Kenya


Kenya Safari Travel Country Information


Capital: Nairobi
Currency: Kenyan shilling
Population: 44.35 million (2013) World Bank
Official languages: Swahili, English


Visa requirements
Your passport must be VALID for at least 6 months & Temporary passports are not acceptable.


Passport Holders of the following countries DO NOT REQUIRE visa into Kenya:
Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Samozo, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa* Swaziland, Tanzania, Tobago, Tonga, Trinidad, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Passport holders of the following countries AND ALL stateless persons i.e. persons holding travel documents issued by either the Department of Home Affairs of the Republic of or the United Nations require Referral visas:
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Eritrea, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Senegal, Somalia, Syria and Tajikistan


General information you need to know before embarking on your trip to Kenya :


1. Although there are no strict dress codes, you should note that the coastal areas are predominantly Muslim in tradition so please dress conservatively when you are away from the tourist resorts and hotels.
2. Smoking in all public places (except in designated areas) is prohibited throughout Kenya.
3. The use and trafficking of illegal Class A drugs in Kenya carries heavy fines and jail sentences. The penalty for possession is ten (10) years imprisonment.
4. Permission to carry any kind of firearm must be obtained from the local authorities prior to entry.
5. ATMs are widely available in Nairobi and the main towns. Credit cards and travelers’ cheques are widely accepted.
6. Local time is three (3) hours ahead of (GMT)
7. Malaria is prevalent in Coastal & low lying areas (below 1800m above sea level). Please seek medical advice prior to travel.
8. Upon your return from Kenya, most countries will require a Yellow Fever Health Certificate. Seek more details from your medical practitioner prior to your travel.
9. There are several FOREX Bureaus in Nairobi as well as major banking institutions. It is advisable to convert your foreign currencies to local currency (Kenya Shilling) for ease of transactions.


Weather and Climate in Kenya
Kenya has a tropical climate with hot and humid temperatures at the coast and inland is very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country. The hottest months in Kenya are from December through to March. The coastal areas are tropical, with particularly high humidity in April and May, but tempered by monsoon winds. The lowlands are hot but mainly dry, while the highlands are more temperate with four seasons. Nairobi has a very pleasant climate throughout the year due to its altitude. Near Lake Victoria, the temperatures are much higher and you can experience heavy rainfall.
Best time to visit Kenya


Kenya is an all year round safari destination which is good to visit most of the time. March, April and May is the rainy season so some of the safari lodges to close over this time period. This is the low season so rates are much better this time of year.


The best time to visit Kenya for wildlife viewing is in the dray seas from June to October, this is also the peak season so it is also a very busy time. The wildebeest migration reaches the Masai Mara in July and stays until October and then they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. This is the main attraction to Kenya during these months. Game viewing is good in Kenya all year round and we will recommend the best places to visit during your travel dates.


Geography
Kenya lies across the equator in east-central Africa, on the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is twice the size of Nevada. Kenya borders Somalia to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest. In the north, the land is arid; the southwest corner is in the fertile Lake Victoria Basin; and a length of the eastern depression of the Great Rift Valley separates western highlands from those that rise from the lowland coastal strip.


History
Paleontologists believe people may first have inhabited Kenya about 2 million years ago. In the 700s, Arab seafarers established settlements along the coast, and the Portuguese took control of the area in the early 1500s. More than 40 ethnic groups reside in Kenya. Its largest group, the Kikuyu, migrated to the region at the beginning of the 18th century.
The land became a British protectorate in 1890 and a Crown colony in 1920, called British East Africa. Nationalist stirrings began in the 1940s, and in 1952 the Mau Mau movement, made up of Kikuyu militants, rebelled against the government. The fighting lasted until 1956.


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