The hub of Kenyan Airports is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Located in Nairobi, it is the largest and busiest airport in the country followed by Moi International Airport, Mombasa. Both airports operate domestic and international flights on a daily basis. Other airports are located in Kisumu, Malindi and Ukunda which operate domestic flights. There are several airstrips in other parts of Kenya as well.
Tip: It is good to arrive at the airports an hour before your local flight and 2 hours before your international flight. Keeping time is important given the predictability of traffic which is mostly a hindrance to travelers.
The climate of Kenya varies throughout the year. In coastal areas such as Mombasa, Lamu and Malindi you will find it mainly warm with rains finding their course once in a while. In places such as Naivasha, Nakuru and Nairobi it is a cool affair with sunny greetings every now and then.
Tip: Remember to keep a sun screen lotion with you in case you are planning a day at the beach or going for a safari. A cap/hat along with sunglasses will help you under the strong sunlight during the hot days. Keep a mosquito repellent with you in case you intend to stay outdoors mostly.
Passport, Visas and Insurance
Just like many other countries, to enter Kenya, a passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry and it must have at least two blank pages for the immigration and border control officer to place the entry and exit stamps.
A visa is required to enter Kenya from certain destinations while other countries are exempted and their citizens’ travel on a visa free basis. Visas include e-visas, visa on arrival and transit visa. Anyone travelling to Kenya is required to present a visa at the point of entry. Persons aged 16 and under do not require a visa to enter Kenya.
It is recommended that you take out travel insurance before coming to Kenya. Health Care is expensive and not having travel insurance can be a costly affair. International travelers should purchase insurance to enjoy a safe vacation in Kenya.
Your passport and visa are your support system. Your passport will hold no weight if you have failed to obtain a visa for your preferred destination. However that depends on where you are travelling (see tip)
NOTE: Another must have document is your negative COVID-19 Travel Certificate. It should be obtained 96 hours prior to your travel to Kenya unless of course the country you are traveling from is exempted from that regulation.
Tip: It is advisable to get in touch with your respective Kenyan embassies for detailed information on visa,travel prospects as well as COVID 19 related requirements on travel.
It is important to have a health check-up done prior to travel. If you intend to take a safari or hike or even just fly to another country, make sure to consult your doctor and know that you are up and ready to go.
Tip 1: You need certain vaccinations before flying to certain countries. The most common ones are hepatitis A and B, cholera and yellow fever.
Tip 2: Wash your hands before eating your meals.
Tip 3: Get tested for COVID-19. It is important for your well being and others too.
It is important to take precautionary measures while traveling. In accordance with guidelines of the World Health Organization:-
-Wear a face mask at all times when traveling.
-Carry a hand sanitizer which has anti-bacterial properties.
-Practice social distancing with those you meet or encounter during your travel.
-Wash your hands with soap and water as much as you can.
Kenya’s national currency is the Kenyan Shilling and although foreign currency such as US Dollar and Euro is widely accepted (and indeed the currency required for activities like hot-air balloon safaris) it is encouraging to use local currency to pay for bar bills, souvenirs and meals not included in your itinerary.
Tip: The above list is not exhaustive.
The most important drink to have while travelling. Not only it flushes out toxins and waste but water helps to regulate your body temperature.
Tip: Keeping in mind the climate of Kenya, mineral water is an essential to have and consume as much as you can.
No matter where in Kenya you choose to go, you will be enlightened at the variety of food. The country has many cuisines to offer right from its traditional Swahili to the Arabian, Chinese, Indian, Continental and the list goes on. You will not be disappointed by the flavors and platters before you!
Tip: Make sure to indulge in the tropical fruits, healthy coconut water and of course the yummy delights of special cuisines in Kenya.
The national language of Kenya is Kiswahili. However English is also spoken in many parts of Kenya so communication is hardly an issue for travellers. The country is a multi-cultural community and you will be surprised to know that over 60 languages are spoken given the tribes and community.
Tip: At Tifanni Tours & Travel, you will be assisted with services in English, German, Kiswahili, Urdu and Punjabi.
Transportation & Safety:-
Kenya is considered safe as a safari destination and for tourism in general. More than a million tourists visit Kenya every year, and most visits are trouble-free. An overnight stay at a reputable hotel is safe.
You can be assured to find both public transport and private transport service such as Tifanni Tours when needed to travel within the city or town.
Kenya is not the cheapest money travel destination in the world but the good news is that is not highly expensive either. It is an incredible Country that has a diverse range of activities, cultures and beautiful sites to offer all travelers.
Tip: If you love to travel, make sure you do not miss out on the spectacular beaches and safaris that tourists so dearly love to go to in Kenya.