USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT KENYA
Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi is half an hour’s drive from
the city centre, Moi International Airport, Mombasa is sited much
closer to the city, but most of the tourist hotels are situated much
further out along the beachfront. Allow an extra hour for journeys
to the south coast because of the ferry crossing.
permitted to leave the country with a reasonable amount of tobacco
and alcoholic products. Export of gold and diamonds is prohibited,
as is the export of game trophies and skins, unless acquired from
personnel of the Government of Kenya. Game trophies, plant
materials, hard drugs and pornographic literature are all
Mobile Network providers are available. It’s easy to bring your
mobile phone and get a Mobile Network Line. International phone
calls require a 000 pre-dial.
currency is based on the decimal system, the unit of currency being
the shilling, which is divided into 100 cents. You are allowed to
leave the country with a limited amount of Kenyan shillings. It is
recommended that foreign currency be exchanged at recognized foreign
exchange bureaus and banks.
towns in Nairobi have banks with a bureau de change. Banking hours
are between 09.00 a.m - 03.00 p.m, and 09.00 a.m -11.00 a.m on the
first and the last Saturday of the month. Banks at the Jomo Kenyatta
airport are 24 hours. Forex bureaus are open from 08.30 p.m to 05.30
p.m and usually do not charge commissions.
carry large sums of money around. Keep a close watch on handbags,
luggage and wallets, especially in crowded areas. Lock valuables in
hotel/lodge safety deposit boxes and never leave valuables on show
in unattended car or tour bus. Avoid walking at night especially and
especially alone in the dark alleys or streets. Always inform
someone of your whereabouts and like everyone else in the world use
your common sense and take precaution.
in Kenya is 220 - 240 AC. An adapter is necessary for appliances,
which are manufactured in the USA, and Canada can operate on 110 -
120 AC. The sockets are made accordingly to the British system. (3
January 1st (New Years Day)
May 1st (Labour
June 1st (Madaraka day)
October 10th (Moi Day)
October 20th (Kenyatta Day)
December 12th ( Jamhuri/Independence
Dec 25 & 26th (xmas days)
The Islamic Idd-Ul-Fitr which
depends on the sighting of the moon. Whenever a designated date
falls on a Sunday, then the next day is normally declared a public
is mainly spoken in Nairobi, and Swahili is the main language in the
rest of the country.
be obtained at the border for most nationalities, but you are
advised to confirm this with the Tanzania Embassy or contact us
before travel. 2 passport size photographs and a passport valid for
6 months will be required.
transportation is easy to access and certainly not expensive. Bus
services are available to every main city in the country. And for
shorter distances “matatus” are also an option. These minivans
travel at high speed and are always overcrowded.