We all know how difficult it can be to find useful information about our travel destinations to help us plan our trips in advance. While there are many sources of travel information on the web, it often takes time to sort through them and select the information you really need.
Whether your trip to Kenya is motivated by your desire to see wildlife on safari or by your curiosity about its culture, rest assured that this guide will help you plan your trip to Kenya and make the most of it!
Before you go
There are certain crucial elements that need to be prepared before taking the trip of a lifetime to Kenya. To help you, here’s a breakdown of the most important aspects of your trip to consider before you go:
When it comes to price, Kenya isn’t known as the cheapest African destination. If you are on a tighter budget, Tanzania and Zanzibar may be a better choice, as they are easier on the wallet but still offer a great African holiday. However, despite being slightly more expensive than many other African destinations, Kenya is still considered affordable.We all know how difficult it can be to find useful information about our travel destinations to help us plan our trips in advance. While there are many sources of travel information on the web, it often takes time to sort through them and select the information you really need.
As with travel to other countries, ensure that your passport is valid for up to 6 months after you leave Kenya. Visitors to Kenya must pay US$50 for a single entry visa, which is valid for up to three months. If Kenya isn’t your only destination in Africa, you can apply for an East Africa Tourist Visa for US$100, which allows you to travel between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda for up to 90 days.
Kenya’s official currency is the Kenya Shilling (Ksh), which is available in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 shillings. If you are travelling to Kenya, be sure to bring US dollars as well as shillings, as many hotels and larger restaurants tend to quote prices in US dollars.
Although tipping is not compulsory in Kenya, porters and guides are usually expected to tip. You can either tip your porters and guides directly or put it in a tip box, which is usually found in most hotels and larger establishments. When dining in restaurants it is customary to leave a 10% tip.
Kenya is a yellow fever zone and it is essential that you have a yellow fever vaccination. You will be asked to show your yellow fever vaccination card before you leave Kenya, so make sure you bring it with you!
Malaria is not an issue in Nairobi, but can be a problem in the game reserves and along the Kenyan coast. Bring anti-malarial medication and dress appropriately to avoid mosquito bites.
On the ground
Congratulations! You’ve moved on from planning your trip to actually setting foot in Kenya! This remarkable African country has much to offer travellers looking for an unforgettable experience.
While in Kenya, take the opportunity to sample some of the country’s famous local delicacies. From irio to Kenyan bajias, Kenya is a hidden gem in terms of culinary delights!
Nyama Choma (Roasted Meat)
Kenya’s nyama choma is certainly a must-try when visiting the country, particularly because the locals view it in very high regard. Nyama choma means roasted meat. The most commonly used meat in in this dish is goat and beef, but chicken and fish can also be used. You can find various eateries across Kenya serving delectable nyama choma, but if you find yourself in Nairobi, make your way to Kenyatta Market where you will find a line of stalls serving only the best roasted meat in town!
Matoke (Plantain Banana Stew)
Originally from Uganda, matoke is now a popular dish, especially in west Kenya. Matoke is made up of plantain bananas cooked with oil, onions, garlic, chilies, tomatoes and lemon juice. Meat is sometimes added to the pot. The bananas are left to cook until soft, resulting in a lovely dish that can be eaten with rice or ugali.Kenya is home to the safari tradition, with the first known safaris dating back to the 14th century. Safaris in Kenya have attracted many travellers over the years, including royalty, all wanting a taste of the African savannah.
Africa’s most popular reserve, the Maasai Mara, is located in Kenya and is home to the Wildebeest Migration, the great spectacle of animal migration that attracts those of us who yearn to witness the amazing movement of up to 2 million wildebeest each year. Elephant lovers will be delighted to head to Amboseli National Park, while bird lovers will be amazed by Lake Nakuru National Park with its sea of pink flamingos.
As well as the savannah and wildlife, Kenya is also known for its stunning beaches. 30km (28 miles) south of Mombasa lies Diani Beach – an ideal haven for those seeking a little peace and quiet amidst the salty air. But Diani is not Kenya’s only seaside gem. Vipingo Beach near Kilifi is also a great escape with its calm waters and secluded surroundings!