Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country located in Africa.
Nairobi is the largest city in Kenya and the capital. It’s also the regional commercial center. Nairobi is the first point of call for a tour in Kenya. It houses Nairobi National Park, one of a kind park located within a city the only one in the world.
The territory of Kenya lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift.
The country is bordered by Tanzania to the south and southwest, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, and Somalia to the northeast.
Arriving in Kenya
There are several airlines which fly to Kenya. These include Kenya Airways, KLM, British Airways, Virgin, Qatar, Emirates, Air India and South African Airways to name a few. Flying into Nairobi is the best way to arrive in Kenya. Nairobi is a major African travel hub with a large international airport, Jomo Kenyatta, situated just outside the city. Moi International Airport, Kenya’s second busiest international airport is in Mombasa.
Popular Safari Destinations in Kenya
Lake Nakuru National Park
Ol Pajeta Conservancy
4 Days Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
8 Days Tsavo, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
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Amboseli National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park
Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Nairobi National Park
Ol Pajeta Conservancy
Samburu National Reserve
Tsavo National Park
To enter Kenya a passport with at least two blank pages, a validity period of six months and a visa are required.
Citizens of most countries require a visa. A list of http://evisa.go.ke/eligibility.html is available from the Kenya Immigration Department.
Visas can be obtained in advance from Kenyan embassies or high commissions
Kenya visas are also available online on the evisa website. Visitors from countries that require a Visa to enter Kenya should now apply for the Visa online from the E-Visa portal – http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
Visa Charges: Single entry visa USD 50, Multiple entry visa (1 Year) USD 100 , Transit Visa USD20
East African tourist visa
If you will be visiting Uganda and/or Rwanda on your trip to
Kenya, it is recommended that you purchase an East African tourist visa. The EAC Single
Tourist Visa allows travel to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda on a single fee of $100.
Applicants will be required to following stages indicated on the E-Visa website, namely:
- Create an account on e-citizen: https://www.ecitizen.go.ke
- Sign in to your account
- Click on “e-visa application” on the dashboard
- Answer all questions on the application form and upload the files prepared on your computer.
- Sign-in to your account again after 24 – 48 hours to check if the visa has been issued.
Print it and show it at check-in.
Visa document preparation
- Prepare the following documents for uploading onto your PC under the visa application page
- Passport size photo
- Photo of the outer cover of your passport
- Photo of an empty page in your passport
- Photo of the biometric data page in your passport
- Booking confirmation of the hotel/cottages
- Address of your hotel/cottages
Please note: The accepted maximum size of an image accepted on the visa application tool is 290 kb. It must be in JPG format and no bigger than 293 kb.
It depends a little on where you are going! In the major cities and bigger towns you will have a fairly good connection. During safari most lodges and camps have WiFi available however in some remote areas the connections can be unreliable. Most camps/lodges only offer WiFi in the public areas, not in the rooms/tents. You can buy a local sim card from local mobile phone/internet providers who generally offer a 4G network which will work in most places. If it’s not crucial to your own business or other important matters, best not to let it bother you. Instead, enjoy nature and take a break from the hectic life back home!
It is highly recommended to make arrangements for your safari in advance as far as possible. 4-6 months is most convenient and assures you availability especially during the months of the peak season, July-mid September, Christmas-new year. This saves last minute searches which often find you compromising standards and with no guarantee of availability.
A Kenyan Safari can be done in 10 days or 2 days as well depending on the time you have to spend and the locations you wish to visit on your Safari. The more time you spend on the safari the better experience you are going to have.
In our opinion, Kenya is generally safe to visit. The tourist industry is very established and visitors are very well looked after. Several governments have advised against traveling to some cities and remote border areas, but tour operators will only take you to places that are considered safe. More than a million tourists visit Kenya every year, and the vast majority of visits are trouble-free.
Vaccination: Inoculation against Yellow fever may be mandatory depending on the country where the travel originates. Anyone entering Kenya from or through a Yellow Fever infected area, must be in possession of a valid International certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever.
Malaria: It is advisable that you take malaria tablets before entering Kenya. Start the course at least one week before entering Kenya. Please consult your physician or General Practitioner.
Check with your doctor which other vaccinations you might need and make sure your routine vaccinations are all up-to-date.
Kenya lies on the equator and has a pleasant, tropical climate. Daytime temperatures average between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F, but it is warmer on the coast. Kenya is too close to the equator to experience a real winter and summer. Kenya can be considered a year-round safari destination. There are, however, seasons.
High Season (Jun-Oct, Jan-Feb) or the dry season
The dry season in Kenya offers visitors the best wildlife viewing experience, when the bush is drier so it’s easier to spot animals as they congregate at water sources The wildebeest migration can be observed in the Masai Mara National Reserve from July to October, after which they began their journey back to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. However, it is advisable to pack warm clothing, as morning game drives will be cold.
Shoulder Season (Nov-Dec)
Short rains fall in October and November, but it’s still an excellent time to visit Kenya. Prices at most lodges and parks drop from November.
The short rainy seasons are a good time for the bird watchers. During a rainy time, it is possible to spot the migratory birds.
Low Season (Mar-May) or wet season
The long rains mean that accommodation is quieter and prices are low. During wet seasons it’s so green and lush which is stunning and pleasant for both visitors and wildlife!
Generally, the most popular time to visit Kenya is during the dry season, which means the parks are often more crowded and prices higher at this time. July to September are the busiest months so kindly keep in mind to book well in advance if you wish to travel during this peak season. On the other hand, the wet season and shoulder seasons are less crowded and more affordable so are well worth considering.
The cost of a safari vary depending on what kind of safari you wish to undertake. The cost is influenced by number of days, level of comfort and other factors.
The cost of a safari vary depending on what kind of safari you wish to undertake e.g. luxury, budget, economy, etc. The cost is anywhere from $500-$3000 and above. This cost includes roundtrip airport transfers, accommodations, meals -three times full meals a day, domestic transportation, park fees, drinking water, etc.
The major exclusions from the cost are international flight expenses, visa costs, travel insurance costs, and extended tour stays. To get complete insights into how to travel on a budget in Kenya we suggest you contact our travel experts today!
Most of the major hotels and restaurants in Kenya include the tip in their service charge. Tipping is not essential, but appreciated, and entirely at your discretion. Porters at airports, hotels or lodges can be tipped about $1 per piece of luggage.
At restaurants, it is customary to tip waiters and waitresses 10% of the bill. On safaris, however, tips are expected and considered almost part of the pay. Tip your guide $2-$5 per person per day.
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