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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.
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 ... view more 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 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.

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 ... view more 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 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.

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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 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).

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, ... view more 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 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.

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 ... view more 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.

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 ... view more tickets, A Passport valid for at least more than 6 months, credit cards, travel Insurance, Travelers cheques if need be.
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 ... view more 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 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.

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 ... view more 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 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.

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