I Dream of Africa. Travel in Kenya is exactly what one hopes for when going on safari in Africa. The people are friendly, the scenery is spectacular and even though the country is progressing at a rapid pace, it still feels as if you have stepped back in time. This Kenya travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Fast Facts About Kenya Travel:
- Kenyan power voltage is 240 V 50 Hz; Plug G.
- The Kenyan currency is the shilling and is around 86 shillings for 1 USD
- Virtually all banks in Kenya now have ATMs at most branches. Barclays Bank has easily the most reliable machines for international withdrawals. Standard Chartered and Kenya Commercial Bank ATMs also accept Visa but not the other major providers, and are more likely to decline transactions.
- The best place to change money are foreign exchange or “forex” bureaus as they do not charge commission. The exchange rates are published in the Daily Nation newspaper.
- The water is not potable; drink only bottled water.
Top Packing tips
Kenya is a tropical country is characterized by a warm climate that often changes to cold in the night-time, but does not fall below sub zero. When packing for Kenya it is important that you keep your lodgings and planned activities in mind. Traveler’s should pack transitional clothing items that can carry you from day to night or from city sightseeing to safari adventures.
- Waterproof bag – the bag has two functions, protecting your stuff from the rain and also from the dust, especially if you’re travelling to drier regions.
- Footwear – especially important if going you are heading on a safari! Pack a pair of lightweight, durable, waterproof and comfortable shoes and also a pair of flip-flops or sandals that you can change into after a long day of sight-seeing.
- The protection basics – Travelers should stock up on the essentials: sun block, mosquito/insect repellant containing DEET or a pyrethroid insecticide, sunglasses and a hat.
- Warm clothes – it does cool off at night, especially in Nairobi and the Highlands around July and August. Make sure to pack a light-weight sweater, cardigan or a pashmina to keep you warm on those chilly nights.
- Cover up – in Muslim areas, including the coast, shorts and t-shirts can be frowned upon. Try and dress modestly; wear trousers or knee length skirts with tops that cover your shoulders.
Top Things to do in Kenya
- Luxury Game Drive and Safari – why not experience a spectacular game drive throughout Kenya’s wondrous countryside with an expert local guide.
- Champagne and a Hot Air Balloon – travel in style over the Masai Mara
- Go on a Safari in the Masai Mara – not only will you see all the big animals of Africa but you’ll witness some of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet.
- Visit Kenya’s Amboseli National Park – to see the magnificent population of elephants and witness the extraordinary view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Meet the Maasai People of Selenkay – a camp where travelers can learn about the Maasai culture while giving back to the community
- Fairmont The Norfolk: A Part of Kenyan History – stay at the Fairmont, a hotel that played a critical role in Kenyan history.
- Lake Nakuru – meaning “dust” or “dusty place” in the Maasai language, Lake Nakuru National Pack is famous for wildlife including the thousands of flamingos nesting along the shores.
- Born Free Lives on in Kenya – In the 60s a movie was released named Born Free based on the lives of Joy and George Adamson. The couple raised an orphaned lion cub name Elsa, rehabilitated her and released her back in the wild. The song and score won an academy award! The Elsamere Home in Kenya still lives on and focuses specifically on conservation.