Kenya is in East Africa with the Indian Ocean on the eastern border.It encompasses Savannah, Lakelands, Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants, and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Know before you go
As you plan your trip, and before you travel, we recommend that you check the latest Foreign Office advice on the places that you’re going to, regardless of where you are traveling to or how you are traveling.
We urge you to do this, as we recommend that all our travelers keep themselves up to date with the current foreign office advice on their destination countries.
The roots of the colonial history of Kenya go back to the Berlin Conference in 1885 when East Africa was first divided into territories of influence by the European powers. The British Government founded the East African Protectorate in 1895 and soon after, opened the fertile highlands to white settlers. From 1920 it was known as the Kenya Colony. The independent Republic of Kenya was formed in 1964.
Time in Kenya
There is no time difference between winter and summer months in Kenya; it’s always three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).
Currency in Kenya
Kenya currency is the Kenyan shilling (KES).
Kenya’s International Dialing Code
Kenya International Dialing Code is +254.
Food in Kenya
The traditional food of Kenya, is as mixed and diverse as its tribe’s, history and landscapes. Each tribal area has its own special dishes.
Here is a list of 20 of Kenyan favorites to help you get excited about eating Kenyan food!
Ugali (Cornmeal Staple), Irio (Mashed Peas and Potato Mix), Githeri (Beans and Corn), Kenyan Pilau (Spiced Rice), Waliwa Nazi (Coconut Rice), Sukuma Wiki (Collard Greens / Kale), and Kenyan Stew.
Traveling in Kenya
The Mane Tours has a fleet of safari vehicles to transport you comfortably for your safari.
Health in Kenya
It’s vital that you always check the latest recommendations with your own doctor or travel clinic before you travel.
Tropical diseases, especially malaria and tuberculosis, have long been a public health problem in Kenya.Malaria strikes over 8 million people each year. Other diseases such as bilharzia (snail fever), Rift Valley fever, and Chikungunya (similar to Dengue fever) are also a problem.
In recent years, infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), also has become a severe problem. It is the leading cause of mortality among Kenyans. HIV/AIDS kills around 80,000 people each year in Kenya.
Language in Kenya
Kenya official languages are English and Swahili.
A passport with at least two blank pages, six months’ validity, and a visa are required to enter Kenya. Single-entry visas are available upon arrival at Kenyan airports; however, Kenyan Immigration plans to end visas upon arrival in the near future.
Visas are usually valid for six months from the issuance date.
Kenya has a tropical climate moderated by altitude. It’s hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland, and very dry in the north and northeast parts.Kenya receives a great deal of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. Also, because Nairobi and many highland towns are at a high altitude, it can be quite cold even during the day between June and August with temperatures sometimes dropping into single digit territory (celsius).
The long rain season occurs from April to June. The short rain season occurs from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and the coldest from July to August.