A First Timer’s Guide to Kenya
Kenya is one of the East Africa countries that has its own uniqueness, while planning a Kenyan safari there are key note issues that you need to consider as far as travelling for a safari. Take note as they are highlighted below; before visiting you need to apply for a visa at least six months prior to your arrival.
You’ll need a valid passport and must contain a minimum of two blank pages for stamps. You’ll also need a $50 for visa. Alternatively you can apply for a visa online at Evisa.go.ke or you can wait until you arrive at the airport in Kenya.
Kenya lies in the malarial region, therefore to be on a safe side you will require to have yellow fever vaccine shots before arrival, you may also need immunization vaccines for Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies and meningitis. However make sure to speak to your physician about your travel plans to determine the necessary vaccines you will require.
While visiting Kenya, keep it in mind that it is moderate country with average weather conditions therefore while packing, you need light casual attires like dresses, shorts and khaki trousers.
A good sunscreen is also a must-have, in addition to a wide brim hat and a good pair of polarized sunglasses. And flip-flops are fine for the jeep, but also pack a pair of comfortable sneakers.
You will also need small luggage back to keep your stuff safe. Small domestic charter plains are the main transport and quick means to connect to the remote areas there you will need a small luggage not exceeding 15kg per person.
Kenya shillings are the local currency. You can pick up shillings at the airport upon arrival, but U.S. dollars are also widely accepted. Keep in mind, accommodations will accept major credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard for amenities or gift shop purchases, but you should bring cash for gratuity as well as extras, such as cultural visits to local villages or souvenirs like handmade jewelry or other trinkets from local artisans.
This is optional to show your gratitude towards service provided especially the driver guide, accommodation facilities. in case you wondering how much to tip, it ranges from 10$-20$ accordingly or else as you may wish.
Where to go
Kenya has that unique attractiveness, it has a big concentration of wild animals in its popular safari destination, Masai Mara national reserve where BBC big cats were filmed from. While in Masai you will have a close encounter with the cheetahs, lions and leopards.
Lake Nakuru is renowned for its large population of flamingos and rhinos while Samburu is renowned for elephants, other places to explore include Meru and Tsavo combining with a trip to Kenya’s glorious Indian Ocean coast. Also well worth considering are Laikipia, Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills.
When to go
Travel between July and October to see the wildebeest migration, the greatest wildlife show on earth. Very different are the dry country parks of northern Kenya.