Which is the best time to travel to Kenya?

Each traveller should be guided by personal interests he or she would like to fulfil during a safari. Kenya offers an array of possibilities for her visitors all year round. Travellers looking for a beach holiday, or those looking forward to witnessing the great migration in the mara (between July and October), those going for business or if travelling to play golf and or to experience cultural tourism would be guided by these interests and hence there dates will obviously differ.

What should I expect to see in Kenya?

Please visit our section containing the general information about Kenya where you will see details regarding our tourism attractions.  We however usually recommend all our visitors to make sure they visit places like the masai mara, which offers a unique opportunity to see a great diversity of our flora and fauna, a globe safari is an unforgettable experience and do not forget to visit the coast which will allow you to enjoy its beautiful white sandy beaches, an ideal destination offering you an opportunity to relax after a safari through the national parks in Kenya.

Do I need any special vaccinations?

Vaccination against Yellow fever is highly recommended alongside other precautions to prevent contracting any other diseases.  We however underline the importance of visiting your doctor who will then advise on how to get the required information from the tropical disease experts.  During a safari visitors should equip themselves with insect repellents, long trousers and long sleeves shirts and most of all when visiting the parks, a comfortable pair of boots is required. Do not forget to use a mosquito net too.

Do I need a visa to travel to Kenya?

All visitors travelling to Kenya on a safari require a valid visa which can be acquired from the various embassies or consular offices in your respective countries. There is also an option of getting a visa at the airport upon arrival in Kenya. We always recommend travellers to secure a visa before travelling whenever possible due to security issues and in order to avoid any complications on arrival in Kenya.  Recently a dual visa was introduced to cover the East Africa Community (covering Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda) some more are expected to follow, if you are visiting multiple countries in the regions you can request for more information in your nearest embassy.

Is it possible to organize own safari and travel around alone or do I need professional services?

If you know the country well there is a possibility of making your hotel bookings then rent a car for your trip around the country, however for security issues, we recommend an organized safari. This way you will be accompanied by a professional guide which guarantees a solid back up of a company, that can resolve any situation with a rapid response given that they have a better knowledge of the terrain and how to act on any given situation.

Should I engage an insurance?

Just like when travelling to any other destination, engaging an insurance is recommended for various reasons. The majority of the travel agents or tour operators have embraced this idea and offer packages that are inclusive of insurance. Ensure that you have at least secured an insurance for evacuation (in most cases through The Flying Doctors), if need be you can be evacuated and ferried to the nearest hospital. The flying Doctors service is very fast and effective.

What should I carry during a safari?

Depending on the period of the year you plan to visit, you might have to bring with you both light and heavy clothing for a cold or hot weather. In Nairobi for example it is normal to have hot days and colder nights.  If you are travelling to Kenya between July and September, heavier clothing is recommended since this is the coldest season in the region. The shoes should have a fairly good resistance and comfort. Do not forget to bring a good camera which will ensure the best pictures of unique scenarios during the whole safari.  A pair of binoculars could ideal while inside the parks during the photographic safari.

Is drinking water portable?

We recommend only bottled mineral water during the holiday. In every hotel in Kenya bottled water will be readily available and during the safari you will be able to find mineral water in any supermarket around the country. Most travel agencies also provide water to the travellers.

Are Banks accessible and is usage of credit cards allowed, and can I change international currency?

You will easily find national and international banks that offer services to everyone.  A majority of the establishments also accept credit major credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Dinners etc. When it comes to money exchange, there are many official exchange bureaus in the major cities and the ones situated in the airports normally open 24hrs.

Additional recommendations:

We recommend that you make sure before leaving your country you have important contacts including your Embassy or consulate offices. This will enable you to know where to go or who to contact if need be. In any case most of the agencies should be in a position to assist in this aspect.

During a safari and more so in the hotels, it is important, just like in any other country, to make sure your valuables are safe and if possible using the safety boxes provided by the hotels.  Avoid strolling alone especially during the night.

Kenya is a safe country especially in the tourism circuits; nevertheless it is important to ensure basic security measures are followed and that you listen to your guide’s instructions.