Tips for travelling to Kenya

Protect yourself from illness

No one wants to get sick while on their dream holiday.

Before travelling to Kenya ensure you have consulted your doctor to ensure your vaccinations are up-to date, with a special emphasis on the risks of Malaria. Malaria is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms like fever, nausea and headaches. Thankfully, there are many

ways to protect yourself against this disease including taking malaria medication, wearing long-sleeve clothing as well as applying insect repellent. If you are prescribed with malaria medication, be sure to precisely follow the instructions.

Bring US Dollars with you

Although Kenya’s official currency is the Kenyan shilling, it’s best to bring some US dollars along since prices are sometimes quoted in USD. Bargaining is a common practice in Nairobi and other Kenyan cities. As a traveler, you’ll often be invited to see what local vendors have for sale in markets and street stalls.

Stay Safe on Kenyan roads

Kenya has a well-developed system of paved roads. You can take a high-speed train, a taxi, local buses or hire a car to explore Nairobi and other main cities. Kenyans drive on the left side of the road and you must be 23 or older to rent a car. Seatbelts are required and you must carry a valid driver’s license with you in your vehicle.

Try some street food

Trying new foods is half the fun of traveling, and Kenya’s cuisine won’t disappoint you. Traveller favourites include nyama choma, or roasted meat, and matoke, which is plantain stew. Goat and beef is often used for nyama choma and matoke is made with a delectable mix of onions, garlic, chilies, and lemon juice.

Go on a Kenyan Safari

As the birthplace of the African Safari, Kenya is the perfect place to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Africa’s famed wildebeest migration takes place at Maasai Mara, the continent’s most popular nature reserve. Other parks in Kenya are perfect for seeing elephants, flamingos and other kinds of unique and rare wildlife, and oh don’t miss renowned international game park ‘Tsavo’ also known for its ‘man eaters’. 

Explore the Kenyan coastline

Thanks to its coastal location and hot climate, Kenya’s beaches are inviting and beautiful. Some of the best beaches are found in Watumu, a coastal town fringed by ancient ruins and vast jungles. The Indian Ocean puts on a dazzling display at Diani, a resort area that draws in luxury travelers and backpackers alike.

Security First

While traveling to Kenya you’ll want to budget extra time for airports, malls and other public places. Security is a priority in Kenya and authorities do a good job of keeping high-traffic areas safe by using scanners and other safety procedures. As always, it’s important to keep an eye on your belongings and to stay smart while out in public. 

On a safari however, never leave the safari vehicle unless you are accompanied by armed guards. E.g. If your hat flies away in the open vehicle, kiss the hat goodbye.

Internet Access In Kenya

Depending on where you are, you shouldn’t have issues browsing the web and catching up on social media in Kenya. International surveys show that Kenya’s internet speeds surpass speeds in the USA, although there is some debate about the actual connection speed. In any case, basic internet access shouldn’t be an issue. 

Consider Carrying your Passport

It is best to carry both your passport as well as a copy of it during your stay in Kenya. If you are stopped by authorities for any reason, they may ask to see identification, and as a traveler you’ll need to present your passport. Be sure to secure all valuables while out in public, including your passport.

Bring a Facemask for the Dust

Bring a supply of face masks. The dusty roads and trails will make a face mask a necessity at times. The dust might be difficult for contact lens wearers, so consider bringing along glasses.