A passport (valid for 6 months beyond intended stay) and visa is required for holders of European Union passports. This may be obtained from the Kenya High Commission in the different countries or on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at a cost of US$ 50 payable in cash. You must have tickets and/or documents for return or onward travel.
Airport Departure Tax
US$20 in hard currency is payable upon departure from Kenyan airports, if you have scheduled flight tickets, this will be included in the ticket.
Yellow Fever / Other vaccinations / Malaria
It is now generally accepted that the cholera vaccination is ineffective. Vaccination against Yellow Fever is recommended, check with your Embassy and or local health for more details. Anti-malarial prophylactics should be taken in accordance with medical advice. Comprehensive Travel Insurance is essential. Use only bottled or filtered water for drinking. All tap water should be treated with caution.
Valuables should be kept in the hotel/lodge safety deposit.
The local currency is the Kenya Shilling(KSH) and is freely exchangeable within the country and neighbouring countries but not elsewhere. Varying exchange rates apply to different currencies. Make sure you use or exchange any local currency before departure. Most major establishments accept major credit cards but may charge a premium compared to costs abroad. Cash dispensers (ATMs) and Forex Bureau are infrequent outside of the main city centers; make sure you have sufficient local currency before leaving on Safari.
Food in Kenya is of high quality and includes a fantastic game meat, seafood, tropical fruits, freshwater and river fish and other local delicacies. Resturants are in abundance and the standard price is excellent. Indian and Arab food is also widely available. Kenya produces its own tea, coffee and an excellent beer – Tusker.
Owing to its position on the equator, weather in Kenya is not extreme. The rainy season is in April, May and in November. The hottest months are February and March though high temperatures are also common in December and January. The coldest months are June and July with temperatures of about 11 degrees centigrade. (confirm and convert to fareinheight)
Lightweight clothing is recommended especially for the Coastal areas. Mornings and evenings can be considerably cooler so include a cardigan or lightweight jacket. A hat is also advisable to protect against the equatorial sun. Insect repellant cream is also advisable to carry. Nude or topless bathing is not approved by Kenyans or the Government.
The English language is widely spoken, though Kiswahili is the national language. It is strongly recommended to request for permission before taking any photographs of the locals. Possession and trafficking of drugs is a serious crime in Kenya and jail sentences for this can be expected.
Ivory & Skins
Hunting is banned in Kenya. It is therefore considered a very serious offence to buy and attempt to export ivory, animal skins or stuffed animals.
230/240 volts 50Hz. Sockets are usually 3 pin square (British type). It is advisable to check that any appliances eg video battery charger) on other voltages have a built-in adaptor or bring one with you.
GMT +3 hours
Kenya returned to higher economic growth in 2010 after recovering steadily from the multiple shocks that it experienced since 2008. Agriculture and industry rebounded after two weak years, while services—the key drivers of growth in previous years—moderated, according to the World Bank’s Kenya Economic Update for December 2010.
The government has started implementing the new constitution Kenyans approved with a 67 percent majority vote in a referendum on Aug. 4, 2010 and promulgated by President Kibaki on Aug. 27, 2010. The government’s focus is on the policy and legislative processes that are necessary to have the constitution fully implemented. Already, 47 devolved counties have been established and commissions to oversee the implementation of the constitution, electoral boundaries and elections have been created. The government has also embarked on a broad process of recruiting new constitutional office bearers, including the chief justice, attorney general and director of public prosecutions. The police force is also being transformed into a service and parliament has started exercising its full independence from the executive.
Kenya's population hit 38.61 million, an increase of 35 percent over the last decade, according to the 2009 population census results released on Aug. 31, 2010. The report shows the distribution of the population across the country, with Rift Valley Province being the most populous with 10.1 million people. Nairobi, the capital, has 3.1 million people, according to the report released by the Ministry of Planning and National Development.
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