parks are accessible all year round so as to enjoy a bargain.
Photography Tips
Submitted by M20821
Kenya is considered to be a photographers dream destination. From panoramic scenery, wildlife and birds to people and vibrant ceremonies. Rich color and good low lighting conditions abound. Ask for permission before photographing local people. Your driver guide will assist you in this and will possibly help you agree on modeling fee. Do not take photographs of any official buildings such as airports; military installations, border posts or roadblocks. You are free to take photos of the Wildlife.

It is advisable ... view more to carry your cameras in dust-proof bags on safaris, especially in the dry season. Films are available in hotels and lodges but it is advisable to stock up in Nairobi as there is variety and at a fair cheap.
Kenya Currency and Banking
Submitted by M20821
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 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 ... view more 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.

How to plan your trip to Kenya
Submitted by M20827
- Know your times of travel
- Choose a reliable and competitive travel company
- Have a heart of adventure
- Interact freely with your guides.
Safety Tips while in Nairobi
Submitted by M20821
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 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 ... view more 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.

- 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.

Safari Code
Submitted by M18801
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 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 ... view more 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.

Do's and Don'ts
Submitted by M18801
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 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 ... view more 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?

Keep in Touch
Submitted by M18801
- 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 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.
Money Saving Tips in East Africa
Submitted by M18801
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 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 ... view more 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.

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