A Passport and visa are required for entry in Kenya. A visa for Kenya can be purchased onsite for $50 US cash as can a Tanzania visa for the same amount.
To purchase ahead of time a single entry valid for six months will cost $52 cdn and you will require a copy of your flight literary. You must travel within 3 months of receiving the visa. We can also provide a copy of your tour booking.
Please note the wait for Kenya visas on arrival can sometime be lengthy.
All the major lodges in Kenya and Tanzania have medical personal to assist if you get sick. We also include membership to the flying doctor service so you’re never stranded.
WHO Page: http://www.who.int/countries/ken/en/
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS ESSENTIAL
Immunization and medical considerations:
Tablets and DEET spray/cream are essential. Several brands of tablets are available but most guests prefer the one a day variety. Please be aware you should start these several days/before entering Kenya.
This vaccine lasts ten years and once taken you will be provide with a certificate that you MUST take to Kenya. We advise making several copies along with copies of your passport you can keep in your baggage.
Hepatitis and Tetanus are worth having anytime you travel abroad
Not essential but often taken with Hepatitis A
As a precaution tablets or liquid medication
We provide bottled water on safari and at lodges, hotels and camps Do NOT drink tap water, when in Nairobi also avoid street vendor food.
If travelling from the US or Canada, we recommend http://www.passporthealthglobal.com/ for all your travel related medical requirements. Alternatively your doctor will be able to advise you.
The currency in Kenya is the shilling. Review the current Exchange Rate for the shilling.
Don’t forget to notify your bank that you will be travelling to Kenya. On arrival in Nairobi (after customs, within the airport) we suggest converting around $200 U.S to Kenya shillings for souvenir shopping, etc.
For those taking the Serengeti excursion you will require Tanzanian shillings for tipping, etc.
Tipping is common. Most lodges/hotels have tip box at the reception. $3-$5 per night is usual. Over the course of your safari you will get to know our highly skilled professional guides/drivers very well. The minimum amount commonly given is $20 per person at the end of the trip.
Kenya is 240 V; Plug Type G. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter if travelling from the U.S or Canada.
While in Nairobi we advise against exploring the city on your own or at night. Money belts are a great option to store some emergency cash and a copy of your passport.
In an emergency
If your family or friends need to contact you in an emergency they can use the following numbers in Kenya
Alliance James/Bryan +254 727 359752 or +254 737 581606
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Layering is the best way to go when on safari. Avoid bright colors. For early mornings a jacket and/or a fold up rain coat or a fleece top will keep you warm until the sun comes up. Long trousers and long shirts for evenings preferably lightweight and easy wash. Swim wear for your 10 day tour or if you arrive early in Nairobi and want to go for a quick dip.
Wide brim hats with ventilation will keep the sun off and keep you cool, frequently the vehicle will be open as we travel so a style with a tie sting is best.
Footwear – A pair of lightweight walking shoes/boots and a pair of open strap walking shoes. Also a pair of rubber slippers comes in handy for room use and as a back-up.
- Best sunscreen you can buy
- Lip moisturizer with sunscreen
- Small torch (most rooms will have one)
- Power adapter