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Country Facts

There are few sights more awe-inspiring than watching the annual migration of wildebeest across the Kenyan plains. Kenya is THE place to go for big game safaris, incredible wildlife, colourful, Swahili culture, beautiful beaches, Masai warriors and man-eating lions. To get under Kenyan skin read 'Out of Africa', by Isak Dinesen, and watch the movie based on it, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, and listen to benga, Kenya's contemporary dance music, by Them Mushrooms.

  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Official Languages: Kiswahili, English
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling
  • Time Zone: +3:00 GMT (2½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 00254

When To Go

Best time to visit: January to February. The average temperature in Kenya is 17.7 °C. The highest average temperature is 26 °C in February and the lowest average temperature is 10 °C in July, August and September.

What To Do

Kenyan staple food consists of corn, maize, potatoes and beans. Ugali (a porridge made of maize) and meat are typically eaten inland, while the coastal peoples eat a more varied diet.

What to eat and drink
  • Nyama choma: Any kind of roasted meat
  • Ugali: Porridge made of maize
  • Tusker beer


Masai embroidery, beads, spears, baskets, batik and wax paintings, wood carvings, Makonde statues, colourful material.


Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.


Travel Tips





By Air

Kenya Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines and Etihad Airways provide good connections out of India.

By Road

Getting around Kenya can be a challenge for those who are not used to driving on the often crowded, sometimes rough, dusty or untarmacked roads.

Taxis: Taxis / cabs are available for a quick or one-time commute across the city and suburbs, with rates as low as $5 to drive of few miles.

Rental Car Hire: If you want control and flexibility in your Kenya travel, then getting a car hire will certainly allow you the freedom to travel and explore your surroundings. If you can drive and find your way around, hiring or renting a car in Kenya is a convenient way to travel around the country.

Cars are readily available for hire at the airport and from car rental companies in all major cities across Kenya. If you prefer not to do the driving, you can always hire a car with a driver and save on the insurance cost while benefiting from the knowledge and services of a local driver.

In Kenya, people drive on the left-hand side of the road and all vehicles in the country are right-hand driven.

Buses / Coaches:The public bus system and matatus (privately owned minibuses) are the cheapest and most popular mode of transportation in Kenya. Buses are regarded as safer and follow the same route as matatus. However, while buses are often quiet and operate in a timely manner, matatus play loud music, have erratic schedules with frequent stops, and provide a more dramatic Kenyan public transportation experience.

By Rail

Local train services to serve the main cities within a radius of 15KM is in progress starting with the launch of the modern commuter rail service between Nairobi city, Athi river, Kitengela and Syokimau, all complete with a "park and ride" option for drivers who wish to park their cars and commute to the city center by train.

For long distance travel, getting around Kenya by train is limited to specific routes. You can travel between Nairobi and Mombasa by train, normally on an overnight trip lasting 14 hours.

  • Your Health Is Vital. Before you travel to Kenya, make sure that you are up to date on all immunizations. Although there are currently no inoculations that you must have when traveling to Kenya, if you intend to visit other countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, or other such areas that may be deemed infected, you will need inoculations. In such cases, you should make sure you have the following immunizations (depending on the specific area you intend to visit):
    Hepatitis (A and B), Typhoid, Tetanus, Yellow Fever, Malaria Prescription
  • Malaria: When traveling to Kenya make sure you protect yourself from mosquito bites, which could lead to malaria. Some protective measures against mosquito bites include wearing long sleeved shirts/blouses and long pants, using mosquito repellent with a minimum of 30 percent DEET, and using mosquito nets. If you will be traveling to the Kenyan coast or Western Kenya, it is advisable to take anti-malaria pills.
  • We understand that you want to take as many pictures of the beautiful country as possible, but before you begin to take pictures of houses or people, ask for their permission. In some cases, you may be required to offer a tip for those pictures.
  • Watch your money. Make sure that, when switching currency you do so in a reputable hotel, foreign exchange bureau or bank. Do not display your valuables to the world; this will keep you from being the target of theft.
  • Only carry what you need in regards to money when venturing out. Keep yourself "undercover" - do not display jewelry.
  • If you are going on a safari, watch your clothing choices. Bright colors (such as whites and blues) attract wild animals as well as insects. Camouflage clothing, is in some cases, illegal to wear. Never approach a wild animal, even if they appear harmless.
  • Drinking water - it is safer to drink bottled or mineral water.
  • Tipping is OK although not mandatory in most places. A tip of $5 (or equivalent) is acceptable for most services.

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