Kenya Travel Advice
Kenya is a great holiday destination and has been a prime safari destination for many years. However, this is a vast country and there are some outlying areas, which are quite rough and remote. As these areas tend to be less safe than the roads on the general safari circuit, it is recommended that you discuss your itinerary with our &Beyond operators unless you are an experienced traveller familiar with Kenya.
Bear in mind that the equator divides Kenya and conditions, especially in summer, tend to be hot and humid.
Summer: September - April 34˚C/194˚F 20˚C/68˚F
Winter: May - August 25˚C/77˚F 11˚C/52˚F
Rainfall: April - May (long rains), November - Mid December (short rains)
Currency & Banking
- Banking hours at most commercial banks are Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h00 and on the first and last Saturday of the month.
- ATMs are found throughout Kenya’s major city centres and shopping complexes.
- The currency is the Kenyan Shilling, where KES1 is made up of 100 cents. Please check with your hotel for daily exchange rates. Foreign currencies such as the USD are widely accepted. However, please note that dollar bills printed before 2003 are not accepted in Kenya, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in the country during that time. High denomination notes may also not be accepted.
- Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels. Proof of identity may be requested, so be sure to carry a passport or some form of photo identification at all times. Credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations.
- It is advised you check with your tour operator or hotel concierge - they will know if there are any potentially unsafe areas along your travel route.
- It is wise to avoid deserted areas, particularly at night, and if you are on a self-drive adventure then please ensure your car is locked at all times - park in well-lit, busy areas.
- Dress-down (i.e. don’t wear excessive jewellery) when exploring Africa’s diverse cities. Concealed travel wallets are recommended.
- Stopping for hitch hikers is not recommended.
Please be sensitive when photographing people. Kenyans are renowned for being friendly; however it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Guests visiting Kenya must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport. Visitors who intend travelling to Kenya’s neighbouring countries and back are advised to apply for multiple entry visas.
What the Expert Says
If you want to see the Great Migration, it is recommended that you plan your trip for between June and October.
Please remember that the migration is weather-specific, and depends on the rain and when the animals decide to start the trek from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara. As it can be difficult to pinpoint exact times, we suggest you put extra time into planning your departure dates.
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