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.
- 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 a 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. Or bring a Steripen to purify your water and save the environment.
- SIM Cards: If you are planning on staying in Kenya for longer than a week, you can get a SIM Card Safaricom, Airtel and Telcom are good choices. You can get them in Nairobi or at the airport arrivals.
- Only select stores sell SIM cards but you can buy refill cards almost anywhere!
- SIM Cards: You can get a local sim card from Vodafone or Orange in Cairo. We suggest getting a SIM card at the airport when you arrive.
- If you are traveling for a short time, we use KnowRoaming International SIM for all our travels.
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Getting to Kenya:
Flights: You can check for the best flights to Kenya on Skyscanner.
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.
Travelers 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: sunblock, 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 scarf 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.
When to Go
Things to Do
- 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.
What not to Miss
- Lake Nakuru – meaning “dust” or “dusty place” in the Maasai language, Lake Nakuru National Park 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 Elsamere Home in Kenya still lives on and focuses specifically on conservation.
Places to Stay
Whenever we travel to we make sure to start with these companies.
We have tried a lot of different ones over the years and all of these have consistently proven to be the best when it comes to offering great prices.
We have used every one of these personally and continue to do so.
Booking.com: This is our go site to when comparing prices for accommodation. It is usually the has the cheapest prices, not to mention you get free cancellation and you are guaranteed the best price.
Trip Advisor: What we like about Trip Advisor is that we can look at all the reviews and then book our accommodation.
Air BnB: Airbnb is the main search engine we use when we are looking for a home or apartment rental. It is the best way to stay in areas that offer a more local feel.
Skyscanner: This is the first place we check for flights. It consistently comes back with the cheapest and best options. It allows us to compare a lot of airlines to get the best price.
Hostelworld: With one of the largest databases of hostels in the world, Hostelworld is the go-to site when you are looking for budget accommodation.
Rome 2 Rio: If you want to see how to get somewhere by plane, train, bus, ferry or car Rome2Rio lays it all out for you as well as related costs. I love how they show it all to you on a Google Map and it works offline.
Get Your Guide: For all your day trip and city guide needs, we use Get Your Guide. It has the world's largest collection of things to do with more than 30,000 activities in 7500 destinations.
World Nomads Insurance: When traveling to Thailand you should always have travel insurance. We have found the best bang for your buck is by far World Nomads.