Ridged with spectacular natural parks and mysterious tribal customs, Kenya relishes a persona of unique character. Buoyed by a backdrop of rolling grasslands, towering mountains, tropical beaches, dramatic waters, stunning corals and lush forests, Kenya offers postcard-worthy appeal. Mount Kenya offers challenging terrains for avid hikers, and the Nairobi National Park and Crescent Island Game Park allow visitors to indulge in the spectacular beauty of exotic wildlife almost at their fingertips in a natural desert safari setting.
Kenya harbors tempting rolling hills and luring wildlife brought together majestically within the country's dramatic topography. The panorama brims with diverse wildlife – crafting a natural habitat for all types of exotic wild animals and lending an opportunity for visitors to immerse in a truly unique experience.
A visa is required for entry into Kenya. Travelers are strongly encouraged to apply online through the e-visa process. The fees are $50 for a single-entry visa. A passport valid for six months after date of entry and a minimum of two blank (unstamped) pages in the passport are required to enter. Proof of yellow fever immunization is also required.
Yellow Fever vaccination is required for all travelers. Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid immunizations are recommended. You should also make sure your polio and tetanus vaccinations and boosters are up to date. Speak with your medical caregiver about Malaria, and you may also consider Meningitis and Rabies vaccinations.
Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the CDC’s website.
WEATHERAverage temperatures in Nairobi, Kenya.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
Kenya sits on the equator and enjoys a temperate climate, making it a year-round destination. However, the best time to view wildlife in Kenya is during the dry season from late June to October. In July the great migration reaches the Masai Mara and then in October the animals migrate back to the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Make two photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers' cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Be sure to inform your credit card company as well as your bank you will travel internationally into Africa. This will eliminate any credit card holds for fraudulent activity.
Carrying cash, an ATM or traveler’s check card and also a credit card that can be used for cash advances in case of emergency is advisable. To obtain local currency it is best to use your debit card and withdraw from the ATM, alternatively you can also exchange money at the banks. Local currency is Kenyan shilling (KES), and it is advised to carry some hard notes of USD. Most establishments accept credit cards; however it is advised to withdraw cash when visiting remote areas and villages.
Kenya's government is structured as a republic. There are no hereditary political positions and representatives are chosen by the people.
The people of Kenya identify themselves as Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Muslim 11%, other 1%