A passport is required that is still valid for at least six months after the date of departure. A visa is required and costs approximately EUR 40.00 or USD 50,00 per person. The visa can be obtained at the Kenyan Embassy in your country or upon arrival at the Nairobi airport (not applicable to all nationalities). For a visa application in Nairobi, you don’t need a photograph or a copy of a ticket, which are required for applications at the embassies.
For more information about the Kenya Embassy in your region please check kenya.embassyhomepage.com
The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling. You can take cash Euro's, Pounds, U.S. Dollars or Canadian Dollars and exchange these at the airport or in your hotel or lodge for Kenyan Shillings. In many locations like in your accommodation or in souvenir shops it is no problem to pay in Euro's or U.S. Dollars, however you will get your change in Shilling at a creative exchange rate. In most places payments with credit card are also welcome. In the bigger cities like Mombasa and Nairobi there are also opportunities to get money through an ATM (cash machine), but when you are on safari there is often no opportunity and it is better to make arrangements in advance. When buying a souvenir in Kenya it is customary to bargain a good price with the seller.
When you travel to Kenya, there are no mandatory vaccinations, but you are urgently advised to get some of them.
The following vaccinations are recommended: DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio), Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A. It is also increasingly advised to include Hepatitis B to your vaccination list as well. The whole of Kenya is also considered a malaria area and you can take various types of anti-malarial drugs for prevention. The recommendations may change and it is important to speak to a specialist for the exact information that applies to you.
By far the best way to prevent getting malaria is to make sure mosquito's simply can not sting you. We recommend to bring along a good anti-mosquito repellent with you with a high percentage of DEET. For the tours we organize it is not necessary to bring a mosquito net with you, unless specifically stated otherwise.
During the safari it is usual to wear informal casual clothing, preferably of cotton in a green or browny colour. During the day shorts are a good choice and after sunset long pants are recommended to prevent being stung by mosquitoes. A sweater or jacket can be very pleasant for the early mornings and cooler evenings. In addition comfortable shoes are also recommend. Many accommodations have a pool, so do not forget your swimsuit. Kenya is located directly on the equator and the sun can be very powerful. It is sensible to take a hat or cap, as well as sun cream with high protection and sunglasses on safari with you.
Internet: Kenya is a country where in many places Internet is available and also in daily life using the web is integrated. At various accommodations you can use a computer with internet, but the speed may not always be what you are used to. When you are really on safari you must keep in mind that you cannot often make use of the Internet. Mobile telephones: in Kenya there are 2 different networks (Safaricom and Zain), which together have created a pretty strong network. It is surprising that even in the Masai Mara or in other remote areas you can be reached by mobile phone. However if you travel to remote areas do not count on an available network range. In and around cities you usually have excellent opportunities to make a mobile telephone call. When you arrive in Kenya you can buy a telephone card at the airport and make calls in East Africa for a good price. International calls: when you want to make a call abroad will visiting Kenya this can be pretty expensive, especially at the hotels. The hotels where you can call charge very high rates and often it is better to call with your own mobile phone.
Food and water in Kenya are sometimes less reliable. By paying a bit more attention to your eating and drinking then you are perhaps accustomed to in normal daily life you can prevent a lot of nasty things. Avoid drinking tap water and be careful with the use of ice cubes. Boiled water and water sold in sealed bottles are perfectly fine to drink. It is important to drink a lot especially in dry and hot areas. Africa Miracles only uses good quality services and accommodations so you can safely eat everything offered in the accommodations. Of course it cannot hurt to pay a little attention, but enjoying your food and drinks is number one.
A journey through East Africa is an introduction to another culture and meeting different people. You certainly want to capture these encounters on photo or video. Sometimes this is considered as an annoying experience by the local people. Showing respect, a not too obtrusive attitude and asking if you may make a photograph before pulling out your camera, creates a lot of 'goodwill'. This way the contact with the local people will be a bigger experience then when you are only shooting pictures from a distance. You can charge the batteries of your equipment in most places, but keep in mind that some accommodations do not have power all day.
The accommodations in Kenya have a voltage of 220-240 volts. The voltage can greatly vary, be careful with sensitive equipment. In addition you need a three-legged plug. If you do not have this then a good idea is to buy a world plug. This allows you to use it worldwide.
It is quite usual in Kenya to reward someone with a good tip, however of course only if you feel the person you deserves it. The salaries in Kenya are relatively low and what you may consider to be a small tip can be a large amount for the receiving person. For someone to who is bringing your luggage to your room a tip between 50 and 100 KShs is highly appreciated and a good guideline. In a restaurant leaving a tip of around 10% of the total amount is also custom. If you stay at an accommodation which has all services included you can often use the tip box to make a nice gesture. Again the tip is to be seen as a reward and that you determine the amount, but a directive is approximately between 5 and USD 10 per person per day. Of course you can also give somebody personally a nice extra for doing an excellent job. For your guide during the safari a guideline for a good tip is around USD 5 to USD 10 per person per day, but a more personal gift like a good book or a new pair of shoes will certainly also be highly appreciated.