Whether travelling to a major city or out on safari, kenya offersa variety of places to suit everyone’s budget. Accomodation range from 5 star hotel, beach resorts & spas, beach villas, camps, bed & breakfast, motels and hostels.
The currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (Kes). A few restaurants and shops in the tourist areas may also accept payment in US dollars.
Credit cards are accepted at some of the major hotels but a 5-10% surcharge will usually be added. There are ATM’s in most banks in Kenya from which you can withdraw cash, however, pin fraud is relatively common so we don’t recommend this. The best way to take money is in US$ cash.
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The dress code in Nairobi is multi cultural and relatively relaxed. While in rural areas ladies should however avoid transparent and overly reveling clothing. Conservative hemlines in ladies fashion are appreciated.
Most social interactions begin with a greeting. It is considered rude and disrespectful not to greet someone with a shake of the hand. Telephone conversations will often start with a polite greeting and an inquiry into one’s health.
It’s advisable to travel with a small first aid kit that includes bandages, thermometer, sun block, oral re-hydration sachets, anti-diarrhoea medication, antiseptics, water purification tablets and more. Some of the hospitals include:
- The Nairobi Hospital
- The Aga Khan Hospital
- Mater Hospital
- M.P Shah Hospital
- Gertrude’s Hospital
- Karen Hospital
- Kenyatta National Hospital
Learn A Bit of The Lingo; Most people in Nairobi speak English. However, some local words are such a fabric of the language that Nairobians assume that they’re part of the English language and that you know them. To avoid miscommunication, learn some basic words like sawa (okay), kesho (tomorrow) and sasa (hello). They’re usually thrown around casually in conversations so don’t panic.
Personal safety begins with you, and like any other big city in the world you are encouraged to avoid walking alone in dark alleys especially in the night. Keep to well lit areas and avoid crowded places.
Don’t be surprised if you have to be frisked at every building, security checks are very important in Nairobi.
A visa is required prior to entry into Kenya and is readily obtained at the airport upon arrival. You may also obtain one from the Kenyan embassies and high commissions offices abroad before departure. A single entry visa is always valid for three months from date of issue.
- Born Free (Adamson)
- Out of Africa (Karen Blixen)
- I Dreamed of Africa (Kuki Gallman)
Over 80 international films have been shot entirely in Kenya many of which turned into Hollywood box office hits and won several international awards. Among them being:
- The Constant Gardener
- African Cats
- The White Maasai
- Tomb Raider II Series
- The ghost and the darkness
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro
- King Solomon’s Mines
- Mountains of the Moon
- Nowhere in Africa
- Big Cat Diary
- Survivor Africa III Series
- Gorillas in the Mist
- To walk with Lions
Mobile banking is huge in Kenya, so don’t be surprised if people don’t always have cash on them and want to send you money this way instead. It’s also very convenient and safe for you to have some of your money stored this way, so register as soon as you land. It’s quick and simple, not to mention free to do so.
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and the only city in the world to boast a12,000- hectare park (Nairobi National Park) with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. The park is located only 7 km from Nairobi city centre. A newly born wildebeest and giraffe can run within minutes of birth.
Photography of the State House, government institutions & military installations is prohibited in some cases. It is polite to always ask before taking pictures of local people.
Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere, but revealing clothes should be avoided since they may cause offence. When on the coast it is fine to wear your swimsuits around the hotel and private beaches, however you should cover up if going into villages and towns. Do not take pictures of people without asking permission.
Tipping is down to individuals as you tip according to the service you get. Tip what you feel is appropriate and what has been deserved, and please tip in Kenyan Shillings as most people find it difficult to change foreign currency, and they lose some of their hard earned tip in commission to the money changer. Most money exchangers cannot change foreign coins at all.
Nairobi boasts of being the only city in the world with a national Park. The park has a variety of wildlife including the big cats, giraffe, buffalos, zebras and others including the elephants.
Famous People Of Kenya
- The late Prof. Wangari Mathai She is the first African woman Nobel peace prize winner – As a Kenyan she was commitment to the environment. She was also the first African woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree
- David Rudisha is the current Olympic and world record holder in the 800 metres, as well as the current Olympic Champion at the distance. Rudisha was the first person to run under 1:41.00 for the Olympic.
- Tegla Loroupe was also the first woman from Africa to win the New York City Marathon, which she has won twice.
- Paul Tergat – one of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time is from Kenya.
- The first African black Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has roots in Kenya.
- America’s first black president Barrack Obama has roots in Kenya. His father was Kenyan