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Kenya Travel Facts

Natural Features: Low plain rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley, Fertile plateau in West.
Rainy Seasons: April - May and October - November


Getting There:

Air: Kenya Airways flies eight times a week from Heathrow to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Four of the flights are direct and the rest are via Amsterdam. Most major African and European airlines also service this route. The major international airport in Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta, is half an hour drive from the city centre. Moi International airport in Mombasa is just on the outskirts of the city. Another international airport is Eldoret, situated in the Rift-Valley town that bears the same name.
Rail: There is a weekly train service from Kampala in Uganda to Nairobi.
Road: Daily scheduled buses ply between Kampala in Uganda and Nairobi. Similar services exist between Mwanza, Arusha, Moshi and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Nairobi. There are also buses from Tanga and Dar es Salaam to Mombasa.

Best Time To Visit: There are two rainy season in the country, the long rains March-April and the short rains October-De

Travel Around:

Air: Kenya Airways provides domestic flights to Mombasa and other major towns in Kenya. There are also charter companies which are both scheduled and on hire.
Road: Every town in the country can be reached by bus. Taxis are readily available in Nairobi and there are commuter buses that cover all the routes within the country.
Sea and Lakes: For budget travellers, dhows depart for Pemba or Zanzibar from Mombasa. There are also regular ferry services between Dar es Salaam and Mombasa.
Rail: There are scheduled rail services from Nairobi to Kisumu and Mombasa.
Driving: Driving is on the left. International Driving Permit recommended. National licences are valid for 90 days but must be endorsed in Kenya at a local Police station.

Passport and Visa: Required, but NOT by the following:

  1. Holders of Kinderausweis' Identity Card with photograph issued by Germany
  2. Holdes of United Nations Laissez-Passer
  3. Holders of a valid Seaman Book travelling on duty. Passport validity : Passport must be valid 6 months from date of entry.

Visas: Required, but NOT by the following:

  1. Nationals of Kenya.
  2. For tourism stays up to 30 days by holders of British passport with antionality 'British Citizen' & nationals of australia, Austria, Belgium, Fcanade, France, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland & United States.
  3. Nationals of Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Cyprus, Denmark, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Gambia, Germany, Grenada, Ireland Rep, Italy, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia (max stay 3 months), Nauru, Netherlans, Norway, Papua, New Guinea, St. Lusia, St. Vincent &Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singpore, Solomon Is, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
  4. Holders of passports endorsed with a valid re-entry visa granted by the Government of Kenya.

Notes: (1) Visas are issued by: (a) Kenyan Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates (b) British consulates where there is no Kenyan representation (c) The passport and visa issuing outhorities of Australia, Cyprus, Gambia Jamaica, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Sierra leone, Singapore, Tanzania Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu & Uganda (2) A visitor's pass is abtainable upon arrival. Visitors may be requird to deposit GBP 250 before a pass is issued (refundable upon departure) or an onward or return air ticket to a destinatin other than Tanzania United Rep & Uganda in Lieu of cash 3) It should be noted that possession of a visa is not the final authority to enter Kenya.
Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever. Recommended in some circumstances, seek further advice.

Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. Exempt infants under 1 year
Museums: Fort Jesus Museum , Gede Museum , German Post Office Museum , Hyrax Hill Museum, Kabarnet Museum , Kapenguria Museum , Karen Blixen Museum , Kariandusi Museum , Kisumu Museum , Kitale Museum , Lamu Fort Environment Museum , Lamu Museum , Meru Museum , Narok Museum , Olorgesailie Museum, Swahili House Museum
Religion: Christian, Indigenous Beliefs, Muslim, Other
Languages: En, Sw
GDP: $350 per capita
Currency: Kenya Shilling (KSh)
Credit Cards: Many are widely accepted around the country, particularly Diner's Club and American Express with Vi
Time: GMT+3
International Dialing Code: 254
International Radios: BBC KHz : (daytime) 17885, 11940, 9770 , (evening) 21470, 11940, 6005
Business Hours: Government offices are open from 08:00-17:00 and Banks are open from 0830 to 1300 from Monday to Friday and 0830 to 1100 on Saturday. Shops are open from 0830 to 1230 and 1400 to1730 Monday to Saturday.
Weekly Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Public Holidays: Kenyatta Day (Oct 20), Christmas Day (Dec 25), Goof Friday, Easter Monday, Idd El fitr, Idd El Haj, Maulidi (Variable Dates), Boxing Day (Dec 26), New Year's Day (Jan 1), Madaraka Day (June 1), International Labour Day (May 1), Moi Day (Oct 10), Independence Day (Dec 12)
Electricity: 220/240V AC 50Hz
Emergency Services: Police: 999 Fire: 999 Ambulance: 999

Last Updated on Saturday 10th December 2011

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