Kenya is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday destination that is located in East Africa and is renowned for its safari trails. Incredible national parks and reserves spread across the vast landscape of Kenya and these are teeming with wildlife. Kenya also has stunning tranquil white sandy beaches, the wondrous great Rift Valley, and the stretching Masai Mara.
Kenya is home to Africa’s big five game, along with many other unique animals and bird species. A prime safari destination, such beauty and diversity is rarely found elsewhere.
Kenya borders Tanzania in the south, Uganda in the west, Ethiopia in the north, South Sudan in the North West, and Somalia in the North East. Kenya’s name originates from Mount Kenya, a towering mountain that is the largest in Kenya and the second largest in all of Africa.
Kenya has an abundant landscape that covers 580,400 square kilometres, holding a population of 48 million people. The national languages that Kenyans speak include Swahili and English, although many Kenyans speak multiple languages, in a country with more than forty distinct tribal groups, that have rich cultures and traditions.
Once the main hub for global trade, Kenya has been shaped by many cultural influences, receiving visitors from all over the world. The largest city and capital of Kenya is Nairobi, which has a population of roughly 3-million people. Kenya’s extensive and fascinating history includes gaining independence from British rule in 1963, after it was colonised eight years prior.
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All travellers to Kenya must have current passports that are valid for 60 days, after their expected departure date from Africa. The visa can be obtained through a Kenyan Embassy in advance of your trip or upon arrival at the airport or entry point. You must also have a yellow fever vaccination at least 10-days prior to your departure and a polio vaccination ideally 4-weeks prior to your departure.
During your safari in Kenya, you will likely cross several weather zones. Nairobi is typically cool and dry, Mt. Kenya can be chilly, and Masai Mara usually has pleasant weather but can be chilly during the early morning game drives. Kenya’s rainy season is from November to December and from April to June. You should expect short light showers that stop within an hour or so.
You should choose to pack clothes according to these weather variations. Be prepared for cool evenings at higher altitudes and, when on safari, try to wear neutral colours such as green, beige, or khaki, which are least likely to startle the game. A hat and a pair of sunglasses are advisable for protection against the sun and wearing light comfortable shoes is also important. Laundry can be done at most safari lodges.
Learn to speak Kiswahili
A few words in Kiswahili will go a long way towards making things easier and warming yourself with the locals: