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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.

Traditions in Lamu
Submitted by M20285
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 within the village or Lamu Town.
Photography Tips
Submitted by M17863
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 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.
The Best Place for Bird Watching
Submitted by M17881
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 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.
The Land of Beauty
Submitted by M17881
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 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 ... view more 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 7th Wonder of the World
Submitted by M17881
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 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. ... view more 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.
Plan Luxury Holidays in Kenya
Submitted by M18070
- 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 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 ... view more 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.

Packing tip
Submitted by M16801
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 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.
Touring Tips – Plan Your Tour to Africa
Submitted by M16801
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), Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) and other such organizations.
Submitted by M19643
Travelers checks and most major credit cards are widely accepted. Banking hours are generally from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday and some on Saturday mornings. Banks at some airports open for longer hours.
Health Tips: Water
Submitted by M19643
Water: It is highly recommended to use bottled water and do not to drink tap water - or even brush one's teeth using tap-water - in hotels (lodges). Bottled water (boiled water) is provided in most hotels and lodges and it is also possibly to buy extra bottled water from the hotels and shops.
Health Tip: Malarial
Submitted by M19643
Malarial: Protect yourself from mosquito bites which could lead to malaria. Some protective measures against mosquito bites include wearing long sleeved shirts/blouses, long pants, use of mosquito repellent with a minimum of 30% DEET, and use of mosquito nets. If you will be travelling to the Kenyan coast or western Kenya, it is advisable to take anti-malaria pills. Most of the Hotels and Lodges have nets fitted around the beds
Driving in Kenya
Submitted by M05010
Driving is on the left-hand side of the road and many of the road signs will be familiar to European drivers. Major cities are connected by roads, which for the most part are well metalled with long straight stretches. Self-hire is arranged locally but not recommended, you will need an International Driving Licence. A maximum speed limit is 100 kph.
Stay health and safe
Submitted by M05010
The only requirement for visitors is a Certificate of inoculation against Yellow fever which is required from travellers older than one year and coming from infected areas (i.e. along the tropics 20 N and 10 S. Visitors from the rest of the world are not affected.

Taking malarial drugs before, during and after the trip can reduce the possibility of infection with malaria. You are however advised to try and avoid mosquito bites by using repellent and by wearing suitable cover-up clothes in the evening.

Hotels ... view more and lodges supply clean drinking water but whenever in doubt, please drink only bottled mineral water which is available in most hotels and stores. Outside Nairobi and Mombasa, drinking water from the tap is not encouraged.

There are very good hospitals in the main towns of Kenya and the rural areas have small health centres where one can get first aid. It is highly recommended that all visitors carry some form of medical insurance to cater for any eventualities. Please ask your Tour Operator for more details on the Flying Doctor Service.

Kenya's climate
Submitted by M05010
The Coast is always hot with an average daytime temperatures of 27-31 degrees centigrade whilst the daytime temperatures in Nairobi is 21-26 degrees centigrade. July to August marks the Kenya winter. January to February is dry. March to May is wet. June to September is dry. October to December is dry.
Best time to visit Kenya
Submitted by M05010
The main tourist seasons are December-January and July-August responding to the international vacation schedules. The Great migration of wildebeest and Zebra usually reaches Kenya's Maasai Mara during July-August. October-January is the best time for a beach holiday, as there is sea weed. The rain seasons are usually in April-May and November.
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