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Travelling To Kenya

As one of the African's top destination.Kenya is famed for its warmth and generous welcome to his visitors.

Kenya is making sure that its hosiptality goes on growing,its pleasantly surprised with the splendour the Great Rift Valley, the various fresh lakes, the dense rain forest, the arid deserts and a splendid coastline.

The national language of Kenya is Kiswahili, English is the official language and is widely spoken and understood across East Africa and kenya has other 42 languages.

SAFETY:

While in kenya adhere to:

Don't carry large sums of cash in your purse or pocket or display expensive jewelry. Be aware of the of pick-pockets and bag snatchers in crowded areas. Always carry with you valuable things or keep them in safety deposit box in the hotels. Ensure that you have adequate insurance cover before leaving home.

PARKS:

Remember that as much as some animals are friendly to people,they are still wild animals and they can still harm you. So be aware of the wild animals.

The best way to get the most out of your safari is to take an active interest in everything going on around you, not just the number of species you can see in the shortest possible time. Ask all the questions you can think of and take reference books on not only wildlife but birds, insects and trees and read up about everything you see.

HEALTH:

It is advisable to take out emergency medical insurance prior to entering Kenya. Always check that you have gone to a doctor for check up before travelling to Kenya. Carry with you the neccessary things needed to maintain your helth. Ensure that there is a mosquito net in your rooms or carry one whenever you go Camping. Ensure that you carry a First Aid Kit.

WATER:

Drink only bottled water or from flasks of filtered and boiled water provided by most hotels and lodges.

It's best to come into the country with either Travellers checks or dollars or pounds which can be exchanged at any of the many Bureau de Change in the main Towns. If you are offered an exchange on the black market at the borders, exercise extreme caution as they are notorious for cheating you without you even realizing it.

VAT (Value Added Tax):

A VAT (tax currently 16% on most items) is levied and visitors cannot claim a refund on goods purchased.

CREDIT CARDS:

International credit cards are accepted by most restaurants, stores, hotels, lodges, camps, car rental firms, etc. However, many small shops in rural areas will not accept them. American Express, Thomas Cook, Visa and MasterCard Traveler's Checks are widely accepted.

TIPPING:

A tip of 10% for good service is adequate. Service charges are frequently added and it is usual to tip a tour driver or guide at least US $5 a day.

CLIMATE:

Although Kenya is considered to fall in the tropics, climate and temperature varies depending on altitude and proximity to the ocean. Coastal regions are hot and humid while the central plateaus are warm and dry, with cool nights.

CLOTHING:

Lightweight casual clothes can be worn all year round, with a jacket or sweater for early winter mornings and evenings. On safari keep clothes to a minimum and mostly of neutral coloring - khakis, browns and greens. A sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellant are a must. Bring a hat, good walking shoes and sun screen. Don't forget swim wear and binoculars. Some city restaurants and clubs have dress codes - casual jacket and tie for men, informal dresses for women.

THINGS TO CARRY ON SAFARI:

Things usefull are: Binoculars,Cameras,hats,sunscreen,Sun glasses and guidebooks.