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Frequently Asked Questions about Kenya.

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General Kenya Facts and Information

Area: 580,000 sq km
(224,000 sq miles)
Population: (1999 est.): 29,500,000
Population Density: 50 per sq. km

  1. Geography
  2. Language
  3. Getting to Kenya
  4. Leaving Kenya
  5. Climate
  6. Clothing
  7. Communications
  8. Tipping In East Africa
  9. Currency
  10. Driving
  11. Health
  12. Local time
  13. Safety precautions
  14. Electricity
  1. Geography                                                                      Back to top
    Located in the Heart of Africa, Kenya shares borders with Ethiopia in the north, Sudan in the Northwest, Uganda in the West and Tanzania in the south. The Indian Ocean lies to the East. The Rift Valley runs through the country north to south. There are four primary regions: The northern deserts, including Lake Turkana and the Laikipia Plateau. The southern savannah, including the Masai Mara and the Great Rift Valley. The coastal lowlands, including Mombasa and the Watamu National Marine Park. The highlands, including Nairobi and Mount Kenya.

  2. Language                                                                       Back to top
    English is the official language, and is widely spoken in commercial areas. Kiswahili is the unofficial language, used throughout the country. In remote areas, the majority of people will only speak their tribal language.

  3. Getting to Kenya                                                            Back to top
    Kenya is well served by major international airlines, which fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi) or Moi International Airport (Mombasa). Some Commonwealth citizens do not require visas. We strongly recommend you check with the nearest Kenya Embassy or Tourist Office to ensure you have the most up to date visa information. Yellow Fever and Cholera vaccinations are required only for visitors arriving from countries where these diseases are endemic. Check with your Embassy and/or local heath office for more details.

  4. Leaving Kenya                                                               Back to top
    An airport departure tax of US$40 per person, or its equivalent, is payable when leaving Kenya. This fee is often included in your international airfare, unless stated otherwise. Please check with your agent when purchasing your international tickets. A local departure tax of Kshs 200 (approx. US$3) per person, per flight, is payable for internal Kenyan flights.

  5. Climate                                                                            Back to top
    Kenya offers warm days with cool early mornings and evenings throughout most of the country. At altitude the temperatures are moderate. The Coast is often humid and tropical. There are two primary rainy seasons: the long rains roughly from April to June and the short rains during October and November.

  6. Clothing                                                                           Back to top
    Informal, lightweight clothing is recommended. Mornings and evenings can be cool at altitude, so bring a sweater or cardigan. A hat is highly recommended due to the sun. On the Kenya coast, ladies are expected to dress modestly in public. Nude or topless sunbathing is not only illegal, but also affects the sensibilities of the Muslim community.

  7. Communications                                                          Back to top
    Telephone, fax and some email services are available, though prone to difficulties. Most resorts, lodges and camps will have at least a radio link with their primary Kenyan offices. In the major cities and on the Coast, international direct dialing should be available, if a little costly.

  8. Tipping In East Africa                                                          Back to top
    It has been customary since safaris began to consider tips for your driver/guide and support staff. However, tipping is a very personal subject and the decision to tip and how much to give is entirely yours. Unlike in the USA or most of Europe, tips in Kenya are considered a gift; they are not a part of wages or payment. They are considered a bonus and are not expected or required.

    An average daily wage in East Africa is just over US$ 1.20. As such, giving a porter a tip of a dollar is very generous. Room or tent stewards would be delighted with a tip of between US$0.50 - US$ 1.00 per day.

    In a restaurant, if service has not been added to the bill, then a tip of 10% is suitable, if you are satisfied with the service. In most safari camps and lodges, a service charge has been included in your accommodation rate, which is paid to the staff by the establishment.

    In general, the only person who will expect a tip from you is your driver/guide, who would be very happy with a tip of around US$ 2- US$ 3 per couple per day. If you are camping rather than staying in a lodge, your camp cook would appreciate approximately US$ 10 per person for the entire trip. If you also have a camp assistant, then a tip of US$ 5 per person for the entire trip would be suitable.

  9. Currency                                                                         Back to top
    The Kenya shilling is freely exchangeable. Most major facilities accept major credit cards; Visa and Master Card are the most widely accepted.

  10. Driving                                                                             Back to top
    Kenyans drive on the left hand side of the road. It is recommended that you travel with an international driving license if you plan to drive in Kenya.

  11. Health                                                                              Back to top
    Anti-malarial prophylactics should be taken before, during and after your visit to Kenya, especially if you visit the Coast. Good medical facilities are available in the major cities. Membership with groups such as the Flying Doctors is also recommended; Eco-resorts includes Flying Doctor emergency evacuation coverage in all of our safaris, unless otherwise stated. Hotels, camps and lodges should provide either bottled water, or filtered water for drinking. Please do not drink the tap water.

  12. Local time                                                                      Back to top
    GMT plus 3.

  13. Safety precautions                                                      Back to top
    Common sense precautions should be taken at all times. Please check the travel advisories from the US State Department and the British Foreign Office.

  14. Electricity                                                                       Back to top
    220 / 240 volts AC. Plugs are the UK-type, round 2-pin or flat 3 pin.

    **This information provided with thanks by the Kenya Tourist Board and other sources.**









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