Kenya with Wilderness Safaris

Travel Advice for Kenya

Kenya spans the equator and is bordered by Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania, while to the east it is lapped by the warm Indian Ocean.

Full name: The Republic of Kenya
Capital: Nairobi
Population: 45 million
Geographical coordinates: 1 00 N, 38 00 E
Area: 582 367 sq. km / 224 853 sq. mi
Time: +3 hours GMT

Climate and Seasonality

Kenya's diverse geography means that temperature, rainfall and humidity vary widely, but the temperate Rift Valley and Central Highlands have two rainy seasons: March to the beginning of June (the 'long rains') and October to the end of November (the 'short rains'). Temperatures vary from 10°C to 28°C.

What to pack

  • Sunblock, sun hat and good quality sunglasses
  • Camera with waterproof/dustproof bag/cover
  • Good walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine)
  • Malaria tablets (if applicable)
  • Warm Anorak or Parka and scarf / gloves for winter
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Health and Safety

It is sensible to take basic precautions whilst travelling anywhere in the world. We advise that you ask Tourist Information Officers, camp/lodge and hotel staff and local residents about areas to avoid.

A yellow fever vaccination is compulsory for Kenya. Malaria is prevalent in coastal and low lying areas – below 1 800 metres above sea level. Please check with your health department/travel clinic prior to departure, in the event there have been changes in the health regulations of the country you are visiting.

Passports and Visa

Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Some nationalities have to obtain visas prior to arrival in Kenya, some are able to obtain these on arrival at the port of entry and others do not require a visa. Visit the following website for additional information – note that Wilderness Safaris is not responsible for the content thereof: www.immigration.go.ke or www.kenya.org.za.

Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).

Banks and Foreign Exchange

Kenya banks, as well as Segera Retreat accept US Dollars, GBP Sterling and Euro. Travellers’ Cheques in any of the above currencies are also acceptable. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are usually accepted throughout Kenya. The currency is the Kenya shilling (KSh).

Languages

While Kiswahili and English are the official languages in Kenya, there are numerous indigenous languages as well.

Recommended Reading

We recommend the following books specific to the Kenya region. A further list of recommended books is contained in our pre-tour information.

  • A Photographic Guide to Birds of East Africa - Dave Richards
  • Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi (Helm Field Guides) - Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe
  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania (Helm Field Guides) - Dale A. Zimmerman, David J. Pearson and Donald A. Turn
  • Field Guide to African Wildlife (National Audubon Society) - Peter Alden, Richard D Estes, Duane Schlitter and Bunny McBride
  • Field Guide to Larger Mammals of Africa - Chris and Tilde Stuart
  • Southern, Central, and East African Mammals - Chris and Tilde Stuart
  • The Shadow of Kilimanjaro: On Foot Across East Africa - Rick Ridgeway
  • I dreamed of Africa - Kuki Gallman