About Kenya

Kenya is also well known as Jamhuri ya Kenya. This is the country’s national name and is located along the equator on the Eastern coast of Africa. It is bordered by the coastal region in the South East, Somalia on the Northwest and Uganda in the west. To the south west there is Lake Victoria and south lies Tanzania. The country’s capital is Nairobi and its 15 Kms away from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi offers buzzing markets, some interesting sightseeing and a lively nightlife. Nairobi is one of Africa's largest and most interesting cities.

Geographically, the Northeastern side of the country is flat, bush covered and the remaining part of the country encompasses pristine beaches, scenic highlands, lake regions, the Great Rift Valley, and the magnificent Mount Kenya.

Attractions:

Masai Mara Game reserve is the country’s best tourist site for wildlife and wildebeest migration. Other tourist attractions include Lake Nakuru National Park, Amboseli National Park, Nairobi National Park, Lake Naivasha, Mt. Kenya, Tsavo National Parks and so on.

Religion:
Most Kenyans are Christians, although many mix it with traditional religious beliefs. There is widespread belief in witchcraft and Witches are thought to cause illnesses and can put a spell on women so that no man will ever look to her again. Besides, there are also Moslems and these are normally found at the Coast.

Accessibility:
Kenya can be reached by land using buses, matatus and rented cars from Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The country can also be reached by air transport using a number of Regional and International airlines like Precision Air , Air Uganda, Euro fly, Cameroon Airlines, Egypt Airways, Ethiopian Airways , Rwanda Air Express, Kenya Airways, SN Brussels, Air Zimbabwe, Sudan Airways, Nasair, Fly540, British Airways, South African Airways, Turkish Airways, Qatar Airways and many others. Kenya can also be reached by Sea where the landing coast is Mombasa.

Passports and Visas
All travelers entering Kenya must have a valid Passport and Visa. Visas should be obtained in advance, although airport visas are available. Travelers who opt to obtain an airport visa should expect delays upon arrival. There is a fee for the visa, whether obtained in advance or at the airport. Travelers may obtain the latest information on visas as well as any additional details regarding entry requirements from the Embassy of Kenya

Health:
Evidence of yellow fever immunization may be requested and also all visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs before entering the country. It is also advisable to drink bottled water rather than tap water while travelling around the country.

Money:
The official unit of currency is the Kenya shilling (KES). The shilling is divided into 100 cents, coins are in denominations of 5, 10 and 50 cents and 1, 5, 10, 20 and 40 shillings. Notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings. Though the US Dollar is the preferred hard currency. Other units accepted in the country include: Euro and Pound sterling. All hard currency cash can be exchanged for local currency at banks and private bureau de change in large towns. 

Language:
The national language is Kiswahili and English is the official language.  In Kenya, there are numerous indigenous languages used country wide.

Driving in Kenya
Driving is on the left side. Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to stick to the drivers & vehicles organized by our company. Self drives are only accepted if you have an international recognized driver’s license.

Weather:
There are two rainy seasons in Kenya. The long rains start from March to June and the "short rains" start from October to December.

Climate and When to visit:
Kenya also lies on the Equator and therefore the seasons are consistent. The main tourist seasons are from December to February and from July to August. From January and February the season is hot and dry and this is usually considered to be the most enjoyable time for excellent animal and bird watching activities. From June to September is the "shoulder season" and here the weather is still dry. This season offer excellent view options of a large number of wildebeest at the Masai Mara and also a good time for climbing Mount Kenya.

 

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