Things to consider when preparing for a trip to Kenya
Kenya is a country endowed with unmatched world class tourist destinations.
These include but not limited to Nairobi national park-the park with the city, the Masai Mara-the home to the wildebeest migration and the snow peaked mountain that lies at the equator-Mt. Kenya.
For you to enjoy a wonderful seamless trip , its good to be adequately prepared . These are some of the things to consider.
- Visa & Insurance
We recommendation that you apply the visa well in advance
- a) Online Visa application
- b) Apply through a visa consultant
It’s also highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance.
- Vaccinations & Health requirements
There are compulsory vaccinations required for entry to Kenya, in which case a Certificate of Inoculation against Yellow Fever is required from travelers older than one year. Most doctors recommend vaccinating against Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis and Yellow Fever. Anti-malarial prophylactics are strongly recommended, and should be taken two weeks prior to your arrival. Please consult your own doctor regarding any personal health requirements.
- Have a well drawn itinerary
At all times please have a well drawn itinerary that will guide you in all your trip duration. We recommend that you discuss it with your travel advisor so that it makes sense. Check some of our destinations here
- Money Matters
Most safaris are all-inclusive when it comes to food and drink, but you’ll still need money for certain activities, local purchases and tipping.Kenya’s currency is the Shilling (KSH) and it’s a good idea to carry some along with your major credit card(s). Most international hotels and safari camps accept the US dollar Due to a problem with counterfeit dollars, some places may not accept US bills older than 2003.
Meals & Water
Dining is an integral part of the safari experience. High standards of cuisine and a large choice of mouthwatering dishes will usually greet the hungry guests just back from safari. We do not recommend eating any food purchased from road side cafes (unless recommended or approved by your guide).
Regardless of what you may hear, we do not recommend that you drink the local tap water. Sterilized drinking water is provided at all lodges, and bottled mineral water is always readily available in your safari jeep. Travelers should also exercise care when requesting ice in their drinks.
- Power & Connectivity
The voltage in Kenya uses square two- or three-pin plugs. However, as outlets often vary, we would recommend you to carry a set of international adaptor plugs if you plan to operate any electrical appliances.
- Common swahili words
Swahili – English
Jambo! – Hello!
How are you? – Habari?
Good, fine – Mzuri
Thank you (very much) – Asante (sana)
Welcome – Karibu
No problem – Hakuna Matata
Sorry – Pole
Yes – Ndio
No – Hapana
Tipping guides, drivers or support staff as a way of showing your appreciation for great service is customary in Kenya, and is done in US$ or Kenyan Shillings (KSH). But we also encourage our clients to give depending on the quality of service given.
What to Pack
The following is a brief practical checklist of items other than clothing that you are likely to need on your safari:
- Camera and lenses
- Adaptor, 3-hole, for electrical items
- Extra batteries and SD cards for your camera
- Toiletries/personal cosmetics
- Malaria pills and other medicines
- Hat, cap or visor
- Insect repellant
- Passport, insurance, driver’s license
- Credit cards, small amount of cash preferably in low denominations
- Reading material
- Extra pair of socks and shoes/sandals