Kenya: Travel Information

Read on for the nitty gritty about travelling in Kenya. Includes information on getting to Kenya, vaccination requirements, visas and all importantly the weather and when to go.

Getting to Kenya

Kenya has international airports in Nairobi (Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta NBO) and Mombassa (Mombasa Moi International MBA) which are around 8 hours flying time from the UK. British Airways and Kenya Airways fly regular direct services to Nairobi. Return tickets usually range from £550 to £850 depending on when you are travelling. If you are willing to put up with the inconvenience then cheaper tickets can usually be purchased with a stop from Qatar Airways, Ethiopian and Emirates. Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport is a ½ hr 16km drive from Nairobi City Centre, but traffic is often very bad.

Getting Around Kenya: 

There is a good internal flight network whose hub is at Nairobi Wilson Airport. The network mainly serves destinations on the coast and the main national parks. Most safaris and treks include transport in a minibus or 4wd vehicle.

When to go:

Kenya is subject to 2 rainy seasons, and a busy peak tourist season, but in reality is a year round destination. Most people visit during the summer months of July and August, when the weather is dry and the Maasai Mara is teeming with the Wildebeest migration. 

-July and August are peak season with Europeans and Americans making the most of their summer holidays, so expect crowds. However they also fall right after the long rains, so expect lots of lush green.

-September and October play host to the short rains. Rain tends to fall for only a couple of hours in the afternoon or morning, so you shouldn’t let it stop you.

-November, December, January, February and the first half of March are the dry season. Expect hot weather and quiet parks.

-Second half of March, April, May and June plays host to the long rains. During this period it tends to rain through the night and into the morning. It is usually possible to get a dry spell between 10am and 2pm for getting out on safari.

Entry Requirements

Visas are required for most nationalities (including UK citizens, Americans, Canadians, Austalians and Europeans) and are purchased on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for £20 (single entry).

Money

Kenyan currency is the Kenyan Shilling. There are ATMs at the airport and in most major Cities. 

Health & Vaccination Requirements

Vaccinations normally recommended for a trip to Kenya are: diphtheria; tetanus; poliomyelitis; typhoid; hepatitis A; yellow fever. Vaccinations sometimes recommended are: meningococcal meningitis, hepatitis B, rabies, tuberculosis,  and cholera. Malaria is present through most of the country and precautions are essential. Check with your doctor or nurse for suitable antimalarial tablets. A good website to check for travel health advice is http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/kenya.aspx

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Suggested Itineraries

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Combines one of our favourite safari camps in Africa with a barefoot beach lodge on the Kenya Coast.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $3,320 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $960 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,594 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $960 per person economy class from London

Enjoy some of the best safari in Africa on this two centre fly-in safari in the Laikipia Wilderness and Masai Mara.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $4,045 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $704 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,113 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $704 per person economy class from London

Excellent value introductory safari in an atmospheric small bush camp in the Masai Mara with superb big cat populations followed by relaxation on the beach in Kenya.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $2,013 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $896 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,816 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $896 per person economy class from London

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